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  • gilwilson 3:22 PM on February 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , audiocomics company, bigfoot, chupacabra, , Craig Rousseau, cryptozoology, dark horse comics, Elaine Lee, , perhapanauts, , Todd Dezago   

    Audiobook Review: “The Perhapanauts in ‘Monsters Among Us, or, Chimaera Wanna Tellya Somethin'” 

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    Audiobook Review: “The Perhapanauts in ‘Monsters Among Us, or, Chimaera Wanna Tellya Somethin'”

    Adapted from the graphic novel series The Perhapanauts by Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau by Todd Dezago and Elaine Lee

    Full Cast Performance

    Published by AudioComics Company.

    Length: 51 mins

     

    I have been a comic book fan for over 40 years (yeah, I’m that old) and have read them for as long as I can remember. Comic books are fun, exciting and even help in the development of vocabulary and reading skills. I knew an English professor that for part of the semester he would hand out comic books and have the class read them and point out the language used is much more than what you would expect. I never took his class but I’m sure it would have been a blast.

     

    So as I grow older I seem to have less time for comic books. Many are available in digital format for reading on the computer and tablets, but even so, time is a limited asset. I have been a consumer of audiobooks for many years and have loved the fact that I can use my work commute, shower time, household chore time and various other times to “read” a good book. Thanks to a few very creative audiobook publishing companies, comic books can now be presented in audio format. One of the difficulties of bringing a comic book to life in an audiobook form is, well, let’s face it, the art work.

     

    To make up for the lack of the visual aspect of the artwork many these publishing companies bring the comic to life with excellent voice actors, stunning sound effects and an all round aural ambiance that make these audiobooks as complete of an experience as absorbing the visual artwork of a comicbook. AudioComics Company does this so well that each time I see one of their creations come available, I jump on it and give it a listen as soon as possible.

     

    This time around I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, I just knew it was an audiobook created by AudioComics based on a comic book. “The Perhapanauts” is a  comic book series featuring the creations of writer Todd Dezago (Sensational Spider-Man, Tellos, Young Justice) and Craig Rousseau (Impulse, Batman Beyond, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane). Adapted from the comics by Todd Dezago and Elaine Lee, the audiobook is a new story based on the existing comics.

     

    What can you expect, well the Perhapanauts team is controlled by the organization called Bedlam, the team isbuilt around characters from cryptozoological tales. The leader is Big, a sasquatch, who has a super-genius I.Q. The rest of the team include; Chooie, a chupacabra, Molly, a ghost, Karl, a mothman and others.

     

    In this audio premiere of the series a new member of the team is told of one of the past about the team’s mission against the shape-shifting Chimaera. While an exciting adventure about how the team uses their unique skills/powers to capture the Chimaera there is something else going on in the telling of the story. Very unique story with some great twists, turns and fun dialogue that make this a series that will get you hooked and wanting for more.

     

    I have added the Perhapanauts comics to my list of to read comics, when time avails itself to me, but until then I’m going to be hanging on the edge waiting for the next in this series from AudioComics Company.

     
  • gilwilson 10:14 PM on June 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 60s pop culture, April Singley, , , , , audiocomics company, Brent Askari, Carrington Macduffie, Christopher Price, , , Dennis St. Pierre, , Elizabeth Knowelden, Gary Guzzo, Harlan Baker, honey west, Kristina Balbo, Lance Roger Axt, Michael Howard, , Phil Wells, Tom Pakuski,   

    “Honey West: Murder on Mars” Adapted for audio by Elaine Lee from the Moonstone Comics mini-series by Elaine Lee and Ronn Sutton 

    “Honey West: Murder on Mars”
    Adapted for audio by Elaine Lee from the Moonstone Comics mini-series by Elaine Lee and Ronn Sutton
    Featuring the vocal talents of: Carrington Macduffie, William Dufris, Tom Pakuski, Gary Guzzo, Kristina Balbo, Dennis St. Pierre, Brent Askari, Harlan Baker, Lance Roger Axt, April Singley, Michael Howard, Elizabeth Knowelden, Phil Wells and Christopher Price
    Published by The AudioComics Company
    Total Length: 1:18:56

    Everyday I’m amazed at how synchronicity is at work choosing the audiobooks I’ll be listening to. This time around it was another odd series of events that led me to hearing this really fun audiobook. I was checking out the extra channels my cable provider had added that I never bother with, I rarely watch television and when I do it’s very limited, basically if it’s not sci-fi or horror I’m not interested, I’ll stick to my books. This time though, I found a station called MeTV, they broadcast old programs from the 60s and 70s and I was watching “The Twilight Zone” and the next show up was “Honey West.” I was curious and it turned out to be a fun mystery program featuring one of the first female private detectives in books and television. I was mildly entertained for the half hour.

    Jump ahead a couple of weeks and I’m visiting my local comic books store and see that Moonstone comics are publishing Honey West comics. I’m a huge fan of comics and after being entertained by the TV show I had to check out a couple of issues. These all add up to some really nice comics. Not long after reading the comics, I get the chance to hear and review this audiobook which is based on a storyline in the comics, and with the title “Murder on Mars,” I’m totally intrigued and jumped into it. Besides, synchronicity is pointing me this way.

    The AudioComics Company have released this full-cast audio drama based on the comics and based on this short story, I hope they do more. The case was excellent, giving the story that complete Honey West of the 60s feel. The characters are all perfectly performed and it almost sounds as if you are listening to an old radio show. Great acting, realistic sound effects and the music! The music segues really added an extra oomph! to this performance. They were old jazzy lounge music bits that fit in with the portrayed time and setting of this performance. All of this together makes for a very entertaining production that you should really get for your collection now.

    The story is perfect for the time period as well, as it takes place on the set of a science-fiction “B” movie set where everyone is a suspect, and the only way Honey can solve this crime is by putting herself undercover and in the middle of the performance.

    Honey West is called in by a mysterious source to solve the murder of a famous actress on the set of a sci-fi film called “Amazons on Mars.” The actress died of what appears to be an allergic reaction to insect bites, but the mystery person hiring Honey thinks otherwise and once she arrives on set, so does Honey. An aging teen idol, an understudy who wants to be the star a jealous agent and a down on his luck director all fit perfectly into the suspects list, it’s up to Honey to found out the true killer.

    In what would be the perfect “B” movie itself, with robots, aliens and murder on a Hollywood set, “Honey West; Murder on Mars” is a fun audio drama.

     

     
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