Space Command

Launched today (no pun intended), Space Command is a planned series of new and original feature films, using the online resource Kickstarter as an innovative way of financing the project.

Headed by Producer/Writer Marc Scott Zicree, the concept is as described on Kickstarter: ‘Told with cutting edge tools of 21st-Century film-making and a visual style inspired by such great science fiction illustrators of the 1950s as Wally Wood, Chesley Bonestell and Ed Emshwiller’.

The target is for $75,000 to be pledged by Saturday 14th July, 11:59pm EDT (US Timezone). However, it’s possible to be a backer for as little as $1, with gift rewards starting at pledges of $5. For more detailed information about being a backer (including gifts relating to pledge amounts), please follow this Kickstarter link.

Space Command, while being evocative of classic space adventure concepts from the past, will hopefully succeed in being produced by using a completely up-to-date and imaginative form of funding.

Hmmm, there’s a thought!


D&S Website 2012

Following on from the blog’s recent makeover, the main site for Dorad & Sirius has also been updated visually and in effect, relaunched.

The evolution continues!

Updating the website has also allowed a few background details to be ‘tweaked’ in readiness for the adventures themselves.

So then, it’s onwards and upwards (I’ve really got to stop saying that).


Space: 2099

On Thursday 9th February, ITV Studios America and HDFilms announced an agreement to develop a new version of Gerry Anderson’s classic TV series Space: 1999. Described as ‘a complete re-imagining’, the planned production has the revised title of Space: 2099.

The surprising news has generated a lot of interest (mainly positive) in relative forums. As a hopeful sign for Space: 2099 being thoughtfully made, a website for the series has already been launched as a forum, allowing opinions and suggestions to be contributed to the project during its development. For more news and information, please follow this Space: 2099 link.

Among the many blog postings about the series, John Freeman looks at the new venture from a comics perspective on Down The Tubes.

It really is a case of ‘watch this space’, in more ways than one!


London (Comics) 2012

As if London hosting the Olympic Games isn’t enough, this year also sees the first London Super Comic Convention on February 25th & 26th. Well alright, I know it probably doesn’t have quite the same status, but all the same, it’s good to see a major new event reflecting the resurgence in comics interest generally.

2012 looks set to be a good year for new comics and graphic albums, with the new Strip Magazine leading the way. Launched last October by Print Media Productions, Strip Magazine is described by the Publishers as ‘an adventure anthology comic featuring some great art and stories from some brilliant creators, including PJ Holden, John McCrea, Michael Penick, John Ridgway and many more!’ 

please follow the links for more information about the Convention and Strip Magazine.

It doesn’t end there either, as comic artist Tim Perkins recently published the first of his graphic novel series, Worlds End, Volume 1, The Riders on the Storm. Described as a ‘Science Fusion’ concept, Worlds End combines science-fiction and fantasy in an ‘all-ages friendly’ adventure.

Tim has a blog called Wizards Keep which has all the background information generally. To accompany the first volume being published, a very inviting website for Worlds End has also been launched.

Good luck to everyone concerned with these and other forthcoming publishing projects, onwards and upwards!


The Project Evolves

I’m pleased to welcome Nick Spender to Dorad & Sirius. If you’re a regular visitor to this blog (I know you’re out there), you’ll know from an earlier post, that Nick was one of the guests at Spaceship Away Day in November ’09. Working professionally as a freelance illustrator, Nick produces artwork in numerous styles, including comic-strip, for many publishers and agencies.

Chuck Yeager Page 1.

The two images shown here are pages from a story about the flight pioneer Chuck Yeager. The comic-strip look produced by Nick, can add to the eclectic ‘classic comic’ visual style of Dorad & Sirius generally, along with CGI models created by Mark Hirst and the large body of digital artwork that Marko Keränen has already provided.

Chuck Yeager Page 2.

You can see more of Nick’s work at his new website Nick Spender Illustrator.

At the same time, Marko Keränen’s website Lighthouse has been recently updated, with a gallery of illustrations generally, along with more recent work which he’s created as a comic artist.

While continuing with updating Lighthouse, Marko has been designing a new floating structure for Dorad & Sirius. Here’s a ‘sneak-peek’ of one version in a test render.

An ideal cetacean human home.


McMurdo Returns…

Well, in a sense.

By conducting an extensive search in the video archive (in other words, sorting through things in the loft), I found my last remaining copy of the TV pilot, McMurdo – A Telecomic. Unfortunately, as the video above is from a VHS tape, much of the visual quality provided by Quantel Paintbox is lost in the low-bandwidth recording, but at least it shows the ‘Telecomic’ idea as it was at the time.

McMurdo – A Storyboard.

As well as the McMurdo pilot, there will be other videos as extra features in a similar way as this blog, with Dorad & Sirius now having a channel on YouTube.

On the tube!


Fanderson’s 30th Birthday

Welcome to the party!

On Saturday 20th August, Fanderson – The Official Gerry Anderson Appreciation Society, celebrated its thirtieth birthday with a party at the hotel, Crowne Plaza Marlow in Buckinghamshire. The event was an opportunity for members and invited guests to reminisce about various aspects of Fanderson’s thirty years.

While the evening was not intended to be like a convention with talks and autograph sessions etc, several guests and committee members kindly gathered together on the terrace for an impromptu photo-call. Below with guests Shane Rimmer, Matt Zimmerman and David Graham are Jack Messent and past Committee Member Lorraine Malby.

L-R: Jack Messent, Shane Rimmer, Matt Zimmerman, David Graham, Lorraine Malby.

Below with the same guests are former Fanderson Chairman, Chris Bentley and FAB magazine Co-Editor, Ian Fryer.

L-R: Chris Bentley, Shane Rimmer, Matt Zimmerman, David Graham (with Parker’s hat), Ian Fryer.

Fanderson has always been a good way of getting to know like-minded people during its first thirty years. Below are Anthony Freeman and Anthony Barnes, two fans and model makers who loved the series of Gerry Anderson.

Tony, Yours Truly and Tony.

Tony (Barnes) currently has albums on Facebook, showing mainly his modelwork at the moment, with more shared creations being uploaded over time. Here are the links: Sci-Fi Models 1, Sci-Fi Models 2, Miniatures.

During the evening, Tony and Tony also told me about a new forum principally for Gerry Anderson’s Space: 1999, called All Sections Alpha.

There’s currently a detailed article about the event on Fanderson’s Website. Events Co-Ordinator, Katie Bleathman has posted photos from the event on Flickr. Many thanks to everyone concerned for an enjoyable way to celebrate the first thirty years!

Happy Birthday Fanderson!

More ‘Flickr’ Fanderson Birthday pictures here.


Dolphins & Dragons

Not content with having jumped out of a plane at 10,000 ft to raise money for the Protect Our Dolphins campaign last year, WDCS Patron and TV Presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff will be leading the WDCS Team with a Porpoise at the Bristol Dragon Boat Race on 25 September.

If you would like to make a donation, please follow the link below to Miranda’s JustGiving Page, helping her campaign reach the £5000 target.

If you are interested in volunteering to be in Miranda’s team, please visit the WDCS Dragon Boat Race page, with all the details you’ll need, along with an online registration form.