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To a room filled to maximum capacity, Brian Warmoth, marketing manager at Devil's Due Publications, took over the "Devil's Due: Hack/Slash and Beyond! Panel" this evening to make a special announcement. "This has made it a very important week this week at Devil's Due, as I grew up a comic book reader and I'm still a comic book reader, but when you get to work at a comic book publisher, one of the greatest honors you can have and one of the greatest joys you can take is finding a new way to publish comics," Warmoth said. "A big part of what we are going to be doing over the near future is expanding what Devil's Due really does as publisher and who we are working with. And we've partnered with a site on-line called TriggerStreet.com, [which is] run by two very fine gentleman we have waiting outside here to come in today. The first of which I think absolutely needs no introduction to you as he walks in here. Two fantastic gentleman Mr. Kevin Spacey and Mr. Dana Brunetti of Trigger Street."
To a huge round of applause, in strode Lex Luthor himself, Kevin Spacey, alongside producer, and partner in Trigger Street, Dana Brunetti. Warmoth then asked for them to explain to the crowd exactly what Trigger Street was all about to which Spacey quipped "Dana?" and Brunetti quickly retorted with "Kevin?".
Brunetti then took the opportunity to describe their joint project Trigger Street. "It's a website we started in 2002 to basically be a platform for aspiring filmmakers and writers to have a place to get feedback and constructive criticism on their work," Brunetti said. "So essentially, they don't have to be in the industry, they could be in the middle of Iowa and get their work out there and have people read it, review it, critique it and give them feedback other than just their friends and family. Then beyond that, to take that and improve upon their talent, as well as hopefully getting some exposure and getting it in front of a producer or publisher like Devil's Due and taking it to another level; to ultimately to get their work shown to a mass audience, which ultimately is what most of them want to do."
So, what does Devil's Due have to do with a site for movies and screenplays? Brunetti went on to explain further. "We cover every medium that can translate to film, except for comic books. So now we are adding comic books, and we are doing it with Devil's Due. So hopefully, they will find material on there that will eventually make it to the printed page and then give us the ability to take it out and get it set up at a studio, and you'll see it on the screen."
"That's right. Comic books are taking over Hollywood," Spacey added to roaring applause from the audience.
At that point the floor was opened up to questions and answers. When asked how Brunetti and Spacey got interested in wanting to add comics to Trigger Street they explained that their company could never get a property like Batman, Iron Man or Superman, but that they could get one like Hellboy, Hack/Slash or Wanted. "This is a chance for us to get something that we wouldn't normally be able to get, and to hit this market as well," Brunetti said.
"We can't get Superman, we can only get him [Spacey] in it," Brunetti joked of his partners role in "Superman Returns." "And we hope a second time," Spacey was quick to add.
The comic portion of Trigger Street had only been live thirty minutes when it was announced to the crowd that they had already received one submission. An audience member then asked about the book "Necro" which apparently was the title of the first comic book submission on Trigger Street. When the audience member was questioned further on how they knew about the book, he said that someone had whispered to him to ask about the title.
Another fan asked Spacey if he preferred playing a good guy or a bad guy, to which Spacey responded that it really depended on the circumstance. "I've had such a great time playing some really Machiavellian characters and I always try to bring a level of humor to them," Spacey said. "It's very hard when you're playing a part to think of a character as "Oh this is an evil character or bad character" cause you kind of just have to play it and let people view it and have their own perspective on it. I've had a ball doing both, if it's a good role and it's well written whether it comes from an original idea or source material like Superman I feel really blessed that I've had a lot of good runs."
When asked by a fan if he was signing any autographs later Spacey joked "They will, but I am fucking out of here. Sorry, I should remember there are people under 18 here, so I really shouldn't say that kinda thing."
The topic of discussion soon changed to the submission process for comics, which will be the same as for the other mediums on Trigger Street peer review. The first 25 submissions will not require you to review any other work, but after that, you will need to review four other works before you can upload another one of your own.
One last question was asked of the panel and that was the possible of a crossover with Cassie from Hack/Slash and Keyser Soeze, a character Spacey portrayed in "The Usual Suspects." Spacey response was simply "Who is Keyser Soeze?"
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