| | Gregg at Fan Expo
Hey guys, just wanted to let you all know that I was one of the lucky ones who got to attend Fan Expo.
Amid all of the hustle and bustle of comic book shop stalls flogging the same merch you can get on Amazon for half price ("half price" still being exorbitantly high, of course) and bored-looking comic book writers and artists, I happened upon a man and a woman standing over a retro-radio as it spouted out what appeared to be retro-contemporary radio dramas.
A fan of old-age radio dramas for a number of years now (even though I'm only 20 and Irish, so they wouldn't have even played here!) I was instantly interested and once the friendly man told me that The Shadow (my favourite radio show, ever) was an inspiration, I was truly excited. I quickly paid the reasonable $20 for what looked like highly exciting, fun pulp thrillers and an additional poster and had a very enjoyable conversation about radio dramas and pulp magazines as a medium as well as discussing the Shadow and the love/hate relationship we have with the confused Alec Baldwin movie.
The man of course was Gregg Taylor and through this brief introduction, I was introduced to Decoder Ring Theatre and the Red Panda. I'm now thoroughly enjoying the first season of the show, which (unlike many other online radio dramas I've listened to) sounds effortlessly like an actual radio drama of old (right down to the very-silly-but-fantastically-fun declarations of the obvious in the dialogue, so the listeners have a better idea of what's going on, i.e. "What are you doing with that gun? You're pointing it at me! And now you've shot me! Aaarrgh!"). Where other radio dramas take themselves too seriously to the point of tedium, The Red Panda favours nostalgia and dark, thrilling fun.
All in all, meeting online creators like Gregg Taylor (as well as a few webcomic writers and artists) was the highlight of Fan Expo. These people are the soul of comics and superheroes and I have more time and interest in what they have to say than the bored celebrities who attend these conventions.
So thanks Gregg and keep up the good work! When my finances clear up a bit, I hope to start contributing towards the continuation of the site as well.