A tangential note before we begin: This episode premiered the day George Romero passed away. Romero was a remarkable filmmaker and a kind human being who made movies in Pittsburgh, PA, away from Hollywood. In this episode of GoT, I could not help but think of his influence on our culture when we saw the Night King leading an army of the frozen dead towards the wall – if there had been no Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, then popular culture would be very different. Raise a glass to the man who gave us the modern zombie and so many other fascinating and enjoyable films.
In 1981, San Diego Comic-Con held its fourteenth convention, bringing in 5,000 attendees. Over 35 years later, the event is about to celebrate its 50th show with attendance being over 170,000 fans celebrating all aspects of pop culture. If using SDCC is a barometer of fandom, it has certainly grown and evolved since 1981.
After a phenomenal run at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival, world-renowned magician Jon Armstrong’s Jon Armstrong: Comic Amazement has been named an Audience Choice Award Winner and received a “Double Sweet” rating from theatre publication Better Lemons for its overwhelming positive reviews from both audiences and critics alike.
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.