This review is easy: Loki: Ragnarok and Roll is the best comic of 2014 YTD. (It’s only February, I know, but still.) When I first saw the title, I naturally assumed the folks over at Marvel were cashing in on the latest Thor/Avengers/whatever movie and were making a comic featuring Loki, because he was cute on the screen. That said, I’ve read Thor since I was 8 and love him. Even when he doesn’t deserve it and his story gets all childish/dumb. So, I pre-ordered the comic and volunteered for the review . . .
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Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
For those individuals in Geekdom who are unfamiliar with Smart Pop Books, please allow me to provide a formal introduction! Smart Pop Books is the pop culture imprint of independent publisher BenBella Books and offers a variety of engaging and thought-provoking non-fiction titles focused on the discussion and exploration of the best of pop culture TV, books, and film. They have tackled Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ender's Game, The Hunger Games, Dexter, and many more. Now, Smart Pop Books and author Anne Jamison have taken on the ever-expanding world of fanfiction with Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World. (FBC’s official review of the book is available here.)
Our friends at Smart Pop Books have generously provided us with a copy of Fic to share with our fanfic-loving readers, so be sure to read on to find out how you can enter for a chance to win.
I’ve been reading A Voice in the Dark since the first issue, which was one of those I picked up off the shelves on a whim. I’m a sucker for serial killers, you see, and I quickly came to appreciate that Larime Taylor was not going for a run-of-the-mill crime thriller. His anti-hero killer, Zoey Aarons, is a college freshman. She is of mixed race. She isn’t exceptionally attractive or overtly sexualized, and this comic is very aware of that.
Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai have done something special. They have brought the classic samurai story, 47 Ronin, to life in a way that is accessible to westerners without sacrificing authenticity or cultural relevance.
Great news, Gothamites! Batman and his villains will soon be coming to DVD and Blu-ray on February 18th, as Beware the Batman: Shadows of Gothan, Season 1 Part 1 makes its home entertainment debut! For full details on the DVD and Blu-ray releases, please see Warner Bros.' official release below.
I’m a longtime fan of Smart Pop Books and their brilliant and highly enjoyable series of essay anthologies focusing on popular culture subjects like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Hunger Games, Dexter, and many, many more. With their latest release, Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World, by literature professor Anne Jamison, Smart Pop has another absolute winner and continues to be the go-to publisher for the introspective geek.
When Fanboy Comics is not providing you with the latest in geek news and entertainment, the FBC staff hopes to offer our readers a myriad of opportunities to give back to the community. We love reading comics, watching movies, and playing video games, but we are never happier than when we are able to help others in need. With Geeks Care: How You Can Help, FBC will provide you a variety of causes that would greatly appreciate your time.
The latest installment of Geeks Care: How You Can Help highlights Golden Apple Comics, one of the premier comic book shops in Hollywood, CA. On Saturday, February 22, from 1:00-3:00 p.m., Golden Apple will be hosting a Get-a-Sketch Day, where - for $29 - attendees will receive a comic book and sketch from Kaboom! artists Mike Kunkel (Herobear and the Kid), Natasha Allegri (Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake), Noelle Stevenson (Adventure Time), and Hannah Nance Partlow (Adventure Time: Candy Capers), as well as a membership to The Hero Initiative.
I have to admit that when I heard there was a comic about Adele, I was a little geeked. Not just because I love Adele, but because my mother is OBSESSED! Looking at the cover of Bluewater's new FAME: Adele comic book, I was struck by how much it reminded me of the famous Andy Warhol Marilyn paintings; how fitting. This cover is, of course, more pixillated than Warhol’s, using geometric shaping. It's a highly stylized and very '80s retro, much like my favorite cartoon of the time, Jem (although that information is top secret). If you are a fan of Adele, young or old, this is a comic for your collection - be it your collection of comics, magazines, CDs, DVDs, autographs . . . hair clippings. The idea of creating a series of comic books centered on modern icons is ingenious. The comic's creator, Michael Troy, has certainly aimed high with his comic FAME: Adele.
Lumberjanes is the newest series from BOOM! Studios' new BOOM! Box imprint. The book follows a group of best friends who discover a bunch of supernatural monsters attacking their summer camp, and, as awesome teenage girls are like to do, they take the fight back to the monsters. Here at The PREVIEWS Party, we called Lumberjanes editor Shannon Watters and writers Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis to talk about comics, summer camp adventures, and the coolest monsters you'll ever see.
I Will Follow You into the Dark markets itself as a thriller/horror/suspense, when, actually, it is more of a romantic drama with elements of suspense. The story centers around Misha Barton’s character, Sophia, and her inability to open up to love following the death of her mother and, most recently, her father. It is a tale for the hopeless romantic and, oddly enough, a valid choice for a girls' night out. Just be prepared with tissues, wine, and (if you are anything like me) a punching bag for when the ghosts pop out so your best friend doesn’t accidentally get smacked again. If you were a fan of the Twilight series or any epic love tales, this movie is one for you to check out.