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Feeding Mr. BaldwinA little over a year ago, I interviewed filmmaker Will Prescott as he set out on an ambitious Kickstarter campaign. He wanted to raise the majority of his budget through crowdfunding in order to produce and direct his first feature film . . . and that’s exactly what he did! Check out Fanboy Comics’ original interview with Will here.

 

SW Knights of the Old Republic 2.0Despite being a huge Star Wars fan, I delved into this game with caution, because I haven’t had the best experiences with MMO games; however, as someone who enjoyed the original Knights of the Old Republic games, I thought I would give it a chance. I was certainly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.  I’m not going into details about the original game mechanics and aesthetics, as that’s already been covered by other FBC people, but I am going to give my thoughts and feelings on the two most recent updates to the game: 2.0 and 2.1.

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PandemicMany hands make light work. A saying that goes back a long way, but not nearly as long as sickness, I'm sure. Disease has always been the bane of mankind, striking fear into those that know the symptoms and not the cure. There must have been a caveman that correlated a cough with sickness. A caveman that paved the way for science to discover vaccines and treatments to battle the plagues that ravaged mankind. Of course, he probably took a more direct route to eliminate the spread of disease by clubbing the one that coughed to death. Cough drops wouldn't be invented for thousands of years, and an itchy throat is a real drag. But, getting the cougher backed into a corner and taking them down by oneself can be difficult. That's why many hands make light work. Fast forward a bit, and you get a game based on the history of illness, virus, and plague. You get Pandemic.

The OCD HandbookDid you know that about 1 in 100 adults – or between 2 to 3 million adults in the United States – currently has OCD?  There are also at least 1 in 200 – or 500,000 – kids and teens that have OCD.  This is about the same number of kids who have diabetes.  For those who may not be familiar with the disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a disorder of the brain and behavior, and it causes severe anxiety in those affected. With so many people struggling with the challenges caused by OCD, one man took it upon himself to both educate and entertain readers by sharing his own candid and humorous look at life with OCD.  In The OCD Handbook, writer Jefferson Jordan talks about growing up with OCD, how he developed it, and what he has learned about life from it. He also has fun listing his more epic meltdowns, designing the perfect OCD bathroom, and teaching readers how to open a bathroom door without using your hands.   While Jordan hopes that his book will be relatable to readers with and without OCD, he first needs your support to print the book through his Kickstarter campaign.

 

Skyward 1At its core, Skyward is filled with that childlike sense of adventure that makes a good children’s fantasy story. The story itself is somewhat familiar, at least in Issue #1, mapping out what appears to be the beginning of the classic hero’s journey. But, though the story is simple, there’s a lot of potential in it for great things.

'Super Zeroes:' Film Review

 

Super ZeroesThe best word to describe Super Zeroes is quirky. But, in a good way, not a douchetastic, trying-too-hard way.

The story is about three guys who own and maintain a porta potty business - or, as they put it, “moving movements” - who gain superpowers from a small meteor after it hits their house. Ya know, as you do.

 

Complex 90“In one unintentionally comic motion, my audience all swung around in their seats to face me, ready to hang on my every word, minds already dancing with accusations at the same time they were formulating their own finely worded excuses.  It was too bad my buddy Ralph Marley wasn’t here to watch the show. But, Marley was dead. And, that left only me to play Scrooge.”


Detective fiction comes in many flavors.  You've got your dainty Miss Marples, your wise and mysterious Charlie Chans, your erudite Sherlock Holmes, your witty and pithy Nick and Nora Charles, your agoraphobic gourmet Rex Stout, but coming in ahead of all of them in terms of flavor and style, there is only one . . .  Mike Hammer.  As penned by Mickey Spillane, Hammer puts the “hard” in hard-boiled.

Myth Masque 2013Are you looking for the most elegant and fantastical evening of high fashion and imagination?  Then, you will not want to miss MYTH Masque, an annual masquerade ball at VIBIANA on Saturday, May 25th, starting at 6 p.m. The evening will unfold in a visually striking, immersive environment. Guests will enjoy a high-end evening of dress up, music, dancing, performances, drinks, hors d'oeuvres, tantalizing treats, and photo-ops, along with other key highlights.  

 

Princeless V2 I3Knights, dragons, elves, wolves, swords, and sorcery. If you’re like me, you love all that stuff. I remember growing up and reading this picture book about King Arthur so much that the binding fell apart. I would imagine myself as the brave knight riding up to defeat the dragon and save everyone. This fantasy was easy for me to put myself into, because, like the heroes in most of those books, I was a white male. It wasn’t until I got older, and my sphere of friends grew, that I met someone who was just as into those kinds of stories but wasn’t like me. I started to play roleplaying games with friends who were women, who were gay, who were from all manner of different races and backgrounds. I started to learn that it was tough for them, because there were so few heroes like them in the stories.

 

Lobster Johnson Satan RatI love Lobster Johnson. It is a comic book with a silly premise that wholeheartedly embraces its roots. Lobster Johnson is an uncompromising superhero without powers fighting the supernatural in the '30s. The comic can be either hilarious, good fun or dramatic and occasionally tragic. This issue is one of the more somber ones.

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