Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
The FBC staff is excited to announce that Blastoff Comics will be opening a new store in North Hollywood, CA, on Saturday, November 10th, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The online retailer's new brick-and-mortar location will offer both current and back-issue comics and graphic novels, with a special focus on comic book rarities. Blastoff's grand opening celebration will host industry greats including Mark Waid (Daredevil, Kingdom Come), novelist and comic book writer Gregg Hurwitz (The Survivor, Batman: The Dark Knight), comic book writer Jim Krueger (Justice, Earth-X), and comic book writer and author Scott Tipton (Star Trek/Doctor Who, The Star Trek Vault).
The following is an interview with professional makeup artist Melissa Wagner. In this Halloween-themed interview, Fanboy Comics' Bryant Dillon chats with Wagner about how she got her start in the makeup industry, the best foundations and powders to use to achieve Kirkman-esque zombie makeup, and why Rick Baker is the man when it comes to makeup effects.
This interview was conducted on October 26, 2012.
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
The goblins and ghouls at FBC would like to wish you and yours a Happy Halloween! Today is a day to showcase our cosplay love, carve pumpkins, eat far too much candy, draw Pagan symbols on the floor and then accidentally spray human blood on them, therby unleashing Gachnar who terrorizes the students of UC Sunnydale . . . I mean . . . you know, the regular Halloween things that you do . . .
While all of the aforementioned activities make today tremendously fun, it is just not Halloween without remembering one thing: "Anything Can Happen on Halloween."
I don’t know how it happened. I really don’t. I started reading Doctor Muscles: Journal One (collecting the first five volumes of the comic by Austin Tinius, Robert Salinas, and various artists) and I couldn’t have been less interested. The story? I neither understood nor cared. The characters? They either irritated me or confused me. The writing? It felt like it was some great inside joke and the art did, too. I just flat out didn’t understand what was going on or why. But, by some great miracle, Issue #4 hooked me. I found myself mysteriously invested in this strange comic. I suddenly liked the characters; I mean I was actively rooting for them and somehow I found myself understanding the basic scenario that had been utterly confusing for the last three issues. And, I have no idea how it happened.
We're back this week with a more action-oriented installment of The Clone Wars and probably my favorite episode so far of the Onderon arc. I really dug the direction they took with the opening, having the Rebels jump into action against the Separatist Droids patrolling the streets, making themselves known to the town folk. The gigantic holograph was a neat effect, allowing Steela to broadcast herself around various points in the town.
Annual issues are really interesting, as they tend to be longer than normal comic books and give stories that are directly related to what’s been going on in the main issues over the past year. A lot of annuals I’ve read give a story that has to be read in order to continue with a specific storyline in the main issues, but the 2012 issue of TMNT is very different; this is a stand-alone, which can be read all on its own while still adding to the overall flavor of the continuity. It was a nice “break” from the rest of the stories in the TMNT titles and allowed me to see more into the underbelly of the various baddies in the TMNT universe. I’d say “go green machine,” but given that it’s in black and white, I don’t think it would apply; oh, well—“go newspaper grey machine?”
The second issue of the Amazon Studios published comic Blackburn Burrow is available for free to download to your eBook reading device of choice. This is a move by Amazon to figure out how popular this property could be as a movie. If you haven’t read the first issue, which is also free, you can probably still follow along with this handy dandy, spoiler-filled guide to issue one.
What if you took the craziest villain you could think of, like Heath Ledger’s Joker, and mixed him with Hannibal Lecter, but with more showmanship. What if you took that psychopath and, right after he got away with the biggest, nastiest, most despicable act of terror ever, you tried to make him into a good guy? What if you fixed whatever was wrong in his brain, put him on a bunch of anti-psychotic medicine, and gave him another chance? What if you gave him a chance to put all of that ridiculously dangerous intellect to good use? This is the basic premise of Bedlam, a book that asks the question “is evil just something you are or something you do?”
I made what I thought was an interesting connection in my head while sitting at the Disney El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, waiting for the press screening of Wreck-It Ralph to begin.
If you don’t live in Los Angles, El Capitan is a classic old movie house on Hollywood Boulevard (It’s literally right across the street from Grauman’s Chinese Theater.) that has in the past few years been completely refurbished and operated by Disney. Built in 1926, El Cap hosted the world premiere of Citizen Cain. After falling into a state of serious disrepair, Disney and Pacific Theaters reopened the newly fixed-up palace in 1991.
One of the many treats in watching a film there is the great Wurlitzer organ, played by the great organist Rob Richards. The pre-movie medley of Disney songs that Richards plays is kind of amazing to hear, especially when you consider the great pieces of music Disney films have given us over the years.
So, this is where my connection kicked in; most of the Disney songs Richards plays are in chronological order. There is a massive gap in time between the great songs like “Bear Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You” from The Jungle Book in the late 1960s and the Menken/Ashman modern classics that began to populate the Disneyverse in the late '80s and early '90s. In short, there’s a pretty sizeable gap in Disney animation in the '70s and most of the '80s.