Fans of J. Michael Straczynski’s Babylon 5 TV series are sure to be familiar with the brave, tough, and fierce Commander Susan Ivanova, but many may not know of the personal strength and amazing life led by Claudia Christian, the actress who portrayed the beloved character. With the release of her new book, Babylon Confidential: A Memoir of Love, Sex, & Addiction, Christian invites her fans to take a fascinating, shocking, intimate, and ultimately inspiring look into the epic journey she’s led off-screen in between her epic adventures on-screen.
The FBC crew discuss Andrea's attempt to escape from The Governor that takes place in Episode 14 of Season 3 of AMC’s The Walking Dead TV series. Enjoy an audio commentary on the episode by FBC staffers Bryant Dillon and Kristine Chester and FBC Contributor Tony Caballero.
Is something afoot in your local elementary school? Do you need a detective that you can afford on a lunch money-sized rate? Is there a caper that can only be solved by getting inside the mind of a second grader? (Cases involving canines need not apply.) If the answer is yes (or even maybe), then you’re looking to hire the lead character of the all-ages comic Jimmy Brass: 2nd Grade Detective! Created by Jake Dickerman and Jason Pruett, Jimmy Brass: 2nd Grade Detective has recently released its second issue containing a case involving a missing hamster, elementary-aged zoologists, and events that may even force Jimmy and his longtime companion and bodyguard, Opal, to work this mystery separately!
While Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 has floundered a bit in the past, especially given the highly positive reception of its sister series Angel & Faith, writer Andrew Chambliss has slowly been raising the caliber of the book ever since fan favorite Illyria joined the team. Now, as the series closes in on its last six issues, the release of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #19 seems to be heralding that Dark Horse’s flagship “Whedon” book has finally gotten its mojo back!
WE Comics continues to deliver on its promise to deliver “comics for everyone else” with the third issue of their popular all-ages series, How I Spent My Summer Invasion! Having established the tone and setting of the book, writer Patrick Rieger and artist Mark Sean Wilson are really able to shuck off the chains of necessity left over from establishing the bookʼs origin and stretch their creative wings, delivering the best issue of the series thus far!
The FBC crew discuss the negotiations between Rick and The Governor that take place in Episode 13 of Season 3 of AMC’s The Walking Dead TV series. Enjoy an audio commentary on the episode by FBC staffers Bryant Dillon and Kristine Chester and FBC Contributor Tony Caballero.
The FBC crew discuss their feelings on the return of Morgan in Episode 12 of Season 3 of AMC’s The Walking Dead TV series. Enjoy an audio commentary on the episode by FBC staffers Bryant Dillon and Kristine Chester and FBC Contributor Tony Caballero.
For me and my fellow comic book sniffers out there, the title Seduction of the Innocent is usually greeted with fear, anger, or laughter due to its attachment to the controversial 1954 propaganda novel by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham that labeled comic books the cause of juvenile delinquency in American youth. Well, now we can greet Seduction of the Innocent with excitement and eagerness, because it’s also the title of a new Hard Case Crime novel from the bestselling author of Road to Perdition, Max Allan Collins! With Seduction of the Innocent, Collins proves, once again, that he’s a master of crime noir, even when the dirty deed is buried in the paranoia of the comic book witch hunt of the 1950s!
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This week Angel & Faith writer Christos Gage wrapped up the final chapter of his ‘Death and Consequences’ story arc with Issue #19. As one should surely expect at this point, the writing is solid, Rebekah Isaacs’ art is gorgeous, and the issue is superb! As Gage and Isaacs build to the grand finale of their masterpiece and Angel and Faith get closer to their eventual goal, every Whedonite reading is bracing for the inevitable price of their heroes’ actions. For, as a certain bleached-blonde vampire once said, “The thing about magic - there are always consequences - always!"
Blame it on Johnny Depp, but pirates have been quite popular over the past few years, continuously battling zombies and sparkly vampires for the title of king of the pop culture genres. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the Disney films, I did have my pirate phase as a young comic book sniffer, and the comic medium seems a perfect home for these scurvy dogs! (Am I right? Tales of the Black Freighter, anyone?) Not wanting to be the last to walk the plank, Action Lab Entertainment has thrown its peg leg into the ring with Pirate Eye: A Pirate's Life is Not for Me, a comic book cross between the classic “pirate” tale and the noir elements present in Raymond Chandler’s detective fiction.
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