Mind MGMT 10I continue to be impressed by Matt Kindt’s Mind MGMT, which is no small feat, since I expect every issue to be a revelation. The latest issue does not disappoint. In it, the plot is put on a bit of a back burner while character exploration takes the center stage (and mixed metaphors take the review). Like every Mind MGMT comic book so far, number ten is as richly layered and compelling as anything I’ve read.

 

fanboyscoop-logo1Fanboy Comics (FBC) is proud to announce that its flagship podcast, The Fanboy Scoop - Week in Review, will air its 100th episode on Monday, May 6, 2013!  

 

ArkThirteen years into its deep-space journey, the Explorer loses all communications with Earth . . . or so it seems.

In the graphic novel Ark, a colonization ship stocked with a human crew overseeing the education and training of “metas” or hybrids of humanoid plant or animal beings, the Explorer hasn't received a message from home in months.  Drawing on the intelligence of one of the metas, Captain Smith (in a nod to Titanic?) discovers the horrible truth behind their mission, a secret that will lead to an upheaval of everything they believe about their journey.

 

Thor 2 posterDear Fanboy Comics Readers:


The teaser poster for Marvel's Thor: The Dark World has been released!

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself.  In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos . . . but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness.  Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Coagula CuratorialIf you live in the Los Angeles area and LOVE Star Wars, you will not want to miss Coagula Curatorial's MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU celebration on Saturday, May 4th, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.  In honor of Star Wars Day, which is celebrated worldwide by fans of the films, Coagula Curatorial will play host to a day of family friendly activities at their Los Angeles art gallery.

April 19, 2013

 

Today is April 19th, and you know what that means, kiddies. According to the short-lived fan favorite The Sarah Connor Chronicles, today is Skynet Activation Day!

As any well-educated fanboy knows, Skynet is the artificially intelligent computer system that serves as a major villain in the Terminator franchise. According to James Cameron's Terminator lore, Skynet was originally installed into the U.S. military mainframe to control the national arsenal on August 4, 1997.  (Despite this fact, The Sarah Connor Chronicles sees this date a little differently.)

 

Tekkoshocon X2Is it just me or are Otaku constantly getting younger? When it comes to an online presence, the young'uns are always gonna have a step up on everyone else, because besides school, homework, and maybe an after-school job, they have an insane amount of free time. I remember those carefree days, hitting up the video store (yes video a.k.a. VHS. Wiki that if you have no idea what I'm jabbering about.), wandering over to a friend's house, popping in the latest hard-to-find anime and sitting back chillaxin' when those kanji credits rolled. Afterwards, we'd talk about it while playing some street hockey and then getting on an AOL chatroom to further that discussion with dorks from other states. If you have to ask what a chatroom is, then Wiki that, too. The point is hardcore Otaku talk used to be few and far between for many. That is, until we could convince Mom to let us go to a con. We wouldn't know anyone other than who we came with, but soon made friends over common interests like what we were watching, how we figured out how to make a cosplay outfit from stuff we found at a thrift shop, and what bands from overseas we got a bootleg of at the last anime club meeting. Thank goodness for cons.

Dirty LaundryThe 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.



The Punisher
movie released in 2004 was a guilty pleasure of mine in college. It wasn’t a masterpiece. It was a guys’ matinee action movie that cost two dollars in the mall quinta-plex outside of my Ohio town. That’s exactly how I first saw it, and I’m pretty sure the only way I ever saw it. In my memory, it’s a hard-as-nails revenge movie fronted by the grimmest visage to play the character of Frank Castle, Thomas Jane.

In 2012 Jane returned to the Castle, and this time Jane don’t got a gun.

Star Wars Ep IV

*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.



Well, this was a coincidence.

I’m a huge Disney nerd, and I happened to spend the day at both of the Disney parks in Southern California.  I’m sure I had somehow processed all this in my head at some point, but, being there today, I realized that Disney now owns three intellectual properties that were favorites of mine as a kid: Star Wars, Marvel Comics, and the Muppets.  Additionally, I was also a big Disney kid growing up, so when you also consider their own characters and stories, they’ve really got everything I loved as a kid all under one roof.  I don’t believe in getting too nostalgic about childhood and I’ve always found hyperbolic sentiments like “George Lucas raped my childhood” in relation to the Star Wars prequels to be genuinely stupid and short-sighted.  Having said that, there’s no question that Disney owns my childhood lock, stock, and barrel now. 

LEGO Batman The Movie

 

At WonderCon 2013, Fanboy Comics Creative Director Sam Rhodes chats with director/producer/writer John Burton about his work on LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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