On Friday afternoon, February 17, 2017, while the biggest storm front in past few years moved into the Los Angeles region, prompting severe flood warnings, an undaunted group of 50 – 70 comic professionals checked in at the Long Beach Convention Center for the first annual Comic Creator Conference (C3). The conference, held the day before the Long Beach Comic Expo, brought together new and seasoned professionals in the comic book industry for a conference where knowledge and assistance could be shared, creating an opportunity to build and/or strengthen the attendees' business and profitability within the industry and in other mediums, according to Legendary Comics SVP/Editor-in-Chief Bob Schreck’s welcome letter in the program.

The following is an interview with video game streamer and voice-over actor Isabelle Briar (a.k.a. KamikazeKitten). In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Briar about how she got her start in the video game industry, her approach to creating a safe space for the users in her streaming community, the evolution of gaming culture, and more!

Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon was joined by three talents in the comic book and entertainment industries - Megan Hutchison (Rockstars, Will o’ the Wisp), Susan Lee (Wraith of Love, Shadow of the Knight), and Laura Lee Bahr (Angel Meat, Haunt) - for a fifty-minute panel at Long Beach Comic Expo 2017 titled “Women on the Dark Side.”

Losing a beloved pop culture icon is always an occasion filled with sorrow and pain, but the circumstances seem even more cruel when we lose talented and creative artists from our community who still seem to have so much left to give to their craft and so many more years to share with family, friends, and fans. This sentiment definitely rang true over the past weekend, as news broke regarding the heartbreaking loss of prolific actor Bill Paxton. Passing at the all-too-early age of 61, confirmation of Paxton’s death occurred on Sunday, February 26, 2017, and the following statement was released by a representative for the family:

Inspector Oh #1 ended with Ziyi valiantly trying to return her uncle to life with a magical pearl.  The latest issue proves our fierce heroine succeeded, but Oh . . . well, isn’t quite back to his old self. (He initially confuses Ziyi with his nephew, Ging Han – of course, that’s pretty classic for the crazy exorcist.)  Before their reunion can be complete, the pair has to escape from Hell and return to the land of the living, but without Oh’s powers, it could be a complicated task!

What would happen if the legend of King Arthur were propelled into the twenty-first century? Arthur would be a woman, of course. Dark Horse’s five-part series, The Once and Future Queen, brings us the exciting adventures of Rani Arturus, a 19-year-old chess whiz who pulls the sword from the stone. Chess is a fitting activity for a modern-day King Arthur, because it highlights Rani’s strategic skills and foresightedness. I expect Rani will have prowess and a cunning ability to be one step ahead of any enemy she faces in this series.

In the final hours of this year’s Long Beach Comic Expo, as the attendees began to trickle out and a few vendors closed shop early, the panel programming was still vibrant with activity. One well-attended panel was the “Writer Seeking Artist: Finding and Maintaining Healthy Collaboration,” full of budding writers eager to be instilled with advice on how to partner with an artist in hopes to see their stories come to fruition. The panel was moderated by Rosie Knight (Cougar and Cub) with Kelly Sue Milano (Hex11), James F. Wright (Lupina, Nutmeg), Johnny Parker II (Elvish, Black Fist and Brown Hand), Joshua Henaman (Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman), and Nick Marino (Cougar and Cub, Holy F*ck) participating as the subject-matter experts.

Fighting the Alliance and its operatives has never been a pleasant or easy task for Mal Reynolds, but then again, Mal has never been one to turn away from a challenge because it won’t be easy or pleasant. The captain of the Serenity and its crew continue this behavioral trend in this month’s Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse #5, written by Chris Roberson and featuring the art of Georges Jeanty. While Mal and his crew make a move to reacquire the abducted members of their group, the captain goes toe to toe with another Alliance operative, determined to defend his family to end.

If you’re looking for a light, fluffy graphic novel about rainbows, unicorns, and a world full of magical happiness, do not pick up Dark Matter II. If you want something that functions as pure mind candy (No judgment; we all need mind candy!), do not try reading Dark Matter II; however, if you’re in the mood for a graphic novel anthology of pessimistic and thought-provoking stories about the less savory sides of humanity, this book is definitely what you need.

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