May 26, 2021
CALLING ALPHA CONTROL: RON GROSS 3.0
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. Ron FAMOUSLY 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 licensed calendars & poster art based on the original Irwin Allen television properties.
RON’S BIO: Ron grew up in Aurora Illinois and resides in the greater Chicago area to this day. After retiring from a distinguished career as a Sales Executive, Ron's fully devoted himself to his passion for creating art. When we spoke with Ron last time, we focused on his THEN soon “to-be-released” Limited-Edition Lost in Space Deluxe Trading Card set, featuring his own dazzling Artwork, as well as a fascinating series ‘In Universe’ storyline. This beautiful, ‘officially-licensed’ Card Set, which was released in late 2019 quickly became a huge critical & professional success for Ron, adding to his well-deserved fame among serious fans as the modern “Artist-Laureate” of Irwin Allen’s original Lost in Space. Now Ron has followed up that accomplishment, with yet another fantastic project: his newly released book, "Fantasy Worlds Beyond: The Irwin Allen Art of Ron Gross". More than three years in the making, this full-color volume contains over 200 illustrations, covering Three Decades of Ron’s artistic contributions to the world of Irwin Allen and includes Many Works that have never been seen before! Today we’re going to speak in-depth with Ron about his fabulous New Art Book & what it took to make this long-held dream a reality. And I’ll ask him what other future LIS & Irwin Allen projects might be on his agenda. So, sit back, relax & enjoy this compelling ‘Round 3’ interview with gifted Lost in Space graphic artist & enthusiast Mr. Ron Gross.
PODCAST INFO: This interview was conducted on 19 MAY 2021.