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!
A funny thing recently happened in the pop culture world in a rare moment of synergy (OMG! I dropped a Jem reference already, and we just got started!), when the world of comic books and Hip-Hop controversy collided. Marvel Comics released its arguably super sexed-up variant cover image for the forthcoming Spider-Woman series by renowned erotica artist Milo Minara at precisely the same moment Nicki Minaj dropped her new single, "Anaconda." The song is an ode to big butts and I cannot lie . . . and borrows heavily from the 1992 Sir Mixalot hit, "Baby Got Back," another tribute to titanic tushes. The artwork features Nicki in what could very well be reminiscent of a typical Spider-Woman pose with her barely covered, albeit surgically enhanced derrière front, center, and in your face.
“Let’s just say, if you want to do business in the Gamma Quadrant, you have to do business with the Dominion.”
When working on a long-form project, writers are engaged in a sub rosa battle with their fans. Much like the Spanish Inquisition, that battle’s chief tactic and goal is surprise. The writer has to properly lay the foundation for crucial plot twists in advance, so that they feel organic, but not foreshadow them so heavily that the audience figures it out beforehand. Meanwhile, the audience desperately wants to be able to lean back with a smug smile, take a victory sip of their macchiato, and mutter into the face of a stunning turn, “Called it.” Who can blame them? It’s fun being the smartest person in the room, even if the price tag is having all your friends hate you. Writers hate these superior bastards more than you do, and there’s nothing we like more than the gobsmacked expression of a truly shocked fan. You think George R.R. Martin writes stuff like the Red Wedding for his health? To preserve surprises, writers will often resort to underhanded tactics. Stories have a language that we all understand from our years of listening, reading, and watching. This language informs a specific unwritten contract between writer and audience, and there are writers who love to violate this contract with intent of surprising people. In this week’s DS9, Ira Steven Behr did just that when he hid the first mention of the Dominion inside an otherwise innocuous Ferengi episode.