Outlook Portland: The Return of John Rogers

As is the case with almost every subject, the sharpest, spikiest words about the job of writing came from Dorothy Parker, who said, “If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.”

Fortunately for all of us, a great number of burgeoning wordsmiths escape their friends’ gunfire-based ministrations, and are, thereafter, free to unleash all manner of creative conglomerations upon the world.

Such a man is John Rogers; he is the creator, showrunner, writer, and mastermind for the TV series Leverage — filmed in our fair city. He has written or co-written screenplays for such films as Transformers and The Core, he contributed to the fourth-edition of Dungeons and Dragons: Manual of the Planes, has written for numerous comic books, and -just to run up the scoreboard- holds a degree in physics.

He’ll be my guest on this Sunday’s Outlook Portland, opining on such matters as:

  • The rise of Geek Culture — what was the tipping point that led to mainstream nerd-dom?
  • His writing process and routine, as well as the differences between solo writing and collaboration.
  • Portland as a filming location, and our city’s particular draw for artists.
  • Wil Wheaton’s status as a barometer of one’s relative place in the Geek Hierarchy.
  • John Rogers: on the next Outlook Portland (Sunday at 6:30am, on NW32 TV).

    The show will also feature another “Outlook Portland Editorial Reply”, brought to you by our marquee sponsor, Things From Another World. This week’s guest editorialist: Vince, from the comic series Walking Dead.

    Outlook Portland, Sunday at 6:30am, only on NW32 TV…the home of Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries, and Rick Emerson.

    NEXT WEEK: Allen Nause, Producing Artistic Director for Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland. We’ll discuss their current production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

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