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!

Red Lantern with Review52 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:

Powered by rage and the red energy from the emotional spectrum of light, Atrocitus and his Red Lantern Corp. bring vengeance to those unable to seek it for themselves.

 

 

 

MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW

 

Eerie Archives Vol 10Dark Horse’s reissuing of the classic 1960s-70s series Eerie continues with the release of Eerie Archives Volume 10, collecting Issues 47-51, and what a blast from the past it is!


Originally printed beginning in the early-mid '60s by the legendary Warren Publishing, Eerie circumvented the dictates of the oppressive Comics Code Authority by eschewing the traditional 4-color comic format, instead publishing in a black-and-white magazine format.  With an influx of talent eager to show what they could do, Eerie (along with sister anthology publication, Creepy) quickly established themselves as fan favorites.

Dancer 1Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Dancer #1
by Nathan Edmondson and Nic Klein

Nathan Edmondson creates yet another intriguing, intelligent spy story with his new book, Dancer. This story is more of a mystery driven by the main character like Who is Jake Ellis was, while his other book, The Activity, is more of a grounded military story. What is so great about Edmondson is that even though he tells a lot of spy stories, it never feels like he’s retreading similar ground; they all stand as unique concepts. In this book, the action starts right away and barrels into a mind-blowing finale. Edmondson has worked with some great artists before, and Klein is no exception. His pencils are great and the colors are dark and moody, which fit these characters perfectly. If you’re into spy thrillers like the Bourne movies, then you definitely don’t want to miss Dancer, and while you’re at it, pick up the new issue of The Activity out this week, as well.

 

Rob PaulsenAs far back as I can remember, I have always loved doing voices. A strange talent I had obtained in my youth to vocally mimic almost anything I heard. One minute I was singing "The Christmas Song" as Alvin and the Chipmunks, and then next spouting cheesy Arnold Schwarzenegger lines from Predator.  Just hearing the kids laugh in class while I mimicked teachers and classmates was a gift in itself. Though, as a child I was told such a gift would change once I neared puberty, so I took that negativity and focused on practicing every single day to prove them wrong. When asked, "How do you do that?" or "How do you get your voice so high?" I never really had an answer. It just came naturally. By the age of 12, I could tell exactly which characters Hank Azaria voiced on The Simpsons just by ear, which both amazed and confused my mother. She explained that I just had an ear for it. When watching Animaniacs, I would tell my friends that it was one guy who played Yakko, Pinky, and Dr. Scratchansniif, to which they scoffed. "But they don't sound anything alike. Yakko's voice is WAY higher. How do you know?"

 

A Vampires DominionWhen I first picked up A Vampire’s Dominion by V.M.K. Fewings, I was very intrigued. The back cover sucked me in. It tells the story of two rival vampires, Jadeon and Orpheus, who have hated each other for centuries. One day, they awake with two minds, but only one body. Nobody understands how the two enemies have been joined together into a vampire named William, but everyone is on the hunt for the spell to undo it. It has everything you could want in a novel: vampires, vampire hunters, and a lady love interest for each of the men, forming something well beyond a love triangle. I dove right into this book.

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