Robert J. Baden, Fanbase Press Contributor

Robert J. Baden, Fanbase Press Contributor

World of Webcomics is a series devoted to exploring the world of online comics and their target audiences, as well as their art styles, storylines, and the general enjoyment that they provide.


In a world full of webcomics about gamers, slice-of-life adventures, fantasy, and science-fiction, comes the tale of Eben and Snooch, two cats living with their owner in Texas.  As cats are known to do, these two get into all kinds of trouble simply be being who they, but their level of curiosity and scheming is way above what someone would consider a normal domesticated feline to be capable of, especially in regards to gooshy food and the Internet.  Two Lumps updates every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at twolumps.net.

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New on the Tube is a series devoted to reviewing relatively new television shows and determining how they may (or may not) appeal to their intended audiences, where the shows are going, and what can be done to make them better.


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30+ years in the future, advances in technology have risen to an all-time high, allowing for even the most sordid of persons to have access to amazing and disturbing possibilities.  To combat this, the police have begun using combat androids as partners for officers in the field, allowing for more firepower and logic-processing capabilities.  One detective, John Kennex, is very reluctant to work with an android and does all he can to make his feelings about the situation known.  The show airs on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) on FOX.


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My experience with “superhero” comics tends to be mostly restricted to Marvel, DC, and whoever owns the rights to the Green Hornet license (currently Dynamite), so it is refreshing—and different—to read such a comic from another company.  There are times when Never Ending pokes fun of itself, referring to how the character dresses like superheroes in comic books, but, more often than not, it gives a great, in-depth look at the psyche of a normal guy who becomes a hero through extraordinary means.  Watch out, big name hitters, there’s a new player in town.

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The beginning of the third act is finally here.  As the two previous stories have alluded to, the Rakatan Infinite Empire has come knocking on the Tython System’s door with a massive military force.  Initially unable to stop their advance, the Je’daii forces and their non-Force-using allies work together to push back the Rakatans before doom takes them all, but the cost of doing so means opening up their hearts to the one thing that could tip the balance of the universe forever against the Light Side.

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One of the things I have always wanted to do is give Neil Gaiman’s work more of a chance than the smatterings I have been exposed to in the past.  I’m not much of a fan of Sandman, but that has more to do with the subject matter than the writing style. That being said, I have enjoyed his books, and so I thought perhaps I would enjoy Violent Cases, especially given the background about the infamous Al Capone; however, in a very weird fashion, my expectations were both met and unmet as the story unfolded before me.

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World of Webcomics is a series devoted to exploring the world of online comics and their target audiences, as well as their art styles, storylines, and the general enjoyment that they provide.


A webcomic about a college student studying art and the friends (and “enemies”) that she has made both before and during her time at the college, Candi is a refreshing change from the stereotypical “teen/young adult” slice-of-life adventures that have become petty standardized over the years.  A complex story that has drama and hilarity thrown together, the characters face some real hardships relating to their lives such as financial troubles, roommate disagreements, and the evolution of relationships against the backdrop of a college life that is very demanding.  Candi updates every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at candicomics.com.

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Perhaps one of the most anticipated LEGO games (at least for me), I first heard rumors about this over a year ago and was so glad to learn about it finally being made.  Definitely different from the LEGO Batman 2 game that really sparked the inclusion of actual voice actors, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes follows the adventures of several different iconic heroes instead of focusing on just one.  The gameplay is much the same, the Open World feel is still present, and not much has really changed, except for the fact that Red Bricks are called Deadpool Red Bricks.  Playable by yourself or with a friend, this LEGO game is fun to interact with, especially with the voice of Stan Lee going “Excelsior” at various points, as well as having him as a playable character that can “Hulk out;” that, by itself, is hilarious.

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New on the Tube is a series devoted to reviewing relatively new television shows and determining how they may (or may not) appeal to their intended audiences, where the shows are going, and what can be done to make them better.


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A new off-shoot species of humanity is starting to assert themselves in world affairs, and the son of their most prominent leader is thrown into the fray when he starts to exhibit his latent abilities.  Caught between his loyalty to his family and the need to understand more about who and what he is, Stephen explores the new world set before him while trying to maintain ties to what he thought was a normal life.  The show airs on Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) on The CW.


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World of Webcomics is a series devoted to exploring the world of online comics and their target audiences, as well as their art styles, storylines, and the general enjoyment that they provide.


A webcomic about a comic book store and the people who either work there or frequent it. How could I not look into this? While there are some of the standard jokes and situations one would expect with the massive inclusion of comic book geeks/nerds, there is very little in the way of wacky adventures associated with debates over “who would win in a fight” and steering far away from the stereotypical, misogynistic “women don’t belong in comic shops” situation that I’ve seen so much of. There are some characters, such as Bob, who make a nuisance of themselves, but the other characters deal with it by, well, being who they are. Local Comic Shop updates every Tuesday and Friday at lcscomic.com.

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New on the Tube is a series devoted to reviewing relatively new television shows and determining how they may (or may not) appeal to their intended audiences, where the shows are going, and what can be done to make them better.


Show Premise: 


Roberts & Roberts, an advertising agency headed up by a father and daughter team, is in dire straits as some of their clients begin dropping them. The unorthodox, out-of-the-box thinking of Simon Roberts envisions some interesting ideas for the agency, but the down-to-earth ways of his daughter Sydney clashes. Because of Simon’s known success for spectacular advertising events, Sydney tries to one-up her father in an effort to bring in big business, often with disastrous results. The show airs on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) on CBS.

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