Buffy 18After an unfocused and meandering first half of the season, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 is finally starting to recapture the feeling of the original show that its rabid fanbase knows and loves. With Buffy teamed up with Illyria and Eldre Koh against potential big bad The Siphon, writer Andrew Chambliss uses Issue #18 to continue revealing Season 9’s endgame to both the Slayer and his readers.

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Stan Lee CartoonIf asked to name one individual who embodies all of the wonderful things that comic books offer to readers young and old, the answer is clear: Stan Lee.  For over 70 years, Stan "The Man" Lee has made his indelible impact on the world of comics, having been the legendary founder of Marvel Comics, as well as an exuberant spokesperson for its properties.  Refusing to allow 70 plus years in the industry to slow him down, Lee has been quite active as of late through POW! Entertainment, a company that develops, creates, and licenses intellectual property for the entertainment industry, with recent projects including Stan Lee's World of Heroes and Romeo & Juliet: The War.  Now, in order to bring POW!'s projects more directly to its fans (and, more imporantly, the fans in more direct contact with Stan Lee), POW! Entertainment launched TheRealStanLee.com on Monday, February 11th. 

Strange Attractors Autograph CardWelcome back to The Preview Party, the blog that looks at the coolest, new comic books and graphic novels available to pre-order from this month’s Previews magazine.

This April, Archaia will be releasing another big, beautiful hardcover, Strange Attractors, which is a wonderful story from Charles Soule about two mathematicians who learn that the smallest of actions can have a major impact. I had the pleasure of speaking with Soule about his new book. Here’s what he had to say.

TRON UprisingI’ve always enjoyed the original TRON film—at the time, it was a great leap in science fiction and special effects, although the background storytelling could have used a little more polishing—and I enjoyed the sequel, though probably not as much as others. When I first heard that they were going to be doing a television show, I was very excited to see how they pulled it off.  It took a bit of time for it to get produced, so I probably built it up a bit in my head before I actually saw it, but when I did, I discovered that there are some really good aspects to the show . . . as well as some really bad ones.

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GinkgopolisWhen's the last time you read the instructions of a board game and felt like you were at a feminist rally of gamers? As they picket the headquarters of a gaming company demanding equality and burning pink game pieces in effigy? When? When? When?! If your answer is more than zero, then you are probably in the 1% section of gamers and most likely have a restraining order against you. But, why does it have to be "Parker Bros," when it was the Parker sister's idea, probably? When will we get our day in the sun, ladies? As we sit in a basement or coffee shop rolling 12-sided dice, daydreaming of being wooed by Klaus Teuber or Leslie Scott, and having them create a RPG where the goal is to garner our attention and approval. It's time for a bit of recognition and kudos for being the minority in a culture saturated by mouth-breathing breeders.

 

TWD Governon Special 1This week saw the return of AMC’s The Walking Dead TV series, and, if the record-breaking ratings are any clue, it seems like the nefarious, yet fascinating, character of The Governor has hit with all the impact that The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and crew could have hoped for. It’s common knowledge that The Walking Dead TV series and the ongoing comic book series share similarities but are, at the same time, two completely different tales. While The Governor played by actor David Morrissey may terrify viewers of the television show, the version of the character that exists in the comic books is an even more disturbing, sadistic, and dangerous villain. Given the character’s popularity, Image Comics is releasing a new book titled The Walking Dead: The Governor Special that reprints Rick Grimes, Michonne, and Glen’s first encounter with the man who will destroy their worlds far more severely than any walker they’ll ever encounter!

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Monty Pythons Flying CircusLove is in the air at Fanboy Comics!  In this magical month of romance and enchantment, the FBC Staff and Contributors decided to take a moment to stop and smell the roses.  In the week leading up to Valentine's Day, a few members of the Fanboy Comics crew will be sharing their very personal "Love Letters" with our readers, addressed to the ones that they adore the most. 


Dear Monty Python,

Thank you for the best comedy that I have ever seen. I can (and will) rave about all the movies and the albums and the books, but Monty Python’s Flying Circus is that rare breed of thing eclipses everything that came before and everything that follows. It’s . . .

Dear Monty Python,

Iron Man 1 Marvel NowThe 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.



Tony Stark has always believed that science and technology were the answer to all of his problems, but since his confrontation with the Phoenix Force, he’s found himself contemplating different solutions than what he is used to.  A leader amongst his superhero peers, a playboy, and a historic businessman, Stark has found the perfect way of balancing his personal, professional, and heroic lives at the expense of his liver, but when an old threat comes back to haunt him in his newfound revelations, he puts his new experiences to the test in a battle of honor, life, and freedom.

 

Adam WarRockGeeks of the greater Los Angeles area unite!  Nerdcore rapper Adam WarRock will be performing at Seth 'n Ralph's Comic Corner in Ventura, CA, on Monday, February 18th, at 7 p.m. for a FREE in-store show! 

Fanboy Comics readers will know hip hop master Adam WarRock from his geek-themed albums, including The Browncoats Mixtape and Watch The Throne (X), as well as songs like "I Can't Stop Watching House of Cards" and "When the Winter Comes."  (In addition, you may have heard WarRock's musical stylings if you recently tuned in to Fanboy Comics' weekly podcast, The Fanboy Scoop - Week In Review, as he wrote and performed the new Season 3 theme song!)

 

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

While flipping through Previews, a beautiful cover caught my eye for a book called Polarity. As I read more about the book, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by the idea of Say Anything front man Max Bemis writing a comic about a bipolar man who get superpowers whenever he goes off his meds. Luckily, I was able to reach out to BOOM! Studios, the book's publisher, to set up an interview with Bemis. Here’s what he had to say about this unique, new miniseries.

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