The Bat-signal went dark last Friday as TV’s Batman, Adam West, passed away after a long struggle with leukemia. He passed at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by his loved ones. West is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Friday, June 9, marked the premiere of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise (Jack Reacher and Mission: Impossible films), Sofia Boutella (Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond) and directed by Alex Kurtzman, his second time in the directorial chair. (He made his directorial debut with the 2012 People Like Us.) Categorized as an action-adventure horror film with a reported budget of $125 million, The Mummy is touted as a reboot for the longstanding Universal Mummy franchise, as well as the lead off to the planned “Dark Universe” film series. This series is expected to include the monsters and characters from prior movies including The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Invisible Man, Van Helsing, Wolf Man, Frankenstein, Dracula, Phantom of the Opera, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. While initially it seems like the selection of a mummy film is an odd first choice to kick off this series in comparison to the more popular monsters of Dracula and Frankenstein, with a little digging into the cinematic archives, one quickly finds a rich history that establishes the wrapped monster on par with many other infamous monsters.
In 2015, sci-fi, fantasy, and speculative fiction publisher California Coldblood Books (an imprint of Rare Bird Books) published the incredibly epic military science fiction novel, When the Stars Fade, by writer Adam Korenman. This December, CCB and Korenman will soon be returning with the much-anticipated sequel, When the Skies Fall! The publisher has been very generous to the Fanbase Press staff, as we are now able to share an exclusive advance preview of the cover for When the Skies Fall (Book Two of The Grey Wars Saga)!
Sci-fi, fantasy, and speculative fiction publisher California Coldblood Books (an imprint of Rare Bird Books) made headlines in 2015 with the release of their first book, The Odds (Book One of The Deadblast Chronicles), by writer and CCB founder Robert J. Peterson. Now, with various thought-provoking titles within their publishing catalog, California Coldblood Books is returning to The Deadblast Chronicles for Book Two: The Remnants. The publisher has been very generous to the Fanbase Press staff, as we are now able to share an exclusive advance preview of the cover for The Remnants illustrated by Sergey Gudz!
Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
All the world’s waiting for you, and the power you possess…
Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
Now the world is ready for you, and the wonders you can do.
~ Lyrics from the 1970s Wonder Woman television series
Now that the first definitive Wonder Woman movie has hit the multiplexes of America, it is interesting (and instructive) to look back at the troubled history of bringing this iconic character to the big screen. Created in 1941 by controversial psychologist William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman gathered a huge following over the following decades, but translating her to television and movies proved a long and tortuous project. Her most popular reincarnation was Lynda Carter's version in the Wonder Woman TV series which ran three seasons from 1975 to 1979. But following that promising opening, Wonder Woman once again lapsed into Hollywood development hell.
Let's talk about impact - like the impact of a speeding bullet being deflected by one of Wonder Woman's magic bracelets. Arguably, no one has had a bigger impact on the legend of Wonder Woman than Lynda Carter.
The staff of Fanbase Press would like to wish you a very happy Geek Pride Day! As the website that celebrates fandom in all of its diverse forms, we would be remiss if we did not inform our readers about one of the most important days of the year.
The staff of Fanbase Press would like to wish you and yours a very happy International Museum Day! Every year since 1977, International Museum Day is organized worldwide around May 18.
“I kept telling myself if I could just hold out until May, just May 8th, I would turn twelve and be able to sign up for the tessarae and get that precious oil and grain to feed us.” -Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games (pg. 27-28)