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Comic-Con Pitch 2005: 'The Forest King'

By Rob M. Worley     July 11, 2005

It's the week ofComic-ConInternational in San Diego continues and Comics2Film is here withanother tip for producers who will be heading down to the show lookingfor the next coolness.


Today Dan Mishkin journeysdeep into the woods of "The Forest King".

Q: Describe "The Forest King"in two sentences or less.

"The Forest King" tells the story of Justin Woodlark, who moves to a smallNew England town in the aftermath of a family tragedy, only to discover thatan ancient evil is on the rise there. In our first volume, Woodlark's Shadow,Justin realizes that to face the terrible power that's lurking in the woodshe must do more than conquer his fears; he must risk making himself anoutcast among the other young people in the town.

Q: If you were to compare"The Forest King" to a movie or TV show what would it be?

There are echoes of "HarryPotter" in "The Forest King." Although Justin seems to have no specialpowers, he does face a supernatural threat that the adult world seemsunwilling or unable to recognize, and he must rely on his own wits andcourage, along with the one or two friends he can convince of the danger,to defeat it. For similar reasons, it is reminiscent of "E.T."

Q: Why do you think"The Forest King" would translate to film/TV/animation?

The setting, a small NewEngland town nestled in a spooky forest, provides a visual canvas that's anatural for the screen - even more so when the suspense builds as we getfleeting glimpses of the shadowy creature in the woods. Additionally,the look of the creature when revealed is startling and unique; the variouscharacters ring with emotional truth; and the events of the story - from themysterious game that the children play in the forest, to an evening's bonfire,to a deadly pursuit downriver by canoe, to the final confrontation with anoverwhelming force of evil - play out with vivid and dramatic immediacy.

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Ben Raab on 'Living in Infamy'
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Aaron Sowd on 'Sally Samson: Super Sitter'
Aaron Sowd on 'Undercover Fish'
Aaron Sowd on 'Dark Art'

Q: Why should movie folksseek you out at Comic-Con?

Not only will Komikwerks bedisplaying many other projects to look at, but movie people can also talk tome about my various published creations like Creeps, Blue Devil, and Amethyst,Princess of Gemworld, as well as my many new concepts in areas supernatural,science fictional, horrific and fun.

Q: How can folks find youat Comic-Con?

Come to the Komikwerksbooth, #5439-5440 across from Diamond Comics Distributors, or contact meat dmishkin@gmail.com."The Forest King" is represented by Circle of Confusion.


Are you a comics creatorattending Comic-Con with a conceptHollywood types should check out? E-mail your responses to the questionsabove, along with your booth number, tonews@comics2film.comand we'll send them over.

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