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One of the things I think a lot of people take for granted when it comes to movies and television shows is the sheer amount of concept and planning that goes into bringing these stories to the big and small screens. I believe that this goes double for a successful cartoon series, simply because you are not just building this world for a 2.5-hour movie. The world has to sustain itself over the course of several seasons. The Legend of Korra and its predecessor, Avatar: The Last Airbender, are shining examples of how much talent, imagination, and hard work go into the 30-minute cartoon shows you watch or that you watch with your kids.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Puffin Books is honoring the special occasion in a multitude of ways, including a new edition of Dahl’s delicious children’s novel, a Golden Ticket sweepstakes, and the release of a new title, Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory: The Complete Story of Willy Wonka, the Golden Ticket, and Roald Dahl’s Greatest Creation. What lies between the pages of Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory is a wonderful look back on the creation, adaptation, and cultural impact of Dahl’s Willy Wonka and his magical and mysterious chocolate factory that is sure to be devoured by both Wonka fanatics and those who only occasionally encounter an everlasting gobstobber.

Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:


The FBC staff is very excited to be exhibiting at the Son of Monsterpalooza convention from September 12-14, 2014, at the Burbank Marriott in Burbank, CA. Son of Monsterpalooza was created after the overwhelming success of Burbank's annual Monsterpalooza convention (held each April), which celebrates the best in horror and sci-fi make-up, movies, and more.

Fans in attendance will have a chance to stop by the Fanboy Comics booth to meet the creators of the graphic novels Penguins vs. Possums: Volume One, The Arcs, Something Animal, and Identity Thief, as well as the upcoming illustrated horror poetry book Fearworms: Selected Poems, which is sure to be a spooky treat just in time for Halloween. Attendees will also be able to purchase the official Fanboy Comics t-shirt, so that they can show their geek pride in style.

Do not hold your breath for “Deep Breath.”  Series 8 of Doctor Who has begun, and it is off to a mediocre start. Peter Capaldi deserved a better outing for his first full debut, and, more importantly, we, as the audience, did as well.

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Talent Deluxe Edition is a wondrous romp of secret society/spy novel style with just a dab of the supernatural . . . not too heavy but enough to bring the best out of both elements.

Minor Spoilers Below

Our main character, Nick Dane, is the lone survivor of a plane crash that killed hundreds of innocent people. He is chosen as the champion of balance and inherits the skills of all the people on board. Trained killers, boxers, as well as smaller talents, like origami.

Balance is huge part of the book, and the book touches on this directly, when our main character is speaking to a mystical creature who is the embodiment of balance, as well as more subtly, like when what could be one panel is split into two parts.

Moreover, we cannot really call our main character a hero. Several times, the powers of balance call on him to commit heinous acts in its service; good and evil just don’t play into it, and even the main character questions the morality of balance only to realize that there isn’t any.

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The art seems to go along with the notion of balance, as powerful, evocative lines contrast with downplayed colors. Despite the rather minimalist structure, much evoking Fraction’s Hawkeye, the artist is able to convey emotion effectively through fantastic body language, leading to complex scenes with minimalistic elements.

The book does has a few snags, though.  It suffers from girl-in-the-fridge syndrome, as the female characters are rather insubstantial and given little to no development, and yet we are supposed to, by virtue of their damsel in distress nature, feel bad for them.
 
The whole concept of the undisclosed secret society fused with metaphysics is also rather tired, and the book overall is solid but doesn't do anything to mix the game up.

As being a deluxe edition, it is the standard fair with a fantastic, little gallery of sketches that are quite enjoyable and bring a lot of life to the comic, as well as the original covers.

Definitely worth a pick up, but it’s not going to do anything amazing.

Lauri and Jaakko Ahonen’s Jaybird is a moving tribute to the survivors of armed conflict in Europe. A boy and his infirm mother, both anthropomorphized birds, “live quietly” in a rotting mansion. By day, the boy roams the halls — which are festooned with portraits of great military heroes from assumedly greater days — as a housekeeper. The mother, bedridden, spends her days slowly dying, completely dependent upon her son’s solicitude. He feeds her, cleans her — and, as the story begins, starts to ask her questions about the forbidden outside world.

I just finished Dark Horse’s new trade paperback, Furious, and I gotta say – it’s pretty damn good.  I’ll get into why in a bit.  First, a nod to our creators: art by Victor Santos – hopefully, you know his name by now.  If not, get with the times, because this guy is the real deal.  He’s worked on any number of impressive books, but Mice Templar might ring a bell.  I mention this comic, because the writer of Furious is none other than the writer and founder of Mice Templar, Bryan J. L. Glass.  I forgive him his second middle initial (barely), because he is so goddamned talented.

“Brutality and ignorance . . . are the hallmarks of crime!  It’s stain is borne by the helpless and the weak.  A rancid weed, sprung from craven soil!  Even a Viper strikes only to defend.  THE SHADOW KNOWS!”


After completing the momentous delivery of the complete Grendel Saga in three spectacular volumes, Dark Horse may have to go and start working on an addendum with the stellar release of a new Hunter Rose sage, Grendel vs. The Shadow.

The following is an interview with violinist/violist and composer Sarah Wallin Huff, who recently released her debut album, Soul of the Machine, and is currently collaborating on several other projects, including her debut novel, The Kesher Chronicles: Book One.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Huff regarding her pursuits in musical training, her creative process when composing, the various projects being released this year, and more!

At this time First Second Books is probably best known for their superhero origin story, The Shadow Hero, but they also offer a wide variety of all-ages comics to appeal to parents with children, children themselves, and those comic book readers who are young at heart. Ariel Cohn and Aron Nels Steinke’s The Zoo Box nicely fits these readers, although I think the story is more fun for adults to share with children than read alone.

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