The Voice of Free Planet X

True stories of fictional people, from Jadzia Axelrod


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

Back From NYCC...With Contests!

Steve and I spent last weekend at New York Comic Con, meeting longtime fans and creating new ones. We sold a huge bunch of mini comics at the con, and now want to give you a chance at getting a signed copy of your very own. Just email your mailing address to fablesoftheflyingcity (at) with "Mini Comic" in the subject line before December 1st, and you'll be elligible to win one of 10 autographed copies of the mini comic!

At NYCC, Steve and I were so blown away by Liza James amazing representation of Ashe, that we wanted to see more of the characters in the flesh. To that end, we are having the first Fables of the Flying City Costume Contest. Just send a photo fo yourself in your Amperstamian finest to fablesoftheflyingcity (at), with "Costume Contest" in the subject and your mailing adress and who your dressed up as in the body. All contest entries will be posted on the Fables of the Flying City Facebook page (unless you tell us not to). Steve and I will pick the winner on December 1st. The winning prize is the original art of the cover of the mini-comic, a fine peice of draftsmanship, indeed.

Thank you, everyone who came by the table at NYCC, everyone who is just now discovering us becuase of the table at NYCC, and all of you who have supported from the begining.

Direct download: Back_From_NYCC...With_Contests.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:03pm 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

Here's the audio for the Pitch Worshop I moderated at Balticon. I like to believe the audience got something out of the workshop beyond my tendancy to grandstand.

Eric Kimball, Scott Roche  and Brent Weichsel gave some great points, and we did managed to address everyone who showed up.

Direct download: Balticon_Pitch_Workshop.mp3
Category:Interlude -- posted at: 2:32pm EDT

Jared & Steve Like BLACKSAD

Jared Axelrod and Steve Walker talk about a noir mystery with talking animals, the gorgeously illustrated BLACKSAD.


By Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido

This episode also featured music by:

Muddy Waters
"Mannish Boy" (mp3)
from "The Lost Tapes"
(Blind Pig Records)

Buy at Amazon MP3

Direct download: Jared__Steve_Like_BLACKSAD.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:33pm 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


A bit of an update about the future of the Fables of the Flying City series, along with news about the graphic novel, the Battle Of Blood And Ink.

Direct download: Interlude.mp3
Category:Interlude -- posted at: 11:16am 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

Jared & Steve Like Comics #0

Jared and Steve, the masterminds behind the FABLES OF THE FLYING CITY series, prepare to talk about comics by talking about themselves.

Mentioned in the podcast:

Dylan Meconis's Tri-Corner Hack:
Dylan Meconis's Family Man:
Wizard World Philly:
Walt Simsonson:
Facebook page:
DC Comic's INK:
New York Comic Con:
View From Valhalla:

Direct download: Jared__Steve_Like_Comics_0.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:07am EDT

In which our heroine is not beleived, a liar is called, the wrong parts are thrived upon, descriptions are given, one Ashe lives on withou the other, a silly goose is named, a title is denied, Slanger can't hear, memory is pulled upon, advice on betting is given, Ashe says goodbye, and then moves on to the next adventure.


For further updates on the progression of Book 2 (the next podcast novella) and Book 3 (the graphic novel) go to our Facebook page.


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

Direct download: Episode_33_-_Ashe_of_the_Air.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:38pm EDT

Episode 32 - Balancing on the Fulcrum of Causality

In which it all goes boom.

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

Direct download: Epsiode_32_-_Balancing_on_the_Fulcrum_of_Causality.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:29pm EDT

Episode 31 - Takes All Kinds

In which a situation is diificult to understand, Tolban thinks logically, an Ace of the Air is needed, Ashe gets one better, Mari grips her pillow, a barrel is rolled, a scout ship is slammed against, a door handle is found, and Gatling pays a price for joining in.

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


Direct download: Episode_31_-_Takes_All_Kinds.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:06pm EDT

Episode 30 - Someone Should Be In Heaven

In which a place in the afterlife is assured, a governship is declared, a symbol of might is imagined, a knife finds its mark, a letter is sent, a key is exchanged, a man takes to the air, a horror is witnessed and a price is accepted.

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

Direct download: Episode_30_-_Someone_Should_Be_In_Heaven.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:37pm EDT

Episode 29 - A Necessary Act Of Hell

In which the Provost sets pen to paper, a history is recounted, a dream is regretted, a heart is weighted, a yoke is taken up, beliefs are mistaken, a future is envisioned, and a fool's cap is worn.


Special thanks to Jerry Rudasill for reading this episode.

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

Direct download: Episode_29_-_A_Necessary_Act_of_Hell.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:07pm EDT

Episode 28 - Peddling Life

In which a mother is not expected, a request is denied, daredevil stunts are discouraged, the training of horses is considered, a dream is deferred, a gentleman of the bottle is placed in an uncomfortable spot, easy money has evaporated, a boy is disapointed, a package arivives, and things are much worse than they seem.


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

Direct download: Episode_28_-_Peddling_Life.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:49pm EDT

Episode 27 - The Pieces Left Behind

In which Ashe is found, the Officer's Mess is suggested, what it takes to be Captain is hypothosised, how to destroy the Vrussian Empire is described, an oath is reminded, motivations are revealed, peices are left, a price is quoted, and one peice is chosen to remain.

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

Direct download: Episode_27__The_Peices_Left_Behind.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:45pm EDT

Episode 26 - Twelve Planes

In which Ashe explains what their goals are, Mari expresses doubt, Tolban pleads to be serious, the important thing is discovered, gliding back is declined, an explosion occurs, followed by many more, and Ashe holds her tongue.


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

Direct download: Episode_26_-_Twelve_Planes.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Episode 25 - The Proud Angels

In which Gatling's language of choice is revealed, a knowledge of Chelmois is found useful, a buzzer is bottled, Gatling's height proves a hinderance, a scout ship is scandized, a dirigible is descsribed, the origins of the seige are considered, and Gatlings knowledge about kicks and starving dogs is revealed.

Special thanks to Jennifer Summerfield for reading this episode.

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

Direct download: Episode_25_-_The_Proud_Angels.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:44pm EDT