Shouldn’t quote yourself, but very touching when someone does it for you!
Millennium Group Sessions is back, with what for myself and Troy, is a very special podcast. In this session we speak to the talented three time Emmy award winning actress Barbara Bain. Millennium fans will remember her role as Lilly Unser in season three’s Matryoshka – for me, she is Cinnamon Carter from Mission Impossible and Dr Helena Russell in the cult space hit, Space: 1999. Barbara is one of the most charming and relaxed people I’ve had the good fortune to interview – and that’s a high benchmark given the people we’ve interviewed on Millennium Group Sessions alone!
On top of this hour long interview, we talk about the recent video competition, courtesy of Mark Snow and the move of the Back to Frank Black book to Kindle.
Back to Frank Black: A Return To Chris Carter’s Millennium, is now out on Kindle. This book covers everything you want to know on the TV show Millennium which expired sadly before its time just before the millennium itself. It’s been out in hardback and softback for a year, now you can buy it at a fraction of the price on Kindle. Why do I rate this purchase? Here we go.
1. It’s a good book. This isn’t a fan-book. It’s a smart, well documented repository of all things Millennium. Essays and interviews - and not just from fans, but cast and crew. It has forewards by all the leading creative influences on the show and written pieces by some of the show’s artists too. It’s truly an amazing achievement worthy of this digital age. This is truly an example of what can be achieved using the resources now available to everyone.
2. It’s a good cause. Profits from this book, hardback, softback or digital download go to charity, specifically Children of the Night. You can read more about their efforts to help kids out of child prostitution here.
3. It’s history. Millennium was a great TV show. It was also an influential one. At the time it was described by many-a-hack as “serial killer of the week” - a phrase used a lot these days, but not in the derogatory context it was used then. The art and content influenced television and still holds up under scrutiny. It also posed a question: what would happen on the fall of the millennium? A lot did happen. Contextually to entertainment and social history, the book makes an interesting read as it very much taps the angst normal people were feeling about the millennium in the 90s.
4. It’s an independent book. Published by Fourth Horseman Press, you are supporting and encouraging what surely is an artisan era of media. The internet has allowed the individual artists to find a voice away from the controlling bigger media voice boxes. It’s quality too. Good reason to support it, I think.
5. I’m in it. Internal illustrations are me, there’s a chapter by me on the campaign, and many of the chapters about specific show artists are based on interviews conducted by myself and US colleague Troy Foreman. Those chapters aren’t transcripts, editor Adam Chamberlain went to great lengths to integrate the data from those interviews into full chapters. There are no short cuts in this book.
6. It’s cheap. On Kindle, you’re talking a fraction of a book cost. UK pricing has it just under 7 quid for just over 500 pages. That’s damn fine value.
Big kudos to editor Brian A. Dixon for migrating the book to Kindle. Other digital platforms are planned. Here’s the link.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the web-comic I once did as a learning student, The Dark Knight Adventures, we’re releasing a few free, standalone adventures this year. Just for fun and homage to one of the greatest cartoon franchises ever. This interview goes into the background of the comic that back in its day, was scoring millions of hits with Bat-Fans worldwide. It’s a humbling thought.
Appearing on The Picking Brain Podcast again. Talking about what stories/shows prepared us as kids for Horror! Plus some details on the upcoming Millennium Trailer scored by Mark Snow, courtesy of BacktoFrankBlack.com