Radio Hope and the Reader Episode 8: Craddlebutter

Radio Hope and The Reader is a weekly podcast set up like the journal of a superhero, The Reader, John Black, stuck on a satellite in space as he copes with his own loneliness as well as trying to solve the problems of the planet Earth.

Written and Narrated by Luke Herr

This week! Craddlebutter

Hope Satellite illustrated by James Lloyd.


Click here to listen to episode 8 (it’s about 18 minutes)

or here to download the seventh episode.

Notes and commentary after the jump.

This was the last pitch that I figured out when originally planning this as a comic series and it was going to be Klarion doing shenanigans because when I wrote the pitch I hadn’t seen the Young Justice episode where he actually did actually kidnap the parents of the world leaving the kids alone. Klarion is pretty dang cool.

And originally I was going to stick with this idea for the character – the magic jerky kid from another culture. I mean. I’d been rereading Seven Soldiers of Victory (and annotations that took me longer to read than the book itself) and I started thinking about alternate villains – though I didn’t remember the Young Justice episode, my mind flowed more to the Justice League Unlimited episode where Mordred does pretty much the same thing.

So I ended up taking a different approach with a pan-gendered, pan-sexual faerie that was trapped between worlds and desired the boning to make a baby with a human. And that is more disturbing – both the fact that it has rules about who it wants to get with and the idea that it is willing to wait. What happens if John does start dating someone? With the far send eels after him to knock over the boat and scare off all of the fish? And speaking of Little Mermaid, if those saltwater fish went into brackish/freshwater wouldn’t some of them die? Actually I don’t remember who all was in that scene besides Sebastian.

Anyway, I was pretty happy with this episode. I hoped it was more fun.

Luke Herr

Luke is a writer and an aspiring professional comic writer who is also the editor in chief of Nerdcenaries. He currently is working on a graphic novel called Prison Spaceship.