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Rafael Grampá has a very distinct artistic style.  Mesmo Delivery, which Grampá wrote, drew, and co-colored with Marcus Penna, is the first I have seen of his work, but it relays a deeply established style and skill that I am sure will develop even more over time.  Mesmo Delivery is a simple, mysterious story, violent but with a kind of gritty, almost ugly, beauty that threatens to overwhelm you at first, only to grow on you as the story progresses.  Appearing deceptively straightforward on the surface, the tale of two truckers delivering an unknown cargo to an undisclosed destination, Grampá slowly reveals through short flashbacks the underpinnings of the characters and the true, but still very enigmatic, nature of their task.  Most intriguing, you begin to realize that the person you think is the main character actually is not, but merely a pawn. The real fun, though, is in imagining what happens after the story ends. Once we grasp the rundown of the story, the gravity of the endgame hits you, and you find yourself excitedly asking, "But, what if things don't go according to plan like they were thinking?" That vastness of possibility is incredibly entertaining, because your imagination takes that thought and just runs with it, making Mesmo Delivery much larger than its original conceit.

Writer Zack Whedon and artist Georges Jeanty continue to show off their excellent “piloting” skills by pushing Serenity: Leaves on the Wind to even more impressive heights in Issue #4! As we cross the halfway mark for the limited series continuing the official canon adventures of the crew of the Serenity, the quality of Leaves on the Wind continues to be on par with the beloved TV series and film, proving once again that Dark Horse Comics is the true master when it comes to creating comics based on licensed properties.


Once again, the masked, one-eyed vigilante from Dark Horse Comics dispenses his own definition of justice in the second volume of the series.  Written by Duane Swierczynski, with art by Tony Parker and Eric Nguyen, colors by Michelle Madsen, and letters by Richard Starkings and Comicraft, it covers Issues #5-8 in the series.

Over the past several years, podcasts, audio dramas, and audio books have become an exciting way for creators and entertainers to reach new audiences through their iPads, iPods, desktops, and smart phones.  Providing a creative outlet that can accommodate those on both a large and small budget, the auditory medium allows for listeners to enjoy new media while on the go while offering creators the chance to tell their stories in a variety of methods.  In today's edition of The Kickstarter Report, Fanboy Comics has chosen to highlight Joynt Efforts Productions, a small new-media production company dedicated to creating quality, successful narrative podcasts and webisodes focused on geek and pop-culture themes while promoting stories with strong characters--who happen to be women--with the spotlight on women in traditionally male-dominated fields such as science and technology.  Joynt Efforts' first audio project, Radio Zed, is a storytelling podcast using the old-school styles of early 20th-century radio shows to chronicle the adventures of a group of disparate survivors, drawn together by a mysterious, still broadcasting radio tower in an abandoned compound, high in the Rockies outside Boulder, CO.  The production company recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for Radio Zed to raise the necessary funds that would allow for the recording of Season 1, the music rights, web hosting and recording equipment, and the production of a short film set in the Radio Zed world (which will premiere at San Diego Comic-Con).

When Fanboy Comics is not providing you with the latest in geek news and entertainment, the FBC staff hopes to offer our readers a myriad of opportunities to give back to the community. We love reading comics, watching movies, and playing video games, but we are never happier than when we are able to help others in need. With Geeks Care: How You Can Help, FBC will provide you a variety of causes that would greatly appreciate your time.

In this Free Comic Book edition of Geeks Care: How You Can Help, Fanboy Comics is excited to share the wonderful work that Blastoff Comics is facilitating in tandem with their FCBD festivities.  (For those unfamiliar with Free Comic Book Day, on the first Saturday in May each year, participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE to anyone who comes into their stores. This is a great way to bring those who may be unfamiliar with the comic book medium into the fold.)  On May 3, 2014, the North Hollywood-based comic book shop will not only be giving away free comics and having artists [Megan Levens (Madame Frankenstein) and Zack Finfrock (Atomic Robo, Threadless.com, TeeFury)] in the store to do free sketches for guests, but store owners Jud Meyers and Scott Tipton will also be teaming with Children International (www.children.org) and encouraging their customers to help them sponsor 10 children in 10 nations around the world, providing these children with medical care, proper nutrition, clothes, and education. 

The following is an interview with Los Angeles-based artist and graphic designer Eduardo Valdivieso, who is the co-founder and Creative Director at TheFlock.com and the owner of Trozo Studio. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Valdivieso about his initial attraction to the world of art, his approach to both graphic design and painting, and where you can find displays of his artwork.

This interview was conducted on April 23, 2014.

The following is an interview with author Robert J. Peterson about his debut novel, The Odds,as well as his new publishing company, California Coldblood Books.  Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Peterson about his inspiration for the novel and the indie publishing company, as well as California Coldblood Books' recent partnership with Rare Bird Books.

This interview was conducted on April 23, 2014.

Yeah, I read it. It was good. You’ll read it, too. You’ll like it just like I did. So, why the attitude, you ask? Because this comic could be awesome . . . and now I have to wait for Issues #2-5 to find out. And, if it turns out to suck, then my faith in what little goodness is left in the world is that much more broken. I guess I’m like that girl who’s had her heart broken one too many times . . . and yet here I am writing another positive review. (I’m such a cheerleader masochist.) This time I’m going to focus on what could go wrong.

The continuing story of Gina and Tina, the witch killers, in this fifth issue of Where the Witches Lurk by Joe Pezzula and with art by Donny Ganakusuma finds them taken under the wing of an enigmatic woman by the name of Sarah after their father’s disappearance. The police force is unknowingly controlled by the Dark Witch through one of their own as life in the small town of Haslow Falls spins out-of-control.

Geeks everywhere learned long ago to pay attention when the legendary Rodenberry name is attached to a new project, and this rule rings true once again when it comes to Worth, the new graphic novel from the Star Trek creator’s Roddenberry Entertainment! Writer Aubrey Sitterson and artist Chris Moreno offer readers a different take on the superhero genre that proves not only an excellent read, but one that reflects our world of constantly advancing technology and polarized beliefs.

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