'Lost Lake:' A Film Review


Lost LakeLost Lake is a head-spinning slasher film that keeps you on the edge of your seat right up until the shocking finale.  A new indie horror flick from Special Order Films directed by Marcus Nash, Lost Lake follows a young couple, Tricia (Katie Keene) and Jeff (John Shartzer), as they travel to a ghost town, just outside of Death Valley, CA, in search of their oddball uncle (Ezra Buzzington). 

Silhouettes from Popular CultureIt can be a difficult task, at times, to fly your geek flag and still be considered a member of the “legitimate grownup” world. From neon-colored and badly photoshopped Star Wars posters to gawdy and cheap-looking comic book statues, much of the merchandise and “art” in Geekdom is meant to appeal to the youngest among us and comes with an unnecessary, yet expected, amount of tackiness (free of charge). If you’re anything like me, despite your love for comic shops, you strongly resist the idea of your living space resembling these bastions of geekery where action figures (still in the box, of course) are packed floor to ceiling and furniture is built out of strategically organized long boxes. I don’t mind wearing my fanboy badge on my sleeve, in fact I take major pride in it, but one eventually reaches the age when they think to themselves, “Would Han Solo hang this on his wall?” Well, fortunately for all of us, acclaimed artist Olly Moss has now joined the ranks of geek-chic heroes Adam Levermore and QMx with his new book, Silhouettes from Popular Culture. Much like Levermore’s stylish art prints and QMx’s “discreet geek” t-shirt designs, Moss’ Silhouettes from Popular Culture is a smart, classy, and sophisticated edition to any geek’s Bat Cave without losing an ounce of the pure, unadulterated fun that makes being a fanboy so frakking cool!

Blastoff ComicsDear Fanboy Comics Readers:

The FBC staff is excited to announce that Blastoff Comics will be opening a new store in North Hollywood, CA, on Saturday, November 10th, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The online retailer's new brick-and-mortar location will offer both current and back-issue comics and graphic novels, with a special focus on comic book rarities.  Blastoff's grand opening celebration will host industry greats including Mark Waid (Daredevil, Kingdom Come), novelist and comic book writer Gregg Hurwitz (The Survivor, Batman: The Dark Knight), comic book writer Jim Krueger (Justice, Earth-X), and comic book writer and author Scott Tipton (Star Trek/Doctor Who, The Star Trek Vault).

Melissa WagnerThe following is an interview with professional makeup artist Melissa Wagner.  In this Halloween-themed interview, Fanboy Comics' Bryant Dillon chats with Wagner about how she got her start in the makeup industry, the best foundations and powders to use to achieve Kirkman-esque zombie makeup, and why Rick Baker is the man when it comes to makeup effects.

This interview was conducted on October 26, 2012.


halloween geek pumpkinOctober 31


Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:

The goblins and ghouls at FBC would like to wish you and yours a Happy Halloween!  Today is a day to showcase our cosplay love, carve pumpkins, eat far too much candy, draw Pagan symbols on the floor and then accidentally spray human blood on them, therby unleashing Gachnar who terrorizes the students of UC Sunnydale . . . I mean . . . you know, the regular Halloween things that you do . . .

While all of the aforementioned activities make today tremendously fun, it is just not Halloween without remembering one thing: "Anything Can Happen on Halloween."



Doctor MusclesI don’t know how it happened.  I really don’t.  I started reading Doctor Muscles: Journal One (collecting the first five volumes of the comic by Austin Tinius, Robert Salinas, and various artists) and I couldn’t have been less interested.  The story?  I neither understood nor cared.  The characters?  They either irritated me or confused me.  The writing?  It felt like it was some great inside joke and the art did, too.  I just flat out didn’t understand what was going on or why.  But, by some great miracle, Issue #4 hooked me.  I found myself mysteriously invested in this strange comic. I suddenly liked the characters; I mean I was actively rooting for them and somehow I found myself understanding the basic scenario that had been utterly confusing for the last three issues.  And, I have no idea how it happened.


CW Tipping PointsWell, we've finally reached the conclusion of the Onderon Arc, or as I've dubbed it, "The Robes Arc," and I can honestly say it was a well-executed and worthy finale.


CW The Soft WarWe're back this week with a more action-oriented installment of The Clone Wars and probably my favorite episode so far of the Onderon arc.  I really dug the direction they took with the opening, having the Rebels jump into action against the Separatist Droids patrolling the streets, making themselves known to the town folk. The gigantic holograph was a neat effect, allowing Steela to broadcast herself around various points in the town.

TMNT Annual 2012Annual issues are really interesting, as they tend to be longer than normal comic books and give stories that are directly related to what’s been going on in the main issues over the past year. A lot of annuals I’ve read give a story that has to be read in order to continue with a specific storyline in the main issues, but the 2012 issue of TMNT is very different; this is a stand-alone, which can be read all on its own while still adding to the overall flavor of the continuity. It was a nice “break” from the rest of the stories in the TMNT titles and allowed me to see more into the underbelly of the various baddies in the TMNT universe. I’d say “go green machine,” but given that it’s in black and white, I don’t think it would apply; oh, well—“go newspaper grey machine?”


Blackburn Burrow Issue 2 CoverThe second issue of the Amazon Studios published comic Blackburn Burrow is available for free to download to your eBook reading device of choice. This is a move by Amazon to figure out how popular this property could be as a movie. If you haven’t read the first issue, which is also free, you can probably still follow along with this handy dandy, spoiler-filled guide to issue one.


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