Thursday, May 03, 2012


A Domino Lady Audio-Book
Written by Rich Harvey
Directed by Lance Roger Axt
Engineered by Piper Payne
Recorded at Broken Radio Studios, San Francisco, CA
Post Production by The AudioComics Company

One of the truly wonderful and totally unexpected results of the new renaissance in pulp fiction has been the resurgence renewed interest in old time radio dramas.  And what better subject matter for these new audio outfits then the classic pulp heroes of the 1930s and 40s.  Several companies have started producing audio books from the original pulp magazines and now for the very first time pulp fans can “listen” to the adventures of the Spider, Secret Agent X and many others.

Of course as all pulp fans know, there were very few lady avengers and the clear cut leader of that small group was writer Lars Anderson’s Domino Lady.  Now Audio Comics out of San Francisco, directed by Lance Roger Axt, has produced a truly marvelous original Domino Lady radio drama written by Rich Harvey and acted by a truly inspired cast.

In San Diego for the new Pacific Coast Exposition, Ellen Patrick, daughter of the former State Attorney General, is only too willing to contribute financially to the mega event which will bring much needed revenue to the popular seacoast community.  When someone breaks into the aptly named Crime Does Not Pay pavilion and walks off with a unique one million bill printed by the Federal Reserve, it spells disaster for Mayor Benbough and his planning committee. Unless the bill can be recovered, the insurance company will demand restitution from the city and in the process bankrupt it.

Once again, the beautiful and audacious Miss Patrick dons her gown, cape and as the  Domino Mask slips into the fair grounds to do her own investigation.  She is nearly captured by her former paramour, private eye Roge McKane, on duty as the exposition’s chief of security.  The inter-change between these two is pure sauciness with double-entendres flying left and right and had this listener laughing aloud.

ALL’S FAIR IN WAR is a superb audio treat with great writing, perfect acting; especially by Karen Stillwell as Ellen Patrick/Domino Lady and Peter Carini as McKane.  The blues/jazz soundtrack is also a gem and easily sets the story’s atmosphere.  If we have one complaint is that this is only the opening chapter in the series and ends much too soon, leaving us wanting a whole lot more.  Axt and Audio Comics have produced a top-notch audio recording that is pure pulp goodness.  We recommend you order you copy now.  You thank us later.

Cast & Crew –
Karen Stilwell as Ellen Patrick/The Domino Lady
Peter Carini as Roge McKane
Mandy Brown as Dottie Jaster
Peter Papadopoulos as Dan Carley
Kevin Donnelly as "Moxie"
Bill Chessman as Samuel Benton
Lance Roger Axt as Mayor Benbough and your Narrator
Christine Marshall as your Announcer

Additional roles portrayed by the members of the Pulp Adventures Acting Company is the URL for purchasing direct: also, we will have links to where All's Fair in War can be purchased via iTunes, Amazon Mp3, Zune, Rhapsody, Nokia, and eMusic starting next week (or I should say, when it's up on  iTunes, Amazon Mp3, Zune, Rhapsody, Nokia, and eMusic). Thanks!


kstilwell12 said...

Thanks for the sweet review, glad you liked it.
Karen Stilwell

Ron Fortier said...

You are very welcomed, Karen. You make a terrific Domino Lady. So looking forward to more of these.

Ed McKeogh said...

Somebody should mention the name of the artist who did the 'cover.' It's slick, and said person deserves some recognition.

AudioComics said...

The artist who did the cover is Paul Sizer, and it's an updated version of a Domino Lady "placeholder" he did while working on a "Re-make/Re-Model" version for Warren Ellis. Paul's name is mentioned on the credits on the AudioComics website, and he'll be given due credit on the final chapter of the trilogy as part of the closing "thank you's;" AudioComics is planning on using different artists for the Mp3 cover of each chapter.

Rich Harvey said...

Thanks for the kind words. I wondered if some of that dialogue would be funny to anyone other than myself. Late at night, I thought yes ... after a good night's sleep, rereading it the next day, I wasn't so sure.

Blame me for the wait. I should have written the scripts faster. This allows AudioComics to experiment with the episodic format though, so think of this as a "pilot episode". Hopefully, when you hear part two and three, you'll agree that it was worth the wait.