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There have been any number of versions in the past of the story of Joseph Merrick—a real person who lived in the late 19th century and whose deformities earned him the nickname “Elephant Man”—including a stage play and a 1980 film starring Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt. Merrick deliberately doesn’t follow the path of any of these previous versions, though, and makes a point of saying so. It’s an all-new take on the life of Merrick, but still at least partly based in fact. I haven’t seen any other versions of Merrick’s story, so I can’t say how similar or dissimilar it is from any of them, but, as far as I can tell, this one does seem to be wholly unique.

Andrez Bergen, writer of the comic anthology Black/White, may be one of the few people who loves noir more than I do. Noir elements are staples in a lot of his work, from the broadly comedic, supernatural, hard-boiled detective antics of his “Roy and Suzie” stories to the dark dystopia of his novel Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat. Black/White is a collection of a number of Bergen’s specifically noir-based stories, illustrated in comic form by a number of different artists. Because of the different artists, each story has a completely different visual style, ranging from high contrast to realistic to somewhat cartoony. The only thing they have in common, other than Bergen’s words and a noir motif, is that they’re all in . . . well, black and white.

Cosmic Times' Decisions is about the choices we make in life. The hard choices. The ones that determine how a person's life turns out. The comic series follows two wandering specters as they provide people at a crossroads in their lives the opportunity to review their choices and see potentially different outcomes before making their final decision.

Android Jones is back for an all-new adventure in author Jesse Young’s follow up to The Daring Adventures of Android Jones. I love and admire the sci-fi genre a ton and soak up anything and everything I can get my hands on.  Daring Adventures was a very fun comic to read, which is why I was excited to find out that Jesse had plans to do more with characters Android and his trusty sidekick Pip. I loved Young’s idea of Android and Pip traveling from planet to planet in order to observe them and the cultures of their inhabitants, always finding a way to get into trouble.

The good folks at Brave New World Comics in Newhall, CA, are calling all geek girls!  On Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., the friendly, neighborhood comic book shop (which is female owned and operated, by the way!) will be hosting Geek Girls' Night, a chance for fans of the female persuasion to let their geek flag fly and enjoy a host of fun activities, panel discussions, giveaways, and more!

“Good luck, Mr. Sisko.”-- Captain Jean-Luc Picard


I’ve loved Star Trek for as long as I can remember.  I was a fan of the films (well, the second, third, and fourth anyway) and eagerly embraced TNG when it hit the air.  Despite an abiding fandom, I never turned into one of those scary, obsessive fans the franchise is infamous for.  Well, not until I saw Deep Space Nine.

The following is an interview with Martin Stiff, writer and illustrator of the comic book series The Absence and co-director of the graphic design studio Amazing 15. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Stiff about collecting the single issues of The Absence into a trade paperback through Titan Books, the challenges of taking on both the writing and artistic duties of a project, and how he balances his comic book work (and personal life!) with graphic design.

This interview was conducted on March 7, 2014.

The Fanboy Comics crew discuss their reactions to the 15th episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Lady Sif's guest appearance, and some of the problems with the agents' plan of attack against Lorelei! Enjoy an audio commentary on the episode "Yes Men" by FBC President Bryant Dillon and FBC Contributor Tony Caballero.

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What happens to sentai teams when the members start to grow up? Do they continue to fight evil and protect humanity, or do they age out their roles and return to ordinary life? Creator Eric Kim explores these questions in his short digital comic, Nitro Battlers, and breathes a relatable humanity into each of his characters.

As the story in City: The Mind in the Machine continues to unfold in Issue #2, we get to explore further some of the moral conundrums hinted at in the first issue: security vs. privacy, the consequences of ultimate power, etc. Shy, unassuming Ben now has his eyes—and his mind—directly connected to every surveillance camera in the city, both private and public. With a little practice, he can control them and switch between them just by thinking about it. But, more than that, he can also control just about anything else that’s connected to the network: traffic lights, streetcars, facial recognition software, and more.

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