Brave New World logoYou're invited to join Fanboy Comics for a graphic novel signing on Wednesday, March 6th, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Brave New World Comics in Newhall, CA!

Writers and FBC co-founders Bryant Dillon and Sam Rhodes will be on hand at the LA-area comic shop to sign copies of Fanboy Comics‘ graphic novels, Identity Thief and Something Animal.  Fans who stop by the store will have a chance to pick up their very own signed copies and to purchase the official Fanboy Comics t-shirt, so that they can show their geek pride in style.

Ex-HeroesThe following is an interview with Peter Clines, author of the recently released book Ex-Heroes.  To celebrate the novel's release, Fanboy Comics Senior Contributor Ben Rhodes chatted with Clines about the impetus for combining superheroes and zombies, why film studios make great zombie safe houses, and why you should pick up a copy of Ex-Heroes.

 

This interview was conducted on February 22, 2013.

 

Justified S4E8There’s likely no way to discuss the events of tonight’s episode without dealing with some major spoilers, so if you haven’t seen “Outlaw” yet, you’ll want to avoid reading further.

MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW

 

Ex-HeroesEx-Heroes, the new novel by Peter Clines, is a new and fascinating zombie story. The twist here is that there are also superheroes helping to fight the undead. What impressed me the most about this blend is how well done it was. The superheroes are better able to handle the shambling horde, but they are not immune, and occasionally they are less help than an armed civilian. The story that emerges takes its cues from comics and horror, without losing track of what makes either of them succeed.

 

Five Weapons 1Ready. Set. Premise. “Are you a hired assassin worried about your child’s education? Are you worried they won’t be able to find the adequate skills to be a successful hitman? Then, worry no longer. The school of five weapons is just for you.” Boom.

 

Uncanny Skullkickers 1Uncanny Skullkickers #1 is the new jumping-on point for Skullkickers, Jim Zub’s hilarious fantasy book about two mercenaries who may or may not have just saved the world. Skullkickers is everything that is awesome about comics today. It is an irreverent, creator-owned work of art by some of the hottest, up-and-coming professionals in the industry today.

 

Rocketeer 1The Rocketeer soars across the pages of IDW’s new serial, Hollywood Horror!  Rodger Landridge brings Dave Stevens’ classic, adventure-seeking Los Angeles hero to life once more, with distinctive and quirky art by J. Bone. 

 

DW Prisoners of Time 2The second Doctor and companions find themselves in a space bazaar, where danger and bargains lurk around every corner.  I have to confess that I am not familiar with much Doctor Who before Christopher Eccleston’s run. So, I do miss some of the character history and backstory. For example, I have no idea who the companions are, and it is a testament to the talented writers that I felt like I knew them. Now, there are a few references for newbies like me, so don’t feel like you need to know everything about every incarnation of The Doctor to enjoy yourself.

The Mogoliad Book ThreeThe following is an interview with writer Cooper Moo, one of the talented, powerhouse authors (including Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, and Mark Teppo) responsible for The Mongoliad book series.  In honor of today's release of the series' final installment, The Mongoliad: Book Three, Fanboy Comics Senior Contributor Ben Rhodes chatted with Moo about how sword fighting with foam swords led to The Mongoliad series, whether it is possible for the Mongols to be sympathetic characters, and what is up next for the author.

 

This interview was conducted on February 25, 2013.

 

Seth McFarlane OscarsHow hard can it be to produce a decent Oscars show?  That’s the question I ask myself every year.

It’s been two short years since the Franco/Hathaway trainwreck detonated on the stage of the (then) Kodak Theater.  Last year the show’s producers overcompensated by dusting off Billy Crystal’s hackneyed schtick after Eddie Murphy bailed on them.  It didn’t help that, in addition to stale jokes, Billy brought with him an off-putting attitude of “You people are lucky I came back to save the Oscars.”  It was unfunny and condescending.  Last year’s telecast wasn’t as bad as the previous catastrophe; it was merely boring.

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