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The following is an interview with JD Arnold, the writer of Action Lab: Danger Zone's comic book series, The Final Plague.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Contributor J.C. Ciesielski talks with Arnold about how he got his start in comics, the struggles of balancing a comic book shop and his writing duties, and the inside scoop on his future comic book ventures.

This interview was conducted on June 27, 2013.

The High Ways is a new, interstellar miniseries from IDW created, written, and drawn by comics legend John Byrne. Possibly most well-known for his work on The Uncanny X-Men with Chris Claremont and his run on Fantastic Four, Byrne has worked on more titles over the years than can be listed here, as artist and as writer. He has also created many original properties in his near five decades working in comics, including John Byrne’s Next Men. Now, he has added The High Ways to his ever-burgeoning list of credits. Taking place at the meeting of the 21st and 22nd centuries, this is a story of scientific intrigue, interplanetary travel, and space trucking. Eddie Wallace is on his first trip out of earth’s orbit into deep space aboard the Carol Ann, an old, reliable space freighter captained by Jack Cagney and his partner Marilyn Jones. Marilyn has a thing for nicknames and so Eddie is known as “Sprout” for most of the series, which works as a nice reversal once some elements of Eddie’s past are revealed later in the story.

From the twisted and horribly creative minds of Eric Powell and Kyle Hotz comes the third installment in the secret history of Billy the Kid.  Written by Powell, the creator, writer, and artist of the horror comedy hit The Goon, and Hotz, who also provides the artwork, Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities and the Orm of Loch Ness is quite possibly one of the most interesting miniseries that you have sadly never heard of.  Published by Dark Horse, Orm of Loch Ness is a four-issue miniseries, just like the original Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities and its sequel, The Ghastly Fiend of London.  The over-arching premise of this title is an entertaining one: Billy the Kid, that cunning and reckless western outlaw, was not murdered by lawman Pat Garrett, but instead faked his death and joined up with a traveling show of “Biological Curiosities,” known commonly as freaks, as their foul-mouthed protector. If that doesn’t sell you, then the Victorian-era characters Billy and his band encounter will: in the first miniseries, it is Dr. Victor Frankenstein, in the second, Jack the Ripper and Joseph Merrick, also known as The Elephant Man, and in this third outing it is Dracula.

The New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW!  Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.


Once upon a time there was a team of teenage heroes called the Young Avengers. They fought off time-traveling warlords, dark avengers, and Skrull Invasions alike until one of them was killed and they disbanded. #Necessary backstory #Quitting the team

Despite good intentions, Wiccan tries to solve Hulkling's problems the only way he knows how - with magic - but there's no such thing as a spell without a cost. #Oh, Billy #Magical mayhem

Now facing an enemy like never before, six young heroes, Wiccan, Hulkling, Hawkeye (not the Hawkguy), Miss America, Loki (in a child's body, it's a whole thing), and Noh-Varr must come together as Young Avengers. #New team, same problems


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The year is 1951.  Television is in its infancy, still competing with radio to bring popular entertainment directly into people's homes.  It's not glamorous, it's not high art, it's kids' stuff, and the truth behind the scenes is often far more shocking – and less attractive – than what gets tossed across the airwaves.  Enter Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin's Satellite Sam, a period noir of the behind-the-scenes at the eponymous children's space opera.

At the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2013, Fanboy Comics Contributor Steven W. Alloway interviews actress Rebecca Mader about her stage performance in The Third Date, her time on Lost, and her next super secret sci-fi project.

'Tabatha:' Comic Book Review

 

Tabatha revisedI just read Issue #1 of the new, 4-issue limited series Tabatha by T-Publications . . . and damn. Just damn (in a good way). Why don’t I tell you about it?

It’s written by Neil Gibson (www.neilgibsoncomics.com - totally worth checking out), with art by Caspar Wijngaard (Pencil, Inks) and Anja Poland/Caspa Wijngaard (Coloring), and lettering by Comicraft. The story is compelling. A loser(ish) mailman encounters the usual stuff to show us what a loser he is (stutters in front of the hot girl, gets picked on by his boss, encounters obese/naked/awkward folks in their houses, and gets threatened/yelled at by old ladies). A day in the life of a nerd, right? From here, I expected the story could take several turns:

Uncanny Xforce  Marvel NOWThe New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW!  Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.


After the fateful confrontation with Daken, Wolverine decides to dismantle the X-Force team feeling that a kill-team is no longer a good thing to have following the reformed hatred of mutants in the world; however, the new headmistress of the school, Storm, ends up being a part of Psylocke’s reformed ad hoc X-Force team when they seek out the location of a former enemy. Doing their best to minimize collateral damage, and hoping to not become the killers that the previous group turned out to be, this band of muntants isn’t Cable’s team, but they are certainly the Uncanny X-Force.

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The Guns of Shadow ValleyDespite the current controversy that has surrounded the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, it should not be forgotten that there are countless campaigns for high quality (and well intentioned) projects that deserve their chance to meet and/or exceed their fundraising goals.  By that same token, there may be projects which have already succeeded in reaching their goals and are in the process of working towards their "stretch goals" due to an overwhelming amount of fan support.  With that in mind, I want to bring to your attention The Guns of Shadow Valley.

Kickstarter Logo BlackThroughout the past week, crowdfunding website Kickstarter has faced an onslaught of criticism due to its initial decision not to pull the controversial Above the Game campaign that was running on its website.  Above the Game's creators sought to produce a "seduction guide" that was offensive to women; you can read about the project in detail here.  Despite Kickstarter's mission to prohibit campaigns that would promote or glorify violence against women and other individuals, the offending project was not immediately pulled, causing readers to demand a remedy from the crowdfunding giant.  As of Friday morning, Kickstarter released an official apology for their inaction, stating that they "were wrong," that they had removed the project's campaign page from the site, and that similar "seduction guides" would, moving forward, be banned from the website.  Kickstarter also made a $25,000 donation to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network.

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