Here’s the first episode of OCCUPY ME, a new science-fiction audio drama presented by Melancholyball Media and Hard NOC Media / The Nerds of Color.
Season 1 is planned for 9 episodes to be released monthly. We’re the first fictional narrative from Hard NOC’s family of podcasts. You’re awesome if you’d listen, subscribe, rate and review the show over at Apple Podcasts.
OCCUPY ME draws from a longform story I’ve been working on for a while in various formats (screenplay, novella, restroom wall scribble). I believe it’ll turn out that the premise is best-suited for the audio drama form. It’s a comedy and an adventure and a little bit a love story; it’s a lot about the imagined politics of psychic body possession, a healthy slaw of pop-culture referentiality, and also a whole bunch of geeky superhero-ish apocalyptic events are gonna happen.
The stellar voice cast includes Erin Quill, Marc Abrigo, Britney Monae, Jessika Rodrigues, Andrea Guidry, Michael Ouyang, Eric Cheung, and Will Hammond. The show also features music by Timo Chen and sound design by Andres Coca, with a grateful shout-out to Will Storkson. In keeping with the Nerds Of Color’s mission statement, I’m pleased to have a main cast and crew comprised entirely of people of color. Over the course of our first season we’ll use science-fiction tropes to explore race, gender, and current events, through the lens of extraterrestrial visitors who come from a place far, far away from here.
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