Highlights from San Diego Comic-Con

Marian shares:  Comic-Con was wild and wonderful again this year – and beyond all the hype, it’s still brimming with the energy of artists and creative minds all there to play.  This year I got to present my own variety show with all the things I like in it:  songs by Seth Boyer, comedy by Joseph Scrimshaw, staged radio drama by Josh A. Cagan & Kayla Cagan, unintentionally hilarious history by David Malki, tragic fiction and hilarious space harmony jingles with Nicole Dieker.  To top it all off we had an interview with two of my favorite Martians, Kim Maxwell and Scott Maxwell, who have sent a little robot to a faraway planet for adventures.

For me the cherry on top was appearing as a guest at w00tstock 8.0, a night of fun and cleverness and madness.  I love w00tstock because I never know whether I’ll wind up singing the Elements with Mike Selinker – or “Shake it Off” with Wil Wheaton – or sea shanties with Paul and Storm – or jazz standards accompanied on sousaphone by David Silverman.

But I’m up for anything. And Comic-Con always stretches what I mean when I say ‘anything.’

Marian Call at San Diego Comic-Con


Marian Call and Seth Boyer return to the lineup of w00tstock 9.0, a variety show at the Balboa Theater in San Diego every year during Comic-Con International. Adam Savage of the Mythbusters hosts, along with Paul & Storm and guests John Hodgman, Gail Simone, Amy Berg, and many more. w00tstock is on Thursday July 20th, tickets available at Ticketmaster.

Marian also plays a solo concert in San Diego on July 21st at Summit UU Fellowship in Santee (tickets), as well as a Los Angeles-area show at Kulak’s Woodshed on July 27th.

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EUROPE AND THE UK – March / April 2016

Hello my dear Adventure Questing companions!  I’m crossing the sea to play concerts for my friends abroad!  Spring tour dates:

March 6 NEW YORK – The Sidewalk Cafe, 94 Avenue A. 7pm, $10-15 artist donation
March 17 AMSTERDAM – ‘Skek, 21:00, free/€10-15 donation
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In May 2015 Marian Call, Molly Lewis, Patrick Race, and Seth Boyer create a sweded version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” video, rewriting the song using only the 1000 most common English words — in the style of Randall Munroe’s Up-Goer Five diagram.  Credits and more details on Youtube or at Alaskarobotics.com — and hey, this little homemade video made it to the official David Bowie website and the front page of xkcd.com!

Kickstarter-2015-skinny-headerMarian and her fans have reached a new milestone — her Kickstarter in August 2015 raised $67,035 to make it the fourth highest funding Kickstarter in the state of Alaska.

The funds are for Marian’s next studio album, Standing Stones, due to be released in 2016.  But fans also helped to fund the creation of new original songs, music videos, custom vinyl, an acoustic EP, and an EP of jazz standards and covers, all now in the pipeline.  For more information visit Marian’s Kickstarter page.

For details and concrete advice about crowdfunding in general, see Marian’s comprehensive blog “Kickstarter Math is Weird,” a good reference for any independent artist or group looking to raise money from their audience.

Artwork by Karen Luke FildesGot to Fly Again

After six long years, Got to Fly has returned on CD!

Got to Fly is my second album from 2008, produced by Quantum Mechanix and inspired by Firefly and Battlestar Galactica.  Although young and raw and eclectic, it remains one of my fans’ favorite records, and I sing songs from it most every night on tour.

The first printing was a limited edition of 1000 signed and numbered discs, and those have been sold out for years.  But this November, by your many many requests, I have released a new CD in a recycled materials CD wallet, with all new artwork by Karen Luke Fildes (yup, my Mom)!  They’re not in fancy jewel cases, it’s a little more reserved packaging than the limited edition, but I am sure you’ll enjoy it.  It costs $12.95 plus S&H, and through Bandcamp we ship to Canada and abroad at or below cost.

Click here to order!

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  For the annual Worldbuilders fundraiser, Marian Call and Patrick Race filmed “Never Measure,” Marian’s favorite soup recipe in song!  The recipe is for smoked salmon potato corn chowder (ingredients and process in text below).  And keep an eye out for the Biscuit Cheat Code, which unlocks 2-ingredient 10-minute PERFECT biscuits.

Worldbuilders is a fundraiser for Heifer International, created by Kingkiller Chronicles author Patrick Rothfuss.  It is full of amazing, and you should check it out! . . .

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Artwork by Patrick RaceAnnouncing a NEW Live Holiday EP to get us all through the Christmas season: Yippee Ki Yay by Marian Call.

These eclectic songs span the holiday experience, from liturgical plainsong and heartfelt hymns to an old-fashioned Airing of Grievances.  Listen or download for free at Bandcamp today!

**Note: the title track has grown-up language, because it’s quoting a classic holiday movie that is for grown-ups.  All other tracks are family-friendly as usual.**

Marian Call Sings the Classics, vol. INew Album: Marian Call Sings the Classics, vol. I

Announcing a new collection of cover songs by Marian Call!  The first of two volumes, this record was a Kickstarter stretch goal, and has launched as of July 28th, 2014.  Order now from Bandcamp! Songs include:

  • The Reading Rainbow theme song
  • The Elements (Tom Lehrer)
  • Yakko’s Universe (The Animaniacs)
  • Particle Man – Live at CERN (They Might Be Giants)
  • Homeward Bound (Simon & Garfunkel)
  • Blackbird (The Beatles)
  • Movin’ Right Along (The Muppet Movie)
  • All of Me

Sketchbook album coverAnnouncing a homebaked CD from the road: Sketchbook. 

Original songs available now on CD or to stream or purchase on Bandcamp.com.

“This album is very much a scrawled checklist of what’s been on my mind:  time, birds, lightning, hope.  Each song is self-contained and focused…deep like diving.”

Read more on Marian’s blog…