Thursday, July 16, 2009

Read all about it... Canada's greatest superhero !

The Red Panda Adventures is a lighthearted adventure series in the style of old time radio that follows the 1930s adventures of "Canada's greatest superhero", the Red Panda, and his trusty sidekick, the "fearless fighting female" the Flying Squirrel, as they protect the citizens of Toronto from villains ranging from gangsters and supervillains to the supernatural forces of darkness. The series was created by Gregg Taylor of Decoder Ring Theatre and earned the company multiple Podcast Award and Parsec Award nominations.

When I first started listening to Red Panda, after the 5th or 6th episode I liked it so much that I approached Gregg to do a painting for his creation. I've always been a fan of old time radio, when productions were such a mix of what was new and amazing, technologically speaking, but still followed the forms of old school vaudevillians and that whole era of big band, and live effects. There's a romance attached to the period, and Gregg Taylor and the great performers at Decoder Ring Theatre understand it more than most. When I painted The Terrific Twosome of Toronto, the illustration was meant mainly for use in a website or any adverts Gregg wanted to do, but over a year ago, he'd asked if they could use my illustration for the cover of Tales of The Red Panda: The Crime Cabal, the first couple episodes in pulp novel form! Today, after Gregg's herculean publishing struggle, this project has finally manifested on the shelves, and I couldn't be more proud to see my painting grace the blazing yellow cover!

You never know where a paintings' life will take you or the viewer after you create it. I've had fellow listeners at conventions recognize the painting, and have sold large format prints to fans of the show in both Canada and the US. So much of a creatives life is drudgery and scraping for the newest and next best. Whether it be rehearsals before a performance, or developing new skills what normally go unnoticed in the final showing of your craft. So when a random act of appreciation within the community like this comes along, it's success is a rare and wonderful thing to behold.

Please check out Decorder Ring Theatre (their podcast is on iTunes), buy the Crime Cabal, and download the Red Panda Adventure Series, and while you're at it, please give to this very deserving troupe generously. I can't imagine more heart and dedication to entertaining folks than Gregg's small family of performers have given over the years, and they should get some financial return for all the great effort.. =)

Stay tuned for the next episode..
Cue the organ.. =)

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