The following is an interview with T.J. Troy (Run Downhill) regarding the recent release of the unique augmented reality postcard series, "The Lord, the Lady, and I." In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Troy about the inspiration behind the series, the team's shared creative process, what they hope that readers will take away from the postcards, and more!
How do you sum up an opus like Harrow County? It’s not simply a beautifully rendered horror story. It’s not just a hauntingly dark fairy tale. It’s not merely an emotionally ambitious coming-of-age story. For the last (almost) three years, Harrow County has been consistently one of the best comic books on the stand, but that’s also not all it is. Harrow County is an incredible work of fiction that Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook have brought to life in a way that defies the greatest of expectations. The hero of the story, Emmy, has become real to me; her struggles have been felt, her pains and losses have weighed on me, and I’ve desperately wanted her to make the right decisions. Coming into this final issue, I had no idea what exactly she would do, but the final step of her journey has deeply affected me. Harrow County is sincerely one of the great accomplishments in comic books of this decade.
I’m looking at the cover of the first issue of Modern Fantasy right now, and the drawing of one of the characters, Lizard Wizard, is making me laaauuugh. The experience from the first to the last page of this delightfully mature twist on the fantasy world meets normal world was an absolute joy to read.
In Blackwood #2, our curious, delinquent twenty-somethings become further embroiled in the dark, magical world of the college known as Blackwood. In the first issue, they arrived and were immediately up to their necks in a dark mystery that was reminiscent of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter world, only littered with H.P. Lovecraft-style shenanigans.
Bedtime Games is a really interesting comic book. It feels like one of the classic books from EC Comics - Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror, Weird Fantasy, etc. - only instead of filling in all of the blanks with endless narration, it takes its time, really letting the characters settle in. In fact, most of this comic focuses on the characters, very much like the first half of a Stephen King novel. The build is slow, but it’s well constructed.
Dark Horse Comics continues its run of Neil Gaiman's adapted graphic novels from incredibly talented writers and artists. Some are absolutely worthwhile digging into, bringing to life thought-provoking and interesting worlds, while others are fun trifles that don’t amount to much, except the pure pleasure of reading them. Some feel unnecessary, more like writing exercises than stories that have real heft and weight. Here, Rafael Albuquerque has the honor of adapting Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald. I say it falls more in the middle, aspiring, at times, to be the first category (thanks to Albequerque’s incredible artistic talents) and threatening to become the final category, but Albuquerque does a good job of keeping that balance.
Fanbase Press’ coverage of the 2018 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards continues with the “Countdown to the Eisners” series. From Monday, June 4, through Friday, July 13, 2018, Fanbase Press will highlight each of the Eisner Awards’ 31 nomination categories, providing comic book industry members and readers alike the opportunity to learn more about the nominees and their work. Stay tuned for Fanbase Press’ continued coverage of the Eisner Awards, including live coverage of the ceremony at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 20.
Last week saw the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the second film in the Jurassic Park sequel trilogy being overseen by director/producer Colin Trevorrow. The Jurassic World films have impressed many and disappointed others, but what some Jurassic fans might not be aware of is that the very first “sequels” to Spielberg’s modern classic were actually in the form of several comic book series published by the now-defunct Topps Comics between 1993-1997. Featuring acclaimed and iconic comic talent from the likes of Steve Englehart, Michael Golden, Adam Hughes, John Byrne, George Pérez, and more, these comic books took the story in many unexpected directions. These stories from the world of Jurassic Park are an untapped resource for adaptation to other mediums, and below are the top five lessons the new films could learn from these forgotten ancestors of the franchise.
Welcome, True Believers, to the penultimate episode of season two. The phrase “Vanishing Point” means two things. The first is the art term (shades of “Les Écorchés,” two episodes ago), in which in a perspective drawing (an invention during the Renaissance) it is the point at which receding parallel lines appear to converge. In other words, it is an art concept that allows three dimensions to be viewed in two. The second is the more general conceptual definition: the point at which something that has been growing smaller disappears altogether. Both definitions apply to this week’s episode.
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)!