MAGGIE THE CAT Logline and Synopsis

This is a logline and synopsis I wrote for my screenplay, which is an expansion of the graphic novel story featured in my upcoming Kickstarter. Elements of the screenplay are being melded with the original comics to complete the storyline begun so long ago. Since then the world has changed and Maggie has changed along with it, becoming a far more complex and interesting character.
 
LOGLINE: The American widow of a philandering British nobleman turns cat burglar to steal back the family jewels and becomes a pawn in an international terror plot. Pressed into service by the SAS and teamed with a top British agent, she becomes the perfect clandestine operative – an outsider, deniable, expendable.

SYNOPSIS: When American model MARGARET LYONS married British Lord Geoffrey Greymalkin, she thought she would be living a fairy tale like Princess Grace.  Instead, she becomes tabloid fodder like Princess Diana after her cheating husband dies in a car wreck with his latest mistress. Hounded by the press, she is dubbed MAGGIE THE CAT.

All that remains of her husband’s once vast estate is Glenn Claymore, a ruined Scottish castle where Maggie lives alone, attended by ANGUS MACALLAN, an old reprobate with a shady past who plays butler, trainer and Higgins to her Eliza Doolittle, polishing her rough edges while honing her skills as a master thief.

Maggie sets out to steal back the expensive jewels her husband gave his many mistresses, but the British government gains evidence of Maggie’s illegal activities and blackmails her into working with the SAS. 

Maggie is teamed with deadly undercover asset RYAN JAMES, whose public profession as a stage actor allows him to be in “interesting” parts of the world without raising suspicion. As Maggie’s handler, he has his hands full trying to curtail her larcenous tendencies while directing her clandestine activities on behalf of Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Their turbulent relationship is complicated by an underlying mutual attraction and resentment of the fact that it’s Ryan’s job to send Maggie into danger.

Maggie’s first assignment is to steal a priceless painting in an attempt to ferret out a terrorist mastermind before he can execute his final masterpiece of murder.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAGGIE THE CAT RETURNS

“I’ll retire when they pry my pencil from my cold, dead fingers.”

–Mike Grell

There are big things happening for comic book legend Mike Grell and his legion of fans.

As one of the pioneers of creator-owned comics, Grell wrote and illustrated some of the industry’s most popular independent titles. Including Jon Sable, Freelance, Starslayer, Shaman’s Tears, Bar Sinister and Maggie the Cat.

Maggie the Cat, the story of a lady cat burglar pressed into service by British Intelligence, first appeared in the pages of Jon Sable, Freelanceand has continued to make guest appearances over the years, but Maggie’sown title ran only two issues before falling victim to the industry-wide crash of the ‘90s and fans have long hoped to see the story completed.

The wait is over.

Grell announced plans to launch a Kickstarter to fund the completion of the unfinished Maggie the Catseries with new pages and elements from Grell’s finished screenplay added to the original issues which will be repackaged as a 64-page deluxe square-bound book. It will be followed later in the summer by a second 64-page volume, concluding the action-packed tale with a special guest appearance by Jon Sable, Freelance.

The perks are pretty epic too: Variant covers from comic fan favorite Chad Hardin (Harley Quinn) and Stephen B. Scott (Batman, Indiana Jones) will be offered as exclusives to Kickstarter along with art prints, T-shirts, original art and even the chance to be drawn into the story as a character.

Not only is this Kickstarter launch a collector’s dream come true, it’s the ultimate package for fans of Mike Grell.

Stay tuned for more details.

Here’s a Christmas tale from my childhood

It’s 1951. I’m four years old… just… and my brother Bob has gotten special permission to take me to school with him to see Santa Claus. Now, at four all I know about Christmas is a tree and a bunch of toys that show up overnight. But I’m getting the idea…

See, there’s this fat old guy who lives at the North Pole who has a bunch of elves working for him–little people with pointy ears (I just survived Halloween, so I know about goblins)–and they go around and spy on little kids to see if they’ve been bad (I’m sunk already) or good (fat chance), so be good, for goodness sake! Oh, yeah, and he sneaks into your house when you’re sleeping! Just like a burglar!!! You better watch out!!!!!

I used to lie awake staring into shadows and imagining I saw little goblin creatures peeking at me. I never passed a fireplace without checking for a fat guy up the flue.

Comes the big day and off to school I go with my big brother, who is in the third grade. Everybody is talking about Santa Claus… The fat guy. You better watch out!!!!

Then comes the sound of bells jingling outside in the hallway. You better watch out!!!

And here he comes, the fat guy himself, dragging a huge sack. What’s in that thing, bad little kids? I mean, did he get that fat from eating little kids??? Ho Ho Ho!

All the kids line up and I’m standing there with my brother holding me by the hand to keep me from bolting because he and I both know I’ve been anything but good and I know damned well I’m going in that sack. You better watch out!!!!

And here we are and it’s my turn to sit on Santa’s lap. Bob picks me up and sets me down on Santa’s knee and I look up into a face straight out of a Stephen King nightmare. Ho Ho Ho!

Santa is wearing one of those old painted masks made out of stiff cloth, only it hasn’t been packed very well, because over the years it’s acquired a bunch of dents. Like someone smacked Santa in the face with a ballpeen hammer. And his eyes don’t line up with the holes. Ho Ho Ho!

“Have you been a good little boy?”

Hell no! Lemme outta here!I kick and scream bloody murder.

Realizing the nature of my panic, Mrs. Doyle tries to explain that this is only the janitor, acting as Santa’s helper. The old guy takes his off mask…

Holy crap! He peeled his face off!!!!!!

I’m gone. Straight under the teacher’s desk.

Eventually, the guy with the removable face leaves, and Mrs. Doyle tries to coax me out, but I’m no fool. I can hear bells in the hallway and I know he’s going to the other classrooms. Ho Ho Ho!

Back under the desk.

Then I get the bad news… it’s not even Christmas yet. Santa Claus is coming to town!!!! I want to warn the kids… You better watch out!!!!

But then I figure maybe he’ll eat them instead of me and he won’t be hungry anymore.

And that’s how you get to be a cartoonist.

Merry Christmas! You better watch out!!!

Mike

 

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Mike Grell art lesson, stories, and Robin Hood sketch

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Mike Grell and does a Robin Hood sketch … tells stories, discusses his art process, the differences between Robin Hood, Green Arrow, and Travis Morgan … and “the legend of the Mike Grell signature”.

STAN LEE

I was traveling yesterday, so I was late receiving the news that Stan Lee died at the age of 95. I can’t begin to tell you how I feel right now. He was one of the true giants of comics and the greatest ambassador the comic book industry ever had. His enthusiasm and love for the medium was always apparent and contagious.

I first met Stan at the Chicago Comicon in 1976, and we hit it off right away when asked to pose for a group photo involving many DC folks… and Stan. Stan saw the humor in the situation and positioned himself high on a table–dead center in the group–with me (the shortest guy in the bunch) standing in front of him. I asked the photographer to snap the shot on the count of three, whereupon I jumped up and struck a Superman pose, blotting Stan out of the picture. (That photo was later published with me mislabeled as “Dave Cockrum”, thereby blotting me out.)

Stan laughed harder than anyone and that was the kickoff to our friendship.

As comic conventions became more prevalent, artists and writers have taken on a sort of gypsy lifestyle, meeting and passing on the road, forming friendships in glancing blows over the years and sometimes going for years without laying eyes on each other. That was the way it was for Stan and me.

Fast forward several decades. I hadn’t seen Stan in too many years and we were both attending San Diego Comicon when I spotted him in the lobby of a hotel talking to another gentleman. I went over to say hi, not expecting him to remember me. He looked up and said, “Hi, Mike. Why the hell didn’t you ever come to work for me?”

Damned if I know, Stan. It would have been fun.

Stan Lee left an indelible mark on the world of comics and entertainment. His legacy will never be blotted out.

Mike

Wizard World, Springfield, MO Cancelled

I just learned that Wizard World has once again cancelled a show without informing scheduled guests. The Springfield, MO was set for October 26-28, 2018, but it’s been cancelled along with their Montgomery, AL show.
Unfortunately, a lot of people had already rearranged their schedules and made travel arrangements accordingly. Dealers are particularly hard hit by these abrupt changes, as most of them have to plan six months or more in advance and choose which shows they’ll be able to make.
I’m sorry to disappoint fans in the Springfield area. Hopefully, there will be another opportunity to meet up at another show somewhere down the road.
Mike

I’ll be appearing at the MEMPHIS COMIC EXPO October 20-21

I’ll be appearing at the MEMPHIS COMIC EXPO October 20-21. I look forward to seeing all my fans there.
http://www.memphiscomicexpo.com/

Amazing Heroes Kickstarter featuring JON SABLE figure

FRESH MONKEY FICTION IS EXPANDING ITS AMAZING HEROES LINE OF COMIC BOOK ACTION FIGURES WITH A NEW SCALE AND MORE ARTICULATION.

Amazing Heroes was born out of the idea of creating an action figures line that could combine many of our favorite indy comic book heroes into an overall line of collectibles. For over 2 years we have been working closely with legendary comic creators such as Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon)Mike Allred (Madman)Steve Rude (Nexus)Jim Starlin (Dreadstar)Mike Grell (Jon Sable), Joe Staton (E-Man)Paul Grist (Jack Staff)Bob Burden (Flaming Carrot), Vito Delsante (Stray), Dean Haspiel (Red Hook)Michael T. Gilbert (Mr. Monster) and  many more to bring this amazing collection to life.

Mike Grell with Doug Jones at Fanboy Expo

I bumped into my pal Doug Jones at Knoxville Fanboy Expo this weekend. We only had a few minutes to chat and clown around before he had to fly off to shoot more episodes of his Star Trek series. 

Anyone who hasn’t had the pleasure of meeting Doug should track him down at one of his personal appearances. You won’t be disappointed. 

Mike

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