When I met my girlfriend back in around ’96 she played the cello – still does in fact. So, over the years I’ve seen her play in numerous orchestras and every time I meet her after the concert she asks me what I thought, and I ALWAYS reply “you were the best one in your row.” It’s a (no doubt irritating) running joke and it is, of course, stolen from one of my favourite movies – Ghostbusters. Pete Venkman says it to Dana Barrett when he waits for her outside her orchestra practice. And it’s wonderful and witty and joyful and it’s not even one of the best loved lines from the movie – that’s how good a film it is – one of the best scripts of all time, for my mainstream-loving money. And the performances from Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Dan Akroyd are ridiculously charming. Murray, especially. They don’t give out Oscars for comedy but show me a movie performance that’s more emminently watchable and engaging than Bill Murray in Ghostbusters. The guy commands the screen in the style of someone like Richard Burton or Morgan Freeman (at his best). The difference is, he doesn’t even look like he’s trying.
I love Ghostbuters. So, you can imagine how delighted I was to get to write these characters. GHOSTBUSTERS: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE is a Christmas one-shot from IDW that will be solicited in the upcoming Diamond catalogue. It features art by Chilean artist Diego Jourdan (ASTRO BOY) and covers by Nick Runge. One of these highlights the Dickensian influence of the story and the other, my favourite, going for a Norman Rockwell style.
And yes, this is the Ghostbusters vs. the Christmas Carol ghosts of past, present and future. And no, I didn’t make any Scrooged references, although I was very tempted.
Writing dialogue for Pete Venkman was great fun for me. Right up there with writing Han Solo and Indiana Jones. I’m ticking these off one by one.
Here’s the Ghostbuters covers, along with a preview page of art from the upcoming THE GRIEVOUS JOURNEY OF ICHABOD AZREAL (AND THE DEAD LEFT IN HIS WAKE). This was given a cool full-page ad in the excellent 2000AD Prog 1650 last week – to digress, 2000AD is on a bit of a run at the moment, some fantastic work there. Ichabod is a supernatural western by the brilliant Dom Reardon (Caballistics Inc) and myself, with colours by Pete Doherty (Shaolin Cowboy). Pete coloured my and Laurence Campbell’s BREATHING SPACE in 2000AD a few years back and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have colour a comic of mine. Anyway, keep a look out for this one. It’s kind of The Assasination Of Jesse James mixed with an apocalyptic Gram Parsons album. If that makes any sense: