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30 Days of TAH - Day 18: The Merch!
Today’s question is two fold.
TAH has made t-shirts, mugs, pins, yearbooks, and calendars. What TAH merch would YOU like to own? Action figures? Finger puppets? You name it. What sort of t-shirts/mugs/etc? What variations on existing products?
Also, show us your stuff! Got any signed posters or already have a signed Graphic Novel? Any older merchandise or Kickstarter rewards you can’t get anymore you want to make us jealous of? Show it off!
Look at the AH-DORABLE (as Jib Janeen would say) finger puppets that slodwick made for today’s graphic! Thanks so much slodwick!!
First off, before I post any of my answers, I must give a shout out to slodwick. Those finger puppets look awesome!!!
Now to answer the first part. As far as variation of existing products go, I would love to see a poster and/or t-shirt dedicated to each of the show’s segments. It seems that a lot of items have been rotated out over the years, but a consistent source of design or changing designs for all of the segments would be really cool. But, for the moment what is available is awesome (Particularly the Dan Bucatino mugs).
As for what would I love to buy of new products in the future? Yes finger puppets and action figures would be awesome. But I can think of a certain Martian plush that I can’t wait until it hits the marketplace for purchase.
As for merch I have purchased, I was in such a rush to grab all things Thrilling Adventure Hour before the Welcome to Night Vale Crossover that I purchased the graphic novel. It thankfully arrived two days before Comic Con.
Then while attending the TAHWTNV Crossover I made two additional purchases to commemorate the momentous occasion.
This is a little off topic but I must say it since I’m showing off the merch for that day. I am pleased to learn that the Crossover will be released soon. I look forward to getting it and listening along with all the other fans for a second time.
- 1 day ago
30 Days of TAH - Day 17: The History!
TAH loves its historical references. From all those that Tick-Tock and Amelia visit to a whole slew of Old Hollywood stars in Tales From the Black Lagoon.
Which historical figures have you loved the best, and why? Which favorite characters from history would you love to have show up, and how? Are there any time periods one of our favorite time travelers needs to explore?
There’s a not-quite-complete list of these characters on the wiki, in some segments only characters who have appeared twice have their own pages so far, but reviewing the episodes for Amelia Earhart, Tales from the Black Lagoon and Colonel Tick-Tock might also help.
“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” - Edmund Burke.
As this quote holds some significance to the world, I am therefore pleased to say one of the most outstanding aspects of Thrilling Adventure Hour is its dedication to introducing many people to historical figures they may no have been exposed to in mainstream culture. I have already spoken at length about my enjoyment of figures such as Oscar Wilde, Ben Chapman, and Jay Silverheels, and I don’t want to repeat myself too much on these posts. So instead I will talk about a few other historical figures that deserve their time in the sunlight.
The Algonquin Four
When I was first getting into Thrilling Adventure Hour and discovered that the Colonel Tick-Tock segments were stand along stories, I made the unwise decision of listening to episodes out of order on one occasion. This one occasion was my introduction to the Algonquin Four, however it was not the first episode they appeared in. I instantly found the team hilarious. As I retraced my steps and listened to the segments in full, like many I began to sympathize with Dorothy Parker, laughed wholeheartedly at Woodrow “Woody Woodpecker” Wilson’s distinctively familiar laugh, and chuckle at the picture perfect reenactment of Harry Houdini and Robert Benchley. I have always wished to see more fan art of the A-4, perhaps as I improve my skills this set of super-powered socialites will get a little extra love.
Oh Tesla, how lucky you are. The internet adores you and your contributions to science, your coils gave rise to the reinterpretations of electronic music, and your designs and style electrified monster movie sets. You might even have been pleased that you were played by David Bowie in a movie once. But I think you would have been most proud of your role in the Thrilling Adventure Hour, played by the immortal James Urbaniak. It is rare with the historical figures of TAH that I feel it is right to call out a specific performer for their work (as many of the cast interchange playing historical figures for the convenience of the script), but Mr. Urbaniak’s performance is striking to me. I’m not entirely sure why, it could be the characters honesty or how closely they role adheres to the idealized version of Tesla the internet has grown to love. Either way, the character is an important part of the Chronopatrol Universe and a much needed person for this list.
- 2 days ago
30 Days of TAH - Day 16: Fan Stuff!
I’ve been in an art funk for a while and I’m not happy with anything I draw, but I am an amateur ukulele player!
The first thing I did after becoming obsessed with Sparks Nevada was to google chords for the theme song (thanks to whoever did this) and so here’s my modest cover of the world’s catchiest theme song. Enjoy!
(It took me several takes and a shot of whiskey to get an adequate track, so please be kind!)
(via annakie)Source: bunnicidal
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30 Days of The Thrilling Adventure Hour! - Day Fifteen: Fan Stuff!
One of the great things about being a fan of something is doing stuff to show how big of a fan you are. So today, let’s talk about fan stuff.
There’s a lot of ways to show your love as a fan. There’s fanfic, recording cover songs. making some cool crafts, cosplaying, fan art, writing some meta… just to name a few.
Today, repost or link to your own fan work(s) and show off what you’ve done! Don’t be shy — today is the day to let the world see your work!
Doing fan stuff not your thing? That’s cool, too! How about pointing out some of your favorite things from other people’s work? Please do us a favor and link to their work. Please don’t repost any work without the artist’s explicit permission. If you need help finding something you’ve seen on FYTAH, check the tags page!
Huge thanks to those who have allowed us to use their work in today’s graphic. bunan-tsokolatte and her cover song video! jmebressler's Croach Puppet! enjolrate and her pic of herself as Sadie Doyle and danigi as Donna Henderson! And calebcleveland and his drawing of Sparks Nevada!
Hmmm… My fan works or the works of others? Well I could speak of all the fun art I have seen online, particularly the works of calebcleveland and Rahzzah, both of whom have created amazing artwork starring the TAH characters. But instead I will tell a brief story about my progression into creating personal fan art.
Back in July, as I traversed the outskirts of the Gaslamp district during San Diego Comic Con (could procure a pass this year). I decided that at each event that I attended I would create a little custom sticker of a speech bubble for the Gizmo Duck on my t-shirt. Those of you who attended the TAH/WTNV Crossover likely saw a guy walking around with a shirt that looked like this…
If you want to get technical, this was my first indulgence into “fan art”. As you can tell I wasn’t exactly creating masterpieces, in fact my lack of skills as a hand-drawn animator has always made me feel like I was inadequate at creating any kind of substantial fan art. So what changed my tune about my abilities to create art?
Why the 30 Days of Thrilling Adventure Hour Challenge of course!!!
By offering to help create banner content for this event, I challenged myself to experiment with Photoshop and Illustrator (failing to produce much in the latter, but creating heaps in the former) to create content that I would consider appropriate for public viewing. As a result, I inadvertently discovered I have a knack for creating this stuff and haven’t really stopped producing content even after I finished work on my contributions (It helps that each day there is a new topic that I use as inspiration to produce new artwork).
So, in a way this post is a showcase of the works of others I love and the work I have done, but also acts as a thank you to fyeahthrillingadventurehour for helping me to rediscover my love of creativity outside of photography. Cheers to you, for all of your hard work. I look forward to showcasing more of my original work as the challenge continues and beyond.
- 3 days ago
30 Days of The Thrilling Adventure Hour! - Day Fifteen: Recommendations!
Is there anything your love of Thrilling Adventure Hour has lead you to that you’ve really gotten into? Or something that you loved before you learned about TAH that made TAH stick for you?
Today, let’s recommend to each other some other media that other Adventurekateers might enjoy. It might be because a WJ player or guest star was in it, sure, or not! Maybe some other podcasts similar to TAH or that share a similar comic sensibility. Or shows that might remind you of one of the segments! Just throw out some things you think other Adventurekateers should check out, and why!
Huge thanks to groglog for creating another awesome 30 Days of TAH daily graphic!
I love this topic for its goal of introducing others to things that they might enjoy as much as Thrilling Adventure Hour. For my choices, I decided to keep it simple. For eligibility, my choices needed to have one common connection to TAH, either a WorkJuice player, guest performer, or collaboration with Thrilling Adventure Hour in some way.
A very fun absurdest podcast, this work is well known by the Thrilling Adventure Hour community from constant collaboration with WorkJuice player Paul F. Tompkins. The series is basically an improvised parody of psychological studies in short, fun vignettes. Highly Recommended.
Here is a link to their website.
Paul and Storm
Do you love humorous music about geek culture? Then you will love Paul and Storm. The comedy musical duo consists of performers Paul Sabourin and Greg “Storm” DiCostanzo, both past guest performers for The Thrilling Adventure Hour. Their music is fun, and you have likely heard their tunes at live events such as w00tstock or in the recent animated film Despicable Me 2.
Here is a link to their website.
Welcome to Night Vale
This one is a bit of a cheat on my part, as I technically discovered Thrilling Adventure Hour and Welcome to Night Vale at the exact same time. However, with many of the WorkJuice cast making active appearances on the program (particularly Hal Lublin as the originally-hated-by-the-audience-now-adored-by-the-audience character Steve Carlsberg) and the recent crossover event between the two podcasts at San Diego Comic Con, fans should be made aware of the connectivity between both properties. Personally I love the way WTNV is often a one man show (performed flawlessly by Cecil Baldwin, who has also been TAH guest performer) that sprinkles in appearances from guest voices to give the podcast about a little town in the middle of nowhere and the strange goings-on there a lot of amazing depth. And what of the crossover? Why dear listeners, I suspect that the teams at TAH and WTNV are working good and hard to let you hear it’s glorious wonder soon. But until then,
Good night 30 Days of TAH Fans, good night.
Here is a link to their website.
- 4 days ago
30 Days of The Thrilling Adventure Hour! - Day Fourteen: Adventurekateer Recruitment!
For a lot of us, one of the most fun things about TAH is sharing it with friends, family, acquaintances, random people we meet on the street… whoever.
Have you ever gotten someone else to listen to TAH? What did you do or say to convince them to listen? Are there any resources you’ve used or gotten anyone else involved in getting them to listen? Any great memories of someone you’ve convinced to listen reacting to the show?
So far I have only had a little success in convincing others to listen. Many of my friends have Android devices, thus when I attempt to explain what the show is they have trouble finding it later, and don’t care to listen on individual Nerdist web pages.
My greatest success so far has been my friend and colleague bettertobeacrane. The local deli was closing near our grad school and they were giving away $1 beers. A group of us met up there just a short time after Comic Con.
As I recounted my escapades and explained the various topics, I was pleased that the group, but particularly bettertobeacrane, seemed interested. It made me very happy when I was contacted on Facebook a few days later to hear that I had helped find a new fandom for him to listen to during his last year of grad school.
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I didn’t mind the scene, but it could have been handled so much better. We didn’t need stock footage showing the War Doctor, we could have used an outdoor shot of the barn and let us put it together ourselves. Bleh!
- 5 days ago
30 Days of The Thrilling Adventure Hour! - Day Thirteen: Favorite Non-Major characters!
We all love Sparks Nevada, Croach the Tracker, The Red Plains Rider, Banjo Bindlestuff, Gummy, Gene Peeples, Cactoid Jim, The Troubleshooter, Captain Laserbeam, Phillip Fathom, Amelia Earhart, Jefferson Reid, Colonel Tick-Tock, Trick Clock, Jumbo the Elephant and, of course, Frank and Sadie Doyle. That goes without saying. Let’s take all of them off the table for today.
Instead, let’s talk about all those characters who aren’t the stars of their own segments. The supporting characters. Whether they’re recurring characters or have just shown up once, they can make all the difference in an episode.
Pick at least three to five in all of the TAH-verse, and talk about why they’re your favorites. Who are those standout characters? Who do you think could carry their own breakout segment like Phillip Fathom, The Troubleshooter or Cactoid Jim?
Our deepest thanks to badziek for creating today’s artwork! We love it so much!
Oh shoot, when I think of favorite non-major characters, I would definitively put Gene Peeples on my list. But I guess since he has had his own stand alone episodes he is no longer applicable. Still, want to throw out my enjoyment of the Gene specific episodes before moving forward with my list. I intentionally limited myself to three so that the answers could be more specific and the artwork would be more focused.
K Of The Cosmos
I really enjoy every appearance of K in the various universes of The Thrilling Adventure Hour. His dedication to mischief and whimsy are very fun to listen to, and as always Paul F. Tompkins does an phenomenal job of making the character his own. I think of my choices, K is the least likely to be able to have a stand along series, as having a segment that follows him means possibly removing the curtain of illusion about how the character performs his whimsical acts.
One (Some) of my favorite one-off characters from The Cross-Time Adventures of Colonel Tick-Tock would have to be the many different versions of Oscar Wilde stuck in the same time period. The way each actor with a wonderful wacky Paul Lynde impression savaged the situation with sassy staccato speech is one of the funniest things to listen to on audio. I would love for The Bens to find a way to bring them back for a stand alone segment where they are all made honorary Chrono-Patrol officers and travel through time together sassing evil wherever they go.
Of all the memorable characters from Tales From The Black Lagoon, the one I would have loved a spin off about would be Jay Silverheels. I know that doing such a show might take away some of the mystery from the TFTBL storyline, so instead of being a concurrent story with the plot of the original show, consider making it a prequel or sequel. If anything it would mean getting John Dimaggio back to do that amazing impression of Silverheels and likely bring back Marc Evan Jackson as Clayton Moore, what’s not to love about that?
- 6 days ago
30 Days of The Thrilling Adventure Hour! - Day Twelve: Sparks Nevada Universe Quotes
One of our favorite things about TAH is how quotable it is. Today, let’s talk about our favorite quotes and lines in the Sparks universe!
Whether it’s a single line or catchphrase like in the above graphic made for today by groglog, or maybe a particular exchange or conversation, what are a few places where the dialog really shines for you? Have you integrated any of the phases into your own vocabulary?
There is a reason I requested to design the logo for this day. The Thrilling Adventure Hour has consistently had some of the best quotable dialogue, and the Sparks Nevada universe has some of the lines I am most likely to use in my day to day dialogue. The following five are not ranked, they stand equally in my mind as my favorite so far in the series. No frills today, just the dialogue in its most raw form and the reason I like it.
Croach: I am from G’loot Praktaw.
Sparks: Which is Mars.
Croach: You designate it as Mars
Sparks: Everyone I know calls it— you know what, never mind.
- Any Given Episode Introduction Song
“I’m… From Earth” – Sparks Nevada, Any Given Episode
(As I indicated on music day, the detail that goes into the theme music was an instant grab for me. The songs are full of raw talent. But I LOVE that intro banter that goes into the introduction to the song. From the canned song, to the live change-ups in the intro often give me the strongest reaction. I also included Sparks’ signature catchphrase because it needed to get on this list and in a way this first category is about consistent catchphrases. Just like the theme intro, I love when the catchphrase is reworked, giving me the biggest laugh of the episode).
“Hello, the Red Plains Rider. Your appearance is pleasing to nine of my twenty eight senses. A meager percentage, to be certain, but the discordant senses are not contrary, merely unimpressed”.
– Croach the Tracker, TAH #14 – Blast from the Past
(One of the first moments I really started to groove with The Ben’s dialogue was how they would always go back to certain concepts and keep their consistency. I have always found dialogue about Croach’s superior sensory network and listed intensity of experiences to be simply hilarious and gives the character a really fun personality that makes him ironically very human, even when he is far from being just that).
“Hi All My Buddies!” – Jib Janeen, All Appearances (TAH #119, #121, #124, #131, #141)
(I only just learned that this was the unofficial greeting for TAH fans, and I adore that. It also explains why Paul opens a number of the “TAHQ&A MEJ & PFT Special Sess” with the phrase as well. It’s such a funny line that could only be delivered by the great Paul F. Tompkins. I laugh every time he says it, even on multiple viewings.)
“The saloon doors are open. Soooooooooooooo open”
– Saloon Doors AI, TAH #70 - The Piano Has Been Thinking
(The only real line from ANY of the shows that I would designate as a true “dirty jokes” is also one of the many moments I laughed loudly in public during this episode. Nothing quite beats walking around Downtown Disney to exercise before meeting a friend for dinner and having to stop everything you are doing to hold you face and laugh at what you just heard. Dear Annie Savage, you will be happy to know that this is what I went through because that joke was timed so right, well done).
“Now that, that was just the epitome of trouble in my place.” - Mordecai Benmont Jiminy, TAH #70 - The Piano Has Been Thinking
(Yes, two from the same episode, showcasing just how good the dialogue in this particular episode was. Honestly, I could create a whole post about the dialogue from ‘The Piano Has Been Thinking’ if I had wanted to. Even the dialogue in the music is complex and witty. And this line personifies the complex nature of the Barkeep, hinting at his deep desire to keep all trouble from happening in his vicinity).
- 1 week ago
30 Days of The Thrilling Adventure Hour! - Day Eleven: Favorite Beyond Belief Episodes
You’ve chosen your favorite middle segments. You’ve chosen your favorite Sparks Nevada Universe episodes. It should come as no surprise that now it’s time for your 3 - 5 favorite Beyond Belief episodes. Need help? Check the TAH Wiki!
Huge thanks to Kathryn Pedroza for the use of her artwork for today’s graphic!
Alright! Another good day, another good post. All the Beyond Belief episodes bring a nice splash of humor, like mint to a mojito. Listed from fifth favorite to first favorite, the following Beyond Belief’s episodes work so well on their own, but as you will see my favorites have a running theme of continuity. Let’s begin…
Singing, magical djinn J. K. Simmons and Genie Union Reps, need I say more?
A glorious example of a solid vampire episode from Beyond Belief, this episode presents us with the Carlysle Ravencastle, played flawlessly by Mark Gagliardi. This was the episode where BB really sunk its teeth into me with established canon and a great script.
A companion piece to TAH #125, which is an conflicting episode for me. I like how they worked around a schedule conflict for PFT with a Frank-light episode, but the whole time I listened I was confused and sad about where it was going until the end. This episode redeems many of the elements I didn’t care for in #125, particularly Basil being left with no memory of Sadie. This episode works through that issue in some amazing ways, and resolves questions and thoughts I never thought would be when first hearing #125. Solid episode and a good listen.
I love some good continuity in my stories, and with Beyond Belief you don’t get history quite as good as the Nightmare’s the Clown saga. Every story involving James Urbaniak as that hellish harlequin could be placed on this list purely for how often I was surprised by his appearances. However, I chose this episode in particular because it provides the most laughs as Sadie attempts to deal with this true threat, whilst being unable to help herself in ribbing on typical clown stereotypes. This is also the episode where the Doyle’s mutual fear of bees pays off. Beware the Tooshie-Stab!!!
I love the complexity and cast size in this episode. Each character is complex with their specific motivations and scheming. From the charismatic Arturis to the unoriginal Johnny Vampire, to the gossipy invisible men who act like they are watching a soap opera or Desperate Housewives, each one is funny and brings their A game. This episode also holds the distinction of making me laugh out loud in the middle of a gym session, prompting me to inadvertently introduce TAH to an 80-year-old on the elliptical next to me.
- 1 week ago
30 Days of The Thrilling Adventure Hour! - Day Ten: The Chrono Agency
Congratulations! You did it! After years of rigorous Chrono Training under General George Washington, you’ve earned your Chrono Agent badge and it’s time for your first mission!
As you walk out of the Chrono Agency HQ, Amelia Earhart runs up to you. ”You’re the new blood,eh? I’ve got orders from General Flagwell to give you a crash course in American Victory Commission Protocol and bring you along with me! We’ve got a pesky infestation of Nazis threatening to put the kibosh on Paul Revere’s midnight ride! My Lockheed Electra’s all gassed up, let’s go!”
"Not so fast, darling!" interrupts an exceedingly British voice. ”Her royal Maj, Queen Victoria, has sent me to recruit this selfsame agent for the Royal Chrono Patrol. There’s a tempest of a timephoon headed right for the Globe Theatre, threatening to wipe out the Bard himself as well as all his storied playwriting! Trick Clock, open up a time hole!”
Amelia Earhart and Colonel Tick-Tock both await your answer, but you can only choose one — with whom do you go and why?
Huge thanks to groglog for creating today’s 30 Days Graphics! Feel free to use the graphic for the Chrono Agency you choose in your answer!
As hard as it would be to choose between two of the finest time travelers in human history, my desired role is a pretty simple answer due to some particularly crucial factors. There is no doubt in my mind that I would much prefer taking on the role of a confederate with Colonel Tick-Tock.
The reason for this is simple. I have nothing but the utmost respect for Amelia Earhart and her Nazi fighting abilities, I just have a bit of a minor flaw that would make my effectiveness on a plane questionable. I’ve got a pretty bad history of acrophobia (fear of heights) and although I seem to handle commuter flights rides alright, I suspect that in a perilous situation I might freeze up. So a Trick Clock would likely be a more comfortable ride thanks to its time and space transportation technology.
Speaking of which, the other reason I would prefer to join Her Majesty’s Royal Chrono-Patrol is that I suspect at the starting level I would receive me very own Trick Clock. As a time-piece enthusiast and a lover of technology this could be an opportunity I would be hard pressed to pass up. Who needs an Apple Watch when your personal time device helps you travel through history.