FanExpo 2009: Convention panel with Darwyn Cooke talking about Richard Stark’s The Hunter

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FanExpo 2009Fanexpo 2009 featured a convention panel called “Spotlight on Darwyn Cooke.” Cooke is famous, at least to me, for two comics I have in my collection. Selina’s Big Score (a DC comics universe homage to the crime novels of Richard Stark), and the more recent adaptation of the first of Stark’s novels: The Hunter.

The panel, posted up on Archive.org, discusses Cooke’s recent work with the recent release of an adaption of the novel, The Hunter. Other topics include previous comic works such at Catwoman and the New Frontier followed by questions from the audience.

Incidentally, the volume on this MP3 is absolutely crap. It’s waaaay too low. Likely it is the worst sounding MP3 ever posted to SFFaudio. Sorry about that. But, if you turn up your volume to the absolute max you can probably make most of it out.

Have a listen |MP3|

And, if somebody out there has a better recording of this panel, let me know! I’d like to link to it.

Parker Will Return Summer 2010

[via Almost Darwyn Cooke’s Blog]

Update:

ComicBookBin.com has a better quality version.

Posted by Jesse Willis

BBC Radio 5 + RA.cc: Hergé’s The Adventures Of Tintin

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The Adventures of Tintin RADIO DRAMAWhen I was a little boy my best friend was the son of my dad’s best friend. When I met him he had just immigrated to British Columbia from France with his mom and dad. I lived in a house by the government dock and they lived on their sailboat. The same sailboat that they’d emigrated in. He spoke only French. I spoke only English. But that didn’t matter. I taught him English over the summer. We had a long stretch of beach to play on. We’d make sand castles, sand dykes and dams. We’d build rafts out of random beach flotsam. We collect shells and seagull feathers (I figured if we gathered enough feathers we could make a floatplane. Then, in the evenings, while my dad and his dad talked adult talk, smoked pot and drank beer, Gaël and I would share our comics. I would show him my English Batmans and Supermans, he showed me his French Lucky Lukes, Asterices, and Tintins.

Sometime after my father died and I moved north, I learned that Gaël, who I’d eventually lost touch with, had changed his name to Jeff. I miss that kid.

I haven’t seen any audio versions of Asterix, and Lucky Luke is quite scarce these days, but Tintin is available in radio drama form:

The Adventures Of Tintin

In these productions Tintin doesn’t have a French (or Belgian) accent, and his dog, Snowy, is more talkative than I remember him being in the comics. Nevertheless, this is still a fun series – especially as something to listen to after reading the comics. The shows are all only 30 minutes long, except for the two part episodes, The Calculus Affair and The Red Sea Sharks. A half-hour is really far too short to include every panel of dialogue and hour is better.

The Adventures Of Tintin

You can get all 13 episode of both seasons (and the special) by torrent over at RadioArchive.cc.

The Adventures Of Tintin – The Black Island
The Adventures Of Tintin – The Secret Of The Unicorn
The Adventures Of Tintin – Red Rackham’s Treasure
The Adventures Of Tintin – Destination Moon
The Adventures Of Tintin – Explorers On The Moon
The Adventures Of Tintin – Tintin In Tibet
The Adventures Of Tintin – The Seven Crystal Balls
The Adventures Of Tintin – Prisoners Of The Sun
The Adventures Of Tintin – The Calculus Affair – Part 01
The Adventures Of Tintin – The Calculus Affair – Part 02
The Adventures Of Tintin – The Red Sea Sharks – Part 01
The Adventures Of Tintin – The Red Sea Sharks – Part 02
The Adventures Of Tintin – The Castafiore Emerald

For more information on this series visit Tintinologist.org.

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NPR: Neil Gaiman eulogizes Batman

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NPR - Talk Of The Nation Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader? is Neil Gaiman’s latest comics creation. Neal Conan of Talk Of The Nation has Gaiman as a guest on his latest show.

A new graphic novel from DC Comics is “part coda, love letter and summation of Batman’s raison d’etre,” says writer Neil Gaiman.

Gaiman’s take on the Batman mystique — Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? — was published in two parts as the final editions of the long-running Batman and Detective Comics series.

Now it’s a hardcover edition. The story takes readers inside a memorial service for Batman, looking back at the friends and enemies he touched. And since comic-book heroes never really die, it also offers a hint of what comes next for the Batman character.

The British-born Gaiman penned the Sandman series at DC Comics in the 1980s on his way to a multifaceted writing career. He has written novels for adults, fantasy tales (Stardust) and children’s books (Coraline). Gaiman talks with Neal Conan about the Batman project.

Have a listen |MP3| – I’ve also added it to my HuffDuffer feed:

http://huffduffer.com/jessewillis/rss

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[via SFSignal]

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Michael Caine explains Alfred’s SAS backstory

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CBC Radio One - Writers And CompanyCBC Radio One’s Writers & Company podcast has an interview with Sir Michael Caine. He’s a fascinating man, a terrific actor, and a narrator for the audiobook of his autobiography. In the excellent interview, done by Eleanor Wachtel, we hear plenty of cool details about Caine’s career, home life, as well as Caine’s own biographical background sketch of Batman’s butler Afred. He’s ex-S.A.S.!

Have a listen |MP3|

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The SFFaudio Podcast #009

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The SFFaudio PodcastThe SFFaudio Podcast #009 – is a podcast that’s cool for kids and disturbing for adults! We don’t set the bar high enough.

If you were a super hero who would you be?

Me? I’d be like Batman, but with less hypocrisy.

Topics discussed include:

Escape Pod, John Joseph Adams, Seeds Of Change, The Living Dead, Brilliance Audio, epic Fantasy, Wizards First Rule, Terry Goodkind, Legend Of The Seeker, HBO, Tru Blood, Charlaine Harris, Foundation, Mercedes Lackey, Sam Tsouvias, Recorded Books, Elantris, Brandon Sanderson, L. Ron Hubbard, Danger In The Dark, The Iron Duke, Blackstone Audio, The Halloween Tree, Colonial Radio Theatre, Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Korean ghosts, Valis, Philip K. Dick, spiritual Science Fiction, The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman, Coraline, LibriVox.org, ALAN E. NOURSE, Star Surgeon, Scott D. Farquhar, Short Science Fiction Collection Vol. 008, Tobias Buckell, JJA’s review, Orson Scott Card, Gene Wolfe, METAtropolis, The Aeneid, Batman vs. Superman, Friedrich Nietzsche, Master Morality and Slave Morality, Sleeping Beauty, Ross MacDonald, Audio Partners, The Zebra-Striped Hearse,

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April & May New Releases

New Releases

Two years after the first book, comes “book 2” of one of the first podcast novels…

Podiobook - Max Quick 2: The Two Travelers by Mark JeffreyMax Quick 2: The Two Travelers
By Mark Jeffrey; Read by Mark Jeffrey
Publisher: Podiobooks.com
Published: April 2008 – ????
Five quiet years have passed in Starland, California since the the time of the Pocket. But when a crazed old man shows up with a warning, Max, Casey, Ian and Sasha suddenly find themselves on the run. Max and Ian go through an Arch back to 1912, where a mysterious Machine is under construction that seems connected to Max’s unremembered secret. Meanwhile, Casey and Sasha follow the old man to the strange town of Arturo Gyp. But there is more afoot than meets the eye: the enemies of Mr. E – the nefarious Archons – are abroad. And when Max is at last eye-to-eye with his secret, he realizes nothing will ever be the same again…

Only available as a commercial MP3 download…

MP3 Audiobook - Little Brother by Cory DoctorowLittle Brother
By Cory Doctorow; Read by Kirby Heyborne
MP3 Download – 11 Hours 54 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Random House Audio / Listening Library
Published: April 2008
ISBN: 9780739372869
Marcus, a.k.a “w1n5t0n,” is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works-and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school’s intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems. But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison where they’re mercilessly interrogated for days. When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.

Audio comics! Fully dramatized…

AUDIO DRAMA - Justice League of America: ExterminatorsJustice League of America: Exterminators
By Christopher Golden; Performed by a full cast
5 CDs, 1 MP3-CD or WMA Download – Approx. 5 Hours [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Graphic Audio
Published: May 2008
ISBN: 1599504448
Superman. Batman. Wonder Woman. The Flash. Green Lantern. They are the World’s Greatest Super Heroes, fighting endlessly against corruption and injustice. Each of them is a formidable opponent of evil, but banded together their powers are unmatched. Ever ready, they stand united as the — JUSTICE LEAGUE of AMERICA. When a mass outbreak of super-powered individuals threatens the world, the JLA determines that latent metahuman abilities are being triggered by an alien contagion, one that’s spreading throughout Earth as it transforms its hosts into monstrous engines of destruction. Racing to contain the infection, the world’s greatest super heroes link the parasitic plague to an alien invasion from the team’s earliest days and make a horrifying discovery: the JLA itself is responsible for the imminent disaster they now face.

Said to be a “funny, fast-paced science fiction adventure” this is author Michael Reisman’s first book…

Young Adult Audiobook - Simon Bloom: Gravity Keeper by Michael ReismanSimon Bloom: Gravity Keeper
By Michael Reisman; Read by Nicholas Hormann
CDs – [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Random House Audio
Published: April 22, 2008
ISBN: 9780739363539
Ordinary sixth-grader Simon Bloom has just made the biggest discovery since gravity–and it literally fell into his lap. Or onto his head, anyway. You see, Simon has found the Teacher’s Edition of Physics, a magical reference book containing the very formulas that control the laws that govern the universe! By reciting the formulas out loud, he’s able to do the impossible–like reverse the force of gravity to float weightlessly, and reduce friction to zoom across any surface! But a book that powerful isn’t safe with Simon for long. Before he knows it, he is being pursued by evil forces bent on gaining control of the formulas. And they’ll do anything to retrieve them. Now, Simon and his friends must use their wits and the magic of science in a galactic battle for the book, and the future of the universe.

Another juvenile novel, sounds a bit like The Secret World Of Og

Young Adult Audiobook - Puddlejumpers by Mark Jean and Christopher CarlsonPuddlejumpers
By Mark Jean and Christopher Carlson; Read by Sean Kenin
CDs – [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Random House Audio
Published: April 22, 2008
ISBN: 9780739363379
Ernie Banks, named for the legendary Chicago Cubs shortstop, is a troubled, thirteen-year-old juvenile delinquent. Abandoned on the doorstep of the Lakeside Home for Boys when he was three years old, his only proof that he once belonged to somebody is a vintage Ernie Banks baseball card, a crystal acorn he wears on a string around his neck, and a strange spiral birthmark on the bottom of his right foot. As a last reprieve before being sent to a juvenile detention facility, Ernie is allowed to spend three weeks on a working farm. When Ernie arrives at the home of Russ Frazier, he learns that the widower’s baby was kidnapped years before. Ernie is determined to solve the case. He teams up with Joey, a local tomboy, to investigate clues that lead them on a dangerous journey into a forbidden world of dark secrets, magic puddles, and the cavernous underground kingdom of the Puddlejumpers–eleven-inch-tall water creatures with whom Ernie has a mysterious connection.

Only rarely are audiobooks embargoed, the last one I remember was a Harry Potter, here’s another, I think we can probably guess why it won’t be showing up on shelves early…

Audiobook - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull by James RollinsIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
By James Rollins; Read by L.J. Ganser
CDs – [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Random House Audio
Published: May 20, 2008
ISBN: 9780739358986
Warning: SPOILERS….
It’s 1957, the atomic age is in full swing, and McCarthy-era paranoia has the nation on edge. But for Indiana Jones, the Cold War really heats up when his latest expedition is crashed by a ruthless squad of Russian soldiers. Commanded by a sword-wielding colonel who’s as sinister as she is stunning, the menacing Reds drag an unwilling Indy along as they brazenly invade American soil, massacre U.S. soldiers, and plunder a top-secret government warehouse. Their objective: a relic even more precious–and powerful–than the mythic Ark, capable of unlocking secrets beyond human comprehension.

Posted by Jesse Willis