Complete List of Dragon*Con Voice Actor Events

09.03.2010

I’ve been asked by several individuals attending Dragon*Con if I would list all of the voice actor panels I’m involved with along with other related panels of note. As you will see below, there are so many related events that this was a rather daunting task. I hope my efforts will be useful as a guide to those attending the con.

Please note that the schedule and guests listed below are subject to change. Check The Daily Dragon regularly for up-to-the-minute schedule and guest updates.

Locations for each panel/event are not listed due to the possibility of changes. For those attending Dragon*Con please check your Pocket Program Guide, and every morning when you arrive at the con be sure to pick up a copy of The Daily Dragon from the local D*Con Info booth which contains all updates and changes.

FRIDAY

– 10:00 AM – Snydecast & FRED Entertainment
Featuring Dana Snyder.

– 11:30 AM – Aqua Teen Hunger Force/Squidbillies Panel
Featuring live script reads with a full cast: Jim Fortier, Dave Willis, Carey Means, Daniel Baker (Unknown Hinson), Daniel McDevitt, Dana Snyder, Bobby Ellerbee, Mary Kraft, and Scott Hilley. Autograph session to follow.

– 1:00 PM – Bill Corbett (Mystery Science Theatre 3000, Rifftrax)

– 2:30 PM – Trace Beaulieu (MST3K, Cinematic Titanic)

– 2:30 PM – Meet the Stars of Star Wars
Featuring Clone Wars cast members Ashley Eckstein, Phil LaMarr and Daniel Logan.

– 2:30 PM – Voice Acting for Podcasters
Panel description: “Learn the finer points of voice acting and voice overs to enhance your podcast.” [No industry guests listed for this event.]

– 4:00 PM – Darkstar: The Interactive Movie
Featuring MST3K’s Trace Beaulieu

– 4:00 PM – Voice Actors
Panel moderated by Craig “Voiceroy” Crumpton, featuring panelists C. Martin Croker, George Lowe, Billy West, Dana Snyder, and John DiMaggio. (Additional guests possible for this panel.)

– 5:30 PM – The Animation Fan Fun Panel
Hosted by yours truly, Craig “Voiceroy” Crumpton, with special industry guests (TBA). Light on commentary and packed with voice actor improv, a wild Old Time Radio script read, and trivia contest with prizes. Sponsored by toonzone.net and Voice Actors in the News.

– 5:30 PM – Akira: The Great Dub Debate – Streamline or Pioneer?
Fan panel discussing the two dubs of the classic anime film.

– 7:00 PM – Atlanta Radio Theatre Company
Live performance by local audio drama troupe.

– 7:00 PM – [adult swim] Comedy
Fan panel with industry guests TBA.

– 8:30 PM – Aqua Teen Hunger Force Fan Panel
Industry guests also possible for this panel.

– 8:30 PM – MST3K and Cinematic Titanic
Historic live performance featuring Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Joel Hodgson, Mary Jo Pehl, Bill Corbett, and J. Weinstein. [This is nearly a 6-hour event.]

– 1:30 AM – WEEP
Live concert featuring Venture Bros‘ Doc Hammer on lead vocals and guitar.

SATURDAY

– 11:30 AM – Voice Actors
Panel moderated by Craig “Voiceroy” Crumpton, featuring panelists C. Martin Croker, George Lowe, Billy West, Dana Snyder, John DiMaggio, and Tom Kenny. (Additional guests possible for this panel.)

– 11:30 AM – MST3K
Panel presentation featuring Kevin Murphy, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Joel Hodgson, Mary Jo Pehl, Bill Corbett, and J. Weinstein.

– 1:00 PM – Venture Bros. Guests
Featuring Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick. Autograph session to follow.

– 1:00 PM – FUNimation Entertainment Industry Panel and Q&A
Possible industry guests in attendance.

– 1:00 PM – Star Wars Costume Contest
Emceed by Ashley Eckstein.

– 4:00 PM – Bizarro Saturday Morning
Adult Swim voice actor/animator/artist C. Martin Croker hosts this vintage film showcase. Here’s Clay’s description of the show:
“Bizarro Saturday Morning” is a film series (all 16mm from my own collection) that I’ve shown around the South – but primarily at [Atlanta’s] Historic Plaza Theater – of vintage, rarely seen and usually offbeat cartoons from the 1930s through the 1980s intercut with vintage Toy and TV spots mostly from the 1960s and 70s.”

– 4:00 PM – Meet the Stars of Star Wars
Featuring Phil LaMarr and Daniel Logan.

– 8:30 PM – Quantum Quest
Animated feature film screening with guest Tom Kenny.

– 8:30 PM – FUNimation presents: Anime’s Greatest Hits – The Best Scenes
Possible industry guests in attendance.

– 10:00 PM – Nuts on the Road: The Quiz Show
Improvised game show with contestants Dana Snyder, Doc Hammer, Jackson Publick, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Joel Hodgson, Mary Jo Pehl, Adam Savage, J. Weinstein and Kevin Murphy.

SUNDAY

– 10:00 AM – Tom Servo vs Tom Servo
MST3K event featuring Kevin Murphy vs J. Elvis Weinstein.

– 11:30 AM – Squidbillies Fan Panel
Possible industry guests in attendance.

– 11:30 AM – Gargoyles: The Animated Series
Featuring cast members Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis.

– 1:00 PM – Stories with Uncle George
George Lowe’s popular one-man panel show.

– 1:00 PM – Meet the Stars of Star Wars
Featuring Daniel Logan and Ashley Eckstein.

– 2:30 PM – Voice Acting Workshop
Featuring voice-over professional September Day and anime/video game voice actor Bob Carter.
Panel description: “Ever wanted to break into the voice over industry but just didn’t know where to start? Don’t have thousands to spend flying out to Los Angeles or New York for weekend-long workshops? How about coming to a workshop to learn what it REALLY takes to get started in this awesome industry right here in Atlanta? You don’t need a ton of money to launch your voice over career!”

– 2:30 PM – MST3K: Meet the Mads
Panel featuring Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl, J. Weinstein, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy.

– 4:00 PM – Futurama Cast Panel
Featuring Billy West, John DiMaggio and Phil LaMarr. (Maurice LaMarche unfortunately had to cancel his appearance at the convention.)

– 4:00 PM – Master Shake Tells it Like it Is
Featuring Dana Snyder.

– 5:30 – FUNimation Anime Sneak Peaks and Prizes
Possible industry guests in attendance.

– 5:30 – Meet Chad Vader!
Featuring the star of popular YouTube adventures of Darth Vader’s less fortunate brother, Chad Vader, who has also voiced Vader for LucasArts video games.

– 5:30 PM – Rifftrax Live…sort of
Featuring Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy.

– 7:00 PM – What’s on Dana Snyder’s iPod
Featuring Dana Snyder.

– 7:00 PM – Atlanta Radio Theatre Company
Live peformance.

– 8:30 PM – David Bowie: Loving the Alien
Featuring Doc Hammer.


MONDAY

– 10:00 AM – Clone Wars & Star Wars Cartoons
Featuring Phil LaMarr and Ashley Eckstein.

Other celebrity guests will be in attendance who have voiced characters for animated productions. Please check the Pocket Program Guide for the panels and autograph sessions they are participating in.

Thanks to all the following sites for providing detailed schedules for Dragon*Con:

Anime-Manga Track (by Jake)
http://anime.dragoncon.org/2010/08/22/anime-manga-track-schedule-subject-to-change/

Animation Track (by Jess)
http://dragontoon.moonfruit.com/#/schedule-2009/4534639034

Star Wars Track
http://www.swatdc.com/

MST3KInfo
http://www.mst3kinfo.com/?p=7080

Venture Bros Blog
http://venturebrosblog.com/dragon-con/

[adult swim] Central (by John)
http://www.adultswimcentral.com/dc10.html

[adult swim] Official
http://www.adultswim.com/presents/dragon-con/index.html

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Firesign Theatre’s David Ossman Interviewed

08.17.2010

The second edition of the “Official Unofficial Firesign Theatre Magazine,” It’s Just This Little Chromium Switch Here, includes interviews with Firesign Theatre performer David Ossman, Mystery Science Theatre 3000 creator Joel Hodgson, and radio legend Shadoe Stevens.

A download of the magazine is available for $5 through chromiumswitch.org. Issue #1, featuring an exclusive interview with Phil Proctor, is still available as a free download.

And speaking of Phil, I am sorely negligent that I failed to mention here his July 28th birthday. Happy belated 70th birthday, Phil!

And in related news, the Firesign Theatre will perform five live shows this October in California. Visit FiresignTheatre.com for tickets and show details.

And a bit of related belated news, New Jersey-based radio station WFMU is broadcasting 16 episodes of The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour — fully restored and remastered. Archives are available online for your listening pleasure via WFMU.org.

Related post: 1.18.2010 — Firesign Theatre Announces 2010 Live Show Dates

~ Craig Crumpton
Publisher: Voice Actors in the News


New RiffTrax DVD Releases Reviewed

01.28.2010

Creative Loafing Atlanta reviews the recent RiffTrax DVD releases Plan 9 From Outer Space, Wide World of Shorts, Shorts-tacular Shorts-stravaganza, and Planet of Dinosaurs.

RiffTrax also released a new comedic commentary track for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi on Jan. 22nd. Here’s a preview:

Previous post: 1.15.2010 — Insert RiffTrax/Cinematic Titanic Plug Here


RiffTrax Does ‘Red Dawn’

07.09.2009

I should just go ahead and register to be an affiliate shill for RiffTrax, since I promote them so often here.

RiffTrax’s latest release is their signature brand of of comedic commentary over the 1984 teen angsty, Communist Russia fear-mongering classic Red Dawn featuring the voices of Mike Nelson and Joel McHale (host of E!’s Talk Soup).

Also updated a previous RiffTrax-related post with a Mike Nelson interview link: 6.22.2009 — RiffTrax Releases Two New Titles.

And RiffTrax hinted at some upcoming projects of interest on Thursday via Twitter: “Big things brewing at RiffTrax. Things so big that the mere mention of them blinded half our staff with their radiance.”


RiffTrax Releases Two New Titles

06.22.2009

RiffTrax.com reports (via Facebook) two new titles have been released in June: The Room (2003) and Voodoo Man (1944), with comedic commentary by Mystery Science Theater 3000 cast members Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett.

You can also view/hear samples of both titles on RiffTrax’s YouTube Channel.

On a related note, TulsaWorld.com has an interview with Mike Nelson discussing RiffTrax and their recent DVD box set release. This interview also answers a question I had personally been pondering on how much of RiffTrax’s commentaries involves improvisation:

Q: You do a good job of making the flow seem improvisational. How much of it is written and how much is improvised?

A: It’s always been pretty much written. The improv part of it — that’s our desire to make it seem so. We take chunks of the movie, then write it separately, then write it as a group. It’s fun once it’s all written, and you can relax and go to the studio. Then, the skill is to make it seem like it comes off the tip of your tongue.

Previous news: 5.01.2009 — More RiffTrax on DVD.


More RiffTrax on DVD

05.01.2009

RiffTrax.com reports (via Facebook):

We’re excited to announce the release of 5 brand new RiffTrax DVDs! Now there are even more titles for you to enjoy. These are actual, physical DVDs of classic B-movies with the hilarious riffing of Mike, Kevin and Bill included! No synching required! House on Haunted Hill, Plan 9 From Outer Space, Missile to the Moon, Carnival of Souls and Swing Parade join the previously-released RiffTrax DVDs of Night of the Living Dead, Little Shop of Horrors, Reefer Madness and The Best of RiffTrax Shorts Volume One.

Each feature DVD includes the black and white version of the movie, which you can watch either riffed or unriffed, and a unique song by the RiffTones—a different one on each DVD! The shorts DVD contains 9 hilarious shorts, 3D-animated Mike, Kevin and Bill, and bonus songs by the RiffTones.

And what’s more, buy any 5 of the DVDs at once and your RiffTrax account will automatically receive a $10 credit good towards your next purchase! Or buy any three DVDs at once and your RiffTrax account will automatically receive a $5 credit good towards your next purchase!

These credits are available for a limited time only, so be sure to get your DVDs today!

http://www.rifftrax.com/dvd

RiffTrax also recently announced the release of The Best of RiffTrax Shorts, Volume 2 DVD, with Mystery Science Theater 3000 alums Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett doing commentary.

Previous news: 4.18.2009 — RiffTrax Commentaries Coming to DVD.


RiffTrax Commentaries Coming to DVD

04.18.2009

VideoBusiness.com reports that RiffTrax producers Legend Films will release on June 16th “a [DVD] collection of public domain films with the new commentary from [Mike] Nelson and crew.”

Priced at $9.95 each, the collection includes: Carnival of Souls, House On Haunted Hill, Little Shop of Horrors, Missile to the Moon, Night of the Living Dead, Plan 9 From Outer Space, Reefer Madness, Swing Parade, Shorts Vol. 1 and Shorts Vol. 2.

Selected titles are already available via Legend Films’ online store and other retail outlets.

If you haven’t heard of RiffTrax previously, I did a full write-up in my March 2009 article, The Legacy of ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Continues.