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New on the Tube is a series devoted to reviewing relatively new television shows and determining how they may (or may not) appeal to their intended audiences, where the shows are going, and what can be done to make them better.


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Unable to take on the revised machinations of the Red Skull alone, Iron Man calls upon his former teammates to reassemble the Avengers.  Stymied by his selfish and self-destructive personality, Iron Man’s ability to lead the team into battle has varying results, but the addition of a new Avenger gives him hope that Earth’s Mightiest Heroes can yet win the day.  The show airs on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern) on Cartoon Network.

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Gone Home isn’t quite like anything else I have ever played. It is a first-person game about exploring a large home in Oregon. There are no enemies, puzzles, or ways to lose. There are almost none of the standard trappings of a video game, and it is one of the most interesting games I have played in a long time. It also does the absolute best job of any video game I have ever played at telling a complex and compelling story.

This has been a monumental year for the LGBTQ community.  From the US Supreme Court's rulings on Prop 8 and DOMA to the repealing of the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, encouraging advancements in acceptance and equality have been made for members and supporters of the LGBTQ community.  There are still struggles, though.  Russia has introduced a law that bans so-called "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations," causing LGBTQ supporters to call for a boycott of Russia's upcoming Winter Olympics.  In light of these events, we at Fanboy Comics want to bring your attention to a very special Kickstarter campaign for Virgil, a new graphic novel that, according to creator Steve Orlando (Outlaw Territory, Mystery in Space), " . . . uses a story every reader can get behind to open eyes to the LGBTQ community's battle. It doesn't ignore the darkness within. It's not utopian, and braver for it. It's time for LGBTQ literature to grow past black and white. This is a rich world of gray areas, hopes, and failures. The real people, real atrocities, and real reactions of a fight that most didn't know was being fought."

Comic book publisher Inverse Press has a new project in the works, and they have returned to Kickstarter to fund the 20-page Western comic book called Last Ride for Horsemen.  For details regarding the comic book and its Kickstarter campaign, please see Inverse Press' full press release, below.

The following is an interview with Tony Donley, the creator of the new comic book series Albert Einstein: Time Mason. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Contributor Tim Palmer chats with Donley about his inspiration for the time-traveling genius, his plans for the comic book series, and how Tom Selleck fits into the equation.

This interview was conducted on August 12, 2013.

‘A Cold Season:’ Book Review

A Cold Season, written by Alison Littlewood, is a spine-tingling horror novel revolving around Cass, a woman who is trying to start a new life for her and her son Ben after the death of her husband on the front lines in Afghanistan. She settles on the idyllic town of Darnshaw, needing only an Internet connection in order to run her website design business. Soon after moving to Darnshaw though, she slowly realizes there’s more to the town than meets the eye. Almost immediately after moving in, Cass finds most of the locals to be none too pleasant, and Ben starts acting out, becoming extremely hostile towards her, lashing out at her verbally and physically. Soon, Cass is locked in a battle with evil for her son’s life.

I want to begin with this: No, George Lucas did not, in fact, rape your childhood. No matter your opinion of the prequels (For the record, I think the first two are abysmal while the third one is sort of watchable.), their quality level did not affect your childhood in any real way. The prequels are bad, but that doesn’t change (or at least shouldn’t change) your enjoyment of the original trilogy. If you loved Star Wars as a kid (I loved Star Wars as a kid, too.), the awfulness of the prequels shouldn’t change your fond memories of years past. I think this does speak to a larger issue of childhood nostalgia in general. I am a pretty big hater of nostalgia. I think life moves on, and while it’s nice to preserve happy memories, it doesn’t really do anybody any good to wallow in the past. I think it’s bloody tragic if people really do look on their high school years as the best years of their lives. It’s even more tragic if it’s true. Life shouldn’t peak when we’re 17 years old. Like Dan Savage’s project says, it should get better. A friend of mine dearly loves the movie Mac and Me. Have you ever seen Mac and Me? A late '80s knock-off of E.T., it’s quite literally one of the very worst films ever made. The movie was co-produced by McDonalds, and thanks to them, it provides the most egregious product placements every committed to the medium. Apparently, McDonalds was way too cheap to provide an adequate budget to make a movie that was merely technically competent. It’s a terrible movie, amateurish in every possible way. But, my friend still clings to it and insists the movie has a non-existent quality, because she liked it when she was a small child. Like many trapped in the nostalgia compound, she’s incapable of looking at it with adult eyes.

Curse of the Were-A-Saurus is the third book in Matt Schorr’s series for young readers. It is a fun story about a monstrous dinosaur from another dimension. David, Jake, and Carla are three normal kids in a normal town who periodically deal with invasions of cross-dimensional dinosaurs. These aren’t your ordinary dinosaurs, though; they are the classic monster movie versions. This book challenges our heroes with a were-dinosaur, which is exactly what you’d expect.

At Gen Con 2013, FBC's Kristine Chester chats with GM Chris and GM Dave of d20 Radio and Gamer Nation Studios about their card games Edition Wars and Pillage!, their new board game EONS where players shape the universe, the upcoming Tall Tales RPG from Jay Little, and next year's first GamerNation Con.

 

As a reader of Fanboy Comics, chances are that you are a fan of comic books, movies, video games, and other creative media that are generated by independent creators.  For that reason, I am excited to announce that there is a new indie publisher in town, and they have an exciting, new business model in store for readers that not only includes a long list of talented creators, but the chance for YOU, as the reader, to be involved!  

Identity Comics is an independent comic book publisher, led by Phillip Kelly and Lars Canty, that recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for its very first anthology, Verge.  The series will follow four ongoing stories, and the path of those stories will literally be left up to the audience.  From issue to issue, feedback from the writers, artists, and readers will determine which direction to take a story or if a story should even continue. 

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