Mike Diana was the first-ever comic book artist to receive a criminal conviction for obscenity for his artwork in the United States. The underground artist, known for his bright, bold colors of western advertising combined with rough, black lines, used his art to voice his honest and unapologetic opinion of mainstream American culture and the underlying hypocrises that he felt existed in that contemporary society. Now, eighteen years after his conviction, Diana and publisher DIVUS London will be releasing America, a 500-page collection of Diana's rare, limited, and out-of-print cartoons, drawings, and paintings together for the first time. This double book box set contains introductory essays by Marisol Rodriguez and Mike Hunchback and a foreword by Neil Gaiman.
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
Intrepid FBC Contributor J.C. Ciesielski has decided to bestow an uber-gracious giveaway item to our readers. Given J.C.’s Pittsburgh roots, he was the perfect contributor to review the ‘Burgh-based film, The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Read J.C.’s review here.), and using his superhero-like skills, J.C. was also able to snag an official film poster signed by the film’s writer/director, Stephen Chbosky. (The poster is pictured to the right).
Dark Horse captures Issues #19-21 of Carla Speed McNeil’s Eisner-winning self-published work, Finder, in this slim but intriguing volume.
Crossing from hard sci-fi to urban fantasy, Finder tells the interlocking stories of a vastly depopulated earth where tribes of nomads and hunter-gatherers live, surrounding domed city states run by various clans and families. Into this mix, McNeil has added an almost Aboriginal perspective on the events taking place in this media-saturated world, where our time is but a distant memory, uncovered only in nostalgic souvenirs.
The finale of the first half of Doctor Who Series 7 has come, and so has the departure of companions Amy and Rory. “The Angels Take Manhattan” begins with the angels performing their musical, Manhattan Melodies, at college and follows their journey to bring it to Broadway . . . or maybe I have the wrong Melody.
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
Today, October 5th, 2012, is the first official Global James Bond Day, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise. This special occasion will consist of a day-long series of events for 007 fans around the world.
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.