Dear C.B. Celluski,
PLEASE DON’T THROW THIS AWAY! I understand and respect Marvel’s policy to not take open submissions. Please understand I am a new comic book writer, a SGT in the California State Military Reserves and now a Deputy Honorary Sheriff for the County of Alameda that is working hard as a courier in a tough economy where the jobless rate is hovering around 8% but is actually 15% for those that just gave up searching. Completing this and submitting it to Marvel is a personal statement that the work is done and even if my work gets tossed in the wastebin; I still have my sense of completion. It is also a token of appreciation to Marvel Comics for their superheroes and supervillians that we grew up to since 1984 while helping my Korean American mother at her wig shop in Richmond, CA. She gave me two dollars after I helped with the store cleaning and after avoiding a bunch of junkies along the way; I managed to buy my first Secret Wars comic and a Slurpee at the local 7-11. Marvel Comics was an escape from reality of the heroin addicts that just passed out in front of the store before the police came and removed them, the long hours my parents put in for me and my brother Alan to give us a better future; only to be robbed at gunpoint and the new drug called crack cocaine in which expedited our exit from the city. Marvel Comics allowed us and other kids from the hardest neighborhoods an avenue to explore new characters and new worlds in which led me to reading books at libraries to becoming a British Literature enthusiast.
Driving around the Bay Area for my job has helped me locate different scenes in the Bay Area for a graphic novel, digital Marvel Motion comic or a feature film. This graphic novel that I wrote is meant for the Marvel MAX department and I firmly believe that this story will capture the mature genre because they can relate to the current socioeconomic status of the United States and it provides a stark warning of a world without your everyday heroes. Crime Ex starts with a city that I am all too familiar with and love dearly. Oakland, CA has been voted #5 in the New York Times article “Top Places to Visit”. It is a rapidly changing city and a younger diverse hip generation has been moving to Oakland from all across the country and the world. Every month the city does Art Murmur on Telegraph and young artisans from all types of background get together sharing art and food. On the other hand, Oakland has its share of crime problems in which claimed the lives of two young children last year; this year we have equally matched the homicide rate or exceeded it with the “bloody summer” months still ahead. I lost a dear friend back in 2005; he was a father of three young children who was brutally gunned down for his rims. Back in 2010, after helping residents get out to vote for the Oakland mayor’s race in the most dangerous areas of East and West Oakland; my other friend who helped us on the campaign trail and whom I modeled the new Taskmaster over was shot in the leg and head at close range from a teenager, for no apparent reason. Deron wasn’t in the drug game; he was just walking his dog and was on his way to visit his father at the nearby San Pablo Senior Center. Deron’s skull had a slight deformity in which served as a protective barrier that bounced the .38 slug off his head. It was a ¼ of an inch down from ocular nasal cavity in which would have killed him instantly. Deron had it rough growing up in the streets of Oakland, CA. Most of his friends are dead; some of his family members were addicted to hard drugs and others he knew are still incarcerated from the early 90’s. I wanted Crime Ex to express this endless cycle of violence in which is attributed to the streets raising our kids rather than families, the blood for blood mentality and a police force that is outnumbered and on the budget cuts; Oakland has only 653 officers for a city of 490,000. Camden, New Jersey has more police officers than us. I also wanted to capture the budget deficits that many cities across the United States are going through and several cities such as Detroit may be filing for bankruptcy. Not too long ago Vallejo, CA a neighboring Bay Area city filed for Chapter 11 and Stockton, CA is not too far away.
There are serious issues that need to be addressed in our municipalities and I had to put it in a comic book because if I spoke about it openly, certain political factions would make it their life mission to crucify me. Another emerging problem the United States that I wanted to point out in Crime Ex the drug cartels who are viciously competing in securing their trade routes across the United States and the possibility of professional military companies or PMC’s who go bad may cater their services to the cartel to expand their illegal activities across the United States. Combine all these factors together and we have a powder keg that is ready to explode.
Please read my graphic novel and let me know if you’re interested in publishing it.
I am an avid console gamer; I wanted to blend some of Metal Gear Solid’s Shinkawa’s artwork with my favorite bad guys from Marvel. Leinil Yu would be a superb choice for the penciling of the characters and I included a character schematic sheet with Hollywood actors; these are my picks if Lions Gate or another company chooses to produce a direct to Netflix feature or a motion comic book. Crime Ex is a high-speed action thriller with a Shakespearian tragedy of betrayal. Shots for a feature film could be produced in Vancouver, CA because the Canadian city could provide similar shooting locations to Oakland, CA. Blending realistic action from directors such as Antoine Fuqua with a Brian De Palma edge that captures the music as he did in Carlito’s Way, would be my directorial choices for Crime Ex. The underground musical sub genres I put in Crime Ex is an essential part of the story, because it sets the tempo and the quality of these sub genres of urban music is superb compared to the mainstream music that we hear on the radio.
Thank you for the opportunity to share my story with you.
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