MIKE BOCKOVEN

Old Movies and New Podcasts

Mar
18

It occurred to me that I forgot to post a link to my episode of “This is Rad” with Kyle Clark and Matthew Burnside that dropped Wednesday of last week. So here it is!

Click here to listen to me on This Is Rad

A few thoughts on the experience:

-Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles was not what I was expecting in kind of a glorious way. Instead of a packed to the gills comic shop, like I had pictured, Meltdown struck me more as a creative space with spots for local art and a small show room in the back as seen on TV in a bunch of places. I’m sorry I didn’t get to see a show there because I bet it would be great.

-The way the show works is people pick something they are passionate about to discuss for, basically, as long as they want to. I had sent him a few ideas and he landed on Vincent Price immediately. I’ve been a fan of b-movies for years and always found Vincent Price to be a singular screen presence and the most interesting of his horror movie brethren. I wish I’d said anything as articulate during the podcast.

-Still being relatively new to podcasting (give The Atomic Weight of Cheese a listen! We have fun) it takes me a bit to get into it. As you can hear. I’m hoping to get better about it in the future.

-That being said it’s so much fun when you meet someone who likes to talk that you have a lot in common with and that was me with both the hosts of this show. Of the two and a half hours we recorded, we hung out for easily another hour before and after the recording and I had a great time.

-If you’re interested in the FantasticLand stuff, it’s toward the last third of the podcast. I cannot thank Kyle Clark enough for his championing of FantasticLand and for inviting me on.

The State Of Things

Mar
07

I got mistaken for a TV writer today.

I was on my way out of a meeting with a TV producer by the name of Andrew Dabb. He runs the show Supernatural on the CW and has a lot of ghoulish decorations in his office and is immensely cool. He also, by necessity, talks very fast. And he wants to turn my first novel, “FantasticLand” into a movie.

Let me back up, because it’s easy to get side tracked. About a year ago I was contacted by Mr. Dabb who said he loved “FantasticLand” and wanted to purchase an “option” which means he’d basically rent the rights to try to see if he could turn it into a movie or TV show. Yeah, I’ve been sitting on this for a while. Everything was finalized and, with my family planning a trip to California to go to Disneyland this spring break, I asked him if he’d mind meeting.

Gracious as he is, Andrew Dabb said yes, so I was in the offices of “Supernatural” this afternoon (no Jansen Ackles or Jared Padalecki sitings, sorry Kari) to discuss turning my nasty little thriller into a movie. Having never done anything like this before I don’t know what the odds are of this happening, but Andrew Dabb’s enthusiasm is contagious. I knew my book was in good hands when I walked in and he was wearing as T-shirt from “The Bugle,” a podcast that has made me extraordinarily happy over the years (seriously, John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman were magic together).

Plus, I’ve watched literally hundreds of episodes of Supernatural over the past year in preparation for our meeting and I can safely say I’m a fan of his work, so it was extremely exciting to meet him and a few members of his staff. I will keep everyone updated about what happens in the future, but even if it never goes any further it’s been an amazing ride that has filled me with nothing short of joy. To make matters even better I’m a few hours away from meeting with Kyle Clark from the “This is Rad” podcast and a writer on “The Talking Dead” who is a big fan of the book. We’re cutting a podcast at Nerdmelt Comics in a few hours and I’m excited and nervous and hope I don’t come across as a moron.

I know I’ve said “thank you” a bunch of times to everyone who’s read my work, but I can’t stress how much I mean it. I always wanted a few books on my bookshelf with my name on the. That was the goal and everything that’s happened has been so much more than I dared dream. Thousands of people have read “FantasticLand” and the reviews are good. It might be a movie. I’ve got editors and agents and people who follow what I do. I don’t know how I could ask the Universe for more but more may be coming.

Back to the guy who mistook me for a writer – it was kind of cool to hear but part of my brain started screaming at me “you are a writer. You can write books. You can probably write TV.” And I suppose that part of my brain is right.

So this afternoon I’m sitting in a bar off of Sunset in Los Angeles on my second IPA, and here is the state of affairs – I just met with a guy who wants to turn my first novel into a movie. My second novel comes out in a couple of months. I’ve got various other projects in the works. I get to go to Disneyland tomorrow with my family who has been infinitely patient and supportive of me. I’ve got people excited for me. I’m about to do a podcast with a guy I’ve listened to for years. I’m so full of gratitude I could burst.

Thank you, everyone. Thank you. I’m so excited to see what comes next but if nothing comes next, it’s already been more than enough and if more is happening…well that would be really something, wouldn’t it

Pack Available for Pre-Order

Feb
10

I’ve been editing all week so my brain is so much mush right now but I wanted to stop for a second and talk a bit about my second book.

First off, the release date is now set for my second novel. On July 3, “Pack” will be released as a trade paperback and I couldn’t be more excited for it.

Click here to pre-order. 

My elevator pitch for the book isn’t terribly strong (it’s about a family that’s falling apart. And they happen to be from a long line of werewolves), so if you’re on the fence, here’s what was in my head while I was writing it. I wanted to write something with a lot of colorful characters. I wanted to write something that spoke to family and how hard it can be. I wanted to write something where werewolves ripped bad guys apart. I wanted write something fantastical grounded in my home state.

I think I got there. Like a lot of projects, when I was done with it I felt kind of blah about it but the more I go back and make changes (shoutout to my editor Alexandra Hess) the more I’m not just proud of it, I really like it. I think it’s a solid story that sneaks up on you and if you relate to the characters at all, this book is going to get you.

Of course I don’t want to write anything straight forward so I also peppered the book with a history of the fictional Nebraska town where the story is set. I’m told that’s kind of a neat. I hope so.

Last thing – pre-orders are weighted heavily when it comes to publishing, so if you are interested in this book, pre-ordering it is a big help. I appreciate each and every person who reads my work and thank you for the support. If you read it and like it (or don’t), let me know. I love talking about it.

 

-Mike