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I think that right now is my favorite time of the year to be a geek. I do love Memorial Day, when all the big, exciting movies hit the theaters, Oscar season, when it is socially acceptable to be a movie snob, and the holidays, when all the new video games come out. Unfortunately, there always seems to be a lot of pressure to complete the lists that inevitably form. I never get out to see all the movies I want to watch. I have never in my life seen all of the big Oscar nominees. I never have the time or disposable income to catch all the video games that are Game of the Year contenders.

 

Valkyrie SquadronRight off the bat, I can tell you that if you like Battlestar Galactica, you’ll probably dig Valkyrie Squadron by artist/writer Jules Rivera.  


In this sci-fi soap opera, a space-hopping human race is in the midst of an all-out war with a swarming army of aggressive robots called Autodrones.  While it’s not immediately clear where these “Drones” came from, what they want, or whether it’s Earth or some other Earth-like planet that the humans are defending, none of that really matters as you become instantly engrossed in the characters.    

Gavin hignightThe following is an interview with comic book and TV writer Gavin Hignight, whose credits include The Concrete World, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Hignight about his experiences in TV animation, what to expect from the final chapter of his webcomic, and which writers have inspired his work.

This interview was conducted on May 6, 2012.

 

 

Darth PlagueisThere are several Expanded Universe books available for reading, and I—being the rather large Star Wars fan that I am—enjoy reading many of them.  I’m actually way behind in my book list, but I wanted to read Darth Plagueis (by James Luceno), an early 2012 release, because of its information concerning Bane’s Sith Order and the Rule of Two, and especially because of how it directly relates to the Sith most responsible for the galaxy’s woes and well-known to even the most casual of Star Wars fans: Darth Sidious, better known as Senator/Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine.

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PopConLA logoDear Fanboy Comics Readers:

Our friends at the First Annual ITVfest Pop Culture Convention (a.k.a. PopConLA) have announced the dates and lineup for their convention this July, and we couldn't be more excited!  Taking place from July 5-8, 2012, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, PopConLA will be fun for fans of TV, movies, comic books, fashion, music, and more!

The convention floor will be host to dozens of exhibitors' booths from the aforementioned genres of entertainment, while the Convention Center's 300-seat theatre will offer movie fans a welcome respite with countless screenings.   In addition, industy superstars like Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars' Lando Calrissian) will be available for autographs, and the Break Out Room will offer panels and workshops like the Tron Panel with Bruce Boxleitner and Cindy Morgan.  Don't miss concerts courtesy of the Tim Russ Band, Wendy Starland, and many more talented artists.  There is something for everyone!

 

Max Payne 3The Matrix and its sequels are old, if treasured, news these days, but that same respect is rarely afforded to its imitators. Complaints of bullet time and rampant slow motion have been common critics’ fodder against action movies ever since 1999. It’s a testament to Max Payne’s appeal—or the follow-the-leader nature of shooters, or both—that Rockstar Entertainment decided to buy the IP wholesale from Swedish developers Remedy Entertainment (who are currently known for Alan Wake). Rockstar spent an estimated $105 million and eight years creating Max Payne 3, instead of putting that funding towards a surefire Grand Theft Auto expansion pack or three. If it’s a follow-the-leader gaming fad, it’s passing in appropriately slow motion.

 

Problem of EvilFilmmakers Jessica Silvetti and Ethan Kogan talk about their newest feature, Problem of Evil. Join their Kickstarter campaign to help them finish up the post production of their film, which chronicles a documentary filmmaker's search for a cult leader thought to be an angel sent by god.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Avenging Spider-ManHe’s been known as the menace of NYC, the savior of the little person, and one of the smartest guys to sling a web from a skyscraper.  He’s got no personal life, a full-time civilian job, and helping out with several superhero teams to the point of exhaustion; however, the one thing he does have, that he never loses or compromises, is his overwhelming sense of pun usage and joke telling.


He’s the one, the only, the geekish Avenging Spider-Man.

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Gay OK MTBy Michael Fitzgerald Troy

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

 

 

Me Tarzan, you gay.  You choose your battles; you pick your fights.

It should be no surprise to anyone (As they hyped the heck out of it!) that Northstar was joining the ranks of long-suffering heterosexuals by marrying his boyfriend, Kyle.

Should Marvel be praised for championing gay rights or condemned for jumping on the big, gay bandwagon following Obama's day late, dollar short, half-@$$ed endorsement of same sex marriage?  Mind you, I'm not complaining; any furthering of gay rights is good in my book.  You choose your battles.

 

BW Comedian 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. 


While there are many good reasons for a comic book sniffer to be skeptical regarding DC’s Before Watchmen event and how it will contradict and cannibalize the parent text, most can still agree that there are two characters that should still have adventures to share in sequential art form: Rorschach and The Comedian. This week, The Comedian #1, written by Brian Azzarello and featuring art by J.G. Jones, hit comic stands with a bang and shattered the expectations of this eagerly awaiting fanboy like a lone gunman’s lucky shot.


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