About Me

Rob Pincombe is a prolific television writer, recovering comedian and sometime comic artist/storyboard artist who just wasn't satisfied with a single blog. He writes about sci-fi and fandom at rebelalert.com, Canadian comics at comicanuck.com, and shares thoughts and insights on writing at starkravingadventure.com

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Lady Robotika is a Go Go - Jane Wiedlin has been abducted by aliens

Welcome to the rebellion.

Former proto-punk queen turned occasional film star, sci-fi geek, dominatrix pin-up, MTV Surreal Life participant and eternal pop rocker has been kidnapped by aliens. We'll find out what happens soon when the first issue of "Jane Wieldin's Lady Robotika" comes out from Image Comics. We here at rebel base are big fans of Jane so we can promise you this...

Those rebel alien scum won't know what hit them.

Jane was one of my eighties pop crushes and is a huge sci-fi fan. Growing up in Ontario meant your number one source for music journalism and new bands was City TV and Muchmusic's The New Music. Jane has posted an interview with The New Music's Laurie Brown on her Facebook fan page discovering her second solo album Fur.

There's also a short but terrific career-spanning interview up at songfacts.com that discusses songs from the Jane Wieldin catalogue. It's worth a read. I mean, how many songwriters have written the Sparks and Keith Urban, right?

She has some sci-fi cred too thanks to playing Joan of Arc in Bill & Ted's Excellent adventure and the small role of Federation Communications Officer Trillya in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Her new band FroSTed capitalizes the ST in their name due to her being such a big Star Trek fan. She has also done voice work for animation including Duck Dodgers, Scooby Doo and Batman: Gotham Knights.

Jane also has the best cameo ever put on film in the movie Clue towards the end as the singing telegram girl.

So memorable. So awesome. And only five seconds. A perfect celluloid moment.

To really get how much of an adorable sci-fi geek Jane is, just take this tour of her sci-fi loft created to give her and her dogs a Blade Runner/Millenium Falcon loft to relax in. Seriously, she has the actual wallpaper from Barbarella's bedroom in her kitchen dining area. Excuse me while I wipe saliva off my keyboard.

Jane's "dragon holding marble grapes light sconce" and "faux Battlestar Galactica" bedroom wallpaper is not so much to my taste. The bathroom at about eleven minutes in is pretty wild. It has an alien snow cave or cloudscape ceiling, an alien city tile mosaic and a Klingon-style sink Jane describes as "a kind of combination between a pyramid and an octopus from a different planet".

But nothing tops her transporter shower.


This shower has a radio, disco lighting, a shower that shoots water from the tops, sides or a hand held shower head. It also has a bathtub, a jacuzzi whirlpool, a steam room and a foot massage unit.

Truer words were never spoken when Jane says, "This thing is the bomb. This little unit is just a party in itself. If you like to entertain I'm sure you'll entertain alot in here. If you're naughty... like I am."

I honestly don't know why she ever leaves that shower.

We here at Rebel Alert support Jane's first foray into the four-color world of galactic adventure. And she has serious back-up on this project. The series is co-written and drawn by Bongo comics co-founder Bill Morrison (The Simpsons, Roswell: Little Green Man) with the help of co-artist Tone Rodriguez (The Simpsons, Snake, Violent Messiahs).

In this interview at Billboard.com, Wiedlin confirms her love of all things sci-fi.

"A lot of comic conventions go way beyond comic books and include other parts of pop culture, like celebrities and science fiction and movies and books," says Wiedlin. "So I go to them either as a celebrity, or as a fan, because I'm a big sci-fi geek."
The Billboard article also points out that "Other comics-loving musicians have turned to writing series, including Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance and Coheed and Cambria's Claudio Sanchez, but those stories don't feature the artists as characters."

Here's a short interview with Jane at last year's (2009) Comic Con.

In the Lady Robotika tale, Jane begins to rally the oppressed aliens of another world with a live concert. The music portrayed in the comic is real. Jane has already begun writing music based on the series. They hope to collect and package the first six issues with the finished CD and perhaps even put up a Lady Robotika musical! Big dreams come in gorgeous, pixie-sized packages.

For a preview of some of the robotika music, check out the new Robotika myspace page. Gonna Make You Fall is just vintage Jane!

According to their recent interview at Comic Book Resources, Wiedlin and Morrison wants fans to pre-order fast.

I have one parting word of advice, and this is from a world class procrastinator: Image prints only as many copies as are ordered through Diamond, so please don't count on showing up at your local comic book emporium on July 14 and finding a copy of the first issue. Get there and order one or several copies today! The final cut off for orders is this Thursday, June 24, so there's still time - you can thank me later!
Time is running out. You can pre-order your copy at Thing From Another World.

Ulp! The deadline to pre-order is today according to the official www.ladyrobotika.com website!

So scramble those X and Y Wings rebels. A small band of pre-orderers just might penetate the defenses of the Diamond Distributing Empire's otherwise impenetrable minimum order shield!

Jane recently suffered a 20 foot fall that screwed up both of her knees, forcing the Go-Go's to cancel this Fall's tour. So I hope this project is a success to help keep her positive. You can send her well wishes and purchase a hilarious "Jane Wiedlin went and fell off a cliff and all I got was this lousy cancelled tour tee-shirt!" at her website, janewiedlin.com.