So okay, Friday ACE has been going on for awhile now, R5 Central’s still on hiatus, what’s next on the plate of Rider 5 Productions….and by that I mean, me? Dirty Pair.
I’m going to be producing a pilot for a potential audiobook series adapting the exploits of the Lovely Angels. My first ever fan-project, if you can believe it! Now right about now, you’re probably asking one burning question: WHY? Honestly? It just kind of happened.
Some time ago, a fan transcription of Kodansha’s hard-to-find English release of The Great Adventure of the Dirty Pair fell into my lap. This was before Dark Horse published the first two books so I figured I’d hold onto it…..and let it gather dust, unfortunately.
Flash-forward to the present where I’ve suddenly developed an itch for audiobooks–Or at the very least, producing one. It’s a new medium for me and as a producer, I found myself wanting to take on the challenge. It was somewhere during my research for my Dirty Pair articles when I’d remembered that I had the fan transcription, even though I’d bought both Dark Horse release. All the same, I imported it to Google Documents and just sort of left it there as a prospect if I followed through with things.
One more jaunt to about a week ago: Still recovering from an annoying summer cold and following the upload of my crossover article, I felt the urge to take out the fan-transcription and play around with it. By the time I’d finished the first draft, it was five in the morning. I took it as a sign that, well, maybe I really need to produce this.
As I type, I’m holding auditions with the goal of getting the pilot out before August. If it’s well received, I aim to go through the entirety ofGreat Adventure and release the chapters online via podcast feed. If anything, I hope these will generate some interest in the books themselves that are available…and perhaps get the Powers That Be interested in getting the rest of them out. (He said, dreaming of a perfect world.) I normally wouldn’t get so fired up with a fan project like this but as I said, something really burns about this idea; sometimes you just can’t ignore the blaze.