Starstruck Audio Adaptation Available

You may not be familiar with the comic Starstruck, although it’s been around in various forms for over twenty years. It’s written by Elaine Lee and has art by Michael Kaluta, and it’s been published and reprinted by Marvel’s Epic imprint, Dark Horse, and most currently, IDW.

Starstruck cast image

Now, the science fiction comedy enters a new venue, with a radio drama adaptation. (This may not be as farfetched as it seems, since the comic began life as a play in 1980. Here’s an excellent history with lots of pictures.)

The AudioComics Company announces their debut full-cast audio production of Starstruck on compact disc and pay-per-MP3 download; the show will also air on selected radio stations throughout the United States, beginning with WMPG FM in Portland, ME. The recording of the play that became the critically-acclaimed independent comic book series comes just after the completion of the remastered 13-issue Starstruck comic series from IDW Publishing, which will be available as a 360-page hardcover collection in February of 2011.

Produced by The AudioComics Company in association with Portland Community Radio WMPG, the audio adaptation of the original off-Broadway production was adapted for the medium of audio by co-creator Elaine Lee, and directed by AudioComics Company co-founder William Dufris. (Bill is best known to audiences as the voice of “Bob the Builder”.) The recording also employs composer Dwight Dixon’s re-recorded music from the original 1980s stage productions, as well as several new compositions.

Set many years after the events of the comic book series, Captain Galatia 9 and the crew of the Harpy are on a mission for the United Federation of Female Freedom Fighters. When the Harpy runs into a living ship inhabited by a team of galactic evildoers, including Galatia’s insidious sister Verloona Ti, the outcome of the battle may well decide the fate of the free universe!

Starstruck will be available October 31, 2010 as a two-disc CD set for $22.95, and pay-per-MP3 download for $6.45 per act ($12.90 total) through The AudioComics website. Compact discs and pay-per-MP3’s will also be available through ZBS.org, iTunes, CD Baby, and The Spoken Network.

You can hear an excerpt at the AudioComics Company website. Here’s an interview with Elaine Lee about Starstruck‘s many incarnations.


4 Responses to “Starstruck Audio Adaptation Available”

  1. Tim O'Shea Says:

    Johanna, thanks for the link to my interview with Elaine. You and your readers might be curious to know I also did an AudioComics interview over at my pop culture site:
    http://talkingwithtim.com/wordpress/?p=1706

  2. Johanna Says:

    Thanks, Tim! There’s a lot of interesting material at your link, although I have to disagree with the idea that audio adaptations are also a “visual medium”. I know what he’s saying about the listener’s imagination, but it’s too much word-twisting to get there. I wish you’d asked them what they have planned next for the company, what other properties they might be releasing.

  3. AudioComics Says:

    What other properties we might be releasing…well, starting in 2011, we will be adapting pulp magazine characters such as The Green Lama and Secret Agent X, as well as some one the newer pulp creations out there, into a three-volume anthology series, with volume one coming out in 2012.

    Also, we’re committed to working with Elaine on two Starstruck spin-off series, one taking place between the comics and the play, the other being an all-ages series of specials featuring The Galactic Girl Guides.

    And while we can’t go into too great detail right now, Bill and I have connected with Bill’s old friend Dirk Maggs, the director of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” for BBC radio, and we will be talking original and licensed projects with him after the new year.

    Lance Roger Axt
    The AudioComics Company

  4. AudioComics Says:

    Now the wish list includes at least 50 titles from “Rip Kirby” to “Moonshadow” to “Mercury” to “Captain Britain and MI-13.” Hopefully we’ll be able to hit more than a few of those titles in the near future.

    Lance Roger Axt
    The AudioComics Company

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