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I can’t believe I’m writing this.

I really despise boy bands.  I especially hate calling them bands.  They’re not bands.  They’re singing groups made up of a collection of boys.  Bands play instruments.  Bands express themselves through the songs they write.  Singing groups made up of a collection of boys tend to have little control over their own music.  They’re not artists in any discernable way.  They just do what they’re handlers tell them to do.  The Rolling Stones are a band.  Green Day is a band.  The Black Keys are a band.  Hell, even Hanson was a band.

Deadpool Marvel NOW 1The 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.


Crazy as only a Marvel character can be, Wade Wilson likes to shoot his mouth off, along with his guns, for no seemingly rational reason.  Sometimes considered a hero, other times considered for long stays within a maximum holding facility, this mercenary does whatever it takes to get the job done while making sure he gets his piece of the pie in the process.  Now, hired out by the premier security force in the world, Wilson is tracking down some of the most outrageous villains ever to be seen on a comic panel, but will he be able to take them out?  Of course he will: he’s Deadpool!

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Lone Star SoulLone Star Soul: Invitation is one of those books that sits on the fringes of your perception, yet never wades into the realm of perfect sense. You read it, you read it again, and you retrace your steps, not out of frustration but curiosity. It is liquid and impossible to pin down. Space age, messy, filled with music and poetry, Lone Star Soul is out there, and that's exactly where I want it to be.

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Afternoon DelightA housewife stuck in a suburban rut seeks to spice up her life. Sound familiar? Perhaps. But, the 2013 Sundance film Afternoon Delight deserves a deeper examination. The film stars Kathryn Hahn (Crossing Jordan, Girls) as Rachel, a suburban housewife living in Los Angeles. She is a dutiful mother to her toddler daughter and a committed wife to husband Jeff (Josh Radnor, How I Met Your Mother). It’s clear, though, that restlessness is just under the surface as Rachel visits regularly with psychologist Lenore (Jane Lynch, GLEE) and finds little solace in Lenore’s guidance.

Tabletop dayIf you live in the Los Angeles area but do not have plans to attend WonderCon in Anaheim this weekend, you're invited to join Clockwork Couture to celebrate International TableTop Day on Saturday, March 30th, from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Clockwork Couture in Burbank, CA!

According to TableTopDay.com, International TableTop Day "is a reminder to spend more time and strengthen the bonds with the people who matter most, our friends and family, by playing games together. TableTop gaming promotes many positive social and cognitive benefits like increased communication, team work, planning, and is an excellent stress relieving activity for all ages."  International TableTop Day also represents the one year anniversary of the launch of the hit show TableTop, hosted by Wil Wheaton (Star Trek, The Big Bang Theory, Leverage).

International TableTop Day is a reminder to spend more time and strengthen the bonds with the people who matter most, our friends and family, by playing games together. Tabletop gaming promotes many positive social and cognitive benefits like increased communication, team work, planning, and is an excellent stress relieving activity for all ages. - See more at: http://www.tabletopday.com/index.php/about#sthash.prlZuCEd.dpuf
International TableTop Day is a reminder to spend more time and strengthen the bonds with the people who matter most, our friends and family, by playing games together. Tabletop gaming promotes many positive social and cognitive benefits like increased communication, team work, planning, and is an excellent stress relieving activity for all ages. - See more at: http://www.tabletopday.com/index.php/about#sthash.prlZuCEd.dpuf
International TableTop Day is a reminder to spend more time and strengthen the bonds with the people who matter most, our friends and family, by playing games together. Tabletop gaming promotes many positive social and cognitive benefits like increased communication, team work, planning, and is an excellent stress relieving activity for all ages. - See more at: http://www.tabletopday.com/index.php/about#sthash.prlZuCEd.dpuf

 

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Geekdom has become a double-edged sword. Once, we lived in fear of the sunlight and "normies." We fled to the sanctuary of our basements, especially on Wednesdays, to gather and discuss our newly procured treasures, roll 20-sided dice, and avoid the throngs of folks lined with pitchforks and torches prepared to lay down mob judgment. We banded together, watching each other's backs and to a greater extent the cache of comics and Magic: The Gathering cards strategically hidden throughout schools, homes, and churches. Nuns lay down the law worse than all others. Then came the internet.

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Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:

For those individuals in Geekdom who are unfamiliar with Smart Pop Books, you are missing out! 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’ve tackled Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Hunger Games, Dexter, and many more.  Now, Smart Pop Books is taking on the epic, sci-fi classic Ender's Game in Ender’s World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender's Game. (FBC’s official review of the book is available here.)


Our friends at Smart Pop Books have generously provided us with a copy of Ender’s World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender's Game to share with our Formic-loving readers.

 

Villain Drink mainI think it was Hitchcock who said, “The greater the villain, the greater the story.” Heroes may have top billing, but it is the villain of the story that truly captivates us. Whether they are masters of the elements, embracers of chaos, split personalities, or silver spoon Caesar wannabes, they have great power over us. They enlist our dark sides, transform our obsessions, and make us question our morals and sense of self.

So, what would they want to drink as their nightcap? I took the liberty of matching four of my favorite villains with what I think their beverage of choice would be. It is not often that I get to combine my interest in comics with my interest in spirits!

 

Justified S4E12Last week, Justified pulled off one of the best episode they’ve ever done, as the Marshalls had to get very clever in order to usher the newly capture Drew Thompson out of a Gauntlet-style ambush.  Tough guys said tough things.  Patton Oswalt took a severe beating and killed a guy.  It was tremendous fun.

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Enders WorldHave you ever been so engrossed by a book, TV show, or movie that its ending leaves you craving more?  Does the idea of delving deeper into the world of your most beloved stories and characters through thought-provoking discussion and analysis make your Spidey-sense tingle?  Thankfully, the creative team behind Smart Pop Books, the pop culture imprint of independent publisher BenBella Books, craves the exploration of pop culture as much as we do, as is evidenced by their latest anthology of essays focusing on one of geekdom’s most popular science fiction novels, Ender’s Game.  In Ender’s World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender's Game, fans of the Orson Scott Card classic will have the chance to return to the world of Ender Wiggin in advance of the major motion picture adaptation later this year.

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