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The Scrollon App for the iPad is Finally Available…

Written on June 3, 2013 at 10:41 am, by Doug Lefler

…for download from the App Store: http://appstore.com/scrollon

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Ziggy thinks you should download it immediately!

This is the project I’ve developed for the last three years, every since I posted the last frame of Seven Extraordinary Things. If you don’t own an iPad but still want to see what Scrollon is, there is a computer friendly sample scrollon.com.

An Overdue Tribute to Ray Bradbury

Written on May 6, 2013 at 3:00 am, by Doug Lefler

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Ray Bradbury 1920 – 2012

It was 1973 when I first heard Ray Bradbury speak. I was an impressionable young teenager living in Santa Barbara, California when he came to lecture at our public library. The next day I returned to the library, looked him up in Who’s Who and got the address to his office. I wrote him a letter, and embellished it with a drawing of a triceratops rendered in ball point pen. To my delight, the author replied that he loved my drawing and pinned my letter to his bulletin board. By virtue of persistent correspondence (I must have been more determined in those days), he agreed to meet me at a restaurant in the Miracle Mile district of Wilshire Blvd.  We discussed his short story “Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar!” (which I had just read) and ordered Portobello Mushroom sandwiches to compliment the conversation.

Years later, fresh out of art school, I got a summer job working at W.E.D. Enterprises (now Disney Imagineering) as an apprentice sculptor to the talented and gracious Blaine Gibson.  At lunch on my first day I was standing alone in the line at the commissary when I saw Ray Bradbury ahead of me. He was consulting on a future-themed attraction for Disney World, Florida. I approached him and asked if he remembered me.

“Of course,” he exclaimed. “You’re the kid who sent me the drawing of the triceratops. I still have that on my office wall.”

During that summer we had lunch together every few weeks. Sometimes we were joined by Gordon Cooper, one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury (also there as consultant). When this happened I mostly kept quiet, content to listen while those two told stories. Cooper would talk enthusiastically about UFOs. Bradbury expressed the opinion that the individual most responsible for the USA putting a man on the Moon was Edgar Rice Burroughs. “The best way to prepare for the future,” he said, “is to read science fiction.”

Over a decade later I ran into Bradbury again, this time in the lobby of the Ahmanson Theater. He didn’t remember the three months we worked at the same company, but he did remember that I was the kid who drew the triceratops.

As a young man I had many wonderful instructors and role models, but when I was drawing Seven Extraordinary Things, and needed someone as the inspiration for the protagonist’s mentor, there was only one choice.

Ray Bradbury died on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91.

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Greg McTeer with Ken Ryan Smith from “Seven Extraordinary Things”

Doug Lefler at San Diego Comic-Con 2012

Written on July 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm, by Doug Lefler

 

 

Any readers of “Seven Extraordinary Things” who are at the San Diego Comic-Con this year please stop by booth 1223 and introduce yourself. I will be showing Scrollon® and previewing my new story “Nephilim”.

Scrollon® (patent pending) is a new format for the digital presentation of comics that combines elements of modern print with ancient Chinese scroll painting. It transforms storytelling into a never-ending image; a narrative art form without pages or borders.I’ve posted more images for Nephilim on DougLefler.com.

 

In Praise of Franklin Booth

Written on February 13, 2012 at 8:16 pm, by Doug Lefler

Artists are thieves. We see something we like and we take without remorse. If we’re clever we mix techniques stolen from different sources to make our burglary less obvious. But some masters’ techniques are so specific they cannot be disguised. In the case of Franklin Booth it is best to admit your crime and plead for leniency.

Not only did I take from Booth while inking Seven Extraordinary Things, I delighted in doing so. Booth’s distinctive style was partially a result of trying to reproduce the appearance of wood engravings with pen and ink. I will refrain from posting examples of his work here for two reasons: 1) If I don’t own the rights to something, I don’t like to post it, and 2) my own art would suffer by the direct comparison.

Elsewhere on the internet…

WWW.DOUGLEFLER.COM has been completely reworked to function as a portfolio and blog.  My Scrollon® projects will soon be receiving a new home on their own site.

Greg Druker McTeer Lives!

Written on June 26, 2011 at 10:23 pm, by Doug Lefler

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Greg Drucker McTeer

One of the frustrations of writing screenplays is that once they make the rounds to the studios (assuming they don’t sell, which accounts for most, but not all, of the ones I write) they go on the shelf and collect dust.  Usually they are forgotten, even by their creators, and for all intents and purposes, they cease to exist.

But if you go to the trouble of drawing your story, and putting it online, it lives. I have been delighted by the number of people who are still reading 7XT, and appreciate all the comments I get, positive and negative.  Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to email me.

My web team is currently doing maintenance and revisions on www.douglefler.com. Details of the changes are posted there, along with daily updates on my new stories.

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The Curious Saga of No-One

DougLefler.Com

Written on December 7, 2010 at 2:47 pm, by Doug Lefler

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For those who are curious, here is the Home Page of my new site.

The NEW SITE has launched!

Written on December 6, 2010 at 1:07 pm, by Doug Lefler

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With this project I wanted to create an online library of original content.  I considered adding more stories to www.sevenextraordinarythings.com, but it turns out “extraordinary” is a difficult word for many people to type.  Instead I chose www.douglefler.com for two reasons.  First, I already owned that domain name, and second… well, I was too lazy to come up with anything more original. But if people can remember my name, the site should be easy to find.

Everything that has been available for free on SEVENEXTRAORDINARYTHINGS.COM will be free on DOUGLEFLER.COM, plus more.  Although there is a subscription fee for the premium version of the site, I explain on the home page how you can easily get around paying it.  And I promise that any money I do make will be spent only on the creation of new content…

… and the occasional bowl of gelato.

All Things Must…

Written on November 29, 2010 at 5:49 am, by Doug Lefler

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…come to an end.

It felt strange to post the last panel.  For me, finishing a story is like losing your best friends. The only thing that can get me over it is to write another story.  I hope you’ve enjoyed Seven Extraordinary Things.  Visitors to this site have been remarkably supportive, and I am grateful for the many kind emails and comments that have come to me over the last year.

My next story will be The Curious Saga of No-One.  I had planned to launch it Monday, November 29th (2010), but I’ve decided to delay it for seven days.  There are a few technical things that still have to be worked out with the new site, and frankly, I could use a week off.

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The Curious Saga of No-One

Please check back in the coming days for further announcements.  In the meantime, if anyone has any questions for me regarding 7XT, the new story, or the new site you can post them here, or email me, and I will do my best to answer them.

Navigation

Written on November 22, 2010 at 7:37 pm, by Doug Lefler

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At this time I would like to ask readers of Seven Extraordinary Things to tell me how the navigational controls are working.  With 7XT you can move around the story using the Pages menu above the viewing window, you can advance to the next panel by clicking the image, you can use the directional controls below the window, the thumbnails below that, or the Chapters sidebar menu.

Please let me know which of these are useful to you, what is your preferred way to navigate the story, and any changes or improvements you would like to see.  Your feedback will help me fine tune the new site, which with any luck will be launching the Monday after Thanksgiving (November 29th).

Dino DeLaurentiis…

Written on November 12, 2010 at 5:42 am, by Doug Lefler

… died Wednesday night, November 10th, 2010 at the age of 91.

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I made a movie with him a few years back.  He was 87 at that time, producing three pictures at once and none of us could keep up with him.  He was alternately tough and charming. He forced me to stay on budget, on schedule and learn the correct way to eat pasta. Once, after meeting with two well known actors, I was telling Dino which one I thought was better suited to play the lead in our film. Dino frowned.  “If you put a gun to my head, and told me I had to choose between them,” he said. “I’d take the bullet.”

I am honored that I had the chance to work with him, and be a small part of his enormous career.

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