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.
After many years serving as the protector of Gotham City, Batman learns someone is pulling the strings, manipulating political and criminal events to suit them and has been doing so for hundreds of years. They are the Court of Owls, a group that everyone thought was only a nursery rhyme.
Beware the Court of Owls that watches all the time,
ruling Gotham from a shadow perch, behind granite and lime,
They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed,
speak not a whispered word of them or they'll send the talon for your head.
MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW
Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.
Frankenstein Alive, Alive #1
by Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson
Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson tell an incredible, heartbreaking story of Frankenstein’s monster. Wrightson absolutely nails the art in this book. The monster shows an incredible amount of emotion, and, although it’s strange to say, is incredibly human. Niles has crafted an amazing tale of the monster’s life after the initial story we all know. This book is proof of just how amazing comics can be. The story builds a slow dramatic tension and the art is breathtaking. If you are a fan of classic horror tales, or just a fan of beautiful comics, then you cannot miss this book.
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
For the first time ever, the Fanboy Comics crew will be taking Long Beach Comic Expo by storm on Saturday, May 12, 2012, from 10 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.! We will be bringing you the latest in geek news from TV, film, comics, video games, and more!
And, as a special treat, we invite one and all to stop by the Fanboy Comics booth to meet the FBC team! You can find us at Booth 1008 in Artist Alley.
The following is an interview with indie comic book creator/writer/artist Sebastian Kadlecik, who is the author of Penguins vs. Possums, an epic series that depicts the titular rivals in interspecies armageddon. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon talks with Kadlecik about the PvP's journey from web comic to printed issue, why he chose penguins and possums, and what is in store for the secret battle that is Penguins vs. Possums.
This interview was conducted on April 30, 2012.
Like many people with geek tendencies, I was at a local multiplex the other night for a midnight screening of The Avengers. And, since I have some nice flexibility to my work schedule, I actually took the day off to attend the 14-hour Ultimate Marvel Marathon hosted. For anybody who may not have heard about it, Marvel Comics’ film division hosted a marathon of the five films they produced leading up to The Avengers, with the main event being the screening of the newest film as the clock struck 12:00. Or, in my case, due to technical difficulties, 12:45. (Side bar: Seriously, AMC, you don’t get to scratch your collective head and wonder why people aren’t going to the cinema as much, and then screw the pooch this badly during a heavily promoted event.)
So, yesterday morning, starting at 11:30 a.m., I got to see Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger. It was to say the least a fun day spent in the dark with a room full of strangers. But, seeing the films back-to-back like that provides an opportunity to reflect on some pretty impressive accomplishments Marvel Studios has had in a short time.
The Incredible Adventures of Dog Mendonça and Pizza Boy is a hoot.
Perhaps, the best way I can quickly and easily describe this book is to say that John Landis wrote the foreword to it.
There came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth's nerdiest geeks found themselves united in a single movie theater to watch the movies no single super fan could watch alone. On that day, The Avengers premiered. FANBOYS ASSEMBLE!
Alright, fanboys and fangirls, on Thursday fellow FBC contributor Jordan Callarman, our friend Meghan Caves, and I watched 15 hours of Avengers movies, and you know we did it all for you. Just kidding. We did it because it was awesome. AMC Theaters put on the event where for $40, you could see Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America, and then top it all off with the midnight screening of The Avengers. Here's my breakdown and review of the day. We also did audio recordings documenting the event (posted below).
By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
When I first heard the title Mind the Gap, I was immediately taken back to my tenure as a "Gap Girl" one holiday season. The longest 3 days of my life. What? It was difficult being rude and indifferent to customers all the time. No? So, I did it for the employee discount and then bailed. It may have been a short tour of duty, yet I still line up my sweaters, so the top button faces out on the shelf. (Maybe Pavlov's pooch shoulda' been a Gap girl!)
The Top Four series looks at certain aspects of the comic book world from two perspectives: Rob’s, as a relative newcomer to mainstream comics, and Kristine’s, as an older hand in the world. Each installment evaluates the top four choices from both Rob and Kristine and why they chose their picks.
By Robert J. Baden and Kristine Chester
While not actually a part of the traditional comic book world, webcomics have had a profound impact on readership and the comic industry for nearly 3 decades. Tomorrow, May 5th, is Webcomics Appreciation Day, and we felt that this would be the best time to pay tribute to our fondness for them. Both of us have read a lot of webcomics over the years, Kristine co-wrote and colored a webcomic for a college project, and Rob has had some experience writing for a few in his day (though nothing that anyone has likely heard of).
There is an extensive list of webcomics available to people—most are free to read, some have paid viewerships; some are comedies, some are dramas, some are fantasy, some are slice-of-life, some are gag-a-day, while others are ongoing serials. There are few that have popular followings and make enough money to support the creator(s), but most just do it for fun and expression. Some webcomics you’ve probably heard of, such as Sluggy Freelance or Schlock Mercenary, while others have only garnered a small following, such as Fanboy Otaku Gamers Club or Mory’s Education. The ones below, however, are the webcomics we enjoy the most.
The FFOW! series takes a look at that vast library created by the proud and the passionate: fan films. Whether the budget and talent is astronomical or amateur, FFOW! celebrates the filmmakers whose love of comics, books, movies, video games, and TV shows inspires them to join the great conversation with their own homemade masterpieces.
By Jake Thomas, Guest Contributor to Fanboy Comics
This weekend, as we all “Assemble!” at our local multiplexes to witness the super team-up of the century, FFOW! highlights an original fan series based on The Avengers.