Sam Rhodes

Sam Rhodes

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Favorite Game:  The newest version of Halo
Favorite Beverage:  Ballast Point's Big Eye IPA

At San Diego Comic-Con 2013, FBC's Sam Rhodes chats with actor Sam Daly (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox) about his playing the same character as his father, the physicality used in voice-over acting, and more.


At San Diego Comic-Con 2013, FBC's Sam Rhodes chats with actor C. Thomas Howell (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, The Amazing Spider-Man) about his approach to playing the villainous Professor Zoom and more.


At San Diego Comic-Con 2013, Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica) discusses his new show, Helix, whether he would ever travel to Mars, and more.


At San Diego Comic-Con 2013, FBC's Sam Rhodes talks with Andrea Romano (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox) about casting Sam Daly, her secret desire to cast Alex Trebek, and more.


At San Diego Comic-Con 2013, FBC's Sam Rhodes talks with Todd McCaffrey and John Goodwin (Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern) about their new book published by Smart Pop Books, their memories of the late Anne McCaffrey, and more.


At San Diego Comic-Con 2013, Evil Dead writer/director Fede Alvarez takes a seat at the Movie On Demand Lounge and discusses his choices behind the film's content, his respect for the original Evil Dead, and more.


When you hear the name “Flash Gordon,” what comes to mind?  If you’re like me, you know it’s an old comic, and you think of George Lucas, who has stated that Flash Gordon was a major influence on Star Wars.  But, mostly, for better or for worse, you think of that amazing film from 1980 starring Playgirl centerfold Sam J. Jones as a the title character and Max Von Sydow (not a Playgirl centerfold) as his nemesis Ming, you think of the explosive pop score composed and performed by Queen, and you think of Brian Blessed as Prince Vultan of the Hawkmen uttering the iconic line “Gordon’s ALIVE?


GMS BeerThe talented chefs at Garlic, My Soul teamed up with Fanboy Comics Creative Director Sam Rhodes to review a beer worthy of kings.  You ale or you die . . .

Brewery Ommegang has teamed up with HBO to produce several limited edition Game of Thrones beers. AWESOME! The first one released is the Iron Throne Blonde Ale, and it’s a malty, golden beer, sunny enough to make a man of the Night Watch think he’s lounging in a wading pool down in Sunspear. The website describes the beer as “lightly malty, rounded out by honey malt sweetness.” Now, normally I don’t go for the malty beers, and I was a little hesitant at first. But, the more I drank, the more the other aspects of this beer opened up and merged with the maltiness to reveal a truly well balanced and bright beer worthy of a true king.


Simon and Kirby Sci-FiIf you read comics, you have undoubtedly heard the names Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. Maybe you know that Jack Kirby worked closely with Stan Lee to develop most of the better known Marvel Characters, including Iron Man, The X-Men, The Fantastic Four, and The Hulk to name a few. You might even have heard at some point (though you can’t remember where or find any confirmation online) that Kirby actually drew many of the panels for the early Marvel books before Stan Lee went through and filled in dialogue. If so, then you are like me, and while you understand that Jack Kirby was a prolific and influential creator during the Golden Age of comics, you aren’t really sure why, or how Joe Simon enters into it. The short answer is that Joe Simon and Jack Kirby were a creative team who made comics across many genres, for every major comic company at the time, over a span of three decades, and they have left an enduring legacy that has touched nearly every working comic professional since. The long answer is Titan Books’ The Simon & Kirby Library, consisting of several vivid hardback comic anthologies collecting their genre work such as Superhero comics and Crime comics, with introductions by comic luminaries such as Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) and Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Coraline), and throwing in a few rare, unpublished, and incomplete works for good measure. The result is nothing less than an education on early genre comics by masters of the medium.


Mumbai Confidential CoverI’m not a noir expert, but I’ve seen the classics: Chinatown, The Maltese Falcon, Touch of Evil, Out of the Past.  You get the idea.  I love this genre, I love the thrills, I love the characters, the twists, the violence, and treachery.  It’s a genre where nothing means what you think it means, and everyone has a secret, a dark past, and ulterior motives. It’s a genre with a deep and ongoing history, and Archaia’s new hardcover graphic novel, Mumbai Confidential, from writer Saurav Mohapatra and artist Vivek Shinde is an inky, burning fuse of a story that deserves a place alongside the classics.

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