Join us this Saturday at 4 pm Pacific, 7 pm Eastern for SCIFI.radio’s The Event Horizon as we interview Grant Lankard, author and producer of a new comicbook adaptation of the legend of Beowulf. Grant’s Kickstarter, to get issue #4 of the series published, has met and surpassed its Kickstarter goal. Beowulf is on ongoing series that lives and thrives via the support of its fans.
Beowulf (/?be??w?lf/) is an Old English epic poem in the tradition of Germanic heroic legend consisting of 3,182 alliterative lines. It is one of the most important and most often translated works of Old English literature. The date of composition is a matter of contention among scholars; the only certain dating is for the manuscript, which was produced between 975 and 1025. Scholars call the anonymous author the “Beowulf poet”.
The original story is set in pagan Scandinavia in the 6th century. Beowulf, a hero of the Geats, comes to the aid of Hrothgar, the king of the Danes, whose mead hall in Heorot has been under attack by the monster Grendel. After Beowulf slays him, Grendel’s mother attacks the hall and is then defeated. Victorious, Beowulf goes home to Geatland and becomes king of the Geats. Fifty years later, Beowulf defeats a dragon, but is mortally wounded in the battle. After his death, his attendants cremate his body and erect a tower on a headland in his memory.
The wonderful thing about old legends is that they can be the springboard for wonderful new interpretations, and Grant Lankard’s Beowulf takes the story in an entirely new direction. In his version, Beowulf is a thirty-something millenial slacker who learns that he’s the descendent of the original Beowulf, who used dragon powers derived from dragon blood he accidentally consumed to defeat the scourge of his world, a real full-blooded dragon.
In avision, Victor sees that his ancestor swallowed dragon blood, which gives him the powers of a dragon. Mooney the cat sets about showing him how to use his new powers…
About Grant Lankard
Grant Lankard, originally from Indiana, PA, has been living in Pittsburgh since he moved here to go to school in 2004. He graduated with honors from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in Graphic Design and a concentration in Illustration, returning for a diploma program in web design.
Grant has a variety of experience in design and marketing, having spent years working in design environments, both corporate and freelance. He has worked on magazine ads, brochures, flyers, and other print related work. He has has also worked on the web, both front end and back end. Of course, in his free time he works on illustration and has even had a few pieces printed.
Gene Turnbow and Susan Fox are your hosts. Here are the air times for this new episode of The Event Horizon:
|Saturday September 24||4 PM Pacific / 7 PM Eastern / 12 AM GMT||Sunday September 25||4 PM Pacific / 7 PM Eastern / 12 AM GMT|
|4 AM Pacific / 7 AM Eastern / 12 PM GMT||Saturday October 1||4 AM Pacific / 7 AM Eastern / 12 PM GMT|
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