Michael Dolce come to talk about SIRE: Origins, his compelling indie comic about a reluctant superhero forced to fight crime against his will. Not only do Michael and I discuss his comic, but we delve into 90s comic tropes (are they classic stuff, sorry tropes, or both?) and how to get started when you’re a young kid with a lot of love for comics. He also has a great deal of insight into what it takes to get a finished book out into the world as an indie creator.
Lisa N. Alexander is a filmmaker assembling the independent project My Father the Queen. The movie tells the story of a black family in the 1960s, led by a father who is a member of the LGBTQ community. The story reflects, not only his personal struggles, but the impact his identity has on his family and community. In Lisa’s words, the story frames his conflict from a mental health perspective, and she and I spend time talking about how mental health has been reflected in film historically. With My Father the Queen in pre-production, Lisa describes her efforts in putting together her script and lining up the business end of filmmaking—certainly not the most rewarding part of independent filmmaking, but one of the most crucial.
Zach Howard is a comic book illustrator who has worked for Marvel, DC, and IDW… but his current project is an Image collaboration called Moonshine Bigfoot. A swamp-dwelling Sasquatch embarks on a high-speed adventure when his latest batch of hootch gets the attention of… someone powerful! Zach and I agree it’s kind of ‘Dukes of Hazzard Meets X-Files’.
We also get into some pretty creator-centric chat about the importance of crowdfunding to indie comic projects, and how ideas like this are going to keep the comics hobby healthy as it changes in the 21st century.
Brad Hornbacher wrote the classic MST3k episode ‘Werewolf‘, but today spends a lot of his time with his band, Civil Defiance. Brad graces us with many stories about the creation of the movie, ranging from is origins as a Russian epic to is relocation to Flagstaff, Arizona, and the wild ambitions of the film’s producer and co-writer, Tony Zarindast. Turns out, Brad and I see the world of film (and how people bond over the more unique gems) in very similar ways. We close the discussion talking about Civil Defiance’s video for Eye of the Dog.
Sandra Gimpel is known to Star Trek fans as the Salt Vampire from M-113, but not a lot of fans know about her success as a stunt double. In this episode, she talks about how she got her gigs on Lost in Space as well as Star Trek (many people don’t know she was also a Talosian!). Sandra has some great insight into how people can balance more than one still, and how one person with multiple talents can be valuable on a movie set– and in other areas of life.
Be sure to check out her soon-to-be-released book Stunt Lady: Sandra Gimpel Falling for the Stars and watch for her upcoming website, SandraGimpel.com. She also released a range of workout DVDs.
Mary Jo Pehl is a seasoned writer and performer on both Rifftrax and seasons 4-10 of Mystery Science Theater 3000. She joins me today to talk about her book Dumb Dumb Dumb: My Mother’s Book Reviews (also available on her website and Amazon). We start off with the difficult process of resolving grief and the sometimes necessity to do so with a bit of humor, and this rolls into a discussion of the mechanics of riffing… and some speculation about educational shorts in particular.
A lot of research is going to come from this discussion. At one point, I mention a quote from Bill Gates discussing what computers can’t do to save the world.
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John Billingsley (who was on Hungry Trilobyte in episode 68) returns to talk about “Trektivism” or the way Trek fandom can be used to boost charity efforts. The best example we can give is TREK*talks2, an online telethon to help the Hollywood Food Coalition. This event aired January 14, 2023.
Jarrod Alberich (last seen in episodes 80 and 113) teams up with me to discuss season 1 of the 1980s sitcom Empty Nest. Why? Because we think re-watching this show to see if it holds up might be a good observation on what quality TV really is.