There came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth's nerdiest geeks found themselves united in a single movie theater to watch the movies no single super fan could watch alone. On that day, The Avengers premiered. FANBOYS ASSEMBLE!
Alright, fanboys and fangirls, on Thursday fellow FBC contributor Jordan Callarman, our friend Meghan Caves, and I watched 15 hours of Avengers movies, and you know we did it all for you. Just kidding. We did it because it was awesome. AMC Theaters put on the event where for $40, you could see Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America, and then top it all off with the midnight screening of The Avengers. Here's my breakdown and review of the day. We also did audio recordings documenting the event (posted below).
By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
When I first heard the title Mind the Gap, I was immediately taken back to my tenure as a "Gap Girl" one holiday season. The longest 3 days of my life. What? It was difficult being rude and indifferent to customers all the time. No? So, I did it for the employee discount and then bailed. It may have been a short tour of duty, yet I still line up my sweaters, so the top button faces out on the shelf. (Maybe Pavlov's pooch shoulda' been a Gap girl!)
The Top Four series looks at certain aspects of the comic book world from two perspectives: Rob’s, as a relative newcomer to mainstream comics, and Kristine’s, as an older hand in the world. Each installment evaluates the top four choices from both Rob and Kristine and why they chose their picks.
By Robert J. Baden and Kristine Chester
While not actually a part of the traditional comic book world, webcomics have had a profound impact on readership and the comic industry for nearly 3 decades. Tomorrow, May 5th, is Webcomics Appreciation Day, and we felt that this would be the best time to pay tribute to our fondness for them. Both of us have read a lot of webcomics over the years, Kristine co-wrote and colored a webcomic for a college project, and Rob has had some experience writing for a few in his day (though nothing that anyone has likely heard of).
There is an extensive list of webcomics available to people—most are free to read, some have paid viewerships; some are comedies, some are dramas, some are fantasy, some are slice-of-life, some are gag-a-day, while others are ongoing serials. There are few that have popular followings and make enough money to support the creator(s), but most just do it for fun and expression. Some webcomics you’ve probably heard of, such as Sluggy Freelance or Schlock Mercenary, while others have only garnered a small following, such as Fanboy Otaku Gamers Club or Mory’s Education. The ones below, however, are the webcomics we enjoy the most.
The 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 weekend, as we all “Assemble!” at our local multiplexes to witness the super team-up of the century, FFOW! highlights an original fan series based on The Avengers.
The story behind the comic book The Thirty Six is based on the Kabbalistic belief that there are 36 people in the world upon whom it is saved by their simple existence. As the book states, “In times of need, these people emerge from anonymity to save us.”
Fair warning, comic book sniffers, the latest issue of The Thirty Six will leave you with a serious addiction and no idea where you'll find your next fix - and this is a good thing! To say that Kristopher White ends this chapter of his epic story with a bang is a massive understatement. It's issues like this one that make you say, "...there should be a movie."
MINOR SPOILERS BELOW
On Tuesday, the Paley Center for Media honored a breakout CBS show from this past television season, Person of Interest. The show came out of the gate as one of the highest rated pilots of the season by critics and one of the highest testing pilots for CBS in the last fifteen years. Person of Interest quickly received a full first season pickup order of twenty-two episodes, and then received a Season 2 pickup order in March of this year. It's a show that the network has confidence in, and the fans have spoken by awarding it the People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama in January. With a strong cast and crew behind the show and names like J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Nolan, Jim Caveziel, and Michael Emerson leading the way, Person of Interest stands to become a legacy show for CBS.
Indie studio Entertainment One (eOne) picked up Sundance World Dramatic Competition film Wish You Were Here for a probable theatrical release of Fall 2012.
The Australian film follows four friends as they let loose on a vacation in Southeast Asia. Breathtaking sequences shot by cinematographer Jules O’Loughlin and edited by Jason Ballantine expose the culture, the marketplaces, the raves, and the high-octane happiness that the tourists indulge in. The tragedy and mystery of this dramatic thriller is that by the end of the trip, only three of the four friends return home.
By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
The last time I checked, Nightcrawler bit the teleportation dust in Uncanny X-Men, so imagine my delight when I found him alive and well in Uncanny X-Force. I don't know why or when he came back, as I am merely a visitor to the X-Verse these days and not a resident, but who am I to look a gift elf in the pie hole?
At the premiere of the documentary chronicling the life of comic book legend Stan Lee, actor James Hong and his daughter, actress April Hong, talk to Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon about what they're looking forward to about seeing the film and what their upcoming projects are!
Visit www.withgreatpower.biz for more info on this amazing documentary!