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What if Area 51, the super-secret military base housing the world's most confidential artifacts, suddenly became not so secret?  In the upcoming comic book series Unit 44, that is the unfortunate reality for Area 51 employees Agent Gibson and Agent Hatch, who forgot to pay the rent on the facility’s off-site storage unit, causing the super-secret contents to be sold at public auction. When an alien invasion threatens the safety of planet Earth, Gibson and Hatch must recover an item from the locker if they hope to stop the extraterrestrial threat.  Series creator Wes Locher recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to assist in turning the story into a four-issue miniseries and collected trade paperback.  If you are a fan of Storage Wars, extraterrestrials, and everything in between, now is your chance to lend a hand to an indie creator in making this great idea into a reality.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2013, FBC's Bryant Dillon talks with artist Matt Jacobs about his work on The Arcs, an upcoming graphic novel from Fanboy Comics that focuses on the epic and tragic story of Heaven's last archangels.

 

At San Diego Comic-Con 2013, FBC's Bryant Dillon chats with MotionArtist Product Manager Jordan Bentley about Smith Micro and the product itself.

 

I’ve always found it puzzling that the media (movies, books, etc.) commonly associated with geek culture is so looked down upon by the mainstream, often academics or cultural elites. In their early days, comic books in particular were derided as being simply for the sub-literate. Perusing blogs like Jeffrey Welles’ Hollywood Elsewhere reveals an intense hatred for science fiction and comic book mythology, which I think is quite odd from a literary perspective. Genre material is far from stupid. After all, science fiction and comic book mythos are frequently steeped in allegory and social criticism. While critics may sneer at genre material, there’s no denying it can work on many different levels. Since the '60s, the X-Men have represented every kind of political and social oppression, from African Americans during the Civil Rights era to modern-day LGBT Americas seeking marriage equality. George Romero has used his zombies to stand in for both American consumerism and American militarism. Science fiction writers like Ray Bradbury and Philip K. Dick used their visions of the future to comment on what was happening today. Hell, Fahrenheit 451 is every bit as prophetic a piece of writing about our relationship to television as Paddy Chayefsky’s revered screenplay for Network. But, Chayefsky is viewed as a genius where the typical sci-fi novelist is usually looked on as a hack.

World 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.


There are several “gamer” webcomics on the Internet, referencing in-jokes and memes that have become so pervasive in the online community that they’ve seeped into the culture of those who don’t identify as gamers (such as myself), but very few comics have the kind of draw that Ctrl+Alt+Del does. Originally centered on the day-to-day interactions of two retail-working gamers, the strip has progressed to become very imaginative and full of comedic (and sometimes dramatic) enjoyment. Though there have been some changes recently to the overall storyline of the main characters, I still consider this comic to be one of my all-time favorites in the vast sea of strips I have read over the last 10+ years. Ctrl+Alt+Del updates Mon-Wed-Fri at cad-comic.com/cad/.

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Calling all Fanboys and Fangirls!  Comic Book Men is looking for people to appear on Season 3 of the hit TV series on AMC!

Are you a quirky comic book geek with a super-sized personality? Is there a comic-related item or retro pop culture collectible that you have been longing to buy or sell? Then, all of your four-color dreams can come true at Executive Producer Kevin Smith’s comic book shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash!

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 8, 2013) – Juliet Landau and James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Spike and Drusilla) are joined by Carol Locatell, Robert Towers, and Dagney Kerr for the world premiere of an off-beat and heartfelt new comedy by Elin Hampton. Round Swamp Entertainment, in association with Greenway Arts Alliance, presents The Bells of West 87th, opening Sept. 7 at the Greenway Court Theatre.

In the second installation of the Loogie the Booger Genie book series, children's book author N.E. Castle returns with the hilarious and heartwarming book A Very Nasty Cold.  With the return of Charlie, an eight-year-old boy, and Prince Loogar (a.k.a. Loogie), the genie who lives in a tiny bottle in Charlie's nose, the humorous and gross antics of these two characters picks up right where it left off in the first book, Prince of Prank.  This time, Charlie has caught a cold, which makes for quite a bit of trouble for his nose-dwelling genie friend.

‘Luther:’ TV Review

If you’ve not heard of the BBC TV series Luther, do yourself a favor and Netflix the first two seasons and force your friends with satellite cable into having a Luther viewing party at their place for the third season, premiering September 3rd. If they don’t agree, they’re not really your friends, and you should look for new ones. Remember kids: friends don’t let friends miss Luther.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2013, FBC's Bryant Dillon chats with Manga Studio Product Manager Fahim Niaz about Smith Micro and Manga Studio 5.

 

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