Tears in RainRosa Montero’s novel, Tears in Rain, is a detective story set in a futuristic Madrid where humans live side-by-side with androids called replicants. Yes, this is a book that takes a lot of its cues from Blade Runner, but it does it in an upfront manner that I liked. The book doesn’t feel like it is borrowing too heavily, but rather they have very similar influences and headed in different directions. So, what you get is an interesting mystery story with a replicant detective named Bruna Husky who is trying to find the cause of some bizarre replicant suicides. She is also forced to deal with the increasing racism directed at reps at all levels of society.

Star Trek TNG Bridge RestorationFor the millions of Star Trek fans out there, you will not want to miss the latest crowdfunding campaign to launch on Kickstarter.  In a mission created by fans for fans, Star Trek superfan Huston Huddleston has initiated a campaign to restore the D Bridge of the Enterprise from The Next Generation TV show in order for it to become a fully interactive education museum.  With the support of Star Trek creators, producers, writers, and actors including Ronald D. Moore, William Shatner, Scott Tipton, Herman Zimmerman, Larry Nemecek, Michael Okuda, and Naren Shankar, the Kickstarter campaign (if fully funded) will restore the bridge to its original design, as created by Paramount Studios, but it will also feature fully working displays and mechanics. 
 

Blastoff ComicsNY Times bestselling author and comic book historian Scott Tipton (Star Trek/Doctor Who, The Star Trek Vault) talks about his work on the IDW crossover Star Trek/Doctor Who: Assimilation2, his educational website www.comics101.com, and why he thinks Blastoff Comics is going to be stratospheric!

 

 

 

 

Wonter Tot MFTOkay, I'll be the first one to admit that I am not a big fan of child or baby versions of adult characters.  It's played out. It can be silly. It can be downright "goofy." (Just look at those damned Disney Babies - pun intended!)

Back when Chris Claremont introduced The X-Babies with Arthur Adams in an X-Nen Annual, I deemed it cringeworthy, yet tolerable, mostly due to the stellar art by the hyper-detailed Art of Adams. The X-Babies would show up periodically, just often enough to test my eye rolling ability.

 

AF V2First, let me just say, being a huge fan of Joss Whedon’s work, I was thrilled to read this Angel & Faith story. By the time I made it past the first couple pages, it was very evident to me that this story was well constructed in the spirit of Joss’ shows. It, without a doubt, pays homage to both Angel and Buffy series, and not to mention the greatness of Joss Whedon.

 

Crime Does Not Pay Archives V3If you have ever heard of the Golden Age series Crime Does Not Pay, I’d wager it’s in relation to the Wertham-era outcry in the 1950s over the content of comic books and how that content was ruining a generation of youngsters.  Crime Does Not Pay was possibly the most popular comic of its kind, which put it in the line of fire despite (as you might guess from its title) the preachiness of its anti-crime message.

 

Halo 4Halo 4 is a great game that subtly moves the series forward without trying to redefine it. In other words, if you like Halo, you will like Halo 4. The internet seemed nervous for a while when longtime Halo stewards Bungie Studio left the series and 343 studios took over. 343 was created by Microsoft for the express point of running Halo. There are two things that a studio can do to ruin a sequel. They can follow too closely to the original (Die Hard 2) or they can stray too far from what made the original great (Live Free or Die Hard). Fortunately, Halo 4 avoids both of these pitfalls.

 

ComicsBinWhile at Long Beach Comic & Horror Con 2012, Fanboy Comics President Bryant Dillon discusses the benefits of ComicBin (www.comicb.in) with staff members Jason Goldsmith and Markus Lachinge.


ComicBin is a website that lets your read hundreds of comics for one small, monthly fee. Try it yourself risk-free for a two-week trial. No credit card required!

 

 

 

 

John AmplasFanboy Comics' Bryant Dillon chats with his former acting teacher and accomplished actor/director John Amplas (Martin, Dawn of the Dead, Knightriders, Creepshow, Day of the Dead) about working with George A. Romero, acting for the stage vs. acting for film, and more.

 

 

 

 

P vs P 2You're invited to join the staff of JBSK Comics for a "Comics and Coffee" panel discussion on Monday, November 19th, at 7:00 p.m. at Emerald Knights - Comics and Games in Burbank, CA!

"Comics and Coffee" is a weekly discussion series that covers everything happening in the comic book industry, hosted by Emerald Knights every Monday at 7:00 p.m.  One event per month features a different industry guest, with past guests having included Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Daredevil, Irredeemable, Incorruptible), Shane and Chris Houghton (Reed Gunther), and even the FBC staff (Something Animal, Identity Thief)!  On November 19th, the panel will include Sebastian Kadlecik, John Bring, and Lindsay Calhoon, the founders of JBSK Comics (Penguins vs. Possums, Crossover).  The panelists will be discussing their step-by-step process for creating comics, with a focus on how Penguins vs. Possums came to be.  The creators will also showcase original art from Penguins vs. Possums Issue Number Two, as well as their superhero anthology book, Crossover.  Ten lucky guests in attendance will have the opportunity to win copies of the Crossover comic book!

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