It’s no secret that the Broadway show Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has been plagued by numerous cast injuries, poor writing, and bad press. Given the $65 million price that went towards production of the show, many are left wondering why so much money was spent in the first place. In the wake of this catastrophic disaster emerged a show that many hope will turn theatre on its head. Created by writer Justin Moran (POPE! The Musical), The Spidey Project: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility is a guerilla-style theatre production that aims to write, rehearse, and perform a Spider-Man-inspired musical within 30 days on a $0 budget. The show is scheduled for two performances on March 14th at the Peoples Improv Theatre in NYC.
The following is an interview with actor and improviser Ryan Nelson, who co-stars in The Spidey Project. Ryan can be seen at The Magnet Theater in New York City in POPE! The Musical, performing musical improvisation with Choral Rage, and playing once a year with the super group Under Your Bed.
This interview was conducted on Tuesday, March 8, 2011.
The following is an interview with writer/artist Michael Troy, whose Taylor Swift artwork will appear in the April issue of FAME by Bluewater Publishing. Troy’s previous work includes graphic novels like The Blonde Squad and The Boy Who Loved Magnificent Woman, and he can also be seen performing in comedy clubs throughout Los Angeles.
This interview was conducted on Sunday, March 13, 2011.
The following is an interview with Mark Jeffrey, writer of the Young-Adult series Max Quick. He is also an internet entrepreneur who currently serves as the CEO of the ThisWeekIn network of podcast television shows. In the following interview, Jeffrey explains his motivation behind the Max Quick series, his desire to transition from novel to film, and the similarities and differences between being a writer and an internet entrepreneur.
This interview was conducted on Sunday, March 13, 2011.
The following is an interview with actor Kerem Bursin, who co-stars in the SyFy original film Sharktopus. Bursin shared his thoughts with Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon on his Sharktopus character, working with B-movie great Roger Corman, and the challenge of working with CG technology. Special thanks to Ellen Tremiti for her assistance in securing this interview!
This interview was conducted on Monday, April 4, 2011.
The following is an interview with actor Gino Pesi, who co-stars in the upcoming film, Battle: Los Angeles, with stars Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, and Bridget Moynahan. A few of Pesi’s recent credits include the films Takers and SWAT: Fire Fight, as well as TV appearances in NCIS, CSI: NY, Chuck, Cold Case, and What I like About You. Pesi shared his thoughts with Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon on his Battle: Los Angeles character, acting with CGI, and how Battle: Los Angeles’ aliens compare with other movie extraterrestrials.
This interview was conducted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011.
Over the past seven years, writer Robert Kirkman (Battle Pope, Invincible) has found quite a literary and theatrical phenomenon with his series, The Walking Dead. The story follows a band of unlikely heroes in their daily trials and tribulations, given their extraordinary circumstances in a world devastated by a zombie apocalypse. In 2010, AMC released The Walking Dead as a television series starring actors Jon Bernthal (Shane), Andrew Lincoln (Rick), and Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori), which garnered such a positive response that the network ordered an extended, 13-episode second season.
For fans of the original comic book, AMC’s show breathed new life into their beloved series and also offered the chance to invite new fans to the WD fold. The television show has launched the zombified story into cult status, helped by the AMC brand and its recent history of successful shows (Mad Men, Breaking Bad).
The following is an interview with actor Jon Bernthal, who shared his thoughts with Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon on the future of his character, his own zombie apocalypse contingency plan, and more about Season 2. (Special thanks to David Bliss for his assistance in securing this interview with Mr. Bernthal!)
This interview was conducted on Thursday, January 13, 2011.
I recently read The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, and I must encourage anyone who hasn’t already read the books to get out and buy a copy today! This is one of the most engrossing series that I have ever read; you will not be disappointed if you give the series a chance. For those unfamiliar with the series, the plot is based in a post-apocalyptic world where the teenaged children of poor citizens are forced by the aristocracy to battle to the death in an annual, televised program called the Hunger Games.
On a lark, I decided to cast the main characters from the first book of the series. For those who haven’t been keeping track of The Fanboy Scoop, a HG movie is already in the works, so I wanted to get a jump on casting before Hollywood ruined another project. I will say that this cast is not ideal, given that the number of talented child actors now-a-days is scant. Had this been cast ten years ago, this movie might have been epic! Alas, I will work with what I must…
Valentine’s Day is upon us, and, as fellow geeks prepare for a weekend of romance, I feel it is my duty to provide them with some suitably dirty and nerdy cosplay options. Given that we in the geek crowd seem to be eager to dress up as our favorite stormtrooper or hobbit at the drop of Jayne’s hat, I see no reason why we shouldn’t be employing this passion to our…. well, passions! Not only are geeks experts at crafting detailed and high-caliber costumes, but they’re also more likely to be open to the idea of dressing up as Harry and Hermione before rolling in the chamber of secrets. More than one average Joe or Joette has gone running the other way when confronted with a costumed lover, but if your sex muffin has been to SDCC, then I’m sure that they’ll take one glance at your smooth threads and say with a loving voice, “I always thought Pika Chu was kind of dashing.” Below, you’ll find my top geeky Valentine’s day cosplay suggestions for both genders. If you’ve got a comic-sniffer in your life who deserves a little love this Valentine’s Day, take a hint from the Cylons and “have a plan.” These should help:
Zorba the Greek, a novel by Nikos Kazantzakis, enlightened the Western world with an exotic interpretation of premodern Greece, illustrating the country’s old-fashioned ideologies and cruel forms of justice through their rough interpretations of the law and moral code. By focusing on the unforgiving, patriarchal hierarchies of the peasants, Kazantzakis examined the society’s ideologies, strict religious guidelines, and overall way of life. Through this study, one of the novel’s themes, the application of the spirit of the law versus the letter of the law, clearly presented itself in the novel’s horrifying death scene of the “widow.” While Kazantzakis’ novel was not written to justify these actions, his description of the people and ideals of Greece successfully managed to educate the reader of their reasoning behind taking matters into their own hands.
As portrayed in the novel, premodern Greek society was much like that of ancient Greece, where men ruled over the family with an iron fist, and women served no other purpose than that of domestic creature, catering to the every whim of their husband. The common view historically was that women were inferior, sexually dangerous, and vulnerable. When described by Plato, “...the morals of women were ill reputed throughout Greece” (Jaeger 243). In fact, women without husbands were viewed as worthless and shameful in the eyes of the entire community, including both men and women alike. As was the case in Zorba the Greek, a widow in the village refused to remarry and was then scorned by the men that wanted her and the women that wanted to be her. In describing the widow, a villager commented, “She’s as you might say, the mistress of the whole village: you put out the light and you imagine it’s not the wife you take in your arms, but the widow” (Kazantzakis 97).
Recently, the Fanboy Comics staff has been trying to keep their social scene extra geeky by hosting movie nights at Fanboy Comics HQ for staff and friends. We usually discuss current geek culture, chow down on appropriately geeky snacks provided by FBC Managing Editor Barbra Dillon (she’s like Martha Stewart, if Martha Steward was also a Jedi!!!), and get the chance to casually watch a film as we socialize. We have found that humorous or goofy movies selections seem to work best, so that our guests can fade in and out of the film while enjoying the others in attendance (hence why our first event was a screening of the hilarious Roger Corman Fantastic Four film!!!). That was not the case for the last evening. While I loved Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, I had yet to tackle the three-and-a-half hour long Ultimate Cut. Given the film’s controversial standing in the geek community, I was unsure of how it would play for our crowd, but I proceeded undaunted. I am proud to report that everyone, myself included, seemed glued to the screen, no matter what their feelings of the film may have been afterward. Yes, we may have had to pause mid-way through the film for a blue penis cake break, but the geeky die-hards that make up Fanboy Comics and its followers made it to the end! Nice job, gang!
The first thing I noticed about Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut was how easily I forgot that I had seen this film five or six times in theaters, as I got lost in its world once more. I know there’s a lot of criticism out there for the film and I have my own issues with certain parts of the film, but damn is it a good film! The first scene where The Comedian meets his end followed by the amazing opening credits sequence set to Bob Dylan’s "The Times They Are A-Changin’" is honestly worth the price of admission, alone! Anyways, let’s get to the unique pluses of the The Ultimate Cut. (But, if you have the opportunity, I would implore you to give Zack Snyder’s Watchmen a second viewing... and then, go read the graphic novel again just for good measure. You know you want to.