Carnal: Pride of the Lions is the first in a series of five illustrated graphic novels from Sea Lion Books, in which humans have fallen to the bottom of the food chain and lions, hyenas, and other animals have evolved into humanistic creatures that battle for dominance and survival. Co-writer and artist John Connell talks with Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon about how the graphic novel began, his own artistic influences, and what is up next for the Carnal series.
This interview was conducted on April 11, 2012.
Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.
by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
This issue starts off the first event of DC’s New 52, and if it is any indication, this event is going to be awesome. Even better, this issue is a great jumping on point, if you haven’t been reading Batman. A short scene in the beginning gives the exposition needed to catch everyone up to speed, and then the action starts. Snyder and Capullo waste no time showing that Bruce Wayne is just as deadly and dangerous without his suit and toys, but the real scene stealer in this issue is Alfred Pennyworth, everyone’s favorite butler. Snyder and Capullo have spent seven issues so far setting up this very moment, and you will not be disappointed. After picking up this issue, be prepared to drop some money next month, as this storyline spirals the ten other books that make up the Bat family. If those other books are even half as good as this one, then they’ll be worth every penny. Make sure to pick up Batman #8 if you like men fighting in bathrobes, sarcastic butlers, or the quiet moments right before all hell breaks loose.
52 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.
With nowhere else to turn, three outlaws (Jason Todd, resurrected former sidekick of Batman, Arsenal, Green Arrow's rejected sidekick, and Starfire, an alien and former slave from an intergalactic war) band together to confront the demons of their past.
MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW
They live in the sewers, but these warriors don’t smell like it. They’re quick, efficient, and the favorite of many a child from the '80s and onward. True, they’ve undergone several changes since they first made their debut in 1984 by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, but the core essence of what they are remains constant. These are turtles, changed into intelligent beings by an outside force, and when you get on their bad side, watch out. They’ll go ninja on you!
And, who can forget the immortal and timeless war cry that escapes their reptilian lips? Cowabunga, dudes!
Now that the 84th Annual Academy Awards are in the history books, this is the time of year that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) revises some of the categories, reviews the show, and makes changes to the overall voting rules. This year, there is big buzz surrounding stunt performers petitioning the Academy to get their work recognized at the Oscars. Last year, there was a changing of the guard with Bruce Davis stepping down as Executive Director of the Academy and Dawn Hudson moving from Film Independent to replace him. The performers felt now was the opportune time to bring up the topic again. In a recent Hollywood Reporter article, Jack Gill, a veteran stunt performer, says that Hudson “seems to be a lot more receptive than the others.” He has already started discussions with Hudson to make this a reality.
I’m already in love with this comic based solely on the cover. It features Archie Andrews how we know him best: looking totally lovesick! Reggie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead are also pictured below Archie. In this reprint of the 1945 comics, Archie and friends look like the characters of Grease with a splash of I Love Lucy, and even a bit of Mad Men. It feels just like you would think a 1945 comic would, with random sewing patterns mixed between the pages of the story, games and puzzles, and pushes to buy bail bonds. I appreciate that these things were not lost in the modern reprint. It has a vintage vibe that transports you back in time while reading.
Before we begin this review, I should discuss my qualifications. I am aware of both Harvey Pekar and R. Crumb, but I have not read anything by either of them. My idea of a small indie comic is Scott Pilgrim. I say this to dodge the inevitable internet furor that my next sentence might generate.
UPDATE: Contest Winner Announced, Below!!!
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The Dragons of Blizzard Island is a new comic book series that is nothing short of epic. Artist Matt Brundage and writer Rick Van Velsor gave Fanboy Comics a fantastic interview (read it HERE) at WonderCon 2012 and provided us with a chest full of official The Dragons of Blizzard Island treasures to bestow upon our readers!
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Out of a desire to work with like-minded individuals, a fondness for the campy horror comedies and grindhouse classics from the ‘70s and ‘80s, and an unabashed love of Wyoming comes From the Trailer to the Grave, a film that will birth a new genre, the RedZomRomCom (Redneck Zombie Romantic Comedy). Actor/Writer/Producer K. Harrison Sweeney is bringing together five lead alumni of 2010's Game of the Year, Red Dead Redemption, as well as FANGORIA magazine's frequently featured "Scream Queen" Lindsay Goranson, Mark Fite of Mr. Show with Bob & David notoriety, Jim Turner from HBO's Arli$$, and Ken Campbell from FOX's ‘90s sitcom cult hit, Herman's Head. Also on board is comic/graphic novel artist Guy LeMay (Image Comics' Dead@17, Viper Comics' The Rabid), who will be providing storyboard/end credit art, as well as Los Angeles-based band The Peculiar Pretzelmen, who will be using their early 20th century blues/rag-rock sound to score the film. Currently in preproduction and on schedule to film in August of 2012, it’s sure to be a wild romp of guffaws and guts! Everything sounds very exciting, and Fanboy Comics Senior Contributor Ben Rhodes got a chance to chat with co-star and publicist Steve J. Palmer about the film, the contest that they have entered to fund this and other awesome projects from Big Horn Samurai Sinema, and what the hell a Redneck Zombie Romantic Comedy is anyway!
By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
Fans of brawny men, brainy yarns, and drug addicts will rejoice as DC/Vertigo FINALLY released a collected version of the Flex Mentallo three-issue miniseries, which was originally released some 15 years ago. Apparently, Flex was tied up in litigation with Charles Atlas' people. Tarzan, Conan, dirty knees, look at these. It's not as if strong men in animal frocks are the most original thing since canned beer.