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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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Feb 072015
 
Jen Usellis Mackay's Klingon language pop album
Klingon language pop singer Jen Usellis Mackay

Klingon language pop singer Jen Usellis Mackay

Join us this evening at 9 p.m. PST for another fascinating episode of The Event Horizon, this time featuring our special guest Jen Usellis Mackay, the Klingon Pop Warrior. Her new album Warrior Woman is out on Amazon, iTunes, GooglePlay and CDBaby, thanks to a successful Kickstarter  campaign last fall. Gene Turnbow and Susan Fox host.

This is Jen’s second time visiting us on The Event Horizon, and we talk about her music, her travels, and what it’s like being the world’s premier Klingon chanteusse in the world of Star Trek fandom.

The episode will air again on Sunday, February 8 at 4 p.m. PST and at various other times throughout the week. Visit our What’s on When page for show times in your area.

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

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Feb 022015
 
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by Laura Davis, managing editor

I’d like to take a moment to thank the readers of the Krypton Radio website. Thanks to your enthusiastic support over the past year, we’ve been able to improve our content by leaps and bounds, and we’ve had a lot of fun doing it! It’s always a joy to create something for people who genuinely appreciate it.

Working as Krypton Radio’s managing editor has been an amazing experience for me. I’ve had a chance to work with some of the most fun and talented people in our niche, and I’ve looked forward to going to work each day. I’m very proud of our team and all we’ve accomplished over the past year.

It’s a bittersweet moment for me. I had a difficult decision to make when I was offered another position which will open new opportunities for me and take me off on a new adventure. I have accepted that position and, with sadness, will be leaving Krypton Radio at the end of this week. I wish all the best to Krypton Radio’s staff and readers, and hope for the continued success and growth of Krypton Radio!

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Jan 302015
 
Writers: Erik Burnham and Tom Waltz
Artists: Dan Schoening and Luis Antonio Delgado
IDW PUBLISHING

Four-Color Bullet

Welcome to this week’s Four-Color Bullet, now coming at you on Fridays, since Thursday has become New Comic Day for digital titles. I want to make sure everything is covered for you, my comic book-obsessed, Four-Color fans. You Bulleteers.

This week from DC, Batman #38 brings Part Four of Endgame. The Joker is back, and fun time is over; The Multiversity Guidebook details each of the 52 worlds in the Multiverse in DC’s Multiversity event; Barry Allen is trapped in the Speed Force, while the all-new, all murderous Flash takes his place in Central City, in The Flash #38.

From Marvel this week, a new round of adventures for the Avengers Unity Squad begins in Uncanny Avengers #1; Peter Parker’s new job as guidance counselor at the Jean Grey Academy is off to a rocky start. His students are captured by Sauron and Stegron, Staten Island is in danger of being colonized by the Savage Land, and Shark Girl may be a traitor. All this, and a pteranodon/stegosaurus/shark love triangle, in Spider-Man and the X-Men #2; Spider-Verse continues as Miguel O’Hara and Lady Spider head to Lady Spider’s steampunk Earth, fleeing the Inheritors. But Doctor Octopus and The Six Men of Sinistry are waiting for them, in Spider-Man 2099 #8.

And from BOOM! Studios, Jack Burton, now the new leader of the Lords of Death, and Wang Chi return to San Francisco Chinatown to rescue Miao Yin and Egg Shen from Lo Pan, and put an end to Lo Pan and acolyte Qiang Yu’s magical foolishness. But someone will pay the ultimate price to rid the world of Lo Pan’s evil for good, in Big Trouble in Little China #8.

 

Epic team-up concludes: Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on defense, running out of time

Writers: Erik Burnham and Tom Waltz Artists: Dan Schoening and Luis Antonio Delgado IDW PUBLISHING

Writers: Erik Burnham and Tom Waltz
Artists: Dan Schoening and Luis Antonio Delgado
IDW PUBLISHING

The TMNT/Ghostbusters crossover has been nothing but fun since the get-go. And while it may sound ridiculous, it has been far from it. Ghostbusters writer Erik Burnham and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles writer Tom Waltz have teamed up to bring fans the ’80s crossover to end all ’80s crossovers. Knowing that this was the final issue of this titanic turtle team up made me sad, because now … there’s no more Ghostbusters awesomeness. But at least the writers ended it with a bang.

The comedy that has been present throughout was here as well, but nothing that made me laugh out loud. Plenty of chuckles, smirks, and chortles, but no hearty guffaws. But both teams merged and reacted with each other well, and I expected nothing less.

The action scenes, drawn by Dan Schoening Luis Antonio Delgado, also Ghostbusters alumni, were gorgeous. Everything is beautifully animated with a cinematic feel. While the Ghostbusters are focused on fighting our villain with unlicensed nuclear accelerators and other tech, they never engage in any fisticuffs. Leo and the gang, however, are providing ninja action at every turn. And while you won’t see the Ghostbusters use any of the Turtles’ weapons, the Turtles do get a chance to suit up in Ghostbusters gear. Donatello wore a proton pack last issue, in fact.

Chi-You, the series’ villain, is sadly kind of one-dimensional, but Burnham gives him enough juice to provide an action-packed finale that gets everybody involved. Burnham and Waltz have created a villain able to plague both the superior-tech Ghostbusters, and the up-close-and-personal ninja fighting of the TMNT.

With all that said, this issue isn’t going to WOW you. There’s no big shocker ending or jaw-dropping twist. Nothing to make you go “Oooooo” or have you scratching your head at the meaning of the universe. It’s just good, solid fun and the final issue of an ’80s romp, and the farewell to a comic series I thoroughly enjoyed. Here’s hoping IDW brings them back for another crossover. It just begs to be done.

And that concludes Four-Color Bullet for this week. Email and comment if you choose. Correspondence is always welcome.

It’s going to be a great year for comics fans.

Catch you guys next week!

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