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This third volume of the new Captain Midnight series from Dark Horse is a game changer. Obviously, for one thing, the stakes are raised. The stakes have to be higher in every issue in order to maintain audience interest, but they’re higher in a very different way than they were in Volume 2.

The Fanboy Comics staff is very excited to be exhibiting at Long Beach Comic Con this weekend, alongside a number of other talented independent creators! Taking place on Saturday, September 27, and Sunday, September 28, 2014, at the Long Beach Convention Center, the annual event is a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators, and creators of all pop culture genres.

LOS ANGELES, CA – September 22, 2014 – Fanboy Comics (FBC) is PvPositvely overjoyed to announce that it will publish the fifth issue of the creator-owned series Penguins vs. Possums on October 29, 2014.  Following the release of the Penguins vs. Possums: Volume One trade paperback, Issue #5 will continue to unveil the secret war between the two species, which has begun to spill to the surface. 

You know that friend who only has a few anecdotes and constantly keeps retelling the same stories over and over again? Steven Moffat has become that friend to Doctor Who, and no matter how great those stories were the first time, I am tired of them.

SPOILERS BELOW

Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:

Greetings from the Shire on this happiest of Hobbit Days!  Hobbit Day is the birthday of hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two fictional characters in J. R. R. Tolkien's popular set of books, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. In the books, both Bilbo and Frodo were said to be born on September 22, but of different years. Bilbo was born in the year of 2890 and Frodo in the year of 2968 in the Third Age (1290 and 1368 respectively in Shire-Reckoning).

Nightmare Carnival is a short story anthology. The included works are generally gothic in their tone and tenor, and — as indicated by the title — they all relate to a carnival or carnivals in one way or another. With some notable exceptions, the included tales are generally amateurish. A surprising number of the authors have not mastered basic concepts that pertain to the craft of writing (e.g., they overuse and needlessly repeat words; they fail to use paragraph structure to establish tempo; and they include labored dialogue that is usually more distracting than informative); however, it is also true that a number of the stories — or, more specifically, the ideas — that are conveyed in these pieces are entertaining and do deliver the anticipated “goods” — scary carnival-themed events. For these reasons, the work can be recommended to anyone who has a well-worn VHS of Killer Clowns from Outer Space, but it can’t be recommended to a general audience.

Well, he’s done it again. Matt Kindt has surprised me in a comic where I always expect an unusual twist. In the last issue, Meru was sent on a mission to find the first immortal. In this issue, she breaks the rules in order to find him. Along the way, we learn a little more about the history of everyone’s favorite mind management agency. Sir Francis, the first immortal, looks like he might be a powerful ally for Meru, who is running out of allies at the moment. There is also a fun moment where a bit of the structure of the series takes on a totally different light.

Ahoy, Fanboy Comics mateys!

Avast! 'Tis International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and ye FBC friends will be grabbing a grog after pillaging a village or two to celebrate this day to its fullest.

‘Annihilation:’ Book Review

There is a particular quote from Annihilation that sums up my entire experience with it:

“When you see beauty and desolation, it changes something inside you.  Desolation tries to colonize you.”

I teetered between loving and seriously not liking this story.  It wasn’t until the very last scenes that I came to some degree of reconciliation with my reaction to it.  To Jeff VanderMeer’s credit, I think that this is the exact experience he intends for the reader to have, as he skillfully manipulates the reader into the same difficult emotional journey that his main character is taking.

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kim Turney and Patty Jean Robinson about their IndieGoGo project: a time travel action/comedy web series called Pike and Trident. Well, I’m pleased to report that their tireless labor over the last few months has finally yielded fruit! Pike and Trident: Episode 1, “A Viking We Will Go,” premiered today on YouTube! And, I’m pleased to report that it’s everything they promised and more.

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