"Practically from birth, Way was almost frighteningly overflowing with ideas -- for songs, for movies, for comic books, for costumes -- as if some vandal muse has permanently kicked the cap off his hydrant." -- Brian Hiatt
As if some vandal muse had permanently kicked the cap off his hydrant. Isn't that the greatest phrase? Jim read it out to me while he was reading the article. You picture the ideas gushing out in a wild stream, too many to be marshaled in any effective direction, with such force as to bowl down bystanders and large dogs. Is it like that for you?
For me, it is and it isn't. I have lots of ideas. Lots. But maybe mine lack the violence of a hydrant geyser. They're more like a flock of sheep with no dog. They get lost in the wilderness, to perish of thirst and be devoured by sharp-toothed nasties, leaving only the occasional tuft of wool clinging to a branch. Okay, no, there is a dog. Me. I am the sheepdog, but I am this terrible kind of sheepdog that guards one sheep while the others all wander off a cliff. It has to be that way. You have to choose an idea and give it all your attention, but I mourn for all those lost ideas, you know, and the languishing ones. And I wonder how many of them I will be able to bring to fruition in my lifetime, may it pleasepleaseplease be a veryvery long lifetime.
Gerard Way is doing pretty well by his ideas, it seems. Have you seen his graphic novel Umbrella Academy? It's very cool and is being developed as a movie. No casting as of yet.
I was hooked by the opening lines. Here's the prologue. If you can't read the type, the plain transcript follows:
It was the same year as "Tusslin' Tom" Gurney knocked out the space squid from Rigel X-9 ...
It happened at 9:38 pm ...
It came from an atomic flying elbow.
And in that moment ...
... without warning ...
... and in an occurrence of complete coincidence ...
... forty-three extraordinary children were born ...
... to mostly single women who had shown no signs of pregnancy, in seemingly random locations around the world.
The children were either abandoned or put up for adoption.
Enter Sir Reginald Hargreeves, aka The Monocle.
World-renowned scientist and wealthy entrepreneur.
Inventor of the Televator, the Levitator, the Mobile Umbrella Communicator, and Clever Crisp Cereal.
Olympic Gold Medalist and recipient of the Nobel Prize for his work on the cerebral advancement of the chimpanzee.
For reasons unknown, Sir Reginald set out with his bodyguard Abhijat aboard his private vessel, The Minerva ... rumored to be powered by the remains of King Amen-Kharej IV.
Using methods undisclosed, he sought to track down and adopt as many of the children as he could.
He only found seven of them ...
Wiping their identities and concealing the children from the world, Sir Reginal held a press conference in Stockholm in which journalist Cosimo De'Lostrono from Milan asked, "Why have you adopted these seven children?"
To which Hargreaves replied,
"To save the world, of course."
To which the world asked,
They received no answer.
For it was the last time Sir Reginald and the children were seen. Until that day.
Ha ha ha. You have to find out now, don't you? Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!
Interior art by Gabriel Ba, covers by James Jean. There are two graphic novels out; these are from the first, Apocalypse Suite. The second, Dallas, we haven't read yet, but Jim thinks it might find its way home with him from the comic book store today.
More on getting and having, and nurturing ideas at Not For Robots, a series of writing essays I posted a few years back, while I should have been writing Silksinger.
[Ridiculous cute: Jim is trying to get a dropped pick out of his guitar, flipping it upside down over and over, and Clementine, chuckling, picked up her little blue ukulele and started doing the same thing. Little mimic :-)]