At its core, No Place Like Home is a reimaging of L. Frank Baum’s Oz, but this isn’t a “dark and gritty” reboot. It is most definitely dark, but not in the now standard way that many, many comics, movies, and video games are. The direction that NPLH goes is different. This is not the story of Dorothy Gale (I just got that.) as she is whisked off to a magical wonderland. This is the story of Dee as she returns home to Emeraldsville, Kansas, to deal with her parents' death in a freak tornado. Things in town go from bad to horror-movie pretty quickly, and Dee finds herself trapped between a mysterious killer and a town-wide conspiracy. There are countless allusions and nods to The Wizard of Oz, from major plot points to single panel sight gags. The references are very well done and add a layer of “I see what you did there” to the story.
The FBC crew discuss their feelings on the return of Morgan in Episode 12 of Season 3 of AMC’s The Walking Dead TV series. Enjoy an audio commentary on the episode by FBC staffers Bryant Dillon and Kristine Chester and FBC Contributor Tony Caballero.
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It's National Grammar Day! In order to support and celebrate the importance of good grammar, the creators of Super Grammar (the all-ages guide to good grammar featuring fun and colorful superheroes and supervillains) have generously provided the FBC crew with a very special collection of Super Grammar posters for our readers! For today only, fans of the exciting and educational book will have the chance to win a set of 11" x 17" posters featuring the Super Grammar Super-teams: 1) The Completion Team, 2) The Amazing Eight, 4) The Super Symbols, and 4) The Sabotage Squad (pictured below).
Lost Vegas is the new comic from Jim McCann and Janet Lee, who won the 2011 Eisner for new graphic novel. This comic book takes place in the most bleak and miserable setting I can imagine, a futuristic space casino. Here, everything is within reach, and you can experience the ultimate in entertainment, if you are a guest and not one of the hundreds of indentured servants that make up the staff.
Reporting from the 30th Annual PaleyFest: The William S. Paley Television Festival
It’s an interesting thing when you have the creative team behind a television series about the goings on at a cable news show gather to discuss their work. Who do you get to lead the questions? PaleyFest got quite a coup when they enlisted real-life cable news personality Piers Morgan to moderate the panel discussion of Aaron Sorkin’s latest series.
Last year, I had the pleasure of interviewing comic book creator Gabe Smith of Human Comics regarding his successful Kickstarter campaign for Human #1, the first installment of his sci-fi graphic novel series. With the overwhelming support of the campaign's backers, Smith was able to self-publish the first book of the series and even acquired international distribution through Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. Now, Smith has returned to Kickstarter with the hopes of raising the necessary capital to produce and publish the second installment of Human and to finance the marketing, distribution, and convention costs of both books.
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LOS ANGELES, CA – March 1, 2013 – Fanboy Comics (FBC) is proud to announce the latest addition to its podcast lineup with The PREVIEWS Party Podcast!
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Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt got married Thursday night. If you don’t know who Leslie and Ben are, let me take a moment to first politely, but sternly, scold you. Leslie Knope works for the Parks Department of Pawnee, Indiana. In 2012 she was elected to Pawnee’s City Council. Ben Wyatt was an Indiana state auditor who is now the president of the charitable fund operated by the Sweetums, a large Indiana company that produces high fructose corn syrup.
The 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.
The son of one of the most influential and iconic mutants in history, a force to be reckoned with on his good days—and a holy terror on his bad ones—David Haller comes to terms with the new world that has spawned around him following the actions of Cyclops. Driven by his need to keep things in check, and feeling as though his way is better than the X-Men’s, Haller continues where his father left off, helping the children of tomorrow survive the coming destruction in as responsible a fashion as he can. His progress is a pilgrimage, a quest to save his species much like his father attempted - the beginnings of the X-Men Legacy.
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When the first Dead Space video game was released, it brought me back to the first time I played Resident Evil on the Playstation. A dark, moody tale that kept me on the edge of my seat, I felt danger lurked around every corner. The story itself wasn't overly thrilling to me, but the game itself was a blast to play and had me hooked from the moment I popped the disc in. Its sequel, Dead Space 2, was more of the same for me. Ho-hum in terms of story, but excellent gameplay kept me hooked. So, when offered the opportunity to review several comics based in the Dead Space universe, I jumped at the chance to learn more of the backstory of this world.