Barbra Dillon

Barbra Dillon (249)

Favorite BookMockingjay
Favorite Food
:  In-N-Out Burger
Favorite Heroine
:  Katniss Everdeen


Funeral KingsAt Fanboy Comics, we strive to provide an outlet for up-and-coming artists and writers with a desire to create new works and media.  For this reason, I encourage our readers to keep an eye out for Funeral Kings, the first feature-length film by the McManus Brothers (Kevin and Matthew), which was officially selected by the SXSW 2012 Film Festival.

Funeral Kings is a dark comedy centered on a group of Catholic school kids who, after a decision to skip school, get into a situation that is too big for them to handle.  The film was written, directed, and produced by the McManus Brothers, who are recent graduates from the BFA program at Emerson College.  The brothers have written and directed several award-winning short films, with honors including Best Film in the undergraduate division of the Nevada Film Festival. 


Carnal CoverI recently had the pleasure of reading Carnal: Pride of the Lions, the first in a series of five illustrated graphic novels, and I was absolutely blown away by its exhilarating story and breathtaking art.  Written by Jason Bergenstock and John Connell and illustrated by Connell, Carnal takes place on the fictional continent of New Africa, telling the dramatic story of a world where humans have fallen to the bottom of the food chain, while lions, hyenas, and other animals have evolved into humanistic creatures that battle for dominance and survival. 

The Girl wt Dragon TattooIf you are debating whether to see director David Fincher’s remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo this holiday season, DO IT!  Well... allow me to clarify that statement.  If you are a fan of the bestselling book series by Stieg Larson, or if you are familiar with Fincher’s body of work (and are not shocked and/or appalled), go and see this film.  I will caution you, gentle readers, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is not for the faint of heart.

Happy Halloween, Fanboy Comics Readers!


The FBC Staff and I hope that you will have a creeptastic October 31st, filled with loads of candy bar minis!  Take out those Halloween costumes (we know that you can do better than a sexy version of a normal costume!), prepare for Trick-or-Treaters, and put on your favorite scary movie to celebrate this ghoulish day in style.


Personally, my Halloween is never complete without a viewing of my favorite holiday movie of all time: The Worst Witch.  I hope that you will enjoy this special tidbit from the film, and that it will add to your Halloween experience.






Yours geekly,
Barbra J. Dillon
Managing Editor, Co-Founder, & Director of Jedi Recruitment

The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.

For my second venture into the DCnU, I read Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1, written by Jeff Lemire and with art by Alberto Ponticelli.  Overall, I am happy to report that Frankenstein #1 was not an overwhelming disappointment like my experience with Swamp Thing #1; however, I feel that I may have been about 20 years too old to have fully enjoyed the issue.



The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.

DC rebooted their titles to entice new fans who may have been previously unfamiliar with their comic books, right?  

I read my first DCnU comic book, Swamp Thing #1, written by Scott Snyder and art by Yanick Paquette, with no knowledge of the Swamp Thing character or its previous story lines.  After reading the comic, I can confidently say that I still have no knowledge of who Swamp Thing is nor how it came to be.



Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:


Over the past several months, the FBC Staff and I have had the immense pleasure to bring you the coolest comic book news from Sea Lion Books, a comic book publishing company that specializes in the adaptation of international, New York Times, and USA bestselling novels into graphic novels.  Sea Lion Books has an extraordinary catalog of authors and titles, including Richelle Mead’s Storm Born series (see our reviews of Issues #1 and #2), Aron Warner's Pariah series (see our reviews of Issue #1 and Issue #2), and Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush graphic novel (stay tuned for my interview - coming soon!).


In what may be its most exciting news to date, Sea Lion Books has acquired the graphic novel rights to Anne Rice's critically acclaimed novel, Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana.  As fans of Rice's internationally bestselling vampire novels, we are excited to see all that is to come from the new graphic novel adaptation, due in stores in April of 2012.


Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:


On behalf of the staff at Fanboy Comics, I am very happy to announce that The 36, a five-part graphic novel created by Kristopher White, reached its fundraising goal on Kickstarter and is currently going into production!  Earlier this summer, I interviewed White regarding the project, and I can assure you that this is a graphic novel series that is not to be missed!


Congratulations to Kristopher White (Creator and Writer), George Zapata (Pencils and Ink), and Micki Zurcher (Color) on reaching their goal, and I wish them the best as they continue with The 36!


Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:


This was my first year ever to cosplay at Comic-Con, and there was no better character to portray than The Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen!  As one of the strongest female characters in Young Adult fiction, Katniss will be making her movie debut in Lionsgate's film adaptation, due in theatres in March of 2012.


The Lionsgate booth at SDCC featured an over-sized HG film poster, as well as several screens that played the recently released motion poster.  In addition, Lionsgate staffers handed out Mockingjay pins and posters, which became the most sought-after swag of the Con.


Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:


The FBC Crew attended Showtime's 2011 panel entitled 'Tired of Ordinary Television,' which featured three of its TV shows: Dexter, Shameless, and the upcoming Homeland.  Despite taking place in Ballroom 20, which holds a little over 4,000 attendees, each show's panel felt more intimate than most.  Although each show received an undivided allotment of time during the two-hour panel, the entirety of Showtime's programming fell a bit flat, lacking both fans in the room and exciting news from the shows.

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