You see it on television clips from the past, not so much anymore. Hordes of fans writhing to a frenzy, just to catch a glimpse of the band or performer that sets their soul ablaze. Teenage girls swooning at the sight of Elvis, screaming 'till hoarse as The Beatles exit a plane. Today's fans don't give that same impression. Many seem to be there just to get their faces on television, to extol to the masses that they were there, rather than being there. Many are desensitized to the experience, because they can access their personal lives at the click of a button. Knowing where they are, who they're with, and what they have to say on the topic of everything they care to share. Instances of overkill have become more and more frequent with the advent of technology. I myself have become immune to most events due to the nature of viewing them. Celebrity means less than the fiber content of a cereal being shilled. I haven't felt the excitement of actually being in the same room and getting to meet someone in 15 years. Having done interviews with celebrities, working with them, even eating with them has less (if any) effect on me than the time I got to meet, talk with, and shake hands with John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants. I still remember exactly how it happened and how that memory has stayed with me over all these years. Again, I haven't felt that twinge in the back of my neck or chill of awe and inspiration in over 15 years. Until November 14, 2012. Like the great Peter Sellers movie taught us, the most important part of life? Being There.
Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan has always interested me; however, I have not had the opportunity to get invested in the world's mythology. Now, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the fabled ape-man, Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration, written by Scott Tracy Griffin, has been released by Titan Books. This stunning book chronicles the history of Tarzan and his creator. Whether you are an expert who cannot get enough or a novice like myself looking for a gateway into a new world, this book provides you with everything you are looking for.
You're invited to join Fanboy Comics for a graphic novel signing on Wednesday, December 5th, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles, CA!
Writers and FBC co-founders Bryant Dillon and Sam Rhodes will be on hand at the LA-area comic shop to sign copies of Fanboy Comics‘ graphic novels, Something Animal and Identity Thief. Fans who stop by the store will have a chance to pick up their very own signed copies and to purchase the official Fanboy Comics t-shirt, so that they can show their geek pride in style. (These items make great holiday gifts!)
I recently sat down with awesome creator, avid indie supporter, and my friend Michael Avon Oeming before Turkey Day for my latest inspirational installment of Indie and the Geek.
Demonic possession. The idea of losing control of your body and being trapped inside, forced to watch the horrors the entity that's taken over inflicts on those around you. Even if the possession is discovered, it's a long, difficult fight to exorcise the creature, and even more difficult to keep the host alive, never mind sane, by the time all is said and done.
On one of those rare, lazy Saturday nights not long ago while perusing the Netflix catalogue, I stumbled across yet another British gem of a film titled The Trip. It follows two middle-aged friends on a gourmet food-finding foray in the North of England. It’s a lot like Sideways only with more subtlety and nuance. Also, British accents and guys trying to mimic Michael Caine. Literally. It was a fascinating, little film which peaks into the psyche of the middle-aged man surrounded by grand vistas and delicious food. And, as British cinema so often does, it leaves you wanting a little more.
Aside from watching DBZ Abridged and Red vs. Blue—which are both enjoyable experiences—I haven’t seen many online series, but I must admit that this one is very unusual. I’m not saying that it is a bad series, but it is very different than anything else I’ve watched, yet similar in many ways. Despite being on the Internet and not broadcast on a major television network, it is very much like other situational comedies, with just a lesser broadcast time and audience. For adventurous enjoyment, check the series out at www.husbandstheseries.com.
You're invited to join the League of Extraordinary Ladies for the 2nd Annual Holiday Craftacularstravaganza on Saturday, December 8th, at 1:00 p.m. at Emerald Knights - Comics and Games in Burbank, CA!
The Holiday Craftacularstravaganza will feature a plethora of crafts, gifts, and other items made by talented indie artists from the Los Angeles area. Dozens of vendors will be occupying the second floor of Emerald Knights, providing shoppers with a chance to purchase gifts for the geeky friends and loved ones on their holiday shopping list. (A full list of the vendors is listed below.)
*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.
The following is an interview with Lara Fuentes and Patricio Clarey, the co-creators of the fantasy graphic novel series Archeologists of Shadows. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Senior Contributor Kristine Chester chats with Fuentes and Clarey about their collaborative process for creating AOS, how their influences and inspirations were reflected within the series, and when readers can anticipate the next volume to be released.
This interview was conducted on November 6, 2012.