Love is in the air at Fanboy Comics! In this magical month of romance and enchantment, the FBC Staff and Contributors decided to take a moment to stop and smell the roses. In the week leading up to Valentine's Day, a few members of the Fanboy Comics crew will be sharing their very personal "Love Letters" with our readers, addressed to the ones that they adore the most.
To my dearest (and only) favorite film about paranormal exterminators,
It’s not often a young boy meets the love of his life at age 6 and then nurtures and strengthens that passionate relationship for 30 years and counting. It’s even harder to understand how that bond took hold, seeing as that you, my love, also managed to scare the Velcro off my Stride Rites upon first laying eyes on you. Nevertheless, you, Ghostbusters, did just that.
When Fanboy Comics is not providing you with the latest in geek news and entertainment, the FBC staff hopes to offer our readers a myriad of opportunities to give back to the community. We love reading comics, watching movies, and playing video games, but we are never happier than when we are able to help others in need. With Geeks Care: How You Can Help, FBC will provide you a variety of causes that would greatly appreciate your time.
The latest installment of Geeks Care: How You Can Help highlights the fine folks at Blastoff Comics, a top-of-the-line comic book shop in North Hollywood, CA. Blastoff stocks both current comics and graphic novels as well as an astonishing collection of vintage comics for sale, providing customers with rarities that they just cannot find anywhere else. What truly makes Blastoff and its owners, Jud Meyers and Scott Tipton, stand out is their commitment to helping others in need. A portion of all of their proceeds are donated to charity, with the recipients changing on a monthly basis. This month, Meyers and Tipton have chosen to highlight the Los Angeles Times Family Fund, and we want to join Blastoff Comics in educating our readers about this amazing organization.
Snowpiercer Volume 1: The Escape is the graphic novel from writer Jacques Lob and artist Jean-Marc Rochette, originally published in France in 1984. For its first ever English translation and in honor of the upcoming Weinstein Company movie adaptation starring Chris Evans, Titan Books has published the story in a gorgeous, oversized hardcover edition. I must say I was skeptical about the story at first, having watched the film trailer, which looked like some hack writer said, “Let’s do a post-apocalyptic thriller . . . on a train!” Flipping through the graphic novel offered some consolation, however, with a stunning design typical of Titan Books and Rochette’s stark, black-and-white and, frankly, haunting art. The story itself was still unproven, but if you could judge the book by its cover - in this case a massive, speeding bullet train plowing through a desolate tundra, bearing down on the reader - well . . . let’s just say, I was on board.
'Episode 7 – Behold . . . the Committee of Evil Doers'
The whole cast is together at last as Morgan (Megan Alyse) gathers together all of Trinity Infinity's villains who together will be known as the . . . . Committee of Evil Doers? The name might need some work, but it's a solid plan to bring Katelyn (Kit Quinn) back from her delusion, where she thinks she is the cosmic, costumed superhero Trinity Infinity.
Volume eighteen of Creepy Archives, produced and presented in a deluxe hardcover edition from Dark Horse and collecting issues 84-88 from 1976 and 1977, was my first exposure to Creepy, and it couldn’t be a better way to be introduced to these classic horror comics. I had read some Eerie and Tales from the Crypt comics before, but I found these issues of Creepy far superior for one specific reason: they don’t bog down the issues with constant interruptions or introductions from the book’s “host,” here in the form of Uncle Creepy. Instead, Uncle Creepy dutifully resides in the letters column at the beginning of each issue, displaying and responding to reader mail. While this may seem like an infinitesimal point, for me it meant the world, as it allowed the issues to flow more organically from story to story. It is exciting that the letters columns are included in these archive issues, as are the original chapter and ad pages, because the whole thing draws you in and pulls you back to the time when these comics would have first been read and experienced.
The second volume of G.I. Joe Special Missions is just as entertaining as the first, though in a different way. Still written by G.I. Joe aficionado Chuck Dixon, there is a richer vein of humor being tapped for issues five through nine of the series that make up this collection, which includes a three-part arc involving The Dreadnoks and Zartan, followed by two standalone adventures. The main story, titled Deadfall, takes place in an exotic and interesting locale, just like the first volume’s sea and underwater setting. This time around, we find the Joes in the exact opposite type of location, the dry and dusty desert of the Australian Outback. I love the idea of switching up where these stories unfold and am interested to see if Dixon can continue this idea of location as character into the third volume, if that was ever his idea at all. He very well may just be following where the characters and the story take him, but I can still hold out hope for a snow setting and an appearance by Snow Job.
The FFOW! series takes a look at that vast library created by the proud and the passionate: fan films. Whether the budget and talent is astronomical or amateur, FFOW! celebrates the filmmakers whose love of comics, books, movies, video games, and TV shows inspires them to join the great conversation with their own homemade masterpieces.
For the first FFOW! of 2014, let’s look at one of the first big fan films to hit the web this year, Vincent Tran’s Girl of Steel.
In the mood for a little magic? What about an entire festival loaded with magical performances and events?! If you are a fan of the mysterious, spellbinding, hypnotic, and astonishing world of magic, then you will not want to miss WowFest Magic Arts Festival in Calgary, Alberta! Taking place from Monday, February 17th, through Saturday, March 1st, 2014, our friends to the north will present two weeks full of excitement and wonder, providing a wide variety of amazing magic shows and events in the Epcor Centre for Performing Arts. With acts including festival headliner Jon Armstrong (Trustees Chairman of Los Angeles’ The Magic Castle) performing his one-man show "I Do Card Tricks and I'm Funny," "A Brush with Death" (a popular, Calgary-based macabre magic show perfect for fans of horror movies), and "The Family Magic Show," there is sure to be something for audiences of every age.
The Fanboy Comics crew discuss their reactions to the 13th episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the hardcore fight sequences featured on the show, and the return of J. August Richards. Enjoy an audio commentary on the episode "T.R.A.C.K.S." by FBC President Bryant Dillon and FBC Contributor Tony Caballero.
“Nice Work If You Can Get It.”
This is the quote splashed across the first cover of Image Comics' new high-adventure series, The Mercenary Sea, and while it may seem like a quote straight out of Captain Malcolm Reynold’s mouth, it was clearly intended to, along with the cover art, sum up the tone of the book for new readers. Let me assure you that the quote works on both of those levels, and the “smuggler/soldier of fortune” feel it conveys is exactly what The Mercenary Sea delivers between its beautiful illustrated pages. Buckle in, comic book sniffers, because you’re in for the kind of exciting, high-action, and loving tribute to 1930s adventure film serials that we haven’t seen since back when we used to hang with Doctor Jones . . . you know, before he started chasing crystal skulls.
MINOR SPOILERS BELOW