Pawel Sambor, (www.harbor-moon.com) is making great strides on Spokefish’s graphic novel, Bulderlyns as an inker/colorist.  Spokefish’s Ryan Colucci states, “It is safe to say that the one thing about Harbor Moon everyone raves about (over everything else) is the coloring.  So to have him for this book is a major coup.  Igor Wolski’s pencils with Pawel’s colors are going to be killer.”

Bulderlyns is about a small town just outside of Chicago that is turned upside down when a businessman brings his son a rare egg from a trip overseas.  The egg hatches and the town is besieged by one of the two mythical Bulderlyn creatures inside.  The small boy and the other, gentler creature must teach each other the meaning of courage as they attempt to save the town from the beast.

George R.R. Martin, author behind HBO's 'Game of Thrones' and www.mtpprods.com 'The Skin Trade' offers his top 10 fantasy films


uthor George R.R. Martin‘s book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, has an incredible fan following and is considered one of the top fantasy series ever written. A TV adaptation of the stories is set to begin airing on HBO tomorrow night, with the first season based on the first book, A Game of Thrones.

But did you ever wonder what Martin himself considers some of the top fantasy stories ever told? The author wrote a special list up for The Daily Beastrunning down his personal all-time favorite fantasy movies.

You can find out what he chose by heading on over to the other side now!


For every pick Martin made he also explained why, but instead of pasting the whole thing we’ll just rank off the bottom ones and then look at the top five.

Here’s what the bottom half of George R.R. Martin’s top ten fantasy movies looks like. You can read what Martin had to say about his numbers 10-6 and why he picked them by clicking the link above.

10. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
9. Beauty and the Beast (1946)
8. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
7. Dark City (1998)
6. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

And here are the top five along with why Martin chose them:

5. Dragonslayer (1981)

This underrated 1981 fantasy was a co-production between Disney and Paramount, but it ranks well above most of Disney’s live action from the period. It’s surprisingly dark, and delivers some nice twists and turns along the way. Vermithrax Perjorative is the best dragon ever put on film (the dragons in Reign of Fire are a close second) and has the coolest dragon name as well. Ralph Richardson ranks right up there with Frank Morgan as Best Film Wizard of All Time (Until Ian McKellan Put on the Pointy Hat). I especially loved his first words when he comes back from the dead. Peter MacNichol stars as Galen, an impressively earnest, blotchy, and incompetent sorcerer’s apprentice. There’s also a beautiful, brave, noble princess, who gets eaten by baby dragons after making us believe she’s Galen’s love interest. The real love interest, Caitlin Clarke, spends most of the film pretending to be a boy, a bit of gender-bending one would never have expected from Disney. The film’s bad guys are painted in shades of gray; from where they sit, they’re the heroes, doing what has to be done to save the land. Even Vermithrax has believable motives. Matthews Robbins directed; Robbins and Hal Barwood wrote. Do NOT confuse this one with the much inferior Dragonheart.

4. Ladyhawke (1984)

Romantic fantasy done right. Richard Donner directed this 1985 medieval romance from a story and script by Edward Khmara. Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer starred as the star-crossed lovers, cursed so they can only share a few brief moments together at dawn and dusk; she turns into a hawk during the day, and he transforms into a wolf by night. Both are at their best and most beautiful in this one. Matthew Broderick also excels as the thief Mouse. Haunting, evocative, sweet and sad and magical, Ladyhawke was beautifully acted, directed, and shot… and then nearly ruined by one of the worst scores ever put on film, a mess that attempted to combine the cheesy ’80s sound of the Alan Parsons Project with Gregorian chants and music from the London Philharmonic. If only there was a way to turn off the soundtrack and still hear the dialogue… if only there was a way to convince someone to re-release this film with a brand new score.

3. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Films don’t get much more classic than this. What a cast! Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, the guy who replaced Buddy Epson as the Tin Woodman whose name I always forget, Margaret Hamilton (never been a better Wicked Witch, never will be), Frank Morgan’s avuncular rapscallion of a Wizard (MGM wanted W.C. Fields for the role, which would have been a hoot) and of course Judy Garland as Dorothy (MGM wanted Shirley Temple for that role, which would have been… ah… sweet). And we can’t forget her little dog Toto. The music is marvelous, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” became one of Garland’s greatest hits, and numerous lines from the film have become part of our common culture. “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” “Follow the yellow brick road.” “No one sees the wizard, not no way, not no how.” Not to mention flying monkeys, munchkins, and lions and tigers and bears, oh my. As mayor of the munchkin city, I rank this one third.

2. The Princess Bride (1987)

William Goldman’s 1973 novel was a delight, and Rob Reiner’s 1987 film version brought it masterfully to the screen. With Goldman handling the adaptation himself, the movie managed to capture all of the book’s charm and wit–no easy task. The casting was perfect in this one. Cary Elwes as the Man in Black, the lovely Robin Wright as the beautiful Princess Buttercup, Andre the Giant, Billy Crystal, Peter Falk, and Fred Savage in the framing story (a rather different frame than the one in the novel, where Goldman himself is a character, but it worked wonderfully)… and of course Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya, everyone’s favorite swashbuckler. The Man in Black’s three duels are each classics in their own way, especially his confrontation with Inigo, which ranks right up with Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone as one of the great cinematic swordfights of all time. And Goldman’s dialogue has never been crisper or funnier. “Why are you smiling?” It would have been inconceivable not to put this one on the list.

1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003)

I suppose I could list these as my Top 3, but they are really one long movie (very long if you watch the extended cuts with their extra footage, which are my preferred versions) just as the Tolkien “trilogy” was actually one long novel sliced into three parts by publisher fiat. Lord of the Rings was long thought to be unfilmable, and the various animated attempts from Ralph Bakshi and Rankin-Bass went a long way to proving the truth of that, but Peter Jackson’s magnificent epic refuted all the naysayers. Elijah Wood was very good as Frodo and Sean Astin even better as Sam. Viggo Mortensen doesn’t fit my own mental image of Strider, but soon won me over all the same. Sean Bean made an amazing Boromir, and Ian McKellan was the perfect Gandalf. The artistry that went into the making of Gollum still astonishes. Yes, they left out Tom Bombadil and the Scouring of the Shire. I missed the latter (the former, not so much). This was as faithful and reverent an adaptation as could ever have been hoped for. If you don’t like these films, you don’t like fantasy.

Skin In The ‘Games’

Had a great meeting with George R.R. Martin — both an honor and a pleasure, and I mean that despite any cliche. It started with a brief background on each other and from there we enjoyed a delicious and, as-expected, overpriced breakfast at his hotel.

The guy is altogether human, personable and a lover of life. We talked about everything from HBO’s adaptation of his ‘Game of Thrones’ to 80’s anthology shows like Amazing Stories and Twilight Zone to potential Graphic Novel discussions… and, of course, we discussed the direction we’re heading with ‘The Skin Trade’, with the aim of turning out a classic, gritty thriller with mass appeal. No team Jacob here. We’re talking classic, hard-hitting cinema with in-depth characters and striking milieu.

BTW- congrats to HBO and GRRM as ‘Game of Thrones’ is picked up for a second season after only 1 episode!…..  One viewing is completely demonstrative of the claim that this is the network’s Sopranos of the Middle Ages… Sex, Mugs and f*ckin trolls… lol 

Shortly thereafter, I paid a visit to our producing partner, Ken Locsmandi at his studio HQ for www.filmworksfx.com, which is also the home ofwww.newdealstudios.com and www.strangercomics.com. A great group of collaborators with hands in each others’ projects for a dream-team of a creative family grouped into one campus. More to come on that as, for shareholders and sideliners alike, we make announcements on our sci-fi thriller with Spoke Lane Entertainment set for principle photography this summer in Los Angeles. All involved feel it has amazing potential in terms of production value and overall capacity for revenue performance and audience satisfaction…

Again, thank you, GRRM, for your time today as we work toward making you proud with a film adaptation of The Skin Trade.

Meanwhile, at Blackstone Manor…

As if it weren’t privilege enough to have George R.R. Martin in our circle with the Option on his ‘The Skin Trade’, We had the pleasure of meeting with GRRM earlier this month to discuss the property and finally meet in person in regards to development and our moving forward on the project. which is great timing considering the glowing reviews of HBO’s upcoming Game of Thrones.

‘The Skin Trade’ is hands down, the finest of its kind, in my opinion. Granted, there probably aren’t many werewolf novellas out there, but I’m talking as a whole— the piece reads like ‘Silence of the Lambs’, seamlessly integrating the lore of the lycanthrope with a supernatural twist that holds a good suspension of disbelief for readers across the board. The universe he creates here is rich, with characters that stay with you well beyond the end of the story and we look forward to developing the property in a fashion that keeps hold of its classic quality over and above what some may expect in ‘another werewolf movie’.

We’re thrilled to have www.filmworksfx.com on board for visual effects and anyone who hasn’t taken the time to watch their demo, should do so immediately— don’t forget to go to ‘full screen’ and turn the volume up a bit as it’s quite the experience as far as demo reels go. It’s founder, Ken Locsmandi, created visual effects for films such as The Matrix, Juno, City of Ember, Knight and Day and others, not to mention their strategic relationship withwww.newdealstudios.com. …and on that note, we have some very exciting news to mention with our own strategic partner, Ryan Colucci’s Spoke Lane Entertainment, in the very near future. Thanks to those that stuck with us, whether you did it because you loved us or because you couldn’t sell your shares- We’ll make you proud with MIKP 🙂