Thursday, 7 June 2007

Pulp Who - Quick Fix Hits from the Blockbuster Media Machine

PULP (pulp) n. 1. A soft, moist, shapeless
mass of matter.

2. A magazine or book containing lurid
subject matter and being characteristically
printed on rough, unfinished paper

American Heritage Dictionary: New College Edition

WHO (hoo) n. A universe filled with
very strange people and aliens (who are
people too).

2. Something about to be turned upside
down and put through a blender
In going back over issue 2 of RTP! one can not simply go past the item that swallows a whole fourteen pages of the issue. And I'm not writing about Matt or Wade's egos either! Although I am possibly talking about my own ...

Pulp Who was not something I though as particularly radical (for want of a better word) when I offered it up to editors Matt Kamstra and Wade Campbell for consideration as part of their fanzine. It was something that I had begun purely to amuse myself during mental 'downtime' at University and to help deal with my need to draw (still an incureable affliction!) and the comic was well underway in terms of drawing by the time RTP! #1 was published, Wade making reference to it in the Christchurch Chapter update:
There was also a sneak glimpse of Pulp Who. This will no doubt shake the foundations of Serious Who.
A mammoth 50+ pages later I finished the adapation of one part of the film and didn't feel up to the task of taking on the rest of it. Luckily others were quite willing to step into the breach and adapt the rest (take a bow Peter Adamson, David Ronayne, and James Peterson).

The adapation didn't follow the time-hopping (pun intended) narrative of the film, each part instead telling one of the three stories and were published thusly:
  • The Doris Situation (#2~5)
  • The Gold Star (#8~11)
  • The Master and Saucer Smith's Wife (#13~15)
Ten years later and the whole thing will get a polish. In additional there will be a more indepth look at how the comic came about, along with various notes and other sketches.

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