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It's no secret that Presdent Obama hates FoxNews and more than likely any other media outlet that makes him look bad. You're either supposedly to say only good things about him or you won't get an interview with the President. Well the first episode of "V" touches on that, plus Obama-mania, and also on his Universal Healthcare strategy for the American people.

Just check out the video below that we found over on "Hannity" and let us know if you think the similarities are on purpose, or if it's just a great big coincidence.


Spider-Man director Sam Raimi is now admitting what the rest of us have known for a while: That the third movie wasn’t that terrific and that he needs to get back to basics for the upcoming Spider-Man 4.

Oh, Raimi doesn’t say outright that 3 sucked, but he does acknowledge that “I think having so many villains detracted from the experience. I would agree with the criticism,” according to an interview in the Coventry Telegraph.

The man who successfully revived one of the oldest and longest running Sci-Fi series Russell T Davies said: “When I heard who they cast as the eleventh Doctor my initial reaction was, I was just so jealous that they would get to work with him.

Executive producer Stephen Moffatt said: “He’s younger than any Doctor before and younger than any Doctor whose been suggested in the Press.”

Fellow executive producer Piers Wenger said: “He has the look of someone who lives before. Those are the sort of qualities that got him the part and which make him the doctor.”

BBC video interview with Matt Smith here.

"It’s a real reinvention," he told Empire, responding to rumors that the movie would be a direct sequel to Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original. "Me and David Self are working on the screenplay. He’s a great, great writer and we’re trying to do something new and fresh. We’ll see what happens when the screenplay comes."

He continued: "I’m a big fan of the original. It still holds up as an amazing film, and I think it’s more just looking at that same type of material in the 21st century and seeing where it leads us."

During the interview, he was asked whether Peter Weller, the original Robocop, would have a cameo in the new film. Unfortunately, he was cut off before giving that answer.

"Robocop" is expected to appear in theaters in 2010 and be R-rated.

So with this Seqeal having a ‘R’ rating do you think it will change the dynamics from the past movies and TV series? For starters, congratulations on being the top-rated female in our Sexiest Sci Fi Stars poll.
Allison Mack:
Really?! [Laughs] I had no idea! That’s cool. Well-played!
Thank you! That’s so interesting…. The last time we spoke was two years ago ("Smallville‘s Chloe, You Got Us Mail"). How would you say Chloe has changed in that time?
Oh my gosh…. Well, she’s come to have superpowers, she’s been killed about four times [Laughs], she’s getting married, she’s been infected by Brainiac….. I think she has come into her own in a way that she never has before. I think she’s starting to understand what she wants separate and aside from Clark, and she is building her own relationship with herself and her own life, and proactively going after all of that instead of just running around and doing whatever she thinks Clark needs. She’s grown into her own woman. Has it felt different on the set this season with Michael [Rosenbaum, Lex] and Kristin [Kreuk, Lana] gone, and some new faces around?
It has, it has, it’s been very different. But it’s also lovely. Cassidy Freeman (Tess) and Sam [Witwer, Davis] are fantastic, fantastic actors, and they’re so passionate about the show. It’s breathing new life into the show in a way we really needed. It looks like we have a very wild year ahead for Chloe….
Yes, there’s lots of craziness happening, which for me is great. The producers have said this is the year of "double identities." How does that factor into Chloe’s world?
You guys have way more information than we ever get, you realize that, right? [Laughs] Well, on the one hand, she’s still doing work with Clark and getting married to Jimmy and doing her lovely, good-girl Chloe thing, and on the other hand she’s struggling with this "pull" towards Davis and these dark, evil tendencies and a want to destroy things, which is very much Brainiac. She has a massive pull between these two sides of her that’s he’s struggling to suppress until she learns to understand it. All told, how will her increasing powers manifest themselves?
She’s ridiculously intelligent – like highly, highly, highly brilliant, and able to take in information in a way that is beyond anything one could ever imagine. She can relate to computers in a way she never was able to before…. She was pretty damn handy with a computer before, too!
Yes, absolutely. But she was a very good soul with very good intentions, and she still strives to be that, but she’s not necessarily succeeding anymore. The Chloe-Jimmy-Davis triangle: Is it going to be played pretty fairly, or is Davis going to have a slight edge here?
He’s going to have a slight edge because there’s an attraction to Davis that neither of us can understand, one that comes from a Krypton sort of place. Davis has a bit of an upper hand in that respect because there’s a biological pull they’re both feeling but not understanding. Plus he’s all shiny and new and interesting.
He is shiny and new and interesting, and that’s always nice. Then again, there’s a tried-and-true loyal quality that Jimmy has exhibited. So there’s also that. How quickly will Chloe become suspicious of Mr. Bloome (aka Doomsday)? How soon will she suspect that something is….
Amiss? That would mean she would have to recognize that there was something negative about her. It’s going to take a little while before she actually starts evaluating that there might be something wrong with him. She’s defending him right now, in a pretty major way. There are fans who email me every week to talk about how you and Tom Welling have the best chemistry on the show….
Awwww…. We’ve been working together forever, so that’s probably par for the course. Right, but having worked together "forever," is that chemistry something you have to revisit each season? Or is it what it is?
I don’t think we work at it at all, it’s something that we’ve learned in each other and that we’ve built. It’s not something that goes away. There’s an affection for each other – I adore him, and I think there’s a similar fondness for me back – and that comes from "growing up" together. That isn’t something we have to rekindle. It will always exist between us.

Next week, in Part 2 of this Q&A: Allison assays the new parameters of the "Chlark" relationship, previews the upcoming episodes "Instinct," "Abyss" and "Bride," and shares her amusing take on the never-to-be-seen comic-book rendition of Chloe.


WHD with Amy McKeown
WHD with Amy McKeown Not content to simply spout off some fantastical dribble, he took on the hardest subject of them all: What is the meaning of life?


Tell us all about ELOM – who are the central characters in the story?

The … book deals with, [Geera, a child of the last Ice Age,]she is in it, she’s abducted, her thoughts and her beliefs that go with her, and the book really talks about the fact that she is the person chosen of those abducted to be the intermediary between those responsible for the abduction and the humans. And so, 15,000 years later, Elom is a controlled environment. The Medoras, which are essentially shaman type people, females, 24 of them, are the only ones who know for sure that Elom is not their native planet, that after 15,000 years the idea that there was an Earth is a myth… Geera … set these ladies, this system of the Medoras up, when she first came, and after she had her communication with the alien entity, to carry on the truth of Earth and history and so they know that they are there, why they’re there. …The book implies at the very beginning, 15,000 years ago, mankind was judged, and in some lines we came up short. And Geera was able to convince this entity to give us a second chance. So 15,000 years later, the Medoras are sitting down saying, “Who do we choose? How do we choose the people to go and represent us at the second judging?” And the story deals with the culture that is there, which is a culture that is being controlled, and a concentrating of the Traits, that are favorable to Shetow, the earth goddess that Geera believed in when she was abducted. In the society, there are 24 tribes, and [in] each tribe, the females choose who they want to be their mate.

So do the Medoras provide some guidance on who they should choose to concentrate those Traits, or are they free to choose anyone?

Well, every year there is a gathering, and at the gathering there are contests, and they’re mental, physical, and everything else. And the women are allowed to choose their mates based upon their standing in those contests. The males are more favorable to have children based on how high they rank in this, because not all the couples have children.

And is that based on a permission thing, who can have children?

It’s not on permission, it’s the fact that in the controlled society each person has a round dot on their wrist, that wrist we find out later is part of the control mechanism, each family, each couple, has two children, the first one is a female and the second is a male. Every now and then, when the Traits are strong in that family, there will be a third child, and I call it the first childs, the second childs, and it’s structured, the years that they’re born, what sex they’re going to be, and everything is going to be that way…They set the men and the women up on each side and the women choose, and I talk in great detail about why the women choose and not the men. Because the women will choose based upon ration, reality, and intelligence, not just looks. The men are always going to make their choices on looks if they don’t know each other. Because the tribes don’t intermarry, a person from this tribe does not marry somebody in their own tribe, they marry somebody from another tribe like old cultures did. The men will leave their tribe and go to the woman’s tribe. That’s the way it’s done for aborigones, and I’m using that context of how to do it. [But] the male can reject that choosing, one time only…. And I go through the idea that they stay together for twenty years, they go through the twenty years and then there’s a process called the Poo Tash. which is what I refer to as “happy time”. That is when they have fulfilled their duty to Shetow, the female goddess, and stayed their time and have raised their children. So they can leave, they can break up and go be with whoever they want to. Or they can stay together if they want to and re-confirm their vows. And I talk a good bit about that…. And there’s a lot of analogies toward divorce, a lot of analogies toward life, toward my society. And the story is about those contests, and the seven people that are chosen to go to represent humanity, to the second judging.

ELOM coverAnd I wrote the book for a purpose. It’s not just a story of, “gee whiz this is great, all these things happen.” I’m trying to lay down some social truths in the book. About life, about people, everything… I wrote the book essentially for my grandkids, who are all girls, by the way. Women in my life have always been strong. My mother was very very bright, both my sisters are very very bright, both my wives have been Phi Beta Cappas, my oldest daughter’s a Phi Beta Cappa. Women have always seemed very very bright. I will always go to the bright girl over the pretty girl, there’s got to be more to it. And I’m putting this across [in the book], that there is more to a relationship. One time the girls are talking among themselves in the book, and they don’t know how to deal with him [lead character Kalmar], and one girl says “Well my momma said just stick your hand down his pants and grab him, and you can lead him anywhere you want to.” And that’s the way men are. And I tell it like I think that life is.

But here again, the book is a what if? What if we had adbuctions? What if there are abductions, they should’ve happened all through mankind’s history. I’m saying they happened 15,000 years ago. And if that happened, why did it happen and who did it? And the story’s built around answering those questions. It’s simply, at the very end, a book about what’s the meaning of life? And it’s very deep from that standpoint, at the very end of it. You learn where life came from, and where mankind came from, within reason, what purpose there is for us to be here. And I’ve given a reason for why we’re here, and it’s not the old fire-and-brimstone Bible thing. It’s also trying to say that, I don’t believe anybody has the true lock on that issue. And if somebody tries to say, “you can go over there and read the Bible, it’s going to tell you everything you need to know about this and if you doubt any of that you’re going to burn in Hell.” My book’s saying, wait a minute, we don’t really know where we came from, why we’re here. I’m not saying that [all the religions] aren’t right, I’m just saying, “well maybe it’s this way. What if?”…

And my friend who’s an ordained minister -he’s not now, but he has been – he said I leave enough in there about something greater than we are, that I don’t completely smash the idea of a God or anything, I leave it open.

The more you tell me about the book … it just keeps sounding better and better the more I hear about it!

Well, the women characters are strong, a lot of inter-relational situations in it, there’s love relationships, there’s sexual relationships, and I don’t mean to say it’s a sex novel, but it’s a reality thing. [But] in this society; men are hunters, women are artists. They do painting, they do carving, they do everything else. And it’s part of the control mechanism, in this society, and it becomes obvious to you later in the book that that’s what it is. How do you keep a society in check for 15,000 years? And it’s done by progressions … there are seven progressions of being allowed to do things. And you keep the women from having to worry about other things by keeping them concentrating on these artistic things that they produce and they take those items and they trade them to a race of reptilian, not guards, but tradesmen, and that’s the way that they’re interfaced wtih the entity that put them there. And they trade these goods that they have manufactured, these artistic goods, for the things that they need, things they can’t produce themselves, medicines, certain metals, things like that… it’s got emotions in it, it’s got relationsips into it, and the women in it are toe-to-toe, if not smarter than, the men. But there is no sexism in it either though, although the Medora are female and they are the shaman of the group, and the ultimate sense of knowledge, it’s not because the men are inferior. It’s just that that’s not their place in the society. They [the men] are hunters.

So just the division of labor – somebody has to do each thing?

Everybody has their task.

So the idea of the stronger female god?…

There’s a lot of knowledge, and I bring that out in ELOM, the fact that our forefathers, and particularly for 25-30,000 years, God was a FEMALE. The whole society was set up on the female. And pretty much I think they were probably fairly equal in the relationship. It was only when man took and built the villages, started farming, and if people were going to steal their cattle and all that, “well if we’re gonna die for them, then we’re gonna be the boss.” And it’s sort of what the way of thinking is… [But] fertility,… I went into the idea that fertility was a thing that 15,000 years ago was what they figured, and men they weren’t really sure what they were there for, they took care of the women. They weren’t really sure what part they had in the [fertility].

How long have you been working on ELOM – your whole life??

[laughs] I actually started about 2002. The idea that the book would be published is something that was way off in my mind. I did not know a single writer when I wrote the book. I went to a couple cons and met a few writers, but I really didn’t have any feedback or anything from anybody. So it took me four, five years from the time that I started writing the book until it will be published… But I will say this, it is my first, second, and third novel. Because I literally sat down and read twenty books on writing as I did it, and everytime that I would read a book, I’d go back and change it… So I feel like I’ve written two or three books, but I was too engrossed in the subject to leave it alone and go for something else.

Is it easier the second time – are you just writing the second book once?

Yeah, the second book is very fast! I really enjoy it… Fairchance, it’s purely dealing with evolution, it’s telling about how man will evolve to the next level.

So this is going to deal with future evolution, not past evolution?

Correct – future evolution of mankind. And it’s based on the idea that evolution for mankind will not happen on this planet; it will happen on another planet. Because we, on this planet, won’t allow it to happen. We don’t allow the natural culling of the weak and the blind and the sick; we keep them alive. Fairchance is about a society that develops on a planet circling Alpha Centauri A, which is, Alpha Centauri is the closest star system to ours, and it’s really three stars; the two major stars are Alpha Centaura A and B. And within our lifetimes, our your children’s lifetimes, we will have sent a spaceship to one of those planets. And then, 3,500 years later, we send a second one, and it’s what has developed on that planet. And that book, because of infrastructure, the people who are there understand science but they just don’t have the infrastructure to repair it.

So they’re just left on their own for 3,500 years, abandoned?

That’s right, abandoned. And then, they were put into stasis, they go there in stasis and they come out of stasis in levels. The planet is so hostile that only a few of them are able to survive, and as they later bring others out of stasis those become the servant classes. So you literally have a royalty, swordfights, and using an indigineous species as sort of a dragon-like creature. So it has all the things that a fantasy would have, but with a rational reason for it being that way. And the book has to do with the idea that, the first lines of the book are “Sheldon always knew that he was going to be sold.” It’s based upon the ideas that the leaders of Earth are concerned about the genetic changes taking place on this new planet. And they want to make sure that the people there don’t get too far out, so what they’ve set up to do is, “we will bring you technological equipment and materials if you will let the people from Earth come and intermarry.” And it will keep the humanity the same. And if you remember history, when they would draft people, rich families would buy out, buy somebody to take their place. In this story, the story is he was sold and he’s gone to this planet to take the place of a rich person and everybody thinks that’s who he is. And the leader of this planet works it out by deception to get his daughter matched with him, because he thinks it’s going to be great for him[self]. But … that’ll be two or three years off!

I have to tell you that when I was trying to do a little research on you online, I can’t find anything. That’s why I wanted to know how you came up, where you grew up and what did you do before you became an author? What were you doing?

I have been many things in my life. I have an MBA… I am a person who has a business, political, and healthcare background. I’ve been a hospital administrator, I have been a politician, I have been a state senator, I travel widely – Europe, Asia. When I was 9 years old with my family, we drove into Mexico City, visited all the Aztec Ruins and things like that, to this day (starting about 25 years ago) I started collecting pre-Columbian art. I love culture that’s from the heart. Not from somebody that’s spent 5 years at Juliiard – although I like classical music, but I still like just the artistic things. And you know, there’s so much knowledge that the ancients had before recorded history. I went over and looked at Stonehenge, and you know how did these guys do it? How was it that when they built or made a pyramid in Egypt 4000 years ago, it was the tallest structure man made until the Eiffel tower??!!??

And you have to consider that it would be difficult for us to build that today, the stones were so heavy we don’t even do that type of thing today.

And they were able! I’m convinced that 50,000 years ago man was just as smart as he is now. He just didn’t have [as much of] the knowledge.

Do you have a favorite author yourself?

When I was young, I started reading science fiction at about 19. So I’m into [Isaac] Asimov, and [Arthur C.] Clark, and people like that, [Robert] Heinlen, to me they’re the gods. Everything I knew about science, how many planets there were, how many moons there were, how fast it was to get into orbit, all those things I learned from science fiction. And I think we’ve been getting away from a lot of that, in my opinion. So when you go back and look at those things, Heinlen and all those are really great… But I’ll [also] read things like The Moral Animal, which is Robert Wright, which is NOT science fiction but it deals with evolution: why people are the way we are. We men go after young women, and women go after older men. Why do we take care of grandma. All things that are explained in there, with evolution, it’s the modern Darwin stuff. I love to read that kind of stuff…

I’ve been reading science fiction 45 years, 50 years, and [ELOM] is different than anything that I’ve ever read in the sense that I’m trying to answer a question of why we’re here. You know, everyone writes about space wars and things like this, which I enjoy myself, but I often [wonder], you know, what’s the meaning of life? And um, I’m writing about the meaning of life.

Big subject to tackle.

I write about ‘what if’ type situations. And I think that today, every science fiction fan concedes the idea that abductions, and aliens, we can all believe the idea that there’s aliens in life, that some of us believe in abductions, I don’t know if I do but I don’t count out the possibility that it has happened. If it did happen, why would it only happen beginning in 1948? And my premises is the idea that there is abductions, have been abductions, one took place 15,000 years ago, and it took place for a young girl going through her rite of passage… [and] I thought it was really hard science fiction, until I find out that hard science fiction really deals with only things that are scientifically proven today. Well it’s definitely got stuff in there that’s not proven today!… And so, you know, it’s not fantasy in the standpoint that there’s no magic, there’s no dragons, there’s no things like that in it. The dragons and stuff are in my second book!

Seems like you had a lot of your research ready-made for you, just from the authors that you like to read?

Well I collect antique books. I have a first edition of Animal Farm, I have a first edition of two of Charles Dickens books, I have Little Men, I have some very very old books and some very new books, and I love books. But science fiction is what I read 80% of the time… I read 3 books at a time. I never read one book at a time. I’ll have a pile of books by my bed, and I’ll read whatever my mind is at the time. I never go to sleep without reading.


Born in Ghent, New York, in 1979, Kristanna began modeling at age 15, encouraged by her model-mother Rande. Her father Chris owns an apple farm in upstate New York, and also writes novels and screenplays. She’s been in a slew of movies covering nearly every genre, however, it’s clear that sci-fi loves her best. Her film roster includes Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, BloodRayne, Ring of the Nibelungs, Lime Salted Love, and the yet-to-be-released In The Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale. She’s also the star as Painkiller Jane in SCI FI Channel’s new series, and she has appeared in guest roles on Star Trek: Voyager, Lois & Clark, Sliders, and The L Word. She was also ranked #3 on Maxim’s annual Hot 100 List in 2003.


Q1 – I’ve read that you worked 20-hours daily for T-3 to include physical training for the ‘birthing’ scene. Are you doing as much physical training for Painkiller Jane?
 A -Since I’m working about 15 hours per day on set, it’s hard to find time for anything personal, even if it’s brief.  However, the only time I ever find to do any working out is on the stationary bike while I’m learning dialogue.
 Q2 – You also took mime classes for T3. Is that helping with PKJ as well? Are there any other special talents you are having to learn for this new role?

A -The speed at which we are shooting the show is mind-blowing.  Coupled with the hours, it’s really the most challenging job I’ve ever taken on, along with the overall length of the production (8 months in total).  You have to learn to work at a very fast and efficient pace.

Q3 – You’ve had quite a few guest appearances on some big shows, including ‘Law & Order’, ‘Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman’, ‘Star Trek: Voyager’, ‘Boy Meets World’, ‘Sliders’, and most recently a 10-episode run on ‘The L Word’. Aside from the amount of time spent on each, what is the biggest different between all the TV guest roles and PKJ?

A – Each role is new and different from all the others.  Each character is a new journey.

Q4 – Had you read any of the PKJ comics before you were offered the role?

A – It was actually upon reading the comic book that I was convinced to take on the job.

Q5 – Is the TV series staying true to the comics, or is it straying slightly?

A – The TV series is an adaptation from the comic book. 

Q6 – Apart from success, what are your hopes for the show? Do you want a strong fan-base most, or do you want the show to receive a lot of media attention most??

A – When you put out your artwork in any form, you never know for certain where your fan base or the acclaim you get is going to come from, so you’re just happy to receive it from whoever enjoys it.

Q7 – Couple of decent Sci Fi genre projects on your resume. Are you a fan of the Sci Fi genre yourself?

A – I’m not really a Sci Fi fan, per say, but I do appreciate the fantasy aspect of the creation process.  It really frees you to not have to conform to any realistic guidelines.

Q8 – Did you see the PKJ TV-Movie back in 2005? Were you surprised when Sci Fi announced a TV series, or was it expected? Did you ever think “yeah, I could do that!” when you were watching the TV-Movie, or did you not think about it until you were actually offered the role?

A – I didn’t see the other Painkiller Jane

Q10 – Can you give us the inside scoop into the storylines of some of the episodes?

A – The writers have come up with very interesting ways to portray the Neuros and how we must go undercover to capture them.  They have also created some very interesting through lines throughout the 22 episode arc of the first season.

Q11 – How is shooting going so far? Any funny, or peculiar, stories you would like to share with us?

A – Jimmy Palmiotti has written one of the episodes and was in Vancouver to baby-sit the script during shooting.  His presence is always welcome on set.  He is full of positive energy and excitement and good ideas.


SFS- First, I’d like to thank you again for doing this interview. How are things going with production of the Painkiller Jane television series?

JP- They are going great, getting ready to start shooting the 5th episode this week and everyone and everything is starting to jell quite nicely. We couldn’t have done better with getting Kristanna as Jane, every day I see impresses the hell out of me. There is a beauty and grace to her…even when she is shooting a gun or taking down bad guys twice her size. I have been fortunate to spend some time with her and get to know her, she really is a extraordinary force of nature.

The cast and crew is top notch as well. I spent the first week on set and everyone treated me like family…when you come in cold into a new world like this, there is nothing more exciting to witness the pure energy people have in doing the best show they can.

I have been in Los Angeles this past week working on the episode I am writing with the writers in the room and seeing to some promotion for future teases and such of the show with the Starz people. There are so many talented people working behind the scenes on this show I can’t even begin to list them without slighting someone else.ˍgroup2.jpg

SFS- From what I’ve heard, you will be writing and directing episodes of Painkiller Jane. Can you tell us how that is going?

JP- The episode I will be writing has the working title “The League”  and we are still hashing out the details of the outline before I sequester myself somewhere and get working on the script. As far as directing an episode, that will come after I have written mine, but I will be directing another writer’s episode, not my own. I think it’s a smart idea to do this so I don’t get nutty. It’s my first time directing anything longer than a short so I am really excited to get moving and get in there and give it my best shot.

SFS- What other involvement do you have with the new television series?

JP- Well, I am a consultant work with the writer’s room whenever they need me and I have been working behind the scenes on promotions, licensing and development on a lot of different levels of things. I am as involved as I can be and still have time for my other work.

SFS- What about the comparisons of Jane and the cheerleader in Heroes?

JP- That’s an easy one. Painkiller Jane was created a decade before Heroes was ever made and that question is better directed towards its creator, isnt it? I am glad it inspired them to create a character like Jane, but there is a world of difference between the two of them. That said, people who enjoy Heroes will love Painkiller Jane and get into the show easier.

SFS- Commodore MAC asks, Is there anything you would like to change on the series at this point?

JP- Commodore, really all I can think about is wishing I had more time on my hands to do more with the show. The details of the actual episodes all go in front of me and get a look over and they have been fantastic. The writers on this show have the experience and imagination needed to keep Jane entertaining at all times. Anything I would like changed are silly things that would slip the show into rated R territory as it is now, we push the envelope as much as possible. That said, I couldn’t be more pleased with what I am seeing.

SFS- Commodore MAC asks, Will we be seeing any Characters from other comics making appearances on PKJ the series?

JP- Not from other comics no, but characters are being created for the show, the whole supporting cast aside from Maureen and Seth are new and in the episode I am writing we play with a few more as well. No characters outside the books are being used yet, but it’s early right now and there is no telling if things like this might happen one day. I wonder who people would like to see Jane star with, hmmmm? Any ideas?


SFS- Will the Painkiller Jane television series follow where the movie left off, or will the story start off fresh?

JP- Totally fresh. Watch the first episode and you will understand why. The movie was a different version of the character than we ever envisioned and the new series is the actual natural progression of the characters from comics to tv series is always difficult but sci fi has made sure to understand what makes the character tick and understood why the series worked so well and took what it could from the book and worked it wonderfully into the series.

SFS- What other differences between the movie and TV series will we see?

JP- The difference is that Different actresses play Jane for starters. The sci fi series is so much closer to what we created for the characters in the graphic novel, that’s for sure. The series is set up to be about a lot of things with Jane as the ringmaster in a sense, the movie didn’t do it as well given the limit of time and the fact that neither Joe Q (Joe Quesada; Current Marvel Editor-in-Chief) and I were very involved which didn’t help. That said, the movie was better than I thought it would be, but with the series, they are getting it right.

SFS- What is your opinion of how the movie turned out? Is there anything that you would have liked to seen in the movie that wasn’t featured?

JP- Yes, a third act would have been nice and maybe a bit more understanding of the property, but that said they did a decent job and made a pretty good sci fi original movie. The series is worlds better in my eyes. What others thing remains to be seen. I wish the original movie never put her in the army, Jane’s character never did that, but I understood at the time why they felt that might work. Personally, it didn’t.

SFS- Commodore MAC asks, Were you happy with the end results of the movie?

JP- I was happy it got made and it wasn’t bad. That said, I am much happier the series is getting made and once again, it’s more loyal to the property and getting everything right in my eyes. I am a fan of the movie and a huge fan of the TV series. For me, the movie was, in a way, like when they make Tarzan movies, some are ok, some are great . It comes down to who is making it and what they see. The TV series is nailing it in my eyes.

SFS- Commodore MAC asks, Will the comic book change direction after the series starts or will it stay true to its current storyline?

JP- The comic book is going to stay loyal to the comic books world it is in. I feel if the tv show is offering something different that the comic its much cooler for them both to exist and not copy each other too closely. The comic book is for mature readers and featured graphic violence and sex. The TV show has sex and violence, but works within the limits of broadcasting. The fun thing for me is that I get to write a different part of the character in the books.


SFS- Commodore MAC asks, what would you like to see from us the fans of PKJ?

JP- What I would love to see in the perfect world is the fans of the character and comic book give the TV show a good chance and watch it, and the TV fans give the comic book a try. With TV we get millions of viewers nightly. I would give my left arm to get a minor percentage of those viewers to give a comic book a chance. Either way, I would like everyone to check out the show in April. I think its unique in every way.

SFS- Commodore MAC asks, In the current flux of Comic Movies coming out, do you think that it is starting to dilute the Comic Book industry or as a boost in the years to come?

JP- A boost for sure. They are starting to show you can have this fantasy  element of heroes worked into major motion pictures and the only limitation of them is the imagination of the people creating the film properties. We are in a great stage of superhero development and genre shows are doing great! My only wish personally is for more science fiction and westerns to make it out there to a large audience. Its happening though and each year will get better.

SFS- Worf asks, How did you become involved with the Painkiller Jane comic book?

JP- Well, I co created it and published it with Joe Quesada for a company we owned called event comics in the 90s. It’s really the best way to become involved with anything, creating it. I recommend it to everyone. Wolf, it really is an exciting thing to create anything and see it grow from such humble roots. Such is the case with Painkiller Jane.

SFS- Worf asks, How much work did you put into Painkiller Jane since you were a co-creator?

JP- Into the TV show, as much as I was able to. They have involved me in each and every single step along the way to finally making it to the small screen. Gil Grant, the show runner, has been unbelievable supportive and encouraging in all ways and the people involved with making the show have greeted me with open arms. My involvement, I hope, is making a difference. Like anything that is done by a group, it takes a lot of time and energy to get anything to where most people are happy. I couldn’t be happier with the end product of the show. It really is a dream
come true for me. As I stated earlier I am involved with the writing and will be in directing an episode. That’s pretty involved for any creator!


SFS- How are things going with Dynamite Entertainments run with Painkiller Jane?

JP- Pretty cool. I just finished writing issue #1 of the new series and an digging in with the issues after. The story is a wild one and will be teased with previews on Dynamite comics web site and Newsarama as well. They guys at dynamite are giving us complete control of the characters it should be.

SFS- Are there any trades available for the earlier works of Painkiller Jane? Will Dynamite Entertainment be releasing one for the new series?

JP- Yes and yes. They are solicited to come out soon, one collects the original run and the painkiller Jane #0 issue as well as covers and pinups, its quite a fun trade book. The new 3 issue mini series that just came out and sold out so quickly will be hitting as well. I think is my best work to date and am really thrilled to see it collected and available to everyone through comic shops and places like Amazon.


SFS- What other projects are you working on that you can share with us at this time?

JP- Well, any minute the GHOST RIDER video game I wrote with Garth Ennis will be in the stores as well as a regular barrage of monthly books out now and some hitting stores in the next few months.

We got from D.C COMICS the monthly JONAH HEX series, UNCLE SAM AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS, a new TERRA series drawn by Amanda conner…from WILDSTORM we got the FRIDAY THE 13TH series coming out and soon to come the SHANNA series coming from marvel comics.

From fox atomic we have written the HILLS HAVE EYES: THE BEGINNING, a prequel of the hills have eyes that explains how a town of miners got the radioactive end of the stick and mutated into vicious killers in new Mexico. The book will be hitting the day the sequel hits theatres and available at comic shops and book stores everywhere.

Justin Gray and I have also recently done a deal with KICKSTART entertainment to write an original screenplay for our horror film titled SPLATTERMAN, which is our take on creating something and watching it get out of control and not being able to do anything about it.

SFS- What other projects would you like to do?

JP- Really, at this point write and direct more Painkiller Jane, develop more properties in comics and film and continue doing what I love. I have worked a long time in this business and each day I still feel excited as hell about what I am doing and what’s ahead. It’s a great time to be alive [ as sniper bullet pops the top part of my head off and I fall forward and ooze brain matter into my keyboard causing a fire that incinerates me and the house and a wind takes the sparks and burns half of Brooklyn as wild dogs attack and eat the rest of the inhabitants till homeland security blows up all the bridges connecting Brooklyn to Manhattan. Yeah, remind me never to say that good to be alive b.s ever again! }

SFS- What is your favorite comic title that you have worked on?

JP- A few would be BEAUTIFUL KILLER, the MONOLITH, and NEW WEST. All out and available

SFS- Are there any titles you had a chance to work on that you missed out on due to other commitments?

JP- Yes, but looking back I am glad I passed on them. There is no “classic”  that I passed on really.

Well folks, that’s the end of the interview! I hope you people have a fun time reading this one. I want to thank Jimmy Palmiotti for taking time off out of his schedule, which is quite busy now with the “PJ” television series now in production. For more information about Jimmy, please visit his website at To purchase the Dynamite Entertainment comics, please visit Jimmy Palmiotti may be doing another interview with us in the coming months, if his schedule permits, so keep an eye out!

Look for the new Painkiller Jane television series this April on Sci Fi!