The last issue of Matt Kindt’s Mind MGMT ended with a huge cliffhanger. Somehow, this issue advances the plot and reveals some interesting backstory while keeping the stakes high. This arc has been focused on the magician, Professor Agement, and the attempts by the two factions to recruit her. It is not going well for Lyme and company.
Ray Bradbury said, “Science fiction is the most important literature in the history of the world, because it’s the history of ideas, the history of our civilization birthing itself . . . Science fiction is central to everything we’ve ever done.” And, in the first annual Sci-Fest, this important literary genre is celebrated on stage throughout the month of May. Initially funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, Sci-Fest boasts two full evenings (which alternate week to week) of mostly original one-act plays written, designed, directed, and starring many luminaries of some of the biggest science fiction properties on television. Unique and engaging, Sci-Fest is not to be missed. I was fortunate enough to see Program A, which featured 3 original one-acts pre-intermission and a longer Rad Bradbury story called "Kaleidoscope" afterwards.
The great folks at OSSM Comics are promoting their upcoming title, Monomyth, by deeming today #MonomythMonday, and they have some fun and interactive ways for readers to contact their local comic shops to pre-order the comic book as the characters depicted in the story.
If you are familiar with Hellboy, you know that he was brought into the world toward the end of WWII and then spent the next 60 years punching ghosts and demons. The thing is, there isn’t much of a focus on the war. Also, in the Hellboy universe is Lobster Johnson, who was a vigilante who fought Nazis and thugs in the '30s, but he died in 1939. There really hasn’t been a comic in the Hellboyverse that tackled the war for real. Until now. (Ed. - That was the most anti-climactic “Until now” I have ever seen.)
One of the most imaginative and bizarre comic series out there is finally coming to a close. I have been a fan of Star Wars since before my long-term memory worked. I honestly don’t remember a time when I didn’t know that [redacted] was [redacted]’s dad. (Editor, you don’t have to censor that. Everyone knows that [redacted] was [redacted]’s dad.) (Editor, wait, how did you censor me?!?) Now, I never got into the Extended Universe, which has recently been removed from the canon, but I have read comics, played countless video games, and even saw the prequels. I can count on one finger the time that I was pleasantly surprised by a big plot point in any of these. So, it really means something when I say that I read this entire series with a grin on my face and my jaw on the floor.
LOS ANGELES, CA – May 28, 2014 – Fanboy Comics (FBC) is proud to announce the latest addition to its podcast lineup with FBC Presents!
With its premiere episode releasing today, FBC Presents is a podcast series featuring long-form interviews with intriguing guests from every corner of Geekdom, including everyone from the average geek to Fanboy Comics staff members to leading professionals in comics, film, and other mediums and industries. Led by FBC President Bryant Dillon, the first episode features comic book artist Georges Jeanty discussing his work on Dark Horse Comics’ Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, his interactions with the Browncoat fan base, his desire to see the crew of everyone’s favorite Firefly do their laundry, and much more.
The adventures continue for the brilliant WWII hero/superhero, displaced in time. Volume 1 saw Captain Midnight on the run in a world he didn’t understand. The new volume, Brave Old World, has him trying to acclimate himself to that world and get a feel for what’s going on around him.
*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.
Memorial Day weekend 1999 contained one of the very worst film going experiences of my lifetime. I was a high school English teacher at the time, and, due to some underhanded office politics, I had been passed over to teach the film class at the school where I worked. The retiring teacher who was giving up the film class had taken a dislike to me and saw to it that I not take over her class. The school’s normal procedure of filling positions from within before going to outside candidates was subverted and a less qualified middle school teacher was given the job. This was in the previous spring of 1998. In May of 1999, near the end of the school year, the new film teacher came to me and invited me to attend a special screening with her classes.
One of the bits of fallout that’s occurred since the massive success of The Avengers two years ago is that now all of the studios want a piece of that team-up action. They all seem to be wanting to build a universe of film like Marvel has. The bad news is it seems none of them wants to put in the work that Marvel did. Marvel made five movies that set the groundwork for The Avengers, but Warner Bros. seems to want to do it in two. They just announced this week that their Batman/Superman mash-up will be called Dawn of Justice, which leaves little doubt that they’re going to try to cram the entire birth of the Justice League into one movie. This puzzles me, because Warner Bros. is the studio that innovated the current trend of splitting the final book of a popular series into two films. (To be totally fair, Deathly Hallows probably did need to be two movies, but Breaking Dawn? Come on.) Likewise, Sony has announced big plans to expand their Spider-Man films to include a Sinister Six movie and maybe even a Venom or Carnage picture. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 isn’t exactly floundering at the international box office, but does anybody actually like it?
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.
Given that it is the start of a long weekend, this week's edition of Geeks Care: How You Can Help will endeavor to remind its readers that there are plenty of opportunities to give back to your community . . . and to have fun while doing it! On Monday, June 2, 2014, CGFGC (Canned Goods for Good Charity) will be hosting their 6th Annual CGFGC Charity Ball & Swag Bag Party at King King Hollywood, and all proceeds from the event will benefit Peace Over Violence, a non-profit, multicultural, community-based, and volunteer-centered organization dedicated to building healthy relationships, families, and communities free from sexual, domestic, and interpersonal violence. Offering an evening of comedy, music, raffle prizes, and free swag, we hope that you will enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment while learning how you can help.