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My editor keeps having me review books, and they are so much more difficult to write a blurb about than a comic.  There’s, like, chapters.  And, no pictures.  And, lots and lots of words.  I just read one for you: Dark Talisman by Steven M. Booth.  I actually enjoyed it; it was fun . . . but I think you’ve got to be a certain person to actually really enjoy it.  I’ll tell you why.

CC2K co-founder and friend of FBC Robert J. Peterson recently released his new novel, The Odds, a post-apocalyptic action-comedy, and I was given a chance to read a copy of the book.

You know how some post-apocalyptic stories feature mutants, some tongue-in-cheek humor, and some wackiness while others focus on the harshness of day-to-day survival and the nitty-gritty serious drama? I'm not s---ting you, The Odds hits both of the extremes.


Rachel Pandich
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JACKSONVILLE, FL – August 14, 2013 – As the Indiegogo campaign for Skin Crawling Comics forges on, the creators of the horror-themed comic book anthology have released a terrifying taste of the scary stories contained within the 180-page collection. 

‘Ex Sanguine:’ Advance TPB Review

Ex Sanguine had me from the first page and kept me intrigued, and shocked, all the way through to the end. Written by Joshua Scott Emmons and Tim Seeley, and with Seeley also doing the art, this five-issue miniseries from Dark Horse takes a different stab at what the life of a modern-day vampire might be like, and it isn’t glamorous. Saul Adams is a vampire who lives in a fog of forgotten memories. He has to keep a journal to remember who he has met, what he has done, and even who he is, because immortality creates more memories than is possible to remember. His life has little variance, and he likes it that way. But, Saul’s town of Alexandria, Virginia, has been plagued as of late by a serial killer who leaves strange codes written in blood at the scene of the crime, and Saul’s life is about to get a whole lot more interesting, whether he likes it or not.

Harry is an alien who crash landed on Earth and several years later found himself the doctor of a small town. Harry has the ability to project a mental image so others see an ordinary-looking human, the one exception being a woman named Asta, who—naturally—works for him.

Peter Panzerfaust is a retelling of the story of Peter Pan set during World War 2, and it's about the coolest thing ever. After the rather explosive ending to Issue #12, things have seriously gone pear shaped for the Lost Boys as the Hunters prove to be more crafty than any of the Germans the Boys have had to face thus far.

I’ve been an X-Phile since the show’s inception. I loved Mulder’s character and his never-ending quest to learn the truth. I loved Scully’s pragmatism, always trying to find a logical conclusion to things. It was a great character dynamic. I was sad to see the show go. I was more excited to find out it was coming back. Series creator Chris Carter worked up the story with writer Joe Harris (Great Pacific). Like Buffy and other shows before, The X-Files is finding new life in comics, thanks to publisher IDW. I haven’t been this excited to read something in quite a while. X-Files: Season 10 is now on its third issue, and man-oh-man is it getting good.

Amelia Cole and the Unknown World has it all: action, adventure, humor, heart, and magic. This is the third title from digital comics publishing powerhouse Monkeybrain Comics to get the print treatment, here from IDW, and it deserves every page. Written by Harvey and Eisner Award winners Adam P. Knave and D.J. Kirkbride, and with superb artwork by Nick Brokenshire, the six-issue story practically leaps off the page and pulls you into its various worlds. Amelia Cole lives between two worlds, a magical one and a non-magical one. But, before long, Amelia finds herself in a third world, an unknown world, where magic and non-magic coexist. Cleverly, all three of these worlds look deceptively similar, though under the surface they couldn’t be more different. The only true constant across all three is Amelia, who believes she should use her magic to help people, no matter what.

If you haven’t been reading Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman, you are missing out. The comic follows Bigfoot as he becomes a savior and conqueror on Mars. The story borrows liberally from Tarzan and Conan, with a bit of John Carter and a ton of epicness. Bigfoot has been brought across the void of space and, in this issue, we finally learn why.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2013, FBC's Barbra Dillon details her experiences at the Being Human roundtable interviews featuring Meaghan Rath, Kristen Hager, Sam Huntington, and Anna Fricke.


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