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Leo Thompson

Better known as That SciFi Guy, Leo is an actor, writer, producer, editor and animator. In addition to his science fictional duties, he also hosts The League of Inebriated Gentlemen. And he has pretty hair.

Nick Wright

Writer, artist, and producer on That SciFi Guy and a founding member of The League of Inebriated Gentlemen. Nick is the author and artist of the webcomic Treading Ground.

Allen Stephens

Allen is a filmmaker, cinematographer, producer on That SciFi Guy and founding member of The League of Inebriated Gentlemen. He’s the reason our shots look good and our beers aren’t crap!

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FYI–The League of Inebriated Gentlemen is a real society based in Phoenix, AZ. We have existed for the last five years. Our next meeting is April 27th. Bibamus Moriendum Est!

I didn't see anything on the web when we first came up with that title, but I'm not surprised someone else thought of the same name. Great minds!

Having noticed an appalling lack of suavity in modern society, we formed the LIG around five years ago to protest the general aura of hooliganism and dearth of civility that permeats our culture. Also, to discuss civilized things while clad in gentlemanly raiment: smoking jackets and ascots. Oh, and to drink our faces off. Our sister organization is The Modern Ladies Auxiliary. You would not have found us on the web as we are a semi-secret society, and do not avail ourselves of "the face book" or "the tweeter"–we prefer the urbane and sublime to the pedestrian. I would send you an invitation to our next function, but I see no way to contact you outside this electronic format.


You can always reach me at nick at theidlestate.com, or if you're willing to wait a few weeks we will have a physical address at which to receive traditional correspondence.

Granted, I live in Atlanta and rarely make it out past the Appalachians, but there's always a possibility. :-)

when do you update comics? i dont see a schedual, sorry if i did miss it. glad youre back though i loved treading grounds

Hey Nick, wanted to let you know-I was trolling around Treading Ground, and the Extra Art page is bring up a 404 error saying the domain isn't registered from wanderingmongrel.com.

Episode suggestion

I would like suggest a footnote from the history of Sci-Fi as the subject for a future episode:
The short-lived German series Raumpatrouille Orion (Space Patrol Orion) from 1965.

Although budget restrictions ended the series after only 7 episodes, it has become
a classic among German Sci-Fi geeks.

The whole thing has a bit a Star Trek feel to it, but also an (at times a bit disturbing) post-WWII German flavour.

All episodes are on youtube and available on DVD.
There are English subtitles out there, but so far I've only found a free Riff-Trax-like setup for Media Player that can be downloaded. ( http://www.abc.se/~m1019/spacepatrol/ )

Hope you will consider it for a future episode,

Best wishes:

Mr. B

I just discovered this show and I like it a lot, one of the best review show on the internet on my opinion :)

In an effort to give even a small contribution I suggest you take a look at an amazing italian movie from the 1965 called 'The Tenth Victim", about a dystopic future where people are able to enroll in a worldwide "hunt" and be randomly selected to be the prey or the hunter. After ten successful hunts, 5 as prey and 5 as hunter, where they have to survive by killing the other one is free from future hunts and gets money and fame. Set in Rome, there so much more than the plot going on in this film where an american huntress (Ursula Andress) at her tenth hunt has to track down and kill an italian prey (the amazing Marcello Mastroianni, one of the best actors in italian history), both italian society and american culture are projected in the future and in a way that doesn't get in the way of the story they add an interesting aspect to the movie. There are a few bits of information that may be required (like the fact that legal divorce was introducted in Italy only in 1970, 5 years after the movie, and before that you had to get an annulment from a church tribunal called "la Sacra Rota" literally run by priests and in the name of the pope, outside of italian law) but not so many and the movie is made for a foreign public too and not only for the internal market. I can give some additional information if you decide to review the movie and need help.

Is The Hunger Games done way better, Battle Royale done way more seriously (but still with quirky parts), The Running Man with less hollywood and more golden era italian cinema.

p.s. the movie ends and then goes on for the last 5 minutes in an inexplicably batshit insane kind of way (you'll instantly understand what I'm talking about), I really don't know what happened on set but it seems like director Elio Petri took a hit on the head OR (and that's my favorite explanation) decided to say something about the italian movie industry and where it was going, since those last minutes really remind me of later films (but 1965 was way too early I believe, not an expert though).

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