MonsterTalk #025 - The Rise of Bat Boy

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MonsterTalk #025 - The Rise of Bat Boy

Postby DoctorAtlantis » Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:58 am

THE RISE OF BAT BOY

IN THE PANTHEON OF AMERICAN MONSTERS, only one truly dominated the newspapers of the 1990s. Checkout lines everywhere were haunted by the bald-headed, wide-mawed visage of Bat Boy.

What was Bat Boy, and where did he come from? The MonsterTalk team interviewscartoonist Tye Bourdony, a former employee of the Weekly World News and creator of the online comic “The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi”. Bourdony has had his comics published in Cracked, Sci-Fi and Star Trek magazines. He provides a behind-the-scenes look at the rise and fall of the famous tabloid paper the World Weekly News and shares his insights about the paper’s most popular recurring character: Bat Boy.

On Wikipedia
Weekly World News
Bat Boy

In this episode:
  • How much of the content of WWN was just made up?
  • Did the readers know that the paper wasn’t “for real?”
  • What is the origin of Bat Boy?
  • What was the role of Bigfoot, Nessie and other cryptids at WWN?
Plus lots of stories about what it was like to work at one of the country’s most unusual newspapers.

Music
Monstertalk Theme: Monster by Peach Stealing Monkeys
Grocery-store ambient sound effects by ZuluT via freesound.org, used with permission under Creative Commons License.

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Re: MonsterTalk #025 - The Rise of Bat Boy

Postby DoctorAtlantis » Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:53 am

Also - you might want to check out the comics work of Peter Bagge, who did the Bat Boy comic during the twilight days of The Weekly World News:
http://www.peterbagge.com

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Re: MonsterTalk #025 - The Rise of Bat Boy

Postby spookyparadigm » Sun Oct 24, 2010 5:40 pm

As noted at the wiki, Google Books has the archives of the Weekly World News. A quick search shows that Bat Boy was already a known character in their pages in 1992, which jives with my memory of it being there that far back (EDIT: The wiki on Batboy has his first appearance earlier that year)

http://books.google.com/books?id=ne0DAA ... &q&f=false

I'm surprised there was no mention of the 2001 anthrax attack (the first victim to die was an employee of The Sun, in the same building in Boca Raton).

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Re: MonsterTalk #025 - The Rise of Bat Boy

Postby DoctorAtlantis » Sun Oct 24, 2010 8:25 pm

spookyparadigm wrote:
I'm surprised there was no mention of the 2001 anthrax attack (the first victim to die was an employee of The Sun, in the same building in Boca Raton).

That was an editorial decision by me. I was very familiar with it and decided not to bring it up just because it was mostly a lighthearted episode and throwing Anthrax terrorism into the mix would have killed my bat boy high.

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Re: MonsterTalk #025 - The Rise of Bat Boy

Postby busterggi » Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:56 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I'm downloading it as I type.

Any chance that Jef the talking mongoose may be a topic sometime?

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Re: MonsterTalk #025 - The Rise of Bat Boy

Postby spookyparadigm » Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:33 pm

DoctorAtlantis wrote:
spookyparadigm wrote:
I'm surprised there was no mention of the 2001 anthrax attack (the first victim to die was an employee of The Sun, in the same building in Boca Raton).

That was an editorial decision by me. I was very familiar with it and decided not to bring it up just because it was mostly a lighthearted episode and throwing Anthrax terrorism into the mix would have killed my bat boy high.


Fair enough.

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Re: MonsterTalk #025 - The Rise of Bat Boy

Postby Gord » Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:00 am

DoctorAtlantis wrote:...throwing Anthrax terrorism into the mix would have killed my bat boy high.

You're talkin' my language now!
"Knowledge grows through infinite timelessness" -- the random fictional Deepak Chopra quote site
"You are also taking my words out of context." -- Justin
"Nullius in verba" -- The Royal Society ["take nobody's word for it"]
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Re: MonsterTalk #025 - The Rise of Bat Boy

Postby DoctorAtlantis » Sat Oct 30, 2010 11:54 am

Busterggi - We really should do the talking mongoose soon, shouldn't we?


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