Friday night I saw The Intergalactic Nemesis Book One: Target Earth, written and directed by Jason Neulander, at Segerstrom Center for the Arts with my brother, James. I had purchased tickets to see it with gem, but she had to travel on business. It’s a live-action graphic novel. Have you ever heard of that? As soon as I did, I knew I had to see it. The show consists of panes of the graphic novel being projected one at a time, live piano accompaniment, live sound effects, and three actors performing the characters. It’s live radio drama combined with a graphic novel!
The story involves a lot of funny science-fiction stereotypes. In the 1930’s a journalist and her assistant get caught up with aliens, robots, time-travel, invasions, and more. It’s an amusing story that’s very entertaining, especially if you’re familiar with older science fiction or classic sci-fi radio drama. I’m thankful that I’ve listened to Space Patrol, the radio space opera from the 1950’s, because it definitely helped me to appreciate The Intergalactic Nemesis.
The production was amazingly fun. While the visuals were supposedly the panels of the graphic novel, the voice actors used gestures and facial expressions as well. Even the woman performing the sound effects, woman controlling the sequence of panels, and pianist contributed with reactions.
So, how does one go about watching? I watched both the voice actors and the graphic novel. As different sound effects were used, I’d look at the woman making them. I usually wouldn’t look at the woman controlling the panels or the pianist unless something shocking was said in the dialogue. When all three voice actors made a reactionary face, usually the other performers would as well.
After the show, the cast and creator held an autograph session. I purchased books one and two in graphic novel and radio drama and got all of it signed. Book two is going to be performed at the same location in November, and I’m definitely looking forward to it. If you get the chance to see the show, I’d recommend it!