Michele Brittany, Fanbase Press Contributor

Michele Brittany, Fanbase Press Contributor

Gotham is the crime drama series based on DC Comics’ Batman universe. Having premiered on Fox in the autumn of 2014, the show initially focused on young versions of James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz). Over time, though, the series introduced younger iterations of well-known villains in the Batman franchise, as well as lesser-known characters to provide a wider representation of the Dark Knight’s universe. Additionally, with Season Two, the episodes were grouped into “Rise of the Villains” (Episodes 1-11) and “Wraith of the Villains” (Episode 12-22), and that concept was continued in Season Three, with Episodes 1-14 grouped into “Mad Love” and Episodes 15-22, under the subtitle of “Heroes Rise.”

It was 25 years ago that Harley Quinn made her first appearance in Batman: The Animated Series (episode “Joker’s Favor” which aired September 1992). Created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, the role was originally conceptualized as a walk-on bit part, but then, Harley Quinn emerged as a sidekick and love interest to the Joker. The following year, she appeared in The Batman Adventures #12 comic book, but it was the 1994 graphic novel, The Batman Adventures: Mad Love, by Dini and Timm that provided Harley Quinn’s origin story – Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, Joker’s psychologist at Arkham Asylum.

Mad Cave Studios is a Florida-based comic book publisher which was founded in 2014 by CEO and Chief Creative Officer Mark London. As a relatively new publisher, they have focused on a handful of titles including the Battlecats series that follows a group of elite warriors known as Battlecats. The first story arc of this epic fantasy, “The Hunt for the Dire Beast,” introduces and follows the five warriors as they carry out King Eramand III’s edict to kill the Dire Beast in La Marque.

Sunday, September 3, 2017. It was high noon at the Long Beach Convention Center as the final day of Long Beach Comic Con was well under way. Arriving on time and chatting jovially with attendees, legendary artist/writer Dave Gibbons was easygoing and happy as he settled down for panel spotlight on his career. Director of Programming Ivan Cohen, who had been conducting spotlights throughout the weekend – including William Shatner and Howard Chaykin – sat down to discuss Gibbons' career in comics that began approximately 40 years ago.

Editor Barbara Randall Kesel led back-to-back valuable instructional panels Saturday afternoon, September 2, 2017, at the Long Beach Comic Con. Her first panel, “Pitch, Pitch, Pitch: How to Sell Your Story,” provided advice to writers who are trying to sell their stories, but what about artists who are looking to develop a portfolio to showcase their art to prospective editors? Not to worry; Kesel was joined by Eisner Award-winning artist Pia Guerra (Y: The Last Man) and freelance Photoshop production artist John Ercek (Executive Assistant Assassins series from Aspen Comics) to share their knowledge and answer questions from the audience in the follow-up panel, “Creating the Perfect Portfolio.”

“Include your contact information on every page” was immediately the first advice that editor Barbara Randall Kesel gave the audience that was in attendance for the Long Beach Comic Con panel, “Pitch, Pitch, Pitch: How to Sell Your Story” on Saturday afternoon, September 2, 2017.

In Irrational Numbers #0: Addition (Wunderman Comics), readers were introduced to the world of Pythagoras and his student, Zalmoxis. They eventually meet Sofia and Medea, and in the closing pages of the graphic novel, Zalmoxis and the women become bound by vampyrism. Picking up with Irrational Numbers #1: Subtraction, writer Hannibal Tabu is back, and in this issue, the story opens in the mid 20th century after the conclusion of World War II.

secret history
noun
1. a version of historical events which differs from the official or commonly accepted record and purports to be the true version; Also called shadow history1

The con that promises to keep those childhood memories rad was back! Yestercon was once again held in Carson, California, on Sunday, August 6, 2017, at the Carson Center. Sponsored by 8-Bit Zombie, Royce’s Arcade, Pinhead Co., and Geeks of the Galaxy, over 40 vendors and creators congregated in the center’s main auditorium, where each aisle was bursting with toys, collectibles, comics, video games, and anime representing many of the franchises we love: Star Wars, Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, just to name a few.

Note: This panel coverage includes spoilers.

By 7 o’clock Thursday evening, July 20, 2017, Room 5 of the San Diego Convention Center was packed with eager fans, anxious to hear any scrap of information that Executive Producer Adi Shankar, Director Sam Deats, or Supervising Producer Brad Graeber might share at the “Netflix Original: Castlevania with Adi Shankar” panel moderated by Jessica Tseang (Little Geek Girl; Girl on Geek).

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