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On Thursday, January 8, 2015, Image Comics hosted its bi-annual Image Expo in San Francisco, CA, highlighting its successes from 2014, its goals for 2015, and its exciting creator and project announcements for the coming months.  To recap the events of Image Expo 2015, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon sat down FBC Senior Contributor Jason Enright to discuss everything from Eric Stephenson's keynote speech to the most anticipated creator pairings.

The following is an interview with Ben Meares, Mark Miller, Cris Velasco, and Sam Shearon, the creative team of Clive Barker's Books of Blood, which is currently being adapted to Madefire's new Motion Book platform. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with the team about their initial involvement in the project, the process of adapting Barker's short stories to the new visual storytelling medium, and their slate of upcoming projects!

“The offender, Miles O’Brien, human, officer of the Federation, Starfleet, has been found guilty of aiding and abetting seditious acts against the state. The sentence is death. Let the trial begin.”
      -- Chief Archon Makbar

Sometimes, your best ideas come out of other, unrelated ideas. Remember Gul Dukat’s random-at-the-time monologue about the wonders of the Cardassian justice system in Part 2 of “The Maquis?” The trials are speedy, efficient, and determined in advance. The verdict is always guilty because Cardassians don’t make mistakes, and besides, the true purpose of the justice system is to show the people that the state is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. You know, the big three of oppressive regimes. Unfortunately, manpower shortages make them pretty much impossible goals. Automation will cure that one, too! I’m digressing into some pretty depressing territory, but can you blame me? The Cardassian Empire is frickin’ terrifying.

The following is an interview with Ana King, an independent creator who excels at everything from hand-drawn comic book art to photography and animation. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Contributor Madeleine Holly-Rosing chats with King about her inspiration for her work, how she has learned to practice her craft, and her career aspirations in art!

“The one thing I’ve learned about you humanoids is that in extreme situations, even the best of you are capable of doing terrible things.”
    -- Constable Odo

If you decided to learn only one rule of writing, here’s the one you want: conflict is king. In order to tell a story, you need some form of conflict, which can be in any form you like. Person A wants to do something, and Person B would rather they didn’t. That’s it. The story is working that disagreement out, and this formula appears in everything from The Lord of the Rings (Frodo would like to throw the One Ring in Mount Doom, while Sauron would rather he didn’t.) to Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. (The evil developer would like to bulldoze the community center, while Turbo and Ozone would rather he didn’t.) “But, Justin,” you say, “what about Twilight? Those barely had any conflict at all, and when it did, it always got sorted out pretty easily!” Well, unseen person, if we were in the same room, I would have just slapped you across the face. So, please do that for me now. The rest of us can wait.

“This man is a doctor where he comes from. And, there’s an O’Brien there, just like me. Except he’s some kind of high-up chief of operations. And, they’re Terrans. Maybe it’s a fairy tale he made up, but it started me thinking how each of us might have turned out, had history been just a little bit different.”
    -- Smiley O’Brien

What is DS9 about? Say it with me, everybody! Consequences! Yes, the point I keep harping on reaches perhaps its most ridiculous extreme in this week’s episode. We’re going to discuss that, but to get there, I need to do a quick sidebar about facial hair.

The following is an interview with Harvey Award-nominated artist Jeff Stokely (Six-Gun Gorilla), the creator behind the final standalone issue of Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Witches, released today by Archaia. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Stokely about what initially drew him to the mini-series, his fascination with the Baba Yaga folklore, the process of adapting the original Storyteller teleplay to the sequential art medium, and more!

“Out of all the stories you told me, which ones were true and which ones weren’t?”
“My dear doctor, they’re all true.”
“Even the lies?”
“Especially the lies.”
     -- Dr. Bashir and Garak

I’ve made no secret of my love for plain, simple Garak, the Cardassian tailor who might be in exile, might be a spy, or as he suggested to Dr. Bashir in a previous episode, might be a spy in exile. It should come as no shock that this is my favorite hour of the second season. Oh, there are episodes more important to continuity, ones that are thematically richer, and ones with actual space battles. None of that compares with the chance to get the origin story of DS9’s most enigmatic inhabitant. Well, kind of. Nothing is ever plain and simple with Garak.

In the following interview, American Horror Story: Freak Show's Christopher Neiman (Salty) talks with Fanboy Comics' Bryant Dillon about his background and career as an actor, joining the amazing cast of AHS, and why the penultimate episode of the season is a must watch for Pepper fans!

In a world where penguins and possums battle for world-wide domination in the shadows, two scientists must uncover the clues to this age-old war if they have any hope of saving humanity and the world as we know it.  As the world careens toward Armageddon, every human on the planet will soon be forced to CHOOSE A SIDE!

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