Barbra Dillon, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief

Barbra Dillon, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief


The following is an interview with Michael Anthony Steele and Scott McFadden, co-creators of the visionary new independent comic book app, Clown Commandos.  The story follows a brigade of clowns from an alternate universe where clowns evolved into an elite fighting force that was anything but a joke.  Having made their way into the present day, this humorous, yet deadly, troupe does its best to fight crime while trying to find their way home.  Not only is the premise of the comic exciting, but so is the fact that it was built specifically for iDevices (the iPhone, iPad, and iPodTouch).


Below, Steele and McFadden talk to Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon about the concept behind Clown Commandos, its broad audience appeal, and what fans can expect from the inventive digital app.

This interview was conducted on Friday, July 22nd, 2011.


Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:


This was my first year ever to cosplay at Comic-Con, and there was no better character to portray than The Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen!  As one of the strongest female characters in Young Adult fiction, Katniss will be making her movie debut in Lionsgate's film adaptation, due in theatres in March of 2012.


The Lionsgate booth at SDCC featured an over-sized HG film poster, as well as several screens that played the recently released motion poster.  In addition, Lionsgate staffers handed out Mockingjay pins and posters, which became the most sought-after swag of the Con.


Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:


The FBC Crew attended Showtime's 2011 panel entitled 'Tired of Ordinary Television,' which featured three of its TV shows: Dexter, Shameless, and the upcoming Homeland.  Despite taking place in Ballroom 20, which holds a little over 4,000 attendees, each show's panel felt more intimate than most.  Although each show received an undivided allotment of time during the two-hour panel, the entirety of Showtime's programming fell a bit flat, lacking both fans in the room and exciting news from the shows.

Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:


Hello from Comic-Con!  Thursday at SDCC has already delivered an exciting assortment of movie and TV news, awesomely-geeky swag, and previews of the summer's hottest films.


The FBC Crew already snagged a number of posters for The Hunger Games, Lionsgate's upcoming, four-movie saga based on the bestseling books by Suzanne Collins.  (Let's just say that we have a bit of an obsession for the books, and we are eagerly awaiting - with a bit of trepidation - the first film due in theatres in March of 2012.)  In addition, the Lionsgate booth will be giving out official Mockingjay pins tomorrow!  (Fingers crossed!)  Stay tuned to the Fanboy Comics website, as yours truly will be donning a Katniss costume to represent the Districts, and we will have lots of photos to share!


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!)


Yours geekly,
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!  

Spoilers ahead.


Going Gaga!

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, and on Facebook.


Super 8 Review

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.

Spoilers ahead.

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.

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