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The Amazing Spider-ManSo this is what contracts have brought us to.


A few years back, the gang at Marvel realized there was more money (and more creative control – take that, Fox!) in producing their own films as opposed to signing over the rights of their characters to other studios.  Of course, the gang at Marvel is pretty smart, so they had written into their contracts with these various studios that made the character screen rights revert back to Marvel in the event that a studio just sat on a property without making a film from it.  This is, of course, how Marvel was able to get the screen rights for the Hulk back from Universal.  And, thank God, too.  Can you imagine Joss Whedon’s Avengers movie without the Hulk in it?

Clevelands Next top Model slideThe FFOW! series takes a look at that vast library created by the proud and the passionate: fan films.  Whether the budget and talent is astronomical or amateur, FFOW! celebrates the filmmakers whose love of comics, books, movies, video games, and TV shows inspires them to join the great conversation with their own homemade masterpieces.

By Jake Thomas, Guest Contributor to Fanboy Comics

 

 

With so many big events happening in the comics world -- Marvel and DC’s pro-gay story arcs, the legal disputes between comics creators and corporations -- let’s not forget some of the most important events happening off the published page.  Namely (as my loving wife reminded me), this week marked the season finale of America’s Next Top Model: British Invasion!  To celebrate, we’re looking at AtomicWedgieTV’s parody, Cleveland’s Next Top Model.

 

The DictatorOne of the great American artists working in any form right now is the comedian Louis C.K.  Whether it’s his brilliant and confessional stand-up material or his equally great FX Network series Louie, C.K. is utilizing all of the purposes a joke can have. 


All that flowery praise would make it sound like I think Louis C.K. is the heir apparent to a droll wit like Noel Coward.  He can be.  But, he’s not afraid to go below the belt for a joke either.  But, whether he’s working highbrow or blue, there’s no off button to Louis C.K.’s intelligence.  Which is awesome, as so many in the comedy world seem to think brains aren’t required for lowbrow humor.

Scrabble letters slideThe FFOW! series takes a look at that vast library created by the proud and the passionate: fan films.  Whether the budget and talent is astronomical or amateur, FFOW! celebrates the filmmakers whose love of comics, books, movies, video games, and TV shows inspires them to join the great conversation with their own homemade masterpieces.

By Jake Thomas, Guest Contributor to Fanboy Comics

 

This week, in “honor” of the release of Hasbro’s newest blastin’-action battle epic Battleship, FFOW! takes a look at several of the lesser-known films based on other classic board game properties.  Prepare for war as we take on The Board Game Collection! (*CAUTION: Some language and scenes may be NSFW.)

 

A Vampires DominionWhen I first picked up A Vampire’s Dominion by V.M.K. Fewings, I was very intrigued. The back cover sucked me in. It tells the story of two rival vampires, Jadeon and Orpheus, who have hated each other for centuries. One day, they awake with two minds, but only one body. Nobody understands how the two enemies have been joined together into a vampire named William, but everyone is on the hunt for the spell to undo it. It has everything you could want in a novel: vampires, vampire hunters, and a lady love interest for each of the men, forming something well beyond a love triangle. I dove right into this book.

 

avengersLike many people with geek tendencies, I was at a local multiplex the other night for a midnight screening of The Avengers.  And, since I have some nice flexibility to my work schedule, I actually took the day off to attend the 14-hour Ultimate Marvel Marathon hosted.  For anybody who may not have heard about  it, Marvel Comics’ film division hosted a marathon of the five films they produced leading up to The Avengers, with the main event being the screening of the newest film as the clock struck 12:00.  Or, in my case, due to technical difficulties, 12:45.  (Side bar:  Seriously, AMC, you don’t get to scratch your collective head and wonder why people aren’t going to the cinema as much, and then screw the pooch this badly during a heavily promoted event.)


So, yesterday morning, starting at 11:30 a.m., I got to see Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger.  It was to say the least a fun day spent in the dark with a room full of strangers.  But, seeing the films back-to-back like that provides an opportunity to reflect on some pretty impressive accomplishments Marvel Studios has had in a short time.

Avengers Assemble the seriesThe FFOW! series takes a look at that vast library created by the proud and the passionate: fan films.  Whether the budget and talent is astronomical or amateur, FFOW! celebrates the filmmakers whose love of comics, books, movies, video games, and TV shows inspires them to join the great conversation with their own homemade masterpieces.

By Jake Thomas, Guest Contributor to Fanboy Comics

This weekend, as we all “Assemble!” at our local multiplexes to witness the super team-up of the century, FFOW! highlights an original fan series based on The Avengers.

Horrible TurnThe FFOW! series takes a look at that vast library created by the proud and the passionate: fan films.  Whether the budget and talent is astronomical or amateur, FFOW! celebrates the filmmakers whose love of comics, books, movies, video games, and TV shows inspires them to join the great conversation with their own homemade masterpieces.

By Jake Thomas, Guest Contributor to Fanboy Comics


This week, in honor of the opening of The Cabin in the Woods, FFOW! highlights an original film based on the work of Joss Whedon.

 



THE FILM


In 2008, after the Writer's Guild of America strike that shut down Hollywood for fourteen weeks, Buffy creator Joss Whedon produced the original internet musical sensation Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.  It starred Neil Patrick Harris as the title character, a maniacal madman wannabe whose only wish is to defeat his pig-headed superhero nemesis Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion) and win the heart of Penny (Felicia Day), the girl of his dreams.  Whedon's short premiered to acclaim and went on to win many awards, leading to whispers of the soon-to-be-made sequel.  


But, certain fans asked hard-hitting questions.  What events made Dr. Horrible so…well, horrible?  Why does the world absolutely LOVE Captain Hammer?  And, where can I get a pair of those goggles?

 

Archie Vol. 5I’m already in love with this comic based solely on the cover. It features Archie Andrews how we know him best: looking totally lovesick! Reggie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead are also pictured below Archie. In this reprint of the 1945 comics, Archie and friends look like the characters of Grease with a splash of I Love Lucy, and even a bit of Mad Men. It feels just like you would think a 1945 comic would, with random sewing patterns mixed between the pages of the story, games and puzzles, and pushes to buy bail bonds. I appreciate that these things were not lost in the modern reprint. It has a vintage vibe that transports you back in time while reading.

 

Cabin in the Woods 2I’ve always been fascinated by horror movies but, for some reason, never really been much of a fan.  I remember being intrigued by Fangoria magazine when I was young, and I love me some monsters.  As a kid I had a ton of books about movie monsters, but, for some reason, that’s never translated into an enjoyment of the genre for me as an adult.


There are a couple of reasons for this, I think:


First of all, horror films tend to wallow in human suffering.  It’s sort of the point.  You can’t really make a horror film without something horrible happening to the characters.  A nubile 16-year-old blonde getting disemboweled with a  machete?  Horrifying!  A nubile 16-year-old blonde getting asked to the prom by the perfect boy?  Not horrifying!  Horror content doesn’t play nice.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW

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