If you thought awards season was over, don't worry, there is always an awards show happening in Hollywood. Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to cover the 16th Annual Prism Awards, which honor the accurate depiction of social issues in TV and Film. Honorees included shows like Parenthood and Southland, as well as actors and TV personalities from William H. Macy, Craig T. Nelson, and Dr. Drew for focusing in on issues like substance abuse, mental illness, and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) in military veterans. The yellow carpet was filled with celebs, and I got the inside scoop from some of your favorite television actors.
The following is an interview with science fiction/fantasy writer Mark Teppo, whose recent interactive fiction project, The Mongoliad, joined a number of powerhouse authors including Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, and E.D. deBirmingham. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Senior Contributor Ben Rhodes talks with Teppo about the writing process for The Mongoliad, sword fighting via laptop, and the upcoming plans for further Mongoliad stories.
This interview was conducted on April 19, 2012.
By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
What happens when shallow, blonde superheroes join a super team just to be famous? Nothing good. The Blonde Squad is a feast of pop culture satire that follows the exploits of four ditzy, blonde heroes that mean well. The team consists of resident muscle and eye candy from a different world - BLONDER MAN, a famous for nothing socialite that can suck the energy out of anything - DRAIN, Drain's closet-case cousin and team speedster - SPEEDBUMP, and is rounded out by Nordic beauty and team psychic - PSIGHT. Under the wing of their founder and mentor, power publicist to the stars Kandi Kramer, will The Blonde Squad soar to new heights or face the public humiliation that fame and infamy can bring? And, just what secret is the faithful publicist hiding? Is there no such thing as bad publicity or will that be the ultimate downfall of The Blonde Squad?
Lethally Blonde Productions is proud to announce that The Blonde Squad has found a digital home at Mydigitalcomics.com. The pop culture satire sleeper hit is a must read. It is now available in bright, beautiful digital for the blonde-friendly price of only $1.99!
Get your copy here!
Michael Troy is a deeply superficial person. Born in the midwest in the '70s, Michael came to Los Angeles to pursue his bi-polar career path as an actor and artist. 2005 saw the release of Michael's first published book, Homo-Hero's Big Book of Fun and Adventure (www.greencandypress.com). Michael has contributed to the Lady Gaga comic book from Bluewater Productions and has his hand in various other upcoming projects. Michael has performed stand-up comedy at all of the major comedy clubs in Los Angeles and is making his triumphant return to the main stage of The Comedy Store in September. Michael offers an off-beat sense of humor as the star of such youtube cult classics As The Gays on Film (www.youtube.com/fullfrontaltv), A Minute With Margot, a loving tribute to Superman legend Margot Kidder (http://www.youtube.com/user/rktcommander), and currently hosts a vlog style series Lethally Blonde over at www.monsterburg.com. Sitting alongside industry heavyweight Phil Jimenez at the "Divas and Lassoes" panel for the 2010 San Diego comic-con, Michael maintains and cherishes his "underground" status. A staunch believer in Blonde Ambition, Michael hopes his new comic about shallow blonde super heroes in Los Angeles, The Blonde Squad, will set the world on fire (or at least brighten it a bit). Check out Michael Troy and Lethally Blonde updates here!!!
By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
After imagining the possible ramifications of this summer's shameless crossover event, Avengers vs. X-Men, with the Phoenix Force possessing the Scarlet Witch in a previous blog (Hey! Who am I not to jump on the shameless bandwagon?), I came up with an even more outlandish possible outcome to this major extravaganza! Drum roll, puh-leez!
Womanthology is a large-scale anthology that showcases the works of women in comics. In this interview, Womanthology contributing writer and host of all things geek Jenna Busch talks with Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon about her experiences in working with other female creators, the best way to get noticed in the industry, and her own creative inspirations.
This interview was conducted on April 13, 2012.
Actor/MC J. Michael Trautmann talks to Fanboy Comics Creative Director Sam Rhodes about his meteoric rise as both an actor and rapper. He shares his experiences as a working TV and film actor, divulges his passions as an amateur visual artist, and lets us in on why theatre will always be a constant in his life.
Look for him in the upcoming release 96 minutes and Here Comes the Boom with Kevin James.
Stay tuned to the Fanboy Comics website for more interviews!
Carnal: Pride of the Lions is the first in a series of five illustrated graphic novels from Sea Lion Books, in which humans have fallen to the bottom of the food chain and lions, hyenas, and other animals have evolved into humanistic creatures that battle for dominance and survival. Co-writer and artist John Connell talks with Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon about how the graphic novel began, his own artistic influences, and what is up next for the Carnal series.
This interview was conducted on April 11, 2012.
Now that the 84th Annual Academy Awards are in the history books, this is the time of year that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) revises some of the categories, reviews the show, and makes changes to the overall voting rules. This year, there is big buzz surrounding stunt performers petitioning the Academy to get their work recognized at the Oscars. Last year, there was a changing of the guard with Bruce Davis stepping down as Executive Director of the Academy and Dawn Hudson moving from Film Independent to replace him. The performers felt now was the opportune time to bring up the topic again. In a recent Hollywood Reporter article, Jack Gill, a veteran stunt performer, says that Hudson “seems to be a lot more receptive than the others.” He has already started discussions with Hudson to make this a reality.
Out of a desire to work with like-minded individuals, a fondness for the campy horror comedies and grindhouse classics from the ‘70s and ‘80s, and an unabashed love of Wyoming comes From the Trailer to the Grave, a film that will birth a new genre, the RedZomRomCom (Redneck Zombie Romantic Comedy). Actor/Writer/Producer K. Harrison Sweeney is bringing together five lead alumni of 2010's Game of the Year, Red Dead Redemption, as well as FANGORIA magazine's frequently featured "Scream Queen" Lindsay Goranson, Mark Fite of Mr. Show with Bob & David notoriety, Jim Turner from HBO's Arli$$, and Ken Campbell from FOX's ‘90s sitcom cult hit, Herman's Head. Also on board is comic/graphic novel artist Guy LeMay (Image Comics' Dead@17, Viper Comics' The Rabid), who will be providing storyboard/end credit art, as well as Los Angeles-based band The Peculiar Pretzelmen, who will be using their early 20th century blues/rag-rock sound to score the film. Currently in preproduction and on schedule to film in August of 2012, it’s sure to be a wild romp of guffaws and guts! Everything sounds very exciting, and Fanboy Comics Senior Contributor Ben Rhodes got a chance to chat with co-star and publicist Steve J. Palmer about the film, the contest that they have entered to fund this and other awesome projects from Big Horn Samurai Sinema, and what the hell a Redneck Zombie Romantic Comedy is anyway!
By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
Fans of brawny men, brainy yarns, and drug addicts will rejoice as DC/Vertigo FINALLY released a collected version of the Flex Mentallo three-issue miniseries, which was originally released some 15 years ago. Apparently, Flex was tied up in litigation with Charles Atlas' people. Tarzan, Conan, dirty knees, look at these. It's not as if strong men in animal frocks are the most original thing since canned beer.