Seventeen-year-old Liz Wynter wants to be unique, just like any teenager, but the technology in her head makes it clear that everything Liz does, thinks, dreams, or is has come before and will come again. Liz can’t even claim her DNA, since, in her futuristic galaxy, numerous women sharing her genetic code have lived, died, and are yet to be born. Her only escape is into the virtual world apps on her brain computer, but when her friend, Shane, introduces Liz to an app that will steal from other people’s mind computers, they accidentally access a program linked to a group who wants to overturn the Galactic Government and she becomes marked. Now, she’s struggling to find a way to stay one step ahead of the government agent who wants her dead, because how are you unpredictable when everything you and anyone else with your DNA has thought, done, or said is analyzed and on record?
“How often do you fly, Kari?”
“I don’t. Outside of these random meetings, I lead a very ordinary life. I don’t need to fly.”
“It’s not about needing to fly. It’s about being free, escaping this madness we live in.
“Once you go up, you just have to come back down and face it . . . Your best bet is to just ignore it. That’s how I escape.”
Baltimore, MD – Present Day. Gerald Petworth and Kari James have been given an assignment: Infiltrate a Department of Homeland Security armored convoy to retrieve a young man being transported under guard to Quantico. But, the young man apparently isn’t what he seems, and neither are Gerald and Kari, as their powers make them more formidable than the DHS Soldiers guarding the convoy.
One fact that readers of Fanboy Comics may not know is that I am a Pittsburgh gal, born and raised. Primanti Bros. sandwiches, Mr. Rogers, the Steelers, Andy Warhol . . . the works (n'at). While it has been years since I departed the city of the three rivers, Pittsburgh will always hold a special place in my heart. This special fondness for the 'burgh is what intrigued me about CHUTZ-POW! Superheroes of the Holocaust, a new comic book anthology that tells the stories of five Pittsburgh-area Holocaust survivors. Produced as a joint effort between The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh and The Pittsburgh ToonSeum (one of only three museums in the US to be devoted exclusively to the cartoon arts), CHUTZ-POW! aims to educate readers about the events of the Holocaust and to promote social justice, peace, and compassion.
As the leaves begin to change and a strange chill fills the air, there is no doubt that Halloween will soon be here! For fans of the frightfully fun holiday and those who love all things horror, the Horror Writers Association is getting into the spirit of the season with their upcoming event, An Afternoon of Horror II at the Pasadena Central Library.
Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat was the first published novel of Andrez Bergen, author of such works as Who Is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa and the Bullet Gal comic series. The post-apocalyptic, dystopian, sci-fi noir world in which the story takes place has been a continual presence in much of his work since then, with characters, themes, settings, and plot points providing influence throughout his oeuvre. Now, Bergen has taken that first book and adapted it into graphic novel form.
In December 2012 creator Lonnie Mann took a 3 ½ day trip to Iceland, but instead of just sharing photos and souvenirs with his friends back home, he decided to create a comic documenting his adventures. While it’s not going to entertain someone who needs action and high tension in their plot, this modern take on the travelogue both charms and educates readers about Iceland.
“I think you’ve made a terrible mistake. All of you. Maybe we could have helped you. Maybe we could have helped each other. The Skrreeans are farmers, Kira. You have famine on your planet. Perhaps we could have made that peninsula bloom again. We’ll never know, will we? Fifty years of Cardassian rule have made you all frightened and suspicious. I feel sorry for you.”
The nature of longform fiction -- by which I mean anything where the first installment is released before the later episodes are even written, such as a TV show or series of books -- guarantees a certain amount of flab. Superfluous characters, plots that never go anywhere, or foreshadowing that never pays off are all inevitable when the writers have only the vaguest idea of where the story is ultimately going. It’s understandable that as fans we want everything to be part of a brilliant creator’s master plan, but that is not a realistic desire. It’s so rare, especially in the early days of intense serialization, that when it happens it feels a bit like magic. That’s the special part of this week’s episode, the innocuously named “Sanctuary.”
The good folks at MOnsterworks66 are at it again with another horror-themed project, just in time for Halloween! Teaming up with the production company, An AntiHero Production, principal photography will soon begin on Our Friend Jon - The Documentary, which will chronicle the making of the short horror film, Rose Thorn.
For more details on the documentary, please be sure to check out the full press release below.
Despite the title clearly aping that of Affleck’s thriller about a missing child, Gone Doggy Gone is not simply a parody of the aforementioned work. Instead, it examines LA dog culture through a loving, yet critical, lens while simultaneously weaving a tale of flawed individuals unknowingly searching for healing. It’s not always a perfect journey, and people who have never wholeheartedly loved a pet may find the characters pitiable rather than relatable, but it’s a satisfyingly heartwarming ride where the doggy star manages to steal her scenes, yet still function beautifully as a plot device. LA couple Elliott and Abby Harmon appear to have everything they could want: matching cars; a cute house perfect for hosting parties; and high powered jobs. Their only real quirk is their obsessive care of their Yorkie Laila who is pampered like a human infant and boasts more stylish clothing than a celebrity baby. Jill, the Harmon’s dog walker/baby sitter, seems just as nutty for the tiny canine, happily referring to Laila as her BFF and using the tiny dog as a substitute for her lack of fulfilling human relationships. When the beloved canine disappears while in Jill’s care, the Harmons fly into a frenzy to get their “baby” back, regardless of the toll it may take on their ties to each other and everyone around them.
Paul Tobin and Joe Querio’s The Witcher: House of Glass is a murder mystery set in the Black Forest of Angren. It begins with a chance encounter between Jakob, a hunter, and Geralt, the titular Witcher. The two share a campfire and a meal, as well as a lot of expensive Evreluch wine, and then Jakob explains that he’s figuratively haunting the edges of the forest because his unfortunate wife Marta has literally been haunting the land in the form of a Bruxae Vampire for the last nine years. After further commiserations, the two depart into the Black Forest under the pretense that Jakob would like to seek out a new life as Geralt’s traveling companion.