Remember high school geometry? How about the mathematical formula a2 + b2 = c2, otherwise known as the Pythagorean theorem? Other than being taught that the theorem was developed by a Greek mathematician by the name of Pythagoras, it's likely that little else was revealed during the math lesson about this philosopher that lived from 570 B.C. to 495 B.C. - for example, that he founded the Pythagorean school, or that his accomplishments are marred by controversy. (Was Pythagoras the progenitor of his ideas or his colleagues?)
At San Diego Comic-Con 2017, Fanbase Press' Michele Brittany talks with writer Neo Edmund (POWER RANGERS: TOURNAMENT OF TERROR, A TALE OF RED RIDING) about his love and knowledge of the POWER RANGERS, his own original stories, and more.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2017, Fanbase Press' Michele Brittany talks with artist Colleen Coover (X-Men: First Class, Small Favors) and writer Paul Tobin (Plants vs. Zombies, The Genius Factor) about their work on Bandette, being nominated for an Eisner Award, and more.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2017, Fanbase Press' Michele Brittany talks with writer Christopher Rice (A Density of Souls, The Snow Garden) about his work on Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra, what's ahead for The Vampire Chronicles TV series, and more.
The five issue series The Witcher: Curse of Crows has been collected into a trade paperback, marking the third volume of Geralt of Rivia stories from Dark Horse and continuing the publisher’s collaboration with CD Projekt RED with stories that tie-in with the hugely popular video games. For fans who have not been sated by The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the comic book series further explores Geralt’s fantastical world: a world originally created by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski through a series of novels in the mid-1990s that became available to Western readers with English translations beginning with The Last Wish in 2007.
Friday, June 9, marked the premiere of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise (Jack Reacher and Mission: Impossible films), Sofia Boutella (Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond) and directed by Alex Kurtzman, his second time in the directorial chair. (He made his directorial debut with the 2012 People Like Us.) Categorized as an action-adventure horror film with a reported budget of $125 million, The Mummy is touted as a reboot for the longstanding Universal Mummy franchise, as well as the lead off to the planned “Dark Universe” film series. This series is expected to include the monsters and characters from prior movies including The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Invisible Man, Van Helsing, Wolf Man, Frankenstein, Dracula, Phantom of the Opera, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. While initially it seems like the selection of a mummy film is an odd first choice to kick off this series in comparison to the more popular monsters of Dracula and Frankenstein, with a little digging into the cinematic archives, one quickly finds a rich history that establishes the wrapped monster on par with many other infamous monsters.
Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
All the world’s waiting for you, and the power you possess…
Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
Now the world is ready for you, and the wonders you can do.
~ Lyrics from the 1970s Wonder Woman television series
The compelling story of Star Wars in 1977 left fans wanting more. Unlike now, where we can own a copy of a much-loved film and watch any time we want, back in the late 1970s, Beta and VHS formats were still a few years from being an available commodity. There were a handful of novels that were released at the time, and Marvel was putting out a monthly comic book series, but the fans’ interest was not sated. They were clamoring for more content. Given that the sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, would not be released until May 1980, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate began running a daily Star Wars comic strip on March 11, 1979. Finally, fans could get a daily installment, albeit in very small doses, for the next five years.
Joss Whedon is one of the most prolific writers today. His stories are often distinguishable by strong character development (particularly women in lead roles) and in stories focused on the disenfranchised. Whedon’s mark on popular culture is far reaching and not confined to any one specific genre. As a result, a Whedonverse has been built upon both television and film projects Whedon has worked on, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dollhouse, Angel, Much Ado About Nothing, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and even the love/hate reception of Alien: Resurrection. On Friday, May 19, through Sunday, May 21, fans will have the opportunity to converge on the second annual WhedonCon being held at the Warner Center Marriott in Los Angeles, CA.
A fandom has reached the pinnacle of popular culture greatness when a day is celebrated in its honor; however, it is an unprecedented phenomenon when a franchise has two days each year to celebrate its geekiness. While some enduring franchises of multiple decades do not have any globally recognized commemorative days, Star Wars is the singular franchise that has back-to-back celebratory days: May the Fourth and Revenge of the Fifth.