Michele Brittany

Michele Brittany

Last Sunday evening, March 20, RedCat and Roy and Edna Disney/Cal Arts Theater in downtown Los Angeles hosted Studio: Winter 2016. The event brought together six performances showcasing live performances of work-in-progress projects that ranged from interpretative dance numbers, an audience-driven, music-through-motion experiment, and a presentation of movie clips in a new art form called “Neo benshi” (movie talking). And, among the performances, there was one stand out: Run Downhill’s performance in which they blend animation and music resulting in a technique they refer to as “Song Comics.”

The Fitzroy has a fascinating beginning. Andrew Harmer had an idea take shape in his mind in which a beached derelict submarine found new life as a hotel in a post-apocalyptic 1950s Britain. In a world engulfed by poisonous gas, the submarine – Fitzroy – became a haven for some very colorful personalities. As a director, Harmer decided to run a Kickstarter to raise funds to make the feature film and, in the closing days of 2012, through blood, sweat, and probably a few tear-soak hankies, he and Dresden Pictures founders Liam Garvo and James Heath surpassed their goal of £60,000 and hit their 120% target.

Please note that Collapse: Isolation writer Russ Pirozek is a Regular Contributor to Fanboy Comics.

Post-apocalyptic stories are fascinating studies into group dynamics that develop from individuals thrown together while seeking to survive in a hostile environment. Those with the best chance of long-term survival usually flee underground, barricading themselves against the beings that were mutated by the nuclear fallout. Rising Sun Comics' Collapse: Isolation is one such story of a group of people who are living in a facility where some of the individuals had worked prior to the global war that devastated the world.

In 1994, gamers were first introduced to the Warcraft universe with Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, a real-time strategy (RTS) game; however, it was on the tenth anniversary that World of Warcraft (also known as WoW) was released as a massive, multiplayer, online role-playing game (MMORPG). In the intervening years, several expansion sets have been released, with a sixth expansion announced last August and anticipated to drop later this autumn. As of late last year, a Forbes article reported that World of Warcraft had 5.5 million subscribers, a Guinness World Record achievement that marked World of Warcraft as the most popular MMORPG among subscribers. Spawning books, board games, trading cards, and comics over the past twenty years, the mythos of the Warcraft world set in Azeroth was in need of a definitive tome. Filling that gap is Dark Horse Books' World of Warcraft Chronicle Volume 1, which releases this week.

Zar was having a bad day. His ship collided with another, causing him to crash land on an alien planet. The creatures violently “welcomed” him and although he managed to escape, the seed of retaliation was planted. Stewing in a pot of hatred and loathing for 50 years, he plotted his revenge. Now General Zar, he is back with ray gun a-blazing, determined to destroy everything on the blue-green planet known as Earth.

You would have to be a cranky curmudgeon if a smile does not form and connect from one ear to the other when seeing Art Baltazar and Franco's comics. Well, this dynamic duo is back with Aw Yeah Comics: Action Cat & Adventure Bug! Get ready to be entertained with this lighthearted, new four-issue miniseries from Dark Horse Comics that follows another duo, Action Cat and Adventure Bug.

Almost ten years ago, artist Zack Turner developed a story and after meeting writer Josh Breidbart a couple of years later, the pair began the webcomic Unlife in 2011 that is currently updated twice a week. Turner and Breidbart have self-published the first volume of their independent story, collecting the initial couple of chapters. What starts out as a rather humorous, lighthearted story soon deteriorates into a teeth-gnashingly dark and chaotic zombie apocalypse.

Just from seeing the Issue #1 cover of The Shadow Glass, I was intrigued by this new series from Dark Horse Comics. Featuring the art and story by Aly Fell and lettering by Nate Piekos, this six-issue series will likely delight readers that enjoy a cross pollination of action/adventure, horror, and fantasy with a healthy dose of occultism. And, if stories set in Elizabethan era London are of interest, then look no further.

Spanning the channel between Marin County and San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge stands a majestic 220 feet above the turbulent waters of the bay below. Since its opening in May 1937, the distinctive red suspension bridge has served as a vital daily transportation network, as well as a tourist and popular culture attraction; however, it has a darker, tragic side: the wind-swept deck is a magnet for suicides, purportedly averaging one every other day. Taking approximately four seconds and reaching speeds of up to 75 mph by impact, jumpers rarely survive. One has to wonder what goes through the mind of a jumper in those brief moments. Is there regret? Is there relief? Maybe it provides release, hope, and maybe a second chance.

I know that I am not alone when I say how completely crushed I felt when I heard the news that the television show, Firefly, had been cancelled after a brief, 3-month season of 14 episodes in the autumn of 2002; however, this past Saturday afternoon at the Long Beach Comic Expo, actor Alan Tudyk was joined by The Softwire Series novelist PJ Haarsma and Spectrum editor Shannon Eric Denton to discuss two projects that promise to bring the shiny back to our Browncoat buckles! 

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