Steven Sears announced at the Xena con this weekend that he and I are working together to bring SiP to television… and he’s right! That was our coming out announcement. I’ve known Steven for years… well, we met when I did the SiP-Xena issue (#16). As Steven was the producer of that series, he emailed me after the issue came out and told me they’d read it and enjoyed it. Since I was a big Xena fan, I was thrilled to hear this, and more than a little relieved. Over the years we kept in touch, but making the SiP book series left me no time to develop anything else. Now the series is finished, Steven and I have decided it’s time to get serious about this.
This is a long and arduous process that can easily die in the first stage if we don’t find a studio exec who “gets it”. If we do, then we might be able to make a pilot. If we make a pilot, there’s a 99% chance a new batch of network eyes won’t “get” that either, or any of a thousand other problems could occur to spoil and kill the project. It’s just a frikkin lottery ticket in that town and the odds are about the same— that’s why I’ve avoided letting myself get sucked into the black hole that is Hollywood spec projects. But if it’s going to happen in my lifetime, Steven is the man I believe can make it happen and, if the series sticks, the only producer I can envision working alongside every day for years to come. Plus, I think we’d have fun together on this. And we’re talking about live action here, not animation. Would you rather see a cartoon Tambi or a blonde Lucy Lawless play the real Tambi beating the shit out of a huge guy “I’m the tooth fairy. Give me one.” Now that’s the stuff dreams are made of.
And, did I mention that Echo IS my new favorite series? I’m making every issue like an episode of my new favorite TV series. I’m doing this for my own enjoyment, but it also seems to appear that way to other people who have previewed the book. Phones are ringing at the studio from people interested in Echo and the first issue doesn’t come out for another month. Plus, Robyn already has 3 foreign language licenses for Echo, sight unseen. If I wasn’t so happy with the book I’d start getting nervous. But I’m near the end of issue two now and I love the characters and the story possibilities are mind-boggling. I’m on cloud nine.
Don’t forget… ah, you forgot already, didn’t you?… that Shocker Toys is making a Katchoo version of their fun little 6″ toys. She is part of their Indie Spotlight series that includes Scud, Kabuki, The Maxx (I think Katchoo and Julie would have gotten along), and Shadowhawk. I believe Katchoo might make her debut at the Toy Fair in NYC in Feb. Anyway, let’s keep an eye on this, should be a fun addition to our desktops. For more info go to http://www.shockertoys.com/products.php#is