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The Atomic Legion is a tale from a bygone era, and that is exactly what its creators, writer Mike Richardson and artist Bruce Zick, are going for; a tale from yesterday transported to the world of today, and to the readers of now.  Told from the perspective of Robby, a young orphan who wishes superheroes still existed like they did in the thirties and forties, we are propelled on a journey through space and time, as Robby suddenly finds himself in a secret, scientific compound, under the care of The Professor and his Atomic Legion, a gathering of the most brilliant, powerful, misunderstood, and forgotten heroes culled and preserved from the past.  The Professor, who is a loose representation of Albert Einstein, has provided a sanctuary for these heroic anomalies, so that they can continue serving humanity and exist in peace, without fear of prejudice or judgment from the outside world.  One of the strongest jokes in the book is how so many of these heroes were born out of freak accidents, much like the majority of the superheroes from the thirties and forties, along with the running joke of Tomorrow Man trying to find the right words to use as his call to action.

Weird Fantasy was a sci-fi anthology comic of the 1950s, aimed mainly at the teenager/young adult demographic. This collection brings us the first six issues: #13-17, and #6. There’s a logical reason why the first issue is #13, and Wikipedia says it has something to do with saving money on postage. It does not elaborate further.  This has no bearing on anything, but it amuses me to no end.

At WonderCon 2014, actor Andy Serkis about his work on The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, how the character of Caesar has changed since the last film, and more.

At WonderCon 2014, Fanboy Comics' Barbra Dillon chats with composer David Buckley about his work on Batman: Arkham Knight, Call of Duty: Ghosts, The Good Wife, and more.

Warning: This article may not be appropriate for younger readers, as it contains the discussion of sexual and physical violence, as well as discrimination. It also contains quotations that have aggressive and harmful language.


On April 11th, 2014, journalist Janelle Asselin posted an article titled Anatomy of a Bad Cover: DC’s New Teen Titans #1 regarding her critique of the cover and DC’s marketing decisions that the cover represented.  From that, she received various rape threats and negative responses, which resulted in a number of subsequent articles by The Mary Sue’s Jill Pantozzi, ComicsAlliance’s Andy Khouri, and many more that opened a larger discussion about the treatment of women and minorities in the comic book industry. This eventually led Asselin to post a follow-up article detailing the kinds of threats she received titled It Happened To Me: I Received Rape Threats After Criticizing A Comic Book.

In response, comic book editor Rachel Edidin launched the We Are Comics campaign. This is a social media campaign that asks comics fans, professionals, and journalists to speak out and show just how diverse and welcoming the comic book community community can be by submitting a photo and bio to the campaign’s tumblr or Twitter with the hashtag #IamComics.  I decided to go straight to the source and interview Edidin to learn more about the campaign.

Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:


Fanboy Comics (FBC) is excited to announce the release of its 2014 Free Comic Book Day Promo on Saturday, May 3, 2014.  In celebration of the annual event held by comic book retailers across the country, FBC will provide free digital downloads to its readers, which will include the first issues of The Arcs graphic novel (written by Michael Poisson and illustrated by Matt Jacobs) and Penguins vs. Possums: Volume One (by Sebastian Kadlecik, John Bring, and Lindsay Calhoon Bring), which will be released in June of 2014!

Rafael Grampá has a very distinct artistic style.  Mesmo Delivery, which Grampá wrote, drew, and co-colored with Marcus Penna, is the first I have seen of his work, but it relays a deeply established style and skill that I am sure will develop even more over time.  Mesmo Delivery is a simple, mysterious story, violent but with a kind of gritty, almost ugly, beauty that threatens to overwhelm you at first, only to grow on you as the story progresses.  Appearing deceptively straightforward on the surface, the tale of two truckers delivering an unknown cargo to an undisclosed destination, Grampá slowly reveals through short flashbacks the underpinnings of the characters and the true, but still very enigmatic, nature of their task.  Most intriguing, you begin to realize that the person you think is the main character actually is not, but merely a pawn. The real fun, though, is in imagining what happens after the story ends. Once we grasp the rundown of the story, the gravity of the endgame hits you, and you find yourself excitedly asking, "But, what if things don't go according to plan like they were thinking?" That vastness of possibility is incredibly entertaining, because your imagination takes that thought and just runs with it, making Mesmo Delivery much larger than its original conceit.

Writer Zack Whedon and artist Georges Jeanty continue to show off their excellent “piloting” skills by pushing Serenity: Leaves on the Wind to even more impressive heights in Issue #4! As we cross the halfway mark for the limited series continuing the official canon adventures of the crew of the Serenity, the quality of Leaves on the Wind continues to be on par with the beloved TV series and film, proving once again that Dark Horse Comics is the true master when it comes to creating comics based on licensed properties.

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Once again, the masked, one-eyed vigilante from Dark Horse Comics dispenses his own definition of justice in the second volume of the series.  Written by Duane Swierczynski, with art by Tony Parker and Eric Nguyen, colors by Michelle Madsen, and letters by Richard Starkings and Comicraft, it covers Issues #5-8 in the series.

Over the past several years, podcasts, audio dramas, and audio books have become an exciting way for creators and entertainers to reach new audiences through their iPads, iPods, desktops, and smart phones.  Providing a creative outlet that can accommodate those on both a large and small budget, the auditory medium allows for listeners to enjoy new media while on the go while offering creators the chance to tell their stories in a variety of methods.  In today's edition of The Kickstarter Report, Fanboy Comics has chosen to highlight Joynt Efforts Productions, a small new-media production company dedicated to creating quality, successful narrative podcasts and webisodes focused on geek and pop-culture themes while promoting stories with strong characters--who happen to be women--with the spotlight on women in traditionally male-dominated fields such as science and technology.  Joynt Efforts' first audio project, Radio Zed, is a storytelling podcast using the old-school styles of early 20th-century radio shows to chronicle the adventures of a group of disparate survivors, drawn together by a mysterious, still broadcasting radio tower in an abandoned compound, high in the Rockies outside Boulder, CO.  The production company recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for Radio Zed to raise the necessary funds that would allow for the recording of Season 1, the music rights, web hosting and recording equipment, and the production of a short film set in the Radio Zed world (which will premiere at San Diego Comic-Con).

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