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Special Relativity Has a New BFF

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My radio show Special Relativity already has a cast, but now it has a new BFF and mascot, the chrono-weed. What’s the chrono-weed? I’m not telling. But I will tell you that it’s beautifully illustrated by Andrea Tsurumi, whose lovely drawings you’ll soon see on SpecialRelativityRadio.com.

Oh, and since the show now has a logo and web site, it’s now promoting itself. Literally. It made the image below all by itself. I found a print-out of it on my face when I woke up this morning. Please share it, or who knows what I’ll find on my face tomorrow morning.

Meet the Stars of My New Web-Radio Series SPECIAL RELATIVITY

I’ve been hinting for weeks that my web-radio series Special Relativity would have an incredible cast. Today, with my groin all a-tingle, I can introduce the people telling the story of the most evil woman on Earth traveling back in time and kidnapping her younger self to foil her own plan to destroy the Universe. Please meet the stars of Special Relativity:

Alex Borstein Starring as Nox, the most evil woman on Earth,

ALEX BORSTEIN

Alex has spent the last 13 seasons at one of the most continually popular shows on TV, voicing Lois Griffin on Family Guy. She also leads the cast of the truly exceptional HBO comedy Getting On. Despite of all that, she’s of course most famous for the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers episode “Bloom of Doom.”


Vulva Man

And featuring…

I’m Unemployed, But I Still Pay the Artists Who Work With Me. Why Can’t This Hollywood Mogul?
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The Internet it buzzes this morning about a “bootleg James Bond” video by producer Adi Shankar, creator of other “fan” videos based on copyright properties, including a Power Rangers homage/parody/rip-off that’s garnered 18 million play-presses. The premise for “James Bond: In Service of Nothing” actually sounds fascinating for a committed pan-media Bond-liker such as me: 1I do, after all, even have a 007 tag on my blog. a retired 007 struggles to figure out how to live when he no longer has to kill. I don’t know if the short lives up to the premise, though, because it’s already been yoinked from YouTube due to a (valid) copyright complaint from MGM.

But that doesn’t matter, because I’m less interested in Adi Shankar’s movie than I am in something he said to Deadline Hollywood while promoting it:

[Shankar] said it was done mainly with all volunteer work, favors and an animation collective. He said the costs were minimal. “When people are passionate about something, they just want to do it,” he told Deadline. “These are the same models that these digital artists are doing. They are doing things for the collective good.”

Adi not only didn’t pay the artists who worked on his movie, he also thinks asking people to work for free for his betterment is a legitimate business model.

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1. I do, after all, even have a 007 tag on my blog.
Listen to the First Sound from Special Relativity

It’s been three years coming, but yesterday production officially began on the first episode of my web-radio series Special Relativity. (Which, as you remember, is the story of the most evil woman on Earth, who attempts to foil her own plan to destroy the Universe by traveling back in time to kidnap her younger self.)

Recording kicked off for this suddenly and unexpectedly bicoastal project on a snowy Sunday afternoon on the upper east side of Manhattan, while I listened in my apartment in Los Angeles in my pajamas. I present to you now a brief and beautiful product of that session, this alluring and seductive first sound from Special Relativity:

 

That, of course, is the terrifying battle cry of the Chief of the Royal Guard of the Prince of the Pigeon People.

I can tell you the name of the actor who’s making it later this week, when I announce the truly exceptional cast of the podcast. Stay tuned!

Help Me Destroy the Universe

Nearly three years ago, a bunch of people gave me money. Some of them did so because I bet them I could eat a wasp nest, but most of them were supporting my IndieGoGo campaign to fund my idea for a scripted podcast series Special Relativity, a sci-fi/comedy about the most evil woman on Earth, who travels back in time and kidnaps her younger self in a last-ditch attempt to save existence.

Despite their generosity, the campaign raised only twenty percent of its goal. With a lack of funds, I shelved the project while I awaited a more perfect future. TODAY, THAT MORE PERFECT FUTURE HAS (not) ARRIVED! Nevertheless,

I’m happy to announce that a 22-minute pilot episode of Special Relativity will debut online this spring.

Last year’s unprecedented success of the true-crime podcast Serial convinced me that the time was right for scripted radio to re-enter the online world. 1I say “re-enter” because 14 years ago, before there were such things as podcasts, or for that matter even iPods, I created a scripted online “radio” series for the children’s network Noggin. Radio Noggin streamed via RealAudio, a service which some of you might remember was almost as good as receiving shortwave broadcasts through your dental fillings. Anyway, you can listen to a highlight reel from the show here. But since the IndieGoGo money (plus my own contribution) isn’t enough to produce an entire first season, I’m making one episode. If people like it, I’ll find a way to make more. For now I can reveal the title of the premiere episode:

“First We Destroy the Universe”

I’m able to (barely) fund the pilot because I repaired and sold my 1968 Mercedes-Benz 250S. While I’m glad that makes this podcast project seem like an outtake from Darkness on the Edge of Town, sadly I have no more Mercedes to sell, let alone one per episode. The production could still desperately use money. So if you think you’ll like Special Relativity, or if you like me, please:


Meanwhile, stay tuned for more updates soon. Next up: the cast!

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1. I say “re-enter” because 14 years ago, before there were such things as podcasts, or for that matter even iPods, I created a scripted online “radio” series for the children’s network Noggin. Radio Noggin streamed via RealAudio, a service which some of you might remember was almost as good as receiving shortwave broadcasts through your dental fillings. Anyway, you can listen to a highlight reel from the show here.