At the TCL Chinese Theater, Fanbase Press President Bryant Dillon talks with voice actor John DiMaggio (Futurama, Gears of War) about his work on Scooby-Doo & Batman: The Brave and the Bold, the character of Aquaman, and more.
As a special feature of The Fanbase Weekly podcast, the Fanbase Feature focuses on and celebrates a specific element of geek culture.
In this Fanbase Feature, the Fanbase Press staff and contributors participate in a thorough retrospective discussion regarding Iron Man (2008) in light of the film's 10th anniversary, with topics including the impact of the film on the cinematic superhero landscape, the depiction of female characters, the political context of the film's values and themes, and more! (Beware: SPOILERS for Iron Man abound in this panel discussion!)
One problem with reviewing monthlies is that, as a reviewer, you can only review month to month. There are writers that will leave each issue at a point, wanting you to read the next one. They’ll build in hooks and twists and turns and frame each issue just so, so that by the end, you want to come back. Matt Kindt can certainly do that. He has the skills to make that happen. Sometimes, however, a writer wants to break that mold; they want to take their time, be a little freer and looser and not adhere to the tropes of writing a serial. This makes it difficult for a reviewer that reviews based on what’s in front of them at the end of every month’s issue. With these sorts of books, it’s sometimes makes it hard to fully grade until an entire story arc is in. Grass Kings falls into the latter camp more than the former, and this issue (the end of the second story arc) left me very pleased that I’ve stayed on board.
This may be Superman’s strangest set of adventures yet. Keep in mind, I’ve read and reviewed three of these collections of Superman’s Sunday comic strips from the '40s and '50s already, so I know what I’m talking about. In the past, I’ve seen Superman transformed into an intelligent toddler. I’ve seen him put on his own one-man circus to save a down-on-his-luck ringmaster from ruin. I’ve seen him submit to a series of tests by the Metropolis Skeptics Society in order to prove his own existence. Still, none of that compares with some of the adventures in this volume.
Adam Korenman’s second installment in his sci-fi series, The Gray Wars, picks up almost immediately after the events from book one, When the Stars Fade. Everything humanity knows is in flux, with a rebellion on Earth threatening the current system of government, a sudden introduction to non-human life forms from the cosmos, and an interstellar war sweeping humanoids up in its tide. Alliances break and form in a heartbeat in the current world, and it’s becoming more difficult to tell who is an ally and who is a foe. Korenman’s people face challenges with spunk, vigor, and a zest to endure, but how long can it last when they’re outgunned, outmanned, and facing total annihilation?
Things get pretty intense in this issue. A lot has already happened in the two short installments we’ve already had. Our time-traveling outlaw hero, Teddy, found herself stranded in a town ironically named Prosperity. The citizens are poor, depressed, and addicted to virtual reality. Since their lives in the real world are difficult to bear, they retreat into fantasy instead of facing things head on. This, in turn, eats up all of their money and keeps them from facing or fixing their problems, so they remain poor and depressed forever. It’s an infinite loop, not unlike the one the series is named for.
Quality Time with Family Ties is a weekly podcast in which three guys watch and review Family Ties - the '80s sitcom that made Michael J. Fox a star.
"Miracle in Columbus." Today on QTWFT, we learn . . . You can’t spell “Santa” without V-O-M-I-T!
The following is an interview with musician Freelamour regarding the inclusion of her music in Spike Lee's new Netflix series, She's Gotta Have It. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Freelamour about how her music came to be a part of the series, her creative process, what she hopes that listeners will take away from her work, and more!
Nearly ten years ago, the world was introduced to Iron Man and The Dark Knight. Iron Man was released in May of 2008 with Robert Downey Jr. leading the way, while The Dark Knight, featuring the legendary performance of Heath Ledger as The Joker, debuted later that year in July. These two films are a perfect gateway for parents and their teens to dive into the comic book world, while enjoying action/adventure films and then talking about their favorite moments and characters.
Tread Perilously is a podcast in which hosts Erik Amaya and author Justin Robinson watch the “worst” episodes of popular TV shows, attempting to determine if they would continue to watch the series based on the most off-key moments.
This Week: Star Trek's "Spock's Brain"
Tread Perilously rings in 2018 by getting back to basics: bad episodes of good television. And few episodes of Star Trek are as bad as "Spock's Brain.