Wonder Woman cheesecakeThis isn’t new or even surprising, but people—specifically women in this instance—tend to be sexualized and exploited for marketing purposes that just do not make sense to me.  I’ve never claimed to be the stereotypical “guy” and don’t enjoy a lot of things have been described as “manly,” and so I just do not understand why women are exploited as eye candy for various products and services.  A woman scantily clad in a bikini is not going to make me enjoy Mountain Dew any more than I already do.  But, the thing that really annoys me—and impacts me personally—is the portrayal of women within geek culture, and especially within comics.


VERY MINOR SPOILER ALERT

Scrabble letters slideThe FFOW! series takes a look at that vast library created by the proud and the passionate: fan films.  Whether the budget and talent is astronomical or amateur, FFOW! celebrates the filmmakers whose love of comics, books, movies, video games, and TV shows inspires them to join the great conversation with their own homemade masterpieces.

By Jake Thomas, Guest Contributor to Fanboy Comics

 

This week, in “honor” of the release of Hasbro’s newest blastin’-action battle epic Battleship, FFOW! takes a look at several of the lesser-known films based on other classic board game properties.  Prepare for war as we take on The Board Game Collection! (*CAUTION: Some language and scenes may be NSFW.)

 

comikazeDear Fanboy Comics Readers:


Our friends at Stan Lee's Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo have all sorts of excitement in store for us this year, as they prepare for the launch of their second annual Los Angeles convention on September 15 and 16, 2012.

Comikaze recently announced that none other than the Mistress of the Dark, Elvira (aka Cassandra Peterson), will be partnering with the convention!  Elvira will join collaborators Stan Lee, POW! Entertainment, and convention founder Regina Carpinelli to create an interactive pop culture convention that is sure to impress LA fans of comics, gaming, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, and all other cult programming.

 

Albino coverThe following is an interview with E.J. Dabel, author of Albino and Pantheons and the President and co-owner of Dabel Brothers Productions, a publishing company specializing in comics and graphic novels.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon talks with Dabel about his inspiration for writing in the fantasy genre and the benefits of self-publishing.

Superboy 152 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

 

Concept:

 

A cloned superweapon who is destined to change the world with his powers, Superboy is rambunctious and uncertain of his future and his past.  He trades favors with N.O.W.H.E.R.E. in order to earn his freedom, but at the cost of his humanity and self-worth.  A teen who was grown in a lab with a seemingly important connection to the Ravagers, he is the one Kryptonian who is believed to be able to defeat out-of-control metahumans.  He is Superboy.


 

SPOILERS BELOW

 

Joss WhedonThat was one of the more popular shirts at San Diego Comic-Con in recent years.

If that name sounds familiar, it's because it should. He's kind of been in the news lately. You might have heard of a little movie called The Avengers. Or maybe The Cabin in the Woods? Two of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies released in the last month. He co-wrote and produced Cabin and co-wrote and directed The Avengers, and in between production and post-production on that one, in his spare time, he gathered a few friends and filmed an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing.

Let me repeat that.... in his spare time...

Dark Shadows 2012Did you see Dark Shadows last weekend?  I’m sure the answer is “no” for many of you, given the fact that The Avengers slayed the competition by over $70 million at the box office.  While I wasn’t familiar with the original gothic soap series, I am quite a fan of any Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration.  Joining them for the ride was the usual cast of Burton characters like Helena Bohnam Carter (a quirky favorite of mine), composer Danny Elfman, and costume designer Colleen Atwood.  How could you miss?  Well, they did.


Here are my top 3 thoughts about the film:

 

Filly BrownThis film tells the story of Majo, a young, aspiring hip-hop artist, played by Gina Rodriguez, who raps under the stage name Filly Brown. When the film opens she is performing regularly at a local radio station where she delivers her rhymes on socio-economic and feminist issues. At first glance, she is a passionate performance poet within the male-dominated Latino hip-hop community.

Devils DueComic book creator Josh Blaylock (Devil's Due Entertainment) chatted with Fanboy Comics Senior Contributor Drew Siragusa to discuss self-publising in the digital age, the Devil's Due relaunch, and the future of Mercy Sparx!


Listen to the interview below or click here to download.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HISMSI CoverAt some point, comics stopped being for kids. I may be generalizing a bit here, but the concept still rings true. I got into comics when I was full into my teenage years and desperate for the blood-soaked pages of Aliens and Spawn, but I still do remember the pitiful “kid’s rack” at my ol’ comic shop. Over four walls devoted to the college-age consumer, and one spin-rack stocked with the typical Disney-fare. There are many different reasons and elements to consider when discussing the current state of comics for the wee-folk, but the most important point is that there are those in the industry who are attempting to improve the situation. New independent publisher WE Comics is one of the supporters of this cause, and the first issue of their new book, How I Spent My Summer Invasion, is a great first step in that direction!

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