What I remember from the opening moments of Drive: wide shots of glittery Los Angeles taken in the black of night, opening credits scribbled in thick pink font, electronic pop music that sounded like it could belong in a Brett Easton Ellis novel, and the feeling that I was about to witness an auteur’s breakout American film. I was not disappointed. Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson) took home the “Best Director” award from this year’s Cannes Film Festival for Drive, an invigorating, raw crime thriller with a loaded cast, including Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, and Bryan Cranston. The beauty of this film, as a whole, is that it is purely the vision of its director, and it does not appear to be related, in any way, to the monotonous cookie cutter films that Hollywood can churn out by the dozen. Although Drive has its flaws, it is a work of art, a film that can actually be digested and dissected, scene-by-scene, with moments that are exhilarating, shockingly elegant, and beautifully brutal.
In the past few years, we have been given two reinterpretations of Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous character. The first, by Guy Ritchie, was a modern retelling of Sherlock Holmes in the Victorian Era. The second, by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, was a sort of classic BBC detective series set in modern times. Each of these versions approached the problem of introducing a Victorian hero to a modern audience, but they approached the issue in completely different ways.
Batman of Suburbia, A Web Series.
Batman is about to take on his biggest challenge yet... Suburbia.
Episode #5: Batman of Suburbia decides to take things more seriously and hires a personal trainer.
Starring: Doug Bass as Batman of Suburbia
Written, Directed, and Edited by: Doug Bass
Produced by: Barbra (Pakler) Dillon
Executive Produced by: Doug Bass, Bryant Dillon, Jorge Jazan, Jeff Larson, and Tony Newsom
Cinematography by: Jeff Larson
Sound and Mixing by: Jeremy Azevedo
Catch a new episode of Batman of Suburbia on the Fanboy Comics website every Tuesday!
UPDATE: CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED, BELOW!!!
Amy Winehouse: Fade to Black
A Memorial Print by Michael Troy
UPDATE: Contest Extension!!!
Los Angeles, CA- Michael Troy and Lethally Blonde Productions (Going Gaga!, The Blonde Squad) are offering an exclusive, extremely limited, signed, and numbered Amy Winehouse memorial print.
"Tragic news of the talented singer/songwriter's passing came when I was at San Diego Comic-Con pimping my Lady Gaga tribute book, Going Gaga! Having always been a fan of Winehouse, I was inspired to do this image to honor her. What can I yell you? I have a soft spot in my heart for tortured genius. I wanted to make her look pretty and threw in a tip of the hat to one of my favorite artists, Patrick Nagel. After posting it on Facebook and having people react very strongly to it, I decided to make it available as an exclusive print. And that is that," said Troy of the inspiration behind the Winehouse image.
"Amy Winehouse: Fade to Black" is a limited edition 11" x 16" glossy print, signed, numbered, and limited to only 125 copies. It is available for purchase for $7.00, available exclusively through the Prism Comics' online store.
Enter for a chance to win your own signed Winehouse print
Artist Michael Troy was very kind to provide Fanboy Comics with a signed print for our readers. For your chance to win print #27, simply leave a comment (below) on this page telling us your favorite Winehouse song and why.
Only one entry will be counted per person, and the contest will NOW officially close on Thursday, August 18, 2011, at 5pm/PST. (International entries will be accepted for this contest.) The Fanboy Comics Staff will choose their favorite response, and the winner will be announced on the FBC website on Friday, August 19, 2011, along with being notified by email.
Fanboy Comics will also be hosting other giveaways in the future. Be sure to sign up for FBC's free daily e-newsletter, The Fanboy Scoop, so you are sure not to miss any of our updates or contests! You can also follow Fanboy Comics and The Fanboy Scoop on Facebook and Twitter.
Congratulations to the following winner in the "Amy Winehouse: Fade to Black" print giveaway:
The winning response:
So many to choose from, of course. But a favorite has been "You Know I'm No Good." Her rich, soulful voice just bursts through every lyric. I still get chills when I hear it. So sad she is gone, but her legacy will last a very VERY long time. RIP Amy.
The winner will be notified by email. Congratulations, and thank you to everyone who entered. It was a pleasure to read all of the comments from such devoted fans of Amy Winehouse.
Stay tuned to the Fanboy Comics website for further giveaways!
All comments left on the page can found under the "Forum" section of our website.
After a week of amazing panels, fantastic cosplay, celebrity sightings, and groundbreaking interviews, Fanboy Comics Creative Director Sam Rhodes takes a moment to reflect on the awesomeness that was San Diego Comic-Con 2011 with the fans that made it so great.
Fanboy Comics will continue to post all of its interviews, reviews, and commentaries from San Diego Comic-Con. Click here for the latest interviews!
The End. A Web Series.
The robots have taken over and there are only a few survivors left.
(The End. is a post-apocalyptic buddy comedy.)
Catch a new episode on the Fanboy Comics website every Friday!
Starring: Bryan Mayer and Justinh Avery
Directed by Peter Harmon
Written by Bryan Mayer
Director of Photography: Rick Bickerstaff
Edited by Jason Marsh
Sound Design and Sound Editing by Ian Becker
Produced by Bryan Mayer
Co-Produced by Justinh Avery, Peter Harmon, Ian Becker, Rick Bickerstaff, and Jason Marsh
August 4, 2011
Today is August 4th, and you know what that means, kiddies. Only 25 more days until nuclear holocaust and the machine revolution!
As any well-educated fanboy knows, Skynet is the artificially intelligent computer system that serves as a major villain in the Terminator franchise. According to James Cameron's Terminator lore, Skynet was originally installed into the U.S. military mainframe to control the national arsenal on August 4, 1997. (Don't worry, Sarah Connor Chronicles fans. We will celebrate your Activation Day in April.) It was only 25 days later, on August 29th, that Skynet became self-aware and decided to exterminate the human race.
UPDATE: Photos posted from The Hero Girls' Ultimate Summer Costume Party!
The Fanboy Comics Crew had an awesome time at The Hero Girls' Costume Party last night! The fans in attendance had top-notch geeky costumes, and our hosts provided a fun evening of dancing and merriment!
Be sure to check out all of the great costumes from the party on the Fanboy Comics Facebook page!
Thanks again to The Hero Girls for an amazing night!
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
With San Diego Comic-Con behind us and Halloween still months away, many of you may be wondering how to quell your cosplay urge. Worry no more!
The Hero Girls costume club is hosting The Ultimate Summer Costume Party on Saturday, August 13, at the Marriott Hotel in Burbank, CA. The party will run from 8:00 p.m. until 1:30 a.m.
This one-night-only event is for fanboys and fangirls who like to COSTUME UP and PARTY DOWN! There will be a DJ, dancing, a cash bar (bring cash, buy drinks!), FREE COMICS for everyone, and hundreds of costumed revelers.
Admission is only $9.00, and tickets will be available at the door. Please visit their website, www.TheHeroGirls.com, for more details.
The Fanboy Comics crew will be in attendance, and Katniss may be making a return appearance! Don't miss this awesome opportunity to dress up as your favorite character from comics, movies, TV, anime, books, etc.
I hope to see you there!
Barbra J. Dillon
Managing Editor, Co-Founder, & Director of Jedi Recruitment
The following is an interview with Kristopher White, creator and writer of the upcoming graphic novel, The 36. The story is based on the Kabbalistic belief that there are 36 people in the world upon whom it is saved by their simple existence. In times of need, these people emerge from anonymity and save us, then fade back into their lives.
Below, White talks to Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon about the religious basis for The 36, his personal influences from the comic book genre, and how Kickstarter.com can launch the dreams of independent creators.
This interview was conducted on Sunday, July 31st, 2011.
For those of you who have not heard, or tried, Minecraft is crack. Beautiful, delicious crack. The basic premise of the game is that you are a guy who can build stuff in a hostile world. That’s it. The game is an unfinished product and is constantly being updated. This is both a good and bad thing. The bad news is pretty obvious. The game is not as good as it should be yet. There are fairly steady improvements being made, but this is one of the great bits. The game is constantly changing as you play it. There is something incredibly fascinating about watching the evolution of a game as it is happening. The other great thing about the game being a work-in-progress is that it is cheaper. When Minecraft is finished, it will cost €20, or about $28.75. Right now, while the game is in Beta, you can buy a copy of the game, and all updates, for €15, or $21.54.