Press Release

Elaine Lee and Michael Kaluta’s science fiction comedy masterpiece comes to the world of audio theatre as The AudioComics Company, in association with Portland Community Radio WMPG, announces that its debut production of Starstruck will be available October 31 on compact disc and pay-per-MP3 download, and will air on selected radio stations in the United States.

The audio adaptation of the original off-Broadway production was adapted for the medium of audio by co-creator Elaine Lee, and directed by AudioComics Company co-founder William Dufris. With Ms. Lee as AudioComics’ guest for the weekend, Starstruck recorded at The Studio in Portland, ME May 7 – 9, and was mastered by Gateway Mastering, whose client list includes The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The rcording also employs Dwight Dixon’s re-recorded music from the original 1980’s stage productions, as well as several new compositions. Cast members include noted audio book narrators Tavia Glibert and Simon Vance, and the voice of MTV’s Æon Flux, Denise Poirier.

The basis for the comic book series, Starstruck was first presented off-Broadway in 1980, and again in 1983. In a far-flung and very alternative future, Captain Galatia 9 and the crew of the Harpy are on a mission for the United Federation of Female Freedom Fighters. When the Harpy runs into a living ship inhabited by a team of galactic evildoers, including Galatia’s insidious sister Verloona Ti, the outcome of the battle may well decide the fate of the free universe. Often hilarious, always surprising, Starstruck is a spine-tingling joy-ride to the far side of the spiral arm!

The forthcoming two-disc CD of Starstruck for $22.95, and the pay-per-MP3 download for $12.95 will be available October 31, 2010. Compact discs will be available for pre-order to the public exclusively through beginning September 1, 2010. Compact discs and pay-per-MP3’s will also be available through CD Baby, iTunes, The Spoken Network, and ZBS.

About AudioComics: Under the direction of Lance Roger Axt and William Dufris, The AudioComics Company provides superior audio entertainment with its professional full-cast audio theatre adaptations of licensed and original properties from the world of comic books, graphic novels, and more. Our productions of classic, contemporary and world premiere properties will reach new audiences far beyond readers and comic book fans through the universally popular entertainment medium of multi-track recorded sound and music on CD and in downloadable form, accessible in today’s market with today’s sound.

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  1. Katzedecimal
    August 23, 2010 at 11:12 pm — Reply

    Well FINALLY! The missing link that will (hopefully…) make the comics make total sense! I loooooooove the Starstruck! comics but they are a prequel to the play, and thus leave the reader with a sense of “what was all that build-up FOR?”

    • August 27, 2010 at 6:14 pm — Reply

      Well, now the build-up can properly explode! As the play hasn’t been performed ANYWHERE since its 1983 off-Broadway production (aside from the reading in Big Sur last year, which Elaine attended), this is the chance for everyone to finally experience “Starstruck” in all of its glory in the theatre in your minds. We’ve been working hard on this piece for the better part of the year, and we think/hope you’re going to be suitably impressed!

  2. August 27, 2010 at 6:18 pm — Reply

    Also, an important note for EVERYONE: the Sept. 1 pre-sale date for compact discs has been moved up to Sept. 15, due to unforseen circumstances. So the new date to buy CD’s is September 15. The download date is still Halloween!

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