"In fiction, 'breaking the fourth wall' often means having a character become aware of their fictional nature." - Urban Dictionary

If ever there was a character of late that consistently violated the barrier between actor and audience, then Wade 'Merc with a Mouth' Wilson, a.k.a. Deadpool, is guilty as charged. At Long Beach Comic Expo last Saturday afternoon, Deadpool co-creator/writer Fabian Nicieza and current Deadpool artist Scott Koblish sat before a packed room for the "Breaking the Fourth Wall with Deadpool" panel to discuss the evolution of this supervillain turned anti-hero who first appeared in The New Mutants #98 in February 1991 (Marvel Comics).

What comes to mind when you think of the comic book editor? Often, it is the management of deadlines that comes to mind. Representing just about every mainstream industry publisher and editing hundreds of titles, Barbara Kesel, Shannon Eric Denton, Kris Simon, Matt Hawkins, and Vince Hernandez convened for the #MakeComics panel “America's Best Editors” hosted by Long Beach Comic Expo this past Saturday. For an hour, the five leading editors shed light on the position of editor within the comic book industry today, and they revealed that there are several facets to that role.

It was a drizzling Saturday morning as I joined the line standing the length of Dave & Buster's at The Outlets of Orange on January 23rd. While the weather may have been uncooperative, it was, however, an auspicious start marking my first comic book convention of 2016. Organized by local comic book store Phat Collectibles and Toys, it was my third time attending this annual free one-day event.

Monday night, January 11th, 2016, saw the team behind Sci-Fest LA continue to hold up their growing reputation for delivering bold and brilliant sci-fi stage productions in the Los Angeles area. This enjoyable and entertaining evening not only served as a fundraiser for the upcoming, annual Sci-Fest LA one-act play festival, but provided attendees with the chance to be included in on the presentation of the first-ever Sci-Fest LA Icon Award, witness a star-studded performance of the 1944 radio version of Frankenstein, and, potentially, even take a piece of iconic sci-fi history home with them!

On Saturday, November 7, during the second day of Tucson Comic-Con (TCC) which was held this past weekend at the Tucson Convention Center, founder Mike Olivares announced Brian and Francisca Pulido as new co-owners of the con.

At Comikaze Expo 2015, Fanboy Comics was fortunate to attend a press conference for Stan Lee's Kids Universe (SLKU), the popular children’s imprint from 1821 Media Group and POW! Entertainment that creates and publishes kids' books, games, and characters for a variety of platforms. Led by SLKU co-founder Terry Dougas and the one and only Stan Lee, the media event presented attendees with a sneak preview of the publisher's slate for the upcoming year, which will spread the reach of the company to international readers.

Over the last few years, Nerd HQ, the four-day event created by actor Zachary Levi (Chuck, Thor: The Dark World) and held the same weekend as the annual pop culture convention San Diego Comic-Con, has become a staple of the Comic-Con experience. Offering exclusive gaming and tech activations, nightly events, and intimate celebrity panels (all benefiting the charity Operation Smile), Nerd HQ has even become the perfect “alternate Con” for some geeks who are less than thrilled with the exhausting and over-crowded experience that can be SDCC.

Fanboy Comics was very excited to be invited to the Con Man panel at Nerd HQ.  If you don’t know, Con Man is the thoroughly funded (breaking several Indiegogo records) new web series from Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion.   It stars Tudyk as an actor who played the pilot in a canceled, but beloved, sci-fi/western TV series (Sound familiar?) as he trudges through the convention circuit while trying to jumpstart his career.  The show has a space-boat load of genre actors attached, including Amy Acker, Felicia Day, Seth Green, Tricia Helfer . . . too many to name them all here, and the panel, likewise, was chock full.

Over the last few years, Nerd HQ, the four-day event created by actor Zachary Levi (Chuck, Thor: The Dark World) and held the same weekend as the annual pop culture convention San Diego Comic-Con, has become a staple of the Comic-Con experience. Offering exclusive gaming and tech activations, nightly events, and intimate celebrity panels (all benefiting the charity Operation Smile), Nerd HQ has even become the perfect “alternate Con” for some geeks who are less than thrilled with the exhausting and over-crowded experience that can be SDCC.

While working press at this year’s con, Fanboy Comics was invited to attend a number of the Nerd HQ panels, including the hour devoted to every geek’s favorite Browncoat, Nathan Fillion. The panel was a one-of-a-kind experience, and Fillion’s charismatic connection with his fan base and his laid back, comfortable demeanor created an atmosphere similar to hanging out with a good friend (the kind of friend who you secretly believe is far to cool to be hanging out with you, yet, for some bizarre reason, they genuinely seem to enjoy spend time in your presence). In addition to giving insights into his work on Castle, Firefly, Con Man, and more, Captain Mal also raised a ridiculously impressive amount of money for Operation Smile. In fact, Fillion’s auctioning off of personal items and signed memorabilia made up the meat of his panel, while the answering of fan questions was peppered around this short, intense sprints of charity fundraising. Apparently, Fillion doesn’t just play a hero on TV.

Over the last few years, Nerd HQ, the four-day event created by actor Zachary Levi (Chuck, Thor: The Dark World) and held the same weekend as the annual pop culture convention, San Diego Comic-Con, has become a staple of the Comic-Con experience. Offering exclusive gaming and tech activations, nightly events, and intimate celebrity panels (all benefiting the charity Operation Smile), Nerd HQ has even become the perfect “alternate Con” for some geeks who are less than thrilled with the exhausting and over-crowded experience that can be SDCC.

Fanboy Comics was honored to be invited to the Sherlock Nerd HQ panel with Executive Producers Stephen Moffat and Sue Vertue and actor Rupert Graves.  Walking into the panel, I confess, I was somewhat skeptical.  A Sherlock panel without either Martin Freeman or Benedict Cumberbatch?  What is the point?  And, who is Rupert Graves again?  Never mind Sue Vertue. 

Over the last few years, Nerd HQ, the four-day event created by actor Zachary Levi (Chuck, Thor: The Dark World) and held the same weekend as the annual pop culture convention San Diego Comic-Con, has become a staple of the Comic-Con experience. Offering exclusive gaming and tech activations, nightly events, and intimate celebrity panels (all benefiting the charity Operation Smile), Nerd HQ has even become the perfect “alternate Con” for some geeks who are less than thrilled with the exhausting and over-crowded experience that can be SDCC.

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