The Voice of Free Planet X

True stories of fictional people, from Jared Axelrod


Episode 36 - Familiar Connections

In which Cardor knocks timidly, a hotel room is veiwed, condensation caves are visited, Ashe is there for the water, a collection of caps is surveyed, a boy spits, a larger picture is seen and a fan is revealed.

The Fables of the Flying City theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of

Direct download: Episode_36_-_Familiar_Connections.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:57am EDT

Episode 35 - To Stand In The Center

In which a secret is revealed, a old friend holds a hand, swinging leads to flight, support collapses, a ring is intimidating, Grayson refuses to be swallowed, origns are revealed, and claim of ownership is tested.

The Fables of the Flying City theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of

Direct download: Episode_35_-_To_Stand_In_The_Center.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Episode 34 - A Night At The Circus

In which a girl is in trouble, a light brings no warmth, a door is threatened, blending is acheived, acrobats are miscounted, inquiraries are made, an old friend lends a helping hand and a new adventure begins.

The Fables of the Flying City theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of

Direct download: Episode_34_-_A_Night_At_The_Circus.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Jared & Steve Like Nextwave

Jared Axelrod and Steve Walker talk about Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen's comic NEXTWAVE: AGENTS OF H.A.T.E., and why it is a perfect example of everything that is right and good with superhero comics.

Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.

By Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen

This episode also featured music by:

Thunder Thighs


Direct download: Jared_And_Steve_Like_Nextwave.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:45pm EDT

Jared & Steve Like FUN HOME

Jared Axelrod and Steve Walker talk about the reigning monarch of memoir comics, Alison Bechdel's FUN HOME.

Fun Home

By Alison Bechdel

This episode also featured music by:

"Gimme Sympathy" (mp3)
from "Fantasies"
(Arts & Crafts Mexico)

More On This Album

Direct download: Jared_And_Steve_Like_Fun_Home.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:30am EDT

Secret Lair overlord Chris Miller interviews me about FABLES OF THE FLYING CITY, the upcoming graphic novel and how much you owe your comunity.

In addition, we are still accepting emails for the free autographed mini-comics. All you have to do is send your address to fablesoftheflyingcity (at), and you'll be entered to win! The costume contest is still going on, so send a picture of yourself in your Amperstamian finest to win original art by Steve Walker himself!

Direct download: Secret_Lair_0047.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:04am EDT

Jared & Steve Like Comic Conventions

Specifically, SPX and New York Comic Con (though MoCCA, Dragon*Con and Baltimore Comic-Con get some love, too). 

We'll be at NYCC, rockin' table L5 in artist alley--it'll be the one with the giant "Fables of the Flying City" banner) where Steve will be showing off his amazing artwork and Jared will be on a panel with Tee Morris, among others, at 9pm on Friday.

This episode features music by:

Come SaturdayThe Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
"Come Saturday" (mp3)
from "Come Saturday"
(Slumberland Records)

Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album

Direct download: Jared_And_Steve_Like_Comic_Conventions.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:48pm EDT

The full audio of the Flying City Circus panel at Balticon! Featuring the begining of FABLES OF THE FLYING CITY Book 2, "The Mouths of the Dead," a prize giveaway, and a spirited question and answer session. The questions are very faint, but I think my answers can give you an idea of what the questions were.

Congradulations to Hugh O'Donnell winning his name in Book 2 and J.C. Hutchins for winning what is so far the only printing of Book 1.

Special thanks to Balticon and to Paul Fischer, Czar of the Balticon New Media track.

Direct download: Flying_City_Circus_At_Balticon.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:50pm EDT

Jared & Steve Like ASTERIOS POLYP

Jared Axelrod and Steve Walker talk about one of the true graphic novel classics of the past few years.

Asterios Polyp

Asterios Polyp
By David Mazzucchelli

This episode also featured music by:

The Thermals
"A Pillar of Salt" (mp3)
from "LIVE [at the Echoplex - December 7th, 2007]"
(Spaceland Recordings)

Buy at Amazon MP3

Direct download: 01_Jared__Steve_Like_ASTERIOS_POLYP.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:47pm EDT

View from Valhalla - Podcast Review #77: Fables of the Flying City

Title: Fables of the Flying City
Author: Jared Axelrod
Genre: Steampunk flying adventure
Released: 30 May 2010 – 6 April 2011
Located: Author’s Site, iTunes
Formats Available: podcast
Rating: PG-13 for some violence

Fables of the Flying City had been on my radar since I heard Balticon buzzing about it (via twitter) last year. Of course, then I completely forgot about it until Mainframe (Richard Green) had the author, Jared Axelrod, on his wonderful interview show, Geek Out with Mainframe. I then forgot about it again (seriously, I’m simply terrible sometimes) until I asked Richard to remind me to subscribe. The act of asking someone else to remind me naturally caused me to remember and I subscribed.

So, on to the review.


Ashe, a young woman from the streets of the flying city of Amperstam learns what it takes to be a member of the Aerial Guard, and finds herself at war with an invading empire and the rulers of the city she has sworn to protect!

Fables of the Flying City is written by Jared Axelrod, with illustrations by Steve Walker and Natalie Kelly. (stolen from author’s site)

Production: Mr. Axelrod, early on shows that he’s not too worried about production and talks to his listeners about different setups he’s experimenting with. These eps are short, often in the range between five and ten minutes. It isn’t unusual for Mr. Axelrod to give his listeners as much metatalk as there is story. Since most of the metatalk I found informative or amusing, I didn’t mind. However, I personally prefer this metatalk to come AFTER the story, but that is only my personal preference.

Grade: C

Cast: Mr. Axelrod does a nice job of self reading most of the story. He has a guest reader for several episodes, but the story is always a single voice. I liked Mr. Axelrod’s readings. He has an infectious quality to his voice that makes your root for his heroine. I preferred his voice to his guests, but again, that is probably just my preference. All were easily understood and read the parts well.

Grade: B

Story: Fables of the Flying City is going to be a graphic novel. This podcast that Mr. Axelrod has provided is actually the prequel to that graphic novel. Having said that, this prequel stands on its own and does what any good prequel should do: makes you care about the characters that will be moving on.

Grade: A

Verdict: I truly enjoyed Fables of the Flying City. It is the first story that I’ve heard that I would classify as true steampunk and not a story with steampunk elements. The characters drive the story and your imagination is used (appropriately) to fill in some of the technology. I always looked forward to hearing the latest episode of Fables of the Flying City and I think you will to. I am very anxious for the graphic novel to make its way into my hands.

Don’t forget, if you send an audio comment to me at Odin1eye at viewfromvalhalla dot com, I’ll include it in the podcast version of this episode next weekend.

Disclosure: I do follow Mr. Axelrod on Twitter and find him quite the intelligent tweeter. I don’t converse with him often or at length. I was not offered a free copy of the graphic novel for review (grinding teeth) or anything else in return for this review.

Direct download: Ep77_-_Fables_of_the_Flying_City.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:41am EDT