Streamy Award nominated host, new media producer, and pop culture writer Kristyn Burtt covers all of the excitement of the 84th Annual Academy Awards on behalf of Fanboy Comics. This week, Kristyn reports on the luncheon held for all of the 2012 Oscar nominees, including Brad Pitt, Michelle Williams, and more!
Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.
Secret Avengers #22
By Rick Remender, Gabriel Hardman, and Bettie Breitweiser
The Top Secret team of Avengers is back in action with a new lineup and a new leader. Hawkeye Clint Barton takes over as leader of the team as they go to investigate a new super-powered threat that’s popped up in the Middle East. Remender has a lot of exposition to get through, but he handles it nicely with a fun scene depicting the newest teammate, Captain Britain, being introduced to the team and immediately getting into an argument with Hawkeye. The big question, for everyone on the team, seems to be can Hawkeye really fill Captain America’s shoes. Hardman really brings his A game to the art with amazingly detailed line work and great layouts. His work really shines once the action starts. There is never a wasted frame as he keeps the Avengers in constant motion against their foes. Secret Avengers is a strong addition to the already impressive Avengers line, and Remender and Hardman have distinguished their book with a unique look and an intriguing premise.
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.
The introduction in each issue sums up who Batwoman is better than I ever could:
Kate Kane survived a brutal kidnapping by terrorists that left her mother dead and her twin sister lost. Following in her father's footsteps, she vowed to serve her country and attended West Point until she was expelled under “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.” Now, she is many things: estranged daughter, grieving sister, proud lesbian, brave soldier, determined hero. She is Batwoman.
Previously on Batwoman: Covering to the end of Hydrology: Issues #1 - #5
By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
Up is a relative concept. It has no intrinsic value. And, neither does revisiting Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Holy Grail of funny books with a sequel. What could be bigger blasphemy than trying to make a film version of the sacred comic tome Watchmen without Alan Moore's blessing or involvement? Why, making a mega-event prequel to Watchmen without Alan Moore's involvement or consent, of course.
This week, I would like to share my enthusiasm for two sitcoms that I have recently come to adore. In my constant drive to keep my finger on the geeky pulse, I have started watching The Dick Van Dyke Show and Cheers. Both shows are well executed sitcoms with sharp writing and great characters.
"The Sith have existed in the galaxy for centuries, lurking, waiting for their chance to seize control. As various Sith Lords emerged and rose to power, they recorded their thoughts, exploits, and plots for Sith control of the galaxy. When they fell, their knowledge vanished with them forever. Or so it seemed..."
You're invited to join the Fanboy Comics staff for a "Comics and Coffee" panel discussion on Monday, February 13th, at 7:00 p.m. at Emerald Knights - Comics and Games in Burbank, CA!
"Comics and Coffee" is a weekly discussion series of everything happening in the comic book industry, hosted by Emerald Knights every Monday at 7:00 p.m. On February 13th, the panel will include Fanboy Comics co-founders Bryant Dillon, Sam Rhodes, and Barbra Dillon, as well as artist Robert Burrows, as they discuss their work on the graphic novel Something Animal. As a special treat, Meaghan O'Keefe, artist of Fanboy Comics' upcoming graphic novel, Identity Thief, will be joining the panel and providing a sneak preview of her art.
WHAT: Comics and Coffee
WHEN: Monday, February 13th, at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Emerald Knights - Comics and Games
4116 W. Burbank Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
Guests in attendance will have the opportunity to win a Something Animal poster signed by the creative team, as well as an official Fanboy Comics t-shirt!
We hope that you will join us for a night of comics!
By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
The Queen is alive and well. Long live the Queen.
I feel it all started a couple of weeks ago when Madonna spearheaded her comeback after taking a slight "sabbatical" to direct her 1st feature, "W.E.," by appearing to promote said feature on 20/20. In her Madge-esty's "absence," it seemed the world had gained its new princess in Lady Gaga, as the would-be "new Madonna." Madonna put to rest any doubt with the virtual bitch slap heard round the world by calling Gaga "reductive." Missed it? Look it up.
By Kristine Chester, Guest Contributor to Fanboy Comics
The original Scarlet Spider died 15 years ago, but now, following the events of Spider-Island, Kaine has taken up the mantle of his “brother,” but he still has a long way to go to understand the motto of their family: that with great power comes great responsibility.
Fanboy Comics is proud to announce the upcoming release of Something Animal, its first graphic novel! Something Animal is a dark, psychological thriller that pulls the vampire myth back into the shadows where it belongs.
In the following interviews, Something Animal writers Bryant Dillon and Sam Rhodes, artist Robert Burrows, and editor Barbra Dillon talk more about the graphic novel and why you should pick it up, even if you've never read a comic book in your life!
Something Animal is NOW AVAILABLE for purchase on the Fanboy Comics website!