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War Comes to Farscape …and other news

 

THIS Means War!!

A NEW galactic enemy shows up, ready to take on all the empires in the Uncharted Territories.  Nope, it’s NOT the Nebari.  Read all about it in the Boom Comics press release.

 

A Day at the Races, a Night at the Opera, and La Di Da

Gigi recently spent a day at the races.  Check out the pictures here.   That was at Doncaster Day in Melbourne, which is like our Kentucky Derby day in Louisville.  People dress to the nines, wear hats, and watch the horsies go ’round.  She looks very beautiful, n’est ce pas?

 

 

 

Stuffed and Unstrung

Brian Henson and his muppet troupe are currently appearing in New York City in a show called Stuffed and Unstrung.  They’ll be appearing through the month of May at Union Square Theater, and you can get your tickets here.  Check out a YouTube video preview.

 

Angel Eyes 

Who’s eyes are these, looking all coy and sexy?  Who indeed!  View the original photo at David Blue’s Facebook album.

 

 

The EclecticMicks Get Frelled

This week is Farscape week at this artists’ blog.  Starting Monday, each artist member will post an original work depicting something about Farscape.    They’re a bunch of Irish comic book artists, so I’m expecting something special from them.

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Boom Studios Announces New Farscape Comic Series

January 31st, 2010 | Category: Farscape,Farscape Comics

Boom Studios announces its second year of Farscape comic book publications, featuring the title Farscape: Scorpius Ongoing.¬† (Careful, the link to the announcement has some spoilers for those who haven’t read the previous comic book series but who intend to.)

As noted before, these comic books are conceived by Rockne O’Bannon, and are considered Farscape cannon.¬† They take off from the Farscape Peacekeeper Wars miniseries, and are intended to fill out the Farscape story until such time as when the webisodes appear.¬† (Which will happen as soon as Brian Henson finds some financing.)

This series will be scripted by David Alan Mack, and inked by Mike Ruiz.  There will be two covers, by Nick Runge and by Chad Hardin.

I won’t be reading these, since I loathe the comic book medium and not even my love for Farscape can overcome this.¬† (Anyone want a pile of unread Farscape comics??)¬† I would love to hear from someone who has read them and can let us all know if they’re worthwhile.¬† Are they worth it as stand-alone works?¬† Or are they strictly for Farscape fans?

Dukeshire’s blog has a post about finishing the lettering for the first issue of the new Farscape comic series, but sadly, he has little else to say about what he did.¬† Did he like Farscape?¬† Was the lettering difficult?¬† Was there a lot to do, or not so much?¬† Has he read the series and enjoyed them?¬† On these and other topics that might illuminate the craft of lettering Dukeshire remains mum.

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Farscape Comics News

July 30th, 2009 | Category: Farscape,Farscape Comics

In their panel at Comic Con, Boom Comics announced that the Farscape comics have been doing so well that they’re turning it into an on-going monthly series.  Rockne O’Bannon will continue to develop the story lines, and Keith R. A. DeCandido will continue writing them.  Read a more in-depth report on the Boom Comics panel from Comic Con here.

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Deadline for Farscape Questions Gets Extended

A&E Home Video, the folks who will be releasing the new Farscape DVD set, have also extended their deadline for submitting questions to the Farscape panel at ComicCon.  The original deadline was two days ago, but you now have until Monday, July 20th to submit more questions.

If you have a question that you would like an answer to, go to A&E Home Video’s Facebook page and scrawl it on their wall.

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Hey! Found The Farscape Comic Books Letterer’s Blog

June 13th, 2009 | Category: Farscape,Farscape Comics

Did you know that the Farscape comic books’ letterer has a blog?  Me neither.  It’s not terribly informative — what’s there to say about comic book lettering, after all — but you might drop him a line of appreciation. 

Apparently he just finished his part of the work for the third volume in the  D’Argo’s Lament series. (That’s the third comic book series.)  And he reports that he’s about to begin work on the NEXT TWO Farscape comic book series!

Two more series are coming!  That’s good news for the fans of the Farscape comic books!

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Farscape Comics Sales Numbers

June 05th, 2009 | Category: Farscape,Farscape Comics

Boom Comics has repeatedly issues press releases declaring how the first three issues of the Farscape comics have sold out.  Which sounds very impressive, unless you’re a cynical observer such as myself, and think that perhaps the comics may have had limited runs of printings.  Keith R. A. DeCandido, the author of the Farscape comics, clarifies the record:

With the obvious exception of Countdown, the Farscape comics from BOOM! Studios are outselling the Star Trek comics from IDW, which is pretty impressive when you consider that IDW is a larger company than BOOM! and when you consider that Star Trek is an active franchise with a highly anticipated movie that’s a huge hit in theatres right now and a thriving line of tie-in novels and other ancillary merchandise, and that Farscape is a somewhat less active franchise with nothing on the air since 2003, almost no current ancillary merchandise or tie-ins aside from this comic, and a much smaller core audience.

He adds some actual sales numbers for both Star Trek and Farscape comics to bolster his statement.  For example, the debut issue of the Farscape comic book sold 12,775 issues in December.  This is the first time I’ve seen any published sales figures for ANY Farscape merchandising.  Interesting.

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Farscape Comic First Series Goes to 3rd Printing

March 19th, 2009 | Category: Farscape,Farscape Comics

Wow. Fans just can’t get enough!

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Farscape Comics Continue To Sell Out

February 28th, 2009 | Category: Farscape,Farscape Comics

Boom Comics held a panel at WonderCon ’09 this weekend.  Among the things that they talked about, that both issues of the Farscape comic book series have sold out, and that the first issue sold the most copies of any title in their entire history.  They’re also making a second printing of the second issue, which is also a first for them. 

A second series is planned, to be called "Farscape: Strange Detractors", which continues the story from the first series.  They’ve also announced a third series, to be called "Farscape: D’Argo’s Lament", which tells a story about D’Argo and Jool, and is set in between the third and fourth season. 

A preview of the first issue of the first series is now available for those who have iPhones, AND the first issue will be available on iTunes in the very near future, at the low low price of 99 cents. 

Read the details of what was said at the Boom Comics panel here.

I am still of the opinion that reading a Farscape story in comic book form is one of the worst ways to have to take in a Farscape story.  Reading these first two issues has not improved my dislike of comic books in any way.  However, I will concede that getting new canonical Farscape stories even in this format is better than not getting them at all.  I am also very pleased that these issues have been successful, and I believe that this is a positive step for the future of the franchise.  My extreme dislike of this format will not deter me from collecting them and yes, even reading them.

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More Farscape Comics News!

January 26th, 2009 | Category: Farscape,Farscape Comics

Picture of special edition cover of FS comicBoom Studios will be offering the first Farscape comic in a limited edition with an exclusive, holographic¬† cover.¬†¬† They are printing only 500 copies, and it will only be available at their booth at the NYC Comic Con at the Javits Center on February 6th through the 8th.¬† Look for booth #1313.¬†¬† (Hmmmm… did I see DOUBLE THIRTEENS there?¬† Does that mean ANYTHING?)

It sure looks like a pretty cover!¬† Does anyone know anyone who might be going to the NYC Comic Con?¬† It’s too short notice for me to hop on a plane and go there.

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Farscape Comic Book Review

January 09th, 2009 | Category: Farscape Comics

Read no further if you haven’t read the new Farscape comic book and don’t want to be spoiled.

I finally snagged myself a copy of the first book. Once again, as I read the story, I experienced the usual feeling I get whenever I read a comic book.  What a horrible chore it is to wade through all those static images to get to each piece of dialog and to puzzle out the action. This is one heckuva slow way to read a story. In a book, you get a thousand more words that carefully describe it all to you. In a movie you get the actual characters acting this all out for you. All of that is a lot more information to process at once, and yet, it’s the “simple” comic book story that I find to be hard work to wade through.

My first difficulty was that the dialog seemed awfully stiff and forced.  The entire story is told only by dialog, with only a little bit of exposition at the beginning to bring any newbies up to speed. The author is trying very hard to have the dialog accomplish too many things; both moving the story forward and expressing the characters’ inner thoughts. That’s just too much to saddle naked dialog with, and it seems very artificial.  No one sounds like they’re speaking in their "authentic" voice.

Another problem is that these characters are saying things that are trite. Take, for instance, the awful palsy-walsy behavior between Jothee and Crichton. At this point in the story they’re not pals of any kind, and the sort of joking that the author has them doing seems all wrong. I could see this behavior between D’Argo and Crichton, but Jothee is just this kid that suddenly showed up a few weeks ago. He and Crichton have no common ground, and very little shared experiences, and not all of those are good ones. The trite thing to do would be to show some macho male bonding thing, as the author did, but it’s not right for these two people at this point in their personal timelines.  Farscape never used to be so trite.

Of course, it’s hard to tell from the illustrations what emotions the characters are feeling, as they seem very wooden. This may be because the burden the artist has in illustrating a comic book based on a TV show is that he must portray the characters “realistically”. In my opinion, simplifying these characters so that they were nearly caricatures would’ve served Farscape better in this medium. It certainly would’ve allowed more expressive illustrations of emotions on the characters’ faces, without the artist having to try to guess how the original actor would’ve looked while expressing those emotions.  (Of course, I can just about hear the whining from a certain segment of the fandom at how "none of the characters look real".  Sigh, this medium seems utterly bound by its conventions, but one can sort of understand why.)

The images are sadly static, and at the same time very artificially staged. I’ve always hated weird camera angles which only exist for the sake of being weird camera angles, and this story has that IN SPADES. Perhaps, since the story is mostly told through dialog between people who are standing around, I suppose someone was thinking that this would be the way to ‘liven’ it up. Even so, seeing the bizarre tilts and angles makes one really appreciate how intelligent the directors were in planning the shots in every episode of Farscape.  The POV in this comic book swoops all over for no obvious reason.

And there are a few more things that bothered me.

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