You Can't Stop J. Michael Trautmann


J. Michael TrautmannActor/MC J. Michael Trautmann talks to Fanboy Comics Creative Director Sam Rhodes about his meteoric rise as both an actor and rapper. He shares his experiences as a working TV and film actor, divulges his passions as an amateur visual artist, and lets us in on why theatre will always be a constant in his life.

Look for him in the upcoming release 96 minutes and Here Comes the Boom with Kevin James.





Stay tuned to the Fanboy Comics website for more interviews!



Comics on ComicsDear Fanboy Comics Readers:

The FBC Staff is very excited to announce that our friends at Comics on Comics will be making their debut at the Hollywood Improv on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at 8:00 p.m.!  In addition, there will be a "mini con" prior to the show, featuring indie publishers Devastator, Prion Press, and FANBOY COMICS!

We have been long-time fans of Comics on Comics, which is a podcast (recorded in front of a live audience) that pits comedians against comic creators in nerd debates, breaks everything down from the business aspects to the
creative end of comic books, movies, video games, and pop culture.  In their own words, it's like "Real Time with Bill Maher, but for geeks!" 

The show will feature host Jonathan London ( as he welcomes legendary Marvel Comics creator Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans, Blade), popular KROQ comedian Ralph Garman (Family Guy, The Kevin & Bean Show), and comedians Laura Valdivia and Asterios Kokkinos for a hilarious night of comics and comedy!

Tickets are only $10 and may be purchased by calling 323-651-2583 or visiting  Tickets will also be available at the door.



Horrible TurnThe 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 opening of The Cabin in the Woods, FFOW! highlights an original film based on the work of Joss Whedon.



In 2008, after the Writer's Guild of America strike that shut down Hollywood for fourteen weeks, Buffy creator Joss Whedon produced the original internet musical sensation Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.  It starred Neil Patrick Harris as the title character, a maniacal madman wannabe whose only wish is to defeat his pig-headed superhero nemesis Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion) and win the heart of Penny (Felicia Day), the girl of his dreams.  Whedon's short premiered to acclaim and went on to win many awards, leading to whispers of the soon-to-be-made sequel.  

But, certain fans asked hard-hitting questions.  What events made Dr. Horrible so…well, horrible?  Why does the world absolutely LOVE Captain Hammer?  And, where can I get a pair of those goggles?


HellcyonHellcyon is an anime-inspired story of revolution. The book is set on the garden world Halcyon, which after an uprising becomes known as Hellcyon. This is science fiction doing what science fiction does best: telling contemporary stories with a futuristic setting. Now, I am about to commit a criticism sin by reading too much into the author’s biography. Lucas Marangon was forced out of Argentina as a young boy, during the rule of the junta. Much of the plot of this book loosely fits this description, complete with needless brutality, the disappearance of most anybody who showed the slightest opposition, and the blurring of the lines between the military and the government. By encasing this story in a thin science-fiction shell, Marangon is able to more easily tell the story of resistance and oppression.

Now, English 102 level analyzation out of the way, is it worth your time?


hello I must be going ImageMelanie Lynskey, perhaps best known for her roles in Heavenly Creatures, Ever After, and Two and a Half Men, finally takes center stage in this character-driven indie film. Hello I Must Be Going tells the story of Amy, a recently divorced thirty-something, who has found herself disconnected from the artistic young woman she once was, as well as from the buttoned-up lawyer’s wife she became before her divorce. Amy moves into her parents’ house without direction or drive, but when she meets a much younger family friend, her passion reignites in an unexpected, or perhaps quite expected, way. Hello I Must Be Going is a simplistic film that surprises with its sharp wit and charm as it tells the all-too-familiar story of starting over when life takes an unexpected turn.  

Carnal CoverCarnal: Pride of the Lions is the first in a series of five illustrated graphic novels from Sea Lion Books, in which humans have fallen to the bottom of the food chain and lions, hyenas, and other animals have evolved into humanistic creatures that battle for dominance and survival.  Co-writer and artist John Connell talks with Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon about how the graphic novel began, his own artistic influences, and what is up next for the Carnal series.


This interview was conducted on April 11, 2012.

Batman 8Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.



Batman #8
by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo

This issue starts off the first event of DC’s New 52, and if it is any indication, this event is going to be awesome. Even better, this issue is a great jumping on point, if you haven’t been reading Batman. A short scene in the beginning gives the exposition needed to catch everyone up to speed, and then the action starts. Snyder and Capullo waste no time showing that Bruce Wayne is just as deadly and dangerous without his suit and toys, but the real scene stealer in this issue is Alfred Pennyworth, everyone’s favorite butler.  Snyder and Capullo have spent seven issues so far setting up this very moment, and you will not be disappointed. After picking up this issue, be prepared to drop some money next month, as this storyline spirals the ten other books that make up the Bat family. If those other books are even half as good as this one, then they’ll be worth every penny. Make sure to pick up Batman #8 if you like men fighting in bathrobes, sarcastic butlers, or the quiet moments right before all hell breaks loose.

Red Hood Banner and with Review52 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.





With nowhere else to turn, three outlaws (Jason Todd, resurrected former sidekick of Batman, Arsenal, Green Arrow's rejected sidekick, and Starfire, an alien and former slave from an intergalactic war) band together to confront the demons of their past.






Stunt OscarsNow that the 84th Annual Academy Awards are in the history books, this is the time of year that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) revises some of the categories, reviews the show, and makes changes to the overall voting rules.  This year, there is big buzz surrounding stunt performers petitioning the Academy to get their work recognized at the Oscars.  Last year, there was a changing of the guard with Bruce Davis stepping down as Executive Director of the Academy and Dawn Hudson moving from Film Independent to replace him. The performers felt now was the opportune time to bring up the topic again. In a recent Hollywood Reporter article, Jack Gill, a veteran stunt performer, says that Hudson “seems to be a lot more receptive than the others.”  He has already started discussions with Hudson to make this a reality.


Archie Vol. 5I’m already in love with this comic based solely on the cover. It features Archie Andrews how we know him best: looking totally lovesick! Reggie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead are also pictured below Archie. In this reprint of the 1945 comics, Archie and friends look like the characters of Grease with a splash of I Love Lucy, and even a bit of Mad Men. It feels just like you would think a 1945 comic would, with random sewing patterns mixed between the pages of the story, games and puzzles, and pushes to buy bail bonds. I appreciate that these things were not lost in the modern reprint. It has a vintage vibe that transports you back in time while reading.

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