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To say that this comic is a modern retelling of the Greek myth of Persephone doesn’t really do it justice. That’s what it is at its core, but the story ends up being so much more than that. With this comic, writer Loïc Locatelli Kournwsky has created an entire world, rooted in Greek myths, but also very much its own entity—and fascinating to read.

The following is an interview with writer/producer David Blake Lucarelli regarding the premiere of his production, Dr. Zomba’s Ghost Show of Terror, at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival.  In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Lucarelli about the inspiration behind the production, his creative process and inspirations, how you can purchase tickets, and more!

Issue #2 of Steve Orlando and Garry Brown’s Crude takes a sharp right turn, and it’s hard for me to say whether it’s going to all fit together or not just yet.

Paranoia is the main dish in Jeff Lemire (writer) and Andrea Sorrentino’s (artist) Gideon Falls, a story that weaves in and out of themes of madness, faith, and the supernatural. A sort of Twin Peaks meets…I’ve been digging around for a second example, because there is something in the way this book is approached and constructed that doesn’t quite feel like this or that. I could say Jacob’s Ladder or Hellraiser by way of Andrei Tarkovsky. There’s a gritty, dreamlike quality to this book, an effective, surreal, nightmarish atmosphere that Sorrentino creates with Dave Stewart (colors).

This book is hard to describe. While the general premise (Gods return for 2 year, then die, only to be reborn again.) isn't so tough to explain, when issues like this one come along, where reading it becomes a tale of two halves, it complicates things a bit, especially as the true narrative of the book begins to unravel, with the Great Darkness approaching and everything flying full steam into the endgame.

You don’t read I Am a Hero, the zombie epic by Kengo Hanazawa, you full on experience it. From the first book, I knew it would be special. I knew I had to read every volume as it came out, but I would have never been able to tell you that this is where we would be after reading the final pages of Omnibus 6. This series continuously undercuts expectations and presents to you a reality unexpected. It’s a constant mind-f***, an emotional battering ram, an exhilarating lightning rod of a read in which you experience this absurd, outrageous, and terrifying world along with this oddball assortment of survivors. It’s exactly how you would expect a zombie apocalypse to break the rules of everything you knew to be true. Here, the zombies (known as ZQNs) are transfixed with repeating their day-to-day life. Why? How? Omnibus 6 toys with some answers while presenting a sort of hierarchy of ZQNs that could spell the demise of the remaining survivors.

Wednesday is back! And, no surprise, he’s been concocting some battle plans. It’s refreshing to have his magic and superior knowledge of things back, as well. I love the sequence when he explains to Shadow all of the charms that he knows. These panels show the extent of his power—which seems to be rather far-reaching. Wednesday has powers that affect both humans and other magical beings, and many of his powers can protect people, which does not seem in line with his character. I had always viewed Wednesday as being more self-serving, but his true agenda continues to be a mystery. Perhaps there is a more philanthropic motivation—either that or he just has the ability to help people but may not often choose to exercise these powers.

As a special feature of The Fanbase Weekly podcast, the Fanbase Feature focuses on and celebrates a specific element of geek culture.

In this Fanbase Feature, Fanbase Press President Bryant Dillon chats with writer Rachel Beck regarding her work on the cyberpunk book series, The Glitch Logs. Dillon and Beck discuss her inspiration for writing the three-book series, her creative inspirations, her work with audio drama production company StoryForge Productions, and much more.

The Fanbase Press staff is very excited to be exhibiting once again at Phoenix Comicon 2018, alongside a number of other talented independent creators! Taking place from Thursday, May 24, through Sunday, May 27, 2018, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ, the comic book convention will celebrate all-thing comics and pop culture! At the convention, we will be meeting fans at the shared Fanbase Press / Tiki Machine booth (1174) on the main floor of the convention center, where you can purchase all of our comics and graphic novels!

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