I’m a sucker for a great, small English village murder mystery. I much prefer those over American television crime dramas. There’s just something so much more real about them than what we do here, and not everyone is a size negative two with perfect skin and hair, plus there’s the difference in culture, so that’s a huge draw for a criminal justice fanatic. I’ve even got the English version of our Miranda warning memorized. (It’s possibly a disease.)

Bedtime Games #1 introduced us to a new face in horror: Mr. Bedtime. Like Freddy Krueger, he deals in nightmares. Unlike Freddy Krueger, he takes his time, manipulating his prey to act out for him. I was intrigued by the first issue, but it was difficult to get a bead on it. It really took its time and didn’t get to Mr. Bedtime until the end of the issue. Having spent an issue with Mr. Bedtime, I can safely say that he kind of scares me. The reason is because he doesn't hunt prey, attack, kill, and torture. He spends his time manipulating and psychologically getting into these kids’ heads. Ah, the kids!

All of the great fantasy characters mixed with twenty-something, modern-day archetypes introduced in the first issue of Modern Fantasy are still great, even though the story waffles around a bit, ending on a very similar note to the first issue. These lovable, wannabe adventurers finally get to go on their first adventure! Though technically the stakes are slightly higher in issue two than issue one, the gravity of the situation feels a bit thin…maybe that’s the joke - twenty-somethings making something bigger out of something than it seems or making nothing at all out of something - as that joke is certainly at the heart of a lot of the characters’ mindsets. That’s a good thing. While Rafer Roberts does ground her characters in this ridiculous world, she also realizes that being in your early twenties is actual a ridiculous time. Kristen Gudsnuk adds to the ridiculousness of it all with her playful, yet really beautiful, art.

Blackwood #3 feels like it’s in a rush to get somewhere but doesn’t know quite what to focus on. So many really fun ideas are being juggled around, but almost too many. Just as we’re about to have a character moment, there’s a revelation.  Just as we’re about to get a revelation, there’s suddenly new information.  Just as new information is about to be introduced, a monkey with two heads tries to steal your coat. I feel like for this story to have played out naturally and evenly would have benefited from additional issues, but again, I don’t have the final issue in my hand, so it’s hard for me to say.  So, let’s focus on issue three.

Sitting at about 122 pages, The Beef collects the first five issues of a bold and brutal indictment of the meat packing industry. The book is written by a juicy slab of creatives; Tyler Shainline and Richard Starkings write, while Shaky Kane delivers those lean visuals. It is published by Image Comics and boy, oh boy, this greasy tale is disgusting.

God Complex is a neo-noir mystery that plays fast and loose with a blend of sci-fi elements and a complex dive into Greek mythology. Bryan Lie is credited as the creator and designer on the book, though it’s written by Paul Jenkins and illustrated by Hendry Prasetya. The first volume aptly titled Vol. 1: Dogma just released, and it collects the first six issues of God Complex with your typical concept art back pages.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Fanbase Press' Barbra Dillon talks with author Andy Weir (The Martian, Artemis) and author/historian Susan Wise Bauer (The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome) discuss their work on Nat Geo's MARS Season 2, corporate space travel vs. government space travel, the concept of the Space Force, and more.

The Fanbase Press crew attended San Diego Comic-Con's Star vs. the Forces of Evil / Big City Greens panel on Thursday, July 19, 2018, which involved the cast and creative teams behind the respective shows discussing what viewers can anticipate from the upcoming seasons. The lineup of panelists included Adam McArthur (voice of Marco Diaz), Eden Sher (voice of Star Butterfly), Esmé Bianco (voice of Eclipsa), Daron Nefcy (Star vs. The Forces of Evil creator), as well as Shane and Chris Houghton (creators of Big City Greens) and Marieve Herington (voice of Tilly Green). The panel was moderated by Chris Houghton.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Fanbase Press' Barbra Dillon talks with writer Sam Humphries and artist Alti Firmansyah about the announcement of their new series, Goliath Girls, through ComiXology Originals.

It’s the last day of San Diego Comic-Con, and we’re here to keep you excited, even if the energy levels are dropping from you, your partner, or your kiddos. There are still plenty of activities to dive into, including world premieres, LEGO action, a costume ball, and sessions for the artists at heart.

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