You’re not dreaming!

R.E.M. kickstarterI am thrilled to announce that we have completed R.E.M., our first book in a partnership with Spoke Lane Entertainment.  R.E.M. is an edge of your seat, mind-bending thriller with a tragic love story at its core.

And now, we’ve launched our Kickstarter campaign ,which includes some amazing rewards, to raise the money necessary to bring this book to print.

Nearly 3 years ago, Ryan Colucci came to me with a slate of graphic novels proposing we partner on creating compelling content with solid prospects for film adaptation.  Most of those that follow me know Colucci as my oft-time collaborator (White Space ,George R.R. Martin’s The Skin Trade) with a background in film and graphic novels that speaks for itself.

R.E.M. was of the first books we agreed to make, including Bulderlyns, a family-themed story about a boy and his bond with a mystical creature which may be the only hope against an onslaught led by the creature’s evil sibling,  and Chasing Rabbits, in which the relentless pursuit of a serial killer takes place in a macabre take on the universe of Alice in Wonderland.  We are near complete on the entire slate with R.E.M. hitting the finish line first.

A graphic novel done right, for me, is the perfect marriage of book and film, using visuals to drive the story alongside the prose and inner monologues we don’t often see in a film.  Ryan Colucci, Zsombor Huszka and Karol Wisniewski have done just that with R.E.M., and in a sprawling story brought to life in gorgeous, haunting black and white.  It is nearly the antithesis of the explosive bursts of color in Colucci’s debut novel, Harbor Moon.

As well, for the company, this book will mark the first completed in our slate under Spokefish, the graphic novel partnership between Mike The Pike Productions and Spoke Lane Entertainment.

R.E.M. does not disappoint, and I write this in hopes that you will help us complete the dream with whatever support you can offer toward our publishing costs.  The book is finished, but now we need to print it.  I ask humbly if you will please support this project and the great talents behind it.  The final product is a result of a lot of blood, sweat and tears; and even when there was no way, we found a way, to finish it.

I’m really proud of the work that went in to making this a reality and hope that you will take the time to give $5, $20, $100, whatever you can spare to make this a reality as the first book of three on our slate.  If everyone following this blog were to give even the smallest amount, we will have reached in excess of our goal, allowing us to expedite distribution and finish work on additional books.  Thank you so much!

Also, I’ll be posting about this until we reach our goal, so if there’s no other reason to give– do it to shut me up about R.E.M.!    Thank you, Sincerely!

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Mike the Pike Productions, Inc. Begins Development on ‘The Skin Trade’; 

re-ups Rights to Werewolf Masterpiece by Game of Thrones Scribe, George R.R. Martin

  

LOS ANGELES, CA –July 20, 2011- Mike the Pike Productions, Inc. (OTC: MIKP) (www.mtpprods.com) is pleased to announce that it has re-upped its option for ‘The Skin Trade’ by George R.R. Martin, the author/creator behind HBO’s smash success, ‘Game of Thrones’. 

‘GRRM’s ‘The Skin Trade’ is a werewolf novella with a macabre backdrop in the vein of films like ‘’Underworld’, ‘The Howling’ and even ‘Silence of the Lambs’, to enable a high priority development phase for the project toward production in 2012. The Option gives Mike The Pike Productions exclusive film rights to develop the material for screen, intended for wide theatrical release. These actions will be coupled with its agenda to begin pre-production on a separate, low-budget feature by end of 2011. 

Producers are confident the piece will have both critical and commercial appeal with a box-office scenario that could well outperform its (even recent) Lycan counterparts.

MTP and its partners recently wrapped principle photography on sci-fi thriller ‘White Sapce’ written by Spoke Lane Entertainment’s ‘Ryan Colucci’ and Directed by www.filmworksfx.com founder, Ken Locsmandi.

Mike The Pike Productions CEO/Producer, Mark B. Newbauer says, “The Skin Trade”  is both a new spin on the werewolf legend and a classic, macabre mystery; shrouded in dark secrets, on the chase for a shifty killer with a thirst for the most unlikely of victims. George has once again created, in a matter of pages, a rich universe with complex characters and a jaw-dropping storyline that sticks with you well beyond the read.”

He continues, “George is a great writer because George is a feeling human being with, from what I can tell, as much compassion and understanding of human nature as he has imagination and attention to detail.  Where most great writers are creating great stories, George creates, time and time again, entire worlds, in which every character, every moment is real, even in the most bizzare of scenarios or settings.  It’s why this piece, above any other I’ve read or seen is, hands down, the best werewolf story there is.”

The team looks to connect with George at this week’s Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego, the largest comic book and popular arts convention in the world, where producer Ryan Colucci will be marketing his www.harbor-moon.com as well as teaser material for the MIKP’s SPOKEFISH Graphic Novel slate. George will be moderating a panel for Game of Thrones (http://tinyurl.com/3k2u2x5). 

George R.R. Martin, coined ‘The American Tolkein’ and recently named by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 Most Influential People is the author/creator behind HBO’s  successful epic series, Game of Thrones, which is nominated for 13 Emmys last week, including Outstanding Drama and Outstanding Writing.

Currently, Avatar Press (http://www.avatarpress.com/) is developing the Graphic Novel version of ‘The Skin Trade’. 

More news to come on ‘White Space’, ‘The Skin Trade’ and another exciting property yet to be announced! 

MTP Producers Ryan Colucci, Beth Newbauer and Mark B. Newbauer present: George R.R. Martin’s THE SKIN TRADE: From the best-selling author behind HBO’s Game of Thrones comes this white knuckle chiller with a string of unsolved murders immersed deep in lycan lore : When a series of grotesque killings strikes her small hometown, private detective Randi Wade becomes suspicious. The grisly murders remind her all too much of her own father’s death nearly 20 years ago. Now there is a killer in town who not only slays his victims, but also takes their skin. Undaunted, Randi takes the case head-on as the murders continue, each more brutal than the last. When a close friend suddenly becomes a target, he is forced to reveal a startling secret about himself and Randi is quickly pulled into a dark world within her own town where monsters do exist and even they have something to fear…

Mike the Pike Productions, Inc. Begins Development on ‘The Skin Trade’; 

re-ups Rights to Werewolf Masterpiece by Game of Thrones Scribe, George R.R. Martin

  

LOS ANGELES, CA –July 20, 2011- Mike the Pike Productions, Inc. (OTC: MIKP) (www.mtpprods.com) is pleased to announce that it has re-upped its option for ‘The Skin Trade’ by George R.R. Martin, the author/creator behind HBO’s smash success, ‘Game of Thrones’. 

‘GRRM’s ‘The Skin Trade’ is a werewolf novella with a macabre backdrop in the vein of films like ‘’Underworld’, ‘The Howling’ and even ‘Silence of the Lambs’, to enable a high priority development phase for the project toward production in 2012. The Option gives Mike The Pike Productions exclusive film rights to develop the material for screen, intended for wide theatrical release. These actions will be coupled with its agenda to begin pre-production on a separate, low-budget feature by end of 2011. 

Producers are confident the piece will have both critical and commercial appeal with a box-office scenario that could well outperform its (even recent) Lycan counterparts.

MTP and its partners recently wrapped principle photography on sci-fi thriller ‘White Sapce’ written by Spoke Lane Entertainment’s ‘Ryan Colucci’ and Directed by www.filmworksfx.com founder, Ken Locsmandi.

Mike The Pike Productions CEO/Producer, Mark B. Newbauer says, “The Skin Trade”  is both a new spin on the werewolf legend and a classic, macabre mystery; shrouded in dark secrets, on the chase for a shifty killer with a thirst for the most unlikely of victims. George has once again created, in a matter of pages, a rich universe with complex characters and a jaw-dropping storyline that sticks with you well beyond the read.”

He continues, “George is a great writer because George is a feeling human being with, from what I can tell, as much compassion and understanding of human nature as he has imagination and attention to detail.  Where most great writers are creating great stories, George creates, time and time again, entire worlds, in which every character, every moment is real, even in the most bizzare of scenarios or settings.  It’s why this piece, above any other I’ve read or seen is, hands down, the best werewolf story there is.”

The team looks to connect with George at this week’s Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego, the largest comic book and popular arts convention in the world, where producer Ryan Colucci will be marketing his www.harbor-moon.com as well as teaser material for the MIKP’s SPOKEFISH Graphic Novel slate. George will be moderating a panel for Game of Thrones (http://tinyurl.com/3k2u2x5). 

George R.R. Martin, coined ‘The American Tolkein’ and recently named by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 Most Influential People is the author/creator behind HBO’s  successful epic series, Game of Thrones, which is nominated for 13 Emmys last week, including Outstanding Drama and Outstanding Writing.

Currently, Avatar Press (http://www.avatarpress.com/) is developing the Graphic Novel version of ‘The Skin Trade’. 

More news to come on ‘White Space’, ‘The Skin Trade’ and another exciting property yet to be announced! 

MTP Producers Ryan Colucci, Beth Newbauer and Mark B. Newbauer present: George R.R. Martin’s THE SKIN TRADE: From the best-selling author behind HBO’s Game of Thrones comes this white knuckle chiller with a string of unsolved murders immersed deep in lycan lore : When a series of grotesque killings strikes her small hometown, private detective Randi Wade becomes suspicious. The grisly murders remind her all too much of her own father’s death nearly 20 years ago. Now there is a killer in town who not only slays his victims, but also takes their skin. Undaunted, Randi takes the case head-on as the murders continue, each more brutal than the last. When a close friend suddenly becomes a target, he is forced to reveal a startling secret about himself and Randi is quickly pulled into a dark world within her own town where monsters do exist and even they have something to fear…

CONGRATS! -PRODUCING PARTNER- RYAN COLUCCI– HARBOR MOON ON SHELVES NOW!

from Ryan @ http://ryancolucci.blogspot.com/  Harbor Moon Hits Comic Shops – FINALLY

April 12 came and went with a whimper for me.  After months (over a year) of the book being done, Harbor Moonhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=citydoglax&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1897548958&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr finally shipped last Tuesday. It is at once my greatest accomplish and the bane of my existence. It has been such a struggle from its very inception (me calling Brian Anderson in 2003) to last week – and not for any other reason than other people. The best part of the entire process was dealing with Karol/Pawel and then all of those that accepted the book for review – some of who I talk to on a very consistent basis. One of those reviewers, who I had zero relationship with before his review of the book, actually wrote a script for me (details to follow). Company politics, vulture producers and a host of other miscreants have come and gone throughout the process – but one thing never wavered – my belief in the book and myself. I am glad I was created this way – disturbed and with a laser-like focus, that is usually to my detriment but propels me to do things others can’t or won’t. And I hope you have a chance to check out Harbor Moon – because I believe that what we did is worthy of your time (and money). And if you do check it out, and like it, please take the time to submit a review on Amazon.  Your words can go a long way. It was my dream growing up to make comics – and I am proud of the fact I have been able to accomplish that. It’s hard pulling it off when you yourself aren’t the artist, and it is even harder trying to sell them – but when you love what you are doing and the products you are putting out it makes it all worth it.