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Warning: This article may not be appropriate for younger readers, as it contains the discussion of sexual and physical violence, as well as discrimination. It also contains quotations that have aggressive and harmful language.


On April 11th, 2014, journalist Janelle Asselin posted an article titled Anatomy of a Bad Cover: DC’s New Teen Titans #1 regarding her critique of the cover and DC’s marketing decisions that the cover represented.  From that, she received various rape threats and negative responses, which resulted in a number of subsequent articles by The Mary Sue’s Jill Pantozzi, ComicsAlliance’s Andy Khouri, and many more that opened a larger discussion about the treatment of women and minorities in the comic book industry. This eventually led Asselin to post a follow-up article detailing the kinds of threats she received titled It Happened To Me: I Received Rape Threats After Criticizing A Comic Book.

In response, comic book editor Rachel Edidin launched the We Are Comics campaign. This is a social media campaign that asks comics fans, professionals, and journalists to speak out and show just how diverse and welcoming the comic book community community can be by submitting a photo and bio to the campaign’s tumblr or Twitter with the hashtag #IamComics.  I decided to go straight to the source and interview Edidin to learn more about the campaign.

The following is an interview with Los Angeles-based artist and graphic designer Eduardo Valdivieso, who is the co-founder and Creative Director at TheFlock.com and the owner of Trozo Studio. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Valdivieso about his initial attraction to the world of art, his approach to both graphic design and painting, and where you can find displays of his artwork.

This interview was conducted on April 23, 2014.

The following is an interview with author Robert J. Peterson about his debut novel, The Odds,as well as his new publishing company, California Coldblood Books.  Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Peterson about his inspiration for the novel and the indie publishing company, as well as California Coldblood Books' recent partnership with Rare Bird Books.

This interview was conducted on April 23, 2014.

At WonderCon 2014, Fanboy Comics' Bryant Dillon talks with artist Georges Jeanty about his work on Buffy, Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, and more.

At WonderCon 2014, Fanboy Comics' Sam Rhodes chats with writer Kyle Higgins about his work on Nightwing, what is coming up in regards to Batman Beyond 2.0, and more.

“I’m telling you, I knew the man!”
“But, did you know the symbiont inside the man?”
          -- Commander Sisko and Constable Odo


On my first trip through DS9, I always dreaded Dax episodes.  Not because they were bad, but because they meant that this week I wasn’t getting a Kira episode, or an Odo episode, or the black tar heroin of episodes, a Garak episode.  On this trip through the show, I’m hoping to analyze exactly why Dax episodes don’t quite work as well as others.  Your mileage may vary, of course.  It’s possible Dax is your favorite character, and, in that case, don’t let me curb your enjoyment.  On the surface, I get the appeal.  Dax is a classic, strong woman archetype.  She’s tough, she’s smart, and uniquely for that niche, she’s wise.  Unlike many later heroines, Dax is refreshingly sex-positive, and the show never wags its finger or clucks its tongue at her for it.  And, because I would be remiss if I didn’t point it out, she’s played by the ridiculously gorgeous Terry Farrell.

Chicken Shawarma

Everyone saves the world just a little bit, every day. You may not be physically saving the planet from a mischievous, demigod half-brother (or maybe you are. Hey, I don’t know your schedule.), but I truly believe we just don’t know the far-reaching effects of even the smallest of our noble actions. Why else would the demigods and superheroes deem us so worthy of saving?

So, why not eat like the superheroes we are, huh? And, I’m sure we could all use some shawarma after a long day of screenwriting panels or cosplay.

At WonderCon 2014, Fanboy Comics' Sam Rhodes chats with actor Gary Oldman about his work on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the potential sequel, and whether today is "white boy" day.

At WonderCon 2014, Fanboy Comics' Bryant Dillon chats with writer Marc Andreyko about his work on Batwoman, what DC is doing right with this female character, and more.

At WonderCon 2014, Fanboy Comics' Bryant Dillon chats with actor Sean Maher about his work on Son of Batman, playing Nightwing, and the possibility of returning to Firefly in animated form.

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