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Tea Time with ‘Sherlock’

Sherlock is back. Both from the grave and for our viewing pleasure. With Series 3 now on Netflix, we’ve hardly been doing anything else.

Except, perhaps, making tea. Because there’s just something about that perfect hot beverage that fortifies you for whatever lies ahead. Which, with Sherlock, could be nearly anything. So, with that in mind (and for obvious other reasons that involve tea being wonderful), we’ve been making a lot of it.

The following is an interview with actor Cas Anvar (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Halo 4, Assassin's Creed: Revelations) and producer E.J. de La Pena, who are currently working on the sci-fi online series Nobility.  A show made "by fans, for fans," Nobility is a sci-fi dramedy that features talented actors from TV and film's most well-known sci-fi franchises. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Anvar and de La Pena about the premise of the show, the amazing cast and crew involved in the production, their own geeky obsessions, and how you can learn more about Nobility!

This interview was conducted on June 23, 2014.

“On this station, you are the thin, beige line between order and chaos.”
-- Lwaxana Troi to Odo

Majel Barrett was the first lady of Star Trek.  Though her name or her face might not be instantly recognizable, she appears in TNG, DS9, and Voyager as the voice of the Federation computer.  She’s also integral to the mythology of the franchise, playing both Spock’s non-Kirk love, Nurse Chapel, and Counselor Deanna Troi’s mom, Lwaxana.  It’s the latter role that has probably made the bigger impact on modern fans, and this week, she’s bringing the act to Deep Space Nine.

“You can’t do serious comic book films!”

“You cannot do dark superheroes!”

“No one’s ever made an old television series into a movie!”

Executive Producer Michael E. Uslan remembers well the indignant howls. During the 1980s, every studio executive in Hollywood slammed their doors in his face. They refused to hear his pitch for a comic book movie aimed at adults. None of them believed that a summer blockbuster could be based on a character that the editor of DC Comics at the time referred to as “dead as a dodo.”

That all changed on June 23, 1989.

The following is an interview with actor Bill Oberst Jr. (Criminal Minds, Legend of the Red Reaper), who will soon be portraying "The Warden" in the upcoming film The Chair. The creators behind the film recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for the film, with the hopes of bringing the graphic novel adaptation to the big screen. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Contributor Christina Brookman chats with Oberst about what initially intrigued him about the project, what makes a villain truly great, the challenges that he relishes when approaching a new character, and why readers should support the Kickstarter campaign for The Chair!

The following is an interview with actor and martial artist Jon Foo regarding his work in the upcoming short film, Duality. The short, written by Sarah Lynn Dawson and directed by Emad Asfoury, centers on a man traveling between different universes against his will. The project will receive its world premiere during a special screening event this month in Los Angeles.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Foo about what drew him to the film, the amazing cast and crew involved in the project, the process of approaching a role that requires heavy stunt choreography, and more!

This interview was conducted on June 18, 2014.

“Too many people dream of places they’ll never go, wish for things they’ll never have, instead of paying adequate attention to their real lives.”
    -- Constable Odo

I’m going to level with you guys here.  This is a tough one to write about.  Not just because it’s bad, but because it’s bad in precisely the ways I’ve previously complained about in Season One’s other lowlights.  It feels like a terrible episode of TNG.  The characters have yet to come to life.  It’s so very, very silly in that way only bad Star Trek can be.  But, when picked apart, the episode actually does have some fascinating territory to cover.

The following is an interview with writer Monty Nero (Vertigo Cyan, The Amazing X-Men Annual #1) regarding the collection of his hit comic book series, Death Sentence, which is being released by Titan Books in comic book shops on June 25. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Nero about his initial inspiration for the series that turns the superhero genre on its head, his collaboration with artist Mike Dowling, and the comparisons between his experiences as both a writer and an artist!

The creators behind Penguins vs. Possums: Volume One and the Fanboy Comics staff discuss whether readers tend to side with the penguins or the possums, and they also "choose a side" themselves.

“You know what the Cardassians were like.  What weapons they had.  We didn’t stand a chance against them!”
“How’d you beat ‘em then?”
     --Kira and Mullibok

When people say they hate DS9, I’m pretty sure they’re talking about this episode.  That’s not to say it’s bad; on the contrary, it has some nice character work for Nana Visitor’s Major Kira and a great guest turn by Brian Keith as cranky Bajoran farmer Mullibok.  It just exemplifies everything that people complain about whenever DS9 comes up in conversation.  It’s slow.  They don’t go anywhere.  Bajorans are annoying.  Sometimes, I think that the people who dislike DS9 (also known as “The Factually Incorrect”) have only ever seen this episode.  That would be like judging the entirety of TNG on “The Royale.”

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