The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have announced the winners of the 2012 Nebula Awards, the Ray Bradbury Award, and the Andre Norton Award.
And that’s an exciting thing to think about …
Eben Brooks performs “The Man Dressed in Brown”, a new Firefly / Browncoats song. Enjoy.
Attention all mini-geeks,parents, and grandparents of mini-geeks! The Los Angeles Zoo is hosting Comic Jungle on June 1, 2013, and June 2, 2013.
Though the “Avengers 2” movie isn’t set to start filming until next year, it’s generating quite a lot of buzz with rumored changes to the cast. Joss Whedon spoke to Yahoo! at the premiere of “Iron Man 3” in April, saying he’s completed a draft of the script for “Avengers 2,” and adding, “I’ve got [...]
Coming May 20 to Krypton Radio: THE ADVENTURES OF DRAKE AND McTROWELL, a serial steampunk radio drama by Erasmus Drake and Sparky McTrowell!
Zenescope Entertainment proudly unveiled the first three minutes of their ‘Grimm Fairy Tales Animated’ pilot today, in what is sure to be a blast to the past in quirky graphic adult 1980′s style animation.
In their press release, company spokesman Stephen Haberman was quoted as saying:
We have completed the pilot for the animated series and are in the final stages of getting all of our rewards together to ship out to the backers. Overall, our fan-base and pledgers are just excited to have been a part of the process and have been extremely supportive, and patient as we get the rewards in order.
Kickstarter gave us the opportunity to ask the people if they would want our Grimm Fairy Tales animated series, and they responded yes. We didn’t have to go through the Hollywood process, and still came out with an A+ product, with a ton of talent on board. We hope more individuals with great ideas use Kickstarter as a way to make their projects a reality, but also to gauge the interest.
We’re always excited when actors and writers from our favorite genres come up with something that’s genuinely different, or never been attempted before with such gusto. One such area of sci-fi fantasy to get very little love on the small or big screens is Steampunk. That fascinating alternate reality usually set in a Victorian era England, where steam powered mechanical and clockwork devices reign supreme.
During the 2012 Comic-con, Babylon 5 acting legend Bruce Boxleitner made an announcement that would be heard around the fandom world and excite the Steampunk community. He and a team of fellow Hollywood pros were actually working on a new never before done Steampunk TV series called Lantern City. While it’s never unusual to shock and delight fans of a particular genre with news that a new TV or Movie is coming out, what made this so unique wasn’t just the fact a hardcore Steampunk TV show that had never been done before, but that the show’s creators actually want the fans to be involved in the production.
There are Steampunk stories and even some professionally made media out there, which help bring new fans into the fold all the time, but by in large the Steampunk fan community has been very self-perpetuating and sustaining. That is something which has led to untold amounts of creativity and amazing creations of costumes and other equipment which fans build and sell. Because of the boundless creativity shown by the fans, Bruce has sent an open invitation to the Steampunk community to contribute with designs to help make Lantern City as awesome as possible.Continue reading »
We’re cool enough to admit we have some members of our staff who are proud members of the furry community, so when this fur laden music video was tossed on the editor’s desk for consideration, we thought it would be a great V.O.D!
Krypton Radio Video Of the Day!, features videos from around the web that pertain to our twisted interests and goals. Video’s may contain material that might not be suitable for all ages, and parental guidance is advised. The staff of Krypton Radio make every effort to post videos relevant to the fandoms we represent, and always tries to make sure the videos are family friendly whenever possible. We also sometimes get shipwrecked and comatose, while drinking fresh mango juice with goldfish shoals, nibbling at our toes; while having fun, fun, fun, in the sun, sun, sun, fun, fun, fun, in the sun, sun, sun.
“Lost Painting” from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Arranged, Performed & Produced by Diwa de Leon Composed by Michiru Yamane
with “Vampire Killer” interlude
My ultimate favorite soundtrack from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night from the original Playstation. It evokes mystery, excitement, and an adventure of epic proportions. This arrangement also has a surprise “cameo music” at the middle of the song.
This is part of my “Hegalong Project”. The hegalong is a two-stringed guitar/boatlute that is native in the Philippines.
Diwa de Leon is a professional composer, arranger, ethnic instrumentalist, violinist, sound designer, recording artist, music teacher and all-around musician. He has worked with Joey Ayala, Grace Nono, Cooky Chua, Shaina Magdayao, Chin-Chin Gutierrez, Cynthia Alexander, Noel Cabangon, Bo Razon, Coke Bolipata, The Dawn, Dulaang UP and UP Concert Chorus to name a few.
He finished his Bachelor of Music degree, Major in Composition and Minor in Violin at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City under the tutelage of Dr. Ramon Santos, Josefino Toledo, Christine Muyco and Jonas Baes. He is also the valedictorian of Philippine High School for the Arts batch 1997 where he majored in Visual Arts.
In 1997, he and four highschool buddies co-founded Makiling, a world music band. They have been playing music locally and abroad since 1997. They have released 2 albums to date and an upcoming 3rd album in 2008.
In 2001, he was chosen to represent the Philippines at the ASEAN Youth Art Camp which was held in Kuala Lumpur and Pasir Salak in Malaysia.
As a composer and arranger, he is currently busy with freelance music work doing music projects for various clients, and the construction of his personal recording studio. He is also the main composer and arranger for most of Makiling’s songs.
As a violinist, Diwa has been performing with Makiling for 11 years to date. He also performs solo used to hold private violin lessons during weekends.
In 2007, he formed www.diwadeleon.com, a website to promote his services. He provides audio and music services such as composition, song/jingle writing, music scoring, and musical arranging for production companies on stage, television and film.
His most recent major works include the official theme music for Survivor Philippines GMA, the film score for indie films such as “Si Baning Si Maymay at ang Asong si Bobo”, “24K” by Ana Agabin and “Handumanan” by Seymour Sanchez, “5 Minutes” by Shandii Bacolod, “Himpapawid” by Raymond Red, “Kolorete” by Ruelo Lozendo, the musical “Ang Kiri” as commissioned by Dulaang UP, and numerous songs and pieces from Makiling’s upcoming 3rd album, Malakas at Maganda.
In 2008, he won the Cinema One Originals “Best Music Score” award for his work on the film “Kolorete” directed by Ruelo Lozendo.
In 2009, he was commissioned by Dulaang UP to arrange the classic sarsuela “Ang Kiri” with a reinvented style that suits the modern crowd. The play got standing ovations with a jampacked crowd. He also got nominated for “Best Original Music” at the 2009 Gawad Urian for his work at “Kolorete”, and a Cinema One Originals “Best Music” nomination for his work in “Si Baning Si Maymay at ang Asong si Bobo”.
For 2010, his projects include original songs for “Emir” a musical film directed by Chito Rono, ambiance music for the new Hotel H2O Manila, and arrangements for singer Jonathan Badon’s upcoming album. He also begin his dream solo project called the “Hegalong Project ” that focuses on the hegalong instrument fused with electronic music. He was also worked on his first Filipino mainstream film music score with “Mamarazzi” produced by Regal Films.
Diwa comes from a highly musical family, his grandfather Felipe Padilla de Leon, Sr. is a National Artist for Music. He is now on a quest to create his best music composition yet.
A Krypton Radio exclusive interview by Senior Editor, PK
A gaming artist with a dream and a Kickstarter campaign going viral – internet dreams can come true
Nat Iwata’s Steampunk Alphabet Book
Back in June of 2012, I was browsing the pages of Kickstarter looking for interesting projects when I stumbled upon Nathanael “Nat” Iwata’scampaign to create a children’s Steampunk alphabet book. Nat who is a professional artist and illustrator working in the video gaming industry, had through his then recent work on a Steampunk themed video game, been inspired to create a Steampunk themed alphabet book to share with his young children.
That idea blossomed into creating a book for all kids and it went from concept to Kickstarter, with the goal to raise $7,500 to help fund production and marketing to a publisher who could bring the book to life in bookstores everywhere. I thought this would be an awesome project to share with our readers/listeners, many of whom are Steampunk fans. So I reached out to Nat for an interview and he was happy to oblige with more details.
From the book’s overview:
“Every family needs an alphabet book. That’s a given. But until now there has not yet been a compelling Steampunk-themed ABC book. Nat Iwata has been doing steampunk art for several years in the video game industry, and now he has illustrated a visually compelling, fun-for-all-ages Steampunk Alphabet book that is approachable both to fans and those unfamiliar with Steampunk. In light of that, while all of the illustrations are total Steampunk, the opening ‘letter sentence’ for each page is a familiar word.”
“For example “A is for Apple.” The idea of taking everyday ordinary things and re-imagining them as Steampunk is sure to be a crowd pleaser, and especially appeal to all of the hipster parents. The second part of each page is a description of the object as set in the Steampunk world. This portion will be more enjoyable to older kids and adults to enjoy, while the book could be read entirely with just the ‘letter sentences’ for younger readers.”
I always hear people say that it’s the power of the internet, and they’re right. Social media and related websites have helped change the way we do business and raise money for great projects like Nat’s book.
With part one of the victory being attained, part two was in the works. It wasn’t until recently that I received an update from Nat:
The Event Horizon – it’s Sci-Fi on your Wi-Fi! Every Saturday at 9PM Pacific, only on Krypton Radio. Stay tuned after the show to hear the next installment of X Minus One!
The first episode of Krypton Radio’s new weekly science fiction, fantasy and science fact panel how called THE EVENT HORIZON is now in the can and ready for broadcast! Tune in to hear our first guest, Jody Lynn Nye, the writer behind the continuing Robert Asprin series “Myth Adventures”, and collaborator on the Dragon series. Catch the show on Saturday at 9PM, when Jody will leak the title for the new installment of the Dragon series – the sequel to Dragons Deal.
Gene Turnbow and Susan Fox host.
Oh, and did we mention Larry Niven voiced the role of the Captain in our title sequence?
The other voices are: Kristine Cherry of “The Corsair’s Closet” as the navigator, fan at large Christopher B. McGuire as the engineer, and famed illustrator Marc Schirmeister as the science officer.
You can hear THE EVENT HORIZON Saturdays at 9PM Pacific. Tell everyone you know. It’s sci-fi on your wi-fi.
“This is Gallifrey” performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ben Foster at Plenary Hall, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. A symphonic tribute to The Doctor through all of his regenerations!
Ages ago, Nhagruul the Foul had himself made into the Book of Vile Darkness and the components scattered among the legions of evildoers. The Knights of the New Sun, created to combat the evil spread by Nhagruul and his legions, are relics ignored by time and no longer needed.
Now, as the evil ones attempt to gather the Book of Vile Darkness back together, the last of the Knights of the New Sun prepare to stop them by any means necessary!
Unfortunately for Grayson (Jack Derges), son of a longstanding Knight of the New Sun, he’s not the chosen one who will finally hear the word of their God from the obelisk when he takes his vows and is given the Knightly emblem. Perhaps more unfortunate than that, Grayson is soon the only Knight left standing (or curled up knocked out, but still alive) after a gang of vile sorcerers invade the sacred grove and kill off the Knight, and abduct his father.
Seems some genius thinks they can use the blood of a Knight of the New Sun as ink to re-pen the new Evil Bible. (Whatever genius thought that up obviously hasn’t played D&D a whole lot, but lets ignore that.) Grayson makes his way to a nearby town to look for help in finding his father, and is actually aided by your local whore with a heart of gold and enterprising Wizard merchant. Grayson then goes looking for the people holding his father hostage, and lo and behold, discovers a gang of adventurers in a local tavern whose leader knows where father Ranfin is. Continue reading »