Burlyman Entertainment

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Burlyman Entertainment
Industry Publishing
Founded 2004
Founder The Wachowskis
Key people
Spencer Lamm (editor, writer)[1][2]
Geof Darrow (creator, writer, artist)[3]
Steve Skroce (creator, artist)
Products Comics
Website Official website

Burlyman Entertainment is a comic book company created by Andy and Lana Wachowski, best known as the writer/director duo behind the Matrix Trilogy.

History[edit]

"Burlyman" was the The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions' production codename. According to the films' visual effects supervisor John Gaeta, the title is a reference to a film they all loved; the Coen brothers' Barton Fink. He points out that the Matrix crew agonized and struggled to make the Matrix films, just like Fink had to, to write "THE BURLYMAN" screenplay, a wrestling picture.[4] However on The Matrix Comics Vol. 1 graphic novel the Wachowskis playfully discuss a different origin for the company's name. According to them, Burlyman, was the name of their first script, a wrestling picture. They add they either haven't seen Barton Fink, wouldn't like to see a movie that sounded like it was subtitled or that it isn't a good movie as long as it doesn't have any wrestling in it.[5] In truth, the Wachowskis are familiar with the movie and include it to a list of movies they have made to recommend to anyone who "want[s] to understand Hollywood".[6]

Burlyman Entertainment first started as the publisher for the Matrix Comics series started by the Wachowskis, which was published into two separate volumes. Burlyman Entertainment also published some new, non-Matrix related comics: Shaolin Cowboy, written and drawn by comic book artist Geoff Darrow, who also served as the conceptual designer for the Matrix Trilogy, and Doc Frankenstein, written by the Wachowskis and drawn by Steve Skroce, the storyboard artist for The Matrix trilogy, and previously worked with the brothers on the comic book series, Ectokid.

Since the start of the company, the release of the two ongoing series were irregular, with a professed bi-monthly release schedule that has yet to be fulfilled. The most recent issue was released in December 2007, leading to speculation the company has become defunct. On August 2010, comic book creator Geof Darrow stated the company was still going and Steve Skroce was drawing a new issue for Doc Frankenstein, with plans to collect all issues in graphic novel form.[7] On January 2014, Darrow reiterated that Burlyman is not dead, explaining that periods of inactivity are due to the Wachowskis being busy making movies, and adding that as far as he knows the Doc Frankenstein arc will be completed in 2014.[8]

On June 2014, Steve Skroce was interviewed revealing Doc Frankestein is indeed being collected in two parts the second of which includes the final two issues,[9] while Burlyman Entertainment's webshop was updated to include a message stating they're still in business and "big things [are] ahead".[10] It was later announced that part two of the trade will be released in 2015.[11] A trade of Shaolin Cowboy was also announced for release on December 3, 2014.[12]

Among its seemingly canceled projects, the first volume of The Matrix Comics featured an advertisement for The Art of The Matrix Reloaded, Revolutions. During initial testing a dummy version of the Reloaded book came at 588 pages, bigger and thicker than the original Art of The Matrix book.[13] After Geof Darrow suggested that the books have been canceled due to their immense size and thus cost compared to the perceived demand,[14] the last update on the books status was in 2006 in the form of a forum post by editor Spencer Lamm declaring that they had been sidetracked by the V for Vendetta: From Script to Film book and that they had yet to fully develop the idea of how to create the two Art books.[15][16]

Appearances[edit]

The company made an appearance at the 2004 Comic-Con in San Diego which included an actual "Burly Man" (looking very much like their company mascot), and two "Burly Babes" passing out giveaways branded with the company logo and ongoing series' titles. Later, the Wachowski Brothers appeared and asked questions from the audience, making it one of their few public appearances over the last decade

In the movie V for Vendetta, posters for a film 'Burlyman 7' can be seen in the background of a tube train and several street scenes.

Titles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THE CREATORS OF THE MATRIX RETURN TO COMICS". burlymanentertainment.com. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "V for Vendetta: From Script to Film: Spencer Lamm: 9780789315038: Amazon.com: Books". amazon.com. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Burlyman Entertainment". Facebook. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Wired 11.05: MATRIX2". wired.com. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Matrix Comics Graphic Novel Vol. 1: Burlyman Entertainment Shop". archive.org. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer Talk CLOUD ATLAS and SPEED RACER". Collider. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Chicago Comic-Con 2010: Geof Darrow - Broken Frontier - Comic Book and Graphic Novel News & Community - Articles and Interviews". brokenfrontier.com. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  8. ^ john siuntres. "Word Balloon The Pop Culture Interview Podcast: Word Balloon Podcast Geof Darrow's Shaolin Cowboy & Chris Roberson & Dennis Culver's Edison Rex". wordballoon.blogspot.com. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "What's Up Doc? - Steve Skroce Talks Doc Frankenstein - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News". Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Sorry,Burlyman Entertainment Shop is closed for maintenance.". burlymanentertainment.com. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Steve Skroce and the Return of "Doc Frankenstein"". comicbookresources.com. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "FREE 8 page preview of the forthcoming... - Burlyman Entertainment - Facebook". facebook.com. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "The Last Free City - View topic - The Art of the Matrix Reloaded/Revolutions". thelastfreecity.com. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  14. ^ ""ART OF MATRIX RELOADED & REVOLUTION (p.k.a Just Met Geof Darrow)" - MFN Forums". archive.org. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  15. ^ Martin Zwirner. "Weitere News". matrix-architekt.de. Retrieved 21 October 2014.  17.5.2006: Matrix-Bücher. Site in German.
  16. ^ ""ART OF MATRIX RELOADED & REVOLUTION (p.k.a Just Met Geof Darrow)" - Page 15 - MFN Forums". archive.org. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 

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