Tekkoshocon X2Is it just me or are Otaku constantly getting younger? When it comes to an online presence, the young'uns are always gonna have a step up on everyone else, because besides school, homework, and maybe an after-school job, they have an insane amount of free time. I remember those carefree days, hitting up the video store (yes video a.k.a. VHS. Wiki that if you have no idea what I'm jabbering about.), wandering over to a friend's house, popping in the latest hard-to-find anime and sitting back chillaxin' when those kanji credits rolled. Afterwards, we'd talk about it while playing some street hockey and then getting on an AOL chatroom to further that discussion with dorks from other states. If you have to ask what a chatroom is, then Wiki that, too. The point is hardcore Otaku talk used to be few and far between for many. That is, until we could convince Mom to let us go to a con. We wouldn't know anyone other than who we came with, but soon made friends over common interests like what we were watching, how we figured out how to make a cosplay outfit from stuff we found at a thrift shop, and what bands from overseas we got a bootleg of at the last anime club meeting. Thank goodness for cons.

Dirty LaundryThe FFOW! series takes a look at that vast library created by the proud and the passionate: fan films.  Whether the budget and talent is astronomical or amateur, FFOW! celebrates the filmmakers whose love of comics, books, movies, video games, and TV shows inspires them to join the great conversation with their own homemade masterpieces.



The Punisher
movie released in 2004 was a guilty pleasure of mine in college. It wasn’t a masterpiece. It was a guys’ matinee action movie that cost two dollars in the mall quinta-plex outside of my Ohio town. That’s exactly how I first saw it, and I’m pretty sure the only way I ever saw it. In my memory, it’s a hard-as-nails revenge movie fronted by the grimmest visage to play the character of Frank Castle, Thomas Jane.

In 2012 Jane returned to the Castle, and this time Jane don’t got a gun.

Star Wars Ep IV

*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.



Well, this was a coincidence.

I’m a huge Disney nerd, and I happened to spend the day at both of the Disney parks in Southern California.  I’m sure I had somehow processed all this in my head at some point, but, being there today, I realized that Disney now owns three intellectual properties that were favorites of mine as a kid: Star Wars, Marvel Comics, and the Muppets.  Additionally, I was also a big Disney kid growing up, so when you also consider their own characters and stories, they’ve really got everything I loved as a kid all under one roof.  I don’t believe in getting too nostalgic about childhood and I’ve always found hyperbolic sentiments like “George Lucas raped my childhood” in relation to the Star Wars prequels to be genuinely stupid and short-sighted.  Having said that, there’s no question that Disney owns my childhood lock, stock, and barrel now. 

LEGO Batman The Movie

 

At WonderCon 2013, Fanboy Comics Creative Director Sam Rhodes chats with director/producer/writer John Burton about his work on LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEGO Batman The Movie

 

At WonderCon 2013, Fanboy Comics Senior Contributor Kristine Chester talks with voice actor Christopher Smith regarding his work on LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fantastic Four 1 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.


 

Reed Richards (Mister Fantastic), Sue Richards (the Invisible Woman), Johnny Storm (the Human Torch), and Ben Grimm (the Thing) gained their powers a long time ago from a cosmic storm. Their family has since grown well beyond four, welcoming Franklin and Valeria Richards and a group of adopted children from the Future Foundation. But, it's not easy being parents and full-time explorers, so Reed decides there is only one thing to do: pack up the family and go on a vacation through time and space.

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The GiftedYou Con-goers out there know that you’re bound to run into any number of up-and-comers hawking their wares and looking to make it big in the wide world of comics. This is part of what makes conventions great: The discovery of new works! Some of it has potential, some of it just plain stinks, and occasionally some of it will take your breath away. Recently at WonderCon, I stumbled upon the kind gentlemen at the Creative Mind Energy booth. Bolstered by banners baring brains (Seriously, their mascot is a human brain. Check it out: creativemindenergy.com.), they were hard to miss. But, it wasn’t the 8-foot tall posters that caught my eye. It was a simple sketch of a crane standing in reedy water. The bird: large and proud in the fore, almost as if it were pausing to listen, with ominous storm clouds on the horizon providing backdrop. It was rich with shadow and texture, and completely devoid of color. I knew I wanted to see more and after some engaging conversation with a few of the creators (including the artist himself), I picked up The Gifted.

 

DW S7E9Personally, I do not look forward to Doctor Who episodes written by Mark Gatiss. His episodes are not usually terrible, just mediocre. Whenever he writes for Doctor Who or Sherlock, the episode feels very clinical—it hits all the right notes and plot points, but there is no emotion or excitement to give the episode some life to latch onto. This week's episode, “Cold War,” does nothing to break that mold. I find that I enjoy his work as an actor more than as a writer. Fans will recognize him as Dr. Lazarus from “The Lazarus Experiment” in Series Three, as well as playing Mycroft Holmes in Sherlock.

 

Double Jumpers 1Double Jumpers, the latest graphic novel from Action Lab: Danger Zone, is a love letter to geeks. Jason, Maxine, Milo, and Andrew work for a small video game developer hard at work on their virtual reality game Dungeons Lords 2: The Darkheart Chronicles, but when an error occurs and traps them in the game, the A.I.s for their characters are transferred back into their bodies where they run amok in the modern world.

guttersWorld of Webcomics is a series devoted to exploring the world of online comics and their target audiences, as well as their art styles, storylines, and the general enjoyment that they provide.


Everyone has opinions about the various decisions that are made by corporations and companies, and the geeks of the comic book world are no exceptions.  Gutters actually goes a step beyond a lively rant with providing color commentary in response to the decisions, allowing for their point to get across to the masses in a most informative and enjoyable fashion.  Written by Ryan Sohmer and drawn by everyone under the sun, this comic will make comic book fans scream with joy or hiss with frustration.  Gutters updates on a M-W-F schedule at the-gutters.com.

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