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    Monthly Archives: October 2014

    Ink Break 03: Super Women

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    A tantalizing proposition is wending its way out of the barren desert of female-led superhero films … Ghostbusters … with women! Yes you read that correctly, director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) and writing partner Katie Dippold (The Heat) are penning a script for a reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise featuring an all female cast of demon fighters. In a genre where women are woefully under-represented this could be a very good thing. Or is it? Could the casting of four women in the lead roles be a cynical gimmick initiated in a studio pr office desperate for press to boost a failing franchise?

    Perhaps so but the involvement of Feig and Dippold is a promising development. Both are capable of writing well-rounded female characters and there is a wealth of expert comedic actresses to choose from for the lead roles. One thing missing in movies that feature groups of women is a core of underlying respect and friendship. Female characters are too often forged out of the thinnest cardboard. They are sainted mothers or petty harpies or desperate sluts. They aren’t allowed to interact with each other in natural ways. One of the reasons Ghostbusters is so popular is not the supernatural premise or heroics but the strong bond between the lead characters. A female cast that is allowed this same freedom would be most welcome.

    The biggest problem with the discussion around a female super hero movie is that more time is spent on costume rather than character. Wonder Woman is a fascinating story. An ancient goddess formed from clay and molded into the world’s fiercest heroine is a powerful tale to build on. Yet there are more articles about her costume than her person.

    It is an absolute myth that girls and women are not interested in super hero stories. On the contrary, they are longing for representation and are clever at using social media to ensure their voices are heard. If the mainstream media is blocking your avenue of expression then you turn to other outlets. Want to know why fan fiction is so popular? That’s where you find the voice of the disenfranchised.

    Real change takes place behind the scenes. Writers like Debbie Moon (Wolfblood) and Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Caprica, Game of Thrones, Once Upon a Time) are creating well-crafted stories with vibrant, flawed, complicated and realistic female characters. Yet they are still the exception. Not because talented women writers of science fiction and fantasy don’t exist but because they are not mentored in the same way up and coming male writers are. Doctor Who, for example, is known for giving relatively new writers a welcoming venue to show what they can do. Yet the entire New Who era lists only one woman writer and has not featured any since 2008.

    The question of whether the Ghostbusters reboot will succeed is more about plot and characterization than gender. If the idea to cast female leads has no substance behind it then it will fail. But it doesn’t have to. There is enormous potential for the writers to create realistic, well-rounded and funny female characters rather than “Charlie Angel’s” with extra slime. Here’s hoping the actresses who land these coveted roles are given something more than the ghost of a chance to shine.

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    Episode 88 – Time Lord Fest 2014

    Hey there kiddies, it’s that time of year again – the premiere Doctor Who convention in Central Florida, Time Lord Fest 2014 is about to take place Sunday October 19th in Tampa. Rita and JC are all over it with wall to wall coverage including interviews with Con Organizer Ken Spivey, Doctor Who Wholesale Strategy writer, actor and director John Reid Adams and KSB band member Brooke Pulin. While going TLF mad, we still sneak in our thoughts on the premiere of the Walking Dead and Doctor Who episode Mummy on the Orient Express. All this and much more on Transmissions From Atlantis!

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    Transmissions From Atlantis 88 – Time Lord Fest 2014

    Line Up

    • Opening
    • The Walking Dead
    • Time Lord Fest
    • Ken Spivey Interview
    • Doctor Who
      • John Reid Adams Interview
      • Mummy on the Orient Express Review
    • Closing featuring Ken Spivey Band’s Sexy Professor

    You can buy Ancient Rising – The Audio Theater Book on CD and digital download for $24.99 at Blackstone Audio

    Star Mage – The First Series Trade Paperback

    JC De La Torre, author of the critically acclaimed novel Ancient Rising, gives us a new fusion of Science Fiction and Magic in Star Mage! Darien Connors discovers he’s not from Earth, has strange magical powers, and is the key in an ancient war between two alien races of necromancers. Star Mage offers wizard battles with a side of spaceship warfare, alien worlds, and weird creatures.

    All six issues of the first series of JC De La Torre’s Sci-Fi and Fantasy Epic Star Mage are collected in to one awesome trade paperback. Including the six issues, this collection also features a new Star Mage story written by White Chapel co-writer Martin Dunn with art from Derrick Fish, crests of the Houses of Lambdu Kishpu and concept art by Ray Dillon and Franco Cespedes.

    Get the perfect Christmas gift this December!

    Pre-order codes for the Star Mage Trade paperback -

    • Comic Book Shops: OCT140575
    • Regular Book Stores (Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Etc.): 978-1631400711

      Release Date: December 3rd, 2014 (subject to change)

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    Earth Station Who Episode 83 – Mummy on the Orient Express

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    This week, the ESW crew is going off the rails on a crazy train! Mike, Mike, Jen, the Phantom Troublemaker, and Adam Lance Garcia pose as mystery shoppers and attempt to solve the mystery of the eighth episode of the eighth series. Is this a goodbye to the good times? Hope not, since there are four more new episodes left!


    Links
    Earth Station Who Amazon.com E-store
    ESW on iTunes
    ESW on Stitcher
    TARDISTOPIA
    The New ESO Window Sticker
    Make-A-Wish Foundation
    Doctor Who Series 8 Pre-Order
    Adam Lance Garcia on Facebook

    If you would like to leave feedback or a comment on the show please call the ESW feedback line at (404)963-9057 (remember long distance charges may apply) or feel free to email us @ eswpodcast@gmail.com

    The post Earth Station Who Episode 83 – Mummy on the Orient Express appeared first on Transmissions From Atlantis.

    Earth Station One Episode 236 – Werewolf

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    The ESO crew spotted a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic’s and his hair was perfect! Mike, Mike, the award-winning artist Mark Maddox, the not-so-award-winning-but-still-very-cool artist J.R. Mounts, and Ryan Cadaver & Derek Obscura from the Casket Creatures discuss their favorite lycan stories. Plus, we take Ryan out of the casket and into The Geek Seat! All this, along with the usual Rants, Raves, Shout Outs and a special Khan Report from NYCC by Adam Lance Garcia!

    Join us for yet another episode of The Earth Station One Podcast we like to call: Werewolf

    Table of Contents
    0:00:00 Show Open
    0:04:22 Rants & Raves
    0:23:50 Interview & Geek Seat w/ Ryan Cadaver
    0:41:58 Werewolf
    1:42:36 Khan Report w/ Adam Lance Garcia reporting from NYCC
    1:58:35 Show Close
    2:03:29 Special Announce For Fans of Enoch The Traveler

    Link
    The New ESO Amazon.com E-Store
    ESO on iTunes
    ESO on Stitcher
    The New ESO Window Sticker
    Make-A-Wish Foundation
    Countdown to Halloween
    Mark Maddox
    Tiki Shark
    Tiki Parker Hawaii Deluxe Calendar
    Casket Creatures
    J.R. Mounts – SNOMBIES: A Musical Monsterpeice
    60 Days of Halloween Facebook Group
    The Funny Heads Podcast
    Download a FREE copy of the Audio Drama of Enoch The Traveler

    ESO Khan! Appearances

    Oct 16 HalloweenFest (Galactic Quest Lawrenceville, GA)
    ESO (MikeG, MikeF)

    Oct 19 Time Lord Fest (Tampa, FL)
    TFA (Jason & Rita)
    DGEEK (Dr. Geek)

    Oct 24 Super 8 Monster Movie Madness (Atlanta, GA)
    ESO (MikeG, MikeF)
    ESW (Phantom)

    Oct 24 Speakeasy Electro Swing Red Light Cafe
    RRETRO (Dr. Q)

    Nov. 23 Atlanta Comic Convention
    ESO (MikeG, MikeF)

    Dec 6-7 Farragut Fest (Kingsland, GA)
    ESO (MikeG & MikeF)

    If you would like to leave feedback or a comment on the show please call the ESO feedback line at (404)963-9057 (remember long distance charges may apply) or feel free to email us @ esopodcast@gmail.com

    The post Earth Station One Episode 236 – Werewolf appeared first on Transmissions From Atlantis.

    Episode 87 – Once Upon a Time is Frozen Over

    JC and Rita are back with another action packed episode. This week the duo debate whether Once Upon A Time have jumped the shark with it’s introduction of the characters of Frozen. They also give you their picks for Halloween movie and television watching and tell you whether The Caretaker or Kill the Moon earn the raspberry of being the worst episode of the season. All this plus Dr. Geek’s Science Fair, Star Mage and more!

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    Transmissions From Atlantis 87 – Once Upon a Time is Frozen Over

    Line Up

    • Opening
      • Dr. Geek’s Science Fair Review
      • Star Mage reminder
    • Once Upon a Time gets Frozen
    • Rita and Jason’s Halloween Movie Primer
    • Dr Geek’s Moment in Science
    • Doctor Who
      • The Caretaker
      • Kill the Moon
    • Closing featuring Pair of Dice & Ginjo’s Let it Go Techno Demi vs. Idina Remix featuring Idina Menzel and Demi Lovato)

    You can buy Ancient Rising – The Audio Theater Book on CD and digital download for $24.99 at Blackstone Audio

    Star Mage – The First Series Trade Paperback

    JC De La Torre, author of the critically acclaimed novel Ancient Rising, gives us a new fusion of Science Fiction and Magic in Star Mage! Darien Connors discovers he’s not from Earth, has strange magical powers, and is the key in an ancient war between two alien races of necromancers. Star Mage offers wizard battles with a side of spaceship warfare, alien worlds, and weird creatures.

    All six issues of the first series of JC De La Torre’s Sci-Fi and Fantasy Epic Star Mage are collected in to one awesome trade paperback. Including the six issues, this collection also features a new Star Mage story written by White Chapel co-writer Martin Dunn with art from Derrick Fish, crests of the Houses of Lambdu Kishpu and concept art by Ray Dillon and Franco Cespedes.

    Get the perfect Christmas gift this December!

    Pre-order codes for the Star Mage Trade paperback -

    • Comic Book Shops: OCT140575
    • Regular Book Stores (Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Etc.): 978-1631400711

      Release Date: December 3rd, 2014 (subject to change)

    PRE ORDER FROM THESE FINE STORES:

    Amazon     BN Powell's

     

    Out of the USA, order from these fine Amazon stores

    gb     de      jp    ca

    Star Mage Comic Website 

    Like Us on Facebook!

    Join Our FB Group

    TFA Teaches You Who

    Transmissions From Atlantis Comics

    ESO Network TFA  Amazon Store

    Leave a message on our studio line at: 813-333-9049

    RSS Feed

    TFA on ITunes

     

    The post Episode 87 – Once Upon a Time is Frozen Over appeared first on Transmissions From Atlantis.