Been a quiet week here on the blog as we're prepping for this weekend--I'll be attending Boston ComicCon (table D426) Friday through Sunday, August 8-10. I'll be signing books and chatting with readers all weekend, so stop by if you're there. I'd love to meet anyone who attends!
Table D426 is in Artists' Alley--if you head straight in from the main entrance and walk toward the back where the smaller events, talks, and presentations are held, my table is right around the corner on the right in the back. Also, by strange coincidence, my friend and colleague Dave Seeley will be there, a ridiculously talented artist who does quite a bit of sci-fi and fantasy art work. Dave will have a large display poster of the first book I was on the cover of--I've always joked that my face got used on a book cover long before my name was on the cover of a book I'd actually written. (This is my face on someone else's body on an amazing sci-fi book cover he did last year.) Check out his work if you're there--Dave is an amazing talent and a great guy.
I hesitate to post this because it's an ad, but when people have asked where certain characters in The Indestructibles came from, Kate's the easiest to explain--I've known dancers who put up with injuries that would have leveled athletes in other sports. Ballplayers ain't got nothing on a ballet dancer when it comes to what they fight through to perform. Hence the toughest and most determined character in the book is a ballet deancer turned vigilante. And this commercial does a heck of a job demonstrating that.
Here's a link with the one minute Under Armour ad. Whether or not you're into the clothing line, it's still really wonderful to see an athletics company promote ballet as part of the pantheon of sports requiring, athleticism, strength, skill, and grace.
As an aside, I rarely say what the characters look like in my head because I don't want to take anything away from the readers' imaginations, but I have to admit... I think Misty Copeland would be a great casting choice for Kate in an Indestructibles movie, wouldn't she?
Matthew Phillion is the writer of "The Indestructibles," part-time actor, occasional filmmaker. Currently on the lam in Salem with his trusty dog, Watson.