Quick, what do astronaut ghosts, clones of Ben Franklin, giant lumberjacks punching dinosaurs, and a ninja who is also a doctor have in common? Besides being part of a tedious introduction to my review of The Adventures of Dr. McNinja Volume 2: Time Fist, they are also in the book. (ed. That one got away from you, huh?) Dr. McNinja is a webcomic about a ninja with a medical degree. This trade collects around two years of the webcomic into one book, and that is about three years’ worth of awesome.
That sounds like quite a bargain, Ben, but what kind of book is Dr. McNinja?
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Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
Welcome to District 11.
As part of Smart Pop Book’s celebration of the release of their phenomenal new Hunger Games fan guide, we are pleased to announce our participation in The Panem Companion Victory Tour. Representing the agriculture district and the home of Katniss Everdeen’s beloved ally, Rue, Fanboy Comics is the 11th stop along the way, and we’ve got an exciting giveaway, courtesy of Smart Pop Books, to help share in the excitement of The Panem Companion’s release!
I make no secret of my obsession with The Hunger Games trilogy. In fact, I take enormous pride in wearing my Mockingjay pin on my sleeve. While I enjoyed most of the first film adaptation by director Gary Ross, I’m a hardcore geek, so for me, nothing will ever surpass the unfiltered, uncut experience of Suzanne Collins’ brilliant and powerful novels. Katniss Everdeen and her epic, brutal, and bizarrely sci-fi, yet disturbingly familiar, tale of war and rebellion hit me like an arrow to the heart and kept me enthralled until the very last word. Despite the insistence of movie studios to expand the story from a trilogy to a quartet (a common trend these days), I knew that, for me personally, there would always be three volumes only: the untouchable originals. That is, until today. Today, I do something I never dreamed of doing: I clear a fourth space on my Hunger Games shelf for an additional book that has both won a place among the original trilogy and an equally valuable spot in my geeky, little heart. The Panem Companion, written by V. Arrow and published by Smart Pop Books, is that good, and whether you are a longtime resident of Panem or have just recently entered the arena, this is one book no tribute should be without!
A few months ago, the Fanboy Comics staff received an online introduction to Siike Donnelly, a comic book creator and writer who survived a brain aneurysm in 2010. Forced to rebuild his speech patterns and relearn how to walk, Donnelly forged a strong will and a desire to help other brain aneurysm survivors. With his company, The Naïve Project, Donnelly launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish Solestar, an original graphic novel featuring artwork donated by 60 different artists and educational information regarding brain aneurysms, the proceeds of which will go to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
You're invited to join the creators of the Boston Metaphysical Society comic series for a "Comics and Coffee" panel discussion on Monday, December 10th, at 7:00 p.m. at Emerald Knights - Comics and Games in Burbank, CA!
"Comics and Coffee" is a weekly discussion series that covers everything happening in the comic book industry, hosted by Emerald Knights every Monday at 7:00 p.m. One event per month features a different industry guest, with past guests having included Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Daredevil, Irredeemable, Incorruptible), Shane and Chris Houghton (Reed Gunther), and even the FBC staff (Something Animal, Identity Thief)! On December 10th, the panel will include Madeleine Holly-Rosing, the writer of the Steampunk, supernatural series which was recently nominated for an Airship Award.
Clemens said, "In the real world, the right thing never happens in the right place and the right time." In Heath Huston's world, this is even truer. Heath is the last of the Fear Agents, a hard-drinking human from Texas who roves space scraping together exterminator work where he can. He has a dark past that haunts him, he's crude, he's misogynistic, he's reckless, and he quotes Samuel Clemens at every opportunity. He's the kind of guy you'd hate to know (unless you needed him to watch your back), but that is fun to read about. He's a coarse Han Solo who looks a little like Bruce Campbell, sometimes, and who I imagine sounds rather like him, too.
Golden Age comics can be easy to dismiss out of hand as being primitive or infantile, churned out by creators who, while skilled, really didn’t want to be in comics and for an audience that, publishers assumed, was ten years old at best. The first four issues of Forbidden Worlds, collected in this edition, do not fit this mold; many of the stories contained herein are actually quite good, and there is some outstanding art to see.
This week saw the release of Willow: Wonderland #2, written by Jeff Parker and featuring the art team of Brian Ching (pencils), Jason Gordes (inks), and Michelle Madsen (colors). Issue #2 builds on the setup presented by Ching’s first script, continues the interweaving of the various Buffy and Angel TV series and comic mythologies, and reintroduces some familiar faces.
Dear Fanboy Comic Readers,
If you’re a fan of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, then the chances are good that you’ve read a story by the award-winning writer, Nancy Holder. Holder’s ties to the Buffy-verse are as strong as a certain Hell Goddess, and her list of contributions to the Slayer’s extended universe are as prolific as the Watchers' Diaries themselves. Having written over fifteen novels taking place in Whedon’s vampire and demon-infested world, Holder is truly a proven member of the Scooby gang.
The FBC staff was overjoyed to hear that Holder was interested in writing a piece for our uber-geeky website! With the upcoming release of her masterpiece, Buffy: The Making of a Slayer (a book that no Buffy collection will be complete without), this blessing was clearly a sign from The Powers That Be, and it is with great honor that we welcome Holder to our corner of Geekdom.
The comic book event of the summer is nigh! Before Watchmen, the much-anticipated prequel series to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, will consist of seven limited series and an epilogue one-shot. Stay tuned, as the Fanboy Comics crew will be reviewing each title as it is released. Hurm.
Thirteen pages of this issue are really good. The rest is not. For the middle thirteen pages, Darwyn Cooke does exactly what I have wanted to see this entire series. He shows us a never-before-seen Minutemen adventure that has no ties to the Watchmen source material. We get to see the Minutemen fighting a villain, being heroes, and saving the day despite all their personal flaws and failings. Then, we get to see the terrible fallout of their actions, and watch the Minutemen learn a hard lesson about heroism. It is wonderful.