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Burn the Orphanage is a 3-part miniseries from Image, created and written by Sina Grace and Daniel Freedman, with artwork by Grace. It's all pure fun, a fun that incorporates an incredible homage to '90s video games. The story is a simple and direct one and plays out like the cut scenes in a video game: a decades-old mystery is tilled to the surface through the rough and tumble fisticuffs of Rock, one of the now-adult orphans from the orphanage of the title, and dark secrets are brought to light after much street fighting. Oh, and there are stripper ninjas.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2013, FBC's Kristine Chester chats with Kathleen Zuelch and Kara Eberle about their work at Rooster Teeth productions, their new web series, RWBY, and more.

 

The important question of this film isn’t so much “Who is Delsin?” but rather “What is Delsin?” As in, what is the film itself? Both the plot synopsis and the trailer hail it as a documentary. The synopsis begins by describing a horrific shooting in Tampa, Florida, as if it’s a real event, and one that we may possibly have heard about on the news. They interview a number of real people throughout. Brothers Pete and Paul Guzzo, the director and screenwriter, respectively, go out of their way to make it seem like the things in this film actually happened.

Contemporary fantasy is a very unusual concept of storytelling, bringing elements of modern life and fantastical archetypes together to form a compelling story.  A lot of the time, these combinations do not work, but there are times when the match-up is so interesting and unique that it just begs for my attention.  This graphic novel is one such story.

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At San Diego Comic-Con 2013, FBC's Barbra Dillon chats with creators Dave Kellett and Frederick Schroeder about their documentary, Stripped.  More information regarding Stripped may be found at www.strippedfilm.com.

 

At San Diego Comic-Con 2013, FBC's Sam Rhodes chats with character designer Phil Bourassa about his work on Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.

 

At San Diego Comic-Con 2013, FBC's Bryant Dillon chats with writer John Layman (Aliens: Inhuman Condition, Chew) about his time in the Alien franchise, whether he would ever return, and more.

 

Ron Randall’s Trekker stars Mercy St. Clair, a government-sanctioned bounty hunter or “trekker,” in the grimy futuristic city of New Gelaph. Her targets are wanted fugitives and terrorists -- wanted dead or alive, that is. Her assignments come from her police lieutenant uncle, Alex St. Clair. The New Gelaph force is a cesspool of corruption at many levels, which makes Mercy’s work a necessity.

I reviewed Volume 2 of Orchid some time ago and found it disturbing, heart wrenching, inspiring, enraging, depressing, funny, and shocking. This cocktail of emotions was enough that I knew I had to come back for a second helping and finish the series.

Dragonwriter is a lovely tribute to beloved science fiction author Anne McCaffrey. The book, curated by her son Todd, is a collection of essays from people involved in all parts of her life. These essays are by friends, her children, fans, and contemporaries. They celebrate an interesting woman who has written many fantastic novels and, more importantly, fostered many relationships.

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