Michele Brittany, Fanbase Press Contributor

Michele Brittany, Fanbase Press Contributor

2016: A Retrospective

It just seems like yesterday when 2016 lay stretched before us like a two-lane highway, leading off to a vanishing point on the horizon to an unknown future. Anything was possible; it was just waiting for us to drive down the road and take in the experience. Here are some highlights – a mix of news, events, and lots of popular culture – that I remembered this year.

Rockstars is a brand new comic book series from Image Comics, created by writer Joe Harris (The X-Files; Millennium) and artist Megan Hutchison (An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O’ the Wisp). Harris and Hutchison are joined by Kelly Fitzpatrick (colors), Michael David Thomas (letters), Tom Muller (designer), and Shawna Gore (editor), and the first issue will premiere this Wednesday at local comic book retailers. The cover collage of issue one is vivid and unique; it is a semiotician’s nirvana of symbols, signifiers, and signs, representing the always suspected occultism that fuels the image of rockstars with long hair, playing loud boisterous guitars that scream at a fever pitch and set women’s hearts afire. 

At Stan Lee's Los Angeles Comic-Con 2016, Fanbase Press Editorials Manager Michele Brittany talks with Morgan Andersen, Marketing Project Manager of Ozobot Evo, about the capabilities of the "smart and social" robot, the company's team-up with Marvel Comics, and more.

Special note: Madeleine Holly-Rosing is a Fanbase Press Contributor, and Sebastian Kadlecik is the writer/artist of Fanbase Press’ Penguin vs. Possum comic book series, as well as the creator of the upcoming series, Quince.

As one of the last panels of Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con on Sunday afternoon, October 30, moderator Barbra Dillon led “Fanbase Press Presents: A Guide to Self Publishing” and assembled a group of panelists who have published projects independently. Lending their expertise were Josh Trujillo (Death Saves: Fallen Heroes of the Kitchen Table, Love Machines), Amanda Meadows (from The Devastator: We Don’t Think Your Racist), Madeleine Holly-Rosing (Boston Metaphysical Society), Sebastian Kadlecik (Penguins vs. Possums, Quince), and Joshua Henaman (Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman).

In anticipation of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, four fans were inspired to create a website that they aptly called The One Ring (TORn). It started as a basic, informational landing page with a message board in which fans could discuss all-things Tolkien. Although the LoTR and Hobbit films have faded with time, it does not mean that the fandom surrounding them has subsided. Cliff Boardway moderated the Saturday, October 29th, panel “Tolkien Fandom: The Road Goes Ever On” and was joined by fellow Tolkien enthusiasts that included Josh Rubenstein, Cathy Udovch, and Nancy Steinman.

On the last morning of Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con, a small audience group gathered for the “From Wonder Woman to Elektra: How are Women Characters Represented?” panel which was moderated by Jessica Tseang (Little Geek Girl). Joining her were Ify Nwadiwe (Krillin It with Dani and Ify), Dani Fernandez (Krillin It with Dani and Ify), Barbra Dillon (Editor-in-Chief, Fanbase Press), and Steven L. Sears (Xena: Warrior Princess, Sheena).

Moderator Russell Nohelty (founder, Wannabe Press) posed the question: How do you build an audience when you don’t have a product to sell? To answer that question, Nohelty assembled a handful of creators that included Bryant Dillon (Fanbase Press President and Co-Founder), Lynly Forrest (HexComix Producer), Neo Edmund (author of A Tale of Red Riding: Rise of the Alpha Huntress), Joie Brown (writer/artist of Heavenly Kibble Guardian Corgi), and Mom (organizer of the Los Angeles Women’s Comic Creator Group - a.k.a. The Ladybugs).

It was 75 years ago that Wonder Woman first appeared in the December 1941 All-Star Comics #8 as an 8-page story. The warrior princess was created and written by William Moulton Marston, while artist H.G. Peter brought her to life visually. She is a founding member of the Justice League and has most recently been honored in the real world a couple of weeks ago with a UN Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls. And, at Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con last weekend, she was the subject of multiple panels, including “Wonder Woman 75: A Retrospect of an Icon,” moderated by Londyn Jackson, who was appropriately attired in a Wonder Woman costume. Joining Jackson were Shannon Farnon (voiced Wonder Woman on Hanna-Barbera’s Super Friends), Cat Staggs (artist, Wonder Woman ’77), Marc Andreyko (writer, Wonder Woman ’77), Susan Eisenberg (voiced Wonder Woman on Cartoon Networks’ Justice League and Justice League Unlimited), Christie Marston (granddaughter of William Moulton Marston), and Albert Ching (Managing Editor, Comic Book Resources).

At Stan Lee's Los Angeles Comic-Con 2016, Fanbase Press Editorials Manager Michele Brittany talks with Sam Shearon (a.k.a. Mister Sam) about his newly released Mister Sam Shearon's Creepy Christmas (A Merry Macabre Coloring Book), his passion for Cryptozoology, and more.  Plus, Shearon was very generous to offer Fanbase Press readers a few preview pages from the coloring book!

Clive Barker is one of the leading creators in the horror genre today. Over the years, he has raised the level of scares on a physical and psychological level with such films as Hellraiser and Lord of Illusions. With the harvest and Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con upon us, moderator Rebekah McKendry of Blumhouse assembled a handful of individuals dedicated to Barker’s vision at the “Clive Barker: Looking Ahead” panel held Saturday, October 29. Included in the panel were Blumhouse’s David McKendry, Matt Murray of POW! Entertainment, Mark Alan Miller, VP of Seraphim Inc., Thommy Hutson (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), and Ben Meares, Creative Executive at Seraphim Inc. During the panel, upcoming books, films, and comics were revealed.

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