Perhapanauts 1Perhapanauts is a cross between the BPRD and Torchwood. The team is made up of several monsters, a psychic, and Jerry O’Connell from Sliders. No, that wasn’t an invitation to White Castle. The monsters on the team include Bigfoot, the Mothman, Chupacabra, and a ghost. If the premise doesn’t make you chuckle a little, then the comic should. I can say that this is one of those comics that does a great job of balancing several different layers of humor, from picking your nose with cheeto fingers to some things that are funny. In a one-page extra, we find the best superpower ever: ice-cream headaches.

 

The Manhattan Projects 7What if The Manhattan Project wasn't just about building a nuclear bomb but was only one of hundreds of dangerous and potentially world-changing projects at work? The Manhattan Projects follows the geniuses behind the project and puts them up against all sorts of new problems which they must figure out how to overcome WITH SCIENCE! In this latest issue of The Manhattan Projects, the team continues to focus on the dangers from other worlds by turning to the Russian science think tank Star City with a most unusual offer.

 

Super Dinosaur 15There’s a full splash page in this comic where a Tyrannosaurus rex, wearing a robotic exoskeleton, charges in and shouts “Today for snack, it’s missiles, and I brought enough for everyone.” End of review. Just go by this comic right now; there is nothing else you need to know. What? You’re still here? Fine, I’ll review the comic, but, honestly, there’s a dinosaur that shoots missiles, how cool is that? Super Dinosaur takes every single daydream that you used to have as a seven-year-old and mashes them together into a funny, heartwarming, and incredibly entertaining comic book. It’s like they found a way to bundle all of the joyful energy of a grade school jungle gym into a monthly comic.

 

47 Ronin 1When I first heard about this series, I wasn’t sure what to think of it; I’m a fan of Japanese culture and have a huge interest in feudal Japanese history, so I was afraid that they wouldn’t do the Japanese culture justice, but I was wrong.  The comic is fast-paced, it’s able to tell the story succinctly, and is very entertaining.  Dark Horse, you have gained my interest; now just keep it.

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Husbands 3Brady, Cheeks, and Haley continue their ‘verse-jumping adventure through iconic and geeky genres in Dark Horse Comics’ digital release this week of Husbands #3: A Case of Assumption. At this point, if you’ve been following my previous reviews, you’re probably tired of hearing over and over about how frakkin’ enjoyable this book is, but don’t blame me! It’s completely the fault of writers Jane Espenson and Brad "Cheeks" Bell, who are simply refusing to turn down the awesomeness by even a notch!

 

On the RoadReporting from AFI Fest 2012 presented by Audi



Not everything needs to be a movie.


As a lifelong film geek, I understand the desire to see a favorite piece of material play out on the big screen, but some things weren’t meant to translate as a movie.  Don’t get me wrong; I get the instinct to see your favorite stories or characters played out on beautiful CinemaScope.  I’ve been planning my sure to be ill-fated movie version of The Catcher in the Rye since I was 15 or 16.  (Young Leonardo DiCaprio would have made such an awesome Holden Caulfield!)  Some properties just aren’t going to translate well.


And yet, we plow right ahead.  Something’s a huge bestselling book?  Make a movie out of it.  A gigantic hit on Broadway?  Make a movie out of it.  A hugely popular video game?  Make a movie out of it.   A line of popular toys?  Make a movie out of it.  But, just because something works well in one medium doesn’t mean it will translate well to another.  (I’d go a step further and argue that there will never be a good feature film made from a video game, as a movie takes away the best part of the game - that you get to be the main character.)


Walter Salles’ film version of Jack Kerouac’s classic novel, On the Road, suffers from this syndrome.  Despite obvious care and attention, it just doesn’t work well as a movie.

 

Rise of the GuardiansReporting from AFI Fest 2012 presented by Audi



As a child of the '70s and '80s, I grew up on those classic, Rankin/Bass animated holiday specials like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.  In fact, one of my favorite Christmas songs is “I’m Mr. Heat Miser.”  So to me, Santa Claus is supposed to sound a lot like Mickey Rooney.  


Imagine my surprise to hear Santa talk with a thick Russian accent.  And, for him to have a forearm of tattoos that read “Naughty” on one arm and “Nice” on the other.  This is definitely a Santa for the 21st Century.  


This new twist on Santa Claus is a part of DreamWorks Animation’s new holiday-themed movie, Rise of the Guardians.  The Guardians in question are Santa (voiced by Alec Baldwin, sounding like Jack Donaghy by way of Vladimir Putin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman getting to sport his native Australian accent), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), and the Sandman (voiced by nobody, since the Sandman doesn’t speak).  These iconic characters are like the childhood Avengers, banding together to protect the children of the world.

 

BW Moloch 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. 

 

The origins for most of the characters of Watchmen were revealed in the original graphic novel and have since been expanded in Before Watchmen, but one area had been largely ignored until now: the villains. Edward Jacobi, a.k.a. Moloch the Mystic, plays a small part in the original graphic novel, and though he was reformed at the time, in the past he was a supervillain who went up against both the Minutemen and the Watchmen. In this series, we see just what drove this deformed boy to become one of the most dangerous threats to the heroes of the Watchmen universe.

'Identity Thief:' Challenges

Identity Thief Cover

From artistic consistency to the publishing and promotion processes, the creators of Fanboy Comics' newest graphic novel, Identity Thief, talk about the most difficult aspects of making this particular graphic novel.




 

 

Doc of the DeadFanboy Comics is putting out a call to every zombie lover, zombie slayer, zombie apocalypse prepper, and even to the walking (and running) dead, themselves.  We have another extremely worthy and awesome Kickstarter campaign that deserves your help!


Doc of the Dead is the definitive zombie culture documentary coming from the makers of the fantastic nerd-doc, The People vs. George Lucas. After metaphorically taking on the Grand Poobah of geeks lightsaber-to-lightsaber, why take on zombies for their next doc and why now? Here’s what they had to say:

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