The early-to-mid decades of the Twentieth Century are filled with nostalgia—especially in regards to Geek Culture—and numerous entertainment mediums can trace their “Golden Years” to the time period. The 1920s through the 1950s, for instance, is considered the Golden Age of Radio, when the audio medium dominated household activities around the country with an array of “live dramas” that contained an ample helping of science fiction. The 1950s, meanwhile, have earned the title of the “Golden Age of Science Fiction,” thanks to an abundance of sci-fi films and literature during the decade. Then there’s the “Golden Age of Comic Books,” which began with the appearance of Superman in 1938 and likewise extends into the 1950s.
Many contemporaries have been inspired by the works from these various “Golden Ages,” including the likes of George Lucas and Steve Spielberg, but arguably no one has been able to tie this disparate array of entertainment mediums and genres together in the same way that Jason Neulander has with The Intergalactic Nemesis. A “live-action graphic novel,” The Intergalactic Nemesis began life as a radio drama “performed” live at an Austin, Texas, coffee shop in 1996 before evolving into a comic book adaptation in 2009—paving the way for a multimedia version that includes three actors voicing all the characters, Foley-style sound effects and a series of large illustrated panels displayed above the stage. After an initial performance in 2010 that attracted 2,100 attendees, The Intergalactic Nemesis took its show on the road, appearing in 140 cities around the world as well as an upcoming engagement at the Byham Theater in Pittsburgh on Friday, November 14, 2014.