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Hey, Bravest Warriors! Something very special is hitting the shelves this week from kaBOOM! Studios and Cartoon Hangover. So, grab your Gas-Powered Stick, make sure your flux drive is ready, those solar alpacas are in place, and set your course for your local comic shop, because The Impossibear Special is coming your way.

“You know what the Cardassians were like.  What weapons they had.  We didn’t stand a chance against them!”
“How’d you beat ‘em then?”
     --Kira and Mullibok


When people say they hate DS9, I’m pretty sure they’re talking about this episode.  That’s not to say it’s bad; on the contrary, it has some nice character work for Nana Visitor’s Major Kira and a great guest turn by Brian Keith as cranky Bajoran farmer Mullibok.  It just exemplifies everything that people complain about whenever DS9 comes up in conversation.  It’s slow.  They don’t go anywhere.  Bajorans are annoying.  Sometimes, I think that the people who dislike DS9 (also known as “The Factually Incorrect”) have only ever seen this episode.  That would be like judging the entirety of TNG on “The Royale.”

The following is an interview with writer/director Tom Hammock, who will soon be premiering his new film, The Well, at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 12, 2014. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Hammock about the post-apocalyptic tale, his transition from comic book and screenwriter to director, his upcoming graphic novel, and more!

This interview was conducted on Monday, June 9, 2014.

The following is an interview with actress Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story), who will soon be portraying "The Mother" 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 Grossman about what initially intrigued her about the project, the challenges (and benefits) of working on a character that requires heavy prosthetic make-up, and why readers should support the Kickstarter campaign for The Chair!

The following is an interview with actor/writer Paul Pakler, who recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for his short film, "Living Room." In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Pakler (who may or may not be her older brother) about his inspiration for the film, the talented individuals involved with the creative process, why Midnight Madness is the standard for all films to live up to, and how you can make "Living Room" a reality!

Michael Avon Oeming’s The Victories has always had a cynical view of society. The latest trade takes that to a new level. A massive global conspiracy is nearing the last stages of its plan, and the only people standing in the way are the Victories. Trouble is, nearly all of them are captured or missing. With time running out, they will have to coordinate an escape, figure out the plan, identify the roots of the conspiracy, and somehow stop it.

Odd Brodsky is a film for anyone who has ever wistfully dreamed of Hollywood greatness. At its screening at Dances With Films on Saturday night, writer/director Cindy Baer admitted that the movie comes at least somewhat from her own experiences—but that this wasn’t entirely intentional. They’re the experiences of a person trying to pursue a career in Hollywood against greater odds, and, for anyone who has done so, those experiences tend to be universal.

There was a great article in LA Weekly a couple of weeks ago about how Tom Cruise’s appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s coach a few years back effectively killed his career as a movie star.  One of the first videos to go viral (Youtube had launched literally just a few weeks prior.) and edited within an inch of its life (Cruise never actually jumps up and down on the coach as people often misremember.), the clip made Cruise seem genuinely unhinged to the public, and, suddenly, it became trendy to say you hated Tom Cruise.  That’s sad to me for a lot of reasons, the least of which is, for 25 years or so, Cruise had gone out of his way to work with truly great filmmakers on interesting projects and pushing himself as an artist.  Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Paul Thomas Anderson, Francis Coppola, Brad Bird, Barry Levinson, Brian DePalma, Robert Redford, Steven Spielberg (twice), Sydney Pollack, Neil Jordan, Cameron Crowe (twice), John Woo, and Michael Mann make for an impressive list of collaborators; however, it was Cruise’s willingness to give over 18 months at the height of his earnings potential for the never-ending shoot of Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut that gives him a lifetime pass from me.  He also gets bonus points for standing guard over Kubrick’s possibly unfinished cut of the film after the legendary director unexpectedly passed away.

The following is an interview with writer Gavin Hignight (Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Freak Table) and artist James Emmett (Ex Occultus: Seal of Solomon), the creative team behind the sci-fi web comic The Concrete World, which is nearing its 200th released page. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Hignight and Emmett about the initial inspiration for the web comic, the process of compiling the creative team, the upcoming plans for the story's final act, and the other projects on which they are currently working!

The anime series Ouran High School Host Club, based on a manga of the same name, debuted in Japan in 2006 and was released in the US in 2009. The show is currently licensed through Funimation, and all twenty-six episodes can be streamed through their site, as well as numerous streaming services. I had heard about it many years ago, but I simply had so many things I was trying to read and watch that I didn’t get around to it. What a loss! This comedic series is one of the most fun and unique shoujo (marketed to teenage girls) anime I have come across in a long time.

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