SW Darth VaderWhen it comes to Star Wars comics, it's kind of a mixed bag. I went into Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison with a little skepticism. I mean, with a title like that and a cover reminiscent of an old, cheesy horror movie with the tag line "Welcome to Coruscant-- A Good Place TO DIE!" one must be cautious. The only thing missing was Vader Force choking the Bride of Frankenstein, which would have been fantastic.

All that said, I'm glad I put all those doubts aside, because this was an interesting read.

Ruffalo SmashBy Michael Fitzgerald Troy

 


Before I start prattling on my editrix would like me to tell you there are possible spoilers of The Avengers movie in this article.   Although, after topping a billion smackers, I doubt there are few on the planet who have yet to see the 1st blockbuster of the summer. And, fewer still that don't know that Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk completely stole the show.

MINOR SPOILERS

EMERALD KNIGHTS logo smallEmerald Knights - Comics and Games, your friendly, neighborhood comic book store in Burbank, CA, recently hosted a "Comics and Coffee" signing and panel discussion with special guest Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Daredevil, Irredeemable, Incorruptible) on Monday, Monday, May 14thIn case you missed the exciting event, here is a brief recap.

 

 

 

 

"Comics and Coffee" is a weekly discussion series of everything happening in the comic book industry, hosted by Emerald Knights every Monday evening at 7:00 p.m.   In addition, Emerald Knights brings a special guest from the comic book industry to join the panel discussion once a month!  With guests like Mark Waid, you won't want to miss these awesome events!

 

Chris ThorneArtist Chris Thorne (right) talks with Fanboy Comics President Bryant Dillon about sketch cards, his work on The Thirty Six, and his path to becoming a professional artist at Long Beach Comic Expo 2012!

 

 

 

 

May 18, 2012

 

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. 
Museums in a Changing World: New Challenges, New Inspirations is the theme of International Museum Day 2012.

 

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

 

 

 

Wonder Woman cheesecakeThis isn’t new or even surprising, but people—specifically women in this instance—tend to be sexualized and exploited for marketing purposes that just do not make sense to me.  I’ve never claimed to be the stereotypical “guy” and don’t enjoy a lot of things have been described as “manly,” and so I just do not understand why women are exploited as eye candy for various products and services.  A woman scantily clad in a bikini is not going to make me enjoy Mountain Dew any more than I already do.  But, the thing that really annoys me—and impacts me personally—is the portrayal of women within geek culture, and especially within comics.


VERY MINOR SPOILER ALERT

Scrabble letters slideThe 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 week, in “honor” of the release of Hasbro’s newest blastin’-action battle epic Battleship, FFOW! takes a look at several of the lesser-known films based on other classic board game properties.  Prepare for war as we take on The Board Game Collection! (*CAUTION: Some language and scenes may be NSFW.)

 

comikazeDear Fanboy Comics Readers:


Our friends at Stan Lee's Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo have all sorts of excitement in store for us this year, as they prepare for the launch of their second annual Los Angeles convention on September 15 and 16, 2012.

Comikaze recently announced that none other than the Mistress of the Dark, Elvira (aka Cassandra Peterson), will be partnering with the convention!  Elvira will join collaborators Stan Lee, POW! Entertainment, and convention founder Regina Carpinelli to create an interactive pop culture convention that is sure to impress LA fans of comics, gaming, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, and all other cult programming.

 

Albino coverThe following is an interview with E.J. Dabel, author of Albino and Pantheons and the President and co-owner of Dabel Brothers Productions, a publishing company specializing in comics and graphic novels.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon talks with Dabel about his inspiration for writing in the fantasy genre and the benefits of self-publishing.

Superboy 152 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.

 

 

Concept:

 

A cloned superweapon who is destined to change the world with his powers, Superboy is rambunctious and uncertain of his future and his past.  He trades favors with N.O.W.H.E.R.E. in order to earn his freedom, but at the cost of his humanity and self-worth.  A teen who was grown in a lab with a seemingly important connection to the Ravagers, he is the one Kryptonian who is believed to be able to defeat out-of-control metahumans.  He is Superboy.


 

SPOILERS BELOW

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