The following is an interview with Stephen Prescott, the host of the Doctor Who-themed podcast, A Mad Man with a Box. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Senior Contributor Drew Siragusa talks with Prescott about giving Whovians a forum to share their fan love, his own favorite episode, and what he looks forward to with the upcoming 50th anniversary.
This interview was conducted on August 1, 2012.
*Photo by Katharine Forman
52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.
Dialing 4376 (HERO) at a mysterious phone booth transforms Nelson Jent into a new superhero every single time. He begins to use his new gifts to help his friend Darren who has gotten in deep with the local criminals, but Nelson is about to get in way over his head.
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Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.
by Scott Snyder and Becky Cloonan
Batman #12 is unlike any Batman comic I have ever read before, and I could not be happier. Scott Snyder tells an amazing story about a young woman who is inspired by Batman to change her life for the better, and in doing so he may have just created a new favorite Bat character. What really stands out about this book thoughout is the amazing art by Becky Cloonan. Her style is fresh, vibrant, and, unlike a lot of the darker art we're used to in Batman books, a lot of fun. Even better, Snyder writes to her strengths, so that her style fits this story perfectly. You will definitely want to pick up this book, as it may be the standout issue of the year, and you definitely don't want to miss the introduction of Harper Row, the coolest new DC character.
Any history geeks reading this article will be well aware that today, August 7th, marks the birthday of Elizabeth Bathory, the noblewoman and horrific serial killer who terrorized Eastern Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. The frightful terror, who was believed to bathe in virgin blood to maintain her youth and beauty, will be the villainess in Weirdsmobile Productions' upcoming feature film, Chastity Bites. In order to celebrate their villainess' birth, Weirdsmobile is debuting a music video for TL Forsberg’s single, “Liquid Love.” The video, in which Forsberg portrays a Bathory-esque character, can be found on the production company's YouTube Channel.
At the 2012 Saturn Awards, actor Nick Tarabay (Spartacus, Star Trek 2) talks with Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon about his work on Spartacus, his love of fantasy and science fiction, and his non-denial about his participation in the new Star Trek film!
At the 2012 Saturn Awards, actress Lin Shaye (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Critters, There's Something About Mary) talks with Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon about her work in the horror genre, what draws her to her projects, and what she has coming up next!
Nathan Edmondson writes the best action/thriller comics today. He has killed it with books like The Activity, Who is Jake Ellis?, and Grifter. So, there was no doubt in my mind that Dancer, his latest creation would be just as awesome. Even though I highly enjoy his work, I've been especially impressed with Dancer. What makes Nathan's work especially poignant are the characters he crafts and the relationships he builds for them. Between all the intrigue, violence, and mystery, he manages to fit very realistic human moments in all of his books. Without giving away too much about this series' unique twist, let's just say that Dancer has one of the more unique hero/villain relationships and that really shines through in this issue.
Creator-Owned Heroes is the coolest concept for a book ever. It's an anthology and each month the reader gets 2 comic stories, interviews with the creators, articles on writing and art, and how-to segemnts that break down the comic creation process. Astoundingly, all this is packed in a 50-page color comic that only costs $3.99. Mind blown yet? We're just getting started.
Artifacts is a major crossover event in the Top Cow universe, featuring characters like The Darkness, Witchblade, and the team Hunter-Killer. As a crossover, I was very impressed; the stakes were high and I felt like there could be real consequences. The only downside to the story was that I was about as unfamiliar as I could be. I have read the first Darkness trade and knew a little about Witchblade, but I knew next to nothing about the other characters and effectively nothing at all about the back story. So, when I say that I enjoyed this book, I want you to remember that in this case, I am not a raving Fanboy. (Ed. So far, only in this case.)
For those poor b----rds who haven’t seen the Cartoon Network show Adventure Time, I am deeply, deeply sorry. If you want to go watch an episode or two, I can wait right here. If not, I should tell you that Adventure Time is one of the most oddly, randomly hilarious shows I have seen in a long time. The show, which you should be watching right now, follows the weird adventures (Ed. I get it.) of Jake the dog and Finn the human in the bizarre land of Ooo. This comic doesn’t.