“Ferengi workers don’t want to stop the exploitation. We want to find a way to become the exploiters.”
DS9’s storytelling shows its age in the strangest ways. Last week, we saw the vast gulf between the understanding of consent twenty years ago and now, this week, we’re looking at a political concept that has abruptly become not just politicized but regarded as a creeping specter of genocide by a significant portion of the American electorate. While that’s more a reflection on the growing hysteria of that portion, it’s still instructional on the shifting tides of public opinion. What a difference twenty years makes.
Welcome to another week of Wonder Woman Wednesday! This week, I thought I'd try something a little different. This week's column isn't about Wonder Woman. This week is about you, Wonder Woman's Fans!
Attention, Kryptonian Shoppers! Super-spoilers below!
I can remember the first time I fell in love with Supergirl, and it's been over and over again since I first met The Girl from Krypton.
In the following audio interview, actress Juliet Landau talks with Fanboy Comics' Bryant Dillon about her work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, her new vampire-focused documentary, A Place among the Undead, and more.
The following is an interview with author Norm Harper, who recently released the new children's book, The Naughty List. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Harper about his inspiration for the holiday-themed story, his creative collaboration with artist Christopher Tupa, the other upcoming projects on which he is working, and more!
There you go, Ryan Murphy. I've handed you the next season of American Horror Story on a silver platter. (Perhaps a silver platter with a certain vermin underneath its silver cloche.) You're welcome. I'll take a consultant credit, or executive producer position, kudos, and a royalty, or at least a walk-on cameo with Lady Gaga!
“You know what my one regret is, Worf? That we weren’t raised together. In the Empire, on Earth, it wouldn’t have mattered. But, the sons of Mogh should never have been separated.”
One of the most unexpected outcomes of being a gamer is that I think about morality a great deal. This started with D&D, which charted your character’s morality -- their alignment -- on a pair of axes. The X axis was their opinion on government: whether they were mostly for (lawful) or against (chaotic). The Y axis was their opinion on eating kittens: whether for (evil) or against (good). This simple mechanic bled into every aspect of the game, and in its current incarnation and its manifold spinoffs, these four points are powerful enough to be solid, physical forces. Not a lot of room for gray areas there. Oh, sure, there’s “neutral,” but come on. That’s the training wheels of alignment, so most everything exists at these extremes.
Greetings, fellow Amazons ! This week, we have a special treat, as iconic cartoonist and legendary Wonder Woman contributor Trina Robbins agreed to answer a few questions for Wonder Woman Wednesday! Trina has been a strong female voice in comics for decades and is in the middle of rolling out her fantastic story for the final arc of Sensation Comics starring Wonder Woman. It was a thrill and an honor to interview a woman whose work I have admired for years. Enjoy!
The following is an interview with artist Matt Brundage, who recently collaborated with comic book creators Michael Allred, Shaun Simon, Shelly Bond, and Laura Allred on the creator-owned series, Art Ops. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Brundage about how he came to work on the project, his creative process in sharing artistic duties with Michael Allred, the number of issues planned for the series, and more!
“There was a time when the mere mention of my race inspired fear. And now, we’re a beaten people. Afraid to fight back because we don’t want to lose what little is left . . . I am the only Cardassian left. And, if no one else will stand against the Klingons, I will.”
-- Gul Dukat
All of the best villains assume they are heroes. If they have to undertake actions others would find distasteful or even evil, it is the fault of even worse enemies laying in wait from the shadows. The extreme actions are necessary, and only the villain can truly understand them. This might sound strange when you apply it to a war criminal like Darth Vader or Thulsa Doom (or someone not played by James Earl Jones, I guess), but it’s also the reason that when you’re speeding through traffic, it’s because you’re late for an important meeting (with your toilet, because let’s be honest here), but when it’s someone else, it’s because they’re an uncaring maniac. This is called the fundamental attribution error, and it basically means any one of us could theoretically become a genocidal madman.