Fanbase Press celebrates fandoms and creates new ones! As a comic book publisher and geek culture website, Fanbase Press produces new and distinctive works, as well as daily reviews, interviews, and podcasts, that span the pop culture spectrum and give voice to the themes, ideals, and people that make geekdom so exceptional.

The company was founded in 2010 (originally under the name Fanboy Comics) by Barbra and Bryant Dillon and Sam Rhodes and rebranded to Fanbase Press in May 2016.

Fanbase Press' graphic novels, including the 2018 Eisner Award-nominated Quince, the 2019 IPPY Award-winning A Geek's Guide to Cross-Stitch: Journeys in Space, the 2014 Bram Stoker Award-nominated Fearworms: Selected Poems, The Sequels, The Margins, Hero Hotel, The Gamma Gals, Something Animal, Identity Thief, The Arcs, and Penguins vs. Possums, are available online at www.fanbasepress.com.


 

 




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Identity Thief

Identity Thief

"...searingly dark, low-dialogue dreamscapes that boast surreal art styles and inconclusive narratives—much like a nightmare does."  - Famous Monsters of Filmland

SYNOPSIS:
When Daphne and Craig move into a new apartment, they are unaware of the hidden terror lurking in their home. Will they discover that something from another world is seeking a way in before it's too late?

        


CREATORS
Written by: Bryant Dillon (Something Animal)
Illustrated by: Meaghan O'Keefe (Romancing the Bridge)

Genre: Horror, Psychological Thriller
Audience: Mature

Price: $14.99

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The Odds

The Odds - Audio Drama

Coming soon from Fanbase Press!  Adapted from the novel, The Odds, by author Robert J. Peterson, this audio drama is a post-apocalyptic action-comedy, where chess is a full-contact sport!

SYNOPSIS:
The apocalypse happened, but no one knows how. What’s left is a barren world ruled by a high-powered caste of bookies, The Odds. Scurrying around underneath is our hero, Eldridge—a big-hearted, bumbling drifter with an estranged family he loves dearly. He’s deep in debt and deathly sick, so he places a bet predicting the day he’ll die. If he wins, he can go to his grave knowing that his family will be safe, but when he returns to his hometown to collect, he gets some bad news: He’s going to live. So, it’s on to plan B—a high-stakes battle-tournament that pits real-life chess avatars against each other in random-chance brawls-to-the-death. But, Eldridge doesn’t know that someone’s gamed the tournament to pit him against an old friend who’s now a bitter enemy. Now, he’s got to make all the right moves to save his family—and beat the Odds.

NOVEL CREATORS
Written by Robert J. Peterson
Published by California Coldblood Books, an imprint of Rare Bird Books

 

AUDIO DRAMA CREATORS
Adapted by: Bryant Dillon, Robert J. Peterson, and Sam Rhodes
Directed and Edited by: Sam Rhodes
Produced by Barbra Dillon and A.D.E.D. Audio
The Odds Original Score Composed and Performed by Russell Holsapple

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure, Comedy
Audience: Mature

Release Date: TBA

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Going Gaga!

Story and Art by Michael Troy

 

Press Release from Prism Comics:

Michael Troy is Going Gaga! for everyone's favorite Fame Monster with an Exclusive Pre-Sale through Prism Comics!

 

Los Angeles, CA—Michael Troy and Lethally Blonde Productions (The Blonde SquadCrotchmen) are offering an exclusive pre-sale of Going Gaga!, an unauthorized pop culture satirical comic book account of the rise of everyone's favorite Fame Monster.


"I don't think an artist has sang this strongly to my gay little heart since Madonna and I just had to express myself on paper," says Troy. "In addition to looking at a phenomenon, this is also a love letter from a fan."


As an added incentive, the first 100 people who pre-order Going Gaga! through the Prism Comics Online Store will receive a free copy of Troy's comic book, The Blonde Squad, about a group of shallow blonde superheroes. Books that are pre-ordered will arrive in early to mid-June. The 20-page comic in full color retails for $2.99.

Dear Mr. Tarantino:

 

On behalf of fan-boys (and fan-girls) everywhere, thank you for the many films that cultivated our adolescence.  Our teenage years were laid to a soundtrack of K-Billy’s Super Sounds of the '70s, as we mimicked some of the coolest, most bad-ass characters that we had ever witnessed, the likes of which had not been portrayed since Boba Fett.  The wit of your dialogue and the ingenuity of your storylines captivated us and spawned a generation of Tarantino groupies.

 

Having viewed the faux-trailers in the midst of Grindhouse and, most recently, Inglourious Basterds, I must beg of you:  please choose your friends and business partners more wisely.  It seems as though you have fallen into the wrong crowd, Mr. Tarantino, and by the wrong crowd, I mean Eli Roth.  While your films were once intelligent and violent with an artistic flair, they have become so over-the-top with the gore and camp that characterizes Roth’s films that I shudder in disbelief when your name rolls through the credits.  You are quickly falling off the pedestal on which your fans had placed you, and I would hate for movies like True Romance, Reservoir Dogs, and Pulp Fiction to be tainted by association.

Everyone has a favorite music album that will always hold a special place in his or her heart.  Just think back to that first time you heard yours.  No, seriously. Think about the first time you heard that album.  I will wait…

 

It was all new.  Even if it was a band you were familiar with, there was something different that really struck a chord with you.  Don’t you wish that you could reclaim that experience - even just once?

 

My personal favorite album happens to be Green Day’s American Idiot, and, recently, I was able to re-experience it in a whole new way.  For those of you who are unaware of the album, it is a rock opera that tells the story of Jesus of Suburbia as he embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

Invincible #68 just came out, and boy is it great.  Robert Kirkman’s Invincible is, by far, the best comic series currently running.

 

For those of you unaware of Invincible, here is a quick recap:  Mark Grayson is your typical, teenage boy dealing with all of the usual problems including school, girls, and growing up.  That is where the normalcy ends.  His father is Omni-Man, an alien who came to Earth and became its greatest hero.  The series started just before Mark’s own powers began manifesting.

 

The series is notorious for being a pastiche of iconic comic book characters and playing with the usual conventions of the medium.  Omni-Man is an obvious nod towards Superman, and his team of superheroes strikes a strong resemblance to the Justice League.

So, last night was the big night. As I stated in my last post, there are very few things in this world that I love more than Star Wars. When my uncle called a month ago and asked if I wanted to see Star Wars in Concert, I didn't even give him a chance to finish his sentence. I didn't even know what the hell it was! I hear Star Wars and I'm there. So, it was me, my uncle, and my two younger cousins. The older of the two is obsessed with Star Wars, so we have a lot in common. While I do have a great deal of knowledge of the prequels, I haven't seen them nearly as many times as he has. And, although I feel like less of a man when someone younger than me knows more about Star Wars than I do, I just have to remind myself that he was raised on the prequels.

 

The car ride there was pretty funny, because my uncle and I kept singing Bill Murray's lounge singer version of Star Wars from Saturday Night Live. My cousins were not as amused. For those unfamiliar, here's the video.

Well, I just got finished watching Disney Pixar's Up. First and foremost, I would like to say, John Lasseter and crew, you sneaky sons-a-bitches, you did it again. As the menu screen slowly burns into my TV, I sit here wiping my eyes (equally from tears of laughter and from other squishy emotions) and pondering what makes a Pixar film so great. I don't want to say that their works are formulaic, but they do have a rhythm and rhyme that is distinctly Pixar.

 

Most are aware that there is no great story without great conflict. Hamlet, The Divine Comedy, Porky's Two: The Next Day; they all shared this ethos. Pixar has taken spinning tragedy into a wonderful plot to an art form, though. Let's run down a quick list. Toy Story 1 and 2 (soon to be 3) all dealt with loss of some kind.  With Monster's Inc., it was a loss of home for poor Boo. A Bug's Life, well, you have me there; maybe going through changes, metamorphosis, and what not. I don't really remember that one well. Touching, but not to say so tragic that one feels the immediacy of the loss. Childhood playthings, the home and friends you grew up with: these are the things that we look back on with nostalgia and ennui. Moving on.

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