At San Diego Comic-Con 2014, comic book legend Walt Simonson (Thor, Alien: The Illustrated Story) talks with Fanboy Comics' Bryant Dillon about working with Frank Miller, the difficulty of drawing Terminators as opposed to RoboCop, and more.
“What you did today, Major, was declare war on Cardassia. Thankfully, they declined the invitation.”
-- Minister Jaro Essa
With the commencement of the second season, Michael Piller (still the guiding force until Voyager hit the air a year later and DS9 would be turned over to writer Ira Steven Behr), mandated that DS9 begin to distance itself from the other parts of the franchise. This started, ironically enough, by adapting a script originally written for TNG, about a reluctant Bajoran war hero. Behr, whose praises I will continue to sing, stripped out the sentimentality and gave us “The Homecoming,” the first episode of the second season, and the first of a DS9 three-parter that throws us bodily into the murky pool of Bajoran politics.
The following is an interview with multi-talented writer/producer/director/composer Marc Cushman (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney, In the Eyes of a Killer) on his bestselling and award-winning book series, These Are the Voyages: TOS. These Are the Voyages, which will consist of three books in total, details a comprehensive history of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek: The Original Series, including memos between Roddenberry, his staff, the network and the studio, production schedules, and more. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Cushman about his inspiration for taking on the project, his initial attraction to all-things Star Trek, his long history within various aspects of the entertainment medium, and when to expect These Are the Voyages Book 3.
This interview was conducted on July 14, 2014.
The following is an interview with Samit Basu, writer of the superhero novel, Turbulence, and its recent sequel, Resistance. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Basu about where readers will pick up in the sequel following the events of Turbulence, his inspiration for continuing the story, and the multitude of upcoming projects on his to-do list.
This interview was conducted on July 15, 2014.
The following is an interview with actor and producer (and soon-to-be director!) Fernanda Espíndola (Cold Nine, Love, Diary of a Catholic School Dropout) regarding her work with the online series Bloomers and the show's currently running Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the production costs of Season 3. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Espíndola about what she is most looking forward to about the upcoming season, the challenges (and rewards!) of being in front of and behind the camera, and why you should support the crowdfunding campaign for Season 3!
“You live without a soul, Commander. You and your Federation exist in a universe of darkness, and you would drag us in there with you, but we will not go.”
-- Vedek Winn
Star Trek can feel pretty homogenous at times. It’s just that every Klingon you meet is a proud warrior, every Ferengi a greedy criminal, every Borg a . . . well, a Borg. It’s understandable, as the writers only have a fraction of your typical 44-minute episode to devote to designing a new race, and variation in a single species can actually be detrimental to the show’s point. When it annoys me is when it persists beyond a one-off appearance into the signature races of a television show. No part of the franchise was better at developing its core species than DS9.
In 1992 Marvel Comics released its line of comics based on their properties set in the year 2099. This project featured series based on Dr. Doom amongst others, but the clear standout was Spider-Man 2099 by Peter David and Rick Leonardi. The book focused on genetic engineer genius Miguel O'Hara who wound up being the Spider-Man of the year 2099. The character was quite likeable, and the creative team of David and Leonardi didn't hurt things either. While the character was enjoyable and the book sustained a healthy run, it eventually went the way of most alternate reality offshoots and disappeared into obscurity while remaining a popular addition to the Spider-Man mythos.
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The following is an interview with actor Sean Hemeon (Husbands, Synthesized Life, True Blood) regarding his work with the online series Bloomers and the show's currently running Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the production costs of Season 3. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Hemeon about his initial attraction to the series, the value of working with friends on a project that you love, and why you should support the crowdfunding campaign for Season 3!
The creators behind Penguins vs. Possums: Volume One and the Fanboy Comics staff discuss why Penguins vs. Possums stands out in the comic book industry and makes a great first comic book experience.
The following is an interview with creator/writer/actor Matt Palazzolo (Real Heroes, City Kid, You Should Meet My Son) regarding his work with the online series Bloomers and the show's currently running Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the production costs of Season 3. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Palazzolo about his plan for the third season of the show, how each new season allows for greater character evolution, the guest stars that may be appearing in the upcoming episodes, and why you should support the crowdfunding campaign for Season 3!