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Mildly Exciting Tales of Astonishment: Baby Boom

Size: 5.7M, Duration: 12:21

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This month we bring you an episode of Mildly Exciting Tales of Astonishment: Baby Boom by Jonathan Strickland along with a song from one of our favorite guest musicians, Juliana Finch!

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Size: 6M, Duration: 13:19

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Don’t ya just love digital technology?  We do a performance and less than two weeks later we can podcast it!  This month we bring you two selections from one of our shows at Dragon*Con 2008, recorded live on Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 7pm in Regency 6 and  7.

First up we have The National Endowment for Space Art by Ron N. Butler, featuring the voices of Ron N. Butler as Griff Michaels and Laurice White as Jane Handley-Page.

Next we bring you a new episode of Mildly Exciting Tales of Astonishment: The Time Board by Jonathan Strickland, featuring the voices of Ron N. Butler as the announcer, Jeff Montgomery as Lord Destructeronimous, Ariel Stewart as Vroomhilda, and Jonathan Strickland as the Algonquin Alchemist.

Live Foley sound effects were created by Rachel Bowman, Neil Butler, and Sonya.  Recorded effects provided by Henry  Howard and Audio Craft Studio.  Music was composed and performed by Brad Weage.  The floor manager was Lori Emerson, audio engineering by Bob Zimmerman.  This podcast was prepared by David Benedict.

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This week we delve into the realm of …superheroes?  Well, it greatly depends on how you define the term, really.  We’ve brought you installments from these great series before, but we like them (and we hope you do, too!) so here’s some more!

First up, The Brotherhood of Damn Sassy Mutants in Episode One – “Flame Out”, by “Sketch” MacQuinor.

Then, hold onto your dry-erase markers, as we bring you Mildly Exciting Tales of Astonishment – “A Consultation with Eeeeevil” by Jonathan Strickland.

Both of these were performed live at Sci-Fi Summer 2005.

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Heroes and Villains in the Big City

Length: 18:52 Size: 9M

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Welcome again!  This week we bring you tales of Heroes and Villains in the Big City.  We begin with Thomas E. Fuller’s “The Adventures of the Crimson Hawk: The Crimson and the Red” episode one  [EDIT 4-21: Whoops!  This episode was written by William Alan Ritch!].  This is a three part serial, so be sure to tell us how you like it at  This was performed live at the coffeehouse in Little Five Points in Atlanta.  This is one of our older recordings, and we’re not exactly sure what year, but it was pre-1996.

Next up is Jonathan Strickland’s “Mildly Exciting Tales of Astonishment: Subterranean Subterfuge” recorded live at Sci Fi Summer in 2005.

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Saturday Morning Kids Shows

28 minutes, 12.8 MB

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No voice intro for this show. Despite miscommunication and general behind the scenes random mayhem, this week’s podcast is NOT canceled.

There *was* a voice intro recorded. It was meant to sound off the cuff and laid back and funny, but it ended up sounding half-planned and disorganized. (It was.) Anyway, the show lineup has changed several times in the last few hours.

In no particular order:

We have 2 episodes of “Rory Rammer, Space Marshall:” written by Ron N. Butler. One is “The Island of Dr. Marceau” and the other is only ever talked about in hushed, furtive whispers: “The Lost Episode.”

And, an episode of “Mildly Exciting Tales of Astonishment,” by Jonathan Strickland: Ps and Q’s.

Also included are a pair of Public Service Announcements from the “Brotherhood of Damn Sassy Mutants,” by Sketch Quinn.

No time for credits. If you want to know, you’ll just have to ask nicely.


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Into the Labyrinth part 1

time: 15:24 (7.05 MB)

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A few years ago ARTC had an opportunity to perform a Halloween show for the public.  We try to perform in October whenever possible as it is a month especially suited to our horror and science fiction roots.  Our forte has always been conventions and other semi-private events where our time slot was somewhat limited and so we usually only had time for one feature piece, or maybe a series of shorts.  We always performed them just once.

But when you perform for the public you sometimes have the opportunity to repeat a show or even…dare I say it…have a run of a show.  Furthermore, we were able to expand the time slot to include the series of shorts and the feature piece.  Faced with the prospect of having more material to work with than usual and the fact that very few people had heard of any of our work at the time (outside of our loyal fans…hi, everybody) we felt the need to choose a marketable title for the overall show.  We found one in our own catalog.

Into the Labyrinth was (and is) our in-house imprint for original horror and dark fantasy.  It was one of our first, along with the audio magazine The Centauri Express, and the introduction about the “simple garden maze”, masterfully presented by William Brown, appears on a number of our studio productions.  It seemed appropriate to use the title to help promote our live show of similar material.

As our podcast continues, you will hear many excerpts from various Into the Labyrinth shows.  We hope you enjoy them all.  This week features Mildly Exciting Tales of Astonishment: Sweet Revenge and Nikki’s Place: The Collectors.