You Con-goers out there know that you’re bound to run into any number of up-and-comers hawking their wares and looking to make it big in the wide world of comics. This is part of what makes conventions great: The discovery of new works! Some of it has potential, some of it just plain stinks, and occasionally some of it will take your breath away. Recently at WonderCon, I stumbled upon the kind gentlemen at the Creative Mind Energy booth. Bolstered by banners baring brains (Seriously, their mascot is a human brain. Check it out: creativemindenergy.com.), they were hard to miss. But, it wasn’t the 8-foot tall posters that caught my eye. It was a simple sketch of a crane standing in reedy water. The bird: large and proud in the fore, almost as if it were pausing to listen, with ominous storm clouds on the horizon providing backdrop. It was rich with shadow and texture, and completely devoid of color. I knew I wanted to see more and after some engaging conversation with a few of the creators (including the artist himself), I picked up The Gifted.
Personally, I do not look forward to Doctor Who episodes written by Mark Gatiss. His episodes are not usually terrible, just mediocre. Whenever he writes for Doctor Who or Sherlock, the episode feels very clinical—it hits all the right notes and plot points, but there is no emotion or excitement to give the episode some life to latch onto. This week's episode, “Cold War,” does nothing to break that mold. I find that I enjoy his work as an actor more than as a writer. Fans will recognize him as Dr. Lazarus from “The Lazarus Experiment” in Series Three, as well as playing Mycroft Holmes in Sherlock.
Double Jumpers, the latest graphic novel from Action Lab: Danger Zone, is a love letter to geeks. Jason, Maxine, Milo, and Andrew work for a small video game developer hard at work on their virtual reality game Dungeons Lords 2: The Darkheart Chronicles, but when an error occurs and traps them in the game, the A.I.s for their characters are transferred back into their bodies where they run amok in the modern world.
World of Webcomics is a series devoted to exploring the world of online comics and their target audiences, as well as their art styles, storylines, and the general enjoyment that they provide.
Everyone has opinions about the various decisions that are made by corporations and companies, and the geeks of the comic book world are no exceptions. Gutters actually goes a step beyond a lively rant with providing color commentary in response to the decisions, allowing for their point to get across to the masses in a most informative and enjoyable fashion. Written by Ryan Sohmer and drawn by everyone under the sun, this comic will make comic book fans scream with joy or hiss with frustration. Gutters updates on a M-W-F schedule at the-gutters.com.
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You're invited to join the creators of Solestar for a graphic novel signing on Wednesday, April 24th, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles, CA!
Golden Apple will continue its monthly wine mixer series by hosting comic book creator Siike Donnelly and a number of the 70+ artists who contributed to the jam-style graphic novel, Solestar. Solestar is an original superhero story whose protagonist has only 24 hours to live. It features artwork donated by over 70 different artists and educational information regarding brain aneurysms, the proceeds of which will go to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
As a brain aneurysm survivor, Donnelly was forced to rebuild his speech patterns and relearn how to walk. With his company, The Naïve Project, he led a successful Kickstarter campaign to publish Solestar in early 2013. According to Donnelly, “I wanted to create a superhero that knew loss right from the start. It’s kind of the staple when creating someone with powers. They have to come from tragedy to obtain victory. This is something I now understand on a personal level. Hopefully, victory follows my tragedy with this project.”
You're invited to join Fanboy Comics for a graphic novel signing on Saturday, April 27th, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Hyaena Gallery in Burbank, CA!
Writer and FBC co-founder Sam Rhodes will be on hand at the LA's premier gallery for Dark Art to sign copies of Fanboy Comics‘ graphic novels, Identity Thief and Something Animal. Fans who stop by the gallery 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.
There was an interesting article recently in LA Weekly that spoke about the lack of long-term economic sustainability in Major League Baseball’s deals with local and cable television providers. According to the Weekly, over the past 30 years, the World Series has lost about 80% of its viewers. Regular season National Football League games routinely blow the Fall Classic out of the water in terms of Neilson ratings. One of the many factors contributing to baseball’s consistent demise in popularity is young people raised on mixed martial arts and the X Games who see the national pastime as slow, stodgy, and old-fashioned.
One of the nice things about being a film geek and living in Southern California is all of the great movie events that get staged here. With that in mind, here’s a heads-up for movie fans living in the greater Los Angeles area. On Wednesday, April 24, the American Film Institute will be presenting AFI Night at the Movies. According to a press release, the evening “is an event of extraordinary scale with classic American films spanning five decades screening on a single night - each with an introduction by the film's star or filmmaker. Mystery, drama, romance, horror, science fiction, and animated family entertainment will all be represented.”
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.
Bringing together mutants and humans to spearhead a special superhero team, Captain America creates a “unity” team to help prove that mutants are not a threat to the world. Choosing previous members from both teams, this new group works to help strengthen the binds within the superhero community as well as the planet as a whole, going against Cyclops and his call for revolution against humanity. Choosing Cyclops’ own brother Havok to lead, Captain America gives his full support to the team and takes a backseat to his normal role as leader. And, while this isn’t the first time mutant and human superheros have worked together, this is the first time it has been done in such a public fashion. They’re here, they’re powerhouses, and they’re the Uncanny Avengers.
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At WonderCon 2013, Fanboy Comics Senior Contributor Kristine Chester talks with voice actor Troy Baker regarding his work on LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite.