GronkThe fantasy genre (and many other geeky genres) is full of beloved, unpolished, and hulking warriors. They've become a character archetype to themselves, represented by the 'barbarian' or 'warrior' in tabletop RPG manuals and counting Conan, Khal Drogo, and even He-Man among their ranks. For most fantasy fans, there's something inherently charming to the big oaf who crushes his opponent with a single blow (and a single utterance of "Me crush"), drops his battle axe at the door of the local tavern, and celebrates his day with an overflowing mug of hearty mead. Creator/writer/colorist Courtland Brugger and penciller/inker Frank Fosco (Image’s TMNT, Savage Dragon) play to these innate strengths of the fantasy genre with their new independent comic book, Gronk, featuring a hulking, unpolished, and, perhaps in time, beloved hero by the same name.

BW Rorschach 2Rorschach barrels right on through the gutters of New York City in Issue #2, past the pimps and pushers and filth, with a singular, deadly focus. Beaten to a pulp by a local drug gang and left for dead in the previous installment, he has vengeance on his mind, and this issue is just the beginning. And, boy, it’s a savage, gut-punch of an issue, too.

Devins AvatarThe following is an interview with Devin Leigh Michaels, creator of the seven-issue comic book miniseries Destiny's Fate.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Contributor Kristine Chester talks with Michaels about her journey to become a writer, her penchant for time travel stories, and how you can help Destiny's Fate by contributing to the Kickstarter campaign for Issues #2 and #3.

This interview was conducted on September 24, 2012.

 

 

Archeologists of Shadows V2Archeologists of Shadows is set in a world that is slowly being overtaken by mechanization, the process where organic life turns into machines. According to the Authorities, this is how the gods want it. Members of the Resistance, known as Archeologists, fight back with the Archeologists of Light actively opposing the Authorities while the Archeologists of Shadows look for a means to undo mechanization. Their search led them to Baltimo and Alix, known as the Alter Egos, who supposedly have the ability to contact the gods themselves. When we last left our heroes, they were making their first attempt.

Spider-MenI’m a fan of Spider-Man—this is nothing new to people who have read my reviews before, or to the people who know me—but I’m not the largest fan of crossovers.  So, when I heard that there was going to be a crossover between mainstream Marvel Spider-Man (grown-up Peter Parker) and Ultimate Marvel Spider-Man (Miles Morales), I wasn’t sure what to expect. Then, I found out that Brian Michael Bendis was doing the writing, and I changed my tune.

Two heroes meeting together for the first (and perhaps only time) in continuity, taking on the good fight to defeat a common enemy. What couldn’t be more enjoyable?

SPOILERS BELOW

 

Middle of NowhereI had the pleasure of seeing writer and director Ava DuVernay speak at the Film Independent Directors Series this past year. When asked how and why she got into filmmaking, her answers were, perhaps, a bit unconventional. DuVernay spent many years working in niche film distribution. She realized that not enough of the kinds of films she wanted to see were actually being made. So, she decided to do something about it. Now, a few years later, DuVernay has successfully written and directed her second feature film, Middle of Nowhere, a character-driven drama centered on an all-black cast. The film won the “Best Director” award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Featured Creature: The Blank

Identity Thief CoverIn the following interviews, the creators of Fanboy Comics' latest graphic novel, Identity Thief, talk about the featured creature affectionately referred to as The Blank and the "je n'ais sais quois" it possesses!


 

 

 

7 PsychopathsEach year, approximately 100,000 people of all ages move to Los Angeles to try and break into acting.  Every single one of them, regardless of gender, should aspire to being as great at their craft as Sam Rockwell is.


Sadly, the majority of the aspiring “actors” are as delusional as Tobias Funke, their patron saint  Their real goal is fame and not art, and I would gladly wager most of them have no idea who Sam Rockwell even is.  Irony is such a b---h sometimes.

 

Pitch PerfectRemember that scene in Good Will Hunting?  The one where Robin Williams tells Matt Damon all about how Williams met his wife?  He was with his buddies about to attend the sixth game of the 1975 World Series and became smitten with a girl in a bar.  He gives away his ticket and says, “Sorry, guys. I gotta see about a girl.”


I had a similar movie going experience tonight.  I went to see a film for which I am decidedly not the target demographic.  But, I went because I wanted to see about a girl.

 

Holli HoxxxI just finished the first volume of Holli Hoxxx, and it was a wild, sci-fi rocket ride filled with intrigue, power struggles, and beautiful women.  Austin and Adam Tinuis created the story of a post apocalyptic New York where, for some reason, gravity has decided to call it quits and everyone resorts to anti-gravity shoes called “Tychos” to keep them grounded.  

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