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30 October 2017

The Top 20 TV Spin Off Shows of All-Time - Xena!

Sometimes a character on a TV show becomes so popular that viewers want to see more and more of them, so much so that the original TV show is no longer capable of meeting their needs. Other times a TV show plants the seeds of a narrative that is too promising to be neglected but too big to be crammed into its initial confines, meaning that it needs its own TV show to flourish. Whatever the exact cause, there have been numerous spin-offs on the TV screen, including a fair number that were outstanding on their own merits.

Here are 20 of the top TV spin-offs of all time:

ImageNumber 8: Xena: Warrior Princess

Xena started out as a recurring character who was scheduled to die after three episodes on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. However, she became so popular that she received her own TV show, Xena: Warrior Princess, which became so popular that it soon surpassed its source. As a result, there is still a cult following for the TV show as well as hundreds and hundreds of tie-in products, which speak volumes about its continuing influence.

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27 October 2017

Continuing This Week's Featured Bard Iseqween's Xena Classic Fanfic Selections!

We're continuing this week's Featured Bard's Xena Classic Fic by Iseqween!

Will You Still Love Me Yesterday
Our girls confront a “what if” scenario spun between the end of WHEN FATES COLLIDE and the beginning of DEBT I.

Delves into the minds of a warrior and peasant girl who change the course of each other’s lives during the “teaser” for SINS OF THE PAST.

Trying Fun
Xena and Gabrielle must deal with "growing pains" that surface in their relationship after fighting the Horde and will later develop into the full-blown "rift" of season three.

Xena experiences life without Gabrielle, who freezes during a melee and decides to return home in the first season episode THE PRODIGAL.

Some months after she begins traveling with Xena, Gabrielle meets a man from the warrior’s past who teaches the companions a lesson about keeping secrets from each other.



27 October 2017

The Steven L. Sears Radio Show

ImageSteven has his own radio show! Mega cool news. What's the show about?
The following is from Steve's official site

Who? Well, some of you know me. For those who don't, I'm a TV/Film writer and producer, author, graphic novelist, and sometimes actor (rarely) with a career that spans over thirty years. I've worked on many TV series from THE A-TEAM to XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS and I'm the author of the NON-USER-FRIENDLY GUIDE FOR ASPIRING TV WRITERS. For a quick primer, here is my IMDB page and an oh-so-immodest video resume' here.

One of my new endeavors is a continuing radio series on Brigade Radio One.

I'll be chatting with people inside and outside the industry, there will be remote episodes at events I'm appearing at, lots of appearances with cronies of mine, and several episodes dealing specifically with how to work and survive in the Film and Television industry.

BRIGADE RADIO ONE is a new network with a large and impressive number of radio shows produced by people who come from all areas of entertainment and interest. From Adrian Paul, Sheila E, Michael Lange, Betty Thomas, Courtney Gaines, Coolio, Don Most and many many others!



Where Steven stumbles his way through his first episode, getting used to the equipment and opining on his past. SPECIAL GUEST - Jessica Brawner, author of "Charisma +1, the Guide to Convention Etiquette"

Where Steven introduces Babs Greyhosky, an extraordinary person. Aside from writing on such shows as MAGNUM PI, GREATEST AMERICAN HERO, THE A-TEAM and so many others, she was the Executive Producer of RIPTIDE, the first series I ever worked on and my big break. Babs was also responsible for me working on XENA. We discuss the past, the shows we've worked on together, our strong continuing friendship, and her recent endeavors as a psychologist working with Veterans.

Where Steven does a couple of remote episodes from Comic Cons.
Joining me at Comic Con Palm Springs the weekend of August 24-27, 2017, is Jon Schnepp, an independent filmmaker, director of METALOCALYPSE, producer/director/writer of the documentary THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN LIVES: WHAT HAPPENED? At Long Beach Comic Con the weekend of September 2-3, 2017, I was joined by Neo Edmund, author/screenwriter/comic book writer and the host of his own show on Brigade Radio One, Neo's Con Quest.



26 October 2017

Looking for Australian and NZ Xena Fans For Australian Magazine Feature On How Xena Changed Your Life


If you are Aussie and or a Kiwi Xenite, this notice is for you.

I've been contacted by the Features Writer of That's Life magazine here in Australia. They would like to feature a Xena superfan (which is pretty much every fan) and in particular women who have been really touched by Xena in some way (I didn't write that, Beth, the features writer wrote that). They are looking for fans who have been inspired by the show and how that has changed their lives ie (having a Xena themed wedding, changing some major in your life etc).

It would involve a phone interview and sending some pics. The article is not a gotcha interview (if you are worried about this). You will have a chance to preview the article in full before it goes to print.
So, if you are interested, get in touch with me and I'll give Beth your details.


- You must be an Australian or New Zealand Xena fan.
- Xena must have touched your life and you have made changes because of her
- You're willing to tell your story

Okay? Awesome. If you are that fan, contact me on http://ausxip.com/contact.html



25 October 2017

Featured Bard: Iseqween - Classic Fiction Update

Iseqween is a very prolific bard! Here's five classic Xena fics! For those just catching up - I'm got a new feature on AUSXIP Xena: The Bard's Corner. I'm going to be featuring one bard's work for the entire week. The first week is showcasing Iseqween's fanfic!

The Ghost Of A Smile

Begins shortly after the events portrayed in the series finale A FRIEND IN NEED and explores Gabrielle’s coming to terms with Xena’s promise never to leave her soulmate. Continues in “A Fly in the Ointment” and “Suns of The Passed.”

Under Other Circumstances
Initially trying to relax and solve a mystery, our girls end up discovering more than they wanted to know about the meaning of justice, sacrifice and friendship.

Until We Meet Again
A brief encounter between two young people that may have helped shaped the destinies of a warrior and bard whose partnership changed the world.

When Xena Was More Than Herself
Gabrielle encounters mixed results and a mysterious enemy when she seeks help from the Amazons in handling a Warrior Princess who seems to be living her past and future in unexpected ways

When Xena Was Not Quite Herself
Gabrielle’s wry “inside view” of what it was really like traveling with a pregnant Warrior Princess.



24 October 2017

Xena FanFic - Featured Bard of the Week Iseqween - Classic Fic

Xena FanFic - Featured Bard of the Week Iseqween

My Dance With The Devil: Reflections on Heart of Darkness
Captures that pivotal moment in HEART OF DARKNESS, when Xena sensuously entices Gabrielle and Lucifer to experience the sinful pleasures of hell.

Scrrritch Scratch
Imagines Xena and Gabrielle in their “golden years,”
wondering what might be missing or worth preserving in their lives. Continues in “Everywhere, One and Eternal.”

So Far: Reflections on "Maternal Instincts"
The first of three episode-focused “Reflections” that imagine in-the-moment thoughts of Xena and Gabrielle during key stages of their relationship.

So Close, So Far: Reflections on "Crusader"
second of three episode-focused “Reflections” that imagine in-the-moment thoughts of Xena and Gabrielle during key stages of their relationship.

So Close: Reflections on Ides of March
The last of three episode-focused “Reflections” that imagine in-the-moment thoughts of Xena and Gabrielle during key stages of their relationship.



24 October 2017

Featured Bard of the Week: IseQueen

I'm going to be doing a Featured Bard section on the site that will a bard's work spanning a week. This week it's Iseqween and we start off with four of her CLASSIC Xena stories. If you would like to nominate a Featured Bard (doesn't have to be on AUSXIP), please submit it here

Behind Sight
Several years after settling down in the story "Enough", Gabrielle decides revisiting her early journeys with Xena might provide more accurate directions for a new generation of heroes.

A Fly in the Ointment
Gabrielle seems to be living the life Xena dreamed for her in the previous post-series finale story “The Ghost of A Smile,” but with some problems and possibilities neither of them expected. Continues in “Suns of The Passed.”

Echoes of the Battling Bard
A wannabe storyteller interested in Gabrielle and Xena meets someone who teaches him that the line dividing dream from reality can be as tough as it is thin.

Just Be Ready
Fills the gap in this ep between the time Xena is freed from the dungeon and when she says at the palace pool, “Don’t thank me, just be ready” for Gabrielle to have her vengeance.



13 October 2017

Xena Uber Fiction Flashback: Lucifer Rising by S. Bowers

ImageLucifer Rising by S. Bowers
Uber Alt

This story was my first foray into reading Uber fan fiction - A friend recommended I read Lucifer Rising and what a revelation it turned out to be. This story is packed with adventure, intrigue, love that knows no bounds and a good dose of mystery thrown in. This is the story of Jude Lucien, an ex DEA agent and Liz Gardener a nosey reporter. This is a fantastically richly woven story that you will not be able to turn away from this xenaverse Uber classic.


Awarded a XIPPY Award on: 8 October 1999

Artwork is by Calli / Callis Creations



7 October 2017

Lucy Lawless 20 Years Later Still Kicking Ass and the Ash Vs Evil Dead Lucy Image Galleries!

Before we get to the Kicking Ass image, I have to tell you about the AUSXIP server issues I'm having. It seem certain portions of the site/s haven't migrated properly (grrr) and I'm only finding them because I'm about to update them and they are not there (eg image galleries). This happened with the Ash vs Evil Dead gallery on the Lucy site today. PLEASE if you get an error message when you go to any section of AUSXIP, please contact me - AUSXIP is a monster site and sometimes I won't get around to finding the problem for quite some time. So if you find a problem, please report it to me.

So. I have the technology, I have rebuilt it (sorry couldn't resist...I am a bionic geek at heart and it was my first love/crush/sigh). Anyhoo...lookee the image galleries are working again!



and now the kick ass (I keep writing Kick Ash...) image I created some time ago...


Yes Indeed.

For more about Lucy's role as Ruby in Ash vs Evil Dead head on over to AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Ash Vs Evil Dead subsite



5 October 2017

Press Release: Dynamite Entertainment Relaunching Xena: Warrior Princess Comic Book Series

Xena is back...at least in comics rather than live action. Check out the press release below!

ImageDynamite Entertainment, a leading publisher of English language comic books and graphic novels, is proud to announce the extension of their publishing deal with NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products for comic books and graphic novels based on the Xena: Warrior Princess television series. The first new series is set to launch in February 2018 with Xena #1 from writer Meredith Finch (Wonder Woman, Justice League Saga, Rose)! Finch will be joined by husband David (X-Men, Wolverine), who will lend his legendary talents by serving as cover artist for the series debut issue!

Writer Meredith Finch says, "In an industry filled with strong female superheroes, Xena stands out as a woman who's only super power is her sheer strength of will and character. She has overcome tremendous obstacles to become a beacon of hope for her people and readers alike. I could not be more thrilled to have the opportunity to add to her mythos."

Meredith Finch is a comic book writer, best known for her work on DC Comic's Wonder Woman in 2011. Since, she has worked with a number of top publishers and most recently launched her first creator-owned series, Rose, in 2017.

The Xena: Warrior Princess franchise first expanded into comic books in 1997 with several series published by Topps Comics, including crossovers with their Hercules: The Legendary Journeys comics. Two years later, Dark Horse acquired the rights and published a fourteen-issue series. In 2006, Dynamite Entertainment acquired the rights, publishing Xena: Warrior Princess #1-4 (the "Contest of Pantheons" storyline) and a second series, subtitled Dark Xena. Also, two tongue-in-cheek crossover series materialized with Dynamite's long-running Army of Darkness series, as both Xena and AOD had roots at Renaissance Pictures and featured actor and cult film hero Bruce Campbell. In 2015, Dynamite reacquired the Xena license, publishing a new core series, an additional AOD crossover (subtitled Forever and a Day), and high-quality reprints of classic Xena comic books from the 1990s and early 2000s.

"We're proud to be the comic book home for Xena: Warrior Princess, now and for the future," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite. "The fit is perfect: between our library of licensed fantasy (A Game of Thrones, Warlord of Mars, Army of Darkness, Wheel of Time, etc.) and penchant for strong, charismatic female protagonists (Sheena, Vampirella, Red Sonja, Barbarella, and more), Dynamite is the perfect arena for the continuing adventures of Xena and Gabrielle! And there could not be a better writer than Meredith Finch to convey Xena's strength and power, and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to work with both Meredith and David on this exciting new launch!"

Xena #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' December 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in February 2018. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Xena #1 with their local comic book retailers. Xena #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.



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