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Old December 1st, 2008   General grievous is offline   #1
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Default Here's the Aquaman Pitch mark waid proposed.

Took me some time to find this piece. This can be merged with the comic pitches thread, I just can't find it presently.


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I am so sick of people making fun of Aquaman that I'm beginning to take it personally. For the last ten years or so, the way we've been scrambling to combat Aquaman's "Dork of the Sea" image--and I've been guilty of trying this, too--is by making Aquaman increasingly darker, grittier, and tougher, the brooding, angry king beset with trouble. Each incarnation of the character seems grimmer than the last, to the point where all that's left for us to do is give him two hooks. And a peg-leg.

OR--here's ANOTHER thought. Yes, the seas can be turbulent and stormy, but y'know what? Far more often, the ocean is a universal symbol for peace and contentment. It's a calming influence. If it weren't, Bermuda would be deserted and Hawaii would be an industrial trade port. It is most people's "happy place." Yes, the ocean is the set piece for "A Perfect Storm," but it's also the world of "Finding Nemo" and "The Little Mermaid." I have never yet met anyone of any age who didn't come away from Sea World envying the guides who swim with the whales and porpoises. I propose we turn this "grim Aquaman" paradigm around for a one-shot and see what happens. "Test the waters," if you will. I know, I slay me. Anyway....

Our POV character in this story is a female marine biologist--and since Aquaman's turf covers the world, there's no need to make her American. (In fact, Russian is preferable--I've been doing a lot of reading about the culture of Russian courtship, and that could really play in nicely.) At any rate, our biologist--let's call her Yelena for now--may have heard the name "Aquaman" here and there, but to her, he's about as real and significant as, say, German football stars are to you and me.

Yelena's work is done with grungy old equipment and spit-and-bailing-wire technology, the best she has to work with. Her whole world has a gritty feel to it--

--so when this bright, blond, shining knight of a man pops out of the water and into her life, she's addled simply by the contrast.

Their paths cross, she's drawn into an adventure, and to Yelena, this "Aquaman" is, yes, mysterious like the sea--but in a warm, enticing way. To Yelena, he is otherworldly, like a fairy tale character come to life. He rarely speaks (though when he does, he's staggeringly charming), he lives in the water, and he smiles. Constantly. In fact, at first, Yelena has a nearly impossible time taking him seriously. He's like a walking cartoon.

And yet...the more she gets to know him, the further she's drawn out of her world and into his, she'll come to realize that there's something going on behind those wide eyes of his. Looking in them, she sees peace and confidence; looking through them, she's gradually introduced to an underwater world of absolute wonder, a place that is far more colorful and in tune with nature than is her own gritty lifestyle. Once she surrenders to the implausibility of it all, she's rewarded a thousandfold, and so are we. Aquaman's joy becomes her joy becomes OUR joy.

There will be no mocking. NO jokes about how "dumb" talking to fish is. Anyone with a keyboard can make cynical jokes. That's easy. What's harder is reminding you why, when you were a kid, you thought the idea of living underwater or commanding the creatures of the sea WAS cool. We can do that. We can remind you, and Yelena's awed voice will be there to back us up.
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Old December 1st, 2008   dragon.king is offline   #2
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Hmm. I'll have to see it as a comic book. Doesn't look good in pitch speak. I agree on Aquaman as a bright contrast to everything else. Let's see how long that lasts.
 
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Old December 1st, 2008   evilscratch is offline   #3
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I still think that Pfeifer got it right. Perhaps if DC had backed his play with even the slightest bit of promotion and support, we would still have a kick-ass Aquaman series.
 
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Old December 1st, 2008   WC Brooks is offline   #4
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I still think that Pfeifer got it right. Perhaps if DC had backed his play with even the slightest bit of promotion and support, we would still have a kick-ass Aquaman series.
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Damn if that's not the truth!

Pfeifer (with great artistic assist by Patrick Gleason) was on the verge of something great. Taking those two off the book sealed its doom.
 
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Old December 1st, 2008   oddballuk is offline   #5
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As much as I loved the PAD era of Aquaman, i'd have loved to see Waid and Wieringo get a shot at Aquaman.

The unused comic pitches thread that you're looking for is just a few threads down from this one (at the moment)!



Here: http://www.comicbloc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=65497

It also includes this Waid/Wieringo pitch and some art too.
 
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Old December 1st, 2008   Hamish Campbell is offline   #6
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Not sure about the Waid pitch, but yeah Pfeifer really had something going with his much to short run - maybe if it had started the series rather than being burdened by following on from the previous creators he might have been able more support.
 
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Old December 1st, 2008   WC Brooks is offline   #7
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Not sure about the Waid pitch, but yeah Pfeifer really had something going with his much to short run - maybe if it had started the series rather than being burdened by following on from the previous creators he might have been able more support.
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I say let Pfeifer and Gleason finish their story.

It would harm nothing.
 
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Old December 1st, 2008   oddballuk is offline   #8
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I say let Pfeifer and Gleason finish their story.

It would harm nothing.
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Agreed.

Even make it a mini if DC don't want to launch a new ongoing with it.
 
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Old December 1st, 2008   pacemaker is offline   #9
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How long was the Pfeifer/Gleason run I've wanted to read that for awhile.

I know it started with 15 right? And was that the Sub Diego story? When did it end.

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I think Waid's pitch would be perfect for Johnny DC.
 
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Old December 1st, 2008   SWilliams is offline   #11
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I liked the pitch, and I'd buy that in a minute.

Of course, as I look over at my long boxes filled with "Resurrection Man," "Quantum & Woody," Alan Moore's "Supreme" and "Suicide Squad," I realize that my liking it might not be the best indicator that it would succeed commercially.
 
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Old December 1st, 2008   Steve Danger is offline   #12
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I remember reading about this on Ringo's blog. Unfortunately another story he never got to tell, he would have rocked the ocean for it's worth.
 
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I still think that Pfeifer got it right. Perhaps if DC had backed his play with even the slightest bit of promotion and support, we would still have a kick-ass Aquaman series.
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I never really got into Aquaman until Pfeifer.

Wish he was still on the book..I may still be reading it.
 
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Old December 1st, 2008   Hamish Campbell is offline   #14
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Actually I wish Pfeifer was on anything at the moment!!
A Ringo draw Aquaman would have been awesome.
 
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Old December 1st, 2008   Hierarch555 is offline   #15
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Pfifer's run was great. I'm not sure on Waid's take but it would've been better than the Cthulu and son Aquaman that we had before Final Crisis.
 
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I think Waid's pitch would be perfect for Johnny DC.
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Why? Can't grown-ups enjoy comics that have a sense of wonder?
 
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