Ben Rhodes, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

Ben Rhodes, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

Favorite Book:  Cryptonomicon
Favorite MovieYoung Frankenstein
Favorite Absolutely Everything:  Monty Python

The Mogoliad Book ThreeThe following is an interview with writer Cooper Moo, one of the talented, powerhouse authors (including Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, and Mark Teppo) responsible for The Mongoliad book series.  In honor of today's release of the series' final installment, The Mongoliad: Book Three, Fanboy Comics Senior Contributor Ben Rhodes chatted with Moo about how sword fighting with foam swords led to The Mongoliad series, whether it is possible for the Mongols to be sympathetic characters, and what is up next for the author.

 

This interview was conducted on February 25, 2013.

 

BabbleThe best stories all have one thing in common (besides Nicholas Sparks), even when they try to tell big stories: they focus on the characters. Babble clearly learned this lesson. Even when the story is approaching apocalyptic proportions, it keeps its focus on the people involved. Babble follows Carrie Hartnoll as she and her complicated relationship with a former professor investigate the power of languages. Predictably, things go bad in more ways than you expect.

 

Mind MGMT 8Right now, Mind MGMT is my favorite comic book. I have, with almost no warning, been sucked into the intrigue and mystery. For those of you who haven’t been following this comic, here is some light backstory. A young writer named Meru is dragged into a psychic conspiracy involving agents from the dismantled government agency, Mind Management. Her guide to this shadow war is a former agent with “flexible” morality named Harry Lyme. Backstory covered, let’s discuss the comic. It is fantastic.

A Love Letter to Monty Python

Monty Pythons Flying CircusLove is in the air at Fanboy Comics!  In this magical month of romance and enchantment, the FBC Staff and Contributors decided to take a moment to stop and smell the roses.  In the week leading up to Valentine's Day, a few members of the Fanboy Comics crew will be sharing their very personal "Love Letters" with our readers, addressed to the ones that they adore the most. 


Dear Monty Python,

Thank you for the best comedy that I have ever seen. I can (and will) rave about all the movies and the albums and the books, but Monty Python’s Flying Circus is that rare breed of thing eclipses everything that came before and everything that follows. It’s . . .

Dear Monty Python,

 

Todd 2When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. When life falsely convicts you of the brutal murder of several children, lemonade ain't gonna cut it. Todd, the ugly protagonist of Perker and Kristensen’s hilarious comic book, navigates the labyrinthine system of prison life with a positive outlook that would put that lemonade to shame.

 

Bigfoot 2Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman is a big, weird comic book that defies description. The basic plot is pretty straightforward. Bigfoot is a prisoner on Mars, and his buddy has a vague lead on a legendary gem. Bigfoot doesn’t speak and the buddy doesn’t stop speaking. Also, there are giant moth-vampires. And, a big flame that the moth-vampires are drawn to. So, yes, this is an odd comic book.

Gone HomeThe following is an interview with Steve Gaynor, co-founder of The Fullbright Company, which is currently working on the game Gone Home. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Senior Contributor Ben Rhodes talks with Gaynor about the inspiration for Gone Home, what makes the first-person perspective game unique, and how you can learn more about the game, which is scheduled for release in mid-2013.

This interview was conducted on January 30, 2013.

 

Doctor Who 5I think that we can all agree that the single worst decision that a sentient being can make is to accompany the Doctor on a vacation. Things only get worse if the vacation is on a cruise ship in space.

 

Star Trek 17For those of you who haven’t been reading the ongoing Star Trek series from IDW, the premise is simple.  Take episodes from the original series and retell them in the alternate timeline of the 2009 movie. These are great, and you should be reading them. Recently, the comics have been delving into the backstory of the characters. The latest issue shows us why everyone’s favorite medical officer enlisted.

 

Doctor Who Prisoners of Time 1I recently got the opportunity to read the upcoming Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #1, and I can tell you that it is great. If you are a fan of Doctor Who, then this is one you should check out. In this issue, the first Doctor, Vicki, Barbara, and Ian (some of the first companions) travel to London in 1868. Their intention is to attend a lecture by Thomas Huxley, who earned the nickname Darwin’s Bulldog for his staunch defense of the theory of evolution, but things go predictably awry.

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