Slice of SciFi #110: Interview with Phil and Kaja Foglio on “Girl Genius”

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News Bytes:

  • James Doohan’s ashes made it into space, but have landed in a remote New Mexico mountain range
  • Sales and rentals of DVD and DVR downloads are on track to easily surpass $279 million, but transition and growth paths are as yet unknown
  • The Phraselator P2 from VoxTec is a state-of-the-art translator reminiscent of Hoshi’s bulky-looking universal translator from the Star Trek: Enterprise series, and has been given some high tech storage and memory power to improve performance

Movie Talk:
The sequel to Russian director Timur Bekmambetov’s well received and highly imaginative “Night Watch” will be coming to theaters on June 1st. Bekmambetov goes all-out in “Day Watch,” the second of the movies based on the novels of Sergei Lukyanenko. The third and final film in the series is “Dusk Watch,” which will be tackled next by the creative director.

TV Talk: The 2007 Fall TV season Preview: a brief glimpse at the shows on tap from NBC, CBS, ABC, the CW, and Fox

Interview: Eisner Award nominated artists Phil and Kaja Foglio are guests on this week’s “Slice of SciFi”, giving us a run down on Girl Genius, a madcap, mad science romantic adventure comic with airships, and other projects they’re working on.

Future Talk:
Director/Producers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are joining forces, along with DreamWorks Animation to direct and produce three back-to-back feature films based on Georges Remi’s Belgian comic-strip hero Tintin, according to Variety. The films will be made using full digital 3-D and WETA Digital’s performance capture technology.

The Tintin series is composed of 23 stories with Spielberg and Jackson selecting 3 for filming. The books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide between 1929 and today, with the last copy written in 1976.

Tintin chronicles the adventures of a junior reporter who will follow stories to the ends of the Earth, even though he often finds his own life in jeopardy. He is assisted by his dog Snowy, the lunatic Captain Haddock, a muddled scientist named Professor Calculus and the Thompson twins.

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Comments

  1. Instead of Dramady, I use CoMa :)

  2. Bibliomike says:

    I just discovered your podcast and truly enjoyed it. I liked the interview with the “Girl Genius” team and will definitely check it out. Keep up the good work!

  3. The IT crowd is an american remake it seems…also I have just read this on IMDB – aparantly the IT crowd DVD has a “1337″ subtitle setting…

  4. I think it’s odd that the SoSF Fall Preview includes a number of shows that never made it onto the fall schedule!

  5. tllgrrl says:

    I just listened to the Girl Genius “Radio Theatre” over at iTunes. Great stuff!

  6. Robert Carnegie says:

    I picked up Girl Genius as the honest-to-goodness comic first. It was a treat to hear from the authors, but I don’t recall that they mentioned the important fact that their heroine is… well, let’s just say that Phil Foglio doesn’t only enjoy drawing airships. ;-) In fact the webcomic is rated teenage and up. Not too much… just enough to be fun ;-) There is girl bait, also – handsome slim young guy scientists! Lots to choose from! Oh… and people get blown up or eaten by the Mad Science sometimes. I personally think that actually is too tough for kids, particularly when good people don’t come back. But kids might disagree.

    The other important part is Funny. They have funny.

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