Archive for December, 2008
For the ‘Scaper who has everything, and still can’t get enough, word came to me of a new title on the horizon. This is part of the Farscape Unofficial Guide series, and covers the fourth season as well as the Peacekeeper Wars miniseries.
You can order your copy of Farscape Season Four and the Peacekeeper Wars Episode Guide by Talis Pelucir here.No comments
Shipments of the first issue of the new Farscape comic book series have been delayed in many parts of this country due to bad weather.¬† Things From Another World, where I had placed my preorder, says that as of Friday, December 26th at 4 PM local time, they still had not received their shipment.¬† My local comic book store, which was also supposed to have gotten a shipment still hadn’t got theirs as of Saturday, December 27th.¬† So…fellow ‘Scapers, hang tight, and be patient.¬† This too shall pass.
On another, more optimistic note, the debut of the SECOND Farscape miniseries, titled Farscape: Strange Detractors, is due out on March 1, 2009.¬†¬† What?¬† No pun in the title??¬† No pop cultural reference??¬† Can it really be Farscape?¬† Why yes, it can, since it’s from Rockne O’Bannon and Keith R. A. DeCandido.¬† Word is that this series will also be official Farscape canon.
And now, for your viewing pleasure, one of the available covers for the first title in the second comic book series:
Virgin Galactic Airlines is developing spacecraft to provide ordinary non-astronaut folks a means to take space trips. Their test spacecraft, SpaceShipTwo, has recently successfully made its maiden flight. You can read more about this milestone here, and someone has posted videos of the actual flight, including takeoff and landing.
The airline’s earliest commercial flights, which only offer sub-orbital trips and provide six minutes of weightlessness to their passengers, are priced at $200,000. (Yep, you read that right!) After the first 500 passengers have flown, the cost of a flight will be reduced to a mere $20,000.
Wikipedia has a nice entry that provides a succinct overview of what Virgin Galactic is all about.
Although one is tempted to sneer a little at this idea, let’s not forget that doing so is cheap, easy, and ignorant. That’s not to say that a ChicagoScaper wouldn’t be above doing such things, but Farscape fans have learned to keep their minds open to the wonders of this universe. At its core, this is a neat idea, and a visionary one at that. Considering that so far there’s nowhere to actually go in space, Virgin Galactic’s founder seems to be taking aim at a bold new future that isn’t quite in sight yet.
If I had a spare 20 large, I sure would sign up for a ride.No comments
Things From Another World (TFAW) provides another exclusive interview with KRAD (Keith R. A. DeCandidio), the author of the comic book story, and Farscape editor Matt Gagnon.¬† (IS there a hint of a SECOND Farscape series??!!?)
[There used to be a picture here but I had to remove it because someone was hot-linking to it.¬† - editor]
Although I personally am not a fan of the comic book genre, and have some reservations about just how complex a Farscape comic book could ever be, I am nonetheless elated that the Farscape story continues, and does so under the helm of the original creators.
By the way, for those of you without a friendly neighborhood comic book store, you can order the Farscape comic book series from TFAW on line.
Being lazy, I ordered my set through TFAW, however, I discovered a couple of weeks ago that my local comic book store not only had them on order, but also that they are HUGE fans as well.¬† They tell me that in my town there are a lot of fans of Farscape.¬† So when the release date finally arrives, I’ll be waddling down to my local comic book store and also picking up an issue there.
Not only do we Farscape fans support each other, but you never can have too much Farscape stuff.No comments
From Empire online comes the news that Robert Carlyle has signed on for the new Stargate TV series.¬† Who is he and why is this a Big Deal?¬† He’s that scrawny looking Glaswegian actor (that’s Glasgow, Scotland) who first came to notice on these shores in The Full Monty.¬† He also played one of the Bond villains in The World Is Not Enough.
This sounds almost unbelievable.¬† It’s as if some Shakespearian actor from London’s West End decided to appear in a basic cable scifi show.¬† Oh wait…¬† Didn’t Patrick Stewart appear in some syndicated scifi show?
Maybe this new series may turn out okay.¬† It won’t be as good as Farscape, though.No comments
Boom Comics Farscape series debut slips to December 24.
BUT you can read a teaser PREVIEW on MTV’s site.
Comic book aficianados tell me it’s not uncommon for a much anticipated comic book series to experience delays in its release, although no one seems to have a good explanation for it.
Personally, it looks like the delay will afford time for some additional publicity.No comments