Skin Crawling ComicsThe following is an interview with the comic book writer/artist team of Gerald Rathkolb and Danielle Gransaull, who will be contributing their short story, "The Night Market," to the upcoming horror-themed anthology Skin Crawling Comics.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Rathkolb and Gransaull about their thoughts on the current state of the horror genre, the use of digital artwork in comics, and their hopes for the future of Skin Crawling Comics and its impact on the comic book industry.

This interview was conducted on May 7, 2013.

 

Tardis Pie 1Sometimes, in the life of a geek, you don’t just have a TV show or book series that you love, but you also have a favorite person to share it with. For months, Jennie and I have wanted to make a TARDIS cake in honor of my love of Doctor Who. And, when the time finally came to plan our Whovian confection, I couldn’t stop thinking about my favorite fellow Doctor Who lover, my good friend, Oren.

Among other talents, Oren is a masterful baker of pies and something of a connoisseur of new pie flavors. He and I discovered buttermilk pie in a hole-in-the-wall diner in middle Tennessee when we were on a cross-country road trip last year, and I’ve been telling everyone who would listen about this pie ever since.

Cyborg 009 promoWelcome back to The PREVIEWS Party, the blog that looks at the coolest, new comic books and graphic novels available to pre-order from this month’s Previews magazine.

Later this summer, Archaia will be releasing Cyborg 009, a re-imagining of Shotaro Ishinomori’s manga classic. The PREVIEWS Party had the opportunity to interview illustrator Marcus To and colorist Ian Herring about updating this classic tale for a modern audience.

 

Star Trek Into DarknessI don’t feel bad revealing this about myself:  J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot had me at hello.  About eight minutes into 2009’s Star Trek, George Kirk (played by Chris Hemsworth, the once and future Thor) is listening to the birth of his son just after rescuing his wife and crew from certain doom.  The Kirks discuss baby names and, fighting back tears, the elder Kirk says, “I love you so much” to his wife just before he explodes, taking the entire Star Trek timeline with him.  The funny thing is I was fighting back tears, too.  What was happening to me?  I was getting all choked up by a fricking Star Trek movie?  In the first ten minutes?  Had I gone soft?

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MegatokyoWorld of Webcomics is a series devoted to exploring the world of online comics and their target audiences, as well as their art styles, storylines, and the general enjoyment that they provide.


One of the very first webcomics I ever read, as well as one that is very well known throughout the realm of the Internet, is MegaTokyo, the story of a couple of Americans who find themselves lost in Tokyo, Japan, following an E3 expo.  While the two main characters are based, in part, on the original creators of the webcomic, they are nothing like the actual people (unless somehow Largo is really a teacher at a Tokyo high school); the situations that occur are in no way real, but they are very amusing and enjoyable to read.  There is no set update schedule, but it tries to update about once a week (but not always) at megatokyo.com.

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Cool Cats artYou're invited to the coolest, new comic book shop in LA, Cool Cats Comics and Cards, for their first ever Kids' Day on Saturday, May 25th, 2013, from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m

Gen Con logoGen Con, the granddaddy of all tabletop gaming conventions, is still a ways out, taking place from August 15-18, but that magical time of the year is upon us: pre-registration.

Gen Con pre-registration starts at 12 p.m. (Eastern) on May 19, 2013, and you'll want to act fast in order to secure those fun events. Currently, a complete list of the events running can be viewed at www.gencon.com/events/find, where gamers can even make their wishlist of games to attend, allowing for faster pre-registration on the 19th. An Excel sheet of all the events can be downloaded even without registering for a badge here.

 

InjusticeSince as far back as I can remember, I was always more of a Marvel guy over DC when it came to comics. The personal taste I guess, but I still consider myself a pretty big DC fan. While not familiar with ALL the mythos, I do know enough about the DC universe that when I purchased Injustice: Gods Among Us, I couldn't wait to see what kind of story was going to unfold.

And, boy, was I not disappointed . . .

 

The Leaf 5Road to Redemption

The Leaf is Canada's greatest hero. The title has been passed down through several generations, and now the mantle has fallen on Michael McSorly to become the new Leaf and continue to protect all of Canada. The Leaf is the sort of Silver Age legacy comic that, as I've admitted on several occasions, is not my cup of tea, but for fans of over-the-top action, silly costumes, and bad one-liners, this comic has something to offer.

 

Way Down in Chinatown stillWay Down in Chinatown is bizarre and often incomprehensible. Sometimes shrill and discordant, sometimes uncomfortable, and sometimes discombobulating. These aren’t criticisms of the film, merely observations. It was designed to be all of these things, and quite a bit more.

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