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Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:

Are you attending San Diego Comic-Con this week and looking for some after-hours excitement?  Then, you will not want to miss Sony's Evil Dead SDCC Blu-ray Release Party!  Taking place on Saturday, July 20th, from 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. at The Commons, the star-studded event will have autograph signings and musical performances throughout the evening. 

Full details regarding the party are provided below in the official invite.  We hope to see you there!

Are you unable to attend San Diego Comic-Con this week, or do you hope to relish that SDCC feeling for just a few days more?  Then, you are in luck!  Cool Cats Comics and Cards invites you to their Post-SDCC Comic Book Signing on Saturday, July 27th, 2013, from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m

Bluwater Productions is a comic book publisher that does not shy away from controversy, as is evidenced by their recent decision to move forward with the creation of their latest Female Force biography of TV personality Paula Deen.  As detailed in Bluewater's official press release below, the publisher and the comic book's writer, Michael Troy, do not condone Deen's racial remarks; however, they hope to take the difficult path of forgiveness in their latest title.

As I’ve mentioned before, there’s a strange phenomenon surrounding official movie novelizations and how, if they’re written well, they can actually exceed the quality of the film version of the story. (I will direct skeptics, once again, to check out the official movie novelizations of the Star Wars prequels if they need convincing.)  Much like his recent adaptation of The Dark Knight Rises (read my review here), author Greg Cox has done it again by delivering an official novelization of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel that will surely thrill fans of the film and also most likely sit better with the film’s detractors than the movie itself.

Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:

With the biggest pop culture event of the year - San Diego Comic-Con - just one day away, the top comic book publishers in the industry have made a very exciting announcement regarding their plans for digital comic development.  Having recently partnered with digital studio Madefire, publishers including IDW, Top Cow, and BOOM! Studios have decided to launch their bestselling titles as motion books. 

The digital landscape of comic books is changing rapidly, and this new development will undoubtedly provide groundbreaking and exciting new ways for readers to enjoy their favorite stories. 

The creators behind Madefire will be at SDCC this week (Booth #4902, 4904) to provide interested readers with more information, and Fanboy Comics will be there to bring you with the latest developments.  Until then, please see Madefire's official press release below for further details.

Greetings, Fanboy Comics Readers!

The choice to cast Johnny Depp as Tonto in the new Lone Ranger flick has been controversial since its announcement, with many feeling that Depp's portrayal of the Native American character was borderline racist. Attacking the issue with wit and humor, Los Angeles-based sketch comedy group New Feelings Time has just released their latest parody video, and it's sure to deliver some laughs. Check it out below, Kemosabe.

Conan Volume 14: The Death collects issues seven through twelve of acclaimed writer Brian Wood’s adaptation of Conan creator Robert E. Howard’s story Queen of the Black Coast. A staple in comics, Wood has created and written innumerable series, from the thought-provoking Demo (with art also by Becky Cloonan) to the hard-hitting DMZ and the savage, unbridled Northlanders to the politically potent The Massive, currently being released by Dark Horse.  And, these are just a few of the most well-known series he has created.  In other words, Brian Wood knows comics, and he knows characters, too.  And, with a title like Conan the Barbarian, knowing characters is incredibly important, because if a writer doesn’t know how to create characters, Conan may easily slip into the broad strokes of pop culture tropes – all heaving muscles and swinging swords, with nary any dialogue or resonance to be found.  Luckily, Brian Wood is interested in telling a complex and intriguing tale, and one steeped in more emotion than some would think possible for someone of Conan’s ilk, especially someone only associated with the cinematic representations of the barbarian. 

Dream Thief is a dark, gritty, violent, and engaging new comic from Dark Horse, created and written by Jai Nitz, with art and letters by Greg Smallwood.  The story is a simple, fascinating one and once you start reading, it is honestly hard to put down.  Deadbeat John Lincoln isn’t that nice of a guy, or that bad of a guy, but rather falls into a nascent middle ground, a guy who complains that everything is against him, without really trying to do anything about it.  He has a girlfriend who is upset at him, a sister who is upset at him, and a best friend who is there to listen, and drink with him.  John’s status quo is inaction; that is until he wakes up wearing an Aboriginal mask he nonchalantly suggested stealing from the museum he visited the night before.  Turns out he must have actually stolen it, but he has no memory of stealing it or anything after the museum.  As his memory slowly returns, he remembers a very important detail: he killed someone last night, and properly disposed of the body, too.  Except it wasn’t John that did the killing, it was the mask.  When he falls asleep, the mask, imbued with the ghost of someone who has been murdered, takes over his body and seeks justice on those who got away.  John becomes an unwilling instrument of justice, a justice that takes matters into its own hands to see wrongs righted.

Paging through The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series, Book One: Air reminded me with each amazing sketch, character drawing, and spectacular painting how much I love this show, and I find myself once again bursting to tell everyone who hasn’t seen it to go out and watch it right now.  Goosebumps were a common occurrence when I watched The Legend of Korra.  The animation and environments were incredible, filled with real, fully-fleshed out, human characters moving fluidly through a solid and exhilarating story, a story that wasn’t afraid to be dark, and to deal with intense, troubling situations and emotions.  All of the elements that made The Legend of Korra one of the most riveting and poignant shows on television, and I mean the entirety of television, not just among cartoons, are on full display here, and one can understand how such a phenomenal show came to be: it was through hard work, creative ingenuity, and tireless talent, wrapped up in a team of artists, designers, and animators (storytellers all) that truly respect, trust, and believe in one another, and each one working toward the same goal of animated and storytelling excellence.

Though their last movie was Ghostbusters 2 in 1989, the Ghostbusters have become a permanent staple in popular culture, and we all know and love the paranormal antics of Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz, Winston Zeddemore, and their long-suffering secretary Janine Melnitz. Over the years, there have been Ghostbusters cartoons and video games, and I am sure some fan fiction, too.  Now, IDW has revitalized The Ghostbusters through the realm of comics, and, in a way, they’ve done it twice. The New Ghostbusters is a new, ongoing title that picks up where IDW’s initial sixteen issue Ghostbusters series left off, and this collection of the first four issues is loads of spooky fun.

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