Not too long ago I saw writer Brandon Easton on a Comikaze panel. Informative and casual, he gave great advice about breaking into the comic and entertainment industries. Easton wrote the new release Shadowlaw and is currently working on Cartoon Network’s ThunderCats. In addition to appearing on his own panel at WonderCon, he’ll also be on Wide Lantern’s WonderCon panel [Friday, March 16 at the Anaheim Convention Center] as we discuss pitching diversity.
Shadowlaw, his new creation, has received great reviews. Here’s the press release from Arcana.
Shadowlaw takes place a few centuries from now, where the Catholic Church is the dominant global political body. The government is a theocratic technocracy and they maintain military dominance through the use of their giant mech armors. Our story opens as that society is on the verge of political revolution, and because of a series of events, the biggest secret in their history will be unveiled. There was a global war in their past that resulted in a dark deal with some truly evil beings…
I originally wrote this as a screenplay treatment back in 1996 as an undergrad at Ithaca College. I showed it to a few friends of mine and they hated it, so I put it away for about eight years. [Laughs] The original story was a Blade Runner meets the Lost Boys chase adventure through a post-apocalyptic landscape. The characters were searching for a bunch of artifacts they could use to kill the main vampire — much like how Harry Potter and his buddies search for the Horcruxes to dispatch Voldemort.
Ultimately, I realized that the story didn’t work because it felt forced and derivative of all of my literary and cinematic influences. I rediscovered the concept in early 2004 while cleaning out a box of old paperwork from college. I sat down, examined a few of the core elements and decided to up the ante with the world design and concept. I realized it needed to become a more personal story instead of a standard chase narrative. I wanted to do something that hasn’t been done in a sci-fi story in a very long time, and that was having it be set in a swamp. It would have been “easy” to use the typical mega-city Blade Runner visuals to reflect that universe, but by moving it into a more natural environment, it created another set of visual possibilities.”
Ain’t It Cool News, in a review of the book, said they “can’t recommend SHADOWLAW enough.” You can read the entire review by CLICKING HERE, but below is a nice excerpt from it.
“I can’t recommend SHADOWLAW enough as it’s a true love letter to so many different genres that I can never get enough of. There are several twists and turns that carry you through the book and as it ends you’re left looking very forward to what’s ahead for Caesaro’s journey. With each page turn you can just see through the world he creates that Easton really does care about the content he is presenting and has a desire to grow this universe much more in the future. After years of working on this to bring this book to life, I hope he gets the chance as I am very curious to see what fate holds for Rictor Caesaro and the rest of the SHADOWLAW universe. ”
To hear Brandon Easton speak for himself, take a listen to some various podcasts and even some live recorded interviews…
FANBOY RADIO – http://www.fanboyradio.com/fanboy-radio-610-brandon-easton/
UNDERSCOOPFIRE – http://underscoopfire.com/?p=3942
Brandon tells Wired.com of the main character of Shadowlaw, “Rictor is a man whose parents were killed by government troops during what was believed to have been a botched raid. He was eventually adopted by the Chancellor of the New Earth Alliance (NEA). In a bizarre twist, Rictor would be indoctrinated in the ways of the people who murdered his parents and later finds himself in a similar situation at the beginning of the book.” You can read the entire interview where Brandon discusses more on the book, plus the Thundercats relaunch he has been involved with by CLICKING HERE.
If you’re interested in learning more about Brandon Easton, be sure to read the interview over at ComicBookInterviews.com where he discusses his path towards writing comics and working in the industry. It’s a great read, so be sure to read the full interview by CLICKING HERE.
Below is some ordering information for those who would like to pick up a copy:
Diamond Code: SEP110748
Arcana Project Site: http://www.arcana.com/view_title.php?id=189
Rictor Caesaro, a soldier in the New Earth Alliance elite corps, kills his commanding officer during a botched riot control mission. He is sentenced to life in the Sanctuary District – a special prison camp located deep in the swamplands of the South. In this dark domain, Rictor uncovers a secret that not only threatens his life, but the fate of the Earth.