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Friday, February 25, 2011

Prisoners of Gravity (1993): The Sandman Interviews

For those outside of Ontario, the public broadcasting station TVO (TV Ontario) is a well keep secret. They've recently posted a vast archives of old series they produced (ala, no 'Nightmusic'!), many of which will be of interest to readers of this blog.

One of the best series was Prisoners of Gravity that ran from 1989 to 1994. It was hosted by Rick Green (of The Frantics comedy troupe fame - sort of a Canadian version of Monty Python).


About Prisoners of Gravity:
Prisoners of Gravity, the acclaimed comic book and science fiction news magazine series, is not television. It's the world's orbital oracle. It's the future now. Trapped in geosynchronous orbit, unable to escape the planet he's convinced is hurtling toward self-destruction, Commander Rick (Rick Green) commandeers the airwaves to transmit his weekly pirate broadcasts. He explores crucial issues of the late twentieth century in the language of the faithful: science fiction, comics, computers, fantasy, and horror, all respectfully recognized in the series as adult art forms. He interviews these genres' writers, artists, and filmmakers, focusing on a different theme in each program: politics, war, fears, dreams, addictions, children, new worlds, and even the current popularity of dinosaurs.

About the episode: This week Commander Rick profiles the comic book series that everyone from Norman Mailer to the girl next door is reading - "The Sandman." Featuring the key creators who've worked on "The Sandman": writer Neil Gaiman, editor Karen Berger, cover artist Dave McKean, and story artists Charles Vess, P. Craig Russell, Jill Thompson, Mike Dringenberg and Kelley Jones. Plus, a glowing tribute from science fiction writer Harlan Ellison who wrote the introduction to "The Sandman" graphic novel, "Season Of Mists." 28:50 min

The rest of the TVO archives are HERE
The Frantic's Mr. Canoehead: