The Fanboy Comics crew discuss their reactions to the 17th episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the reveal of HYDRA's presence in S.H.I.E.L.D., and the shocking twist at the end of the episode! Enjoy an audio commentary on the episode "Turn, Turn, Turn" by FBC President Bryant Dillon and FBC Contributor Tony Caballero.
The first issue of immense religious horror comic Escape from Jesus Island takes pages from The Island of Dr. Moreau, Scooby Doo, and classic horror movies mixed with a dose of hidden Christian references. (Always check the backgrounds of the panels; I’m just saying.) It wasn’t quite what I expected from the teaser description, but it sets the stage for a dark, disturbing ride examining the ethics of cloning, the role of organized religion in modern society, and how the Vatican works as a government entity as much as a religious one, blended with a hearty plot of pure terror.
We’ll always have Santa Barbra . . .
My favorite show, Psych, ended its glorious, eight-year run in March. I had a funny feeling after Season 7 that they were getting ready for their final bow, but I didn’t want to admit it to myself. I’d almost pushed the thought out of my mind when I saw the announcement from stars James Roday and Dulé Hill, confirming my beliefs. I commend everyone involved for their decision, as much as it pains me to do. They didn’t let things drag out too long like a lot of series do. They felt it was time to move on.
Being up front, the Fear the Boot podcast has been part of my lineup of regularly listened to podcasts for a long time. If you're a fan of tabletop RPGs, it and its massive backlog of 330+ episodes are one of the first I would recommend. Many of the hosts of the show - Dan Repperger, Wayne Cole, Chris Hussey, and more - have demonstrated their creativity time and time again on the show, and it kills me that we don't have more stuff out from them.
Fanboy Comics is happy to share with its readers that California Coldblood Books, the independent publishing company dedicated to science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction, has become an imprint of Rare Bird Books of Los Angeles. Readers may recall that California Coldblood was the publisher behind The Odds, the debut novel of long-time FBC friend and colleague Robert J. Peterson.
Fanboy Comics strives to bring its readers the latest and greatest crowdfunding campaigns through its Kickstarter Report and Indiegogo Report series. Most often, the selected campaigns are launched by independent writers, artists, filmmakers, and other creators who are hoping to bring their amazing ideas to a larger audience, and we at FBC are happy to do our part in assisting these creators. Every now and then, there are campaigns that are so popular that they succeed within unimaginably small periods of time, and, for this, we also like to acknowledge their accomplishments.
Sarge ordered me to cut the B.S., so let me be frank, soldiers. Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol from Titan Comics is the kind of high octane, ultra-violent, and relentless comic book that sinks its claws in you like a rabid velociraptor and hauls ass while you barely hang on for dear life! This ain’t your daddy’s adventure serial, troops! Created, written, and illustrated by the ridiculously talented Stuart Jennett, Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol is an R-rated version of the games of “war” and “dinosaurs” my neighborhood friends and I played in my backyard during our childhood, and it is at least twice as fun!
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
The FBC staff is very excited to be exhibiting at WonderCon Anaheim next weekend, alongside a number of other talented independent creators! Taking place from April 18-20 at the Anaheim Convention Center, the annual event is a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators, and creators of all pop culture genres. Throughout the weekend, we will be reporting live from the convention floor, providing you with the coolest interviews, commentaries, screening details, and photos!
Fans in attendance will have a chance to stop by the Fanboy Comics booth in the Small Press area (SP-061) to meet the creators of the graphic novels The Arcs, Something Animal, Identity Thief, and FBC's upcoming title, Penguins vs. Possums! (Fanboy Comics' creator signing schedule may be found below.) As a special treat, Fanboy Comics will be selling exclusive Penguins vs. Possums: Volume 1 prints with a free digital copy of the entire trade paperback, and artist Sarah Braly will be selling her one-of-a-kind, hand-sculpted PVP figurines. Attendees will also be able to purchase the official Fanboy Comics t-shirt, so that they can show their geek pride in style.
At first blush, Edison Rex reminds me a bit of a Saturday morning cartoon version of Mark Waid’s Irredeemable or perhaps Incorruptible, the sister book in which the world’s greatest villain tries to be a hero after its paragon starts murdering everyone. The two blonde Superman stand-ins even look the same. Seriously, like the same costume, same everything. It’s weird.
MINOR SPOILERS BELOW
Jim Zub’s Pathfinder comic series returns with an all-new tale set in Magnamar, the City of Secrets. This new story sees our adventuring party of Ezren, Merisiel, Kyra, Harsk, Seoni, and Valeros exploring a new city, meeting new allies, and discovering a new threat. This issue is a great follow up to the previous story arc that saw the heroes fighting goblins, demons, and a dragon and really feels like they have moved up to a bigger city and on to a new “level” of danger.