Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
Greetings from San Diego Comic-Con 2011! It has been an exciting day for the Fanboy Comics crew, and we are eagerly awaiting Thursday's panels and signings!
Today's Preview Night was eventful, as always, with convention press, industry professionals, and Preview Night ticket holders wandering the convention floor to find updates on their favorite films, TV shows, comics, and more. The FBC Crew was no different, as we quickly found the Axe Cop Comic Book Booth manned by none other than Ethan and Malachai Nicolle! (If you are not familiar with the comic book, it is written by a six-year-old and drawn by his twenty-nine-year-old brother.) We were floored to snag signed copies of the Axe Cop Volume 1 graphic novel, as well as copies of the out-of-print "Chop" poster.
July 13, 2011
The Staff of Fanboy Comics would like to wish you and yours a very happy Embrace Your Geekness Day! Every year on July 13th, don't be ashamed to pull out your twelve-sided die, turn up the volume on "Fett's Vett," and wear your Jayne hat with pride.
Copyrighted as an official holiday by Wellcat Holidays, an organization run by Tom and Ruth Roy in Mount Gretna, PA, Embrace Your Geekness Day is marketed as a holiday for those "into dungeon games, comic books, and doing vampire dress-up." Wellcat Holidays is also responsible for Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day, which we wholeheartedly celebrate at Fanboy Comics.
What do you plan to do to celebrate this day of geekiness? Do you have a yearly tradition to commemorate this momentous event? Don't be ashamed; we welcome your favorite geeky hobbies with open arms (and will, most likely, want to join you in celebrating!). If anyone cares to join me, I will be rocking to MC Front-a-lot while finishing the last-minuted details on my Katniss costume for SDCC. (Woops! Spoiler!)
Barbra J. Dillon
Managing Editor, Co-Founder, & Director of Jedi Recruitment
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
The Fanboy Comics Staff attended last night's 37th Annual Saturn Awards in Burbank, CA, celebrating the best in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror. Stay tuned to the Fanboy Comics website for lots of interviews and photos from the coolest presenters, nominees, and award winners, including Brandon Routh, Sam Witwer, Kurtwood Smith, Michael Biehn, and more!
For now, here is a list of last night's winners! Congratulations to all, and thank you for your contributions to our favorite TV and movie genres!
As DC’s first big-screen comic book adaptation of the summer, Green Lantern succeeded in providing an entertaining film that captured the spirit of what comic book movies can be: fun for all ages.
Given the negative buzz from fans and critics, as well as the studio’s last-minute additions to an already massive budget, I went to the theatre expecting to waste two-and-a-half hours of my life, wondering why I had purchased a ticket in the first place. But, to my surprise, I liked it. In fact, I had a blast!
Story and Art by Michael Troy
Last month, Fanboy Comics informed its readers about Going Gaga!, the latest comic book from writer/artist Michael Troy (The Blonde Squad, Crotchmen). Going Gaga! is Troy's unauthorized pop culture satirical account of the rise of everyone's favorite Fame Monster. As the release of the comic book is just around the corner, the gang at FBC wanted to provide its readers with a sneak peak of the much-anticipated book!
Don't forget to pre-order Going Gaga! through the Prism Comics Online Store. The 20-page comic in full color retails for $2.99 and will be sure to please.
Troy will be appearing at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con International 2011. Order a copy of Going Gaga! now and take it with you to Comic-Con to have your copy signed by the writer/artist! Go to his blog to find out more about him and Lethally Blonde at michaeltroy-lethallyblonde.blogspot.com, and on Facebook.
As the most recent addition to the summer movie season, J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 was heralded by critics and fans alike to be the greatest movie of the year - a vision of what films once were and could be again. Sadly, the film fell far short of this expectation, resulting in a disjointed and cliched effort by Abrams, the film’s writer and director, to mimic the moments of classic, coming-of-age films from the 1980s.
Super 8 is the story of a group of friends in the summer of 1979 who witness a horrific train crash while making a zombie film. When strange occurrences become more frequent in their small, steel town in Ohio, the group leads their own investigation of the crash while attempting to complete their movie.
The summer of comic book movies is off and running, as evidenced by the release of X-Men: First Class, the much-anticipated X-Men prequel. The Fanboy Comics Staff had a chance to see the film on Friday night and, after much deliberation, ... thought that it was OK.
Don’t get me wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed my movie-going experience; I was entertained by the film and, more specifically, by the (mostly) phenomenal performances of the cast members. I would even go so far as to say that my enjoyment of this film was on par with my first viewing of X-Men in 2000. But, and that is a very emphatic “but,” the film was riddled with issues in writing, continuity, and direction. The more that I think about the film, the more problems that arise in my mind.
The following is an interview with executive director and producer Wendi Mirabella and co-producer Lotti Pharriss Knowles from the Vampire-Con Film Festival of 2011. The annual film festival has found a home at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, CA, for the past three years and seeks to bring vampire fans of all genres together for a few nights of film festivities. This year’s events will feature classic vampire films from the ‘70s and ‘80s on June 3rd and 4th. For more information regarding Vampire-Con, visit the website, www.vampire-con.com.
This interview was conducted on Tuesday, May 31, 2011.
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
The Staff of Fanboy Comics is excited to announce a big distribution deal this week in the independent comic book publishing world. Publishers Group West (PGW), a member of the Perseus Books Group, will begin distributing both front and back list titles from up-and-coming independent graphic novel publisher Archaia Entertainment, LLC.
Archaia is widely known throughout the graphic novel community for producing visually stunning works that seek to transform the mind, with titles including Mouse Guard, Dapper Men, The Killer, and the entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels. As reported by Ain’t It Cool News, it was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year and received nine Eisner Award nominations in 2011. Archaia’s domestic and international successes will continue to find large audiences, as PGW is set to distribute the titles to the U.S. and Canada. According to Archaia CEO PJ Bickett, “We are proud to be forging powerful partnerships with industry leaders in all aspects of our business, underscoring Archaia’s arrival as a substantial player within the publishing world. PGW represents our newest prestigious partner, a world-class distributor that has the unique ability to expand our company’s titles across the book trade, educational, library, and international markets.”
When Fanboy Comics is not providing you with the latest in geek news and entertainment, the staff and I hope to offer our readers a myriad of opportunities to give back to the community. We love reading comics, watching movies, and playing video games, but we are never happier than when we are able to help others in need. With Geeks Care: How You Can Help, FBC will provide you a variety of causes that would greatly appreciate your time.
This week, veteran comic book colorist Moose Baumann (Transformers, The Flash: Rebirth, 52, Green Lantern) reached out to the comic book community in an attempt to raise money for his wife’s cancer treatment. As is the case for many freelance artists within the comic book industry, publishers do not provide health care as would a normal employer. In addition, acquiring health care when you have a pre-existing condition, like cancer, is more difficult, as providers are often unwilling to insure you. With no health care coverage and mounting medical bills nearing $90,000, Baumann is selling high quality prints of his incredible work for only $20.00 each.