Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
The FBC Crew caught a preview of Captain America: The First Avenger on Friday at San Diego Comic-Con. Click here for an audio commentary on the film by FBC staffers Bryant Dillon, Sam Rhodes, and Ben Rhodes.
Rest assured that the audio commentary is spoiler free!
This interview can also be found on Whedonopolis.com!
From time to time, Fanboy Comics will promote different projects that we do not directly produce or publish. (Although, we wish that we did!) As a sign of our support and approval, you can find these selections under the FBC ApprovedTM section of our website. Please understand that, no matter how badly we would love to take credit, these works have been independently created and produced by the talented people attached to them.
In this spirit, Fanboy Comics announces its promotion of the epic, yet funny, web series The End. written by Bryan Mayer and directed by Peter Harmon. Taking place in a future where robots have taken over and there are only a few survivors left, The End. is a post-apocalyptic buddy comedy which is entertaining, quirky, and full of geek references to keep you coming back every Friday for the next episode!
Bryant, here! How’s it going in the geek-brotherhood?
Sorry that I’ve been so absent lately, guys! Between San Diego Comic-Con recovery and the pre-production and casting for Something Animal, free time is not a common thing for me recently. By the way, if you haven’t heard of Something Animal yet, check out the website HERE!!! Look for me to fill in some more details next week when I post my “Vamp-Wrap Up” blog and give you my thoughts about Tru Blood, Twilight, Buffy, and, of course, Something Animal.
Anyways, SDCC rocked, as usual. There were fewer cool blockbusters being pushed this year, so those sections felt a little hollow, but the FBC gang washed that bad taste out of our mouths by nabbing tickets to the first screening of Inglourious Basterds for an American audience!!! I nearly pissed myself when I found out that we were getting in! I did piss myself when the tickets turned out to be Inglourious Basterds dog tags! Holy Frak!!!
There was a time when the rumor of a Boondock Saints sequel was something that seemed both impossible and f---ing amazing. It was very similar to the feeling that the Star Wars prequels had before they came into existence. Geeks would spend hours imagining possible story lines and assuring each other how “bad-ass” these films would be. Much like Phantom Menace, The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day is heartbreaking in its failure.
Actually, Menace might be better. At least it gave us Darth Maul and that bad-ass lightsaber battle. Something, even if it was miniscule, improved in Menace, whereas BS II failed to improve on anything from the first film. Balls!
At this point, I’m going to let you know that MAJOR SPOILERS are contained below. In all honesty, I loved The Boondock Saints. I have a tradition of watching it every St. Patrick’s Day while pounding the black stuff, and it always amazes me how brilliant and artistic the film is in every single f---ing scene! The sequel has nearly none of this, and, therefore, I really don’t feel there is anything that I can ruin for you. You’ve been warned.
I really love Alien 3.
To many, it is bizarre that I would so cherish what is, in their minds, a cinematic disaster. Others can see enough of my point of view to admit there was, at the very least, potential for a great film. A select few understand exactly why I love this film and love it themselves.
Where others see bad acting, I see unique and interesting choices by the actors. Where others see a retread, I see a return to roots of the original film. Where others mourn the death of Ripley, not to mention Hicks and Newt, I see sobering, painful, and fitting endings to beloved characters. Maybe it’s a matter of opinion. Maybe it’s unresolved expectations on the fan base’s part. I’m not arrogant enough to state that I am unequivocally right, but, like most people, I do trust my instincts.
Now, there’s been a lot of negative buzz about The Wolfman out there for some time. Not unlike Alien 3, it has been plagued with bad luck, messy studio/director disagreements, and angry departures, not to mention the death rattle of any film: massive reshoots. Also, not unlike Alien 3, I have found myself very impressed with The Wolfman and on the opposite side of a slew of bad reviews.
Greetings, Fellow Geeks!!!
Here at Fanboy Comics we’re about more than just comic books, geek gossip, and making butt loads of cash. In an attempt to save the world from itself (and the inevitable self-aware cell phone revolt), each member of the FBC staff has taken on a special burden, an additional job title which is essential to our ongoing plan to save the comics, In-n-Out, and the planet. As President of the company, I demand from my staff an annual report of these “Special Matters.” Also, as a symbol of our integrity and transparency, we post said report for public view by our readers!
Below, you will find the official Fanboy Comics Special Matters Report for 2011. This report was originally presented on February 9th, 2011.
With Issue #44, IDW’s Angel series comes to a close. IDW has taken the vampire with a soul through a multitude of adventures during their time with him, some good and some less than good. While the final issue of Angel is not exactly the pulse-pounding ending the series deserves (and some of that can be blamed on Dark Horse’s snatching of the license), they do manage to deliver something the tortured lead character is not necessarily used to: a sense of hope.
Here’s a quick summary of Issue #44:
While Connor attempts to use his unusual powers to save Anne from the demon baby growing inside her, Laura channels her anger over the death of Mr. Polyphemus into a protection spell that is barely holding off the epically evil James. Just when all seems lost, a portal opens courtesy of the future version of Illryia, and our hero Angel comes jumping through.
James and Angel trade punches until James gains the upper hand. Using the vanishing gem provided by Darrow, Angel is able to momentarily immobilize James, but a twist of fate knocks the gem from Angel’s hand, sending it through a portal to the farthest point of the outer realms, or as James calls it, home. With the help of Connor and his new super powers, James is defeated and the demon inside Anne is born without killing her.
Back at the new offices of Angel Investigations, the team reflects and bonds over the events of the previous issues. Angel makes a final stop at Wolfram & Hart’s white room to make it clear that he’ll always be there to stand in their way. And even if he’s not, Connor is following in those footsteps. In the final shot of the series, Angel does his trademark exit down an alley as he contemplates Doyle, Cordy, Wes, and his other fallen friends. They’ve always been and continue to be his reason to keep fighting. It’s time to get back to work.
Valentine’s Day is upon us, and, as fellow geeks prepare for a weekend of romance, I feel it is my duty to provide them with some suitably dirty and nerdy cosplay options. Given that we in the geek crowd seem to be eager to dress up as our favorite stormtrooper or hobbit at the drop of Jayne’s hat, I see no reason why we shouldn’t be employing this passion to our…. well, passions! Not only are geeks experts at crafting detailed and high-caliber costumes, but they’re also more likely to be open to the idea of dressing up as Harry and Hermione before rolling in the chamber of secrets. More than one average Joe or Joette has gone running the other way when confronted with a costumed lover, but if your sex muffin has been to SDCC, then I’m sure that they’ll take one glance at your smooth threads and say with a loving voice, “I always thought Pika Chu was kind of dashing.” Below, you’ll find my top geeky Valentine’s day cosplay suggestions for both genders. If you’ve got a comic-sniffer in your life who deserves a little love this Valentine’s Day, take a hint from the Cylons and “have a plan.” These should help:
Recently, the Fanboy Comics staff has been trying to keep their social scene extra geeky by hosting movie nights at Fanboy Comics HQ for staff and friends. We usually discuss current geek culture, chow down on appropriately geeky snacks provided by FBC Managing Editor Barbra Dillon (she’s like Martha Stewart, if Martha Steward was also a Jedi!!!), and get the chance to casually watch a film as we socialize. We have found that humorous or goofy movies selections seem to work best, so that our guests can fade in and out of the film while enjoying the others in attendance (hence why our first event was a screening of the hilarious Roger Corman Fantastic Four film!!!). That was not the case for the last evening. While I loved Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, I had yet to tackle the three-and-a-half hour long Ultimate Cut. Given the film’s controversial standing in the geek community, I was unsure of how it would play for our crowd, but I proceeded undaunted. I am proud to report that everyone, myself included, seemed glued to the screen, no matter what their feelings of the film may have been afterward. Yes, we may have had to pause mid-way through the film for a blue penis cake break, but the geeky die-hards that make up Fanboy Comics and its followers made it to the end! Nice job, gang!
The first thing I noticed about Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut was how easily I forgot that I had seen this film five or six times in theaters, as I got lost in its world once more. I know there’s a lot of criticism out there for the film and I have my own issues with certain parts of the film, but damn is it a good film! The first scene where The Comedian meets his end followed by the amazing opening credits sequence set to Bob Dylan’s "The Times They Are A-Changin’" is honestly worth the price of admission, alone! Anyways, let’s get to the unique pluses of the The Ultimate Cut. (But, if you have the opportunity, I would implore you to give Zack Snyder’s Watchmen a second viewing... and then, go read the graphic novel again just for good measure. You know you want to.
I was very excited to see this film. Aliens and Predator were my bread and butter as a kid, and Predator, in my opinion, still stands strong to this day, outdoing most current action films. Robert Rodriguez returning the Predator franchise to its former glory was not something I was about to miss! Sadly, while Predators makes a fine chapter in the Predator universe, it squanders the opportunity to upstage the original the way some feel Aliens did to Alien.
The setting for this movie is brilliant, and it’s a shame that it is not used to its full potential. Royce (Adrian Brody), a deadly mercenary, finds himself stranded on an alien planet with other expert killers gathered from all over the earth. Apparently, this tribe of predators has prepared this planet as a game preserve with prey from all over the galaxy, and now it’s trophy hunting time! The scenario is ripe with potential! Instead, the film treads too closely to the original, never seizing the strength of its new and unique plot.