On April 15, 2013, the film “42” opens.
The film is about the career of Jackie Robinson, baseball’s first Black player.
Which, by the way, is just bullshit.
Jack Roosevelt Robinson was not the first African American to play Major League Baseball. He was the first of the modern era. There were at least fifty or so black players before Jackie Robinson. Baseball as a “professional” sport did not begin segregated.
Segregation started in 1889.
But, I digress (get better soon Peter) — I want to be clear about some things. I have NO idea if the filmmakers will mention that Jackie is not the first Black man to play Major league baseball. I have no idea what kind of narrative the story will take.
I just wanted to go on record so people won’t think I’m ripping off the movie when my graphic novel, “Jackie Robinson: Game One,” hits the bookstores.
I started “Jackie Robinson: Game One” before the movie was even announced. It’s taken me years to finish the script and the art, but that should not take away from the fact that I had the idea first.
Which, by the way, is just bullshit also.
My editor Tom at Full Court Press had the idea first, but I thought it was a great one, so I’m claiming it.
Bottom line — I am NOT ripping off the upcoming Jackie Robinson movie, and I’ve been working on my graphic novel for over three years. Why, you ask, has it taken me so long?
Because I’m anal and I nitpick everything.
So, to recap, I’m not ripping off the Jackie Robinson movie. I was first.
If the movie does gangbusters at the box office and people want to buy my graphic novel because of that, so be it.
If the movie sucks and sales of my graphic novel suffer because of it, then I’m very upset, but it’s not my fault.
That is what we call in Hollywood a win-win.