Michele Brittany, Fanbase Press Contributor

Michele Brittany, Fanbase Press Contributor

At WonderCon 2018, Fanbase Press' Michele Brittany talks with character designer Phil Bourassa (Young Justice, Justice League Dark) about his work on Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, the differences in visual design in this animated film, and more.

Now in its 32nd year, WonderCon returned to the Anaheim Convention Center last Friday, March 23, through Sunday, March 25. Comic-Con International organizers assembled a robust schedule of programming over the three days that entertained, educated, and celebrated fandoms. Late Saturday afternoon, 100+ attendees quieted as moderator Craig Miller (Curious George; Beast Wars) began the “Writing Great Dialogue” panel by introducing his panelists, industry writers Mairghread Scott (Guardians of the Galaxy, Transformers, Rescue Bots), Holly Huckins (Rugrats, Sheriff Callie’s Wild West), and Jim Krieg (Justice League Action, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight).

St. Paws’ Princess Kat is back in The Fuzzy Princess: Volume 2. She is joined by her human friends, Jackson and Jordan, as well as Gladdie and Tara. Her St. Paws’ companions, Chiro the bat and Kuma the Haiku poet bear, make brief appearances, while a royal visit by Queen Felicia, Kat’s mother, and neighbor Mr. Tim are introduced in this book. This ongoing series is the brainchild of Charles Brubaker (Ask a Cat, The Smell of Despair and Pepperoni), a jack-of-all-trades creator who is a contributor to MAD Magazine and SpongeBob Comics, as well as artist/animator for Pencilmation, Toons These Days, Fishing, and Guard Dog Global Jam.

In the wind-swept lands north of the Roman built Hadrian’s Wall, the tumultuous history of Scotland unfolded over the centuries. A wee five years into the last millennium, Mac Bethad mac Findlaích (1005 – 1057) was born and probably raised in the county of Moray, where the lad became Mormaer of Moray in the early 1030s. He later became King of the Scots until his death in 1057. The name Mac Bethad may sound familiar for some readers; he is after all the king who inspired William Shakespeare to pen The Tragedy of Macbeth over 500 years later. Make another quick time leap to 2018 and land at writer Shaun Manning and artist Anna Wieszczyk’s Macbeth: The Red King, a comic book due to release soon from Lucha Comics/The Shooting Star Press Inc.

Having read Horror Library Volume 6 recently, Eric J. Guignard proved himself a talented editor and publisher. Now, with this collection of short stories in That Which Grows Wild: 16 Tales of Dark Fiction, this reviewer can confirm that he is also an incredible writer and storyteller.

In many readers’ minds, the term “gothic” likely evokes literary references to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula – elements of romance, the supernatural, and dark, foreboding tones permeate such timeless stories. During the 1960s and 1970s, such elements reappeared in the sequential art medium, being stimulated by the diminishing control of the Comics Code Authority in 1971. Jacque Nodell (Sequential Crush), in the book’s foreword, explains that gothic romance comics “were short lived, merely a blip on the radar of the mainstream comic book industry.”

Right off: this is an official Rush publication, in case you were wondering. Basically, instead of trying to find a guy in a white-and-red-stripped sweater, you are looking for Rush band members – Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart – in 14 different Rush worlds. Each world represents a Rush album and the three band members in their coordinating time period fashion and appearance.

‘NightSun:’ Book Review

Dan Vining, author of The Next and The Quick, is back with a new novel titled NightSun (Vireo/Rare Bird Books) and blends science fiction and noir into a Dystopian narrative. Set in the near future of 2025, Los Angeles is a drought-stricken city in crisis, where emergency and law enforcement units have taken the air due to severe traffic congestion that has thoroughly taken over the surface streets.

Love is in the air at Fanbase Press! In this magical month of romance and enchantment, the FP Staff and Contributors decided to stop and smell the roses. Throughout the week of Valentine’s Day, a few members of the Fanbase Press crew will be sharing their personal love letters to the areas of geekdom they adore the most.

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