"HOW TO SUCCEED"...as
happy to finally announce that I have optioned the rights to my book,
HOW TO SUCCEED IN HEAVEN WITHOUT REALLY DYING.
a major publishing house, you ask...? A movie studio...? A TV network...?
No! The answer -- while not as financially lucrative as those other options
-- nevertheless strikes me as far more creatively challenging and geniunely
book is to be developed as none other than...a stage musical!
news has been a long time coming; I wish I could say more, but things
are still in very early development. I just hope to God we're going to
have fun with it...at least as much fun as humanly possible.
Indiana Jones meets Alexander
DeLarge meets The King of the World meets the Master of the Force...
not everyday that Adam gets to go out and actually do something interesting,
but last night was a big exception. Somehow I managed to get a free RSVP
for pretty great seats at the Jules Verne Adventure Film Fest, held at
the Shrine Auditorium....It's quite surreal to see Harrison Ford, George
Lucas, James Cameron, Malcolm McDowell, and a slew of other celebrities
all onstage at the same time. Most moving of all was a special honorary
award for Jane Goodall, who gave a heartfelt speech about the plight of
the chimpanzees and other endangered animals around the world.
highlight of the evening was when one of the presenters quoted some text
from the late Jules Verne. I can't remember it word for word, but to paraphrase,
it was about Verne's love of freedom -- that freedom was a right, and
that the very first of the natural rights of man was to be free and to
belong only to himself. McDowell inspired universal applause from
the audience when he told the presenter, "You should write that on
a postcard and mail it to Washington."
New review of HOW TO SUCCEED IN HEAVEN...
Blogcritics.org has posted this
brief review of my first book -- the kind of review that feels more
like a mention, where one is left to question whether the critic
liked or hated it. I'm not complaining, mind you; I think any press is
better than none. (But did they like it?)
Spring of 2006 has marked the darkest period of my life, and right now
I can not begin to put my grief into words. Within less than one months'
time, I have lost the two people I've loved most in this world -- my mother,
Eileen, and my aunt Suzanne.
those of you who offered your sympathies and support, I am deeply grateful.
Many of the people who attended either of the funeral services have asked
me for copies of the tributes I gave. You can now find them on the DEDICATIONS
Yesterday I had the good fortune of having one of my small childhood dreams
come true: a face-to-face meeting with Drew Struzan, the celebrated illustrator
behind such movie poster art as the Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and
Back to the Future series. Sponsored by the Entertainment Art Academy
in Pasadena, it was an informal three-hour-plus discussion and Q&A
with only a small handful of art students. Struzan struck me as a very
confident yet sincere, passionate if introverted man, filled with some
extraordinary stories about his career, life, and work. (I'm tempted to
share some of them here, but feel that it would cheapen or betray them
somehow...) Best of all, it was an opportunity to see some of his original
illustrations firsthand (his BLADE RUNNER poster was a particular knockout)
while also finally -- FINALLY! -- getting a chance to see his particular
drawing and painting technique.
"CHASING ECHOES" book website active
The website for my book with D.J. Wessler, CHASING ECHOES THROUGH THE
DARK, is now active. It's a bit early, as the manuscript is still
in progress, but we're hoping to gain as much interest in the project
as possible over the next few months.
was recently interviewed for an upcoming article in THE ADVOCATE. As to
how much he'll be featured in the final article, we're not sure...but
we're keeping out fingers crossed, and hope that *maybe* they'll plug
our book. Check out the book's
site for more updates.
DIGITIAL CONSCIOUSNESS ARTIST OF THE MONTH
I'm very honored to learn that I have been selected the "Digital
Color Artist of the Month" by the Digital
Consciousness website. Digital Consciousness is a public
database of contemporary art, containing biographies and artwork of emerging
and established artists working in diverse media and styles. It administers
a monthly on-line art contest, an art directory and an arts bulletin board.
Finalists are nominated by the public, while a jury chooses the final
always feared that because my work had more in common with illustration
than bona fide "art," people did not take it as seriously. This
recognition, then, has very special meaning to me.
Book signing event at the West Hollywood Book Fair!
was a super-duper last minute arrangement made just last night, and it
surprized even me: I'll be participating in the 4th Annual West Hollywood
Book Fair this Sunday, October 2nd! The festival is scheduled from
10am-6pm at West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd. (by the library
and across the screet from the Pacific Design Center). I'll probably be
signing books for an hour or so, so hopefully I'll see a few of you there.
It's a really great festival, filled with celebrities, food, and fun.
Unfortunately, due to the late notice I will only have paperback copies
of my book available. The
time of my signing is between 11:30am-12:30pm.
poster and photos from the book fair.
September 27, 2005
"There are no points for second place!"
first screenplay, HEAVEN SPENT, written back in 1999-2000
(and the basis for HOW TO SUCCEED IN HEAVEN WITHOUT REALLY DYING),
was selected as a second place winner at the 3rd annual WORDS
FROM HERE screenwriting competition! Now if only someone would buy
the damn thing...
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