In the introduction, the writer of the original Aliens comic book, Mark Verheiden, states that in the original publication, they weren’t able to call the characters Newt or Hicks due to interference with the chronology of the third film in the series. I’m ever so happy to report that this has finally been corrected, and everyone will finally be able to see what happened to Newt and Hicks if they weren’t killed like a Shakespearean character – off screen.

You know those days in which it feels like nothing will turn out in your favor; no matter how much you accomplish, nothing goes right for you. Emmy, the protagonist of Harrow County, has had a twenty-two-issue run of this. No matter how hard she tries, there’s something right around the corner to test her, and those things usually pertain to demons and ghosts (Here known as haints.) and god-like brothers and sisters, only now she has to contend with one of her only friends, Bernice.

In this issue, Rani and her team muster up their resources to prepare for the imminent war with the fae. Their initial fight is playfully violent, with spaceman Merlin’s magical help and an amusing use of weaponry after Rani cuts off a faerie’s arm. Rani is a strong, aggressive fighter. Adam P. Knave and D.J. Kirkbride have created a fearless woman who learns how to tap into her inner magical ruler abilities amid a faerie attack brought forth from another realm.

What do you do when a god asks you to be his personal assistant? Shadow Moon does not quite jump at this opportunity in the second issue of American Gods: Shadows, but when left with no better options, he finds himself accepting the offer. Shadow seems to be looking for something to do with his life, especially now that his wife is dead. He’s a little lost in the world, which Mr. Wednesday notices and takes advantage of.

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)!

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In this week's installment of #GeeksCare: How You Can Help, Fanbase Press interviews Rachel Kassenbrock, PR and Policy Coordinator of the non-profit organization, Downtown Women's Center, in Los Angeles, CA. In the following interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Kassenbrock about the non-profit organization's founding by Jill Halverson in the 1970s, the services available to women by way of permanent supportive housing and a safe and healthy community, the hurdles that the organization faces to provide these services, how YOU can get involved, and more!

The Stone Heart, the second installment in Faith Erin Hicks’ The Nameless City trilogy, picks up a few months after the events of the first volume.  (Check out my review of The Nameless City, the first volume in The Nameless City trilogy by Faith Erin Hicks.)  Rat and Kai are at their leisure in the palace.  Rat’s leg is healing, and she’s almost ready to challenge Kai to fresh parkour racing through the city.  Kai’s father, Andren, is hard at work negotiating deals to get the Council of Nations up and running.  The General of All Blades is grappling with his son’s ambitious nature, and Maru continues to harbor mysterious, manipulative motivations.

It’s Birdie’s birthday, and in spite of her best efforts to make everything perfect, things have gone terribly, terribly wrong.  Her birthday cupcakes have been tragically lost, and the replacement treat to share with her classmates is olives and cottage cheese.  But look!  Who is that superhero who has come to save the day?!

Gray Bear Comics has just released issue two of Speak No Evil, where the story picks up with brothers Silas and Edwin in the basement of a derelict cabin in upstate New York. Unbeknownst to them, the cobwebbed box they just opened is the same one that Nicolas Tesla packed all of his equipment into after an experiment went terribly wrong. The boys inspect the various items including goggles, a plasma blaster, and a phonograph, on which they played a couple of recorded cylinders. The gang chasing the siblings show up, but so does….well, you’ll just have to read issue two to find out. Like the old-time serials that were shown in cinemas prior to the feature film, a six-page short story “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” (Chapter 2) follows up the main story and provides an interlude tale of a con artist. And, a second episode of “Speak Up, Chuck” is a flashback of Tesla building the plasma gun and the teenage Charles proving incapable of catching a goat for an experiment.

I am not impatient…let me show you right now.

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