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Solestar coverYou're invited to join the creators of Solestar for a graphic novel signing on Saturday, June 15th, at 11:00 a.m. at Emerald Knights - Comics and Games in Burbank, CA!

Comic book creator Siike Donnelly and a number of the 70+ artists who contributed to the jam-style graphic novel, Solestar, will be in attendance at the signing.  Solestar is an original superhero story whose protagonist has only 24 hours to live.  It features artwork donated by over 70 different artists and educational information regarding brain aneurysms, the proceeds of which will go to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. 

 

Breath of Bones 1Let’s be honest.  You don’t know me.  I’m the new Guest Contributor, and for all you know I cut my teeth reviewing which Care Bear is the cutest and commenting on the new gay romance in Archie and how that has any impact on the genre known as comics.  So, let’s cover a few things very quickly:

     1. I’m not a professional (or even an amateur writer); this is my stream of consciousness, as twisted as it sometimes is.

     2. I am not a Fanboy.  That is, I don’t always know who wrote what, or who inked who or whatever.  I’m a purist in that I read (and have read for decades) comics ‘cause I like them.  If I fall in love with a particular artist or writer, it’s because what they did rocked my world so much that I actually read the front cover of the comic . . . which almost never happens.

     3. I am not a hipster.  I read mainstream comics that many of my counterparts may consider bourgeois.  Get over it.


So, back to A Tale of the Golem.   It’s pretty good: Crafted as a teaser, interesting characters, and a pretty straightforward (predictable, so far) story.  This isn’t a bad thing, assuming you want a good, traditional story.

 

The Victories V1Michael Avon Oeming’s new comic series, The Victories, is spectacular. The story follows Faustus, one of the heroes on the titular team. Faustus is a conflicted and disturbed hero with well-honed fighting skills and a troubled past, but he is darker and more troubled than most villains that Marvel or DC feature, to say nothing of their heroes. This is an adult version of the standard superhero story.

 

Mutual FriendsMutual Friends, which had its Los Angeles premiere at the Dances With Films festival in Hollywood on Friday night, is an ensemble cast romantic movie, with separate stories all intertwining, similar to, say, Love Actually. However, unlike Love Actually, which was entirely the work of writer/director Richard Curtis, Mutual Friends has a different writer for each story. They all blend seamlessly together, but, at the same time, it provides a variety of different perspectives on different types of relationships in different stages and situations.

 

Forevers EndForever’s End is a small, quiet movie about the end of the world. Sarah (Charity Farrell) is a teenage girl who has spent the last six years completely alone, after everyone around her—and for all she knows, everyone on the planet—was killed by some great, unnamed cataclysm. Then, out of nowhere, her sister Lily (Lili Reinhart) shows up on her doorstep, without a word as to where she’s been all this time, or what’s happened to her. A few days later, a young man calling himself Ryan (Warren Bryson) shows up as well. And, slowly, it becomes apparent that maybe the world isn’t as empty and desolate as they thought.

How to Convincingly Fake HonestyAre you in the mood for a night of comedy and magic?  Then, you will not want to miss How to Convincingly Fake Honesty, an all-new show from award-winning magic and comedy duo David and Leeman, which is now showing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in Hollywood, CA, through June 27, 2013. 

Kris Jenner MFTAfter the success of 15 Minutes: Honey Boo Boo, artist/writer Michael Fitzgerald Troy is teaming up with Bluewater Productions again for his latest comic book, 15 Minutes: Kris Jenner.  Troy's comic book is a tongue-in-cheek, satirical view of everyone's favorite/least favorite self-proclaimed "Momager" and matriarch of the infamous Kardashian Dynasty. The comic is part of Bluewater's 15 Minutes series, which focuses on reality TV celebrities.

Brian K VaughanThe Top Four series looks at certain aspects of the comic book world from two perspectives: Rob’s, as a relative newcomer to mainstream comics, and Kristine’s, as an older hand in the world.  Each installment evaluates the top four choices from both Rob and Kristine and why they chose their picks.



By Robert J. Baden and Kristine Chester

 

 

While many enjoy the colorful and unique artwork of comic books, it is important to remember that without the writers behind them, they wouldn’t be the heroes and villains that we love and hate so much. Over the course of our time reading and reviewing comic books for FBC (and for our own personal enjoyment), we have come to find a handful of writers that we feel are the top talent, regardless of the genre they’ve written for, for many reasons that we will now share with you.

Way Down in Chinatown flyerThe Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual, open-access, community-derived event celebrating freedom of expression and collaboration in the performing arts community, will return once again this year, running from June 13-30 in Los Angeles, CA.  This year, the creators behind Way Down in Chinatown will be showing a special screening of the film to audiences, which is detailed, below, in their full press release.

We hope that you will support independent creators and celebrate the Fringe Festival with Fanboy Comics!

Vindicated IncFanboy Comics readers recently learned a great deal about comic book artist Gerry Kissell in an interview discussing his projects, Iron Sky and Code Word: Geronimo.  Now, Kissell has decided to bring a personal and relevant story to light in his upcoming graphic novel, Vindicated, Inc.  In an attempt to bring the issues that plague our military vertans to light, including the effects of PTSD and physical injury, Kissell decided to create a story that centered around an emotionally scarred and physically disabled war veteran.  With the story in mind, Kissell and bestselling author Shane Moore (Apocalypse of Enoch) set out to create a gritty, touching, humorous, and tragic graphic novel about a wounded soldier who has to lose everything in order to find the true warrior he needs to be. Now, Kissell and more have taken to Kickstarter to raise the necessary funds to make this project come to life.

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