It’s been a while

It’s been a while again. I find it hard to find time to blog and write and be a father. This year how ever has been busy taking care of kids and writing scripts for my Comic Book company, Point Blank Comics Here and Here. But I’m feeling the need to take part in NaNoWriMo again this year and help me get back into the swing of writing prose again. 

Stay tuned for what’s coming up but here is a little hint. 


Btw this is my coffee this morning to help me get going. Pumpkin Spice latte.

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Beta Readers

​Hey guys, this a call to arms, of sorts. I’m looking for a few folks who would like to be test subjects, if you will. I’m in need of some Beta readers for a set of stories I’m writing. I need people who are willing to read my stuff, for free, before anyone else has the opportunity. The downside, they may be a little rough, your job as a beta would be telling me what are the last few things I need to fix before I send the manuscript off to, Max, my editor. Please, if your interested in helping me out send me an emil to hughiegibsonwriter@gmail.com and I’ll explain more expectations, don’t worry, it isn’t hard work, if you can read and can be honest with me about my work you are perfect for this job. Like and share this post as well. I can use all the eyes I can get on these things.

Beta Readers

​Hey guys, this a call to arms, of sorts. I’m looking for a few folks who would like to be test subjects, if you will. I’m in need of some Beta readers for a set of stories I’m writing. I need people who are willing to read my stuff, for free, before anyone else has the opportunity. The downside, they may be a little rough, your job as a beta would be telling me what are the last few things I need to fix before I send the manuscript off to, Max, my editor. Please, if your interested in helping me out send me an emil here and I’ll explain more expectations, don’t worry, it isn’t hard work, if you can read and can be honest with me about my work you are perfect for this job. Like and share this post as well. I can use all the eyes I can get on these things.

Captain America Civil War review (spoiler free)

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I went and saw Civil War on opening night, that’s Thursday here, like I do every superhero movie. The last one being Batman V Superman. I’m going to be honest and say I didn’t hate BVS like a lot of people, and I didn’t think Civil War was on the opposite end of the spectrum like those same people seem to be saying.

The main idea behind this blockbuster is that after all of the events of the MCU thus far, the United Nations have all agreed that the Superheroes need to be put into check. Tony Stark agrees with this after he is confronted by the grieving mother of an innocent victim in the battle of Sacovia during Age of Ultron. This leads to the division of the Avengers, some siding with Cap and others siding with IronMan. Also there is some contrived shoehorning of a villainous Zemo (not Baron, we think).

So here it is, it was a good movie, it was a fun punch em’ up, battle Royale of a superhero movie. It didn’t leave me aching for more of this story. It didn’t leave me feeling overwhelmed with angst or anger or saddened.

I know they are two different beasts but let me compare it to BVS for a moment, good and bad. Where BVS failed was I didn’t know why Superman and Batman were even fighting. From a character standpoint they didn’t tell us enough to care why they were fighting. Civil War on the other hand tells us exactly why there are battle lines drawn and why both ‘generals’ of the opposing sides have their viewpoints. But where it falls short is I didn’t get the feeling that the rest of the ‘warriors’ for team Cap ever gave reasons as to why they sided with him.

Another problem I had with the movie was the oddly placed and convoluted ‘mastermind’ of Zemo. Again we are given reasons as to what this villains motivations are but what we aren’t given is a reason or a plausible way his ‘genius scheme’ could have gone off without a hitch. Like Luther in BVS, Zemo’s character isn’t much of a character and a weak point.

What did I like about it. I liked that storylines we have followed through over a dozen movies (this is number 13) have had this huge payoff. I liked that it gave us something to think about, and because we know why they are fighting it can give us something to think about. How would you side? Would you work outside the law to protect people when and how you wanted or would you be a hired soldier and only work when the UN  activates you. Basically the fight comes down to Tony can’t have the collateral damage on his conscience and Cap can’t allow the bad guys to do what they do and hurt humanity.

I did really enjoy this movie and felt that for the most part it was a really well put together film and we got to see all the Superheroes we love on the screen together again.

My ranking for this installment in the MCU -πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘ŠπŸ‘ŠπŸ‘Š

Shane is Back in Black, Black Returns with The Nice Guys

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Shane Black is back with The Nice Guys and I decided I’d do this as my first trailer review. Why now? Well I felt compelled because I write detective and P.I. fiction and one of Shane Black’s films really influenced my writing style, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is one of my favorite neo noir films, EVER, and I thought I’d let you guys know what I thought of The Nice Guys trailer.

First it’s classic Shane Black and if you don’t have any idea who Shane is I’m willing to bet that you know his movies. He wrote most of the Lethal Weapon movies, The Last Boy Scout with Bruce Willis and Damon Waynes, The Last Action Hero with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and The Long Kiss Goodnight.

This film seems to be classic buddy cop movie and that is one thing that Black does so well and this movie reminds me a lot of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, here is the hard nosed muscle played by Russell Crowe (played by Val Kilmer in KKBB), then there is the bumbling comic relief partner played by Ryan Gosling (Robert Downey Jr in KKBB), the Damsel in distress, and the odd looking mobsters. The setting is classic Black as well. The setting the gritty Underworld of L.A.

The trailer has just the right amount of Black’s humor and action to tease a great movie.

Is there something that I didn’t like? Sure I think we saw too many if the odd mobsters deaths and I hope we didn’t see too much. Now I will say that I don’t think we saw the twist that Black is known for, not the M. Knight Shyamalan twists, just that moment when the two detectives (or one, sorry I didn’t get a good vibe from Crowe’s character, he could bite it) realize they didn’t have everything figured out like they thought and after one more clue piece it all together for a twist you didn’t see coming.

Did I like the trailer? You bet your happy ass I did. I give my anticipation level for this movie 🔫🔫🔫🔫🔪 out of 🔫🔫🔫🔫🔫

My rating system:
Β 🔫🔫🔫🔫🔫=best ever
🔫 🔫 🔫 🔫
🔫 🔫 🔫
🔫 🔫
🔫Β  = should’ve watch a Young Adult Drama
🔪Β  = 1/2

So I’m thinking of doing more reviews for mystery, suspense, noir, and thrillers. I really enjoy the genre and love to talk about it. What do you think? Would you like to see more of this type of content?

Also check out my any of my novellas and novels anywhere ebooks are sold.

Becoming a publishing company?

I have been looking at a lot of publishing houses and companies and thinking about what I want to do with my writing, and with my partnership in Point Blank Comics. And I’ve decided that I’m really going to focus on trying to get an online team together to make these comics I’m writing and by expanding Point Blank Comics as a publishing house of webcomics,  ecomics (publishing through apps like comixology) and print on demand comics. An Indie Press if you will. I have experience in self publishing and I’ve got an idea and drive. I think it’s a gripping idea that will get artists excited.

The main reason for this is a simple one, almost all comic book publishers are closed to everyone but teams at the moment but the comic book genre is bouncing back and I feel the companies out there can’t handle the influx of people looking to jump into the business.

And, the mission is simple, I want to help cultivate talent and hopefully get us all noticed by one of the big boys.

I’ve already set up as a publishing company when I started self publishing a couple years ago, for tax and legal reasons, so why not bring people on as a team? I don’t see any reason to not do that.

New project

Started my latest comic series today. I’m loving the dark noir feel of this series.

Branded

When a man wakes up in a ditch next to a major interstate with no knowledge of who he is or who would want him dead he sets out on a quest aided by the only two clues he has, a strange brand on his right forearm and a uncanny ability to kill people with is bare hands with the slightest of ease.

At Point Blank Comics we are Looking for an Artist

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I have just finished the script for my latest 4 issue mini series. Worms is a horror story, a mix of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Cabin Fever. It is set in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and centers around Richard and his wife Mary Anne. Richard, a mountain guide is determined to get back to his wife before the Worms takes over their bodies.

If you are interested in submitting a sample of your work please email me at hughiegibsonwriter@gmail.com