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Live-action graphic novel 'Intergalactic Nemesis' returning to campus

February 04, 2014

The next chapter of the live-action graphic novel the Intergalactic Nemesis will be performed at Earlham College’s Goddard Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. 

The Intergalactic Nemesis Book 2: Robot Planet Rising is a deep-space rescue mission set in the 1930s that is suited for all ages.

“The show is family friendly, but it has this kind of a nerdy vibe that appeals to kids in college,” says Intergalactic Nemesis’s self-proclaimed “High Mucky Muck” Jason Neulander, who co-authored, directed and produced the show. 

“For me I grew up on movies like Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark so this project is totally tapping into that part of myself,” Neulander says. “Today, there’s not a lot of mystery left in the world. For example, we can track everything through satellites, and that’s interesting, but for me, there was a time when there were unexplored places and the danger of the totally unknown has a lot of appeal to me.” 

Tickets for the show, which is part of the Artist and Lecture Series, are available by calling the box office at (765) 983-1474 and cost $8 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors. For more information, visit Earlham's events page. 

The show, which has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, Conan, NPR and PBS, is performed by actors with microphones, and musicians who use gadgets and a grand piano to generate sound effects. During the performance, illustrations from the novel are projected above the performers on a giant screen, panel by panel, just like a comic book. 

TheIntergalactic Nemesis’ first book, Target Earth, is still being performed at different venues on the current tour, which spans 40 locations across the country. That book was performed last year at the College, but Neulander says audiences need not have past Nemesis experience for Book 2. 

Intergalactic Nemesis came out of a theater company that I started right out of college in Austin, Texas,” he says. “We were producing in rock clubs and producing in small black box theater spaces, so no more than 100 seats. If 50 people came out on a given night it was a home run. 

“So the idea that we go out and sometimes get as many as 2,000 people to come out on a single night is just unbelievable.” 

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at (765) 983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.


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