JULY 6, 2012
TRANSCRIPT: PWC Comic & Sci-Fi Focus
DATE: July 6, 2012
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REPORT: July 6, 2012
Welcome! You’re watching PWC: Comic & Sci-Fi Focus. I’m Chip Perro and Today is July 6, 2012. Full access to all Perro Worldwide Comics content is available at www.perroworldwide.com
Thought of The Week
This week, I posted a blog talking about the audition process for the Mission Park Quinology.
One of my favorite parts of the audition process is when I hear an actor completely personify the character I’ve written. Suddenly, I’m watching a scene that only existed on paper come to life. The actors don’t always look like the characters I’ve imagined, but when they’re good, their performances transcend appearance.
You know you have a good actor when you hear the same scene read for the millionth time, and suddenly it’s interesting again. You laugh at the right points, and you’re engaged, even though you have the entire scene memorized word for word.
I also wrote about PWC Hero Cast, and the voting process, so if you’d like to take part in choosing who will become the next great superhero, and want more information, head on over to www.perroworldwide.com for links to the blog! We have all the details!
Weekly Comic Talk
The third Mission Park Weekly comic strip went online this Monday. Originally, I was going to wait until I had at least a month’s supply of strips completed before I began posting them online, but… Well, I didn’t do that.
Instead, I’m taking it one week at a time. When a new strip goes up on Monday, my next step is to complete the next strip for the following week. So, I’m only seven days ahead. That’s okay for right now, but I am going to have to push forward a little bit and have a few strips stored away. Just in case I have a busy week and can’t fit in drawing up a new one.
I think that if I was doing a daily strip I would definitely need to have a supply of them completed and ready to go online. But the weekly schedule makes the job easier and I’m not under as much pressure. It’s also good because I have more time to think about an idea.
For me, the hardest part of the process is trimming down my dialog to fit in the small boxes. Most of the time, I have so much more I want my characters to say, and there just isn’t enough room. That can be frustrating, because sometimes I really like the wording of a line, but can’t use it because it’s too long. Then I have to find a way to keep the meaning but use less (and sometimes smaller) words.
The best part of the process has been the drawing. I like the ultra-cartoon style that I’m using for the characters. It’s also good for a weekly format, which requires a subtle joke in each strip. I think cartoony style lends itself to humor.
Overall, it’s been a fun process, and a great addition to the Perro Worldwide website.
TV & Film Talk
The Mission Park Quinology is character driven. It’s not just five movies. It’s five different sets of characters that live in a shared universe.
We’ve said it before, we’re casting over 160 actors for the project. That is a lot of people! And with a cast that big, it’s important to learn about the characters before the movies hit theaters.
So, how does one go about doing that?
The first, and easiest way is to visit www.perroworldwide.com and check out the characters page. You’ll find a list of some of the most important PWC characters featured in the Mission Park Quinology. You’ll also notice that there are nowhere near 160 characters listed. And I can tell you right now, some of the biggest characters in the Quinology have yet to be listed. We’ll be continuing to add more new characters, but some of them will be intentionally left off until after the movies are released. We can’t spoil everything.
The next best way to learn about the PWC Universe is by checking out the first Mission Park Movie, titled Mission Park: The Hero Complex. This one doesn’t have the look or style that the Mission Park Quinology will have, but it’s still a great launching point for new PWC fans.
Filmed like a silver-age comic book, Mission Park: The Hero Complex is a throwback to a simpler superhero era. Complete with colorful and stylized cartoon backgrounds, vintage effects, and even a unique 2D look that captures the exact feel of a comic, it’s a visual feast!
The story takes place in a single night, after the collapse of Team Mission Park. The Heroes must reunite to put a stop to an evil plan, and save the entire city of Boston.
If you want to check out this silver age adventure, head on over to www.missionparkmovie.com and you’ll find links to a page where you can buy your very own copy!
PWC Weekly Happenings
On Monday we released the third “Mission Park Weekly” comic strip. The latest four panels feature Chris Ember and Tessa Faux. We also added bios for the newest actors auditioning in PWC Hero Cast. Both the comic strip and the bios can be seen by heading on over to www.perroworldwide.com and following the links.
On Tuesday, we updated the PWC Blog. The entry was all about the audition process and what’s involved when casting for a superhero movie. To read it, visit www.perroworldwide.com and click the “blog” link on the side menu.
Yesterday, we released a new recipe! Victor Strength’s Frito Meatloaf! Head on over to www.perroworldwide.com for the details.
That’s everything for this report! I’m Chip Perro, and you’ve been watching PWC: Comic & Sci-Fi Focus. Have a great week!