As the first season of SIGHT UNSEEN draws to a close on Wondery’s “Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape”, we can announce that SU has been moved into its own slot on the podcast network! A new project page has been added for the production with links (just go to “Projects”), and visit SIGHT UNSEEN’s Twitter feed at: https://twitter.com/sightunseenshow.
THE TRUTH IS STILL OUT THERE!
Alright folks, Audible Studios has lifted the embargo: we can now tell you what Pocket Universe’s AudioComics division will be rolling out in 2017: the full-cast audio adaptation of…
THE X-FILES: COLD CASES, starring DAVID DUCHOVNY and GILLIAN ANDERSON as Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully!
Produced by William Dufris and Lance Roger Axt with Elaine Lee (her last project with AudioComics as a producer), and adapted by Executive Producer Dirk Maggs (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Neverwhere, Good Omens, Alien: Out of the Shadows, etc.) from the IDW Publishing series written by Joe Harris, the audio drama also stars MITCH PILEGGI as Skinner, WILLIAM B. DAVIS as C.G.B. Spender (aka “The Cigarette Smoking Man”), and TOM BRAIDWOOD, DEAN HAGLUND, and BRUCE HARWOOD as the Lone Gunmen.
Additional roles (about 150 of ‘em) are voiced by Lance Roger Axt, Elizabeth Knowelden, Eric Pollins, Stephanie Diaz, Jonathan Woodward, Alex Hyde-White, Julia Whelan, Johnny Heller, Neil Hellegers, Robert Fass, Dion Graham, Jennywren Walker, Jay Piscopo, Marie Stewart Harmon, Peter Berkrot, Corey Gagne, Casey Turner, Tom Maggs, Lisa Stathoplos, Jonathan Woodward, Christine Marshall, Philip Hobby, and Tess Van Horn among many others, and a production team that includes Fred Greenhalgh, Grace Waldron, Regina Bartholomew, and Kevin Billingslea.
For years, we have wanted to put together an American version of Big Finish. Now it’s finally happening. And by hook or by crook, hell or high water, we are going to reunite the cast of “Friday Night Lights” for an audio drama reunion (so if anybody knows how to reach Jason Katims, Kyle Chandler, and Connie Britton, we’re all ears).
You can pre-order the work HERE!
SIGHT UNSEEN on the Wondery Network
Ladies and gentlemen, we can now announce our first big project of 2017: Pocket Universe has produced the first original intellectual property of co-founder Lance Roger Axt, SIGHT UNSEEN, for the Wondery Podcast Network in Hollywood, CA.
Julia Whelan (audiobook narrator; ABC’s Once and Again) portrays 17-year-old competitive surfer Amanda Houston, who loses her sight in a devastating car accident. The catch? The accident also unleashes her long-dormant sixth sense. The series follows her journey post-accident: how her blindness changes her and those around her (her family, school cliques, etc.), even as her “abilities” uncontrollably emerge. Emphasis on the “uncontrollably”. Best part: the two-episode pilot (and subsequent episodes in the first season) will air on Wondery’s flagship show “Secrets, Crimes and Audiotape” starting Tuesday, April 4!
Written by Lance Roger Axt and Natalie Fedak (of the Bellingham Film Festival) and directed by William Dufris, the first season also includes the voices of Adam Henderson, Liisa Lee, Bernadette Colomine, Brennan Lee Mulligan, Jason Linere White, Shana Eva, Kaleo Griffith, Misty Lee, Lisa Renee Pitts, Jeff Rolle Jr., Bahni Turpin, Jaime Alyse Andrews, Hank Northrop, Elizabeth Knowelden, Teresa Hegji, William Dufris, Lance Roger Axt, and special appearances by Martin Jarvis and Alex Hyde-White.
You can visit the SCA page on Wondery, here; you can also hear SIGHT UNSEEN on SCA on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts. SIGHT UNSEEN is, to our knowledge, one of the first YA concepts to be presented as a full-cast audio drama, and it’s something we’re all extremely proud of, and we hope you’ll all give it a listen. And let us know what you think!
An end-of-year update…
So it’s been more than a few months since our last news item… does feel like the world’s spinning out of control, doesn’t it? But one thing that’s been in control has been the output of Pocket Universe Productions. Over the course of the past six months we have been writing, recording, editing, mixing, and recording some more for some amazing works you will hear in 2017 over 2016. Yes, scheduling and re-scheduling has ultimately meant that projects we hoped to release this year will happen next year instead.
But what a year it’s going to be: 2017 includes an original IP from one of the founding members of P.U.P. in addition to our first ever live performance, combining graphic novel and radio show… on steroids. In addition to a celebrity-laden work as big as Locke & Key. In addition to the long awaited second season of Horrorscopes and the continuation of the Domino Lady. In addition to… who knows? Anything can happen. And most likely will.
For now we wish you happy holidays. And please… be NICE to each other. Okay?
The “Masque of the Red Death” WINS at the Mark Time Awards
On the cusp of our two wins at the Audies, Pocket Universe Productions/AudioComics is happy to announce our win at this year’s Mark Time Awards Ceremony at the HEAR Now Festival in Kansas City with our Horrorscopes production of “Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe. Winner of the 2016 Gold Ogle Award for Best Horror or Fantasy audio drama, this production is actually the first recorded production in what will be the second season of Horrorscopes, and, like Locke & Key, was recorded on location in New England.
So, for a limited time, we have posted the production to our podcast page; the show will be up proper as part of the Pocket Universe Podcast in 2017, but we are making “Red Death” available now so you can hear why it’s an Ogle winner!
Happy to announce that Locke & Key and The Starling Project, produced by Pocket Universe and AudioComics for Audible Studios won TWO Audie Awards at the 2016 Audiobook Publishers Association Convention in Chicago: Locke & Key for Excellence in Marketing and The Starling Project for Best Original Work!
The Pocket Universe Podcast is a GO!
The first episode of the Pocket Universe Podcast is up on our “Podcast” page! We’ll be presenting a “classic” episode of Horrorscopes at the top of each month in 2016, with more to come in 2017. Our 2016/17 schedule:
April: The Nephews by Rick Hautala
May: The Cask of Amontillado by Poe
June: The Wind by Ray Bradbury
July: The Derelict by William Hope Hodgson
August: The Cabin in the Woods by Clay T. Graybeal
September: The Door Below by Hugh B. Cave
October: The Horror of Walker Point by Anthony Marino
November: The Tell-Tale Heart by Poe
January (2017): The Statement of Randolph Carter by HP Lovecraft
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FOUR Nominations Total for Locke & Key
Some exciting news to report: the final round of Audie nominations was unveiled today, and Pocket Universe Productions/AudioComics is pleased to announce that Locke & Key has been nominated for EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION as well as Excellence in Design and Excellence in Marketing, for a total of FOUR nominations for Locke & Key! (Counting the two nominations for The Starling Project, that’s a total of six nominations for productions produced by Pocket Universe Productions/AudioComics for Audible.) Who will win? We’ll find out at the Audie Award Ceremony in Chicago this May…
At HEAR Now and Hivio…
Pocket Universe Productions is hitting the road this June, with its founders representing the company at two fantastic media events:
June 2 – 3, P.U.P.’s Lance Roger Axt will be attending Hivio in Hollywood, CA; bringing together “more than 100 of the most influential people in audio and media for two days of candid, unscripted conversation,” the future of radio, online radio, podcasting, and other forms of audio entertainment will be discussed, contacts made, and ideas and trends brought to the forefront. Major names include NPR’s VP of Programming Anya Grundmann, Jesse Thorn of Public Radio’s Bullseye, and the CEO’s and CCO’s of Virgin Radio International, Panoply Media, and Lapides Entertainment.
Then from June 9 – 12, P.U.P.’s William Dufris will make his second appearance at the HEAR Now Festival in Kansas City, MO; the National Audio Theatre Festival’s annual gathering of storytellers, HEAR Now is “the audio equivalent of a film festival for contemporary audio story-telling in all its forms: live and scripted solo performances, multi-voiced performance, classic radio drama, experimental narrative, and much more.” Bill will be on hand for panels and performances along with some of the biggest names in audiobook narration and audio drama in the United States.
2016 Audie Nominations Announced
The nominees for the 2016 Audies, the “Oscars of audiobooks,” were announced today and Pocket Universe is pleased to announce that two productions produced under the AudioComics division for Audible Studios are in the running: The Starling Project in the categories of Best Audio Drama and Best Original Work, and Locke and Key for Best Original Work.
Suffice to say we’re very happy to hear this (the last time we were nominated was in 2013 for Titanium Rain, Episode One for Best Audio Drama and Best Original Work), and are honored to be in such esteemed company with such narrators, writers, producers, and directors as Neil Gaiman, Neil Peart, Stephen King, David Tennant, Tavia Gilbert, RC Bray, Cokie Roberts, Simon Vance, Robin Miles, Michael Strahan, we could go on and on…
Congratulations to everyone! Fingers and toes crossed…
Where are You?
As in “where can you find our productions?” Darned good question, here’s a darned good answer:
First and foremost, all of our AudioComics titles are available at Audible in addition to our commissioned projects for Audible Studios, Locke and Key and The Starling Project.
You can also find our productions through iTunes, Amazon Digital, Downpour, and Findaway World. And you can now add Comics Empower to that list: Comics Empower is a new site out of Israel dedicated to finding ways to make sequential material available to the visually impaired. We love what these guys have planned for the future and are thrilled to be a part of it.
As always, more to come!
Pocket Universe Productions is Live!
Ladies and gentlemen, this has been a while in coming, but welcome to Pocket Universe Productions.
In 2010, we began this journey as AudioComics, presenting high-quality audio dramas from independent comics and graphic novels, and along the way got to work with some astounding collaborators from the comics industry. But as new opportunities came our way, we realized that we need to expand beyond the name AudioComics to something more all-encompassing. Hence Pocket Universe was born.
Under the Pocket Universe name we’ll be working on projects ranging from multi-narrator audio books and full-cast audio dramas to video games to apps and even live performance, all the time continuing to push the boundaries of this medium we call audio. And not to worry, AudioComics has not fallen by the wayside, far from it: it will now serve as a division of P.U.P. There are other comics-to-audio projects we want to tackle (and some we plan to finish as well), so the AudioComics name will stand for many years to come.
Here we’ll have all the news that’s fit to print about P.U.P., including project announcements and updates, peeks behind the curtain, and the occasional commentary (though we’ll keep that to a minimum). Also, did you notice the “Podcast” page? Yep, we’re putting together the Pocket Universe Podcast, where we’ll present a handful of pieces from our anthology titles; more importantly we’ll present new works there in serialized format before re-releasing them as complete series a la your favorite trade paperback. And beginning in 2017 we’ll finally be going out on the road for appearances at conventions and book fairs (yes, book fairs still exist).
Change is constant. Change is necessary. Sometimes it can be scary as all hell, but some of the time it can be pretty great. We’re looking forward to sharing what’s next with you!