Dear Mr. Cameron:

 

Per your request, I viewed your latest film, Avatar.  While I was entertained visually by the film, at no time throughout the two-and-a-half hours did I sprout a tail or have the opportunity to ride a flying dragon.  Given our discussion of this film being a “breakthrough,” I am disappointed that my 3D glasses did not meld to my face, allowing me to participate and interact with the characters. 

 

I regret to inform you that I have denied your request to be deemed “The King of the World.”  For the time being, you will continue to be referred to as “Titanic-boy.”  If you wish to appeal this decision, please submit your request in writing no later than 30 days after the posting of this letter (along with an autograph from the guy from Grandma’s Boy). 

 

I really love Alien 3.

 

To many, it is bizarre that I would so cherish what is, in their minds, a cinematic disaster. Others can see enough of my point of view to admit there was, at the very least, potential for a great film. A select few understand exactly why I love this film and love it themselves.

 

Where others see bad acting, I see unique and interesting choices by the actors. Where others see a retread, I see a return to roots of the original film. Where others mourn the death of Ripley, not to mention Hicks and Newt, I see sobering, painful, and fitting endings to beloved characters. Maybe it’s a matter of opinion. Maybe it’s unresolved expectations on the fan base’s part. I’m not arrogant enough to state that I am unequivocally right, but, like most people, I do trust my instincts.

 

Now, there’s been a lot of negative buzz about The Wolfman out there for some time. Not unlike Alien 3, it has been plagued with bad luck, messy studio/director disagreements, and angry departures, not to mention the death rattle of any film: massive reshoots. Also, not unlike Alien 3, I have found myself very impressed with The Wolfman and on the opposite side of a slew of bad reviews.

 

Greetings, Fellow Geeks!!!

Here at Fanboy Comics we’re about more than just comic books, geek gossip, and making butt loads of cash. In an attempt to save the world from itself (and the inevitable self-aware cell phone revolt), each member of the FBC staff has taken on a special burden, an additional job title which is essential to our ongoing plan to save the comics, In-n-Out, and the planet. As President of the company, I demand from my staff an annual report of these “Special Matters.” Also, as a symbol of our integrity and transparency, we post said report for public view by our readers!

Below, you will find the official Fanboy Comics Special Matters Report for 2011.  This report was originally presented on February 9th, 2011.

Everyday life in the ‘burbs comes with its fair share of mundane problems. Just don’t sweat the small stuff, right? Unfortunately for the characters in The Details, they fail to let go of the small stuff and, before they know it, their suburban life is on the edge of complete disaster. Jacob Aaron Estes, director and writer of The Details, reminds us just how absurd these suburban issues can be with an exceptional cast and a darkly comedic plot that entertains but doesn’t really bother to go past the superficial.    

Tobey Maguire (Spiderman, Pleasantville) and Elizabeth Banks (Wet Hot American Summer, The 40 Year Old Virgin) star as unhappily married couple Dr. Jeff and Nealy Lang. They decide it’s time to expand their family and have another child. Jeff takes this opportunity to focus on landscaping his backyard in a mission to create the perfect backyard lawn. He puts down new sod one day, and, the next, he wakes up to a catastrophe: raccoons have torn up the grass. Thus, this wildly absurdist film begins, and the actions Jeff takes to rid himself of the raccoons simultaneously mirror and enhance his problems.

So, David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman TV show wasn’t picked up by NBC. Who cares?  We all saw the costume. Do you honestly think we would have seen some quality stories coming from that production?  As a Wonder Woman fan, I would love to see some more appreciation for the Themyscirian princess, but not like that . . . (*whispers* not like that).  Nothing like what the show looked like it was going to be but now is not (thank Zeus) IS the graphic novel The Hiketeia by Greg Rucka. [Editor’s note: Is this even a sentence?]  Rucka delivers an incredibly moving stand-alone comic that finds Diana Prince as she should be: powerful, kind, and beautiful, yet as an ambassador to modern day America from the ancient island of Themyscira, hopelessly mired between the rituals of the past and present.

May 18, 2011

 

The Staff of Fanboy Comics would like to wish you and yours a very happy International Museum Day!  Every year since 1977, International Museum Day is organized worldwide around May 18.

This day is an occasion to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society. 

ICOM (International Counsel of Museums) Advisory Committee organizes the theme of this event that, given the high number of countries involved, lasts a day, a weekend, a week, or even a month. 
Museum and Memory is the theme of International Museum Day 2011.

 

We encourage you to visit your local museum and enjoy this special day to the fullest!

 

Last year, one of the best video game stories I have ever seen was released and quickly died. Alan Wake developer Remedy made the incredibly poor decision to release their game on the same day that Rockstar Games released one of the biggest selling games of the year, Red Dead Redemption, and at sixty buck a pop, most people just buy one game at a time.

Alan Wake is an Xbox exclusive action game that feels more like Twin Peaks than Gears of War. This is no accident, as Twin Peaks was cited as an inspiration for the game. Another clear inspiration is much of the early work of Stephen King. The character Alan Wake is a successful thriller writer, more Castle than King, suffering from writer’s block, which is the worst thing ever. (We know. We’ve been waiting a year for this review.) He and his wife Alice go on a lovely vacation to clear his head. But, things go predictably, and horrifyingly, wrong.

Almost immediately, Alice goes missing and Alan wakes up a week later with no memory of the time. Things get weird from there. He finds pages from a manuscript he wrote during that missing week. The story they tell is the one you are playing. Before long, Wake is attacked by creatures called the Taken, locals who have been consumed by some sort of darkness. (I believe in a thing called love, just listen to the rhythm of my heart.) These guys are the perfect way to transition to the gameplay, as I don’t want to get too far into the story, which is one of the best I have seen in a game, or any other medium.

Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:



It is with great joy that the FBC Staff and I welcome you to our shiny new website!   We hope that you will enjoy the vibrant new look and feel of the site, as it offers easy access to our Blogs, Podcasts, Interviews, and Publishing.  As a visitor, you will be able to create your own user profile and participate in forum discussions for all of our content!

We will continue to keep you updated through The Fanboy Scoop, a daily e-newsletter that contains the top stories from the essential geek news websites.  Many of The Fanboy Scoop’s stories are posted to our pages on Facebook and Twitter; however, you can receive the full e-newsletter each morning by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

In addition to providing you with the latest in geek news, Fanboy Comics strives to assist artists of all kinds in the production and promotion of their art.  For this reason, we designed the new website to offer greater prominence and visibility for creators who wish to promote their work through our company.  FBC offers a vast array of services to artists, including assistance with development, publishing, and promotion, as well as the opportunity to work with a community of creative professionals.  Under the Publishing section, you will find projects that are currently being produced by Fanboy Comics.  You may also be interested in viewing the FBC ApprovedTM section, which showcases the work of artists who independently created and produced their work.

Lastly, we would be remiss if we did not extend a special thank you to our web designer, Robert J. Peterson, to whom we are eternally grateful.

 

Thank you for being a part of the Fanboy Comics ‘verse!  Enjoy the new website!

 

 


Sincerely,
Barbra J. Dillon
Fanboy Comics
Managing Editor
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Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:



It is with great joy that the FBC Staff and I welcome you to our shiny new website!   We hope that you will enjoy the vibrant new look and feel of the site, as it offers easy access to our Blogs, Podcasts, Interviews, and Publishing.  As a visitor, you will be able to create your own user profile and participate in forum discussions for all of our content!

We will continue to keep you updated through The Fanboy Scoop, a daily e-newsletter that contains the top stories from the essential geek news websites.  Many of The Fanboy Scoop’s stories are posted to our pages on Facebook and Twitter; however, you can receive the full e-newsletter each morning by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

In addition to providing you with the latest in geek news, Fanboy Comics strives to assist artists of all kinds in the production and promotion of their art.  For this reason, we designed the new website to offer greater prominence and visibility for creators who wish to promote their work through our company.  FBC offers a vast array of services to artists, including assistance with development, publishing, and promotion, as well as the opportunity to work with a community of creative professionals.  Under the Publishing section, you will find projects that are currently being produced by Fanboy Comics.  You may also be interested in viewing the FBC ApprovedTM section, which showcases the work of artists who independently created and produced their work.

Thank you for being a part of the Fanboy Comics ‘verse!  Enjoy the new website!


Lastly, we would be remiss if we did not extend a special thank you to our web designer, Robert J. Peterson, to whom we are eternally grateful.

 



Sincerely,
Barbra J. Dillon
Fanboy Comics
Managing Editor
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.fanboycomics.net

With Issue #44, IDW’s Angel series comes to a close. IDW has taken the vampire with a soul through a multitude of adventures during their time with him, some good and some less than good. While the final issue of Angel is not exactly the pulse-pounding ending the series deserves (and some of that can be blamed on Dark Horse’s snatching of the license), they do manage to deliver something the tortured lead character is not necessarily used to: a sense of hope.

SPOILERS BELOW


Here’s a quick summary of Issue #44:

While Connor attempts to use his unusual powers to save Anne from the demon baby growing inside her, Laura channels her anger over the death of Mr. Polyphemus into a protection spell that is barely holding off the epically evil James. Just when all seems lost, a portal opens courtesy of the future version of Illryia, and our hero Angel comes jumping through.

James and Angel trade punches until James gains the upper hand. Using the vanishing gem provided by Darrow, Angel is able to momentarily immobilize James, but a twist of fate knocks the gem from Angel’s hand, sending it through a portal to the farthest point of the outer realms, or as James calls it, home. With the help of Connor and his new super powers, James is defeated and the demon inside Anne is born without killing her.


Back at the new offices of Angel Investigations, the team reflects and bonds over the events of the previous issues. Angel makes a final stop at Wolfram & Hart’s white room to make it clear that he’ll always be there to stand in their way. And even if he’s not, Connor is following in those footsteps. In the final shot of the series, Angel does his trademark exit down an alley as he contemplates Doyle, Cordy, Wes, and his other fallen friends. They’ve always been and continue to be his reason to keep fighting. It’s time to get back to work.

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