Drew Carls JrUPDATED AS OF SEPTEMBER 21, 2012

 
 
The Fanboy Comics staff is happy to report that Drew Siragusa, after his unfortunate Spider-Man incident (as described below), successfully received his free burger from Carl's Jr.®, which was happily documented in the Facebook gallery here.  Thank you to Carl's Jr.® for their kindness and generosity to Drew.



UPDATED AS OF JULY 25, 2012

 
 
On July 23, 2012, shortly after this article went live, Carl's Jr. contacted Fanboy Comics and provided an email contact who will work with FBC staff member Drew Siragusa to acquire the burger he is owed. FBC thanks Carl's Jr. for their efforts to correct this issue and also thanks Spider-Man for once again fighting crime, whether wearing red or black.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Dear Carl's Jr.,


When I first heard about your recent “Dress as Spider-Man and receive a free Grilled Cheese Bacon Burger” promotion, I was very excited. As a life-long fan of Spider-Man and an ingester of cheeseburgers, I felt like this promotion was made for me; however, I was extremely disappointed as my visit to Carl's Jr. took a turn for the worse.

 

BBComic 0112As the Managing Editor of Fanboy Comics, I have the distinct honor and privilege to work with amazingly talented individuals throughout geek culture: actors, writers, artists, directors, photographers . . . the list is endless.  It is always a pleasure to learn more about their craft and to follow their artistic endeavors throughout various stages of the creative process.  Needless to say, when the opportunity arose to work with one such industry professional on a comic book-themed photo shoot, I jumped at the chance!

 

Bunker - Teen Titans*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.


I’ve noticed a bit of a trend lately, one that is both positive and negative, and that’s the inclusion of more gay characters within comic books.  I have nothing against such an inclusion—in fact, I fully support it and want there to be more positive models—but the thing that’s really gotten to me is that some of these characters are being created specifically to be the “token” gay character in a title, just as how some African-American characters were created just so the publishers could be shown as being “inclusive.”  Once again, I don’t have a problem with diversity within comics—I wholeheartedly applaud it—but I don’t want characters being created for the wrong reasons, and with a personality type that just screams “being drawn gay (for pay).”


MINOR SPOILER WARNING

 

Superman Blue 1It’s said that we look back on the past with rose-colored glasses; I’m not entirely sure what that is supposed to mean, but those would have turned the subject of this article purple, so that’s fun.  I’m always quick to tell people that I was actually a fan of the time Superman turned into a bright blue energy dude, but that was fifteen years ago. Lately, it’s been coming up a lot, so I thought I would put my money where my mouth is by sitting down with 11-year-old me and re-reading all of my comics featuring “Superman Blue.” Also, the red one. How did it hold up? What new discoveries were made? How is this even possible? Read on.

(For those of you who are fussy about details, the issues I read are: The Adventures of Superman #545-6, 555; Action Comics #732,742; Superman: Man of Steel #67, 77; Superman #123, 132; Superman Red/Superman Blue #1; and JLA: Secret Files and Origins #1)

 

 

HeroclixHe floats by the fountain in the desolate park, waiting. His allies are gone, systematically taken out . . . it all happened so fast. First, the young man in the alien suit who called himself Spider-Man, followed by Aztek, the Ultimate Man. Thrown together by fate, they were not destined to fight together for long. No, now it is only Superman. Silently, he curses these strange new energy-based abilities. If he had his old, familiar powers, perhaps, he could have saved them . . . perhaps he would have stood a chance. Perhaps.

 

DC-ComicsDear DC Comics:



I just wanted to let you know I am very disappointed. Last year, around this time, you announced your New 52 initiative. There was worry, speculation, anger, but mostly you got what you wanted: everyone was talking about DC Comics. Then, we started to get images, announcements of creative teams, and first covers, and an ice cold ball of dread started to form in the pit of my stomach. You see there was something sorely lacking. Something that had been lacking in comics for years, that I had hoped you would finally address.

 

SupervillainsAs a geek with over a quarter-century of experience in experiencing the last quarter century, I have seen my fair share of supervillainy. Whether of the Saturday morning cartoon “world domination” variety, or the more nuanced evil scheming in more “adult” films [but not that kind of “adult,” as that would be weird (though highly watchable, now that I think about it…I mean, I’d watch it)], supervillains and masterminds of all kind perpetually frustrate me. Maybe I’m in the minority, but I often find myself rooting for the bad guys. Not completely, of course, I’m not a monster, but sometimes I just want to see what would happen if their devious plan actually succeeded. Perhaps, I’m just tired of watching them suffer defeat after defeat at the hands of their respective heroes, and seemingly never learning anything from the affair.  Well, all you evil schemers and would-be dictators, I am here to help---I am here to offer you the wisdom I have gleaned from witnessing your countless embarrassing defeats.

 

Preparing for Prometheus 3Preparing for Prometheus is a series of blogs leading up to the release of Ridley Scott’s new sci-fi feature film. Set in the same universe as Scott’s sci-fi classic, Alien, Prometheus tells the story of a team of humans who travel across the galaxy seeking the origins of humanity. Unfortunately, their search for our beginning could lead to our end...


Prometheus is merely days away, and as we eagerly await its arrival, I decided it was time to ponder what the next film set in the Alien-verse should be. Sure, Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof have been hinting at the sequel to Prometheus that would take the story even further away for the Alien franchise’s plot line, but why stop there? Now that Prometheus has opened the gate, I think it’s time to start creating other films set in the Alien-verse and here are my top suggestions.

Prometheus 2-1Preparing for Prometheus is a series of blogs leading up to the release of Ridley Scott’s new sci-fi feature film. Set in the same universe as Scott’s sci-fi classic, Alien, Prometheus tells the story of a team of humans who travel across the galaxy seeking the origins of humanity. Unfortunately, their search for our beginning could lead to our end...


Stop your grinnin' and drop your linen, fellow geeks, because Prometheus is just over a week away from landing. In my last blog in this series, I reviewed the various appearances of the Space Jockey (now known as “Engineers” in the Prometheus script) in the pages of Dark Horse Comics, some of the best Alien extended universe material out there. In this edition of Preparing for Prometheus, I cover every terrifying detail that I’ve been able to uncover regarding the upcoming film. Now remember, in space no one can hear your spoilers...but given that we’re not in space, here comes the warning:


POTENTIAL MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW

 

TMNT slideWe’ve all heard the news about Bay’s work on a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature, and how he plans on changing their origins significantly—which has resulted in much ire by the hardcore geeks out there.  We all know about his work on the Transformers films during the last 5 years.  Well, for those of you who haven’t yet heard, he’s also planning on directing a live-action version of yet another 80s’ cartoon classic: the Thundercats.  There’s very little information about it, since most of the focus seems to be geared on his Ninja Turtles flick, but I’m beginning to see a pattern with these films that I just don’t like: they’re nothing like their source material.

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