CW To Catch a JediI watched the chase scene from last week's episode again to start me off into the new one, which I think helped to fuel the overall intensity of this episode as a whole. Ahsoka is on the run and finds herself in the seedy underbelly of Coruscant, level 1312. For those unfamiliar, there is a video coming out later this year entitled Star Wars 1313 that revolves around playing the role of a bounty hunter on a mission in the subterranean level of Coruscant. Filoni had mentioned in interviews last year that we would get our first glimpse of 1313 on The Clone Wars and after last week's literal cliffhanger, we watched Ahsoka make a desperate dive in that direction.

Skin Crawling ComicsThe following is an interview with the comic book writer/artist team of Carl Boehm and Laura Bearl, who will be contributing their short story, "The Appetite," to the upcoming horror-themed anthology Skin Crawling Comics.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Boehm and Bearl about the inspiration behind their horror short, what the horror genre means to them, and where readers can find other examples of their work in advance of the anthology's release.

This interview was conducted on February 18, 2013.


Uncanny Skullkickers 1Welcome 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.

Anyone who has read my blogs or reviews before has heard me rave about the amazingly talented writer Jim Zub, and how he brings a modern humor and sensibility to the fantasy genre. Well, I recently got to chat with him about his upcoming books and the importance of a kind of grassroots fandom in indie comics. Here’s what he had to say.


Resident Alien V1When the local doctor of the small town of Patience is murdered, the residents turn to Harry Vanderspeigle, the strange hermit who lives on the outskirts of town and a retired doctor, to serve as his replacement. But, unknowingly, Patience has just hired an alien, hiding out on Earth after crashlanding three years ago, as its new general physician. Now, Harry finds himself getting involved in these peoples' lives and growing attached to them in spite of the fact he has to keep his identity secret at all costs.


Professor FrinkThe Simpsons is known for its wonderful supporting cast, and in Bongo Comics’ One-Shot Wonders line, readers get to go on adventures with some of the craziest characters in Springfield. This month we get three new stories featuring Springfield’s very own scientist supreme, Professor Frink. There’s even a special 3D story and Frink-O-Matic goggles to ensure maximum reading enjoyment.


Bart-80-CoverI have to tell you the truth. I’ve never read a Simpsons comic before until Bongo asked me to start reviewing them, but like many people my age, I grew up on the Simpsons TV show. I have to say, these Bongo comics really capture the essence of those Simpsons episodes I grew up on. Even better, they deliver the humor of the Simpsons in a great, all-ages comic that grownups who remember the Simpsons from their youth can now share with their kids.


Pirate Eye Pirates LifeBlame it on Johnny Depp, but pirates have been quite popular over the past few years, continuously battling zombies and sparkly vampires for the title of king of the pop culture genres. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the Disney films, I did have my pirate phase as a young comic book sniffer, and the comic medium seems a perfect home for these scurvy dogs! (Am I right? Tales of the Black Freighter, anyone?) Not wanting to be the last to walk the plank, Action Lab Entertainment has thrown its peg leg into the ring with Pirate Eye: A Pirate's Life is Not for Me, a comic book cross between the classic “pirate” tale and the noir elements present in Raymond Chandler’s detective fiction.



GMS Fringe Milkshake 1I don't know about you, but I am still in Fringe withdrawal. I was late to the party; I didn't even start watching the show until a few months before it ended. But, once I got started, I was hooked on the pseudo-science-y plot devices, the mystery of the observers, the playful episode easter eggs, and, of course, the lovable mad scientist, Walter Bishop.


Oscar 2013*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.

If you don’t live in Los Angeles, this news may have bypassed you this week: Robert De Niro cast his hand and footprints in cement in the courtyard of Grauman’s Chinese Theater.  First of all, I do realize that the Chinese Theater has gone through a recent name change, and it’s no longer considered “Grauman’s.”  (I’m going to keep calling it by its proper title, because the name change is really stupid.  Ah, corporate naming rights!  You’ve given us the Staples Center, the Nokia Theater, and the University of Phoenix Stadium!)  I assume everybody understands the magnitude of being asked to do this.  It’s a much bigger deal than getting a star on the Walk of Fame.  If you’re ever in the area, take a stroll down the Walk of Fame and be amazed at the vast number of performers you’ve never heard of before.  Hell, if selected by the committee, you actually have to pay for your own star.  We throw this word around too much, but getting immortalized in Grauman’s cement means you are an icon.

Avengers 1 Marvel NOWThe 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.

They have always been there for one another and the people of Earth, fighting the battles that no single hero can do alone, and while they have had several roster make-ups over the year, they have always kept up with their mission to defend the world and the innocent.  Now, the two main leaders of the group—Iron Man and Captain America—make a decision to restart the entire system of heroic doings, to remake the team into a more streamlined and effective fighting force for the bigger threats.  They are, always have been, and always will be the Avengers.



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