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Welcome Galactic Castaways, this is Alpha Control the podcast about Irwin Allen’s classic 1960’s Sci-Fi Adventure television series LOST IN SPACE. Listen to a comprehensive review of one episode of the series per podcast. We also release special shows and interviews focusing on subjects directly related to Lost in Space. Alpha Control is an interesting, fun walk down memory lane with two fans who grew up watching Lost in Space that finally get the opportunity to share their knowledge and love of the show with a wider audience.

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"Lost in Space - The Art of Ron Gross"



Oct 17, 2019


EPISODE SYNOPSIS: We welcome back a special guest to Alpha Control; Lost in Space artist Mr. RON GROSS. Ron is an incredibly talented & prolific graphic artist who is skilled in both traditional and digital rendering techniques. Many of his beautiful creations employ a distinctive hybrid production methodology that he personally developed. Ron's Lost in Space related works include assorted box art illustrations for both Polar Lights and Moebius Models model kits dating back to 1998. As a scale model prototyping artisan, Ron scratch-built his own 1:70 scale Jupiter 2 model that eventually became the design basis for the classic kit marketed by Polar Lights in 1998, thus filling the void for this decades-long awaited product. Ron has shared his novel scratch-building techniques with a wider audience, writing multiple articles for publications such as "Scale Modeler," "Fine Scale Modeler," and "Sci-Fi and Fantasy Modeler". In association with Kevin Burns of Synthesis Entertainment, Ron also designed the official 45th and 50th Lost in Space anniversary logos. Fans of the show are most familiar with his stunning officially licensed calendars & poster art based on the original Irwin Allen television properties.

RON’S BIO: First, before we speak with him, a little background on Mr. Gross. Ron grew up in the Chicago-land area where he resides to this day.  Although, his creative interests & talents were evident from an early age; it's only after he retired from his 30+ year career working for the Tandy Corporation that he's been able to devote himself full-time to his art.  As a result of Ron’s life-long affection for Lost in Space & his later partnership with Kevin Burns, he’s acquainted with many exclusive behind-the-scenes details about the series. In addition, he’s had the opportunity to meet & get to know several of the original cast & creators. In fact, for many years he maintained a close personal friendship & correspondence with the late great Jonathan Harris. When we spoke with Ron last time, we focused on his LIS fandom, early sci-fi model building & his second career as a graphic artist. Ron’s still producing a steady stream of officially licensed LIS posters & calendars, but now he has a brand-new project to share with us; a ‘soon to be released’ Limited Edition Deluxe Series Trading Card set that features his own dazzling Artwork, as well as a fascinating LIS ‘In Universe’ storyline. Today we’re going to speak with Ron about his New Trading Card Set, delve a little deeper into his artwork, get an ‘after action report’ on Wonder-Fest 2019 & get a sneak preview of the future LIS & Irwin Allen projects on his agenda.  So, sit back, relax & enjoy this compelling ‘Round 2’ interview with talented Lost in Space graphic artist & enthusiast Mr. Ron Gross.

PODCAST INFO: This interview was conducted on 1 AUG & 21 AUG 2019.