Blue Beetle52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

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Jaime Reyes wants nothing more than to fit in at school and enjoy life with his two best friends, Paco and Brenda, but a powerful Mayan relic changes his life forever.  Caught in the middle of a struggle between villains, the mysterious Mayan relic attaches itself to Jaime’s body, morphing him into a living weapon with a desire for planet-wide bloodshed, but Jaime is able to overcome its control to do what he wants.  Making a mess of his life, but standing up against the bad guys—big and small—he becomes the Blue Beetle.

 

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Buy Indie Comics logoThe following is an interview with Dale Wilson, who is the creator and Editor-in-Chief of BuyIndieComics.com, a comic book website and promotional outlet that offers great opportunities for independent creators.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Wilson about the opportunities available for indie creators on Buy Indie Comics, the benefits of digital comics, and how you can bring your work to a larger audience.

This interview was conducted on July 1, 2012.

 

SDCC 2012 logoDear Fanboy Comics Readers:

The Fanboy Comics Staff is very excited to be attending San Diego Comic-Con 2012 in order to bring you the latest in geek news from TV, film, comics, video games, and more!

Throughout this week, we will be reporting live from the convention floor, providing you with the coolest interviews, commentaries, screening details, and photos!  In addition, all of our content will be available on CC2K, Krypton Radio, and Whedonopolis.com for your listening and viewing pleasure.

In addition, Fanboy Comics is proud to announce its first SDCC signing!  The creators of FBC's first graphic novel, Something Animal, will be at the Geekscape Booth (Booth #3919) on Friday, July 13th, from 12:00-1:00 p.m.  Fans will be able to purchase signed copies of the graphic novel and official Fanboy Comics t-shirts, and receive updates on Identity Thief, FBC's second graphic novel to be released later this year. 

If you plan on joining the FBC crew in San Diego, you can review a complete list of the SDCC Schedule.

 

 

The Amazing Spider-ManSo this is what contracts have brought us to.


A few years back, the gang at Marvel realized there was more money (and more creative control – take that, Fox!) in producing their own films as opposed to signing over the rights of their characters to other studios.  Of course, the gang at Marvel is pretty smart, so they had written into their contracts with these various studios that made the character screen rights revert back to Marvel in the event that a studio just sat on a property without making a film from it.  This is, of course, how Marvel was able to get the screen rights for the Hulk back from Universal.  And, thank God, too.  Can you imagine Joss Whedon’s Avengers movie without the Hulk in it?

 

BlacksadBlacksad: A Silent Hell, the fourth Blacksad comic, is a gorgeous noir story set in New Orleans of the '50s. The first detail that the sharp-eyed reader will notice is that all of the characters are anthropomorphic animals. The second thing they will notice is the incredible art. Third, you will probably notice the intricate and dark story.

SolestarLogoMartinDunnWhen Fanboy Comics is not providing you with the latest in geek news and entertainment, the FBC 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.

A few months ago, the Fanboy Comics staff received an online introduction to Siike (pronounced "Seek") Donnelly, a comic book creator and writer who survived a brain aneurysm in 2010.  Forced to rebuild his speech patterns and relearn how to walk, Donnelly forged a strong will and a desire to help other brain aneurysm survivors.  With his newly formed company, The Naïve Project, Donnelly seeks to publish an original graphic novel featuring art donated by 55 different artists and educational information regarding brain aneurysms, the proceeds of which will go to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. 

I love my webmasterJuly 6, 2012

 

The Staff of Fanboy Comics would like to wish you and yours a very happy Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day!  Every year on July 6th, be sure to show your webmaster how much you appreciate their infinite internet handiwork by treating them to lunch at the restaurant of their choice.

 

Webmasters (or webgoddesses, if you will) are the individuals that keep our websites in working order day in and day out.  From the easiest fixes (Is your computer turned on?) to the most quixotic of errors (Did you try turning it off and then on again?), these highly intelligent individuals enable us to complete our online endeavors with ease.  In order to ensure that your website continues to function as it was intended, the staff of Fanboy Comics suggests that you devote this day to lavishing your webmaster with a fabulous lunch and your immense gratitude.

 

We hope that webmasters everywhere will enjoy their special day to the fullest! 

 

 

Marten WeberMostly known for writing intelligent, gay erotica, Marten Weber dips his toe in the geek pool with his first science fiction novel, Bodensee.  A decided departure from the "Papi Porn" of Weber's more widely known tales of Cassanova's younger, gayer brother "Benedetto" and a not-so-angelic fallen angel, "Gabriel," Bodensee is a thrilling, page-turning epic.  Described as "a modern mash-up of Henry James meets The Matrix," sign me up!

This interview was conducted on June 26, 2012.

BW Ozy 1The comic book event of the summer is nigh!  Before Watchmen, the much-anticipated prequel series to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, will consist of seven limited series and an epilogue one-shot.  Stay tuned, as the Fanboy Comics crew will be reviewing each title as it is released. Hurm. 

 


There will be some spoilers to the 1986 classic Watchmen.

Len Wein’s script and Jae Lee’s art do an admirable job of recreating Moore and Gibbons' world, without raping it. In the first issue of Ozymandias, we are treated to Adrian Veidt’s origin story. This plays out more like Batman Begins than Spider-Man. Essentially, the entire book is Adrian Veidt narrating the path that led him to donning the Ozymandias mantle for the first time.

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Cars LandYesterday, I finally hit Cars Land at California Adventure to see what all of the hype was about.  The rumors that it's crowded are true, but here are three tips to take with you the next time you visit the park.  I also included some fun photos from the day.  I will be doing a few Disney posts throughout the year as I put my new Annual Pass to good use.

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