Archive | October 2012

Disney Bought Star Wars? Be happy it wasn’t Michael Bay!

I am sure everyone has heard the news about Disney purchasing Lucasfilm and announcing a new Star Wars film in 2015.

Calm down, fanboys. I know this sounds awful, but lets look at the facts:

1) The best Star Wars film (Empire) is also the one where Lucas participated in the least. He certainly has vision, but his skills as a filmmaker are lacking (see prequels). Even when he is just a producer, things can go bad (see Crystal Skull).

2) Disney can and does produce excellent films. They gave us Pirates (the fifth highest grossing film franchise of all time), the award winning Pixar Animation Studios (Lucas sold them as well) and countless classic films that have lasted the test of time.

3) This isn’t the first time Disney has managed a popular franchise. See the Muppets and Marvel. Not only was Jason “Marshall Eriksen” Segel’s The Muppets a great film but they let Joss “God of All Nerds” Whedon direct the $1.5 billion box office phenomenon, The Avengers. How many other studios would have allowed such a thing?

Yes Disney is not perfect (I saw John Carter and the marketing was not its only problem), but I have been a Star Wars fan since childhood I have to say I am cautiously optimistic. Disney wants Star Wars for the marketing potential, not because they want to destroy our childhood. They have seen how much money they can make when they let the creative types be creative. I can’t see them doing anything different with Episode VII.

Although rumor has it they will not pull from the Expanded Universe, you just never know what may change as we get closer to 2015. Perhaps we will see the adventures of Ben Skywalker, but I will keep my fingers crossed for a big screen adaptation of the X-Wing series.

As long as the film avoids racist/anti-Semitic aliens, bureaucracy and endless scenes of people sitting around talking, I will be happy.

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“Revenants in Warfare” is clawing at your front door!

Just in time for Halloween, “Revenants in Warfare” has been published in the “Issue 5: The Historical Undead: Alternate History Zombies” of The Were-Traveler. Fans of zombies and alternate history can enjoy this “fake excerpt” from the introduction of renowned historian Jorge Roman as he gives the definitive account of the use of the dead in war.

Thanks again to Maria Kelly for giving me this chance. I hope you all enjoy my first foray into zombie literature and remember…GET BACK IN THE HOUSE CARL!!!

Stay Safe, Sandy is Coming

This is what it looks like in NYC right now:

My parents and sister are currently in Philadelphia. I hope and pray they and everyone from Boston to DC stays safe and dry.

Beta Readers Needed by The Masquerade Crew

The Masquerade Crew is looking for beta readers to help select the final stories for their time travel anthology. My short story “Road Trip” is one of the submissions you might get a chance to read if you volunteer. Find out more information here.

“Revenants in Warfare” shambles toward publication

After less than a week since my last announcement about a publication, I now have more good news. Last night I was contacted by Maria Kelly from The Were-Traveler. She loved “Revenants in Warfare”, my flash fiction piece which she described as a “meta-faux history article”. It is a “fake excerpt” from renowned historian Jorge Roman’s new book. The preeminent historian of the dead has broken new ground by detailing the history of the dead in warfare. Learn about the bloody genesis of modern society.

I had fun writing this story and I hope you will enjoy reading it as well.  Originally it was longer, but after several rewrites I shortened it to fall under your flash fiction category. This is one of my first forays into zombie fiction, despite being a huge fan of the genre ever since I stayed up late at a slumber party to watch Night of Living Dead.  While everyone else passed out, my eyes remained glued to the television as I absorbed Romero’s masterpiece.

The story will be appearing in Issue 5 of the magazine and will be published on October 29th or 30th, 2012, just in time for Halloween.

With a new short story coming out I decided to create a new bio to use a signature blurb. Check it out:

Matt Mitrovich is a long-time fan of alternate history, founder and editor of Alternate History Weekly Update and a volunteer editor for Alt Hist magazine. His fiction can be found at Echelon PressJake’s MonthlyThe Masquerade Crew and his own writing blog. When not writing he works as an attorney, enjoys life with his beautiful wife Alana and prepares for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter (@MattMitrovich).

Farewell to Jake’s Monthly Anthology

Jake Johnson, editor of Jake’s Monthly Anthology, celebrated the publication of his last issue this month. A hearty congratulations and a fond farewell to the publication that published one of my first short stories “A Perfect Hell on Earth” (first edition). I wish you the best of luck Jake in your future projects, I know they will be successful.

Has “Road Trip” found a home?

Nothing official yet, but The Masquerade Crew recently posted on their blog the list of short stories submitted for their time travel anthology. My short story “Road Trip” is listed, but what is most important is this line near the bottom:

I don’t have any plans on rejecting any story as long as the author is willing to work with the team: me, beta readers, and editors.

Sounds good to me and though I hate to jinx it, hopefully you will all get the chance to read my foray into the future very soon.