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It’s no surprise at this point, but writer Zack Whedon and artist Georges Jeanty continue their “winning” run on Serenity: Leaves on the Wind with an amazing and action-packed fifth issue!

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I’ve been privileged to be asked to write reviews for many of my colleagues, which I hope not only means I give fair and balanced reviews, but entertaining ones, as well.  I readily admit that I do these reviews not only to get free stuff, but to learn from other creators; however, when I have to bring the hammer down, I try to do it with respect and a sincere belief that any criticism I give will only help them improve their craft or that they will at least think about what I’ve said. Fortunately, there is little not to like about Ups and Down.

This weekend belonged to Godzilla. I watched with rapt attention as he woke from hibernation, swam the Pacific Ocean, and battled the mighty, mating MOTU only to take a brief nap and then crash back under the waves, returning to the ocean depths from which he came.

What a stud, amirite? Sure, he knocks s--t over, but it’s all on the way to restore natural order to a world he arguably doesn’t have to care about. Some monsters just have altruistic motives to their city smashing, I guess. Whereas most others simply want to populate the earth and together crunch every skyline from here to Tokyo.

In that light, Godzilla has downright commendable character. I’d certainly buy the guy a drink.

In addition to highlighting Kickstarter campaigns for promising comic book and graphic novel properties, Fanboy Comics' "Kickstarter Report" series aims to shine a spotlight on worthwhile projects from all mediums and interests, including film.  For that reason, today's installment of "The Kickstarter Report" will feature The Chair, a psychological horror film with an exciting an recognizable cast that will undoubtedly pique your interest and leave you pondering the good and evil that exists in all of us.

Digital studio Madefire (with its Motion Book platform) is a force to be reckoned with, and its impressive lineup of participating publishers seems to be ever expanding.  This morning, Madefire announced the addition of four new comic book publishers to join the Motion Book experience.

Seraphim, Archie Comics, Lion Forge, and Arcana will be joining an already incredible group of top publishers, including DC Comics, IDW Publishing, Dark Horse Comics, and Top Cow.  For full details on the new partnerships and the titles to be added to the Motion Book experience, please see Madefire's official press release below.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED BELOW


Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:

After the overwhelming success of author Justin Robinson's novel, Mr. Blank, the acclaimed author has returned with the sequel Get Blank to once again take on the seedier side of fiction with a hilarious, thrilling noir extravaganza. In celebration of the book's recent release, our friends at Candlemark & Gleam have generously provided us with 3 digital copies of the book AND a physical Get Blank prize pack (consisting of a trade paperback, plus a bundle of Justin Robinson swag, from Mr. Blank, Get Blank, and City of Devils - everything from bookmarks to buttons to conspiracy-related merchandise!) to give away to our readers.

“When you cease to fear death the rules of war change.”
     -- Shel-la

The narrative of the first season of DS9, and it’s a point I’ve made over and over and will likely continue to make, is the writers trying to understand the kinds of stories they can tell within the format of the show.  Eventually, they’ll learn that DS9 is the great paradox of Trek shows: to work within the format, they have to break that same format, and we’ll end up with some of the most bracing, fascinating, and, yes, dark storytelling the franchise has ever seen.  With this first season, the writers are stumbling around, flirting with various elements that will grow to define the series, and many that will get mercifully abandoned.  To their credit, they recognize when something is working and when something isn’t (Haven’t heard from Primmin lately, have we?), and developing the show in that direction.  This week’s episode, “Battle Lines,” is nearly recognizable as the series I love.

"Welcome to Best Buy, what type of music do you like? Can I suggest some bands for you?"

Words you well never hear.

Let's assume for this article that J.C. stands for "Jaded Curmudgeon." Even if you were to shop for music at a store that doesn't require employees to wear name tags (assuming you want to leave the house and get a physical format), the best you may get would be a friendly, "Are you finding everything all right?" How can you find what you're looking for if you don't know what it is? You want something new that fits your tastes, but trying to describe it to someone who doesn't care about music is a bust. Maybe I can help.

“Did you like it?” He asked her.
“Am I supposed to?”
“I don’t know.” Mike said.
“Well, I did like it. I like it fine.”

This bit of dialogue comes from writer Ivan Infante’s new e-book, False Ransom: The First Mike Chance Novel, and takes place between the lead character, conman and bruiser Mike Chance, and the fugitive daughter of a local mob boss immediately after she has shot a man to death . . . an experience that is a first for her. While this smidge of Infante’s story may not seem like much on its own, it perfectly captures the dark tone, moral ambiguity and subtle sexiness of False Ransom, while also conveying the emotional turmoil readers will experience in this tight and suspenseful page turner. At first, it’s an acquired taste, perhaps a little more harsh and cynical than most are used to, but once you get accustomed to the flavor, trust me, you’ll like it. You’ll like it fine.

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In the latest installment of L.A. Theatre Works’ syndicated radio theater series, Sherlock Holmes fans will undoubtedly take great delight in the California premiere of The Hound of the Baskervilles, starring Seamus Dever (Castle), Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Goeffrey Arend (Super Troopers, 500 Days of Summer), which will take place from June 12-15, 2014, at the James Bridges Theatre on the UCLA campus. 

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