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Jun 302011
 
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Today on Weekly Artist Spotlight, we take a look at an American Steampunk band known as The Cog is Dead, formed in 2006 by John Mondelli in DeLand, Florida. Captain John Sprocket and crew take us on a wonderful musical journey through time and space in their adventures to spread the word on the horrors of the digital age, and the beauty of the mechanical device, especially the “cog”.

Their debut album “The Cog is Dead: Steam Powered Stories” is currently available for purchase on Amazon.com and digital download at the iTunes store.

 

From the official The Cog is Dead wiki,

The members of The Cog is Dead are time travelers from the year 1893. John Sprocket, a clockmaker in Grimsby, England was shocked and disgusted when a rival clockmaker invented an electric digital clock, thus marking the death of the cog. Mr. Sprocket called on his good friend and bennefactor Sir Christofer Wolfe to help assist him in a plan to travel to the future to see if digital clocks were a permanent change or just a fad.

With the help of their mechanic Tony Seville and Joel their Navigator, they built a flying timeship and traveled one hundred years into the future. When they saw that not only were digital clocks extremely prevalent in the world but electricity had become the main source of power, they decided to make it their mission to travel all around the world to various points of time to try to encourage people to stop using digital clocks and switch over the the most beautiful source of energy that has ever existed, steam power. They now travel the world spreading their message for all to hear and performing mechanical melodies and steam powered songs to the masses.

Featuring the talents of: John Mondelli as Captain John Sprocket, Chris Fowle as Sir Christofer Wolfe, Joel Dennerle as Joel the Navigator, and Tony Mondelli as Mr. Tony Seville.

You can follow The Cog is Dead on

Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter!

Enjoyed their music on Krypton Radio? Support the artist! You can purchase the music from the following stores:

Digital download at iTunes or Buy the physical album at Amazon.com!

 

Krypton Radio is adding new music all the time! If you have a suggestion for a song or group you think we should spotlight,or even add to our line up,just reply in comments to let us know what you think of the music on KR and what else you would like to hear!

Jun 232011
 

NEW JENNY EVERYWHERE COMIC BOOK AVAILABLE
Quark Time Webcomic Volume 1 Released in Print

Philadelphia, June 23, 2011:  Just short of its one-year anniversary, the webcomic Jenny Everywhere’s Infinite: Quark Time announces the release of Volume 1, Weak Interaction, in print form.  Comprising the first 28 weeks of the webcomic’s run, the paper edition is available to the general public online via the print-on-demand outlet Indyplanet.com.  Comic shops can place orders via online distributor ComicsMonkey.com.

Jenny Everywhere is an open-source superhero that anyone may use in their own works.  August 13th of this year commemorates the tenth birthday of the heroine, who has appeared in hundreds of creations from short stories to comics to short films. “Jenny is a unique character,” says Gwen Patton, creator of Quark Time, “The basic character belongs to everyone, anyone can branch her off in whatever direction they want, but what they create belongs to them.”

While the comic is available for free online, some people prefer to read it in a large chunk in a comic book form.  “For some people, it’s a nostalgia thing,” says Patton, “For some, it’s a matter of convenience.  But some people just like the feel of a paper comic book in their hands.”  The Quark Time webcomic updates Sundays at http://quarktime.net.

Gwendolyn Patton
Revolution Earth Press
Online: Quark Time
In print: Indy Planet Store

Jun 232011
 

Krypton Radio announces its Weekly Artist Spotlight, every Thursday we’ll we share a video of one of the artists we play on Krypton Radio and tell you a bit about them. Today we debut with Caravan Palace, a French music group who enjoys Electronica, jazz, and swing. Based out of Paris-France, their featured album is “Caravan Palace”, released on June 29, 2010.

From their Facebook page:

Caravan Palace is the result of the cross of 3 electronic music composers, with a common passion for “jazz manouche”. By practising that 30’s music in a “classic” band, they realize its great impact , while artists like Sanseverino (in France) or Bireli Lagrene greatly contribute to its influence upon the general public. Februar 2005, they begin the composition of electro-swing jazz manouche oriented tunes, quickly turning into a full-fledged project by the name of Caravan Palace.

Featuring the talents of: Arnaud Vial, Charles Delaporte, Hugues Payen, Colotis “Latoya” Zoé, Toustou, and Chapi.

Krypton Radio is adding new music all the time! If you have a suggestion for a song or group you think we should spotlight, or even add to our line up, just reply in comments to let us know what you think of the music on KR and what else you would like to hear!

Jun 202011
 
westercon64

This Fourth of July weekend sees Westercon 64, the 2011 West Coast Science Fantasy Conference, coming to downtown San Jose. Westercon 64 will include several special events in its schedule in addition to traditional SF/F convention programming. Among the special events planned is a performance of a radio-style play written by artist guests of honor Phil and Kaja Foglio, a themed Saturday afternoon tea with writer guest of honor Patricia McKillip, a focus event on the guests moderated by Terry Bisson from the SF in SF reading series, and an SF/F-themed game show. The convention will also include two Regency Dances and the Westercon Masquerade costume contest.

Friday Events

Friday evening of Westercon features Regency-style Dancing in the appropriately named Regency Ballroom starting at 7:30 PM. Come while away the evening in courtly style. Period costumes are welcome (but not required), and both experienced dancers and those that have never tried Regency dancing are all welcome.

Saturday Events

Writer Guest of Honor Patricia McKillip will be featured in a Saturday Afternoon Tea in the Westercon 64 Hospitality Suite from 4:00-5:30. Tea and light refreshments will be served with Moira Greyland playing the harp for accompaniment.

The SF in SF Reading Series makes a special appearance in San Jose on Saturday afternoon at 5:30 in the Club Regent Room, with the spotlight on all of Westercon 64’s guests: Patricia McKillip, Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio, and Mike Willmoth. Terry Bisson hosts the Q&A/interview session to follow the readings.

Saturday night at 8 PM is the Westercon Masquerade Costume Contest, where members of the convention show off their best SF/F costumes before an appreciative audience. Costumes are a big part of SF/F conventions, both “hall costumes” designed to be work around the halls of the convention and “presentation costumes” to be shown on stage at events like the Masquerade.

Sunday Events

The Hugo Award-winning Girl Genius series of graphic novels by Artist Guests of Honor Phil and Kaja Foglio is the inspiration for Girl Genius Radio Theatre, a radio-style play on Sunday night at 8 PM in The Club Regent Room. The play features the Foglios along with the Girl Genius Radio Players in a hilarious romp through the “gaslamp fantasy” world of Mad Science with Agatha Heterodyne, Girl Genius and her companions. Members wishing to participate in the play should come to the Foglios’ table in the Dealers’ Room to volunteer.

If you have a ready answer to a question like “Captain Kirk has the biggest ___ in Starfleet!” then you’ll love Match Game SF, an SF/F-themed version of the classic 1970s game show, Saturday afternoon at 2:30 PM with a special “late night” edition on Sunday night at 10 PM. Both shows will be in the Club Regent Room Contestants will be randomly selected from the audience to match wits with the panel. Contestants who do the best job of matching the panelists receive great prizes, while all participants receive the famous Lovely Parting Gift.

Because one good Regency dance deserves another, Alan Winston adds live music to the second session of Regency Dance on Sunday night at 7:30 PM in the Regency Ballroom. As with Friday’s session, costumes are encouraged (but not required), and all skill levels are welcome.


Westercon 64 will be at the San Jose Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose, California on Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4. The convention opens on Friday morning, with the Dealers’ Room and Art Show opening at Noon (10 AM the other days of the convention). Programming starts at 1 PM on Friday and 10 AM on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, with the convention winding down on Monday afternoon around 4 PM.

Admission to Westercon (known as an “attending membership”) is $75 for all four days. Single-day admission memberships are also available for $25 to $40 depending on the day. Children 7-12 accompanied by a parent/guardian are $40, and kids in tow under seven years old are free but must stay with their parent/guardian except for children 3 and older in Children’s Programming.

For more information about Westercon 64, see the convention web site at http://www.westercon64.org/ or write to info@westercon64.org.


Contact:
Westercon 64: Kevin Standlee info@westercon64.org

Westercon 64 is part of San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc., a California non-profit corporation recognized as tax-exempt under US Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3).

“Westercon” is a service mark of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, and is used with permission.

See also:

Girl Genius on Krypton Radio!  Phil and Kaja Foglio interviewed on Vagabond Carter’s Stark Reality

Jun 172011
 

The Retro Poster That Never Was

Paolo Rivera's Captain America movie poster, Captain America: The First Avenger. 2011. Gouache and acrylic on illustration board, 16 × 24''.

Paolo Rivera's Captain America movie poster, Captain America: The First Avenger. 2011. Gouache and acrylic on illustration board, 16 × 24?.

Almost.

Comic book artist Paolo Rivera created this amazing retro movie poster on spec, hoping that Marvel would use it as an official poster for the Captain America movie that’s coming out in slightly over four weeks.  They didn’t go for it – these things are usually contracted out months in advance – but they did use the artwork for the cover of a comic book/movie tie-in.  The posters were also commissioned as a give-away for the cast and crew.

We think it’s a shame they didn’t get to talk to Paolo first.  There aren’t many true poster artists left, not that could take paint and brush to illustration board and do it from scratch.  Most are artful, skillful work in Photoshop – not that this isn’t art too, mind you, but half a century ago there was no Photoshop, and artists had to do this the hard way, one brush stroke at a time.  This poster recalls the exciting serials of the 1940’s, where you’d go to the theater every weekend with a dime in your pocket and you could sit and watch The Next Exciting Episodes of all your favorite serials and munch popcorn all afternoon.  Cap is even punching out Hitler with a good old-fashioned haymaker – and there are the Howling Commandos featured in the lower left.

The character of Captain America first appeared in Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941), from Marvel Comics’ 1940s predecessor, Timely Comics,[1] and was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby – so Captain America just turned 70.

Looking pretty good, old man.

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Jun 122011
 

LOS ANGELES, CA – June 12, 2011 – Fanboy Comics is proud to announce that its trademark podcast, The Fanboy Scoop – Week In Review, will join Krypton Radio’s on-air broadcasts.

Brought to you by the uber geeks of Fanboy Comics (FBC), The Fanboy Scoop – Week In Review brings fans the most exciting geek news from the week compiled from the daily e-newsletter, The Fanboy Scoop.  Hosts Bryant Dillon, Barbra Dillon, Sam Rhodes, and Drew Siragusa join an assortment of special guests to discuss five top stories, ranging from the DC universe reboot to the latest script leaks for The Hunger Games film.  No geek genre is off limits, and everyone’s geek cred is at stake in this high-octane podcast!

Previous guests have included actor Samm Levine from Inglourious Basterds and Freaks and Geeks, Robert J. Peterson from CC2K.us (The Nexus of Pop-Culture Fandom), and Andrew Allen from video game website Padinga.com.

By joining the airwaves of Krypton Radio (kryptonradio.com), Fanboy Comics will be amongst other exciting and informational programming on the internet radio station.  Krypton Radio provides an eclectic mix of TV, film, and fan-generated soundtrack music, as well as radio shows like Stark Reality and Captain Krypton’s Sci-Fi Roundup.

The Fanboy Scoop – Week In Review can be heard on Krypton Radio,  on Mondays at 7:00 p.m./PST and Saturdays at 2:00 p.m/PST.  Fans can also listen to the podcast on the FBC website, www.fanboycomics.net, or by subscribing to the show on iTunes.

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Krypton Radio welcomes Fanboy Comics to the Krypton Universe creative family, and we’re excited to have them join us for our exciting summer season lineup!

Back in its third season is Vagabond “Tony” Carter’s STARK REALITY, featuring news, reviews and interviews as only Tony can deliver them – and joining Tony this season is the Game Traveller, Jeremiah C., with his reviews of Massively Multiplayer Online Games from around the world!  STARK REALITY can be heard each day at 8AM, 4PM and 8PM Pacific Time.

Returning for its second season is Captain Krypton’s Sci-Fi Roundup – Join the Captain as he covers comics and popular media in the warm, friendly style you’ve come to know and love.  New shows air on Friday evenings at 7PM, and again each Saturday at 9AM.

The League of Heroes wants you to have a fantastic summer, so keep your player set  to Krypton Radio, enjoy the tunes and great programming  – and look to the skies!