Recently, The Wrap wrote a really insightful article about celebrities coming out publicly with ease, yet there are certain industries where it is still taboo to be out of the closet, namely big movie stars. It seems so easy to be Neil Patrick Harris, Matt Bomer, and Anderson Cooper, all big television personalities, who came out in their own way whether it was a press release, a significant other's acknowledgment in a speech, or a letter to the editor of an online publication. The news made the headlines for a day, and then we all moved on. Living in Hollywood, I hear the rumors all of the time from the stars hiding behind the religion of Scientology, to the actor in two huge summer action films, to the Academy Award nominated actor who almost came out, but chickened out at the last minute. (Google “Toothy Tile” for a hint.) Are the rumors true? I certainly don't hang out in celebrities' bedrooms, but with certain stars, where there is smoke, there is fire.
If telling the public has been so easy for television stars, why is it so difficult for big box office stars? Here are some of the reasons:
The following is an interview with comic book artist Steven Swenston, who has worked with a number of publishers including Marvel and TSR. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon talks with Swenston about his experience in the industry, his preference for hard copy comics, and his own artistic influences.
This interview was conducted on July 22, 2012.
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The following is an interview with T. David Carangan and Kimberly Anglemyer, the creative team behind the upcoming zombie/superhero film, The Pain Killers. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Carangan and Anglemyer about what makes this zombie film stand apart from the rest, why the X-Men are responsible for the film's premise, and how you can help to bring this film to life through Kickstarter.
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The following is an interview with comic book writer Tom Pinchuk, who is the creator of Hybrid Bastards and Unimaginable. In this interview, Fanboy Comics President Bryant Dillon talks with Pinchuk about his work on the upcoming anthology New Breeds, his recommendations for breaking into the comic book industry, and how he became Long Beach Comic-Con's champion of all things Street Fighter.
This interview was conducted on July 24, 2012.
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