Feb 252015
Mark Baumgarten of MarkWho42's WHOniverse interviewing Sylvester McCoy and David John at the 2015 Shock Pop Comic Con in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Mark Baumgarten of MarkWho42’s WHOniverse interviewing Sylvester McCoy and David John at the 2015 Shock Pop Comic Con in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

markwho42This week on MarkWho42’s WHOniverse, host Mark Baumgarten interviews a man who is simultaneously 7th Doctor and Radegast the Brown – none other than Sylvester McCoy!

Mark was at Shock Pop Comic Con in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida last February 13-15, and sat down with both Sylvester McCoy and Doctor Who guest actor David John, who was in the classic series’ final adventure Survival. John also played an interesting character named Liam McShane in the audios from Big Finish Productions.

Also in this episode, Patrick Hawkins returns and is made a full-fledged member of the WHOniverse crew!

This isn’t the first time Mark Baumgarten has interviewed Sylvester McCoy. The first time was in 1988, nearly 27 years ago!

Two air times have already passed, but you can hear the episode again at 3 a.m. PST / 6 a.m. EST this Friday, and again at 4 p.m. PST / 7 p.m. It’s a delightful interview with a fascinating man.

Don’t miss it!

(But if you do, you can always hit the MarkWho42 web site and get it there.)

Feb 232015

androidapppictureLOS ANGELES – On February 18, 2015, Krypton Radio became the first science fiction themed radio station in the world to release player apps for all major mobile platforms. The new player apps were released for iOS via Apple’s iTunes, Android via Google Play, Blackberry and Blackberry 10, making Krypton Radio’s unique brand of nerdy audio entertainment available for about 96% of the world’s mobile devices. The mobile app for Windows phones is anticipated to be released sometime in early March.

The new apps feature “now playing” information, as well as a play history showing the last several songs played, access to Krypton Radio’s YouTube, Facebook and Twitter social media channels, and even a sleep timer so you can go to sleep listening to majestic sci-fi sound tracks late at night without leaving your player running all night. The players are partially ad supported, which means they can be provided to Krypton Radio fans absolutely free.

The station was already available on the iTunes desktop app as an internet station (listed under “Eclectic”), as well as on the Windows Media Guide and the Stitcher and TuneIn services. Twice in 2014, in March and in November, Krypton Radio won Editor’s Pick on the Windows Media Guide. To put this award in perspective, one of the three other stations that won this award the same week in March was BBC Radio One. This rise in popularity made it possible for the station to be a media sponsor of the 2014 Geekie Awards.

Krypton Radio was founded in 2009 by movie industry veterans Gene Turnbow & Susan Fox along with a small group of friends who wanted a sci-fi radio station but couldn’t find one – so they made it themselves. Since then the internet-only station has grown dramatically, from a small fan-run project into a full service radio station and news site for nerds. It now marches to (and plays) a different beat, one defined by the fans themselves. The science fiction and comics fandom community generates billions of dollars of revenue each year, and is second in size only to pro sports fandom.

Krypton Radio is, by any measure, the world’s most popular radio station truly dedicated to not just one fandom or genre, but all of them. Catering to fans of science fiction, fantasy, comics, steampunk, gaming and anime, the Krypton Radio format appeals to the entire spectrum of pop culture enthusiasts. It’s partly supported by advertising sales, and partly by contributions from its tens of thousands of listeners in 123 countries around the world. Krypton Radio is owned and operated by Krypton Media Group, Inc., a California corporation.

The station’s slogan, “It’s Sci-Fi for your Wi-Fi”, now takes on a whole new meaning.

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Feb 212015
VR performing artist J-Walt Adamczyk
VR performing artist J-Walt Adamczyk

VR performing artist J-Walt Adamczyk

Join us this evening at 9 p.m. PST when virtual reality performance artist J-Walt Adamczyk features on Krypton Radio’s flagship sci-fi panel discussion show, The Event Horizon. Gene Turnbow and Susan Fox host.

J-Walt is a performer interactive designer, filmmaker, graphic artist, and composer. For more than two decades, he has been at the forefront of interactive art and computer performance, expanding the uses of computer animation into uncharted territories.   His Spontaneous Fantasia performances combine aspects of animation, video games, music, theater, dance and architecture into a seamless new art form. He has performed for thrilled audiences around the US as well as in Amsterdam, Hamburg, and Edmonton.

In March of 2006, J-Walt won a Technical Academy Award for his development of a real-time pre-visualization system, and was a founding member of Disney’s VR studio, which created a state-of-the-art virtual reality experience for Disney’s EPCOT center in 1995.

J-Walt grew up in Evanston, Illinois, and attended the Experimental Animation department of CalArts, graduating in 1988.  J-Walt’s movies and images have been exhibited at Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH, MOCA, Sinking Creek Film Festival, New York Animation Festival, and others. In his spare time, he organizes the Los Angeles Abstract Movie Workshop. He lives in Altadena, California.

“With my performances, I take literally the meaning of the word ‘animation': making images come to life. I use my drawing skills to give directions to computer programs I’ve written. I aim to capture the sensitivity of gesture, but I also use techniques which amplify and augment the gestures. The wave of the arm or the stroke of the pen is my foundation, but the effect is much more. My creative process for these pieces is to continually shift between painting, programming, composing music, and performing. My goal is to create a wholly integrated experience for the eye, ear, and mind.”

Visit his web site Spontaneous Fantasia to find out more about this fascinating one-of-a-kind performer.

The Event Horizon – it’s Sci-Fi for your Wi-Fi.

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Feb 172015
Our New BFFs? Can't wait to meet them on the double date!

by Lisa Harmon

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Our New BFFs? Can’t wait to meet them on the double date!

Once upon a time they hid under our beds. They lurked in the darkest recesses of our subconscious. They frightened us and taught us to handle our fears. They were our monsters and we loved them for that frisson of fear and adrenalin. Vampires spoke to our fears of mortality and our repressed sexuality. Werewolves howled with the chaos of our animal natures. Zombies shuffled through our mortal coil with hungered insistence. The Undead and the preternatural were once the evil “other” that took the storms of our ids and played them out for us through stories and exorcised them from our subconscious.

Then we frightened ourselves with our own monstrosity in the first half of the 20th century and those monsters weren’t so bad after all. Our ghosts became friendly. Vampires weren’t just evil sexuality; they became hip seducers. Weres of all stripes became protectors. Now, the monsters are our friends, family, spouses, business partners with lives that echo the natural living. Fear is the latest victim in the PC utopia of the modern story. The Goth, the spooky, the different have been made into our image.

I blame Casper. He’s just a little boy, after all. His entrance into our society heralded a new approach to the scary- the likable good monster. Postwar America had seen enough human monsters and were uncovering more all the time. Casper, though a ghost, is hardly scary, except by intention or accident. He was followed by The Addams Family with their unconventional approach to healthy living. Morticia and Gomez has recently been cited as an example of a healthy marriage. The Munsters were more popular at the time and are the Undead embodiment of the sitcom formula. Humor is the new element in horror and it became a mainstay in popular movies like Tremors, Tales from the Crypt, Frighteners Wikipedia has a full list showing the explosion after 1981. Horror and humor are not a bad coupling. Humor is based on pain, after all. Laughing at the frustrations of two guys trying to leave town but these giant “graboids” just won’t let them is a good emotional release. The full horror of the monsters of perfection is alleviated with laughter.

In a society that has increasingly become more and more politically correct, our monsters have followed suit. What once scared us now entices us to the dark side by demonstrating that the “monster” is not always evil. In fact, in some ‘verses, labeling a monster as “bad” is considered derogatory.

Men and women swoon over the seductive monster. Children laugh at “evil”. Because some people think horror stories are bad for a person and to increase the bottom line, our monsters have undergone a politically correct make-over to render them less offensive to our delicate sensibilities. While the amusement factor of watching a character like Buffy or Snookie agonize which monster they should date or the thrill moment of the bad boy Klaus when he shows his tender side to his daughter, the PC-fication of monsters may actually be a disservice. Horror stories help us learn to process and handle our fears. The psychological good monsters render us has been tainted with bleach to hide the good blood. Monsters are the new crime-stoppers with TV episodes of vampire detectives, zombie medical students and Wesen policemen. The pure emotion of fear has been watered down and what is left to help us emotionally with the very real human monsters?

Re-runs of Touched by an Angel?

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