Greetings Society of Graverobbers,
If you have been following me since the beginning of the year, you will recall that in January I announced that I would not be doing conventions in 2010. This was so that I could focus on other projects, mainly my first feature film Pinocchio. My theory was that by removing tasks from my plate, my focused attention on getting Pinocchio made would help it become a reality.
Well, it is working. About a month ago, Pinocchio received a development deal from the French studio, Pathe'. This budget goes to a small team for the next 10 to 12 weeks to develop a pitch for the film. Last week, we moved into a bungalow on the Jim Henson lot. I am working with a Co-Director (who's name I cannot announce at this point) leading a group of artists and designers into my imagined world of Pinocchio. We will also complete the screenplay and have two characters sculpted by the Manchester based team Mackinnon and Saunders (Corpse Bride, Fantastic Mr. Fox). We also have an amazing score composer on board and a voice talent that I am really excited about. But I can't announce these details yet. Produced by Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Devil's Backbone) and The Jim Henson company, this film is going to kick crypts.
As exciting as this is, it is still not 100%. After the development is completed in the fall, we have to pitch the film to studios to fund the production of the movie. If we blow their minds and the film gets greenlit, then we can celebrate! Hope for the best fiends.
SAN DIEGO COMIC CON
Needless to say, now that I am working full time as the director during this development stage I will not be at SAN DIEGO COMIC CON. But the Van Eaton Galleries will set up a section in their booth (509) dedicated to my merchandise. So even though I will not be there, you can still get your claws on the remaining Gris Grimly merchandise.
San Diego Comic Con
July 21-25 2010
San Diego Convention Center
111 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
MCP ONLINE SALE!
To make up for not being at SDCC, this month i am running a sale on my webstore. Most merchandise is 30% to 50% off. Some shirts are only $5. I'm trying to clean out my inventory so that I can put aside the retailing of Gris Grimly merchandise. This is the remaining Gris Grimly merchandise (unless I get a licensing deal or start merchandising again) and shirts are selling out. Now is your only opportunity to get these items. Once they sell out, they are gone for good. So head over to http:www.madcreator.com/store to complete your collection during this sale.
The one place I will be selling my goods is the SoCal rockabilly/car festival THE HOOTENANNY. If you are attending, look for the MCP booth to get merchandise for a super low price. We will be selling t-shirts for $5 and $10. If you wear a Gris Grimly shirt to the festival, we will give you free stuff. All other merchandise will be on sale as well. Help me clean out my inventory by taking advantage of my generosity...my gift to the loyal fiends. heh heh.
Saturday, July 3rd 2010
Oak Canyon Ranch
4700 Santiago Canyon Road
Silverado Canyon, CA
That is all for now. I need to get back to work solving story issues and working on designs for Pinocchio. I hope to see some of you at the Hootenanny as I will miss seeing you at Comic Con. Have a grim summer.