The following is an interview with Sam Cushion, composer of several unofficial fan scores based on The Hunger Games book trilogy.  Cushion has already scored the first two books with Music of Panem: Beginning of a Rebellion Part I and Music of Panem: Beginning of a Rebellion Part II and will soon be releasing his score for the third book, Music of Panem Part III: The Rebellion. While not endorsed by associated with the official versions of The Hunger Games films or novels, Cushion’s work has garnered a great amount of support from the fan community, and with one listen to his beautiful work, it becomes clear why.

Below, Cushion talks to Fanboy Comics President Bryant Dillon about how he got started with his very first Hunger Games score, his musical influences, and his upcoming releases!

This interview was conducted on Monday, September 12th, 2011.

 

The first half of Burn Notice’s latest season wrapped up for its fall break recently, and a retrospective of where the show’s been and where it’s going is in order. USA Network’s latest brace of shows that have been advertised and produced in a style similar to Burn Notice have caused some to unfairly overlook the escapades of renegade spy Michael Weston and his compatriots. On the surface Burn Notice is reminiscent of The A-Team, from the special ops charity of its main characters to its status quo “nothing ever changes” reset button that comes into play at the end of most episodes. When consumed an episode a week, it’s a devilishly clever show.

I could be wrong, but I think that I am the target demographic for DC’s reboot. I am a fan of comics, but I rarely buy single issues and have never seriously followed DC. As such, I am open to the idea of jettisoning years of convoluted backstory, so that I can follow a character. I don’t care that the Flash totally pants the Green Lantern in GL #630, and so the Green Lantern Corps has a grudge against all speedsters. The fact that Darkseid is really Wonder Woman’s uncle-in-law on her mother’s side doesn’t mean a thing to me. [ed: I’m pretty sure you just made all that up.] [Ben: That’s sort of the point.] [ed: This is a cheap and insulting way to pad this piece.] [Ben: Sorry.] The point is that I know a little bit about most of the more famous characters in the DCU, and I was really excited about the reboot.

The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.

 

Red Lanterns #1 by Peter Milligan and pencilled by Ed Benes is another worthy edition to the DCnU and a great example of how to convey links to old continuity in a #1 issue which has the goal of snaring new readers. Red Lanterns #1 is also one of those rare comics that can appeal to more mature readers desiring quality storytelling while also maintaing enough action and violence to keep teenage attention spans in their appropriate moral decline! Nothing like a lead character with a mouthful of daggers to keep the kiddies in their seats!

SPOILERS BELOW

The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.

For my second venture into the DCnU, I read Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1, written by Jeff Lemire and with art by Alberto Ponticelli.  Overall, I am happy to report that Frankenstein #1 was not an overwhelming disappointment like my experience with Swamp Thing #1; however, I feel that I may have been about 20 years too old to have fully enjoyed the issue.

SPOILERS BELOW

 

September 19

 

Ahoy, Fanboy Comics mateys!

 

Avast!  'Tis International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and ye FBC friends will be grabbing a grog after pillaging a village or two to celebrate this day to its fullest.

 

Demon Knights #1 Review

The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.

 

I first heard about this comic about a year ago at Comic-Con when I picked up a DC sampler.  Demon Knights takes place in the dark ages, 400 years after the fall of Camelot. It is the story of a demon, Etrigan, captured by Merlin and imprisoned in a mortal body belonging to Jason of Norwich.  The two have a Jekyll-and-Hyde relationship, except, as far as I can tell, Jason controls the switches and usually calls for Etrigan before battles and things.  When he does call on the demon, his whole form changes to that of a giant, monstrous, yellow-skinned, red-eyed beast.  Despite his appearance, Etrigan is less a villain and more a roguish, anti-hero who cannot deny his nature.  It’s understandable; he is a demon.

The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.

 

I picked up Resurrection Man #1 with the hopes of finding a new character that I could get into. I can say that I loved the character and really dug his powers. Mitch Someone-or-Other (the book didn’t mention his last name, and I don’t think I should have to read the Wikipedia entry to follow a comic) comes back to life every time he dies, but each time he comes back with a different power. That has the potential to lead to some cool story moments or lame Deus Ex Machina situations, but, in the hands of a good writer, it should be awesome. As a result of the constant pain and death, Mitch That-Guy is a gruff loner. So far, so good.

September 16

 

Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:

 

Good tidings to you on this momentous day - for it is Collect Rocks Day!  In honor of this joyous occasion, we present to you our Top 10 Favorite Rocks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The End. A Web Series.

The robots have taken over and there are only a few survivors left.
(The End. is a post-apocalyptic buddy comedy.)


Catch a new episode on the Fanboy Comics website every Friday!

 

Starring: Bryan Mayer and Justinh Avery

Directed by Peter Harmon

Written by Bryan Mayer

Director of Photography: Rick Bickerstaff

Edited by Jason Marsh

Sound Design and Sound Editing by Ian Becker

Produced by Bryan Mayer

Co-Produced by Justinh Avery, Peter Harmon, Ian Becker, Rick Bickerstaff, and Jason Marsh

 

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