Friday, June 9, marked the premiere of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise (Jack Reacher and Mission: Impossible films), Sofia Boutella (Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond) and directed by Alex Kurtzman, his second time in the directorial chair. (He made his directorial debut with the 2012 People Like Us.) Categorized as an action-adventure horror film with a reported budget of $125 million, The Mummy is touted as a reboot for the longstanding Universal Mummy franchise, as well as the lead off to the planned “Dark Universe” film series. This series is expected to include the monsters and characters from prior movies including The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Invisible Man, Van Helsing, Wolf Man, Frankenstein, Dracula, Phantom of the Opera, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. While initially it seems like the selection of a mummy film is an odd first choice to kick off this series in comparison to the more popular monsters of Dracula and Frankenstein, with a little digging into the cinematic archives, one quickly finds a rich history that establishes the wrapped monster on par with many other infamous monsters.
In 2015, sci-fi, fantasy, and speculative fiction publisher California Coldblood Books (an imprint of Rare Bird Books) published the incredibly epic military science fiction novel, When the Stars Fade, by writer Adam Korenman. This December, CCB and Korenman will soon be returning with the much-anticipated sequel, When the Skies Fall! The publisher has been very generous to the Fanbase Press staff, as we are now able to share an exclusive advance preview of the cover for When the Skies Fall (Book Two of The Grey Wars Saga)!
Sci-fi, fantasy, and speculative fiction publisher California Coldblood Books (an imprint of Rare Bird Books) made headlines in 2015 with the release of their first book, The Odds (Book One of The Deadblast Chronicles), by writer and CCB founder Robert J. Peterson. Now, with various thought-provoking titles within their publishing catalog, California Coldblood Books is returning to The Deadblast Chronicles for Book Two: The Remnants. The publisher has been very generous to the Fanbase Press staff, as we are now able to share an exclusive advance preview of the cover for The Remnants illustrated by Sergey Gudz!
Now that the first definitive Wonder Woman movie has hit the multiplexes of America, it is interesting (and instructive) to look back at the troubled history of bringing this iconic character to the big screen. Created in 1941 by controversial psychologist William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman gathered a huge following over the following decades, but translating her to television and movies proved a long and tortuous project. Her most popular reincarnation was Lynda Carter's version in the Wonder Woman TV series which ran three seasons from 1975 to 1979. But following that promising opening, Wonder Woman once again lapsed into Hollywood development hell.
Comic book publisher BOOM! Studios will soon be releasing Over the Garden Wall #13 on Wednesday, May 10, written by George Mager, illustrated by Kiernan Sjursen-Lien, and with cover art by Sjursen-Lien and Jeremy Sorese. The publisher has been very generous to the Fanbase Press staff, as we are now able to share an exclusive advance preview of Issue #13!
A fandom has reached the pinnacle of popular culture greatness when a day is celebrated in its honor; however, it is an unprecedented phenomenon when a franchise has two days each year to celebrate its geekiness. While some enduring franchises of multiple decades do not have any globally recognized commemorative days, Star Wars is the singular franchise that has back-to-back celebratory days: May the Fourth and Revenge of the Fifth.