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Water, earth, fire, and air, the four elements are ubquitious in fantasy. Wizards throw fireballs, a priest makes use of blessed holy water, the druid controls the winds themselves. The Pathfinder RPG has taken this idea a step further with playable races that are bonded to a particular element through the blood of genies. The Geniekin are beings born from the combination of a mortal race and a powerful being from one of the four elemental planes (a plane being sort of like a whole other world with its own specific rules.) Passionate and arrogant Ifrits represent fire, strong and stoic Oreads reperesent earth, agile and secret keeping Sylphs represent air, the aquatic Undines protect nature and represent water, and the charming Suli are beings with a flexible connection to the elements.

“You can’t do serious comic book films!”

“You cannot do dark superheroes!”

“No one’s ever made an old television series into a movie!”

Executive Producer Michael E. Uslan remembers well the indignant howls. During the 1980s, every studio executive in Hollywood slammed their doors in his face. They refused to hear his pitch for a comic book movie aimed at adults. None of them believed that a summer blockbuster could be based on a character that the editor of DC Comics at the time referred to as “dead as a dodo.”

That all changed on June 23, 1989.

Attack on Titan is a very interesting, new anime series from creator Hajime Isayama and Funimation Studios about a group of young military cadets in a battle for survival against gigantic, ravenous humanoids called Titans. The series has taken the world by storm with its intense action and emotional storyline, but is it really all it’s cracked up to be?

Fanboys Comics Contributors Jodi Scaife and Senior Contributors Jason Enright and Kristine Chester don their three-dimensional maneuvering gear and dive into the series with this in-depth, 5-part review of Attack on Titan: Season One.

Through the theatre, new and magical worlds can be unlocked for the audience, providing them with the opportunity to experience the fantastical, the frightening, the ferocious, and the funny.  In 'Twas Brillig - The Nonsense of Lewis Carroll, an original play that is currently playing at Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group in North Hollywood, CA, the realms of fantasy and madness are at play in a fast-paced collage of Lewis Carroll's works.

Comic book publisher BOOM! Studios will soon be releasing Deceivers #6 on Wednesday, June 25th, written by Steven Grant, illustrated by Jose Holder, and with cover art by Lorena Carvalho. The publisher has been very generous to the Fanboy Comics staff, as we are now able to share an exclusive advance preview of Issue #6!

The following is an interview with actor Bill Oberst Jr. (Criminal Minds, Legend of the Red Reaper), who will soon be portraying "The Warden" in the upcoming film The Chair. The creators behind the film recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for the film, with the hopes of bringing the graphic novel adaptation to the big screen. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Contributor Christina Brookman chats with Oberst about what initially intrigued him about the project, what makes a villain truly great, the challenges that he relishes when approaching a new character, and why readers should support the Kickstarter campaign for The Chair!

Comic book publisher OSSM Comics will soon be releasing the final issue of its mini-series Thaniel on Wednesday, June 25th, written by Omar Spahi and with art by Terry Huddleston. The publisher has been very generous to the Fanboy Comics staff, as we are now able to share an advance preview of Issue #4!

Street Angel sneaks up on you in some most unexpected ways, and, by the time you’re done with this premiere issue, you very well may find yourself grinning from ear to ear.  Written and created by Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca, with art and lettering by Rugg, Street Angel takes a remarkably simple conceit and takes it all the way to the comics bank.  Rugg and Maruca know comics, and here and there they slyly break the fourth wall, bringing us into the story more and making us a participant in Street Angel’s unchecked chicanery.  Thirteen-year-old orphan Jesse Sanchez is Street Angel, and Rugg and Maruca’s description of her beats anything I can try here, but, suffice it to sa,y she’s got mad skateboarding skills and tackles any challenge head on, and that challenge is often ninjas.

I have not read many comics anthologies, so when the chance came to review Amazing Forest, I jumped at the opportunity. What is so special about this specific anthology series, you may ask? Well, for one thing, it is put out by top-notch digital publisher MonkeyBrain Comics, a still relatively new company that is home to some of the most extraordinarily unique, fun, and creative comics to be found online, or anywhere for that matter, and many of the titles have had collections released in printed by companies like IDW, Image, and Dark Horse. The other reason is Erick Freitas and Ulises Farinas, the creators of Amazing Forest. I first came across Freitas and Farinas when I reviewed their Dark Horse one-shot Gamma, and it was one of the strangest, coolest, funniest comics I'd stumbled upon. So, of course, an anthology created and written by the two of them was a must for me to check out. Also, Amazing Forest is just a fantastic title. Or is it an amazing title?

This week's edition of Fanboy Comics' Kickstarter Report highlights Gateway Runners #1, a brand new comic book by the folks at Nerd Nation, a podcasting group that is again venturing into the exciting world of comic book publishing.  Gateway Runners #1 is a fast-paced, character-driven adventure about a future where Earth has taken its first steps into a larger universe in light of its massive overpopulation. With Mars terraformed and colonized, the population problem is somewhat lessened; however, Mars sorely lacks needed technology and medical supplies, and Earth suffers from a lack of natural land on which to plant.  Is there anything that can save these two planets, and all of humanity?  Their only hope may be . . . the Gateway Runners.  In order to bring this high speed sci-fi story to life, Nerd Nation needs your help!

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