Angie Martin, Fanbase Press Guest Contributor

Angie Martin, Fanbase Press Guest Contributor

I think that just about every comic book fan alive in 1993 knows where they were when they found out Superman died. I was in a grocery store checkout line, jaw scraping the floor, and wide eyes that wouldn’t go away for weeks. How was it possible that one of the biggest heroes of my childhood could die? It wasn’t like we were talking about Aquaman (who wasn’t so cool back then – poor Aquaman). This was the Man of Steel. Heroes like him just didn’t die.

Who doesn’t want to be cool? It’s something we strive for from our earliest years, once we realize that we have a self-imposed responsibility to impress others and be the center of attention. The cool ones, after all, have the best lives, with the best things, and the most awesome friends… or so we let ourselves think.

Small, family-owned businesses are inspiring, heart-warming, and make the average consumer root for them to succeed . . . unless they are selling hallucinogenic drugs made from the ashes of dead people.

I’m a sucker for a great, small English village murder mystery. I much prefer those over American television crime dramas. There’s just something so much more real about them than what we do here, and not everyone is a size negative two with perfect skin and hair, plus there’s the difference in culture, so that’s a huge draw for a criminal justice fanatic. I’ve even got the English version of our Miranda warning memorized. (It’s possibly a disease.)

Ah, teenage murder with a side of humor. Twisted plots, edge-of-the-seat suspense, and a whole lot of crazy. Welcome back to The Murder Club.

Children and fantasy are intricately woven together throughout the history of the arts. They seem almost inseparable at times, with tales of a child (often lost in some way) finding his or her purpose and direction in life. Usually, they complete their journey with the help of magical creatures, whether the intentions of the creature are malicious or selfless. Timeless tales like these have the ability to bring adults back to a more whimsical – if not more difficult – time of their lives.

Ghost Island #2 "Crossing Over" (created and written by Joseph Oliveira) continues the tale of Josh Evans, a troubled psychic who is invited by a wealthy man to an island to perform spiritual readings. He arrives at the island with a group of others. They discover that it is a “theme park” of sorts where ghosts are imprisoned in an asylum for public viewing.

DC has long been known for producing incredible animated films. While most of their animated features seem to target adults, with their foray into LEGO movies, they were able to expand that to films that both adults and children could enjoy together.

Being a child of the '80s meant so many things, but it ensured you grew up with some of the best children’s shows ever created - among them, Fraggle Rock, a show from the ingenious mind of Jim Henson. Fraggle Rock opened up a whole new world to kids, with morals hiding in the songs from these mostly hyper puppets. It provided a different character for almost every personality, leaving kids able to relate to someone on the show. But, it also gave laughter, hope, and music to children. It was always a beautiful world to visit.

In 1899, life for women wasn’t the best. The setting of the later years of the Wild West makes for a perfect backdrop to portray the indignations suffered by many, out in the open, with no repercussions for perpetrators. Brothels employed many a woman and were easy to find during those years. Some women were sold out to become “kept women,” sometimes traveling from benefactor to benefactor. Not every woman was mistreated and beaten down, but many were – and very few would act against such atrocities.

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