So, we're gearing up for the release in December of Gorgator, and I'm writing a couple of pages for the back of the book. I thought you guys may want to read the very first draft of the history of Gorgator:
Two stories will appear in the comic in December in B&W.
"In February of 2009, I was teaching a Screenwriting class at the college I work for. The students and I got into a discussion about what makes bad dialogue bad. Somehow, the conversation moved towards Syfy (Sci-Fi back then) Channel’s made-for-tv flicks. We chatted about in-depth conversations people would have with each other while fighting a monster or things people would say out of the blue, which ends up sounding like a line from an Arnie flick from the 80s. I looked at the class and said this, “It seems almost anyone can write a movie for Sci-Fi channel nowadays. All you need is bad dialogue and two animals smashed together into one beast. Gorilla and Alligator equals Gorgator.” I paused and laughed. My T.A. stopped and told me that wasn’t a bad idea. It was that point that I started writing a script for Gorgator. The idea was simple, giant beast smashes everything, people have conversations that could NEVER happen in real life, and then there’s a love story smashed into the ending. I finished 20 pages before I realized that this was the best/worst script I’ve ever tried to write. It needed to be a comic book.
In 2003, I met Sean Luke through a mutual friend. He was an artist and a couple years older than I was and he wanted to make comics. We both worked with our mutual friend on a couple of horrible ideas, and we decided that we should work together. We briefly worked together on a book I wrote called “Rev. of the Undead,” but called it quits soon afterwards most likely because I was being pompous and arrogant. We parted ways and didn’t start hanging out again until 2008 when Sean started coming to see me do stand-up comedy. At the time, I really wanted to have a second artist on my web comic Bunch of Capes, and I was really digging on Sean’s style. It was until a week after working with him that I realized we worked on a zombie book together for a couple of weeks. We joked around about Gorgator and made fun of the concept. Sean drew a couple of quick sketches and brought them to my house. We drank absinthe and watched horror films as we planned the book out. At first, it was only going to be stories about Gorgator, but after finishing the first story, I grew incredibly tired of the beast and wanted to focus on the other members of the team.
My computer was filled with scripts for stories that will never happen. Some of them were ok, and some of them were just plain awful. I found one story called “Tales of Duty” which had a similar writing style to “Gorgator” that I felt was strong. “Tales” was written for an anthology for a publisher out west, but the anthology was cancelled, and the story sat there on my computer for a couple of years. We changed the character’s name from “Rich” to “Rick” in order to use the lame character of Rick in one last story. Sean and I developed a few other stories during that time which will never see the light of day. These ideas were all written a month before the final draft of the “Gorgator” was completed, so there is quite a few things in these descriptions that don’t make sense.
Gorgator 2: It took place in the Australian Outback. Crash and Johnson search for the origin of Gorgator and seek revenge for Pvt. Lundski’s death.
Gorgator 3: South American jungle. More Gorgator, same lame story.
Gorgator vs Dracula: Self-Explanitory. I figured enough monster movies during the 60s and 70s did it. Why couldn’t I do it?
Planet of the Gorgators: It’s Planet of the Apes, with Gorgators. Crash, Johnson, and Montague go to the future…. Planet of the Gorgators… "