For lunch today, I had French food – sausages and gravy with some fries. And, it was so good. For dinner, I had me some leftover Chinese smothered in Sriracha. That was awesome, too. But, you know what probably wouldn’t taste good? French sausages and fries, mixed with leftover Chinese food with lots of Sriracha. You just don’t mix those things, because some things just shouldn’t be mixed. I’ll come back to mixing foods in a bit. Wait for it.
Comic book publisher Top Cow will soon be releasing the ninth issue of Aphrodite IX, written by Matt Hawkins and illustrated by Stjepan Šejić, and the publisher has been very generous to the Fanboy Comics staff. In light of the comic book's March 19th release date, we are now able to share a preview of Issue #9!
The following is an interview with Dave Kellett and Frederick Schroeder, co-directors of Stripped, a film that brings together the world's best cartoonists to talk about the art form they love and what happens to it as newsprint fades away. The film includes interviews with Jim Davis (Garfield), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Jean Schulz (Peanuts), Mike and Jerry (Penny Arcade), Matt Inman (The Oatmeal), and 90 more of the world's best cartoonists. Exciting to add is that the film includes the first-ever recorded interview with Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes). In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Kellett and Schroeder about their love of comics and inspiration for the documentary, their reactions to Bill Watterson's special contributions to the film, and exciting news about the film's upcoming premiere in Los Angeles, CA.
This interview was conducted on March 13, 2014.
Tangent. Secant. Cosine. Sine. 3.14159. Go, Pi Day!
That's right, Fanboy Comics readers! Today is Pi Day, which is celebrated every March 14th all over the world. (March is the third month, hence the date is 3/14). Pi is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.
A little more than a year ago, I reviewed the first book in Moro Rogers’ City in the Desert trilogy and quite enjoyed it. The second book, The Serpent Crown, continues the story of monster hunter Irro and his young partner Hari in their efforts to save Kevala, the eponymous city in the desert, from the peril that befell it in the first book. Things pick up basically immediately where they left off, and so The Serpent Crown isn’t a great jumping-on point for new readers; however, for fans of the first book, it is a worthy continuation of the story and portends an exciting third act.
Do you like robots? How about Jet Packs? How about awesome stories about robots and jet packs?
If you answered yes to any and (Let's be honest here.) more likely all of those questions, then you cannot miss this interview with writer and illustrator Royden Lepp about his incredible graphic novel series, Rust. Give it a listen below.
There have been any number of versions in the past of the story of Joseph Merrick—a real person who lived in the late 19th century and whose deformities earned him the nickname “Elephant Man”—including a stage play and a 1980 film starring Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt. Merrick deliberately doesn’t follow the path of any of these previous versions, though, and makes a point of saying so. It’s an all-new take on the life of Merrick, but still at least partly based in fact. I haven’t seen any other versions of Merrick’s story, so I can’t say how similar or dissimilar it is from any of them, but, as far as I can tell, this one does seem to be wholly unique.
Andrez Bergen, writer of the comic anthology Black/White, may be one of the few people who loves noir more than I do. Noir elements are staples in a lot of his work, from the broadly comedic, supernatural, hard-boiled detective antics of his “Roy and Suzie” stories to the dark dystopia of his novel Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat. Black/White is a collection of a number of Bergen’s specifically noir-based stories, illustrated in comic form by a number of different artists. Because of the different artists, each story has a completely different visual style, ranging from high contrast to realistic to somewhat cartoony. The only thing they have in common, other than Bergen’s words and a noir motif, is that they’re all in . . . well, black and white.
Cosmic Times' Decisions is about the choices we make in life. The hard choices. The ones that determine how a person's life turns out. The comic series follows two wandering specters as they provide people at a crossroads in their lives the opportunity to review their choices and see potentially different outcomes before making their final decision.
Android Jones is back for an all-new adventure in author Jesse Young’s follow up to The Daring Adventures of Android Jones. I love and admire the sci-fi genre a ton and soak up anything and everything I can get my hands on. Daring Adventures was a very fun comic to read, which is why I was excited to find out that Jesse had plans to do more with characters Android and his trusty sidekick Pip. I loved Young’s idea of Android and Pip traveling from planet to planet in order to observe them and the cultures of their inhabitants, always finding a way to get into trouble.