Grendel Omnibus V11986 gave us several comic milestones that helped define a new generation of writers, artists, and readers, most notably, Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, Alan Moore’s Watchmen, and Art Speigelman’s MAUS.


And, seemingly lost in the background, Comico began publishing a brilliant gem of a series called Grendel, by the brilliant Matt Wagner.


But, this wasn’t a new comic.  Originally created by Matt Wagner in 1982 as a feature in the short-lived Comico Primer, and appearing briefly as a black-and-white title for 3 issues in 1983, Grendel was originally a noir comic that, in the words of Wagner, “evolved into a study of the nature of aggression."


And now, with the publication of the Grendel Omnibus Volume 1: Hunter Rose, this epic work now stands poised to assume its mantle as an equal to those other landmarks of comics.

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Pawn ShopSuperheroes, monsters, and galaxies far, far away often grace the pages of comic books, but when it gets down to it, comic books are about one thing: people.  So, when comic book creator Joey Esposito decided to create a new graphic novel, he skipped the capes and space ships and went straight to the heart of the funny pages.  After successfully launching his last graphic novel, Footprints, through Kickstarter, he has returned to the crowd-funding forum with the upcoming graphic novel Pawn Shop: Love and Life in NYC.

Black DynamiteAt San Diego Comic-Con 2012, Liz Benoit talks about all of the reasons you should be watching the new 70s-style animated show, Black Dynamite, from Cartoon Network, right now. Well, what are you waiting for?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Husbands S2At a little before noon on Sunday, the last day of SDCC 2012, Jane Espenson (BSG, Buffy), Brad “Cheeks” Bell (Pop-Up Video), Jenna Busch (Moviefone Minute), Sean Hemeon (True Blood), and Jeff Greenstein (Will and Grace) file onto the stage of Room 7AB and begin setting up for the panel "Espenson: An Anagram For Openness" (and I just realized that’s not metaphorical).  The room is packed and the audience settling in eagerly awaits the discussion to follow which will focus on Jane and Brad’s new online series, Husbands, called the “future of TV” by Ira Glass.

 

Orchid V1Orchid, the name of an exquisite flower representing between 6 to 11 percent of all seeded plants in the world. Orchid, the name of which comes from the Greek ὄρχις (órkhis), literally meaning "testicle," because of the shape of the root. Orchid, the lead character - beautiful, resourceful, and delicate all at once - in the graphic novel by Tom Morello. Coincidence? I think not.

Orchid is the brain child of Rage Against the Machine/Audio Slave guitarist Tom Morello, who also performs solo under the political folk alter ego, "The Nightwatchman." Another comic coincidence? I would guess no. Morello, who grew up in suburban Chicago, went from there to be not only the first in his school, but the first in his town not only to apply to Harvard, but to be accepted. Afterwards, once moved to Los Angeles, he introduced a fellow high school student to some new friends out in LA who became the band Tool. Morello also in those early years worked as a male exotic dancer to pay the bills. Trying his hand in the Sunset Strip metal music scene, he was rejected at the time for his lack of 2-foot-tall, teased out hair and spandex. Moving on to the East Side underground music scene, he was embraced by accepting friends, many of which were prostitutes or drug addicts, all of which did not judge. Does Orchid hold a fun house mirror up to Morello's own young personal life? The world may never know, but this old owl leans towards yes.

The Arcs

The Arcs

"The Arcs is among the most original graphic novels I’ve experienced in recent memory and is a tale that stuck with me for eons after I’d finished reading." - Geekscape

SYNOPSIS:
How strong is your faith?  Centuries after God’s abdication from the Earth, the seven Archangels are trapped in a losing war against Lucifer and his demonic forces.  Unable to ascend into heaven, unable to even die, the Arcs were tasked by the Almighty to keep humanity safe from Lucifer until His return.  But as time ticks on, as more and more angels are clawed to shreds by the demons, as angels begin to lose faith and join the hellions, the Arcs must face the real question: what if God isn’t coming back to save them?




CREATORS
Written by: Michael D. Poisson
Illustrated by: Matt Jacobs
Lettered by: Oceano Ransford
Cover Colorist: Carlos Badilla
Associate Producer Andrew Huang

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Drama
Audience: Mature

Printed Price: $14.99

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Saturn Awards statueThe Fanboy Comics staff attended last night's 38th Annual Saturn Awards in Burbank, CA, celebrating the best in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror.  Stay tuned to the Fanboy Comics website for lots of interviews and photos from the coolest presenters, nominees, and award winners, including James Remar, Lea Thompson, Frank Oz, Bruce Greenwood, and more!

 

For now, here is a list of last night's winners!  Congratulations to all, and thank you for your contributions to our favorite geek classics!

 

Triage #1 Review

 

Triage 1And, WE Comics has done it again!  Another new comic and writer Mairghread Scott and artist Candace Ellis have hit it out of the park.  Triage is geared more towards adults than the other WE Comics fare; it’s snappy and slightly disturbing, and the first issue is a strong opener for what promises to be a really great comic.

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ST TNG Season 1At San Diego Comic-Con 2012, Josh Rubinstein, the lead author for the Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-rays, talks about the upcoming release of Season 1, the special behind-the-scenes footage, the incredible process that went into remastering this show, and why it is a "must-have" for every Trekkie out there.

 

 

 

 

 

Toy MastersAt San Diego Comic-Con 2012, creators of the documentary Toy Masters, Roger Lay Jr. and Corey Landis talk about their upcoming film attempting to unravel the mystery of exactly who created He-man, while exploring the phenomenon of a franchise that inspired a generation of children. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the live action Masters of the Universe film, the live Masters of the Universe Power Tour, and the 30th anniversary of He-Man, other creators participating in the interview are Gary Goddard, Forbes Candlish, Leslie and Jack Wadsworth, Dean Stefan, and William Stout!

 

 

 

 

 

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