Barbra Dillon

Barbra Dillon (249)

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

 

The Fanboy Comics crew attended San Diego Comic-Con's Behind the Music: SyFy Thrills and Chills panel on Friday, July 10th, which involved leading Hollywood composers discussing the musical voice behind our favorite spooky and supernatural TV thrillers, illustrating not only the impact of the music on the audience's viewing experience but also the subtle details that go into making sounds for top SyFy television programs. From the slow, yet suspenseful, zombie chase to the frenetic escape in your favorite post-apocalyptic adventure, the soundtracks of today's science fiction and supernatural TV shows enhance the storytelling experience and create the most memorable of moments that audiences will always remember.

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 the month of May each year, organizations across the globe venture to raise awareness for mental health and well-being issues.  Given that one in four adults (approximately 61.5 million Americans) and 46.3 percent of 13-18 year olds experiences mental illness in a given year, an earnest effort is needed to provide these individuals with high-quality, lasting mental health care and also to end the inequalities that face people experiencing mental health problems. For that reason, this week's installment of Geeks Care: How You Can Help focuses on the incredible efforts of Project UROK, a non-profit organization whose mission is to create funny, meaningful videos for teenagers struggling with mental health issues, made by people who have been there before.  Project UROK recently partnered with actor/writer/producer Wil Wheaton and The A.V. Club to share Wheaton's own experience with generalized anxiety disorder and chronic depression, and they offer a number of opportunities and programs for you to get involved.

There are certain comic book writers and artists that simply have their finger on the pulse of brilliance; their ability to construct fascinating, engrossing, and alluring stories and illustrations cannot be explained, other than to say that they have a gift of which we are fortunate to celebrate.  One such individual is Roman Dirge, multiple Eisner Award-nominated writer/artist and creator of the much-loved macabre series, Lenore.  Dirge, who has found a permanent home with publisher Titan Comics, will soon release his latest collection, The Cat with a Really Big Head, which compiles his wonderfully bizarre stories, "The Cat with a Really Big Head" and "Monsters in My Tummy," into an incredible hardcover, and I cannot wait to give this phenomenal work a home in my own graphic novel collection.

It has all been building to this: the epic showdown between the Freedahken aliens and the human race.  Few may survive, many may perish . . . but one thing is certain: readers will have a blast to the very last page!  With Issue #4, the Alterna Comics series, Unit 44, comes to an end, but not without an action-packed battle of galactic proportions and a sentimental moment for our series' stars, Agents Gibson and Hatch.

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.


This week saw celebrated the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's classic thriller, Jaws, and fans nationwide were treated to select screenings of the 1975 summer blockbuster in movie theatres across the US, courtesy of Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  For that reason, this week's installment of Geeks Care: How You Can Help focuses on Shark Savers, an organization that recently merged with the non-profit WildAid to save sharks and mantas through building awareness, education, and action. While Jaws made the Great White Shark a household name, many remain unaware of the human dangers that threaten to further diminish their rapidly dwindling population.  With your help, Shark Savers' mission can reach greater audience and serve to greater impact the health and future of sharks!

The comic book landscape - including both mainstream and indie-created titles - has become an incredibly diverse field of characters, storylines, themes, creators, and artwork.  Of course, the diversity of comics and the content within continues to have the capacity to further grow and expand; however, the most lasting message for this comic book fan is that there is now - more than ever before - something for everyone.  For that reason, it is always wonderful to see creators taking risks and telling the stories that are gnawing away from within, eagerly anticipating the moment when they can make their way onto the page and into a reader's hands.

Throughout LA-based theatre company Theatre Unleashed's (TU) 2015 season, I have been in awe of the company's daring and exemplary mission to tackle the state of modern gender politics.  It comes as no surprise that their annual foray into the Hollywood Fringe Festival (an annual, open-access, community-derived event celebrating freedom of expression and collaboration in the performing arts community of Los Angeles, CA) would continue to inspire anything less than a phenomenally intriguing performance that delves deeper into the intricately complicated dynamics of 21st century sexual relationships.  Using technology as a through line to connect the relationships and roles of several men and women, Theatre Unleashed's one-act, Sleeping Around, imparts its commentary on today's approach to intimacy - and the lack thereof - with a snapshot into the lives of those at their most vulnerable moments.

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.


At Fanboy Comics, we strive to bring talented artists and worthwhile opportunities to our readers.  We hope that these efforts assist creative people in dong what they love while also offering the chance for fans of all geekdoms to discover and support new properties, furthering the importance and value of the arts in our lives.  For that reason, this week's installment of Geeks Care: How You Can Help focuses on local LA rock band Love and a .38, which will be soon be donating an instrument from their personal reserve to Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood’s world-famous memorabilia collection in conjunction with a charity raffle and performance to benefit local charity Adopt the Arts.  Be sure to read on to find out how you can help in the momentous occasion by celebrating and advancing arts education.

The signs of summer are upon us:  kids are wrapping up the school year; each day is sunny and warm; and the latest trade paperback of the all-ages web comic, Boots & Pup, has arrived!  That's right, the adorably entertaining misadventures of two alien best friends and their cast of foolishly fun friends have returned in Boots & Pup Book 2: The Amulet of Sum-Tin, and this time around, we uncover secret identities, mysteriously powerful talismans, and the evil warlords and devilishly dastardly sharks who will stop at nothing to take over the galaxy!

With each installment of Fanboy Comics' "Kickstarter Report" series, the FBC staff hopes to provide independent creators with a larger platform to showcase their talents to a new audience. When a number of talented creators join together to bring their creative vision to life, the results of their shared skills become even more incredible and exciting to imagine.  For that reason, I am excited to highlight the Kickstarter campaign for Reach, a graphic novel adventure that consists of three standalone stories from seven writers and artists, all focusing on three generations of a family determined to hunt a mythical plant that blooms only once a year, always in a different place. 

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