AudioComics Pulp is proud to announce the first episode in its Pulp Adventures series: The Domino Lady: All’s Fair in War.
Created by Lars Anderson in the pages of Saucy Romantic Adventures and Mystery Adventures, The Domino Lady is the alter-ego of Ellen Patrick, a wealthy UC Berkeley graduate out to avenge the murder of her father, District Attorney Owen Patrick, in the Raymond Chandleresque Southern California of 1935. While she brandishes a .45 and syringe of knockout serum, her greatest weapon is her sexuality, which she uses to disarm her unsuspecting opponents. Routinely stealing from her targets, Ellen donates most of the profits to charity after deducting her cut, always leaving a calling card with the words “Compliments of the Domino Lady.”
Domino Lady appeared specifically in “spicy pulp” magazines, pulps that typically featured semi-pornographic short stories. Such magazines had smaller print runs (and were as a result a few cents higher in price) and were usually sold “under the counter” upon request. Only a handful of Domino Lady were published, all of which were collected in Bold Venture Press’ Compliments of the Domino Lady, featuring a cover from the one and only Jim Steranko.
Now, for the first time ever in both pulp and audio history, the Domino Lady rides the radio waves as Ellen Patrick’s alter-ego makes her first appearance in 1935 San Diego, investigating the disappearance of an actual one million dollar bill from an International Exposition. Complication: the head of security is her cocky ex-boyfriend.
STEVE ENGLEHART (comics legend, Batman, The Avengers, Silver Surfer, Coyote): “When my oldest son was little, he told me he didn’t like black and white movies, and I told him that it’s not the medium, it’s the skill of the people using the medium that matters. From there he went on to silent movies, and opera…and radio dramas. The new Domino Lady is a fully professional radio drama, with all the skill of the 1940s and the technological superiority of the 2010s. This is not a scratchy MP3 made from an old acetate – this is radio drama at its finest, with real actors and real writers — so spend some evenings with the Domino Lady.”
PULP FICTION REVIEWS: “‘All’s Fair in War’ is a superb audio treat with great writing, perfect acting; especially by Karen Stillwell as Ellen Patrick/Domino Lady and Peter Carini as McKane. The blues/jazz soundtrack is also a gem and easily sets the story’s atmosphere. If we have one complaint its that this is only the opening chapter in the series and ends much too soon, leaving us wanting a whole lot more. (Lance Roger) Axt and AudioComics have produced a top-notch audio recording that is pure pulp goodness.” Click here to read the full review
Videographers Tom Spingola and Karen Stilwell have created a phenomal “behind the scenes” look at our Pulp Adventures recordings:
The Domino Lady: All’s Fair in War was recorded on November 19, 2011 in San Francisco, CA, and features the vocal talents of: KAREN STILWELL as THE DOMINO LADY, and the members of the AUDIOCOMICS PULP ADVENTURES ACTING COMPANY: MANDY BROWN, PETER CARINI, BILL CHESSMAN, KEVIN DONNELLY, CHRISTINE MARSHALL, and PETER PAPADOPOULOS.
Written for audio by: RICH HARVEY
Director/Sound Design: LANCE ROGER AXT
Engineer (Broken Radio Studios): PIPER PAYNE
Mp3 Cover Art: PAUL SIZER
Recorded at: BROKEN RADIO STUDIOS, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Post Production: THE AUDIOCOMICS COMPANY
COMING IN 2013: Parts 2 and 3 of our debut Domino Lady adventure: “Moxie’s Gamble” and “Blood is Thicker!”