November 11, 2012 § 1 Comment
The AudioComics Company to bring the Image Comics title to the world of audio drama
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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.
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…
June 29, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Or at least it did! Busy month, so let’s hit some highlights: first off, we are very happy to announce that Elaine Lee’s first entry at the Huffington Post received enough support to warrant an ongoing blog series! YAY! Her second post on the HP, “From Web to Print,” can be found here, and we’re looking forward to entries number three, four , five, fifteen, ninety-three, etc.
We’ve also been the subject of some really fun podcast interviews we’d like to share with you: we’d like to thank Fred Greenhalgh at Radio Drama Revival! in association with WMPG in Portland for putting together the Skype hook-up for RDR’s Titanium Rain special, which aired on WMPG FM June 28, and is now available for your listening pleasure on the podcast here with extended (and uncensored) scenes and interviews with Bill, Lance, Elaine, and Josh and Kat. And you will find on the previous RDR podcast (6/22/2012) the piece Elaine wrote for the National Audio Theatre Festivals’ 2011 Workshop show, The TransMars Tango (following an episode of Fred’s ongoing serial The Cleansed), directed by Brian Price.
Mike Faber, Mike Gordon, and Bobby Nash interviewed us for the Earth Station One podcast; 3 very cool dudes. The link is here!
Finally, new links to downloads and CD’s: Titanium Rain is now available on CD and Mp3 through ZBS and CDBaby, and you’ll find downloads through Artistxite and 7Digital. (And don’t forget…it’s still only $4.99 on iTunes!)
Honey West: Murder on Mars is now available on CD and Mp3 through ZBS, as well as Artistxite and 7Digital. (And don’t forget…it’s also only $4.99 on iTunes!) And Domino Lady: All’s Fair in War is now available for download through eMusic, not to mention we’ll have some Batsons links soon as well!
June 7, 2012 § Leave a Comment
We’re happy to say that months of toil and sweat have resulted in a slew of works from The AudioComics Company, now available for purchase.
First, Titanium Rain is available through iTunes and Amazon Mp3, as well as AudioComics Digital Direct. Moreover creator Josh Finney has created an amazing website devoted to the audiomovie: www.titaniumrainaudio.com. And let’s face it, you know you’re doing good when you get this tweet from Josh: “Finished listening to the latest rough-cut of the TITANIUM RAIN audio drama. I am DEEPLY impressed. @audiocomics have done a hell of a job.” Note that CD’s are being manufactured as we speak, and you will be able to purchase them through AudioComics online store, Amazon.com, ZBS, and CDBaby.
Prior to AudioComics’ first meeting with Josh Finney and Kat Rocha, Josh had already contemplated audio movie versions of 01′s creations Titanium Rain and Utopiates; we are all fans of the works produced by Big Finish from Doctor Who to Judge Dredd, why not do the same here? But here’s where he took it a step further: he commissioned BBC composer Jonathan Sharp to create original soundtracks to go with the graphic novels. You can hear Sharp’s labor of love in the finished production of TR; AudioComics has taken it a step further with its first ever soundtrack release. The 12 tracks from the production are available as Titanium Rain: The Original Soundtrack. You can purchase it from all of the usual suspects, with links at www.titaniumrainaudio.com. In the meantime, here is the Mp3 art from Josh and Kat to tide you over…
From legendary comics writer Steve Englehart: “When my oldest son was little, he told me he didn’t like black and white movies, and I told him that it’s not the medium, it’s the skill of the people using the medium that matters. From there he went on to silent movies, and opera…and radio dramas. The new Domino Lady is a fully professional radio drama, with all the skill of the 1940s and the technological superiority of the 2010s. This is not a scratchy MP3 made from an old acetate – this is radio drama at its finest, with real actors and real writers — so spend some evenings with the Domino Lady.”
What a great idea! You can purchase a copy of All’s Fair in War here from our store, from iTunes or Amazon Mp3, and it will be on Rhapsody, eMusic, and Nokia in the coming months. Plus we have an additional review, care of Airship 27′s own Ron Fortier: http://www.pulpfictionreviews.blogspot.com/2012/05/domino-lady-alls-fair-in-war.html.
Honey West: Murder on Mars can be purchased through iTunes, Amazon Mp3, and AudioComics Digital Direct. CD’s are likewise being manufactured as we speak, and again you will be able to buy them via AudioComics online store, Moonstone Entertainment’s online store (does that make it a Moonstore?), Amazon.com, ZBS, and CDBaby.
We are also happy to announce that HW writer and co-Producer Elaine Lee has written an article on creator-owned comics for THE HUFFINGTON POST! The article on “Fair Trade Comics” is here. Feel free to “like” and make a comment! The more comments we get, the better the chances of her first HP blog continuing.
Finally, The Batsons: The Trouble with Fang! is going through it’s final mastering due to some technical difficulties, but we will have it ready to go by mid-month. In the meantime, you can buy the Mp3 of Carmilla’s Crush through AudioComics Digital Direct, Amazon Mp3, and CDBaby.
February 24, 2012 § 1 Comment
Damn good question. Right now Bill Dufris is holed away in the studio, finishing mixing on his four pieces, while Lance continues to mix The Domino Lady and prep for the opening of our website store in the next week, and work with CJ Henderson the adaptation of Battle for LA. Elaine is updating the Starstruck website, and is starting in on the scripts for the Galactic Girl Guides series, with every episode clocking in at 10 – 15 minutes. A lot of potential projects have come our way, and we’re still sorting through the 30 or so projects that came our way last year. One major announcement for everyone: the first five AudioComics pieces of 2012 (Honey West: Murder on Mars, Titanium Rain Vol. 1, The Domino Lady: All’s Fair in War, and The Batsons: Carmilla’s Crush and The Trouble with Fang) will be released in May.
However, there is one thing we can share with you, and that is the artwork for the Mp3 of our first Domino Lady piece, Rich Harvey’s “All’s Fair in War.” There are a number of artists we plan to work with in the future on CD and Mp3 art, especially on original pieces: Lee Moyer is one, Jay Piscopo is on the radar…we can add Paul Sizer to the list. Paul’s art was originally part of Warren Ellis’ “Remake/Remodel” project; he kindly made a few changes, and voila!
Ain’t she purty?
February 17, 2012 Comments Off
We are now taking pre-orders for Titanium Rain, Vol. 1, Honey West, The Domino Lady, and The Batsons! The link to purchase is here!
Okay, science fiction, space opera and web comics fans, listen up: on February 17, 2012, Elaine Lee and Michael Wm. Kaluta will be launching a new Starstruck website at http://starstruckcomics.com/
They will be posting the story pages that appeared in the Starstruck Deluxe Edition, but making them interactive, so that they link to glossary entries. Moreover the site will include the glossary, history, intro to the book, and links to Starstruck reviews and articles. Later, they’ll be adding things like timelines, sound files from the play’s music and the audio play, pictures from performances, and heretofore unpublished material. And you can buy the book, a download of the play, or a T-shirt, too!
“Ultimately, we’re hoping to draw enough new audience to make creating more Starstruck a worthwhile endeavor (monetarily speaking).”
We love Starstruck. AudioComics and Starstruck are linked big time; the playscript was our first production, and there is a Galactic Girl Guidesseries for kids in the works. We’re thrilled that this site is taking off, and hope you’ll come along for the ride. Again, the site address is: http://starstruckcomics.com/ If it worked for Elfquest, it’ll work for Elaine and Michael, too.
November 9, 2011 Comments Off
A lot done, a lot more to get to, so let’s get to it:
On November 5 and 6, The AudioComics Company recorded the first volume of Titanium Rain and Honey West: Murder on Mars at The Studio in Portland, ME with marathon sessions for each recording, and endurance levels at their highest for both director and cast. And yes, boys and girls, it was a blast.
It began with a marathon read of both pieces the day before at Bill’s home, with Honey West up first, followed by Titanium Rain, with Elaine Lee, and Josh Finney and Kat Rocha all in attendance to hear the straight reads (an hour for each…not bad!). A lot of new faces, and a few old friends from Starstruck showed up as well (wait a sec, isn’t that Brent Askari, or Kalif Bajar, as has-been teen idol Ricky Valentine from Honey West? I think it is!) From 1963 to 2031 in the same night…
(Yes, reading graphic novels is research…)
Moving into The Studio for Titanium Rain the following day, our Marines were given a crash course in the proper way to say “OOO-RAH” as the testosterone levels exceeded acceptable levels for the ground sequences; nope, nobody was facing music stands for this show! Bill went so far as to stage how the Marines in the piece stood, squatted, and fired weapons at Chinese soldiers. Internal monolgues and radio reports were read in different iso booths; pilots sat and stood at attention before commanding officers; the poker was played, now with real poker chips; and everyone was ready to collapse at the after-recording dinner!
Most importantly, Josh and Kat were pleased; when you get the seal of approval from the writers regarding the creative process that goes into a audio drama recording. Here we delved into the book of Maggs (DIRK Maggs, that is), whose voice-over sessions are legendary for the physicality that goes into every read from every actor. A few tweets from the happy creators:
“Lance Axt was excellent as Alec. I was impressed how he could keep up such a level of intensity after 10 hours.”
“The cast selected by AudioComics was damn near perfect. And the brit who flew out to voice Happy? This woman is going to be famous. Serious.” That would be Elizabeth Knowelden. AND WE TOTALLY AGREE.
“Had to also explain it ALWAYS had to be “OOO-rah” and never “HOO-raw” because that mistake could get your ass kicked.”
“One regret? I really wish Major Graves had more scenes because the actor AudioComics got to play him took a handful of line & MADE it art. Well, at least Major Graves has a lot of scenes in book 2. Yes we are already discussing it as an audio drama.” Word to Chris Price: we’ve got more work for you!
“Creating smoking holes gives our lives meaning and increases our manliness!”
“Actor Colin O’ Leary totally rocked his role as Piso in the Titanium Rain audio drama.”
“Seeing the AudioComics Company in action, I can honestly say they are on to a VERY good thing. Titanium Rain is in good hands.”
Moving on to…or maybe we should say back to…the groovy sixties for Honey West as Carrington MacDuffie went undercover to find the killer of B-movie starlet Zu Zu Varga. People were amazed with my stamina, how about Carrington’s? After eight hours, she was still on the mark for every read. And yes, we have started a trend! What trend? Bringing in members of the comics community to do supporting roles! Gary Guzzo, former publicist for Marvel, joined us to play Charlie April, Honey’s right hand man, the bookie with a heart of gold.
So, yeah, it was a great weekend!
We want to thank everyone involved: Elaine, Josh and Kat, Jim Begley, our cast members from Maine, Los Angeles, and Austin, Phil and Maria for the photos, and Fred for the video support. Oh yeah, and we want to again thank our Kickstarter supporters as well, without whom, The Studio would not be possible.
Like I said, a lot done, but a lot more to do! A Pulp Adventures update for you soon!
(Liz heading back to Hollywood…sniff…)
October 14, 2011 Comments Off
As of 7pm PST on October 13, the Titanium Rain campaign on Kickstarter acheived it’s funding goal plus 14%. Thank you thank you thank you! Let’s see if we can get 150% funded before the 23rd…whattaya think? http://kck.st/p93Hg7
October 12, 2011 Comments Off
We’re back, if only for a brief interlude:
The next month-and-a-half is about to be a busy one, to say the least, with four projects being recorded, not to mention Lance’s work with the NATF in less than two scant weeks, and the remaining days of our crowdfunding extension, so let’s get to it:
First, we want to give a big thanks to those who supported Titanium Rain on IndieGoGo:
James Cornell, Algernon D’Ammassa, Caine Door, Thaddeus Howze, Elizabeth Knowelden, Patrick McEvoy, Judy Molner, Keith Reagan, Stephen Edward Vale, JK Woodward, Rodger Axt, David Hammond, Karen Stilwell, Michael Thomas, Adam and Comfort Withers, Lewis Davis, Craig Foley, Bryan Glass, Fred Greenhlagh, Christopher Schager, Sandy Sherr, Kevin Donnelly, Mike Rocha, and Kevin Lansford (along with our “anonymous” contributors).
Right now we are just over two weeks into our Kickstarter extension at http://kck.st/p93Hg7. Currently we are at 43% funded, and eleven days remaining; make a contribution! And remember that a $10 contribution can go a long way and is thoroughly appreciated, not to mention you are pre-paying for your digital download of Titanium Rain!
All names from both campaigns will eventually find their way to the AudioComics Company website, which is undergoing a slow make-over. In the next few months expect to see more pages and a different layout, all on a different server, courtesy of our wonderous web designer Kat Rocha.
On November 5 and 6, The AudioComics Company will re-enter The Studio in Portland, ME to record Titanium Rain on Saturday, and Honey West on Sunday. Bill Dufris will direct both works, with Jim Begley, one of the best engineers in Maine, supervising in the control room. Josh Finney and Kat Rocha, and Elaine Lee will all be in attendance, and our acting company for the weekend currently includes Lance Roger Axt, Carrington MacDuffie, Elizabeth Knowelden, Phil Wells, Brent Askari, and Gary Guzzo (with more actors to be announced later). Maria Myshrall will also be hand as our official photographer.
Then on November 19, Lance Roger Axt will take the director’s chair at Broken Radio in San Francisco to record the first two Pulp Adventures pieces, The Green Lama and the Curse of Liberty Island and The Domino Lady: All’s Fair in War. The previously announced third piece, The Green Lama and the Case of the Forgotten Gods, will record in 2012 (also in the Bay Area), giving writer Algernon D’Ammassa more time to re-work the script (he’s a very busy guy right now). The cast features the previously announced Craig Neibaur as The Green Lama and Karen Stilwell as The Domino Lady, as well as Perry Aliado, Mandy Brown, Peter Carini, Bill Chessman, Kevin Donnelly, Suzan Lorraine, and Peter Papadopoulos.
In addition, Lance is co-producing the upcoming National Audio Theatre Festivals Tony Hawkins Advanced Workshop in Los Angeles October 21 – 23 focusing on voice-over in the animation industry, with workshops (in and out of the studio) with Lucien Dodge (Pokemon), Corey Burton (Thundercats, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), and comics/animation legend Mark Evanier (The Garfield Show, Dungeons and Dragons, Scooby and Scrappy Doo). There are still a few slots available, but only a few: you can register at https://www.regonline.com/audioartofanimation. Plus Elaine is working on several other scripts and an exciting Starstruck project, Bill is editing and mixing and editing and mixing, and Lance is working on the adaptation of …okay, we can’t talk about that yet.
It should also be noted that the planned audio adaptation of the romance webcomic Somewhere in Between has also been moved to 2013, as creator/writer/artist Megan Levens, much like Green Lama writer Algernon D’Ammassa, is inundated with projects (as are we) and thus we’ve moved the piece up a bit (okay, A LOT) to accomodate everyone’s schedules.
Finally, we can announce that in late February, we will take pre-orders for the digital downloads of The Batsons: Carmilla’s Crush, The Batsons: The Trouble with Fang!, The Domino Lady: All’s Fair in War, Titanium Rain Volume One, Honey West: Murder on Mars, and the compact disc releases of Titanium Rain Volume One, and Honey West: Murder on Mars, all of which will be released in spring. Then we gotta start prepping for the rest of the year!
So it’s going to be a busy-as-hell month-and-a-half for everyone, but we can’t wait for you to hear the results!
Finally, the Kickstarter link one last time: http://kck.st/p93Hg7!
September 11, 2011 Comments Off
The AudioComics Company to produce adaptations of Moonstone titles beginning with Honey West and The Battle for L.A.
For immediate release:
The AudioComics Company is pleased to announce that it will act as the official audio theatre production arm for Moonstone Entertainment, Inc., producing full-cast adaptations of its licensed and original comic books and graphic novels, as well as selections from their line of short story anthologies. These pieces will be available on compact disc and pay-per-Mp3 digital download through a variety of outlets, including Moonstone’s online store, at comic book conventions, the iTunes store, and community radio drama drama showcases across the country.
Their first collaboration will be Honey West, adapted for audio by Elaine (Starstruck) Lee from her mini-series “Murder on Mars.” Hollywood’s toughest and sexiest private eye has gone undercover as an extra on a low-budget science fiction flick to find the murderer of sex symbol Zu Zu Varga, only to find that (shock and surprise) everyone’s got a motive. And then there’s that killer robot… Also slated for production is the team-up special The Battle for L.A., which is a part of Moonstone’s “Return of the Originals” line. Starring The Black Bat, Domino Lady, G-8, Secret Agent X, and The Phantom Detective, these avengers pit their wits (and guns) against a menace from another world in 1945 Los Angeles in a story actually inspired by true events.
Moonstone EIC Joe Gentile: “Moonstone is super excited to hear our stories done in this dramatic fashion! AudioComics brings a very professional quality sound, as well as great voice actors to the table, and the final result is the best we have heard! It’s not a plain ol’ audio book, it’s an audio play, like a private performance in your living room!” AudioComics co-founder Lance Roger Axt echoes Joe’s sentiments: “Audio theatre is simply one of the most exciting and accessible forms of entertainment available. This is not lost on Joe and the good folks at Moonstone Entertainment, and we’re very excited to be working with them and their roster of properties. Actually, ‘very excited’ may be an understatement! I mean have you seen their roster of properties lately? Hello!”
Honey West records this November in Portland, ME for a winter, 2012 release, directed by William Dufris; portraying Honey will be acclaimed audio book narrator and recording artist Carrington MacDuffie. This first production will also mark the beginning of an ongoing series of HW projects with Moonstone. The Battle for L.A. will record in winter of 2012 in San Francisco, CA, adapted by CJ Henderson and Lance Roger Axt (from Henderson’s script), and directed by Mr. Axt, with a planned spring of 2012 release.
Moonstone Entertainment Inc. publishes comics and illustrated fiction designed to “awaken your sense of adventure”, featuring classic and new heroes including Kolchak the Night Stalker, Buckaroo Banzai, The Green Hornet, The Avenger, Captain Midnight, The Domino Lady, Zorro, Honey West, and Airboy in thrilling tales of adventure, mystery, and horror. For more than a decade, Moonstone Entertainment Inc. has created fine and distinct comic books, graphic novels and prose…books that are meant to be read. Awaken your sense of adventure at www.moonstonebooks.com
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. Their debut production of the original play script of Elaine Lee and Michael Kaluta’s Starstruck has received critical acclaim from comics and audio professionals alike; forthcoming productions include Titanium Rain and The Batsons. www.audiocomicscompany.com