Lantern CityAt the recording of Krypton Radio’s The Event Horizon radio show, Fanboy Comics Senior Contributor Drew Siragusa chats with Bruce Boxleitner (TRON, Babylon 5) and Trevor Crafts (Smokewood), the producers behind the new Steampunk show Lantern City.

Learn more about this exciting foray into fan-inspired and fan-created television by visiting the Lantern City website at lanterncitytv.com.  Lantern City may also be found on Facebook and Twitter (@LanternCityTV).  You can also listen to Bruce and Trevor’s appearance on The Event Horizon radio show by visiting the Krypton Radio website at www.kryptonradio.com and see photos from the event on the Fanboy Comics Facebook page.

 

 

 





 

Superior Spider-Man MNOWThe 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.


 

There's a new Spider-Man in town, and his name is—Otto Octavius? Following the defeat of his mortal foe, Otto, Doctor Octopus, switched his mind with Peter Parker's, and the wallcrawler died in Otto's body. Now, Otto has assumed Peter's identity, his life, and his role as Spider-Man and has sworn to do the job better than Peter ever did. To become a Superior Spider-Man!

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Chew 29If by “despair” they meant “laugh your a-- off,” then the title of this panel is completely accurate. John Layman is perhaps best known for his work on the Image series Chew, but he's also done a lot of other work ranging from lettering and editing to writing other books like Detective Comics and Mars Attacks.

During this Q&A session, Layman told the story of his publishing life: how he first became involved with Wildstorm, editing books like The Authority and Danger Girl, and after a rough ending to that relationship, began freelancing in the world of video games writing Metroid Prime, the “s--t talking dialogue” for the World Series of Poker, American Choppers, and many more. However, Layman's heart has always belonged to comics and to the idea of a cannibal cop in a world forever changed by bird flu. Chew was shopped around for a while, being rejected by Vertigo, IDW, and other publishers before finally landing at Image, where it became an instant success.

 

bells-of-st-johns-doctor-who-poster-247x350The whirl of sonic screwdrivers filled the air as over 1,500 people eagerly waited in line to see an early look at the premiere episode of Doctor Who's second half of Series Seven, “The Bells of St. John,” on Friday night at WonderCon. The excitement of Whovians should be harnessed as an energy source it was so palpable and prevalent throughout all those gathered. Everyone from cosplayers dressing as a wide assortment of Doctors and companions from the series' 50-year history to little kids who got their start during the Matt Smith era and are excited to see their Doctor return were present en mass.

But, as the line filed forward, it became clear that the theater wasn't going to have room for all those who had gathered. Concern started to spread when the call came from someone at BBC America to show not one, but two more screenings of Doctor Who and Orphan Black to ensure everyone who wanted to could see the episodes. BBC America, you're all right in this reviewer's book. You've never seen a more grateful crowd as we filed into the second screening and some familiar music started playing.

Music that Makes You ScreamDear Fanboy Comics Readers:


The FBC Crew attended BMI (@BMI) and White Bear PR's WonderCon panel entitled 'The Music That Makes You Scream,' which featured film and television's talented composers as they discussed the art of composing for the horror genre.  From the frightening two notes that signal the arrival of the great white in Jaws to the shrieking minor chord that will forever be tied to the shower scene in Psycho, music adds an extra special "creep factor" to our favorite frightening films.  Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the leading global music rights organization, and White Bear PR hosted the horror-themed panel in an effort to educate audiences about the role of music in TV and film.

Clockwork CoutureThe following is an interview with Joshua Watts, co-owner of the Steampunk shoppe Clockwork Couture (with Donna Ricci-Watts) in Burbank, CA.  In the interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Watts about his inspiration for the specialized clothing store, the multitude of events hosted in-house, and how those who may be new to Steampunk can get in on the fun!

This interview was conducted on March 19, 2013.

 

 

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


I can’t believe I’m writing this.

I really despise boy bands.  I especially hate calling them bands.  They’re not bands.  They’re singing groups made up of a collection of boys.  Bands play instruments.  Bands express themselves through the songs they write.  Singing groups made up of a collection of boys tend to have little control over their own music.  They’re not artists in any discernable way.  They just do what they’re handlers tell them to do.  The Rolling Stones are a band.  Green Day is a band.  The Black Keys are a band.  Hell, even Hanson was a band.

Deadpool Marvel NOW 1The 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.


Crazy as only a Marvel character can be, Wade Wilson likes to shoot his mouth off, along with his guns, for no seemingly rational reason.  Sometimes considered a hero, other times considered for long stays within a maximum holding facility, this mercenary does whatever it takes to get the job done while making sure he gets his piece of the pie in the process.  Now, hired out by the premier security force in the world, Wilson is tracking down some of the most outrageous villains ever to be seen on a comic panel, but will he be able to take them out?  Of course he will: he’s Deadpool!

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Lone Star SoulLone Star Soul: Invitation is one of those books that sits on the fringes of your perception, yet never wades into the realm of perfect sense. You read it, you read it again, and you retrace your steps, not out of frustration but curiosity. It is liquid and impossible to pin down. Space age, messy, filled with music and poetry, Lone Star Soul is out there, and that's exactly where I want it to be.

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Afternoon DelightA housewife stuck in a suburban rut seeks to spice up her life. Sound familiar? Perhaps. But, the 2013 Sundance film Afternoon Delight deserves a deeper examination. The film stars Kathryn Hahn (Crossing Jordan, Girls) as Rachel, a suburban housewife living in Los Angeles. She is a dutiful mother to her toddler daughter and a committed wife to husband Jeff (Josh Radnor, How I Met Your Mother). It’s clear, though, that restlessness is just under the surface as Rachel visits regularly with psychologist Lenore (Jane Lynch, GLEE) and finds little solace in Lenore’s guidance.

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