(And I’m unhappy to report that I had another old idea swim up from the depths of my mind, but I kept putting off writing it down again and now it’s dived deep again. Oh well, I’ll hopefully remember it as soon as I don’t need to.)
A crime/espionage thriller that transplants the “Irish Illiad” – the Dark Ages tale of Cuchulain, Hound of Ulster (look it up) – to the flare-up of terrorist “Troubles” in Northern Ireland during the 1970s. Our protagonist (but not hero) is Jerry Cullen, a young sociopath in training who becomes the most dangerous man in the Loyalist paramilitaries. I have a lot of material worked up for this one, so there will be more at another time.
I actually submitted this one to Vertigo, even though I don’t have the script pages I wrote anymore (that computer crashed and I never recovered the data). It’s about a slave who becomes a gladiator who becomes a superstar who gets killed in the Coliseum. Essentially, it’s meant to tell the “real” story of gladiators in much the way that the film GLADIATOR did not.
DRAGON or THE FOUR GUARDIANS TETRALOGY: SEIRYU, SUZAKU, BYAKKO, & GENBU.
This is a project that could work in two ways. As DRAGON, it is a pastiche of GOJIRA that takes more directly into account the US military’s presence in Japan even after the end of the occupation. I sometimes think of it as “Douglas MacArthur versus Godzilla.” As the FOUR GUARDIANS TETRALOGY, it begins with the same story as DRAGON, but then goes on to interweave Japanese folklore into a decades-spanning homage to the entire giant monster movie genre, moving eventually from the deadly serious to the baroquely burlesque.
HOUND OF WAR
Is Cuchulain again, but as a manga drawn in the style of Hayao Miyazaki. Not much more to it than that, except for some changes to the conventional version of the story that would make it more tragic. Actually, what would be really fun would be to print HOUND OF WAR and BELFAST DOG as a flipbook together, so that we bitterly satire and lovingly embrace the same story at the same time.
THE HOUNDSKEEPER’S DAUGHTER AND THE KING OF CATS
Is a Scottish folktale I was going to totally invent and tell as a bodice-ripping romance comic. Why the Hell not?
Essentially what is called “young adult fiction,” this would be a fairytale about a young Japanese girl who follows in the footsteps of a highly fictionalized (i.e. less violent) version of Miyamoto Musashi and befriends kappa, kitsune, oni and tengu along the way. Occasionally I am not evil.
UNTITLED LEFTIST STAR WARS PASTICHE (I just can’t think of a title)
There’s a line in CLERKS about the Rebellion being a bunch of left-wing terrorists (or something like that), but the fact of the matter is that the Rebellion were only counter-insurgents seeking to restore the previous government. Everything seems left-wing when you’re battling fascists. This would be the story of a group of sci-fi union organizers flying around the galaxy battling the corporations that control mankind.
That’s all this time. There’s more where each of those came from, so I’ll probably expand them at some point. Hopefully I’ll remember some other lost stories next time.