As a special feature of The Fanbase Weekly podcast, the Fanbase Feature focuses on and celebrates a specific element of geek culture.
Throughout 2020 and 2021, Fanbase Press' weekly Creator Forums provided comics industry professionals with an opportunity to discuss ways to cope with the changing comics landscape in light of the Coronavirus. As a new year begins and the impact of COVID-19 continues, it is not lost on us that comic book conventions - and the opportunity to connect with industry colleagues personally and professionally - will not take place in the same manner for the foreseeable future. To provide further opportunities to connect with industry creators, publishers, media, retailers, and educators during our collective quarantine, Fanbase Press will be hosting its next Comics & Coffee virtual meetup on Saturday, October 22, 2022, at 10 a.m./PT (1 p.m./EST). Fanbase Press' Comics & Coffee is a FREE hour-long Zoom session taking place every Saturday, welcoming new and experienced comics pros to a virtual meetup that aims to fill the convention-less void with networking opportunities, sharing creative successes and failures, and troubleshooting ways to navigate the industry in the weeks and months to come.
Four-Color Heroes is an LGBTQ+, Upper YA graphic novel written and illustrated by Aotearoa/New Zealand-born creator Richard Fairgray (Black Sand Beach, Blastosaurus). It is a touching love story which follows two star-crossed young men who - in spite of their disparate backgrounds - find escape and one another through the pages of a comic book. The coming-of-age romance is set in a New Zealand high school prior to the passing of the Civil Union Act 2004 (which allowed same-sex couples to enter into a civil union).
In light of Fairgray’s New Zealand roots and given the Māori heritage of one of Four-Color Heroes’ protagonists, the graphic novel will be made available digitally in both English and Te Reo Māori as translated by Komako A. Silver and Alejandra Jensen (The Art of Taonga Puoro). The graphic novel will be released in English-language print in the summer of 2023.
The Four-Color Heroes graphic novel is currently available for pre-order. Pre-orders made by May 1, 2023, will receive a discounted price of $19.99 and an exclusive print illustrated and signed by creator Richard Fairgray.
Written and Illustrated by: Richard Fairgray (Black Sand Beach, Blastosaurus)
Genres: LGBTQ+, Upper YA, Romance, Comics, Superheroes
Audience: 16 and up
Printed Trade Paperback Price: $19.99 (pre-order discount) / $24.99 (retail cost)
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Here at Fanbase Press, we strive to provide an outlet for up-and-coming creators to promote and showcase their incredible works. With thousands of creators utilizing crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo to make those works a reality, we will highlight these talented creators and their noteworthy campaigns through #CrowfundingFridays! We hope that you will join us in giving these projects a moment of your time (and possibly your support)!
The following is an interview with Jerry Bennett and Charles J. Martin regarding the recent return of the comic book series, Glamorella's Daughter, through Literati Press Comics & Novels. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Bennett and Martin about their shared creative process in returning to the story's world and characters, what they hope that readers will take away from the story, and more!
Earlier this year, Eisner Award-nominated publisher Fanbase Press launched its first foray into Graphic Medicine with Ripple Effects, a five-issue comic book series which explores life as a superhero with an invisible illness. The series was inspired by creator Jordan Hart's lived experience with an invisible and incurable blood-clotting disease called thrombophilia. As October 13th is World Thrombosis Day, Hart and the team at Fanbase Press wish to join physicians, educators, advocates, patients, and their loved ones in raising awareness for thrombosis, including its causes, risk factors, signs/symptoms, and evidence-based prevention and treatment.
Tread Perilously is a podcast in which hosts Erik Amaya and author Justin Robinson watch the “worst” episodes of popular TV shows, attempting to determine if they would continue to watch the series based on the most off-key moments.
This Week: 30 Rock's "Stone Mountain"
Tread Perilously's month of Halloween TV continues with the 30 Rock episode, "Stone Mountain."
The following is an interview with writer/producer Sara Kenney (Creative Director at Wowbagger Productions) regarding the recent release of the collected print edition of PLANET DIVOC-91, the international COVID-19-inspired webcomic which caught the attention of leading scientists and policy makers. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Kenney about her experience throughout the creative life cycle of the project, how the profits from the sale of the book will be donated, and more!
WhatNot Publishing is breathing life into an already popular property, as they are bringing the web series, Alpha Betas, into comics form. After getting millions of views on the video platform, YouTube, Evan "VanossGaming" Fong, Marcel "BasicallyIDoWrk" Cunningham, Tyler "I AM WILDCAT" Wine, and Brian "Terroriser" Hanby have teamed up to produce the mini-series based on the animated show of same name.
It’s been nearly two years since I reviewed the first volume of Adventureman. While I remember the basic story, I was a bit fuzzy on some of the details. So, before embarking on this new graphic novel, I took it upon myself to reread the first volume and be sure I was up to speed. No easy task, to be sure, but I did it for you, dear reader. I made that sacrifice for you. (Truth be told, I probably could have just jumped right into the new volume and been fine, but it was as good an excuse as any to reread one of the most fun comics I’ve read in a long time.)