Monday, September 16, 2013

Dragon Con 2013: Needless Things Podcast Episode 11 - The Masters of the Universe Panel with William Stout

By the Power of the American Sci-Fi Classics Track… I HAVE THE POWER!

Fabulous powers were revealed to me when I held aloft my mic and started running my mouth about dork shit.
Seriously – that’s how I got the panel gig. I’ve told the story before here on Needless Things, but after working with the fantastic American Sci-Fi Classics crew (and publicly referring to them as “fantastic” many, many times) last year at Dragon Con I was invited to more panels this year. And my casual aside mentioning how much I’d like to run a toy panel at Dragon Con was taken seriously. I basically got an e-mail a few months ago that said, “Here’s your toy panel and a list of others you might want to participate in. Oh, and you should probably just run this Masters of the Universe panel, too.”

Mrs. Troublemaker has said I’m pretty much insufferable since then.

The first thing I did was ask if I could bring my Needless Things Podcast co-host Mr. Beau Brown. I know Masters well enough to on for an hour (or more), but it’s Beau’s franchise. Masters of the Universe is his thing. I knew he would not only have all of the facts, but would probably be thrilled to have an opportunity to talk about He-Man at Dragon Con.

Then I got the other essage asking if we should have William Stout on the panel.

Oh, fuck. I know people – myself included – use this term all the time; but shit just got real.

Just meeting the man behind the one thing about the 1987 Masters of the Universe movie that is unassailable – the production design – would have been hugely exciting. But Beau and I were going to get to be on a panel with him. To just chit chat about Masters. The mind boggles.

Boggle no more, because here for your listening pleasure is Masters of the Universe: 30 Years of the Power LIVE from Dragon Con in its entirety:

“Procrastibate” by

“He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Theme” by Shuki Levy (I think)

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  1. Krang!!!!!! That is all. No really an epic panel, and the real story about what happened with the movie, and money made this panel for me. Thanks again, now I await the G.I.Joe podcast

    1. Thanks! GI Joe Podcast posted today. Hope you enjoy it!