By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
We're all aware that mermaids are sea folklore of beauteous maidens: half-women, half fishtail. Legendary sirens that would lure seamen to their deaths with their irresistible pipes.
We're all also aware of the juggernaut adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid that continues to be a huge cash cow for Disney to this day. Hey, I love that little fish stick, but I love Ursula the Sea Witch even more. What can I tell you? I'm a sucker for a sassy drag queen.
Most of you are probably less aware of the often described mockumentary Mermaids: The Body Found currently airing on Animal Planet. But, you should be and here's why.
POSSIBLE SPOILERS (But, worth it.)
The Promise series picks up where Avatar: The Last Airbender left off, with Aang and his friends trying to create a lasting peace between the Fire Nation and the Earth Nation. At the same time the characters are growing up and trying to find their place in the world, now that their primary mission is over. The Promise series may not have the dire stakes of the original series, but it maintains the same mix of heart, character, drama, and lighthearted, childish antics.
May 25, 2012
The Staff of Fanboy Comics would like to wish you a very happy Geek Pride Day! As the website that promises all things geek, we would be remiss if we did not inform our readers about one of the most important days of the year.
Every May 25th, geeks around the world continue an initiative to celebrate and promote geek culture. As many of you most likely know, May 25th was selected as it was the release date of the first Star Wars film in 1977. Tim McEachern in Albany, NY, first organized unconnected events called Geek Pride Festival and/or Geek Pride Day in 1998, and the events spread throughout America and the rest of the world.
How to make A CON-mikaze Cocktail: mix equal parts Tekkoshocon, SoundWitch, and J.C. Ciesielski from Fanboy Comics, and you get an Interview Brew at a Steel town Con with a band from Japan and a Man-Boy from the 'Burgh.
Best shaken, not stirred.
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By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
Hot on the high heels of the half a$$ed endorsement of same-sex marriage by President Obama, prematurely forced by Vice President Joe Biden's honest, humble opinion on the matter...half a$$ed? Well, he endorses same-sex marriage but believes it should be a state and NOT a federal decision? Women should no longer be able to vote in Iowa, while you're at it.
Desperately jumping on the pop culture band wagon, Marvel announces the same-sex marriage of long-suffering homosexual and Canadian mutant Northstar to his unrealistic in the real gay world boyfriend Kyle. Ironically, Northstar came out years ago, grabbing many a headline only to go back to being as sexless as a Ken Doll for years.
When you interview someone, you never know how circumstances will change over the course of several months. When I interviewed Dan Harmon at Paley Fest 2012 back in March, the big news was about the return of Community to the NBC lineup after an unplanned hiatus. Well, several events, including a public spat with Chevy Chase, lead to his dismissal from the show last week. Watch my interview with Dan before he was let go from the show:
One of the great American artists working in any form right now is the comedian Louis C.K. Whether it’s his brilliant and confessional stand-up material or his equally great FX Network series Louie, C.K. is utilizing all of the purposes a joke can have.
All that flowery praise would make it sound like I think Louis C.K. is the heir apparent to a droll wit like Noel Coward. He can be. But, he’s not afraid to go below the belt for a joke either. But, whether he’s working highbrow or blue, there’s no off button to Louis C.K.’s intelligence. Which is awesome, as so many in the comedy world seem to think brains aren’t required for lowbrow humor.
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 last daughter of Krypton, Kara Zor-El, cousin to Superman, arrives on Earth with no memory of how she got there and a lot of people interested in possessing the powers of a Kryptonian.
MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW
Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.
by John Layman and Rob Guillory
Alright, so Chew is one of the greatest comics being made right now, and, lucky for you, this issue is the start of a new story arc, so you should totally go buy it. Chew is a lot of things; it’s a crime drama, an action adventure book, a weird science fiction story, and a hilarious comedy. John Layman does a great job of telling complete single issue stories every month, and building an incredible ongoing story full of mystery and intrigue. Not to mention Rob Guillory’s art is amazing. He creates this blend of humorous, cartoony characters and really deep, detailed images, so that every panel catches your eye. One of my favorite things to do is to re-read an issue of Chew just to search for all of the jokes and visual cues they stick in the panels. Chew is collected into 5 trade paperbacks that collect the first 25 issues, so after you read this issue and fall in love you can go pick up the rest, and read the whole story. Trust me, it’s totally worth it.
For those in Geekdom who are not familiar with Smart Pop Books, I want you to know that you’ve been missing out - big time! Fortunately, I’m here to save your geek cred! Smart Pop Books is the pop culture imprint of independent publisher BenBella Books and offers a variety of engaging and thought-provoking, non-fiction titles focused on the discussion and exploration of the best of pop culture TV, books, and film. I was introduced to Smart Pop Books years ago when they stepped into the Whedon world with two must-read titles: Seven Seasons of Buffy and Five Seasons of Angel.