The worst kept secret in comics is true. I am writing the new MTV animated Spider-Man series for Sony and Marvel. It's a very exciting project with some truly inspiring people involved in it.
Sorry I haven't spoken of this before, but as people who read Fortune and Glory know, I prefer waiting until things are locked down before I start the yapping.
It's too early to go into a bunch of specifics, since it's not airing until the Fall, but I can tell you that I am one of the Executive Producers and have written the pilot. I am also writing a smattering of episodes in the first season, but not all of them.
Now for a quick rundown of rumors vs. facts:
• This is a CGI series, but you have never seen CGI like this! Forget what you are picturing, because it does not look like that. It's using CGI to create a traditional and really spectacular Spider-Man! Great
character acting and animation
• This is not the Ultimate Spider-Man TV show as has been rumored. It is based on movie continuity (if continuity matters to you), but it also has the same feel and tone of Ultimate Spider-Man. And no, smart asses, that doesn't mean that it'll take eight episodes to finish one story!
What it means is that we are being very reverent to the characters, humor, and situations that make Spider-Man the character that he is. And if we concocted something in Ultimate Spider-Man that we feel worked, like, let's say, Kraven, then an adaptation of it might pop up in the series.
• The guys at Sony animation are comic book freaks of the highest degree and are treating this as the gig of a lifetime. As, by the way, am I. It looks as if, after years of smacking my bald head against the walls, something I'm involved with is actually going to get produced. As MTV announced earlier in the week, the show is greenlit and in physical production!
• So what does this mean for my comic book production schedule? The good news is.. nothing! I'm not storyboarding or animating the thing. And I am not the director. That's the hard part. With my monthly books already written at least into the summer, if a hard decision has to be made about my workload it won't be until Spring or Summer. Comic books are my chosen profession and my first priority.
But I do have to put aside all of the future projects I was developing until the season is over, and thankfully there doesn't seem to be any good movies coming out until May, so I think I have it all together.
To all of you who have been kind enough to allow me to write some of your comics, I thank you for being so vocally supportive of me and my work. I know for a fact it is because of you that this opportunity has been afforded me.