This was the most important Comic-Con I have ever been to. It was a blast being part of the Legendary Comics team, (especially when Joe Straczynski did a surprise walk on during our panel). It’s always awesome spending time with co-workers I respect like Mark Wade and Bob Schreck as well as bumping into creative legends I’ve always admired, like George R.R. Martin. However what made this year’s con so special was meeting a young man named Deven from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. His wish was to come to Comic-Con and I was on his list of people to meet. He is a brave and smart kid and way more prepared for zombies than I ever was at his age! Deven, if you read this, I meant what I said about staying in touch. Anytime you want to shoot the breeze about zombies or whatever, you know how to reach me.
Archive for July, 2012
Mr. Abraham might be most famous for his role as Salieri in “Amadeus,” but to me he’ll always be General Alekseyev, and Major Sergitov, and all the other characters from Tom Clancy’s “Red Storm Rising.” When I was in high school, I listened to the abridged audiobook in which he played every character! His performance showed me how amazing this art form can be and it set the talent bar for the full-length audio incarnation of World War Z.
In 2006, Henry Rollins voiced the role of T. Sean Collins in the abridged audiobook. This time he returned to finish the job and read Collin’s final thoughts. As cool as it was to hear him say “I’m addicted to murder,” getting to speak with him afterwards was the real treat. Henry is a deeply intelligent, insightful, curious man. I wish there had been more time to hear about his travels. I might have written about North Korea but he’s actually been there! I look forward to hearing about his further adventures, whenever we (hopefully) meet again. Safe travels, Henry.
This is not the first time Mr. Boxleitner has read my words. Back in 2004, I was hired to write a few DVD extra shorts for the remake of “Dawn of the Dead.” If you’ve seen it, listen for an audio recording of the President. That’s him. My only regret was not getting a chance to meet him in person.
All that changed last year at a convention in Long Beach. I was signing at the Avatar Comics booth and suddenly looked up into the face of TRON! “Hey, can I get a signed copy of World War Z for my son?” I’m sure my stuttering response mirrored Chris Farley’s character on SNL: “Uh… um… remember when, in Babylon 5… uh… you’re awesome!”
He was very gracious, and even insisted on paying for the book.
When it came time to cast the voice of Gavin Blaire, I reached out to Mr. Boxleitner through our mutual friend, Joe Straczynski. Just like with “Dawn of the Dead,” Bruce raised my writing to a whole new level!