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I’m a fat bastard.  Not, like, medically fat.  But, by my standards, fat.  So, what do I do?  I quit drinking (much to my editor’s chagrin. Apparently, I’m not only a better writer, but also a better person when drunk – go figure.), and I started working out.  Can I tell you how much it sucks to start working out as a 39-year-old fat man?  It sucks. I really, really, really miss being 21, thin, and in shape.

How does this impact the comic?  Stop asking stupid questions and read on.

At the end of World War II, a desolate English church on a rocky crag crumbles under a raging storm, killing its priest and cutting it off from the small village it supports.A year later, Marwell Clay comes home, scarred from the war and bearing the wrath of the people that have decreed him an outcast for his crimes. Dr. Robert Temple has also come to this village to build his dream house, an immense creation of precise standards and calculations . . . and dark knowledge. Because everything is not right in this village.  People are disappearing, and the villagers are seeking an answer.  And, if they can’t find that . . . a scapegoat.

It’s hard to believe that Irenicon is Aidan Harte’s debut novel, as it is a beast of a tale for any author to have written by any account. Irenicon is the first in Harte’s Wave Trilogy. It is a world full of detailed, colorful history that is depicted throughout the book, interwoven with elements of Biblical scripture and with both written and spoken Hebrew. Harte does not rely on detailed maps or genealogy charts to guide the reader through the world he creates. Instead, he tells a story and lets it speak for itself. Irenicon is a stunning accomplishment for a novice writer.

Over the past few years, Fanboy Comics' Kickstarter Report series has highlighted a myriad of indie comic book projects, many of which were targeted towards adult audiences.  At FBC, we love geeks of all ages, and we feel that it is important to bring our younger readers (and their geek-tastic parents) the same exciting array of independently created comic book projects that could soon be a reality.  Today, The Kickstarter Report will be highlighting SpaceBear, an interactive children's picture book and sci-fi adventure story designed for the geek parent (and their little fanboys and fangirls), filled with games, educational activities, and creative ways that parents can interact with their children.

The following is an interview with James Renner and Marco Arsenault regarding their work with StoryShift, an exciting, new app that allows readers to participate in the storytelling process of an author by voting on the direction of the story. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Renner and Arsenault about the inspiration for StoryShift, how it enhances the storytelling process for the author and the reader, and where interested individuals can find the app.

This interview was conducted on March 26, 2014.

Two great tastes that go great together! I'm talking of course of Lady Gaga's new video for her latest single, "G.U.Y.," featuring the almost cast of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly HillsAnyone who follows me knows I'm a little obsessed with Gaga and I'm a huge fan of TRHOBHso this had me majorly lactating for sure. Notably absent is Brandi Glanville which makes sense as Gaga is enamored with Madame Lisa VanderPump, and mean girl Brandi was something less than cordial to her former mother figure and BFF this season. So, Lisa? Gaga's your new BFF?  Vanderpump for the win! Also notably (or not so notably) missing is Jacqueline, er, Joyce - thank you, Jesus! (Who also makes an appearance in the video!) It looks like Mother Monster "one-upped" the ultimate one-upper. Paws up! At least we have Kim and Kyle Richards, Lisa, Yolanda, and the next supreme, Carlton. And, what would a Real Housewives brouhaha be without an appearance by Bravo ringleader and real referee Andy Cohen?

Ever looked up at the stars with fear and fascination, asking the universal question "What’s out there?" Have you ever followed that thought with dreams of what it would be like to be in space? When I was a girl, I would spend hours looking at the stars and planets through my father's telescope wondering what was out there. My friends and I would debate life on other planets and went wild over science projects where we got to colonize Mars. Life on other planets is one of mankind’s greatest curiosities and something that immediately drew me to Andy Weir’s novel, The Martian. And yet, The Martian is so much more than a sci-fi novel. It is an everyman odyssey, a book for lovers of sci-fi but also for people who love to root for an underdog, to be a part of something larger than themselves.

How much would you be willing to risk for freedom? Seventeen-year-old Yulia has been on the run with her mother and younger brother ever since her father disappeared five years ago, destroying their comfortable life as high-ranking Party scientists; however, the KGB doesn’t want Yulia because of her parents’ previous positions. They want her ability to read memories from inanimate objects. When she is captured and taken to the hidden KGB school for young psychics, Yulia is faced with a harsh choice: should she fight to live her life as freely even at the expense of her mother and brother or accept the life the Party dictates for people with her special abilities? Set in Soviet Moscow in 1963 and 1964, author Lindsay Smith explores the nature of true choice on a backdrop of the Cold War and Space Race.

Fanboy Comics' Bryant Dillon chats with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Executive Producer Jeffrey Bell about the duality of Deathlok, the Clairvoyant's path for Season 1, and more at the PaleyFest red carpet in Hollywood, CA.

Comic book publisher BOOM! Studios will soon be releasing the original graphic novel Beautiful Scars on Wednesday, April 2nd, written and illustrated by D. S. Talon and E. G. Thompson. The publisher has been very generous to the Fanboy Comics staff, as we are now able to share an exclusive advance preview of the book!

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