God Bless AmericaGod Bless America is the latest entry from Bobcat Goldthwait, the stand-up comedian turned movie showman whose last film, World’s Greatest Dad, was a surprisingly hilarious and often indicting tale about how death has the tendency to turn even the vilest of human beings into icons of good-nature, cheer, and righteousness.

 

Archeologists of Shadows V1Archeologists of Shadows takes place on a world where everything is becoming mechanized: plants, animals, people; if it's organic, it's slowly becoming a machine. The completely mechanized people, the Authorities, believe this is the will of the gods, and so they begin to police and force mechanization upon those who, naturally or otherwise, resist it. Two such people are Alix and Baltimo, who decide to abandon their positions aboard the No-Destination Train and join the resistance, which is secretly working to find a way to reverse the mechanization process.

 

DW S7E2“Robot Jez and Mark on a spaceship!” This was the text that Fanboy Comics Contributor Jake Thomas sent me as soon as he finished watching the newest Doctor Who adventure. The second episode of the new series is aptly named “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship,” as it features a spaceship full of dinosaurs.

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HISMSI CoverAll-ages comics are difficult to come by these days; finding a story that is both entertaining and appropriate for children and adults is no easy task.  But, fear not, readers!  Indie comic book publisher WE Comics is making a name for itself by producing all-ages titles, and the company is calling for fans to contribute to the Kickstarter campaign for How I Spent My Summer Invasion, an all-ages comic book series "about three friends who discover a secret hotel for intergalactic alien travelers."  

Polka Spot MT not slideThe Fanboy Comics Staff congratulates artist/writer Michael Fitzgerald Troy for the release of Polka Spot: My Life in Pictures, a new comic book series published by Bluewater Productions and co-written by Bluewater President Darren G. Davis, Brent Ridge, and Troy!  The series focuses on Polka Spot, a llama who happens to be a fashion model, pop superstar, movie star, magazine editor, diplomatic problem solver, and general global icon. 

Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, better known as The Beekman Boys, had the chance to debut Polka Spot at the opening bell of the NASDAQ on Monday.  The Beekman Boys will also be seen on The Amazing Race on CBS this season.

Don't miss your chance to purchase a copy of Polka Spot: My Life in Pictures, as Bluewater's issues tend to go fast!  The cost of each issue is $3.99.  Pre-order your copy today by clicking here.

For further details regarding the comic book series, its release, and Michael Fitzgerald Troy's involvement, please visit the Bluewater Productions website.

BedBugs posterThe following is an interview with Lee Lanier, the director and visual effects supervisor of BedBugs, a comedy horror feature film.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics' Bryant Dillon talks with Lanier about his directorial debut, how Gremlins inspired the film, and why you should join the BedBugs indiegogo campaign.

This interview was conducted on September 3, 2012.

 

Creppy Scarlett V1The following is an interview with Creepy Scarlett creator Graeme Buchan.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Contributor Kristine Chester talks with Buchan about the process of self-publishing, the influences of the series, and how Creepy Scarlett transitioned from short film to sequential art.

This interview was conducted on August 26, 2012.

 

 

Open MicWe got into a discussion this week at my job about the state of American film comedy.  Some of my co-workers were insisting that I see the new Will Ferrell movie, The Campaign, and, honestly, I don't think I've got the gumption to sit through it.  Per their requests, I had seen Seth MacFarlane's randy, plush toy comedy, Ted, a few weeks prior, and while I didn't find Ted to be an awful movie by any stretch, I have to admit that I didn't find much of it very funny at all.


So, we were talking about American film comedy, and I started to ruminate on this question: What was the last great American comedy?  Was it Bridesmaids?  That was almost a year and a half ago.  Was it The Hangover?  That was nearly two and a half years ago.


Here's a list of comedies that have been released this year:  21 Jump Street, That's My Boy, Ted, The Campaign, Men in Black 3, American Reunion, Wanderlust, The Three Stooges, Mirror Mirror, The Dictator, Project X, This Means War, The Five-Year Engagement, What to Expect When You're Expecting, Dark Shadows, The Watch, Think Like a Man.  That's just a sad, little list.


So, what's gone wrong?  Why are American film comedies so mediocre?

 

 

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

Both Marvel and DC have their main shared universe in which the majority of their characters reside, but they also have separate worlds in which other versions of their characters exist.  The most widely talked about alternative world is that of the Marvel Ultimate universe, in which characters have been introduced in a drastically different manner from their original incarnations.  But, what is it that really appeals about the Ultimate universe that makes people (such as myself and my co-conspirator, Kristine Chester) read it moreso than the main universe?  Well, it’s because there is a dramatic difference between the Ultimate line and the "normal" line; the Ultimate line doesn’t have decades upon decades of comics that have forced the direction of its storytelling.


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Cloud AtlasWell, this is going to be polarizing.


You know how people are always complaining about how Hollywood is creatively bankrupt and too reliant on remakes?  I’m curious to see how those people will react to Cloud Atlas, the most wildly ambitious, big-budget movie since Fight Club.  


I liked it a lot, but I could easily see how many people will find it off-putting.  

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