BRYANT DILLON President, Co-Founder, & Director of Velociraptor Resources
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BARBRA DILLON Editor-in-Chief, Co-Founder, & Director of Jedi Recruitment
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Barbra Dillon is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Fanbase Press, an Eisner Award-nominated publishing company that seeks to produce new and distinctive works that give voice to the themes, ideals, and people that make “geekdom” so exceptional. She is also the Director of Marketing Operations for Gemelli Biotech, as well as a voice-over actress with credits including The Katniss Chronicles (Katniss Everdeen) and Pendant Audio's Phantom Canyon (Clara).
DREW SIRAGUSA Senior Contributor and Head of TARDIS Maintenance & Repair
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Andrew Siragusa hails from the ostensibly fictitious-sounding village of Fredonia. The harsh Western New York winters forced our young lad to stay indoors frequently, so much of his childhood consisted of watching movies or staging plays with his sisters and cousins.
If you asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, he would have given one of two answers: either an astronaut or Spider-Man. As he got older, he realized the impracticality of both options, so he landed on the reasonable goal of being a screenwriter.
In 2007 he moved to Los Angeles and made the cross-country road trip from New York to California in just under two days.
He received several screenwriting awards from his school’s short film festival. They are currently on display above his father’s television. Most recently, he was featured on Google maps.
He is still waiting for that damn radioactive spider to bite him.
SEAN FOSTER Graphic Designer and Head of Lightsaber Maintenance and Repair
Sean Foster was born and raised in Washington, DC. He went to college at Point Park University, majoring in film and video. Raised on comics, anime, and video games, he has become the geek boy you know and love today. Spider-man is his hero, and Star Wars is his bible.
Sean has loved to write and draw ever since he was a child. He also started making movies on his parents' video camera at the age of 7, where he would write, star, and direct in every film. Right now, Sean works at Drinkmore Water just outside of DC and is saving up to make the move to Los Angeles, where he plans on making a career as a voice actor.
JODI SCAIFE Senior Contributor and Director of Fantastic Beasts (and Where to Find Them)
Jodi Scaife was born in Salem, Massachusetts, but, despite her parents’ upbringing, the universe was determined to try to mold her into a Southern lady as her family relocated to Austin, TX, before she hit the tender age of two. The universe’s attempt to mold her into something classy and cultured failed miserably, as Jodi was a wild tomboy from the moment she could walk. The one thing that could slow toddler Jodi down was a good book, and she developed a deep love of reading from a very young age. She continues to love reading and jokes that she will read anything she can get her hands on, although she will draw the line at gossip mags and car guides.
Austin has gotten under Jodi’s skin, and she seems to always end up back there, even though she has lived in San Antonio and Nagoya, Japan, as a college student. She has studied Spanish, German, Chinese, and Japanese and can fake fluency in Spanish and Japanese.
Jodi is owned by five dogs and three cats who do not always approve of her love of anime, manga, books, comics, and anything else geeky that distracts her from her job as their caretaker.
TRAVIS LAKATA Creator of the Geeky Parent Guide, Senior Contributor, and Guardian of Fantasia
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Travis likes to turns his writing talents toward the creative realm, which he plans to make a full-time reality at some point. He hopes to publish a collection of his short stories ranging from general to science fiction, and has self-published three books in the Weiland Kershaw series, with the fourth currently in edit.
He grew up on Star Trek: The Next Generation, video games like Legend of Zelda and Kid Icarus, and playing basketball almost every day of his youth. His favorite comic books early on were X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, and WildC.A.T.S. The book that catapulted his love of science fiction happens to still be his favorite – Sphere by Michael Crichton.
Now, his wife and kids drive him to keep doing what he loves, because he wants his kids to know it’s okay to go for it. His go-to show is still TNG, but close behind all-time are Fringe and Lost. His ultimate goal is to be a fiction writer of novels, short stories, comic books, TV shows, or movies.
Some of my favorites:
Date Night Movie: 10 Things I Hate About You
TNG Book: Dark Mirror
Fanbase Press celebrates fandoms and creates new ones! As an award-winning comic book publisher and geek culture website, Fanbase Press produces new and distinctive works, as well as daily reviews, interviews, and podcasts, that span the pop culture spectrum and give voice to the themes, ideals, and people that make geekdom so exceptional.
Fanbase Press believes that #StoriesMatter. Acknowledging the importance of stories and the impact of storytelling is at the core of the organization. Universal communication through stories allows us to examine the essentials of human existence, to understand ourselves better and to grow and/or heal, to pass on important values, knowledge, and lessons to the next generation, and to connect with one another through empathy and compassion. Fanbase Press holds a commitment to looking beyond the simple entertainment factor of pop culture storytelling in order to find the value that each story offers to us as individuals, our world, and/or the human condition.
The company was founded in 2010 (originally under the name Fanboy Comics) by Barbra and Bryant Dillon and Sam Rhodes and rebranded to Fanbase Press in May 2016.
Fanbase Press' graphic novels, including the 2018 Eisner Award-nominated Quince, the 2020 IPPY Award-winning Quince: The Definitive Bilingual Edition hardcover, the 2019 IPPY Award-winning A Geek's Guide to Cross-Stitch: Journeys in Space, the 2014 Bram Stoker Award-nominated Fearworms: Selected Poems, The Sequels, The Margins, The Gamma Gals, Something Animal, Identity Thief, The Arcs, and Penguins vs. Possums, are available online at www.fanbasepress.com.
"...searingly dark, low-dialogue dreamscapes that boast surreal art styles and inconclusive narratives—much like a nightmare does." - Famous Monsters of Filmland
When Daphne and Craig move into a new apartment, they are unaware of the hidden terror lurking in their home. Will they discover that something from another world is seeking a way in before it's too late?
Story and Art by Michael Troy
Press Release from Prism Comics:
Michael Troy is Going Gaga! for everyone's favorite Fame Monster with an Exclusive Pre-Sale through Prism Comics!
Los Angeles, CA—Michael Troy and Lethally Blonde Productions (The Blonde Squad, Crotchmen) are offering an exclusive pre-sale of Going Gaga!, an unauthorized pop culture satirical comic book account of the rise of everyone's favorite Fame Monster.
"I don't think an artist has sang this strongly to my gay little heart since Madonna and I just had to express myself on paper," says Troy. "In addition to looking at a phenomenon, this is also a love letter from a fan."
As an added incentive, the first 100 people who pre-order Going Gaga! through the Prism Comics Online Store will receive a free copy of Troy's comic book, The Blonde Squad, about a group of shallow blonde superheroes. Books that are pre-ordered will arrive in early to mid-June. The 20-page comic in full color retails for $2.99.
Created By Scotty Mullen and Michael Troy
Who is Rocketboy???
Created by Scotty Mullen and Michael Troy, the Rocketboy blog showcases the covers for Rocket - the comic book chronicling the adventures of this mighty muscleman who will load up, ride hard, and blast off into your heart!
A clueless party boy zapped up into a rocketship orbiting the earth, Rocketboy must save the planet from his evil mother, Queen Cherry, while still finding the time to shop, workout, and date.
Take a ride on the Rocketboy Blog here!!!
The Boy Who Loved Magnificent Woman
Story and Art by Michael Troy
Michael Troy offers a short web comic that deals with childhood bullying, inspired by his own youthful obsession with Wonder Woman.
As a little boy I was a huge Wonder Woman fan after falling in love with Lynda Carter. I was definitely made fun of for liking Wonder Woman. I think a lot of little gay boys relate to strong women. My brother introduced me to comic books and I loved the art. It inspired me to start drawing and eventually making comics of my own. I often wondered what kind of Wonder Woman story I would tell. I came up with The Boy Who Loved Magnificent Woman a few years back and wasn't sure what to do with it. After coming out with a few books (Homo-Hero's Big Book of Fun and Adventure and my current project The Blonde Squad), I decided to write and draw TBWLMW, because, creatively, I had to get it out of my system. After completion it sat there for a while and I wasn't sure how to get it to people. With bullying taking a spotlight in the media, I decided to put my story on my blog just to get it out to people. It is a moving, powerful story that I want as many people to see as possible. Eventually, I would either like to expand it into a longer graphic novel or turn it into a film or short cartoon. I think it has a message that many people, especially gay men, can relate to.
The Blonde Squad
Story and Art by Michael Troy
BLONDER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET!
Fledgling comic book publisher Lethally Blonde Productions is proud to announce the release of its flagship title, The Blonde Squad!
The Blonde Squad was created by writer/artist Michael Troy (Rocketboy, Homo-Hero's Big Book of Fun and Adventure, and The Exceptionals). Part comedy, part comic book soap opera drama, The Blonde Squad is a bi-monthly, 24-page, full color comic retailing for $2.99. The Blonde Squad is available for order online through Prism Comics and in comic shops and speciality stores later this year. (1-888-COMICBOOK)
What happens when shallow, blonde super heroes join a super team just to be famous? Nothing good. The Blonde Squad is a feast of pop culture satire that follows the exploits of four ditzy, blonde heroes that mean well. The team consists of resident muscle and eye candy from a different world - "BLONDER MAN," a famous for nothing socialite that can suck the energy out of anything - "DRAIN," "Drain's" closet-case cousin and team speedster - "SPEEDBUMP," and is rounded out by nordic beauty and team psychic - "PSIGHT." Under the wing of their founder and mentor, power publicist to the stars Kandi Kramer, will The Blonde Squad soar to new heights or face the public humiliation that fame an infamy can bring? And, just what secret is the faithful publicist hiding? Is there no such thing as bad publicity or will that be the ultimate downfall of The Blonde Squad?
Visit Michael Troy’s Blog To Get Even Blonder!!!
"Something Animal is a story that revisits the terror and hunger of traditional vampire mythology." - Fiction State of Mind
After witnessing his sister's brutal murder, Jack struggles to cope with the disturbing, psychological aftermath. Tormented by images of the attack, Jack finds himself physically ill and unable to eat.
Scared and alone, he is forced to confront a growing thirst for blood and the harsh reality that either his sanity is quickly crumbling or that he is turning into something else... something dark... something animal...
Written by: Bryant Dillon (Identity Thief) and Sam Rhodes
Based on an Original Short Story by: Ben Rhodes
Illustrated/Photographed by: Robert Burrows
Genre: Horror, Psychological Thriller
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