Christina Brookman

Christina Brookman (41)

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” ~Alice

When I first heard the title Alice’s Bloody Adventures in Wonderland, I was ecstatic, eagerly anticipating a stronger, less innocent/naive Alice, a role model of strength and intelligence for young girls like I associate with Katniss from The Hunger Games. But, this is not that adaptation, and, in retrospect, it would dishonor Lewis Carroll’s original piece to make Alice a heroine in that sense. Raul Alberto Contreras has created a world that resembles a hybrid of Quentin Tarantino’s sometimes seemingly unnecessary violence and Judd Apatow’s crass humor . . . and I must admit, I kind of like it.

“A special thanks also to those who said I couldn’t do it; you drove me to prove you wrong.” – Jeff Palumbo (Chimera writer and publisher)

Chimera:"A thing of immortal make, not human, lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle, and snorting out the breath of the terrible flame of bright fire."- Homer, The Iliad

 
The title cover is a haunting image of demons and people screaming surrounding a man in a pool of light green/mint color, like a fog emanating from his belt. The man is wearing a black police rescue vest and badge. He stands striking a pose eerily similar to the Marlboro man, with the moon behind him and the light green fog acting as a cowboy hat and holster for his gun. The beautiful shading and colors ad dimension and life-like quality to the images. Our cowboy resembles a young Clint Eastwood, and his beard stubble is so life like, I felt if I reached through the screen and kissed him, his beard might really scruff my face.

Have you ever hidden under your bed with a flashlight, just so you could keep reading past bedtime, so you won’t get in trouble? A tradition, continued into adulthood. You keep telling yourself,  “I’ll stop at the end of this chapter,” but then, at the end of the chapter, you have to know what is coming next. “Just one more chapter. I promise, this time, just one more chapter.” But, it never ends, does it? Next thing you know, it's dawn, you’ve finished the book, and you can’t tell which feeling is stronger: pure exhaustion or an overwhelming sense of loss that your new friends and their world is gone forever. You no longer can share in their adventures, their story is over, but you must go on without them, because your life story is still being written.

When I offered to review Thrud the Barbarian, I must admit, I had not heard of the series. I jumped at the opportunity thinking, “Oh, like Conan the Barbarian - tons of epic blood and gore. This will be great!” Not that I’m a violent women, or so my counselor reassures me, just spunky. Well, when I opened the collector’s edition, bracing myself with eager anticipation for the graphic novel version of Dexter, I wound up reading something quite different . . . and a lot better.

As Halloween is fast approaching, the Fanboy Comics staff and contributors decided that there was no better way to celebrate this horrifically haunting holiday than by sharing our favorite scary stories! Be they movies, TV shows, video games, novels, or anything other form of entertainment, members of the FBC crew will be sharing their "scariest" stories each day leading up to Halloween. We hope that you will enjoy this sneak peek into the terrors that frighten Fanboy Comics!


“An interpretation of events based on Baniszewki v. The State of Indiana 1966”
“I used to love the carnival . . . ” –Silvia Likes (An American Crime)


Writing about what the scariest film ever created is is like trying to choose your favorite dessert when looking at a giant buffet of gourmet treats. There are so many classics in different genres worth mentioning, typically horror - Psycho, Nosferatu, Silence of the Lambs, The Shining, Let the Right One In - but I am going to talk about a film that sent chills up my spine, horrified me, made me question humanity, and realize . . . I can be scared, truly scared.

I think any comic involving battling aliens has amazing potential, and, to top it off, Mickey Lam (story/art/lettering) has made his hero a science teacher - even better! It’s an incredible undertaking to not only develop the story, but write the dialogue, design the lettering, and illustrate the entire comic. While Lam’s debut comic book is, in my opinion, still in the developmental phase, I hope we continue to see his work develop, because he has a vivid imagination and is a talented visual artist.

Razorjack has been called “one of John Higgins' best-kept secrets” by Garth Ennis . . . and I would have to agree. I was so excited to read a graphic novel created by the illustrator of Watchmen, Dredd, and Batman, among others. To top it off, a story involving aliens and a serial killer - right up my alley. Razorjack is Higgins' baby, because it was his first project, not only to illustrate but to serve as creator, writer, penciller, and colorist. A massive undertaking.

Grafix Chronicles is a black-and-white anthology of short comics from past and present small print artists. Issue #1 includes “The Man Under the Microscope!,” “Solomon Wyrd,” and “Don’t Touch Me.”

Robert Paul Weston’s young adult novel The Creature Department is much more than a novel.  It is an experience. In collaboration with Zack Lydon and Framestore, Weston has created a modern, interactive reading experience for the modern kid . . . and modern learning. The cover of the novel, designed by Zack Lydon, has three-dimensional text and graphics that glow in the dark. When you look closer, you realize each letter in the title is an actual “creature” contorted to make the letter’s shape. It is a visual, tactile explosion that creates a magical experience before you even open the book.  Framestore, the visual effects studio whose work has been used in films like Avatar, Harry Potter, and most recently Gravity, created interactive versions of the characters for The Creature Department’s promotional website. One such virtual creature even made a pit stop to Comic-Con to dance and laugh with kids and adults alike. The Creature Department is a novel that will not only delight and inspire its readers, but it also offers an endless amount of cross-disciplinary curricular opportunities between English, Science, Art, Theater, and Computer/Graphic Arts Departments. In fact, it is a book that I think is desperately needed in the classroom ASAP, because, as the creatures quickly reveal, science and reading are fun!

What I.F. reads like a poetic love letter rather than your typical comic, mourning the loss of a friendship and the death of a life one discovered was never really real. The subject matter is deep and is approached as such. Imaginary friends, suicide, and mental illness are usually dealt with in a comedic or dark and masturbatory manner. Not so in the comic What I.F..

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