PopConLA logoDear Fanboy Comics Readers:

Our friends at the First Annual ITVfest Pop Culture Convention (a.k.a. PopConLA) have announced the dates and lineup for their convention this July, and we couldn't be more excited!  Taking place from July 5-8, 2012, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, PopConLA will be fun for fans of TV, movies, comic books, fashion, music, and more!

The convention floor will be host to dozens of exhibitors' booths from the aforementioned genres of entertainment, while the Convention Center's 300-seat theatre will offer movie fans a welcome respite with countless screenings.   In addition, industy superstars like Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars' Lando Calrissian) will be available for autographs, and the Break Out Room will offer panels and workshops like the Tron Panel with Bruce Boxleitner and Cindy Morgan.  Don't miss concerts courtesy of the Tim Russ Band, Wendy Starland, and many more talented artists.  There is something for everyone!

 

Max Payne 3The Matrix and its sequels are old, if treasured, news these days, but that same respect is rarely afforded to its imitators. Complaints of bullet time and rampant slow motion have been common critics’ fodder against action movies ever since 1999. It’s a testament to Max Payne’s appeal—or the follow-the-leader nature of shooters, or both—that Rockstar Entertainment decided to buy the IP wholesale from Swedish developers Remedy Entertainment (who are currently known for Alan Wake). Rockstar spent an estimated $105 million and eight years creating Max Payne 3, instead of putting that funding towards a surefire Grand Theft Auto expansion pack or three. If it’s a follow-the-leader gaming fad, it’s passing in appropriately slow motion.

 

Problem of EvilFilmmakers Jessica Silvetti and Ethan Kogan talk about their newest feature, Problem of Evil. Join their Kickstarter campaign to help them finish up the post production of their film, which chronicles a documentary filmmaker's search for a cult leader thought to be an angel sent by god.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Avenging Spider-ManHe’s been known as the menace of NYC, the savior of the little person, and one of the smartest guys to sling a web from a skyscraper.  He’s got no personal life, a full-time civilian job, and helping out with several superhero teams to the point of exhaustion; however, the one thing he does have, that he never loses or compromises, is his overwhelming sense of pun usage and joke telling.


He’s the one, the only, the geekish Avenging Spider-Man.

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Gay OK MTBy Michael Fitzgerald Troy

*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.

 

 

Me Tarzan, you gay.  You choose your battles; you pick your fights.

It should be no surprise to anyone (As they hyped the heck out of it!) that Northstar was joining the ranks of long-suffering heterosexuals by marrying his boyfriend, Kyle.

Should Marvel be praised for championing gay rights or condemned for jumping on the big, gay bandwagon following Obama's day late, dollar short, half-@$$ed endorsement of same sex marriage?  Mind you, I'm not complaining; any furthering of gay rights is good in my book.  You choose your battles.

 

BW Comedian 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. 


While there are many good reasons for a comic book sniffer to be skeptical regarding DC’s Before Watchmen event and how it will contradict and cannibalize the parent text, most can still agree that there are two characters that should still have adventures to share in sequential art form: Rorschach and The Comedian. This week, The Comedian #1, written by Brian Azzarello and featuring art by J.G. Jones, hit comic stands with a bang and shattered the expectations of this eagerly awaiting fanboy like a lone gunman’s lucky shot.


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Write Brothers logoThe following is an interview with Chris Huntley and Chris Thorne of Write Brothers, Inc., a computer software publisher which creates innovative and easy-to-use writing tools for film, television, comics, and all creative writing mediums.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Huntley and Thorne about the inspiration behind Write Brothers, the success stories associated with software, and the best advice for aspiring writers.

This interview was conducted on June 18, 2012.

 

 

 

HeroclixHe floats by the fountain in the desolate park, waiting. His allies are gone, systematically taken out . . . it all happened so fast. First, the young man in the alien suit who called himself Spider-Man, followed by Aztek, the Ultimate Man. Thrown together by fate, they were not destined to fight together for long. No, now it is only Superman. Silently, he curses these strange new energy-based abilities. If he had his old, familiar powers, perhaps, he could have saved them . . . perhaps he would have stood a chance. Perhaps.

BraveWhen I attended the D23 conference last August, the trailer for Disney•Pixar's Brave struck me as a strong departure from their typical animated fare. We don't have a male lead or a helpless princess or a film with a built-in merchandising empire.  Instead, we have a strong, stubborn, independent, and fierce gal by the name of Merida.  She wants to live life on her own terms, but she is going to learn the hard way how to get there.  It is a gorgeous film, but I am not sure it is for everyone.  Here are my three reasons to see Brave:

 

Jimmy Brass 1I love film noir.  I love the seedy worlds, the anti-heroes, the clipped, witty dialogue.  But, I think more than all of that I love the mystery: how people, places, and objects are never what they seem, how you always have the sense that you’re walking on a trap door and, at any moment, it all could drop out from under you.  And, I love that, in the end, everything falls into place.  It isn’t always how you want it to turn out.  Heck, it isn’t often how you want it to turn out, but it always makes a funny kind of sense.  Writer Jake Dickerman and artist Jason Pruett deliver all of that in spades in their new comic, Jimmy Brass: 2nd Grade Detective.     

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