Barbra Dillon

Barbra Dillon (249)

Favorite BookMockingjay
Favorite Food
:  In-N-Out Burger
Favorite Heroine
:  Katniss Everdeen

 

When Fanboy Comics is not providing you with the latest in geek news and entertainment, the FBC staff hopes to offer our readers a myriad of opportunities to give back to the community. We love reading comics, watching movies, and playing video games, but we are never happier than when we are able to help others in need. With Geeks Care: How You Can Help, FBC will provide you a variety of causes that would greatly appreciate your time.


As another week comes to a close, it's time for another edition of Geeks Care: How You Can Help, the weekly series that provides geeky readers with a myriad of ways to get more involved in and give back to their community.  In this week's installment, we return to the fine folks at Blastoff Comics, a top-of-the-line comic book shop in North Hollywood, CA. Blastoff stocks both current comics and graphic novels, as well as an astonishing collection of vintage comics for sale, providing customers with rarities that they just cannot find anywhere else. What truly makes Blastoff and its owners, Jud Meyers and Scott Tipton, stand out is their commitment to helping others in need. A portion of all of their proceeds are donated to charity, with the recipients changing on a monthly basis. This month, Meyers and Tipton have chosen to highlight the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and we want to join Blastoff Comics in educating our readers about this important organization.

"Look, in one hundred, two hundred years, there will be people who look back and laugh at us, because we lived our lives so foolishly and tastelessly.  Maybe those people will have found a way to be happy."  This line from Anton Chekov's classic play, Uncle Vanya, keenly invites audiences to be introspective: to compare themselves with those of the past; to find the parallels; and to fully realize why even the differences that separate us can easily be identified with or understood.  It is this sense of perspective that permeates Annie Baker's translation of Uncle Vanya, which recently launched its West Coast premiere with The Antaeus Theatre Company in North Hollywood, CA.  In a masterful production that flawlessly unites Baker's vital rendition of the work with an impeccable and passionate cast, Antaeus' Uncle Vanya imparts audiences with an opportunity to examine their lives, if only to provide a comfort (no matter how melancholy) that we are not so different from our ancestors, nor from each other in today's chaotic and fast-paced world.

Kickstarter is alive and well with a plethora of exciting projects in search of funding, and I am excited to return for a second time this week with another edition of Fanboy Comics' Kickstarter Report!  In this edition, FBC will focus on another comic book creator who has known great success with previous crowdfunding campaigns.  Comic book creator/writer Siike Donnelly (The Adventures of Solestar, Elan Vital) returns, in collaboration with artist Ashley Lanni (27 Club Anthology), with The King of Neverland: A Peter Pan Sequel, and he needs your help to fund the production costs of the Young Adult novel! 

If ever there was an indie comic book creator whose tenacity and gumption were to be admired, it would be Madeleine Holly-Rosing.  The writer and creator of the Steampunk-inspired comic book series, Boston Metaphysical Society, has consistently been hard at work on the comic for the past three years and has successfully run multiple Kickstarter campaigns to fund the printing costs of each issue.  In light of her measured success with crowdfunding, Holly-Rosing even published her own how-to guide for other indie creators to use with their own projects!  Now, the indomitable comic book creator is back with the sixth and final issue of Boston Metaphysical Society, and she has once again turned to Kickstarter fund the sci-fi, action/adventure tale.

Every story is a chance to take readers on a new adventure, to a world of exciting possibilities, pure serenity, or harrowing encounters.  For writer/producer/actress Tara Platt, storytelling has become a way of life, allowing her to create new worlds, characters, and intentions that connect with audiences across all genres and mediums of delivery.  In Zartana, her latest and most expansive story yet, Platt has created an interactive storybook adventure that will undoubtedly appeal to the explorer in all of us.  Zartana is a beautifully illustrated book chronicling a year in the life of a traveling Romani girl of the same name. The story - told in the style of a found journal - is interactive, and the pages are filled with amazing art, much of which can be taken out and appreciated.  Having already collaborated with extremely talented international artists and designers to bring the vision of Zartana to life, Platt recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the printing of the book, and she needs your help to make this project a reality!

When Fanboy Comics is not providing you with the latest in geek news and entertainment, the FBC staff hopes to offer our readers a myriad of opportunities to give back to the community. We love reading comics, watching movies, and playing video games, but we are never happier than when we are able to help others in need. With Geeks Care: How You Can Help, FBC will provide you a variety of causes that would greatly appreciate your time.


Happy Friday, everyone!  In this week's installment of Geeks Care: How You Can Help, Fanboy Comics would like to highlight an incredible project with a wonderfully positive message that was initiated by photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.  In 2012, Bergeron created The Superhero Project, where she would work with special-needs children who dressed up to show off their inner superhero in order to help them feel confident and strong while raising awareness about children with disabilities or other challenges.  In the following interview, I chat with Bergeron regarding her photography work, the inspiration for The Superhero Project, how more families and photographers can get involved, and more!

In July of 2013, Fanboy Comics brought you the news that indie creator Russell Nohelty (Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter) would premiere a limited edition run of his graphic novel, Katrina Hates the Dead, at San Diego Comic-Con that summer.  The epic, post-apocalyptic humor comic, written by Nohelty and illustrated by Juan Frigeri (Star Wars: Darth Maul), was a big success at the convention, selling out of its limited print run.  Now, the creators are hoping to bring the story to a much larger audience with a vastly larger print run, and they need your help to raise the necessary funds in their Kickstarter campaign to make their dream a reality!

With the hard sci-fi novel, The Martian, topping best-seller lists across the globe and the upcoming film adaptation starring Matt Damon (and a host of other award-winning actors) captivating the attention of movie-goers everywhere, there can be no doubt that science fiction stories are still capturing and exciting audiences through a variety of mediums.  Given our collective desire to boldly go where no one has gone before, stories that feature individuals taking extraordinary risks and facing insurmountable odds to travel light years away from our galaxy will always incite interest.  For that reason, this issue of The Kickstarter Report features the recently launched Kickstarter campaign for Chroma: Volume 1, the first installment of a trilogy of science fiction graphic novels from Marcus Perry (creator of Image Comics’ Descendant and Albert Einstein: Time Mason), acclaimed entertainment marketing editor and producer Bob Schulze, and artist Michael Yakutis (William Shatner's Man O War, MakingComics.com).  The creators are excited to initiate a new and daring sci-fi series, and they need your help to raise the necessary funds to make their dream a reality!

It's always a delight to come across a new comic book and be so completely enamored and refreshed by how truly fun and enjoyable it is.  I had this exact reaction to the indie comic, The Gamma Gals #1, which is the first issue of a 4-part mini-series depicting the everyday adventures of three distinct and diverse high school students (who . . . you know . . . also happen to be superheroes when they're not playing D&D).  Created, written, illustrated, colored, and lettered by the obviously multi-talented Stefano Terry, Gamma Gals invites readers to a slice-of-life story that features three extremely positive, complex, and diverse female protagonists that young adult readers would have no trouble identifying with and looking up to. 

When Fanboy Comics is not providing you with the latest in geek news and entertainment, the FBC staff hopes to offer our readers a myriad of opportunities to give back to the community. We love reading comics, watching movies, and playing video games, but we are never happier than when we are able to help others in need. With Geeks Care: How You Can Help, FBC will provide you a variety of causes that would greatly appreciate your time.


For fans of the VH1 show, Hit the Floor, many were excited to see the recently released teaser trailer for Season 3, which will launch in 2016.  Many fans may not know, though, that Hit the Floor's Devil Girl Dancer, Courtney Galiano, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling, disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. It affects people in the prime of their lives, between the ages of 20 and 50, and there is currently no cure.  Instead of letting it get her down, Courtney is fighting back with the help of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Team Hit the Floor.  By forming Team Hit the Floor, Courtney, her friends, and her supporters hope to mobilize people and resources to raise money to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS, and they hope that you'll join them to become a part of the solution!

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