To mark the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, the comics news website Down The Tubes has been compiling a special album of artwork from various illustrators, celebrating the event from a comics artwork perspective.
The Dorad & Sirius website has been updated visually, along with new sections for the two principal characters.
To tie-in with the update, here’s a view of early costume design sketches by Marko Keränen, for the main human character Dorad Neubaum.
Congratulations to Monty Halls, completing yesterday’s London Marathon in 4 hours and 11 minutes.
In an email from Monty to his sponsors: “It was a fantastic day”. “The support runners received around the course was phenomenal and the dolphin costume certainly proved popular on the day”.
You can still sponsor Monty at his Justgiving website page, to help reach the £10,000 target.
Happy Birthday to Gerry Anderson, 80 today. Thank you for many years of classic entertainment.
There can’t be many people unfamiliar with Gerry Anderson’s work, but if you happen to be one of them, why not pay a visit to Fanderson – The Official Gerry Anderson Appreciation Society, where you can find all the information you need – you could even sign-up on-line to become a member!
As dolphins and other cetaceans are an integral part of Dorad & Sirius, would you please consider sponsoring TV presenter Monty Halls, running in this year’s London Marathon on April 26th, in aid of WDCS (Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society). The main purpose is to raise money for their POD campaign, protecting the dolphins of the Moray Firth in Scotland. You can sponsor Monty on his fundraising page at the Justgiving website.
Dorad & Sirius stems from an earlier idea which led to a short pilot for a possible children’s TV series, made at the facility company Fingers in 1990. Principally based around the graphics platform Quantel Paintbox, the pilot called McMurdo – A Telecomic presented a science-fiction adventure in a comic magazine style, featuring character line illustrations by David Pugh; the main artist producing work for a revival of Dan Dare in New Eagle at the time.
The pilot episode was made essentially for TVS (a former ITV regional company), for consideration as a strand within their Saturday morning children’s series. As McMurdo was made at a time well before the Internet, CGI and digital production as it is today, the ‘Telecomic’ idea of mixing pictures with animated text and graphics was looked on with interest by the company. On reflection however, as the storyline involved dolphins as central characters, it’s almost certain that the ‘powers-that-be’ were looking for their own equivalent of Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, which was at the height of its popularity all through that year, culminating in a ‘Turtles merchandise Christmas’.
Sadly, while approaching other companies and broadcasters about the pilot, ‘Fingers’ fell victim to the recession in 1991, bringing the specific McMurdo series idea to an abrupt end.
At the very least though, McMurdo – A Telecomic set the wheels in motion, enabling an initial story to develop over time into a more detailed concept, incorporating a ‘real-life’ event which had only taken place four years after the pilot was made.
As you can see from the header (as well as the image in the previous post), the tag line for Dorad & Sirius is Evolution And Imagination, relating to the ‘What if…’ idea concerning human evolution, which is at the heart of the storyline. Therefore, it seems appropriate that the D&S blog has been launched on the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. So, Happy Birthday Charles Darwin!
Welcome to Chakralog, the official blog for Dorad & Sirius – a new science-fiction concept devised for the digital environment.
The format involves a storyline evocative of wholesome science-fiction comic adventures of the past, while utilising production and presentation methods which didn’t exist at the time.
The purpose of the blog is to outline various aspects of Dorad & Sirius, while accompanying the concept with relative items generally.
As the project is a ‘work-in-progress’, there will be further postings with the latest news and developments.
At this time, The Dorad And Sirius Partnership: Geoffrey Ellis* and Marko Keränen.