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Sunday Evening Videos: Game of Thrones Follies

s4-premiere-300x300Above you see the opening of “Game of Thrones” reimagined as a 1980s sitcom. This comes to us courtesy of the folks at Io9. George R.R. Martin’s sprawling epic continues to sprawl across HBO as season four begins tonight. To get you fully in the Game of Thrones” spirit, here’s the theme song…

RFC Flashback: Episode 72

Radio Free Charleston’s seventy-second episode, “Sulu Nation Shirt,” was posted in June, 2009, and it contains a lot of “firsts.” This episode featured music from The Scrap Iron Pickers and Whitechapel District. We also had a guest appearance by The Chemical Valley Rollergirls, who were just beginning back then. Host segments were recorded at a CVRG practice at Skateland in Campbell’s Creek. We also have Frank Panucci’s “Porklips” in this edition of RFC and a 90 Second Art Show.

This was a fun show to produce, with a cool host location and lots of action. It was really cool bring Scrap Iron Pickers on. This instrumental progressive metal powerhouse was real bright spot on the local scene, and it’d be really cool to see some kind of reunion soon.

Whitechapel District is still performing, with a somewhat different line-up. Stay tuned to PopCult for details of their upcoming shows. Of course, the Chemical Valley Rollergirls are also still going strong and winning bouts all over the region. The original production notes can be found here.


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April 4, 2014

You may have noticed that the navigation bar here at Popcult is a little askew. It’s all part of the big Gazette website redesign, and they are working to fix it. In the meantime, expect the posts here to have some extra graphics up top, so that we don’t lose any text. Today’s graphic is for a very cool Model Railroad show that I just found out about while starting this week’s PopCulteer. Details are in the column below. We’re also going to look at a couple of fundraisers for filmmakers.  We’re doing this quickly, because we have some of our own technical issues here in the land of PopCult.

But first, in case you missed it, go back and read last week’s PopCulteer. I talk about the upcoming showing of the sci-fi classic, “Forbidden Planet,” which will be shown at The Clay Center’s Electric Sky Theater next weekend. I’ll be reminding you lots more before then. Plus, you can check out the event page at Facebook.

Speaking of “Forbidden,” the lovely lady you see above is Princess Polly of the Sixth Dimension, from the upcoming movie, “Forbidden Zone 2,” a sequel to one of the greatest movies ever made. There is an IndieGoGo campaign to help fund it, and you can find it way down at the bottom of this post, after the jump, because it’s not exactly safe for work.

You can own this shirt!

More socially acceptable is the Razor Sharp Studios fundraiser to help them take their latest epic, “Pig Girl,” on the convention circuit. You can help them out and get a really cool, limited-edition T-Shirt featuring Porkchop, the Poricine horror that started it all.

As it says on the Booster page, “Buy an awesome limited-run Porkchop shirt and help get indie horror into conventions this year! We’ve been very successful this year in fundraising to get our films into conventions and film festivals, but there are still many cons we would LOVE to visit (Horror Realm in Pittsburgh is an example). Purchase a shirt, get us to conventions and festivals! It’s that simple!”

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Help Kickstart An AudioComic


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utopiates_v1The folks at AudioComics have a Kickstarter initiative to fund a very cool and ambitious adaptation of “The Utopiates,” a 2012 graphic novel Written by Josh Finney and drawn by Kat Rocha with her co-artist Josh Finney. This is a great science fiction story about a drug that gives the person who takes it the memories of someone else. This can be a better life, or a much worse one. Let’s quote from the Kickstarter page…

“In the near future, science is able to distill human personalities into a drug-form. Called utopiates—a merging of the words utopia and opiate—these drugs allow users to swap personalities with the “mental imprints” of other people. Every user has his or her own reasons for seeking chemical escape, but all soon learn the high price of “soul swapping.” At its core, Utopiates is an unflinching portrayal of human behavior at its most extreme. The first chapter of the Utopiates graphic novel can be read free online HERE.

“Created in the spirit of William Gibson and Phillip K. Dick, Utopiates portrays a gene-spliced tomorrow that falls in a dark territory between Blade Runner and The Wire. Based on the hit graphic novel by Josh Finney and Kat Rocha, the Utopiates audio drama will be a full-cast adaptation of the book, produced by AudioComics and starring Denise Poirier, best known as the voice of MTV’s Æon Flux.”

In the past, AudioComics has released some terrific audio recreations of comic books and graphic novels that basically turn them into high-quality, modern versions of the types of radio dramas that listeners thrilled to in the 1930s and 40s. I’ve raved about their recordings of “The Perhapnauts,” “The Battle For L.A.,” and “Starstruck” here in PopCult, and it’ll be great to hear what they do with “The Utopiates.” Check out the promo video…

If that sounds like something you’d like to hear, kick in to the campaign. There are a variety of reward levels with plenty of goodies available…

Delays, Delays

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Things are not running smoothly here in the land of PopCult today, so we are going to be a bit late with our regular features. If all goes well, a PopCult Bookshelf will be posted late tonight.  Meanwhile, check out the Stuff To Do tonight, and remember that you can catch our April Fool’s RFC MINI SHOW, which is not quite so “MINI.”  It’s over fifty minutes of Project Biscotti, recorded at one of their last performances…

And just so’s you don’t forget, you can find our JoeLanta coverage here.

Stuff To Do Thursday April 3

We have a bevy of cool things that you can get into Thursday night. There’s music, comedy, drama and more music.  Just look at this line-up.

The Contemporary Youth Arts Company will present the new Dan Kehde drama, “The Rack,” at 8 PM. This hard-hitting, highly emotional drama follows the aftermath of a fictional elementary school shooting, as we all struggle to understand “why?” The cast includes Nik Tidquist, Olivia King, Caitlin Moore, Mandy Harper, Patrick Felton, Clayton Spry, Angel Gandee, Eleanor Paybins, Katy Shaver, Siercia O’Brien, Matt Connelly, Rowan Maher and Jeremy Drake. The show opens at The WVSU Capitol Center Theater on Summers Street and runs for the next two weekends (but not Saturday, April 5).


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Image1You didn’t think I was done covering JoeLanta, did you?  One of the most striking features of the GI Joe convention in Atlanta, which I was honored to be a guest of about three weeks ago, was the gigantic tribute to The Walking Dead,  “Zombie Horde at Yellow Jacket Creek,” a huge diorama built by Mike Gardner.  Loaded with tons of custom action figures, plus scenary, vehicles, a highway overpass and lots and lots of walking dead folks, plus an explosion, this awesome diorama measured eight by eight feet, and stood almost eight feet high in places.

This week in the PopCult Toybox we are going to bring you photos of this diorama. You may have seen these in the JoeLanta video recap I posted last week, but they flew by rather quickly, and I felt that they needed to be seen in a more static format. The diorama was so vast that we are only going to look at part of it today. We will start on the hill, where a horde of zombies are besieging some poor souls in a truck. Then we’ll see the zombie in the creek and take a quick look at Michonne, doing what she does best.

This photo essay will be spread over the next couple of days. I still haven’t edited all the pictures for part two, so I don’t know how many installments this photo essay will have. I took quite a few close-ups and want you guys to see it in all its glory.  Presented with only a few captions, here is the first part of our look at “Zombie Horde at Yellow Jacket Creek.”


This is the view from the hill side of the diorama

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