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I Read Comics

Friday, December 30, 2005

Show #18 - Dec 30

Show 18 on MP3

At last the Harlan Ellison Special! With my fabulous co-host, Katheryne from Philly. We spend an hour talking about "A Boy and His Dog" in three different media expressions:

The original story (in "The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World")
The movie
The graphic novel

Richard Corben's website

If you're a fan of Harlan's check out his website and buy stuff directly from him.

Nice cover, eh?

Hot hot hot!


  • I love your podcast!

    I am curious, though. What equipment do you use? What type of mic?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:42 AM  

  • I love your new "album art"- very nice.

    By Blogger Glen Glen, at 7:32 PM  

  • Equipment is very simple:

    - Powerbook G4 running Garage Band
    - Skype
    - Logitech headset
    - Wiretap Pro (for recording Skype calls)

    I also use a regular Logitech mic when I'm not using the headset. If you want to discuss further, email me.


    By Blogger LT, at 7:40 PM  

  • Wonderful podcast Lene & Katheryne. You had me converted to Ellison at .."boy kills girlfriend to feed his dog". It puts me in mind of Margaret Atwood's "Oryx & Crake" or the movie "Zardoz" (which also had a bring-in-outside-fertility theme (but with a more traditional happy ending))

    I hope there's a more interestingly perverse explaination but do you think the title "Egg Sucker" could relate to the saying "don't try and teach your grandmother to suck eggs"?


    By Anonymous GregGray, at 11:28 PM  

  • Lene and Katheryne,

    Really enjoyed the show. While it helps that you were talking about one of my favorite writers as well as one of my favorite films, I still think that you two worked great together and would love to hear more shows with you both.

    Eggsucker was originally published somewhere else but for the life of me I can't remember where! I can see the title page in my minds eye... gonna drive me crazy until I remember, I'm sure! Seems like it was in some glossy magazine...

    Just found The Illustrated Harlan Ellison on the bookshelf (Byron Priess) but that's not it...

    The two local colleges (Lehigh University and Lafayette College) used to show this film every year as part of some type of film series, but I hadn't seen it for many years until I found a VHS copy a year or two ago. Good to know that it's on DVD. I'm interested in the audio commentary.

    I like how the filmmakers solved the budgetary problem of bombed out cities but having everything underground as if some huge sandstorm had covered them up like the egyptian monuments.

    The scene where he finally realizes what the Topekans need him for is great! "Bring them on!" And then cut to the milking machine. Priceless.

    Not sure where I saw it (CGS forum maybe?) but this person said that an eggsucker is a dog that's gotten a taste for eggs and is forever after useless in gaurding the hen house.

    Well, like I said, good work! Loved the show and look forward to more with the two of you.

    By Blogger Bruce R, at 3:53 PM  

  • i turned this show off coz i haven't seen the film yet :)

    looking forward to listening right after i watch it tho.....never realised it was Harlan



    By Blogger KYUSS, at 2:50 PM  

  • Well, it was driving me crazy and then I thought to "google" it and found it immediately! It was originally presented in Ariel: The Book of Fantasy Vol 2 (1977)

    But this is not a comic adaptation, this is in prose format with Richard Corben art.

    Ariel is a "really slick" magazine, much like a trade paperback with good glossy stock. Their binding on the other hand leaves a bit to be desired as when I pulled it off the bookshelf (where it's probably been since I built the shelves 12 or more years ago) the cover fell off... sigh...

    But anyway, that answers that mystery!

    By Blogger Bruce R, at 7:23 AM  

  • You probably know this, but there are some more stories of Harlan's that have been turned into comics, in Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor. It's been a long time since I read those stories, but I think they include I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream, and a delightfully creepy story about rats.

    By Anonymous Frank, at 11:45 AM  

  • Oh, and I think the story you couldn't remember the name of was "Keyboard". It starts: "Chris Hudak knew he was in trouble when his computer bit him." :)

    By Anonymous Frank, at 11:53 AM  

  • Frank - yep, I have the Dream Corridor books and talked about them in a previous show. And YES! "Keyboard"! Chris Hudak was the guy in the audience who volunteered his name. Harlan said "You can't make up a name like that."

    By Blogger LT, at 12:23 PM  

  • I agree with Greg Gray - not that I'm mysoginistic or anything. I would have been just as happy with "Boy kills boyfriend to feed his dog." I just dig my dog (no, not in that way you dirty-minded little billy goats!)

    Anyhow, love the show and I'm glad I started listening. Waiting with baited breath for the next one,


    By Anonymous twistedchristopher@yahoo.com, at 6:27 PM  

  • i have now got hold of the graphic novel......will read this weekend and then try and buy the film on sunday.....i can then finally listen to your podcast.

    thanks to 'the book depository' for getting me dream corridor as well.

    By Blogger KYUSS, at 12:46 PM  

  • Upon much consideration after having listened to an archived chunk of your ireadcomics show on my travels, I have come to the decision that I will no longer be among your listeners. Highly recommended by one of my good friends, your show has slowly devolved into a celebration of freakish fanat-o-pop worship. I myself don't see anything wrong with that. What has ultimately turned me off is your hypocritical and patronizing attitude towards that which you embody through-and-through. Fanatic, otaku, zealot, call it what you will, you--are--it. According to your own dialogues (and not by anything I've seen firsthand) you are beautiful and intelligent. Oh, and a girl. Yet you spend quite a bit of time driving those points home while seemingly trudging your way through the battlezone that is geekdom. At the end of many a show I was left with the impression that you’re occulting or trying to compensate for something with the various rants you intersperse amidst your enjoyable reviews. You truly do come off as an insecure closed-minded older woman who likes to think she’s an open-minded subversive young gal. Yes, you certainly are a girl who reads comics, but what is the alternative? Guys who read comics, like the ones over at geekspeak? No, from the few shows I’ve listened to, I would say that they are *comic fans* who read comics. They are, at best and worst, their own alien species.

    Make no mistake, I’ve enjoyed most of your offerings, but they’re not for me. I’m probably fifteen years younger than you, and also female, but I really don’t want to catch any of those memes you’re spreading around. They’re old, an out-dated sort of feminism. And certainly not for me. Good luck to you.

    Ps- One specific thing I’ve always wanted to comment on is the music. It’s genius, yes, but ill-befitting the subject matter. NPR you are not.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:25 PM  

  • Wow. Anonymous is kind of cranky, huh? Insert crude and random time of the month joke here. Ooops, that was mean! Sorry! I bad boy.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:32 PM  

  • Did she just call me an alien? As in "phone home" or Illegal _____.

    I'm so confused.

    By Blogger Peter, at 7:13 PM  

  • Somebody's taking themselves waaaay too seriously. Anonymous has obviosly forgotten to have a little fun while listening to IRC...

    By Blogger Glen Glen, at 5:36 PM  

  • well i have now seen the film and i really enjoyed it.

    sadly my UK version has no extras or commentary.

    i have read eggsucker and i am halfway thru the next story.

    i think eggsucker is like your friend said a euphamism for a pair of bollocks. after all they do look like hairy eggs :)

    By Blogger KYUSS, at 12:10 PM  

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