In notes he was compiling while writing his final novel, The Last Tycoon, F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote, “There are no second acts in American lives.” I’m pretty sure Ben Affleck would disagree with him on that point.
New on the Tube is a series devoted to reviewing relatively new television shows and determining how they may (or may not) appeal to their intended audiences, where the shows are going, and what can be done to make them better.
Ryan King, a sports radio talk show host, has recently lost his wife to a car accident. His coworkers want him to get help from group therapy in dealing with his loss, but he doesn’t want to focus on the situation and move on. As he integrates into the group sessions, he offers his own brand of advice to the others going through loss and ends up allowing his life to change through hesitancy and challenges. The show airs on Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) on NBC.
Borderlands 2 is the successor to what was one of the most popular new IPs in 2009. Maintaining the same first-person shooter/RPG gameplay as the first, players take on the role of a Vault Hunter on the planet Pandora and have to fight their way through bandits, robots, and alien beasts while looting and leveling to their heart's content. Borderlands 2 surpasses its predecessor in almost every way, delivering the same great combat and offbeat sense of humor with more guns, great characters, guns, varied quests, more diverse settings, and, oh yes, guns.
The fantasy genre (and many other geeky genres) is full of beloved, unpolished, and hulking warriors. They've become a character archetype to themselves, represented by the 'barbarian' or 'warrior' in tabletop RPG manuals and counting Conan, Khal Drogo, and even He-Man among their ranks. For most fantasy fans, there's something inherently charming to the big oaf who crushes his opponent with a single blow (and a single utterance of "Me crush"), drops his battle axe at the door of the local tavern, and celebrates his day with an overflowing mug of hearty mead. Creator/writer/colorist Courtland Brugger and penciller/inker Frank Fosco (Image’s TMNT, Savage Dragon) play to these innate strengths of the fantasy genre with their new independent comic book, Gronk, featuring a hulking, unpolished, and, perhaps in time, beloved hero by the same name.
Rorschach barrels right on through the gutters of New York City in Issue #2, past the pimps and pushers and filth, with a singular, deadly focus. Beaten to a pulp by a local drug gang and left for dead in the previous installment, he has vengeance on his mind, and this issue is just the beginning. And, boy, it’s a savage, gut-punch of an issue, too.
The following is an interview with Devin Leigh Michaels, creator of the seven-issue comic book miniseries Destiny's Fate. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Contributor Kristine Chester talks with Michaels about her journey to become a writer, her penchant for time travel stories, and how you can help Destiny's Fate by contributing to the Kickstarter campaign for Issues #2 and #3.
This interview was conducted on September 24, 2012.
Archeologists of Shadows is set in a world that is slowly being overtaken by mechanization, the process where organic life turns into machines. According to the Authorities, this is how the gods want it. Members of the Resistance, known as Archeologists, fight back with the Archeologists of Light actively opposing the Authorities while the Archeologists of Shadows look for a means to undo mechanization. Their search led them to Baltimo and Alix, known as the Alter Egos, who supposedly have the ability to contact the gods themselves. When we last left our heroes, they were making their first attempt.
I’m a fan of Spider-Man—this is nothing new to people who have read my reviews before, or to the people who know me—but I’m not the largest fan of crossovers. So, when I heard that there was going to be a crossover between mainstream Marvel Spider-Man (grown-up Peter Parker) and Ultimate Marvel Spider-Man (Miles Morales), I wasn’t sure what to expect. Then, I found out that Brian Michael Bendis was doing the writing, and I changed my tune.
Two heroes meeting together for the first (and perhaps only time) in continuity, taking on the good fight to defeat a common enemy. What couldn’t be more enjoyable?
I had the pleasure of seeing writer and director Ava DuVernay speak at the Film Independent Directors Series this past year. When asked how and why she got into filmmaking, her answers were, perhaps, a bit unconventional. DuVernay spent many years working in niche film distribution. She realized that not enough of the kinds of films she wanted to see were actually being made. So, she decided to do something about it. Now, a few years later, DuVernay has successfully written and directed her second feature film, Middle of Nowhere, a character-driven drama centered on an all-black cast. The film won the “Best Director” award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
In the following interviews, the creators of Fanboy Comics' latest graphic novel, Identity Thief, talk about the featured creature affectionately referred to as The Blank and the "je n'ais sais quois" it possesses!