Unfortunately I did not win a Rondo Hattan Award this year, but I’m very happy to have lost to my good friend Terry Pace. Congratulations, Terry!
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Holy Crap, I’ve been nominated for a Rondo Award! Apparently, a lot of you liked my commemorative article on Gerry Anderson in Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine last year, “21st Century Man.” Congratulations to all my friends who were also nominated, and for the first time, congrats to me! You can see the ballot and vote (for me!) here.
I’ve been busy this month working on an episode of the next series of Paddle Pop adventures for Monk Studios, in Thailand. Well, Monk is in Thailand, I’ve been working at home. I’ve finished the first episode I’m scripting and am moving into the next one in a week or so.
If you aren’t familiar with Paddle Pop, it’s an ice cream treat sold in Australia and New Zealand, as well as many other countries. The company that makes it, Streets, produces an animated TV series starring the Paddle Pop Lion mascot that is broadcast in some countries, or included on DVD with the product, or otherwise distributed just about everywhere in the world… except America.
The series I’m writing for is the 8th, so it’s been going on for quite a while. I really like the steampunk design sensibility of the last series, Paddle Pop Begins. The art direction and animation are very good, Monk Studios does some excellent work. Here’s an episode of Paddle Pop Begins.
I did not write this episode, my episodes should be airing and available online next year. I will post links to them when that happens, of course! I hope to write more animation in the future. I’m having a blast!
Days of the Dead Atlanta is this weekend – will you be there?
No new posts since LAST YEAR?! I know, I suck. I am a busy fellow, but that’s no excuse, really. I will be out and about quite a bit this year, so I hope you’ll come and say below at one of the events below or on my list to the right.
Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center
Atlanta’s Time Travel and Steampunk Event February 14–16, 2014
Chattanooga Convention Center and Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel
Chattanooga’s Multi Fandom Convention February 21–23, 2014
Double Tree Inn, Roswell, GA
Literary Fantasy and Sci-Fi Convention April 11–13, 2014
HOLIDAY INN SELECT 4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road Atlanta, GA 30341
Doctor Who, Stargate, and British Media Convention. May 23–25, 2014
Crowne Plaza Hotel – Louisville, KY Airport
THE annual expo for model and toy collectors of s-f, horror & comics subjects–especially plastic kits & garage kits. May 31–June 1, 2014
Holiday Inn Perimeter Hotel – Dunwoody, GA (Atlanta)
Celebrating the Fantastic in Cinema, Literature, and ArtAugust 1–3, 2014
In addition to these events, I’ll be attending DAYS OF THE DEAD ATLANTA this weekend at the Sheraton downtown, and MAD MONSTER PARTY in Charlotte, NC, March 21-23rd at the University Place Hilton in Charlotte, NC to promote Monsterama!
I’m pretty sure my schedule isn’t yet full for the year, and I’ll be adding more events to it soon.
My Time After Time Reunion panel was very popular with videographers at Dragon Con this year! Here’s a bunch of links to versions online. The one above is from Mike Langford, who also sat with me on the Ray Harryhausen tribute panel.
This one is just the audio from the panel, with a few photos of Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, and myself interspersed.
This one is from my friend Anne-Marie Whisnant, who was sitting on the front row recording with her iPhone.
Hope you enjoy these, and if you have links to any of my panels available online, please get in touch so I can share them here!
Here’s where you can find me at Dragon Con this Labor Day weekend – I’ve got some great panels lined up this year, including hosting reunions with David Warner and Malcolm McDowell for TIME AFTER TIME as well as Warner and Ioan Gruffud for HORNBLOWER! Come see me, won’t you?
The below information is the TENTATIVE program schedule for Anthony Taylor.
Convention Dates are Fri(8/30/13), Sat(8/31/13), Sun(9/1/13), and Mon(9/2/13)
Description: The stars of Hornblower are here to share their experiences during the making of this iconic series. David Warner, Ioan Gruffud, Anthony Taylor
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: Grand Ballroom East – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Ray Bradbury’s Dark Carnival
Description: Bradbury’s work in the horror genre
Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Roswell 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: British Horror
Description: A chat on the history of British Horror films and Television; from Hammer Horror to Clive Barker’s influence.
Time: Sat 10:00 am Location: Macon – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Time After Time Reunion
Description: Stars Malcolm McDowell and David Warner discuss their trip through time as H.G. Wells and Jack the Ripper in the 1979 classic Time After Time!
Time: Sat 04:00 pm Location: Atlanta Ballroom – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel
Title: New Pulp, Old Pulp
Description: Pulp fiction has been enjoying quite a resurgence recently.
Time: Sat 10:00 pm Location: Embassy A-B – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Twilight Zone: Serving Man Since 1959
Description: Celebrate and be freaked out by three series and a movie of the sci-fi classic.
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: M303-M304 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Gerry Anderson Remembered
Description: Honoring the creator of Thunderbirds, and the moon-smashing excellence of Space:1999.
Time: Sun 02:30 pm Location: M303-M304 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Richard Matheson: Legend
Description: Tribute to the master of horror and suspense
Time: Sun 08:30 pm Location: Roswell 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Ray Harryhausen Remembered
Description: We honor the architect of everything great about fantasy movies, from Jason and the Argonauts to Clash of the Titans and beyond.
Time: Mon 11:30 am Location: M303-M304 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)