A CLASH OF QUEENS
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a Bran-slide, no escape from reality.
from “Three-Eyed Raven Rhapsody”
Small-town English vicar Penny White thought the hardest thing she’d ever do is try to move on after the death of her husband eighteen months ago; then, she nearly hit a dragon on a dark highway, gave him last rights, and discovered a magical world beyond normal human sight. Lloegyr, a realm populated with various mythical (by human standards) races needs another priest liaison, and Penny’s quick thinking when faced with the giant dying reptile and love of Doctor Who make her prime candidate number one. Will chatting with parishioners about poor hymn choices ever live up to the excitement of traveling to another realm? Will she manage to make her gryphon associate stop terrorizing the birds in her garden? And what is really going on between her and Raven, a beautiful green-black dragon that stirs emotions she thought long dead?
Fred Van Lente, Ryan Dunlavey, and Adam Guzowski’s The Comic Book History of Comics: Birth of a Medium is a treatise on the place of comics as an important part of the fabric of American popular culture. Readers who are familiar with American history and culture may catch that Birth of a Medium is a citation of D. W Griffith’s early American film, Birth of a Nation, but non-American readers (like me!) may not get the reference and may be surprised at the American-centric nature of this text. Though I do think that readers will want to be aware that Birth of a Medium doesn’t offer a comprehensive account of the rise of comics as a medium globally, I count the extreme focus of the text as a positive; Lente and Dunlavey are excellent historians of American comics, and they’ve produced a detailed and relatively balanced text on that topic.
Fanbase Press Interviews Writer Ryan Burke on the Plastic-Surgery-Gone-Wrong Comic Series, ‘Coronary’Written by Bryant Dillon, Fanbase Press President
The following is an interview with comic book creator and writer Ryan Burke. In this interview, Fanbase Press President Bryant Dillon chats with Burke about his comic book series, Coronary, his inspiration for the title, his current crowdfunding campaign for the comic, and more!
The following is an interview with writer Todd Black on the currently running Kickstarter campaign for his graphic novel, 10,000 Miles. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Black about the inspiration behind the adventures series, the cool backer rewards available through the campaign, and more!
Ghostbusters 101 #6 concludes a major plot point from the beginning of the series. It seems to end the dimensional rift that is causing the two universes of the old Ghostbusters and more recent Ghostbusters team to come together. Seeing them interact within this comic gives the reader the chance to fully understand the scope of everything. Dr. Ray Stantz is leading the troops out in the streets in order to fight the ghost trapped between the two universes, linking them together.
Fanbase Press Interviews Walter S. Judd on His Book, ‘Flora of Middle Earth: Plants of Tolkien’s Legendarium’Written by Barbra Dillon, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief
The following is an interview with writer Walter S. Judd on the release of his latest book, Flora of Middle Earth: Plants of Tolkien's Legendarium. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Judd about the inspiration behind the book, his creative experience in working with artist (and son) Graham Judd, the convergence of his academic and creative pursuits relating to biology, and more!
After a delay, Joelle Jones’ Lady Killer throttles into the final act with Issue #5 of the second series, leaving the door open for a third. Freaking exciting in all regards!
Being back in the world of Alex De Campi's Bankshot is a good feeling, though not one I've yet to fully understand. After last issue, we saw Marcus King - and how he became the unstoppable force he is - repaired by a controversial and dangerous science after being shot in the back and left for dead. Paralyzed, he was given a second chance and the ability to walk again, with some upgrades. Now, he fights for himself, with both the American government and his biggest adversary, a man known as the Dutchman, out to stop him. The only problem is that this is harder to gauge than is preferred.
The Defenders, the new ensemble Marvel Netflix project, has drawn together four character franchises to create a new super-team. Unlike Marvel’s other team, the larger-than-life Avengers, the Defenders are centered in New York and address a conspiracy of a dangerous organization that appears motivated by personal, individual drives rather than a larger goal of conquest. Despite its narrative problems, continuing the White Saviour complex and dualism of Orientalism and “Fear the Yellow Menace” that Daredevil and Iron Fist first articulate, the visual forms are intricate and interesting. The series uses tonal cues and shot composition to reference the visual style of each of the individual characters’ series. The visual framing keeps each character distinct in the larger team, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses and keeping the story set through different perspectives.
Sallot "Sal" Leon’s only motivation is avenging the loss of their family, friends, and country. As the last-known living Nacean, Sal’s primary motivations are survival…and revenge against the nobles that abandoned their country to the shadows. Petty thieves don’t have much access to nobility, but a chance carriage robbery garners a flyer advertising auditions for one of the Queen’s assassins, Opal, which could open the doors of the palace to a crafty, ruthless thief with an agenda.
Poltergeist (1982) might be the first movie I saw as a child that frightened me and kept me coming back for more, because of the wondrous, supernatural elements and the unknown. As an adult with two kids, there are fewer times that I relive or think about moments from my youth, and the passing of Tobe Hooper, director of Poltergeist, makes me instantly remember the impact this particular film had on the following years of my childhood.