Jay Oliva TDKRp2At the Paley Center premiere of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, the Fanboy Comics crew talks with director Jay Oliva about what it's like directing an animated feature, the challenges of bringing Frank Miller's classic story to life, and his work with Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan on Man of Steel.

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Fraction HOSComics, delicious grilled cheese sandwiches, and helping those in need.  All good things, right?  For those in the Los Angeles area, you will have the chance to partake in all three this Wednesday, January 30th, at 6 p.m., when Hawkeye writer Matt Fraction will be signing copies of Hawkeye #7 at House of Secrets in Burbank, CA. 

While comic book fans will have the chance to meet the Marvel Comics writer and snag a signed copy of Hawkeye #7, House of Secrets will also have an amazing food truck on hand to serve hungry patrons with the most delicious variety of grilled cheese sandwiches (and tater tots!) that you can imagine!  In addition, the Red Cross will be in attendance accepting donations to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy. 

 

 

Doctor Who Prisoners of Time 1I recently got the opportunity to read the upcoming Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #1, and I can tell you that it is great. If you are a fan of Doctor Who, then this is one you should check out. In this issue, the first Doctor, Vicki, Barbara, and Ian (some of the first companions) travel to London in 1868. Their intention is to attend a lecture by Thomas Huxley, who earned the nickname Darwin’s Bulldog for his staunch defense of the theory of evolution, but things go predictably awry.

 

Mars Attacks Zombies RobotsThis is nearly everything that I want in a one-shot. It is funny. It doesn’t connect to any mythology that I need to know. There are also robots, zombies, aliens, and puns. There is also a8tge34piahqetaeth

Sorry, but something just bit me.

 

Legend of ZeldaA little more than twenty-five years ago, The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System began one of the most successful video game series of all time.  The game cast players as a young hero named Link, who had to traverse eight hazardous dungeons, solving puzzles and earning new equipment, in order to restore the Triforce of Wisdom and save the titular Princess Zelda.

 

Zed A Cosmic TaleWhat is the cutest alien inventor to do? In Michel Gagné’s Zed: a Cosmic Tale, our hero, Zed, has invented a powerful device that provides cheap, plentiful, and clean energy, but something terrible happened and now he is on the run from a powerful and blood-thirsty warlord. This adorable sci-fi comic book wades into some pretty dark and menacing territory. And, that seems to be the most important detail of this comic. It is never just one thing. The story, tone, and artwork are often both cute and disturbing at the same time.

 

Batman TDKR Part 2At the Paley Center premiere of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, the Fanboy Comics crew talks with Bruce Timm, producer of a decade's worth of wonderful DC animated features including this adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel. Timm tells us about the process of doing a two-part story, the specific challenges of bringing this classic tale to the screen, and confirms that he will not be working on the next DC animated feature.

 

 

 

 

 

Oz James FrancoEvidently, there’s a football game on Sunday bookending the Beyoncé concert.  Nobody asked, but I predict the 49ers will win a very physical, low-scoring game at 24 – 21.  About 100 million people are expected to tune in and many of those will be watching specifically to see the commercials.

 

Brad BirdDisney has just announced that Brad Bird’s uber-secret, new movie previously called 1952 now has a new title:  Tomorrowland.  As a huge Disneyland geek, I must say that a movie named after my favorite part of the park is pretty exciting.  Look for more new, cryptic clues about the film to come in the days ahead.

 

CW Shades of ReasonThis episode continued on with the awesomeness this week, even with its unbalanced first act. The Sith Bros. and the Death Watch make their way to Mandalore, so Pre Visla can overthrow Duchess Satine. Who knew all it would take was a few gangsters causing a ruckus and the incredibly convenient arrival of Death Watch to stop them? Of course, they are in cahoots, with a plan that was well executed but felt rushed given the short period of time spent on it in the episode. I took it for what it was, because after the last 4 episodes with Plankton and the Droids, I want my action now. Fast and furious.

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