Voyage to the Stars sci-fi podcast launches into comic stores this summer

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IDW Publishing recently unveiled a new comic book adaptation for the fan-favorite comedy sci-fi podcast, Voyage to the Stars.

Voyage to the Stars is an expanding universe of sci-fi comedy (often-improvised) stories and characters built as a podcast at www.voyagetothestars.net from creator Ryan Copple, then developed more into live shows, fan appreciations, and its own little sub-culture. Now, it’s a comic series coming this August.

The space-faring crew of “misfits lost on the wrong side of a wormhole,” voiced by talents including Colton Dunn (Superstore), Felicia Day (Supernatural), Janet Varney (Legend of Korra), Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds), and Steve Berg (Drunk History), will star in a four-issue comic book miniseries by five-time Harvey Award-nominee writer James Asmus and sensational artist ConnieDaidone.

In Voyage to the Stars, our intrepid crew has managed to survive Earth’s destruction, and now they’re determined (and ambiguously destined) to stop a growing, ancient evil from consuming the universe… although stopping it may be tricky, since our heroes can’t help but destroy just about every planet and species they come across. To be honest, it’s debatable who might be the bigger threat!

“I’ve loved the fantastically rich, surprising, and genuinely funny universe that the Voyage podcast has been creating since it launched,” says Asmus in a recent press release. “Working with their creative team, we quickly found a chapter to tell that is simultaneously a meaningful time for our heroes (grieving the loss of Earth, and taking the first steps towards avenging it) and tells a self-contained quest across a pretty wild sampling of the Voyage universe!”

“It has been such a wild ride experiencing Voyage to the Stars’ evolution and development into other mediums, such as comic books,” said Voyage to the Stars creator, Ryan Copple. “The world we built is meant to be experienced in many different ways, allowing fans everywhere to engage with these stories however they want. We can’t wait for people to check out the new stories within these comic books and continue to expand the Voyage to the Stars world in more ways they can enjoy.”

“Each of the Voyage to the Stars characters is such a distinct soul, that even when the linear storyline gets serious, everything still has an air of lightheartedness that makes you smile,” says Daidone. “I hope everybody reading the comic will enjoy it as much as I did drawing it!”

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“Being involved with Voyage to the Stars has been such a highlight for me,” said Felicia Day, who plays scatterbrained scientist Elsa Rankfort in the series. ”Everyone that works on the show is so talented and funny, we could not stop laughing in the recording booth, so to see what we’ve been working so hard on for the last couple years continue to grow, this time into a comic book series, has been surreal and exciting – but also what we had hoped for all along!”

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Voyage to the Stars #1 will be available with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, including Cover A (see below) by Freddie E. Williams II (Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Cover B (see above) by Connie Daidone, and a Retailer Incentive ink wash variant by Freddie E. Williams II.

Voyage to the Stars #1 is set for this August to comic book stores everywhere. For ordering info because it will probably be underlooked, ask your local comic book dealer, or visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.

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3 fantastic (and free to listen) short story audio finds…

Alien World

In my busy hours while performing mundane tasks, I like to put on headphones and listen to large clusters of words spoken, on whatever portable device I have that allows. This is best when these tell of someone else’s world and interesting situation contained within. With the right voice and matching voice, I find myself deeply involved with the good story. Even better, I would like to share some of these findings.

So, enjoy some free audio science fiction, fantasy, horror fiction from various podcasts I follow. Today, I present three, selected by me (Orion T), recently put online on the last few months.

To play each one, simply click on the title of each entry. I suggest you save them into whatever portable device you may have, with a good set of headphones. Links to more on the podcast, writer and speaker, text and extra info follow…

MRS. GRIFFIN PREPARES TO COMMIT SUICIDE 

Publishing Source: Clarkesworld Magazine Author: A Que Translated by: John Chu Read by: Kate Baker Time: 55.5 minutes Published: May 2015 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine (#104) Notes: Text version is here. For more, visit and support clarkesworldmagazine.com

A story with dark humor on life or death, with a robot willing to help with either.

HEAVEN’S TOUCH

Publishing Source: Escape Pod for this audio (original in Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine, Aug 2012) Author: Jason Sanford Read by: Marguerite Kenner Time: 57:47  minutes Published: Escape Pod #491  Notes: Text version is here.  For more, visit and support escapepod.org

A story filled with suspense and survival in space, against a rogue AI hologram and a dooming comet.

POSTCARDS FROM MONSTER ISLAND

Publishing Source: Clarkesworld Magazine Author: Emily Devenport Read by: Kate Baker Time: 52 minutes Published: April 2015 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine (#103) Notes: Text version is here. For more, visit and support clarkesworldmagazine.com

An earthly story about a woman trapped in her home, with giant kaiju monsters run amuck outside.

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Hope you enjoy. If I find you do, I will post more in the future!

– Orion T