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You're invited to join Fanboy Comics for a graphic novel signing on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Brave New World Comics in Newhall, CA!

The creators (Michael Poisson, Matt Jacobs, and Oceano Ransford) of The Arcs, Fanboy Comics' latest graphic novel, will be on hand to sign copies of the book. In addition, copies of FBC's previous graphic novels, Identity Thief and Something Animal, will be available for sale. Fans who stop by the store will have a chance to pick up their very own signed copies and purchase the official Fanboy Comics t-shirt, so that they can show their geek pride in style.

Ever since Dark Horse Comics became the house of Joss Whedon in the comic book world, fans have been clamoring for further tales of Mal Reynolds and the crew of the Serenity. While the Serenity franchise has come back from the mass grave of cancelled Fox television series more than once (as a feature film and as several previously released limited comics and graphic novels from Dark Horse), this latest trip into the black (titled, quiet poetically, Serenity: Leaves on the Wind) is highly anticipated, long awaited, and feels deeply and truly like a genuine reunion for the characters and their loyal fans. Serenity: Leaves on the Wind is the gutsy, ambitious, and canon-establishing type of licensed series that Dark Horse pioneered with Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, and one can only hope it eventually results in an ongoing series for Joss’ “cowboys in space” tale, as well.

Joss and company have done it again, my fellow Browncoats. They’ve done the impossible. Serenity is back . . . savor that for a moment.

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Holy whiskey shots, Batman! After watching Katelyn (Kit Quinn) nearly beat a robber to death because she thinks she's a superhero, her roommate Lilly (Lola Binkerd) has had enough and retreats to the comforts of a bar to step away from the craziness. Who can blame her? I think I'd have resorted to drinking earlier than this. While there, Lilly and Katelyn meet a persistent gentleman who is undeterred by ladies in superhero costumes in his quest for companionship and a bartender who isn't afraid to go the distance to protect her customers.

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The afterlife isn’t about “fire ‘n brimstone, or ponces with frocks and harps, or clouds or virgins or eternal-bleedin’-carousin’-in-the-halls-of-your-forefathers.  No.  It’s all about the numbers.”

Wait.  We’re getting ahead of ourselves.  Let me tell you a little about my life.  Just bear with me.  It took me probably 25 years of false starts, floundering about, and feeling awkward to get to a point where I actually felt like a confident person.  When I actually felt completely comfortable . . . well, mostly comfortable, with the person I was.  That’s like 83.333333, etc. percent of my life that I felt mostly uncomfortable.  I checked.  But now, looking back on who I was and all the awkwardness and discomfort I went through, I know that it is okay.  That was necessary in order for me to become the man that I am now.  And, that is pretty much how I felt about Si Spurrier (Lobster Random, Judge Dredd) and PJ Holden’s (Judge Dredd, The 86ers) comic, Numbercruncher.

Quite recently, I was waxing about the joy of the independent comic book anthology and the advantages (and disadvantages) of this type of comic book. Well, as fate would have it, my path has crossed that of another excellent independent comic anthology: Monty’s World. Featuring a classic comic book feel, some well-known talent, and a trio of exciting tales, Monty’s World is another great indie comic that is well worth offering your support to!

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The world is a weird place, and it only gets weirder in the future, which is why someone like Dr. 2, a masked physician and master of acupuncture, is sought after for his ability to solve otherwise unsolvable crimes.

For a brief recap, Bigfoot has mysteriously been transported to an Edgar Rice Burroughs version of Mars, where he is forced to become a legendary warrior. That should be all you need to know. It’s Bigfoot. On Mars. With swords. Seriously, it is even cooler than it sounds.

This review is about Wrath, a pretty cool storyline about a world where the superheros go all crazy blind evil zombie cannibals on the population . . . which is pretty much apocalyptic.  Cool idea, likely a great story, and everyone loves an apocalypse, superheros, and zombies; this appears to have all 3.  Except Wrath, the comic, is secondary in this review.  The real focus here is on the 3D art within this online comic.  It’s pretty weird.

Seeing as Ghostbusters is my favorite theatrical film of all time and that I love The X-Files more than any other television series to hit the boob tube, you can imagine my reaction when I heard IDW would be creating a crossover blending the worlds of my two most beloved properties to ever grace pop culture.  Let’s just say, there may have been an incident that included a victory dance, a vat of honey, a car battery, motor oil, cranberry juice, a banana, streaking across a major interstate on-ramp, and a call to local law enforcement.

Amala’s Blade is a rip-roaring fantasy adventure tale, full of stealthy action, political intrigue, physical comedy, and a gaggle of ghosts.  Created by Steve Horton and Michael Dialynas, this Dark Horse original seamlessly blends genres and moves deftly between comedy and drama as the consequences of Amala’s decisions threaten to overtake her future, and possibly lead to re-igniting war between the Purifiers and Modifiers.  Ah, Purifiers and Modifiers. Written and lettered by Horton, with art and colors by Dialynas, the world of Naamaron is rich in history and atmosphere, as well as rife with tensions between the steam-and-machine-altered Modifiers and the as-they-were-born Purifiers, creating a fantasy landscape that feels like it has existed long before we meet the assassin heroine of Amala.

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