Husbands 3Brady, Cheeks, and Haley continue their ‘verse-jumping adventure through iconic and geeky genres in Dark Horse Comics’ digital release this week of Husbands #3: A Case of Assumption. At this point, if you’ve been following my previous reviews, you’re probably tired of hearing over and over about how frakkin’ enjoyable this book is, but don’t blame me! It’s completely the fault of writers Jane Espenson and Brad "Cheeks" Bell, who are simply refusing to turn down the awesomeness by even a notch!

 

On the RoadReporting from AFI Fest 2012 presented by Audi



Not everything needs to be a movie.


As a lifelong film geek, I understand the desire to see a favorite piece of material play out on the big screen, but some things weren’t meant to translate as a movie.  Don’t get me wrong; I get the instinct to see your favorite stories or characters played out on beautiful CinemaScope.  I’ve been planning my sure to be ill-fated movie version of The Catcher in the Rye since I was 15 or 16.  (Young Leonardo DiCaprio would have made such an awesome Holden Caulfield!)  Some properties just aren’t going to translate well.


And yet, we plow right ahead.  Something’s a huge bestselling book?  Make a movie out of it.  A gigantic hit on Broadway?  Make a movie out of it.  A hugely popular video game?  Make a movie out of it.   A line of popular toys?  Make a movie out of it.  But, just because something works well in one medium doesn’t mean it will translate well to another.  (I’d go a step further and argue that there will never be a good feature film made from a video game, as a movie takes away the best part of the game - that you get to be the main character.)


Walter Salles’ film version of Jack Kerouac’s classic novel, On the Road, suffers from this syndrome.  Despite obvious care and attention, it just doesn’t work well as a movie.

 

Rise of the GuardiansReporting from AFI Fest 2012 presented by Audi



As a child of the '70s and '80s, I grew up on those classic, Rankin/Bass animated holiday specials like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.  In fact, one of my favorite Christmas songs is “I’m Mr. Heat Miser.”  So to me, Santa Claus is supposed to sound a lot like Mickey Rooney.  


Imagine my surprise to hear Santa talk with a thick Russian accent.  And, for him to have a forearm of tattoos that read “Naughty” on one arm and “Nice” on the other.  This is definitely a Santa for the 21st Century.  


This new twist on Santa Claus is a part of DreamWorks Animation’s new holiday-themed movie, Rise of the Guardians.  The Guardians in question are Santa (voiced by Alec Baldwin, sounding like Jack Donaghy by way of Vladimir Putin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman getting to sport his native Australian accent), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), and the Sandman (voiced by nobody, since the Sandman doesn’t speak).  These iconic characters are like the childhood Avengers, banding together to protect the children of the world.

 

BW Moloch 1The comic book event of the summer is nigh!  Before Watchmen, the much-anticipated prequel series to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, will consist of seven limited series and an epilogue one-shot.  Stay tuned, as the Fanboy Comics crew will be reviewing each title as it is released. Hurm. 

 

The origins for most of the characters of Watchmen were revealed in the original graphic novel and have since been expanded in Before Watchmen, but one area had been largely ignored until now: the villains. Edward Jacobi, a.k.a. Moloch the Mystic, plays a small part in the original graphic novel, and though he was reformed at the time, in the past he was a supervillain who went up against both the Minutemen and the Watchmen. In this series, we see just what drove this deformed boy to become one of the most dangerous threats to the heroes of the Watchmen universe.

'Identity Thief:' Challenges

Identity Thief Cover

From artistic consistency to the publishing and promotion processes, the creators of Fanboy Comics' newest graphic novel, Identity Thief, talk about the most difficult aspects of making this particular graphic novel.




 

 

Doc of the DeadFanboy Comics is putting out a call to every zombie lover, zombie slayer, zombie apocalypse prepper, and even to the walking (and running) dead, themselves.  We have another extremely worthy and awesome Kickstarter campaign that deserves your help!


Doc of the Dead is the definitive zombie culture documentary coming from the makers of the fantastic nerd-doc, The People vs. George Lucas. After metaphorically taking on the Grand Poobah of geeks lightsaber-to-lightsaber, why take on zombies for their next doc and why now? Here’s what they had to say:

 

CW The Gathering slideThis week's episode of The Clone Wars tackles what I can only assume is the equivalent to Christmas Day for a Jedi Youngling: procuring a crystal to use in the construction of your very own lightsaber. A greater day for a Youngling I can not imagine . . .

 

With the Earth Above UsWith the Earth Above Us, billed as a black and white, retro flashback to an all-ages science fiction adventure, is a moody throwback that plays more like A Space Odyssey than Lost in Space.   The art is simple and stylized, perfect for conveying the solitude of space travel, but struggles occasionally with perspective, bouncing around and undercutting the quiet, tension that pervades this comic.  Several scenes lack a decisive geography, leaving the reader unclear what is happening and to whom. 

 

Summer Invasion 2WE Comics, defender and publisher of “comics for everyone else,” is back at it again, delivering a worthy follow-up issue to their kid-friendly, flagship book, How I Spent My Summer Invasion! Writer Patrick Rieger and artist Mark Wilson continue the adventures of buddies Russ and Tim and their employment at a resort for intergalactic travelers with an engaging and exciting story that matches the tone of the first issue while expanding the story and further developing the possibilities for future issues of How I Spent My Summer Invasion.

Halo 4 CortanaAt Long Beach Comic & Horror Con 2012, Fanboy Comics Creative Director Sam Rhodes chats with actress, writer, and model Mackenzie Mason, who plays Cortana in Halo 4, about her motion capture work, what it was like working on such an important property, and why this iteration of Cortana is deeper than all of the others.

 

 

 

 

 

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