Man-Eaters Volume 1 is a generational landmark in the comic book medium.  It was not written and drawn like most comics and graphic novels.  Rather, it was a directed and orchestrated collision of story, art, graphic design, poetry, biography, history, and unapologetic agenda.  It grabs you from page one and smacks you right in the face.  But you can’t help but go back and get smacked again until you finally get it.

Samurai movies are some of my favorites. Watching Kurosawa weave universal tales and Toshiro Mifune cutting down endless numbers of foes, films simply called Kill! wove 1960s-style cinema with breathless fight choreography and riveting stories of characters barely surviving. For me, there was something otherworldly, yet completely relatable, as themes of honor, loyalty, and death were explored in ways that made my imagination spin uncontrollably. And even though there is a strong similarity, I feel more connected to the worlds of the Samurai than I ever could to those in a Western, and that’s closer to my culture. That’s a whole other article, so I digress…

The following is an interview with comic book editor and writer Kwanza Osajyefo (DC Comics Digital) regarding the recent launch of his Kickstarter campaign for WHITE, the graphic novel sequel to the acclaimed BLACK. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Osajyefo about the second installment of the three-part graphic novel series, the collaborative nature of the creative process with co-creators Tim Smith 3, Jamal Igle, Khary Randolph, and Sarah Litt, the available Kickstarter rewards for the campaign, and more!

The loss of Stan Lee last year hit the nerd community hard, but Captain Marvel is our reminder that his light will live on in those he inspired.  The latest entry in Marvel's Cinematic Universe (MCU) reminds us that there is still a lot to explore.

They pay him to kill.
He lives in a world of faces without names, without futures. Two-dimensional images frozen in time.
An amateur would be shaking like a leaf before each operation.
He’s like a cold, tranquil lake.
Its surface…frozen.
Its depths…unreachable.

Taking some inspiration from the Tuskegee Airmen, Jeff Lemire takes his world of Black Hammer to World War II, as we follow a group of three black and one Chinese pilots, known as the Black Hammer Squadron, on their final mission against the Axis. Lemire doesn’t do it alone this time; writer Ray Fawkes is the first to co-pilot and takes on the job of telling the story.  In addition, three of my personal favorite comic creators hop on board - Matt Kindt (art), Sharlene Kindt (colors), and Marie Enger (letters) - all three of whom worked on a beautiful book and one of my favorites from last year, Dept. H. It’s like Lemire wanted a powerhouse team; he got it, and it shows.

From March to July of 2018, Dark Horse Comics published the five-issue miniseries of Frank Miller’s neo-peplum comic, Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and The Rise of Alexander. Xerxes was a continuation of Miller’s prior sword and sandal epic, 300, which became a pop culture juggernaut in the mid-2000s when it was adapted into a film by Zack Snyder. Dark Horse has now collected all the issues of Xerxes and published them in a handsome hardcover collection.

The following is an interview with filmmakers Bruce Nachsin and Richard Tatum on the the recent debut of their short film, Dark Specter 2, at the GeekFest Film Festival at Long Beach Comic Expo 2019. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Nachsin and Tatum about the inspiration behind the short film, their shared creative process in bringing the project to life, the various other projects on which they are working, and more!

Here at Fanbase Press, we strive to provide an outlet for up-and-coming creators to promote and showcase their incredible works. With thousands of creators utilizing crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo to make those works a reality, we will highlight these talented creators and their noteworthy campaigns through #CrowfundingFridays! We hope that you will join us in giving these projects a moment of your time (and possibly your support)!

When all the options suck…pick any card.

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