The following is an interview with Greg Walloch, critically acclaimed actor, writer, comedian, and storyteller known for his work with The Moth Radio Hour, USA Network's Characters Unite, and Eat Your Words at The Standard Hollywood. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Walloch about the diversity of his career path, finding his own voice as a storyteller and comedian, and the various upcoming projects with which he is involved!
“I think you’ve made a terrible mistake. All of you. Maybe we could have helped you. Maybe we could have helped each other. The Skrreeans are farmers, Kira. You have famine on your planet. Perhaps we could have made that peninsula bloom again. We’ll never know, will we? Fifty years of Cardassian rule have made you all frightened and suspicious. I feel sorry for you.”
The nature of longform fiction -- by which I mean anything where the first installment is released before the later episodes are even written, such as a TV show or series of books -- guarantees a certain amount of flab. Superfluous characters, plots that never go anywhere, or foreshadowing that never pays off are all inevitable when the writers have only the vaguest idea of where the story is ultimately going. It’s understandable that as fans we want everything to be part of a brilliant creator’s master plan, but that is not a realistic desire. It’s so rare, especially in the early days of intense serialization, that when it happens it feels a bit like magic. That’s the special part of this week’s episode, the innocuously named “Sanctuary.”
The following is an interview with actor Blake Cooper, who will soon be appearing in The Maze Runner, the greatly anticipated film based on the best-selling book by James Dashner! In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Cooper about his initial interest in The Maze Runner, what makes the movie stand out with the popularity of YA literature, and his upcoming role in the TV show Cocked!
The following is the conclusion of Fanboy Comics' interview with George Perez, creator of BOOM! Studios' upcoming series, Sirens. The first part of the interview may be found here.
In the latest episode of The PREVIEWS Party Podcast, we discussed a new hardcover graphic novel from BOOM! Studios' Archaia imprint called Mouse Guard: Baldwin the Brave and Other Tales that collects previous Mouse Guard Free Comic Book Day stories and two completely new stories. We were so excited about this great, new introduction to Mouse Guard that we decided to go straight to the source to learn more. Listen as we discuss the the inspiration for these tales, the artistic process, and the importance of realism in a world of anthropomorphic mice with creator David Petersen.
When I was a kid, every Saturday morning, I would dump out the toy bin and pick out my favorite action figures. Gunslingers, samurai, gladiators, soldiers, and astronauts would all be teaming up to fight some great evil I dreamed up that morning, and the sounds of battle would fill my living room. This is my favorite part of George Perez’s new comic book, Sirens. It is a mash up of characters and genres in one epic tale. Perez uses time travel to weave together a story that involves a team of women from all throughout time and space, tackling a single threat. It is one of the coolest action/adventure books I’ve read in a long time. You should definitely pick up a copy at your local comic store this week.
Now, if my glowing review doesn’t convince you, then why don’t we let George Perez himself convince you. Yesterday, BOOM! Studios invited Fanboy Comics and 5 other news outlets to join in on a conference call with Mr. Perez. For an hour, we discussed Sirens and Perez’s inspirations to create the book. One thing became very clear: the comic book veteran is incredibly excited for this book. He was like a kid who just opened up a new toy on his birthday and wants to tell us all about it. So, please read on below for a transcript of the call with questions from all of the fellow journalists who joined on the call. (Sirens is now available from BOOM! Studios.)
“So honor the valiant who died ‘neath your sword,
But pity the warrior who slays all his foes.”
-- from Fall of Kang, by G’Trok
Traditionally, the captains are the stars of each Trek show, so it might be surprising to note that until this hour, Sisko has not been the main character of an episode since the pilot. There’s a compelling argument to be made he’s the hero of the Dax episodes (and that’s a whole other problem), and possibly parts two and three of the Bajoran Trilogy (Though those are so sprawling, it’s tough to single out one person.), but a show really entirely about the man in charge? Sisko had turned into an aloof authority figure, and it was time to humanize him.
It did not go well.
In the latest episode of The PREVIEWS Party Podcast, we discussed a new series from BOOM! Studios called Capture Creatures that follows two teens who discover a curious, little creature and set off on an adventure to learn more about it and its kind. We were so excited about this new series that we decided to go straight to the source to learn more. Listen as we discuss the origins of this project, their favorite Capture Creatures, and the joy of forests with creators Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistadt.
“In this job, there is no unfinished business.”
-- Constable Odo
I have a bit of a passion for noir. While both of my fans will probably give a theatrical eyeroll and a muttered, “No duh,” it’s pertinent to this week’s episode. Of my eight books, five and a half are noir, and a good deal of my recreational reading is consumed by mugs and dames, bullets and betrayals. My personal take has always been the layering of another genre on top of the noir, whether it’s science fiction with Nerve Zero, zombie survival horror with Undead on Arrival, or comic conspiracy thrillers with Mr. Blank. I can trace the flashpoint of this obsession to a single moment. To settle me down before a flight, my mother bought me the classic Isaac Asimov novel The Caves of Steel in an airport bookstore. Now, leaving aside that I was the kind of child who could be mollified by a book written in the ‘50s, this was the first time I had seen two genres -- mystery and science fiction -- melded into one and became a building block in my understanding of genre. This week’s episode, “Necessary Evil,” owes a debt to The Caves of Steel and is almost as much of an influence on my present aesthetic. As a self-conscious celebration of noir fiction, it explored the dark days of the station, when it was still the Cardassian ore refinery Terok Nor, and the partial origin story of a certain faceless detective.
The following is an interview with Jack Ward, co-host (with David Ault) of The Sonic Society, which is a weekly showcase of modern audio dramas. The Sonic Society will be celebrating its tenth anniversary this month, and the staff of Fanboy Comics wanted to highlight the years of Ward's hard work and dedication to promoting the creative efforts of audio drama enthusiasts across the globe! In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Ward about what he feels is most appealing in the audio drama medium, his inspiration for creating The Sonic Society, his plans for celebrating 10 amazing years of the show, and what listeners can expect next from the organization!