Fantastic Fest: 'The Intergalactic Nemesis'
Austin's own living graphic novel makes a Fantastic debut
By Richard Whittaker, 8:31AM, Sun. Sep. 26, 2010
Fantastic Fest isn't just about films. There are the parties, the Fantastic Arcade, and Jeffrey Comb's hotly anticipated one-man show Nevermore. But there's nothing like live action graphic novel The Intergalactic Nemesis.
So what the h-e-double hockey sticks is a gosh-darned Intergalactic Nemesis, you may ask? Well, just about as much fun as a barrel of monkeys in a taffy factory, my friend. If you ever made your own sound effects while reading a comic (and we know you did) then here's what's in store:
THRILL! to projected scenes from the amazing seven-issue comic mini-series (also available in printed form.)
GASP! as three actors (Chris Gibson, Shana Merlin, and Mical Trejo) provide all the voices to this amazing tale of two-fisted adventurers, sinister scientists and bizarro alien invasions.
SHUDDER! to the live sound effects from Buzz Moran (part man, part octopus, all sonic genius.)
HUM ALONG! to the live soundtrack provided by composer extraordinaire Graham Reynolds (A Scanner Darkly.)
For anyone outside of Austin, here's the CliffsNotes: Back in the 1990s, a small theater troupe resurrected the Buck Rogers-style old-school radio drama in a coffee house. Since then, it's become a full-blown, live-on-stage, son et lumiere local sensation, including a recent two night run at the Long Center (that's the big concert hall that looks like a UFO by the lake.)
Now the Nemesis is prepared to conquer the Earth. Talking to producer-writer Jason Neulander on Friday, he said that this unique show is getting serious attention nationwide and even internationally. Seriously, this could be your last chance to see this slice of retro joy and still brag to your friends that you saw it back when it was underground.
The Intergalactic Nemesis is performed on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 9.15pm at the Alamo South Lamar