Though Alien and Aliens were released in 1979 and 1986, respectively, it was in the 1990s that Aliens, as a universe, solidified and proliferated itself across a variety of other narrative media and paratexts. While the '90s saw the release of the Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection films, it is easily these other forms of storytelling that provided the greatest contributions to the Aliens franchise, both in tangible products to sell, as well as lore and stories to expand the universe (canonical or not). Dark Horse Comics contributed the majority to the narrative through their various Aliens and Aliens vs. Predator comics, an IP they still generate material for to this day. Bantam Books released a plethora of Aliens books in the '90s before DH Press took the reins in the 2000s.
The following is an interview with Jaime Prater, host of Perfect Organism: The Alien Saga Podcast. In this interview, Fanbase Press President Bryant Dillon talks with Prater about his love of the Alien franchise, the origins of the podcast, and more.
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Dear Fanbase Press Readers:
At WonderCon 2017, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief had the pleasure of chatting with comic book writer Daniel Corey about his new comic book-turned-VR experience, Moriarty: Endgame, which was created in partnership with Transmedia Entertainment. Transmedia Entertainment has been very generous to us, as we are now able to share an exciting and exceptional giveaway for Steam keys to the Moriarty: Endgame VR experience to fans everywhere!
With C2E2 excitement ramping up, powerhouse publisher Dark Horse Comics has just announced the upcoming release of two new Star Trek Adult Coloring Books in the wake of their wildly popular 2016 coloring book releases. The publisher has been very generous to the Fanbase Press staff, as we are now able to share an advance preview of the releases' covers!
Having announced retirement at the beginning of this year, the 68-year-young Wrightson succumbed to brain cancer on Saturday, March 18, 2017, and it was devastating news to many in the industry. His artistic style was easily recognizable among the comic book titles on the shelves over the years, and he was an inspiration to many aspiring artists interested in taking a more classical approach to their illustrations.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the premiere (March 10, 1997) of Joss Whedon’s television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which brought to the small screen Buffy Summers played by Sarah Michelle Gellar. Resourceful, perky, and The Chosen One, each week viewers became familiar with Buffy and her Scooby Gang, which included Willow (Alyson Hannigan), Xander (Nicholas Brendon), her Watcher Giles (Anthony Stewart Head), and eventually even Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter). These were all characters introduced in the first episode; however, it was always about Buffy, who provided the audience with a flawed, yet strong, female character to care about each week.
Today, March 10th, 2017, marks the 20th anniversary of the official premiere of Joss Whedon’s enduring and iconic TV series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Underestimated and misunderstood by many from the beginning, Whedon’s humble series featured on the fledgling WB network quickly earned a loyal viewership and critical praise with its charismatic cast, clever and witty dialogue, and uber-relatable premise of high school as Hell. Twenty years later, Buffy’s popularity remains strong through its presence on Netflix, its canon comic book continuation currently being published by Dark Horse Comics, and the various impacts the series has had on pop culture, including contributing to the increase of female-led action pieces in current genre entertainment like The Hunger Games, Jessica Jones, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and many more.
Joss Whedon knows how to shock and awe. He is a master of the dramatic, the epic, and the apocalyptic. An average Whedon episode of television is filled with star-crossed love, heartbreaking loss, selfless heroism, sudden betrayal, bring-you-to-tears humor, looming suspense, and a healthy dose of kick-ass ass kicking.