"We all go a little mad sometimes." - Norman Bates
Ain't that the truth? I was so mad when I heard they were making a show called Bates Motel. I figured it was A&E jumping on the success train of hour-long horror dramas ignited by Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story, as Hollywood is cannibalistic. If a fresh idea is successful, they must suck dry the last ire of moisture from the creative marrow. Although over-the-top and eye roll worthy at times, Fox's The Following is a welcome addition to the horror trend tip. It's a knock off of Silence of the Lambs meets Sister Wives, but intriguing nonetheless. So, I figured, what the heck? I'll give Bates Motel a shot. It's a great concept. If they do it right, it could be killer!
Motorcycles, magic, vengeance, voodoo, and roadkill. All of these things and more make up the new comic book series Roadkill du Jour by writer Kevin LaPorte (Inverse Press' Clown Town), artist Shawn Harbin (BSX22 Studios' The Dungeon Comic), and colorist Laura Guzzo (Action Lab's PrinceLess). If you like your comics dark and gritty with a splash of black magic thrown in for good meausre, then this is the series for you. In the latest Kickstarter campaign from Inverse Press, Roadkill du Jour is a tale of motorcycle gangs in a mystic bayou world, clashing in an explosion of vengeance and voodoo.
At WonderCon 2013, Fanboy Comics President Bryant Dillon catches up with writer Christos Gage (Angel & Faith) regarding the final fate of Giles, the latest fan controversy dealing with Spike and Angel's treatment of Harmony, and speculation on who from the Marvel universe should take on the dark slayer and the vampire with a soul.
*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
If you are an indie horror film fan, you will not want to miss the upcoming film Slash, which will begin filmining this summer in New Mexico. Slash is a story about young people who see their friends butchered around them. They must deal with each other’s violent fantasies and face their own demons . . . or die trying!
For more information regarding the film, please see the official press release below or visit www.slashflick.com.
The 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.
If you want to, just go to Jurassic Park.
You’ll probably be eaten alive after daaaaaark
If you like food, then go to Jurassic Park
You’ll become food faster than you could get chewed by a shaaaaark . . .
Yes, it’s 3D IMAX time for Spielberg’s classic tale of man vs. lizard/bird/frog clones. Time, once again, to listen to the music written by John Williams and played on a constant loop at the Jurassic Park River Adventure Ride in Universal Studios Hollywood. Maybe I did once work in that section of the theme park, and maybe I did write lyrics for the music because it played on a constant loop . . .
The New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW! Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.
Some are Avengers, some are X-Men, very few are both, but they all believe in a better world for the people they protect—how they execute it is drastically different at times. Working together in unlikely situations to provide that security is how they learn about one another, how they can function together, and how much they really do detest one another’s abilities in certain circumstances. Separate, they are just an A and an X, but together, they are A+X.
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It can be difficult for a comic strip character to catch on with readers, but when the right character does connect with the public, the opportunity for pop-culture legacy is almost guaranteed. Modesty Blaise, the strong, beautiful, and resourceful heroine of her own British comic strip is a prime example. While the character may have been created by writer Peter O'Donnell and artist Jim Holdaway in 1963, just last month Titan Books released their 23rd Modesty Blaise collected volume, Modesty Blaise: The Girl in the Iron Mask. After 38 years in the papers, Modesty Blaise is still going strong in Titan Books’ beautiful reprints, and Modesty Blaise: The Girl in the Iron Mask is sure to thrill those who have a special place in their hearts for this talented British dame!
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Matt Bomer (White Collar) talks with Fanboy Comics' Bryant Dillon about his work on the new DC animated feature Superman: Unbound, what surprises arose from playing this iconic character, and how he distinguished Superman from his alter ego, the bumbling Clark Kent!
Molly Quinn (Castle, Winx Club) talks with Fanboy Comics Creative Director Sam Rhodes about her voice work on DC's new animated feature, Superman: Unbound, why she values her work on both Castle and Winx Club, and what she took away from playing Kara Zor-El, a.k.a. Supergirl!