The Mogoliad Book ThreeThe following is an interview with writer Cooper Moo, one of the talented, powerhouse authors (including Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, and Mark Teppo) responsible for The Mongoliad book series.  In honor of today's release of the series' final installment, The Mongoliad: Book Three, Fanboy Comics Senior Contributor Ben Rhodes chatted with Moo about how sword fighting with foam swords led to The Mongoliad series, whether it is possible for the Mongols to be sympathetic characters, and what is up next for the author.

 

This interview was conducted on February 25, 2013.

 

Seth McFarlane OscarsHow hard can it be to produce a decent Oscars show?  That’s the question I ask myself every year.

It’s been two short years since the Franco/Hathaway trainwreck detonated on the stage of the (then) Kodak Theater.  Last year the show’s producers overcompensated by dusting off Billy Crystal’s hackneyed schtick after Eddie Murphy bailed on them.  It didn’t help that, in addition to stale jokes, Billy brought with him an off-putting attitude of “You people are lucky I came back to save the Oscars.”  It was unfunny and condescending.  Last year’s telecast wasn’t as bad as the previous catastrophe; it was merely boring.

 

CW To Catch a JediI watched the chase scene from last week's episode again to start me off into the new one, which I think helped to fuel the overall intensity of this episode as a whole. Ahsoka is on the run and finds herself in the seedy underbelly of Coruscant, level 1312. For those unfamiliar, there is a video coming out later this year entitled Star Wars 1313 that revolves around playing the role of a bounty hunter on a mission in the subterranean level of Coruscant. Filoni had mentioned in interviews last year that we would get our first glimpse of 1313 on The Clone Wars and after last week's literal cliffhanger, we watched Ahsoka make a desperate dive in that direction.

Skin Crawling ComicsThe following is an interview with the comic book writer/artist team of Carl Boehm and Laura Bearl, who will be contributing their short story, "The Appetite," to the upcoming horror-themed anthology Skin Crawling Comics.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Boehm and Bearl about the inspiration behind their horror short, what the horror genre means to them, and where readers can find other examples of their work in advance of the anthology's release.

This interview was conducted on February 18, 2013.

 

Uncanny Skullkickers 1Welcome back to The PREVIEWS Party, the blog that looks at the coolest, new comic books and graphic novels available to pre-order from this month’s Previews magazine.

Anyone who has read my blogs or reviews before has heard me rave about the amazingly talented writer Jim Zub, and how he brings a modern humor and sensibility to the fantasy genre. Well, I recently got to chat with him about his upcoming books and the importance of a kind of grassroots fandom in indie comics. Here’s what he had to say.

 

Resident Alien V1When the local doctor of the small town of Patience is murdered, the residents turn to Harry Vanderspeigle, the strange hermit who lives on the outskirts of town and a retired doctor, to serve as his replacement. But, unknowingly, Patience has just hired an alien, hiding out on Earth after crashlanding three years ago, as its new general physician. Now, Harry finds himself getting involved in these peoples' lives and growing attached to them in spite of the fact he has to keep his identity secret at all costs.

 

Professor FrinkThe Simpsons is known for its wonderful supporting cast, and in Bongo Comics’ One-Shot Wonders line, readers get to go on adventures with some of the craziest characters in Springfield. This month we get three new stories featuring Springfield’s very own scientist supreme, Professor Frink. There’s even a special 3D story and Frink-O-Matic goggles to ensure maximum reading enjoyment.

 

Bart-80-CoverI have to tell you the truth. I’ve never read a Simpsons comic before until Bongo asked me to start reviewing them, but like many people my age, I grew up on the Simpsons TV show. I have to say, these Bongo comics really capture the essence of those Simpsons episodes I grew up on. Even better, they deliver the humor of the Simpsons in a great, all-ages comic that grownups who remember the Simpsons from their youth can now share with their kids.

 

Pirate Eye Pirates LifeBlame it on Johnny Depp, but pirates have been quite popular over the past few years, continuously battling zombies and sparkly vampires for the title of king of the pop culture genres. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the Disney films, I did have my pirate phase as a young comic book sniffer, and the comic medium seems a perfect home for these scurvy dogs! (Am I right? Tales of the Black Freighter, anyone?) Not wanting to be the last to walk the plank, Action Lab Entertainment has thrown its peg leg into the ring with Pirate Eye: A Pirate's Life is Not for Me, a comic book cross between the classic “pirate” tale and the noir elements present in Raymond Chandler’s detective fiction.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW

 

GMS Fringe Milkshake 1I don't know about you, but I am still in Fringe withdrawal. I was late to the party; I didn't even start watching the show until a few months before it ended. But, once I got started, I was hooked on the pseudo-science-y plot devices, the mystery of the observers, the playful episode easter eggs, and, of course, the lovable mad scientist, Walter Bishop.

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