225 Magazine - ICON Studios is being featured in the
December issue of 225 Magazine. Read
Review of Like That - Another good review of
Like That has been posted.
This time it is from Darren Schroeder of Silver Bullet Comics.
You can read the review
World Series - So my boss, Mike, and I were driving back from
a client listening to someone on ESPN radio recap one of the postseason
baseball games. I mentioned that one day before I die I'd like to
go to a professional playoff game. I also said I was kicking
myself for not going to the World Series last year when it was so close
in Houston. Then we came to the realization that if St. Louis won
their series against the Mets, the World Series would for a second year
in a row be in driving distance. So, what would be stopping me
this year? Well, I couldn't come up with a good answer.
Tickets were available and I had the money. Christin could take
the days off from work, and since my boss was suggesting I go, I guess I
had the days off too. No excuses this year. We just needed
St. Louis to win. They were up 3 games to 2. No problem,
right? St. Louis lost game six and it was down a dramatic game 7.
After work, Christin and I went to O'Henry's to watch the game on their
giant screen and have some beer. The game was very close. It
was 1 to 1 until the 8th inning when the Cardinals catcher hit a
homerun. But it wasn't over yet. The Mets loaded the bases
in the bottom of the ninth and Carlos Beltran, one of the best hitters
in the league, was up to bat. Beltran eventually struck out
looking on a nasty curveball and we screamed with excitement. It
was a good thing that by then they were closing up. So now we were
going to the World Series completely on a whim. I think I needed
to do something spontaneous and this is by far the most spontaneous
thing I've ever done. It's not like my favorite team was playing.
Heck, I don't even have a favorite team! Sure, baseball is my
favorite sport, but I don't really have a favorite team. Baseball
has a real hometown aura and mythology about it. Cal Ripken is
Baltimore. Mickey Mantle is New York City. Since we don't
have a team in Louisiana, I just don't have a favorite team. I
know Houston is only 4 hours away, but that's Texas, and Texas is
nothing like Louisiana. I just can't relate to that team.
And truthfully, I really don't like their uniforms. I just can't
have a favorite team if I don't like wearing their merchandise.
Them's the rules. Anyway, the World Series was great.
The brand new Busch Stadium is unbelievably nice and it was so cold.
It was about 38 degrees at game time. We drank a lot of hot
chocolate, and Christin had to fill out a credit card application to get
a free World Series blanket. St. Louis won the game, which got me
a couple of taunts as we were leaving the game since I was wearing a
Detroit hat. All in all, it was a great experience. One we
might have to do again sometime, but who knows when!?
Comic Book - The Louisiana Book Festival was this past
Saturday and it was a huge success. We sold a ton of copies of
Like That including some limited edition copies that included original
artwork (which we sold for higher price) and several t-shirts as well.
We have been doing well at these smaller shows, so I'm looking for some
more to attend. I think I'm not going to WonderCon in San
Francisco and will instead go to the smaller convention,
Staple, in Austin, TX. Other than
that, I need to follow up on some contacts I met at the festival and I
need to be more aggressive in getting Like That in more stores.
Movie - I've been working on the script. I've even
helped start a script writing group that meets at Barnes and Noble every
other Saturday. There's about 6 of us and we've had one meeting.
The result of that one meeting was that I need to re-think the structure
of my story. So, it's back to the drawing board for a little
Review - I finally got the first official review of
Like That! It was written by
Kevin Agot of
The Comics Review. It is a
great review and I'm pretty pumped about it. You can read it
Signing - We will be signing at
Media Underground Comics in Metairie on
September 16th from 1:00 - 6:00 PM. There will be all kinds of
neat stuff for sale including copies of
Like That, t-shirts, and limited
edition prints. There is an
ad for the signing in this month's
Antigravity magazine so there should
hopefully be a good turnout.
Comic Book - We had a really busy August. We produced
an art show every Wednesday at Rasputin and we also had a table at the
Alternative Media Expo in New Orleans (see above picture). I sold
a bunch of books and met a lot of new people. I've taken a
different route with distribution. I've hired a sales rep that I
met in San Diego to help me get my book in stores around the country.
So far, he's got it in a store in Berkley, New York and Chicago and he's
only been on the job for a week. Hopefully, he can get it in
enough stores to where I won't have to go with a Diamond at all.
We'll have a table at the
New Orleans Book Fair on October 28th.
I'm trying to decide what the next convention I'm attending will be.
I want to go to
WonderCon in March, but if it's the
same weekend as
Staple, I might go there instead then
APE. I also might be going to
Wizard World Texas in Dallas in November, but I won't be getting a
Movie - I've gotten a lot of work done on the screenplay.
I'm about a fourth of the way through it. I've also been securing
equipment and such. We are on track for our first script reading
July 29, 2006
Art Show and Articles
Art Shows - Every Wednesday in August, ICON Studios is
teaming up with
Rasputin Vodka Bar in downtown Baton
Rouge to produce a series of art shows that showcase the very best art
in Baton Rouge. The show on August 23rd is the ICON Studios show
which will feature the best projects from us the past 10 years.
There will be art from Chosen and Keepers of the Word including ALL NEW
art from Like That and Out of Character. Click the image below to
see the entire line up. Hope to see you there.
Alternative Media Expo - ICON Studios will have a table at
the Alternative Media Expo organized by
Antigravity Magazine. It takes place on Saturday,
August 19th at the new
Howlin Wolf in New Orleans. Heath
and I will be there signing copies of
Like That and prints of Heath's digital
paintings. Come visit us!
Comic Book - I am learning, like other self publishers have
in the past, that marketing and distribution is the most time consuming
part of producing a graphic novel. I've been spending all of my
time updating websites, sending out press packets, and working with the
local media. I've been featured in two articles so far: in
LSU Reveille and
the Advocate(the Baton Rouge paper not the gay magazine...not that there's
anything wrong with that). The Advocate actually has a cool video
about how we made the comic that was produced by my new friend, Kevin.
I went to Comic-con in San Diego last week. I passed out a lot of
copies of Like That around. I made some good contacts and a lot of
people to follow up on as far as distributing goes. I'm hoping to
get a review of the comic soon. I've recently been added to the
Independent Propaganda Store. So, Like That can now be purchased
online if you have a PayPal account. Click the banner below to
purchase a copy.
June 24, 2006
Like That Released
It's finally here!
Comic Book - Like That, my first graphic novel is finally
out! If you want a copy please email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Getting it in from the
printer was quite a relief. But now I'm realizing that marketing
and selling the book is going to be way more work than producing it.
So, the hunt will definitely be on in San Diego next month to find a
publisher who will do all of that stuff for me. I want all my fans
out there (who am I kidding) to do their part and help spread the word.
Other than that, we should be starting our next project soon.
Heath and I are in the beginning stages of it now. I'll have more
Film - I'm currently working on my first feature length
screenplay that I hope to start shooting in the fall. I wish I
could get more done on it, but so many other things demand my time.
April 10, 2006
Film - Our ten minute movie about some old guy is finally in the
can. It even got a title along the way! We called it:
Work in Progress. It premiered at the LSU Outhouse Film
Festival in early April (thanks to all those who came). Although
we didn't win any awards, there were a few people who came up to me
afterward and said they liked it. Overall, it was a pleasing
experience, and I was proud of all of the hours of hard work that went
into just 10 minutes of film. It was almost pleasing enough for me
to start another film project right away. But then I thought,
naaahhh! I'm too busy right now. Work in
Progress can now be viewed on this website.
Comic Book - There are 10 fully complete pages of my graphic novel,
Like That, on this very computer on which I am typing. Can
you believe it!? It's getting close. I spent the better part
of last weekend (about 20 hours) lettering some pages. I finished
about 20! I only have two pages left to letter. So basically
I'm waiting on Allen to finish inking and Heath to do the cover.
By the end of the month, I'll actually have a comic book...for sale...to
make money...real money...off of something I wrote! It's too good
to be true.
The Red Stick Animation Festivalis
April 20-23. ICON Studios will be giving lectures (I don't know
what times yet) on sequential art and self-publishing. So, the one
company I co-own, ICON Studios and the video game company I work for,
Yatec are both sponsors of the event. So, come down and show your
February 10, 2006
Film and Comics
Film - FINALLY! We finally wrapped up filming on the movie we
started shooting last August (even before Hurricane Katrina). It
took us a whole Saturday, but we shot all of the remaining scenes in one
day (almost a 12 hour period) two weeks ago. We had two great
actors that were very cooperative, and Heath came in and did the
necessary make up to age one of the actors. Everybody worked
really hard and it couldn't have gone any smoother. I deeply
appreciate all of the work everybody put into it. So now, we're at
the editing stage, which is a part of it where I have hardly any
involvement. But we are definitely on track to premiere it at
Outhouse, LSU's film festival, in the beginning of April. It think
it's really going to be great.
Comic Book - CHOSEN is back on track. Sean is even back on
board as our script and story editor. I think all three of us are
finally really to get cracking (and it's about time). I finished
the outline for the first part out of four. It's time for me to
write the script for the first part. I should be able to finish
that within a month or so. Then, I'll pass it over to Sean for
revisions, and before you know it, Heath will be working on pages.
Also, I've begun production on another graphic novel. This will be
a 48 page book that will hopefully be out in time for the Red Stick
Animation Festival in April (if not then at least Comic Con in July).
I'll be doing most of the work myself: the script (which is complete),
the photos that will be the basis of the work (no pencils), and the
lettering. I am contracting Allen Gladfelter to help me with page
layouts and provide his inking skills. I'm very confident that we
can have this book printed by April. So, you probably won't see
another site update until it's done. Between that and Chosen, it's
going to be a busy, but fun February and March.
October 16, 2005
You know it's been over a month since I've updated this journal, and
I'm sad to say that there's not much new information to report.
There's just been so much "other stuff" going on that I haven't had the
time to work on the things I really want to work on. Things at
work are starting to stabilize and calm down, and I'm getting my
half-day Fridays back so I should be getting a lot done in the coming
weeks. I've also decided to focus only on the creative endeavors
that mean the most to me: film and the comic. Everything else will
have to go on the back-burner for a while, because Cutting Edge needs
content (more on Cutting Edge later).
Film - I finished all of the props I needed to make. Chad has
found us a person to play the elderly character. He's a bit
younger than we wanted, but he has acting experience. Heath has
agreed to do any make-up necessary. We still have a goal of
finishing all of the shooting before the end of the month. I think
it can be done if we get on the ball. Steve says that he is almost
finished with the screenplay for the 15-minute movie. So things
are moving forward, it's just a lot slower than I'd like.
Comic Book - We're still in the conceptual phase right now.
This is a slow but very important process. We've got Roland
involved in this phase, so we're that much better now. I'm
supposed to be writing the outline, but I just haven't had a free moment
to think in the past couple of weeks. I should be getting started
on it this week though. I have plenty of ideas, I just need to
force myself to sit down and actually work on it. Heath is
continuing to work on conceptual artwork, mainly of the city and the
military. We shouldn't be in this phase too much longer.
September 8, 2005
Film - Last Saturday Steve and I went to Chad's house to look at all
of the footage we shot for the flashback scene of our current film.
All of it looked really good. We learned a lot about what we need
to do in terms of lighting, the one aspect where we lack the most
knowledge. Seeing the tape rejuvenated my desire to finish this
film. I've been working on creating the props we need for the
other scene in the movie. The big hold up is definitely finding
the elderly actor. We need to try harder to find one. It's
time to get on the ball and get this puppy in the can and wrapped up.
I had another person read the script for the 35 minute movie I wrote,
and I received great feedback on it. I read it again myself, and
I'm actually still pleased with it. I'll probably do another
revision very soon.
Comedy - The first episode of the Family Dinner TV show aired on
TigerTV the first week of school. It's been showing about 4 times
a week for the past two weeks. This coming week, the second
episode should air (that is if LSU ever gets back to normal). We
did two FD shows this weekend: Friday and Saturday night. All of
the admission we took in at those shows is being donated to the Red
Cross for Hurricane Katrina victims. I really bombed in the
Saturday show. I wasn't on at all, and I'm pretty bummed about it.
I haven't done stand-up in a long time because there is just so much
other stuff to work on. I wrote horror-scopes for Red Shtick
Magazine this month, but the editor decided not to publish them because
the theme was suicide. The slogan for the magazine is "Irreverent
Views and Satirical News." So much for the first half of that
slogan. Oh well, at least I won't have to write one next month.
Comic Book - I updated the
ICON Studios website with all of the
prints that Heath has been digitally painting for CHOSEN. The neat
part is that is how the finished comic book will look eventually.
Quite impressive if I do say so myself. Heath and I met this
weekend and discussed what our plan is going to be for getting started
on this graphic novel. Heath is going to start concept sketches
while I write a detailed outline for the first issue (of four).
Then, when I give him the outline, he'll paint some of the scenes to get
a feel for the setting while I work on the script for the first issue.
August 15, 2005
First Day of Filming
Film - We had our first day of shooting on Saturday. We shot
the flashback scene of the 7 minute film. It went better than I
could have hoped for. A lot of people did a lot of really
excellent work for free, and I am truly grateful for that. We had
a shaky start. The lead actor was well over an hour late. On
top of that, it took us almost two hours to set up. Chad is a bit
of a perfectionist, but in the end, I'm glad he is because this film will look
great. So, we had been there about two hours before we even did
the first take. Once we started shooting though, it went very
smoothly. We had enough people there where I didn't have to
operate a camera or act in a scene, so this was my first real experience
directing. I got to watch the action on a separate monitor that
was set up, and I think I picked up on some things that I wouldn't have
seen through the lens of the camera. Poor Steve had to hold the
boom, so next shoot I'll try to find someone who will so he can not be
bothered with that (any volunteers?). The actors were all
excellent! You definitely won't be able to tell that they were
doing this for free. Because of the space that we were using, we
had to stray away from the storyboard a bit. But I think the
changes we made will work out for the better. My only concern is
the sound. There was a large generator that was making a really
loud humming sound. I hope that something can be done about that
in post. Perhaps the largest triumph was the dolly shot that ends
the scene. This dolly was constructed by me on Friday afternoon.
Can you imagine me wandering around Lowe's for 2 hours trying to figure
out how I'm going to build this thing? But after I put it
together, I felt like the manliest man that ever lived (insert Tim Allen
grunting here). Now, we have to focus on the other scene.
There is no date for that shoot yet. We are still looking for the
older actor. We won't be shooting on such short notice next time,
so we should be very well prepared.
Everything else - The Family Dinner TV show is almost complete.
We have about another week of hard work left. The first episode
will be aired the first week of classes. We will also have an
article in the Reveille about it. We had another killer show on
Friday. Other than that, I need to finish the new outline for the
Chosen graphic novel soon.
August 15, 2005
The staff here at PatrickRills.com (by staff I mean me) want
to try something different. A lot of you that read this site (who
am I kidding) are probably saying "Patrick never updates his site.
And he's quite ugly." While both of those statements are accurate,
I can do nothing for the latter. The first complaint is legitimate
though. I've been really busy lately, and the web site is not my
top priority. So now you're wondering why I'm so busy. Well,
that's where this column comes in. This journal will serve as a
web log of all of my creative endeavors (and just when you thought I was
above blogging). I'm going to try my best to not make this a
typical blog. You will not see posts about what CD's I'm listening
to, how dreamy I think Orlando Bloom is, or what I think about John
Roberts. This will be an update on of all of the comedy shows,
films, comic books, and everything else I'm working on. I welcome
your "two cents" as often I will be soliciting assistance from my
faithful readers (that's right "readers" is plural, after all, I have
two parents). Let me get this started by giving a brief
description of everything I'm currently working on.
The Family Dinner - We
are performing shows every single Friday now. This is hindering my
schedule, but I don't care because we are kicking ass. If you
haven't seen an FD show yet, you truly are missing out. Also, we
are producing a television show that will be aired on
TigerTV this fall.
It is a sketch comedy show in which I have been heavily involved in both
writing and technical assistance. I feel good about the quality of
our show. I haven't seen any of the edited episodes yet, but Steve
assures me that it doesn't look amateurish. We are going to blow
away everything on TigerTV. Although, our tapings constantly
remind me how horrible of an actor I really am. Oh well, I'll
stick to writing.
Stand-Up - I'm working on producing another fifteen minute set that
is completely different than the set I normally do for headliner shows
(aren't you guys sick of that one yet). I did five minutes at
Sogo a couple of weeks
ago, and it went over really well. It was actually the best night
I've ever had. It was the first time I've ever had to stop my set
and wait for people to stop laughing. So the next week I brought
that set to the
Funny Bone. I
didn't do so hot there. The crowd was much younger. When I
said, "Richard Nixon" they all looked like a bunch of monkeys doing a
math problem. My delivery was off I think. I did another 5
minutes at Sogo last week, and it went over really well. So, it is
a work in progress, but so far I'm getting good feedback.
Film - I'm now teaming up with fellow Family Dinner member,
Steve has his own filmography company,
Poet Motel Films.
He has been interested in doing short films also. With our powers
combined, we will rock the independent film scene of Baton Rouge (Go
Captain Planet!). Our plan is to shoot a 7 minute film, a 15
minute film, and a 35 minute film in time for the
LSU Outhouse Film Festival
next spring. You know, start small and work your way up. The
7 minute film, which still doesn't have a title yet, is currently in
pre-production. I wrote the story and co-wrote the script with
Steve. This is a story I've been wanting to tell for a long time,
and I think I've found the proper time and format. We are
seeking actors as we
only have two parts cast. We badly need older actors (40-60 years
old) for this project. Actors are few and far between in this
town, much less old ones. If you know anyone please direct them to
either me or Steve. Steve cleared everything with LSU this week,
so we have a location to shoot (and it will be legal!). I'm
waiting for the storyboard to come in the mail. They were done by
none other than the great
Allen Gladfelter, who
for some reason lives in Boise, Idaho. This project is moving
along slowly, but moving along nonetheless. And that's what's
important. As far as the other film projects, Steve is currently
putting together an outline for the 15 minute project. The script
for the 35 minute project is done. It was written by me, and I
finished the second draft last weekend. It is called "Like That,"
and it is actually a prequel to the feature-length film I'm also
writing. It is a romantic comedy. Ok, Ok, I know what you're
thinking, but I don't care. Good writers can write anything!
I want this film to have a
"Cameron Crowe" feel to
it. I'm actually pretty excited about this script. I think
it is one of the best things I've written since I can't remember.
And if you know me you know I never say that about my stuff.
Comic Books - Chosen is coming back. It will be re-vamped and
better than ever. Stay tuned for more info.