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Mark Ellis, AKA James Axler. is the author of 50 suspense and science-fiction novels (with more in the offing) as well as being a comics creator. Under his pen name of James Axler, he created the best-selling OUTLANDERS series, published by Harlequin Enterprises’s Gold Eagle imprint. The series is now in its sixteenth year of consecutive publication, making it the most successful ongoing mass-market paperback series published in the last 25 years. Mark makes his living as a creator. He was formerly a comics scripter for various independent publishers and the main writer, conceptulizer and editor of the late (and somewhat unlamented) Millennium Publications. The company was formed in 1990 by Mark, his wife Melissa Martin and a third partner who earned the right to remain nameless. His credentials in the comic book field include critically acclaimed stints on Doc Savage, Death Hawk, The Wild, Wild West, Star Rangers, The Justice Machine and many others. He’s worked with comic legends such as the late and legendary Jim Mooney, Don Heck, Darryl Banks, Adam Hughes and Doug Wildey. He also gave the great (and tragically late) Mike Wieringo his first comics assignment (Doc Savage: Doom Dynasty) in his capacity of editor of Millennium. Melissa and Mark co-wrote The Everything Guide To Writing Graphic Novels, on sale in March of 2008. “If I say so myself (and I do, I do!), it's a comprehensive volume all about the production of graphic novels/comics, not just the writing. It also features rare and never-before published artwork by Adam Hughes, Jim Mooney, Darryl Banks, Don Heck and many others.” – Mark Ellis Melissa and Mark teach writing workshops and moderate writer's groups in the Newport, Rhode Island area, the longest-lived of which is Newport Roundtable, which has been going strong since 2004.
Diana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, #1 NYT-bestselling Outlander novels, described by Salon magazine as "the smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting "Scrooge McDuck" comics."
The series, published in 24 countries and 21 languages, includes a nonfiction (well, relatively) companion volume, The Outlandish Companion, which provides details on the settings, background, characters, research, and writing of the novels. Gabaldon (it's pronounced "GAH-bull-dohn"—rhymes with "stone") has also written several books in a sub-series featuring Lord John Grey (a major minor character from the main series): Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, and Lord John and the the Hand of the Devils).
Dr. Gabaldon holds three degrees in science: Zoology, Marine Biology, and Quantitative Behavioral Ecology, (plus an honorary degree as Doctor of Humane Letters, which entitles her to be "Diana Gabaldon, Ph.D., DHL." She supposes this is better than "Diana Gabaldon, Fed.X") and spent a dozen years as a university professor with an expertise in scientific computation before beginning to write fiction. She has written scientific articles and textbooks, worked as a contributing editor on the MacMillan Encyclopedia of Computers, founded the scientific-computation journal Science Software Quarterly, and has written numerous comic-book scripts for Walt Disney. None of this has anything whatever to do with her novels, but there it is.
She and her husband, Douglas Watkins, have three adult children and live mostly in Scottsdale, Arizona. www.DianaGabaldon.com.
This episode, Scott and Austin will be reviewing OUTLANDER, a film that got buried after a lengthy stay on the shelf. Also, we'll be checking out CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC and THE INTERNATIONAL. In addition, Austin will take a solo look at the long-shelved film, FANBOYS. Also, we check out some of the new DVD releases and Scott takes a long, hard look at VIVA!
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