When I talked to my mom last week, I told her I hoped to see Man of Steel this weekend. She said, "You always did love Superman." And, I did. And, I do. It's hard to believe the last son of Krypton is 75. Harder still to believe the movie that made me fall in love with him is 30 odd years old.
Welcome back to The PREVIEWS Party, the blog that looks at the coolest, new comic books and graphic novels available to pre-order from this month’s Previews magazine.
Sometimes when you are a geek, there are these perfect moments when your favorite things crossover. If you’re anything like me, then you have always wanted to see your favorite games - RPGs, board games, video games - turned into comics. Last year, Dynamite Entertainment and Paizo Publishing teamed up to bring us Jim Zub’s outstanding Pathfinder comic, exploring the world of Golarion from the perspective of its iconic heroes. With that success behind them, Paizo and Dynamite needed a follow-up that would be just as entertaining and exciting. For that, they turned to Adam Warren (Empowered) and Erik Mona (Publisher and CCO, Paizo) to bring Pathfinder’s most infamous villains to life in Pathfinder: Goblins! Adam and Erik were kind enough to answer some of my questions and tell us about their new book.
We have gays in the military, gays wanting to get married . . . do we really need gays in comics? Of course, we do!
June is national Gay Pride Month, so happy pride, EVERYONE. And, let's take a look at the GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer, phew!) situation in comic books. Comic books have historically reflected current trends, politics, and issues. Sometimes to serve the story, sometimes to serve a purpose, and a lot of times simply for the fanfare. It makes sense that there is a large faction of GLBTQ comic fans. An outsider form of entertainment for an outsider subculture? The plight of the mutants in The X-Men forced to painfully co-exist in a society that shuns, if not fears and hates, them is an all too identifiable situation. When John Byrne introduced Northstar of Alpha Flight, he always intended him to be gay. Of course, things were different back then, and they had to pussyfoot around the issue. It wasn't until Issue #107 of Alpha Flight under a different writer that Northstar would scream and shout and let it all out that not only was he a mutant, he was homosexual (AND Canadian!). To Marvel Comics' discredit, Northstar was quickly ushered back into the closet after much negative feedback. It wasn't until years later, when gay rights become white hot and super trendy, that Marvel would reintroduce Northstar into their best-selling X-Men comic, give him a boyfriend, and a publicity-filled wedding. Too little, too late? Nah, it's better than nothing.
Let's face it. DC Comics' animated features kick major booty! (Wonder Woman was awesome! We need a Cheetah sequel, though!) So, will the legendary "Judas Contract" storyline from Marv Wolfman and George Perez's New Teen Titans run be the next DC animated movie? If Jarrid Steel has anything to say about it.
After the success of 15 Minutes: Honey Boo Boo, artist/writer Michael Fitzgerald Troy is teaming up with Bluewater Productions again for his latest comic book, 15 Minutes: Kris Jenner. Troy's comic book is a tongue-in-cheek, satirical view of everyone's favorite/least favorite self-proclaimed "Momager" and matriarch of the infamous Kardashian Dynasty. The comic is part of Bluewater's 15 Minutes series, which focuses on reality TV celebrities.
The talented chefs at Garlic, My Soul teamed up with Fanboy Comics Creative Director Sam Rhodes to review a beer worthy of kings. You ale or you die . . .
Brewery Ommegang has teamed up with HBO to produce several limited edition Game of Thrones beers. AWESOME! The first one released is the Iron Throne Blonde Ale, and it’s a malty, golden beer, sunny enough to make a man of the Night Watch think he’s lounging in a wading pool down in Sunspear. The website describes the beer as “lightly malty, rounded out by honey malt sweetness.” Now, normally I don’t go for the malty beers, and I was a little hesitant at first. But, the more I drank, the more the other aspects of this beer opened up and merged with the maltiness to reveal a truly well balanced and bright beer worthy of a true king.
The following is an interview with Chelton Perry, the creator, director, and editor of The Teen Titans Project, a fan film / web series that features the well-known DC comic book team. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Perry about his inspiration for the project, his collaboration with the talented cast, crew, and creative team, and how fans can help to launch this exciting fan-made project.
This interview was conducted on May 28, 2013.
The following is an interview with Anthony Montgomery, creator of the new graphic novel Miles Away and an actor who is well known as Starfleet Officer Travis Mayweather from Star Trek: Enterprise. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Montgomery about his inspiration for Miles Away, his transition from actor to rap artist to graphic novelist, and the exciting plans that are ahead for his graphic novel.
This interview was conducted on May 26, 2013.
The following is an interview with Gerry Kissell, creator of the comic book Code Word: Geronimo and artist of books including Iron Sky and Endtime. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Kissell about his career path as a professional comic book artist, how his experiences serving in the miliarty have impacted his artistry, and the myriad of projects on which he is currently working.
This interview was conducted on May 20, 2013.
The following is an interview with Max Allan Collins, acclaimed author of the recently released book Complex 90, as well as bestsellers Seduction of the Innocent and Road to Perdition. Complex 90 was an unfinished "Mike Hammer" manuscript by novelist Mickey Spillane, which was recently complemeted by Collins and released for the first time since the project's original announcement in the 1960s. To celebrate the novel's release, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chatted with Collins about his relationship with Mickey Spillane, how his own writing was influenced by the crime novelist, and the upcoming projects on which Collins is working.
This interview was conducted on May 15, 2013.