I'm not sure how familiar people are with Check Please!
, but even if you're not, it's a webcomic with a relatively modest set of back-issues you can catch up with in about the time it takes to watch an episode of your show. Here's a primer, tumblr style
, performed by pennyplainknits
is not quite what it sounds like: it's a primer from the imaginary fandom where the characters in Check, Please!
are a teeny but beloved part of Hockey RP fandom's focus. It's... really meta? If Podfic is not for you, here's the original post
, which is its own kind of multimedia experience. But the performance is really excellent, and I recommend you give it a shot.
The second piece I want to mention is Night Vale podfic. Night Vale podfic is often really high quality, possibly because the source is audio as well, and sets a high standard. Greetings From Night Vale - The Opera House
, written and performed by Schalakitty
lives up to this reputation. It's excellently produced and performed, and also manages to be a significantly different listening experience than reading experience, thanks to the audio effects, and the character Schalakitty
gives to the narrator's voice. (Also, it perturbed my dogs, so you might want to listen with headphones, if that's a thing for you.)
It's also quite a fascinating bit of world-building, taking place 20 years before the 'now' of Night Vale, and gives fascinating glimpses of the changes that have taken place since then.
The third thing I want to mention is, uh.. original podfic? I don't know if the writer/performer considers himself part of fandom, but it's free online in the audio version: Valentin and the Widow
, by Andrew Wheeler is a 1920s adventure. I'm actually not sure what the name of the genre is, but it's quite recognizable; it's pulpy adventure in the style of H. Rider Haggard, combining exotic locales with a sort of disenchantment with Imperialism and a sort of suspicion that Britain's supremacy may not be merited, and fear/fascination with the liminal. You know what I'm talking about? Y?
Anyway, this is mostly a pulpy adventure story, but if people have listened to it, then they can talk to me about Sasha's inability to express his feelings through any medium but punching, and his incredible attractiveness to anyone bent on world-domination.
ETA: I am terrible at warnings! But you may wish to know that there's some creepy implied coercive and coerced sex, as well as an attempted rape in the second and fifth book.This post also on dreamwidth ( comments)