Blog Promo: The Day The Whole World Went Away

My friend James Schumacher has gone through a very traumatic time with the passing of his dad. A few days ago he decided to finally do what any writer would do in this situation. He writes.
When you get to the point where writing is necessary for your sanity, you write it down regardless of how painful or personal it is. Once it’s down on paper or computer screen you then have the choice of do I keep this to myself or do I share it? More often than not we would like to keep it to ourselves maybe even after a short period of time rip it up or delete it. It’s the safest choice by far, but it takes real courage to lay it all out in the danger zone that is the internet for all to read, comment on and ultimately judge.

I think in this day and age though we need to talk about things like this, not just the how the death occurred but the stages the person affected by this death goes through. I firmly believe more than ever in the year 2017 that the greatest enemy to humanities well-being is mental health. The more we share, the more we relate. The more we relate, the more we see by example that we’re not alone and that there is a way out of a destructive mindset or this period of depression. We all have issues things we don’t want to talk about or deal with. We are afraid to share and for many of us were taught not to share and to keep it to yourself. We’re told to bottle up all of the pain, emotions, and questions, and we wonder why society is the way it is today. If we resolve the mental health crisis watch how quickly the rest of the world’s problems go away.

So while this post is about a horrific experience its therapy for James and hopefully it can help someone in some way going through something similar. I know that is something he believes in strongly. He also announces his new film and comic projects with preview art by Marco Roblin.

Please read the full post at the link below:

http://www.schumacher3.com/theday/

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Indie Comic Spencer & Locke Gets Optioned by Prime Universe Films

So I got a super exciting press release while I was at work and while the whole internet probably knows about this by now I am still sharing!

One of my favourite comic book series of 2017 Spencer & Locke got optioned by Hitman film producer Adrian Askarieh who owns Prime Universe Films. Now, what does optioned mean? Essentially Prime Universe Films has an agreement with the creators for the exclusive film rights to Spencer & Locke for a specific amount of time and financial obligations. Adrian has the right to purchase the screenplay in the agreed upon timeframe (most contracts range from 12-18 months).

This is some great news and just a week before the release of issue #4 which is the conclusion of the first mini-series. With the overwhelmingly positive reception this series has gotten from fans and critics and now the news of a potential film I have to assume will we see more Spence & Locke comics from Action Lab. Right, David Pepose !?

If you have no idea what Spencer & Locke is and why I’m a big fan of it check out my reviews and this awesome comic book trailer from the creative team.

 

  https://shawoncomics.com/2017/05/29/spencer-locke-2-review/

 https://shawoncomics.com/2017/06/21/spencer-locke-3-review/

Here is the official press release:

We are pleased to announce SPENCER & LOCKE, Action Lab Entertainment’s critically acclaimed new crime series from writer David Pepose and artist Jorge Santiago, Jr., has been optioned for film by Hitman film producer Adrian Askarieh and his company Prime Universe Films. You can learn more about this new development at The Hollywood Reporter.

Described as “a fantastic debut” by Batman writer Scott Snyder and “a fiendishly fun take on an age-old classic” by IGN, SPENCER & LOCKE follows hard-boiled Detective Locke as he solves a brutal murder with the only partner he can trust — his imaginary talking panther, Spencer. But as their investigation stirs up a vicious crime syndicate and memories of Locke’s traumatic upbringing, can this unlikely pair survive long enough to learn the truth?

SPENCER & LOCKE #4, which concludes the series’ action-packed storyline, will be available at comic shops and digital devices Wednesday, July 19. Series writer David Pepose will be signing copies of all four issues at Comic-Con International in San Diego at the Action Lab booth (#2006), including a never-before-seen SDCC variant cover from artist Joe Mulvey

Fans can catch up on SPENCER & LOCKE at ComiXology or can preorder the SPENCER & LOCKE trade paperback collection through their local comics shops by Monday, July 24 using the preorder code JUN171107. You can also follow SPENCER & LOCKE on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.