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Dear Creature: The beach-side play

Sea Freak

I’ve been waiting for Jonathan Case’s Dear Creature, about “an atomic sea mutant in the ’60s whose poet soul is at odds with his tendency to eat people, since April. It’s only a couple of weeks away now, but Case has found a new way to torture fans: by showing pictures from the play we’ll never get to see that inspired his sea-monster love story.

Case not only wrote Sea Freak, he starred in it. He describes the experience of sewing his costume onto his own body to make sure it fit, then needing the director to sew the last few scales into place on his butt. The best part for me is that he had to make the costume waterproof. He doesn’t say in the post, but since the play was performed on the beach, I imagine his entrance had to do with rising from the waves and shambling to shore. At least, I hope it did.

Check out Case’s blog for more photos from the production. Dear Creature hits stores on Oct. 11.

Brian Michael Bendis interviews David Mamet — comics writer

The Trials of Roderick Spode

The Trials of Roderick Spode

Somehow it’s largely escaped notice that David Mamet has released a comic book.

Yes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Tony- and Oscar-nominated playwright and screenwriter responsible for such works as Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow, Wag the Dog and more. That David Mamet. But don’t worry, Brian Michael Bendis is way ahead of us!

“Just talked to David Mamet for a half hour,” the avowed Mamet fan tweeted this morning. “Yeah? And I only half embarrassed myself. You’ll see it on @cbr soon. He made a comic book! […] My Mamet interview was not exactly The Chris Farley Show but it was pretty close! Fun fact — he just directed something for Funny or Die”

Released last month by Chicago-area independent publisher Sourcebooks, Mamet’s The Trials of Roderick Spode (“The Human Ant”) is a 32-page hardcover described as “a clever and postmodern take on the world of superheroes and ordinary life.” It chronicles the bizarre adventures of Roderick Spode, an ordinary man who confuses a photo booth with a device that doles out special powers, transforming him into an ant half the time: “Follow Roderick as he hangs out with his friend Cocky Cockroach, freelances as a comma, and fights his nemesis: the European Sourdough Rye!”

Bendis’ interview with Mamet will appear next week at Comic Book Resources.

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