AudioComics and Action labs presents Jamal Igle’s MOLLY DANGER!

April 1, 2013 § 1 Comment

1346074347For immediate release:

In 2013, the audio movie studio AudioComics will release its second AC Kids title based on the forthcoming children’s graphic novel series from industry superstar Jamal Igle (Action Comics, Supergirl, Firestorm, Daredevil/Shi): Molly Danger! Produced in association with Action Lab Entertainment, and directed by AudioComics co-founder William Dufris, the first episode in the series will record in New York for a projected summer release.

Molly is “the princess of finesse,” the most powerful ten-year old in the world. Protector of Coopersville, New York from the villainous Supermechs, including Two-Fisted Tommy and Lil’ Cavey, she has legions of devoted fans, movies and merchandise bearing her name, and more fame than anyone can fathom. But what she really wants more than anything…is a friend. A family. And a real life.

Meanwhile, the forces of evil are converging to rock Molly’s world. For 20 years she has been led to believe that she’s an immortal alien whose family died when their ship crash-landed on Earth, genetically altered by the earth’s atmosphere. She also believes that she is the last of her people. She is wrong–very wrong…

As with AudioComics’ productions of Titanium Rain, Starstruck, and Honey West: Murder on Mars, the finished work will be available on both compact disc and pay-per-Mp3 digital download, with cover art by Igle, and for sale through AudioComics’ and Action Lab’s websites, iTunes, Amazon, and at comic book and sci-fi conventions.

“This is another exciting step in getting the Action Lab brand known to comic book fans everywhere,” explained Action Lab President Kevin Freeman. “Jamal is one of the nicest guys in the industry, and not only does Molly Danger look spectacular on the printed page, but it is perfectly suited for the AudioComics treatment. We couldn’t be happier.”

Igle introduced Molly Danger in a highly-successful Kickstarter campaign last fall, and the first hardcover edition, under the Action Lab banner, will be in comic book stores in July. There will also be a preview of the book released during Free Comic Book Day on May 4 in stores nationwide.

AudioComics, under the guidance of producers Lance Roger Axt, William Dufris, and Elaine Lee, provides superior audio entertainment with its professional full-cast audio theatre productions of both licensed properties and original works from the world of comic books, graphic novels, and related media, accessible in today’s market with today’s sound. The AudioComics team is working to establish relationships with top name comic book companies, sci-fi writers, sponsors and the entertainment industry in Hollywood and New York, and to give these audio theatre pieces worldwide exposure. Productions include Starstruck, the forthcoming Bad Planet, and the first part of Titanium Rain, which has been nominated for two Audie Awards from the Audiobook Publishers Association, and is the winner of AudioFile Magazine’s Earphones Award.

Action Lab Entertainment was founded in 2010 by a group of indie-maverick comic creators with the sole intent to bring the world the most action packed, most thought-provoking, most entertaining comics available, thereby ushering in a new age of world peace under the dominating, yet benign control of the Action Lab. Action Lab Entertainment is the public front for all the activities of the Action Lab and its members. Although most of the Action Lab’s activities remain classified, Action Lab Entertainment can disclose that two of its many functions are the marketing of comic books through various sales outlets, and the expansion of their domination into other mediums.

More awards and passings…

March 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Been a long time since we posted anything on this blog, isn’t it?

Well, plans are afoot to move the blog over to an e-mail newsletter. At least 6 postings a year with news and views that YOU can use. Very soon we will be posting our Gamadin cast, but for now we have more good news to report…and some sad news as well.

The good news: we’re proud to announce that our production of Titanium Rain has WON an Earphones Award from AudioFile Magazine. Here is the corresponding review:

This full-cast, impressively produced drama takes you right into the action of a future Third World War and its battle zones in China. A revolt against the Chinese government has triggered a full-scale conflict, involving the U.S. You’ll be skillfully sucked into the story, suddenly finding yourself in the cockpit, fighting for your life. Yet this is more than action entertainment–the convincing backstory is cleverly exposed through news reports and dialogue. In the present, scenes switch from dogfights in the sky to battle on the ground to tense dialogue without ever confusing the listener. Put on your earphones and fly! H.O.K. 2013 Audies Finalist, Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine

Now, the bad news: we were stunned to learn that on Friday, March 21, horror writer Rick Hautala passed away from a sudden heart attack. The audio adaptation of his short story, “The Nephews,” is part of our Horrorscopes series; he also supplied the Season One intro. We know that he enjoyed the adaptation of his work, and we were hoping to work with him again on another adaptation for a future season. Suffice to say, this not what we, or anyone else for that matter, was expecting. In honor of Rick, we have decided that from this point forward, 100% of ALL net profits made from download sales of “The Nephews” will go to his help his wife Holly Newstein Hautala. The link to purchase it is here, and we hope you will spread the word.

TITANIUM RAIN Nominated For 2013 Audie Award

February 20, 2013 § 1 Comment

TITANIUM RAIN NOMINATED FOR 2013 AUDIE AWARDS

The Near-Future, Science Fiction, War Epic From AudioComics

is Chosen as Finalist in the Categories of Audio Drama and Original Work.

AudioComics is proud to announce that their 2012 “audio movie” production of Titanium Rain: Episode One, adapted by Josh Finney from the Arachia Entertainment graphic novel by Finney and Kat Rocha, has been nominated for the prestigious 2013 Audie Awards in the categories of Audio Drama and Original Work.

Sponsored and presented each year by the Audiobook Publishers Association (APA), a not-for-profit association that “advocates the common, collective business interests of audio publishers,” the Audies is considered the Oscars of the American audiobook industry, recognizing outstanding achievement in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. The Audie Awards will be presented in New York City on May 30, 2013.

Set in the year 2031, during a civil war in China that has spiraled into global conflict, Titanium Rain: Episode One introduces audiences to USAF pilot Alec Killian and the members of Phoenix Squadron, a biotech-enhanced elite force who walk the line between man and machine. The audio adaptation was directed by Audie-winning AudioComics co-founder William Dufris, and has received unanimous praise from critics and fans alike:

Dirk Maggs, award-winning Director/Producer of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for BBC Radio, has called Titanium Rain, “One of the best examples of immersive entertainment in a creative field undergoing a huge renaissance at the moment.”

AudioComics’ association with the husband-and-wife team of Finney and Rocha will continue in the fall of 2013, with the recording of their “cyberpunk-meets-Trainspotting” graphic novel Utopiates, published by Finney and Rocha’s own 01Publishing company.

AUDIOCOMICS PRESENTS THE “GAMADIN” BOOK SERIES…

December 7, 2012 § 1 Comment

“GAMADIN BOOK SERIES” COMES TO AUDIOCOMICS

AudioComics’ first young adults title to record in 2013

Gamadin

For immediate release:

AudioComics and award-nominated author Tom Kirkbride invite you to embark on the wild ride known as Gamadin, as they present the audio adaptation of Book I, Gamadin: Word of Honor in Kirkbride’s young adult series in 2013. Adapted for audio by Elaine Lee and co-directed by Lance Roger Axt and William Dufris, “Word of Honor” introduces us to Southern California surfers Harlowe, Riverstone, and Wiz, whose act of heroism leads them on the adventure of a lifetime: the retrieval of Millawanda, an ancient Gamadin spaceship, and the most dangerous weapon in the known galaxy.

The Gamadin Book Series evolved from author Kirkbride’s love of science fiction and the desire to write a thrill-packed, character driven adventure. Since its release, the series has taken the young adults genre by storm, with the Gamadin Book Series recently joining the Harry Potter and Twilight series in the Accelerated Reader Learning program in schools nationwide. The AudioComics production will present the book in a new light, utilizing the production company’s signature cinematic approach to audio drama.

The work will record in Monterey, California in the spring of 2013, with casting to be announced in late winter. As with previous productions of Titanium Rain, Starstruck, and the forthcoming Bad Planet and Perhapanauts projects, the finished work will be available on both compact disc and pay-per-Mp3 digital download, through the AudioComics and Gamadin websites (http://www.gamadin.com/), iTunes, Amazon, and at book festivals and comic book/sci-fi conventions.

Can the fate of the galaxy rest in the hands of three California surfer dudes? YES! And the rumble comes to audio in 2013…

About AudioComics:under the direction of producers William Dufris, Lance Roger Axt, and Elaine Lee, AudioComics professional full-cast “audio movies” based on stories from comics, graphic novels, and genre fiction. We offer top-notch entertainment: the best stories from the best writers, brought to life by a brilliant company of gifted actors, professionally engineered, mixed, and mastered for today’s audiences with today’s sound.

AUDIOCOMICS PRESENTS…THE PERHAPANAUTS!

November 11, 2012 § 1 Comment

The AudioComics Company to bring the Image Comics title to the world of audio drama

For immediate release:

The AudioComics Company announces its plans to produce and distribute a series of brand new audio adventures featuring the creations of writer Todd Dezago (Sensational Spider-Man, Tellos, Young Justice) and Craig Rousseau (Impulse, Batman Beyond, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane): with equal parts “X-Files” and classic Saturday morning cartoon, The Perhapanauts are the agents of BEDLAM, charged with fighting the forces of supernatural and sending them back to whence they came. The twist: the Perhapanauts are themselves supernatural beings, including a Sasquatch, a Chupacabra, the Mothman, and a ghost!

Dezago will script the audio adventures of BEDLAM’s team of wild and wonderous misfits, these being new stories over straightforward adaptations of the existing material published by Image Comics, thereby expanding the universe of these characters into other avenues of media. Casting for the first Perhapanauts “audio movie” will be announced in 2013.

As with AudioComics’ productions of Titanium Rain, Starstruck, and Honey West: Murder on Mars, the finished work will be available on both compact disc and pay-per-Mp3 digital download, with cover art by Rousseau, and for sale through AudioComics’ and The Perhapanauts’ websites, iTunes, Amazon, and at comic book and sci-fi conventions.

Todd and Craig’s The Perhapanauts: this one’s gonna knock you sideways! And then frontways. And possibly a few other ways as well.

The AudioComics Company, under the guidance of producers Lance Roger Axt, William Dufris, and Elaine Lee, provides superior audio entertainment with its professional full-cast audio theatre productions of both licensed properties and original works from the world of comic books, graphic novels, and related media, accessible in today’s market with today’s sound. The AudioComics team is working to establish relationships with top name comic book companies, sci-fi writers, sponsors and the entertainment industry in Hollywood and New York, and to give these audio theatre pieces worldwide exposure.

AUDIOCOMICS BRINGS “BAD PLANET” TO AUDIO

November 9, 2012 § 1 Comment

The AudioComics Company to adapt RAW Studios’ mini-series as a full-cast audio drama

For immediate release:

In early 2013 the AudioComics Company will again enter the recording studio, this time to record the full-cast audio production of RAW Studios’ mini-series Bad Planet. The creation of RAW founders Thomas Jane (actor in The Mist, The Punisher, HBO’s Hung) and artist Tim Bradstreet (Star Wars, Hellblazer, Human Target) with writer Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, The Mystery Society), the work will be directed by AudioComics Company Co-Producer William Dufris.

An homage to the classic science fiction and horror stories of the 1950’s, Bad Planet is the universal classification given to worlds that have fallen prey to predator races. Now the planet Earth appears to be the next to fall when a race of invading “deathspiders” wreak havoc on the populace. Our only chance for salvation lies in the hands of two scientists from opposite ends of the Earth, an African child prodigy, and a Phaedon warrior whose unwitting actions led to the destruction of his race.

Thomas Jane: “I heard their production of Starstruck, and thought ‘these guys are fantastic.’ This production’s going to rock.” The AudioComics Company: “With Starstruck we set the bar. With Titanium Rain we set it higher. With Bad Planet, we’re setting the bar on fire.” As with other AudioComics productions, the Bad Planet audio will be available on both compact disc and pay-per-Mp3 digital download, and for sale through AudioComics’ and RAW’s webstores, iTunes, Amazon, and at comic book and science fiction conventions.

RAW Studios is the comics and book publishing arm of RAW Entertainment, founded by actor Thomas Jane in partnership with Eisner Award nominated illustrator/production designer Tim Bradstreet. The subjects of our books reflect our love for the heady days of EC Comics, with a dash of Creepy and Eerie, and a heavy dose of today’s top talented creators. Horror, Sci-Fi, Crime, and Fantasy – No genre is sacred or safe from our spin. What we offer is an ALTERNATIVE to the spandex and cape-wearing creations of big publishers. But ultimately, we’re here to remind folks how good comics can be.

The AudioComics Company, under the guidance of producers Lance Roger Axt, William Dufris, and Elaine Lee, provides superior audio entertainment with its professional full-cast audio theatre productions of both licensed properties and original works from the world of comic books, graphic novels, and related media, accessible in today’s market with today’s sound. The AudioComics team is working to establish relationships with top name comic book companies, sci-fi writers, sponsors and the entertainment industry in Hollywood and New York, and to give these audio theatre pieces worldwide exposure.

LONG OVERDUE ANNOUNCEMENTS!

November 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hi folks – you may have noticed that the cupboard has been bare of late, and by that we mean this blog! Truth be told, we have been so busy the past few months, there’s been little time to blog! But, this weekend we have several big announcements to make, and rather than spring ‘em all on you at once, a “bring-you-up-to-speed” post is in order in preparation.

  • The Battle for LA recording session went wonderfully. Everyone had a great time (as is almost always the case at these sessions), and Karen and Tom are hard at work for the next behind-the-scenes video, while Lance begins work on the first voice-over edit. Estimated time of delivery: winter of 2013. CD and Mp3.
  • Thanks to everyone who dropped by our tables at APE in San Francisco and New York Comic Con! Elaine and Bill will be at Coast City Con at the Double Tree Hilton in Portland, ME this coming weekend, where Bill will entertain with a few readings…as well as a live 5 minute teaser of something really special we have planned for next year! Plus we’ll have a booth where you can buy CD’s and download cards, as well as Starstruck graphic novels. In Portland this weekend? Come by the Double Tree, we’d love to see you!
  • We’re happy to say that comics legend TRINA ROBBINS will be adapting her Honey West story “Killer on the Keys” as our next HW AudioComics offering in 2013. It’s the mid-60’s in Los Angeles, and someone is out to off the star attraction of the Sunset Strip’s grooviest club, the Purple Pussy. How will Honey catch the killer? Last time around she was a movie extra…this time she’s a go-go dancer!
  • Also happening in 2013 will be the remaining chapters of our first Domino Lady serial, “Moxie’s Gamble” and “Blood is Thicker” by Rich Harvey, and directed by Lance Roger Axt. Mind you our first Pulp Adventures trilogy…could wind up being a tetralogy…either way Karen Stilwell, Peter Carini, Peter Papadopoulos, Bill Chessman, Kevin Donnelly, and Mandy Brown are coming back for more!
  • Finally, we’ve some outstanding reviews come in for our 2012 slate, and you can find them on our press page here!

Okay, big news coming Friday…hold on to your hats…
 

 

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