As I may have mentioned a time or two before on this here blog, my lovely wife Christine and I are Jeopardy! addicts. We watch the program religiously. When we're home, we revel in it. When we're out, we Tivo it so we can revel in it when we get home. We take enormous pride in the fact that we can count an astonishing number of former Jeopardy! champions among our dearest friends. In short, we are, as the always-charming Bob Harris titled his wonderful book on the subject, hopeless Prisoners of Trebeckistan.
So it is with considerable pride that I suggest to you that you Tivo, tape, or just stay home and watch Jeopardy! this coming Monday October 26th to see how the lovely and brilliant Christine handles herself as a first-time contestant on the world's greatest game show. Christine has spent a lot of time and effort studying for the program and, so long as the categories don't include subjects like The History of Lint or Things Only Len and Other Geeks Would Know, my money is on her.
So turn on, tune in, and let me know what you thought of her performance this coming Monday. Check your local listings for time and channel.
As I may or may not have mentioned here, several weeks ago, I spent a lovely morning in the company of X-Men franchise Producer Lauren Shuler Donner and X-Men Origins: Wolverine Director Gavin Hood promoting the Blue-ray DVD release of the latter film. I did something like 35 brief interviews in the space of four hours, some on camera and some for print in international media. Here, for your edification, is one of those interviews.
Well, it's been a heck of a week. I've been on the road since last Friday, feeling kind'a lousy for most of the time. Last weekend I was at Mid-Ohio-Con where a fine time was had by all, myself by no means least among them. For the past week, I've been in New York City, working on my mega-project for DC Comics for next year and seeing as many plays and musicals as I could manage.
On Monday, my lovely sister-in-law T (we're planning to buy her more letters for her name for Christmas) and I went to see the Tony Award-winning musical Next to Normal, a story of a woman played by Tony winner Alice Ripley who is suffering extreme mental distress, and loved it. On Tuesday, we saw a preview of Memphis the Musical, a story of the birth of rock-and-roll, and loved it just as much. Wednesday night, we saw the drama Still Life, starring Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip's own Sarah Paulson, and co-starring my brilliantly-talented niece-in-law Kelly McAndrew, and really enjoyed it. Thursday night, T and I were Hugh Jackman's guests to see his new Broadway drama, A Steady Rain, also starring James Bond himself, Daniel Craig. It is a very good show made brilliant by two extraordinary performances. After the show, we were invited backstage, where the always-gentlemanly Hugh introduced us to the legendary Bernadette Peters (one of my idols) and superstar photographer Annie Liebovitz. It was a memorable evening, to say the least.
This weekend, to cap things off, I am a guest for the very first time at the Baltimore Comicon, where I'll be doing panels and signing autographs for what will probably seem like the rest of my life. If you're going to be there, please drop by, say hi, and remind me you read this blog. The more who do, the more often I'm likely to post things here.
A word to the wise and all that. Now I'm going to go fall down until morning.
Well, I'm off to the latest Mid-Ohio-Con this weekend, October 3-4, in beautiful Columbus, Ohio. I'll be doing a panel on Saturday on the origin of Wolverine with co-creator Herb Trimpe and another panel on Sunday on the origins of Swamp Thing with co-creator Bernie Wrightson. So if there's still anything you don't know about how these two strips got started, be sure to drop and listen in. I'll have a table at the Con where I'll be doing signings for most of the rest of the weekend. Now is definitely the chance for all seven of you left in the world who don't have their copies of IncredibleHulk #181 and Swamp Thing #1 signed by me and my co-conspirators to get that little mistake fixed. I'm bound and determined that every single copy of both titles will be signed before I go to my ultimate reward, so don't let me down.
Heck, even if you've got nothing to be signed, stop on by and say howdy. You know how lonely these cons can get.
If I'm not at my table, check out the local Mongolian BBQ to find me. My good buddy Mark Evanier is determined to drag me there before the con is over.
Creator of legendary character SWAMP THING (generating 4 comic book series, 2 feature films, a TV series, animated series, and a new feature film in development); the HUMAN TARGET (several comics series, 2 live-action TV series); and WOLVERINE and the NEW X-MEN (the most successful comic book series of the ‘80s/‘90s, 3 long-running animated series, 5 successful feature films, with a 2nd Wolverine solo in pre-production), and many other characters. In TV, Len Story Edited the award-winning WAR PLANETS: SHADOW RAIDERS. He’s scripted 60+ episodes of HYPERNAUTS, CONAN, HULK, X-MEN, GODZILLA, SPIDER-MAN, STREET FIGHTER, REBOOT, BEAST WARS, BEAST MACHINES, EXOSQUAD, POCKET DRAGON ADVENTURES, BEN 10, many others. Len also received Emmy honors for BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. In comics, Len’s been Editor-in-Chief of Marvel, Disney, and Top Cow Comics, and Senior Editor at DC. He is noted for long runs writing almost every major character. In 2010, Len wrote Legacies, a first-person history of the then-DCU. In 2012, he participated in the Before Watchmen project, writing the Crimson Corsair and Ozymandias mini-series. In 2008, Len was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.