Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
The Staff of Fanboy Comics is excited to announce a big distribution deal this week in the independent comic book publishing world. Publishers Group West (PGW), a member of the Perseus Books Group, will begin distributing both front and back list titles from up-and-coming independent graphic novel publisher Archaia Entertainment, LLC.
Archaia is widely known throughout the graphic novel community for producing visually stunning works that seek to transform the mind, with titles including Mouse Guard, Dapper Men, The Killer, and the entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels. As reported by Ain’t It Cool News, it was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year and received nine Eisner Award nominations in 2011. Archaia’s domestic and international successes will continue to find large audiences, as PGW is set to distribute the titles to the U.S. and Canada. According to Archaia CEO PJ Bickett, “We are proud to be forging powerful partnerships with industry leaders in all aspects of our business, underscoring Archaia’s arrival as a substantial player within the publishing world. PGW represents our newest prestigious partner, a world-class distributor that has the unique ability to expand our company’s titles across the book trade, educational, library, and international markets.”
From time to time, Fanboy Comics will promote different projects that we do not directly produce or publish. (Although, we wish that we did!) As a sign of our support and approval, you can find these selections under the FBC ApprovedTM section of our website. Please understand that, no matter how badly we would love to take credit, these works have been independently created and produced by the talented people attached to them.
In this spirit, Fanboy Comics announces its promotion of the epic, yet funny, web series The End. written by Bryan Mayer and directed by Peter Harmon. Taking place in a future where robots have taken over and there are only a few survivors left, The End. is a post-apocalyptic buddy comedy which is entertaining, quirky, and full of geek references to keep you coming back every Friday for the next episode!
May 25, 2011
The Staff of Fanboy Comics would like to wish you a very happy Geek Pride Day! For the website that promises all things geek, we would be remiss if we did not inform our readers about one of the most important days of the year.
Every May 25th, geeks around the world continue an initiative to celebrate and promote geek culture. As many of you most likely know, May 25th was selected as it was the release date of the first Star Wars film in 1977. Tim McEachern in Albany, NY, first organized unconnected events called Geek Pride Festival and/or Geek Pride Day in 1998, and the events spread throughout America and the rest of the world.
The End. A Web Series.
The robots have taken over and there are only a few survivors left.
(The End. is a post-apocalyptic buddy comedy.)
Catch a new episode on the Fanboy Comics website every Friday!
Starring: Bryan Mayer and Justinh Avery
Directed by Peter Harmon
Written by Bryan Mayer
Director of Photography: Rick Bickerstaff
Edited by Jason Marsh
Sound Design and Sound Editing by Ian Becker
Produced by Bryan Mayer
Co-Produced by Justinh Avery, Peter Harmon, Ian Becker, Rick Bickerstaff, and Jason Marsh
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
The Staff of Fanboy Comics is happy to share some very exciting news this morning! Comikaze Expo, a pop culture expo featuring comics, horror, sci-fi, and gaming genres, has announced its event dates and a few special guests for Los Angeles this year! Below, please find the official press release for the convention, which will no doubt be the comic event of the year here in LA. [Image, Right - Poster by Crowded Teeth (http://crowdedteeth.com/)]
Stay tuned for an exclusive Fanboy Comics interview with Comikaze Expo CEO Regina Carpinelli!
When Fanboy Comics is not providing you with the latest in geek news and entertainment, the staff and I hope to offer our readers a myriad of opportunities to give back to the community. We love reading comics, watching movies, and playing video games, but we are never happier than when we are able to help others in need. With Geeks Care: How You Can Help, FBC will provide you a variety of causes that would greatly appreciate your time.
This week, veteran comic book colorist Moose Baumann (Transformers, The Flash: Rebirth, 52, Green Lantern) reached out to the comic book community in an attempt to raise money for his wife’s cancer treatment. As is the case for many freelance artists within the comic book industry, publishers do not provide health care as would a normal employer. In addition, acquiring health care when you have a pre-existing condition, like cancer, is more difficult, as providers are often unwilling to insure you. With no health care coverage and mounting medical bills nearing $90,000, Baumann is selling high quality prints of his incredible work for only $20.00 each.
"Tragedy. Milk. Revenge. Killin’ Nat-zis. The Bear Jew. Hitler. Wrath. Hugo Stiglitz. Sacrifice. Schnapps. Movie Premieres. Mexican Standoffs. Love. Hate. Knives. Torture. Strudel. Sabotage. Giant Burning Faces. Art. Revenge. Destruction. Dynamite. Scotch. Baseball bats. B.J. Novak. Deceit. Death. Feet. Lust. Winston Churchill. Glory. Hate. Spies. Scalping. Arson. Kidnapping. Colonel Hans Landa. Honor. Machine Guns. Treason. Fear. Rebellion. Pain. Revenge. Quentin Tarantino has done it again!"
Bryant, here! How’s it going in the geek-brotherhood?
Sorry that I’ve been so absent lately, guys! Between San Diego Comic-Con recovery and the pre-production and casting for Something Animal, free time is not a common thing for me recently. By the way, if you haven’t heard of Something Animal yet, check out the website HERE!!! Look for me to fill in some more details next week when I post my “Vamp-Wrap Up” blog and give you my thoughts about Tru Blood, Twilight, Buffy, and, of course, Something Animal.
Anyways, SDCC rocked, as usual. There were fewer cool blockbusters being pushed this year, so those sections felt a little hollow, but the FBC gang washed that bad taste out of our mouths by nabbing tickets to the first screening of Inglourious Basterds for an American audience!!! I nearly pissed myself when I found out that we were getting in! I did piss myself when the tickets turned out to be Inglourious Basterds dog tags! Holy Frak!!!
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies is a fun animated movie that will entertain children and adults alike. In this film adaptation of the comic of the same name written by Jeph Loeb, we have an economic downturn, we have a modern, ever humble yet clever and quipping Superman, we have a huge meteor made of kryptonite speeding towards earth, and we have Lex Luthor being elected President of the United States. This sets up a Watchmen-style world where superheroes are working for the American Government, “So they don’t work against me,” confides Luthor. When Superman refuses to work for his long time enemy he and Batman, who shows up randomly, become wanted criminals. From this device we see all sorts of modern political commentary emerge on the nature of the power of authority, the use of manipulation and fear in the media, and the difference between what is “right” and what is the law, although, these issues are secondary to the action and plot, but what do you expect?
Before I get into the actual review, I want to make my position very clear: I LOVED the 1999 cult hit Boondock Saints. I saw it on a recommendation and fell in love. The action sequences were wildly fresh. The story was engaging and original. The acting was great, save a forgivable few mediocre performances. The characters and dialogue were colorful, witty, and light. The movie was so f---ing fun!
The Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day is not fun. This movie is about the return of the McManus brothers (Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus) from a self-imposed exile in Ireland to once again roam the streets of Boston enforcing their own brand of justice. The filmmakers tried to recreate the quick pace and slick style of Boondock the first but could manage only to get it up to the level of a shitty knockoff. The action sequences are laughably repetitive and several are blatant rehashes of scenes from the first movie, with only minor differences.
The script is ridden with transparent exposition, unreasonable plot advances, pointless callbacks to the first film, and masturbatory self-awareness gags as if to say, “We have legions of fans that care about a f---ing good story.” This sequel is schizophrenic and celebratory, a stark contrast to the first film.