Thursday, March 31, 2011

Captain's bLog: 0331.11

  March was the biggest month ever for Space: 1970 in terms of traffic and number of posts (what can I say, I've been on a roll - even if most of them were art posts). Admittedly, there was a bit of recycling - I slipped a couple of re-posts in there; so many new readers were hitting the site that I wanted to give some of my favorite early posts a little more exposure. Total traffic exceeded the previous record (November 2010) by about 35%, and total page views almost doubled. The page views thing is slightly cooler to me than the increased traffic; it suggests that regardless of what brings someone here (that Battlestar Galactica disco album cover, for instance), people are hanging around to see what else Space: 1970 might have to offer.

  There are now more than 500 "likes" on the Space: 1970 Facebook page, too.

   Enjoyed re-visiting Close Encounters of the Third Kind on Blu-Ray over the weekend. I think it was the first time since seeing it in the theater at age 13 that I've seen the original theatrical cut of the film. As I recall, only the "Special Edition" was available on VHS during the 80s, and the DVD that I owned only had the extended "Director's Cut." Fortunately, the new Blu-Ray contains (thanks to seamless branching) all three versions. The video transfer is gorgeous, by the way - very "film-like" with great contrasts and beautiful colors. I haven't delved into the supplemental features yet, but I'm looking forward to checking them out.
  
•  As I said in my last "Captain's bLog" entry, I've been busy with other writing assignments, which is why this blog leaned so heavily on image-based posts in March. Hopefully, over the next month or so, I'll have time to write up some more substantial posts - more essays, "Favorite Episodes," and reviews. Of course, I'll still showcase any cool art or photos I come across...

•  Speaking of "other writing assignments.... I haven't mentioned it here before, but fans of 1970s science fiction and fantasy television might be interested to know that I write comic books for Moonstone Books based on the Seventies' TV show, Kolchak: The Night Stalker. A couple years ago they published a 3-issue miniseries I wrote, called Kolchak Tales: Night Stalker of the Living Dead (collected in the Kolchak Tales: Monsters Among Us trade paperback), and I'm currently writing the ongoing, Kolchak: The Night Stalker Files series for the company. The first two issues are available now, with issue #3 due out in a month or so.

The trade paperback can be purchased from your local comics shop or Amazon (Kolchak The Night Stalker: Monsters Among Us (Kolchak Tales)) and the first two issues of the Kolchak: The Night Stalker Files ongoing series can also be found at better comic shops or can be ordered directly from the publisher.

   And, while I'm self-promoting... if anyone is interested in learning more about the arrested adolescent who spends too much time on this blog when he should be working on other things - i.e., yours truly - you can check out my homepage at Atomic Pulp. There, you'll find information about my various writing projects (including my other blogs). And don't forget to check out my DVD and Blu-Ray review site, DVD Late Show.

3 comments:

  1. The writer of those Kolchak comics (as well as the author of a couple of Kolchak novels, if I'm not mistaken) frequents two conventions I attend here in NJ. If you're interested, contact me offline and I can get you some autographed copies at the next con in July.

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  2. Who are the babes in the photo above?

    I have you on my favorites list on my blog so hopefully people are coming here through cross traffic.

    I love the articles you post and have a similar love for the classic and the cheesy. Also my fascination with stop-motion and sci-fi miniature effects is most likely the thing that got me into model war-gaming. So I have a lot to owe to Harryhausen and his fellow effects artists.

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  3. Joseph: *I'm* the writer of the comics I mention above. There are other writers (C.J. Henderson is who I think you may be thinking of, and he's a friend of mine)working on different Moonstone Kolchak titles, too - but getting my own autograph is really quite simple, thanks.

    Cyborg Trucker: Those lovely ladies are from the first season of Space: 1999. The episode "The Last Enemy."

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