Remember MeBy the year 2084, social media has evolved to the point that everyone is equipped with a memory-capturing implant called a SenseEm. People record what they see, hear, smell, feel, and taste and share their experiences with others. This is the core concept by which the setting of the first game from Dontnod Entertainment, Remember Me, is built. Nilin is a memory hunter, one of a select few who can alter the memories of targets with the right reasons, but when she wakes up with no memories of her own, she will have to piece together her past while going up against Memorize, manufacturer of SenseEm, and the most powerful company on the planet.

 

Chew 29If by “despair” they meant “laugh your a-- off,” then the title of this panel is completely accurate. John Layman is perhaps best known for his work on the Image series Chew, but he's also done a lot of other work ranging from lettering and editing to writing other books like Detective Comics and Mars Attacks.

During this Q&A session, Layman told the story of his publishing life: how he first became involved with Wildstorm, editing books like The Authority and Danger Girl, and after a rough ending to that relationship, began freelancing in the world of video games writing Metroid Prime, the “s--t talking dialogue” for the World Series of Poker, American Choppers, and many more. However, Layman's heart has always belonged to comics and to the idea of a cannibal cop in a world forever changed by bird flu. Chew was shopped around for a while, being rejected by Vertigo, IDW, and other publishers before finally landing at Image, where it became an instant success.

 

bells-of-st-johns-doctor-who-poster-247x350The whirl of sonic screwdrivers filled the air as over 1,500 people eagerly waited in line to see an early look at the premiere episode of Doctor Who's second half of Series Seven, “The Bells of St. John,” on Friday night at WonderCon. The excitement of Whovians should be harnessed as an energy source it was so palpable and prevalent throughout all those gathered. Everyone from cosplayers dressing as a wide assortment of Doctors and companions from the series' 50-year history to little kids who got their start during the Matt Smith era and are excited to see their Doctor return were present en mass.

But, as the line filed forward, it became clear that the theater wasn't going to have room for all those who had gathered. Concern started to spread when the call came from someone at BBC America to show not one, but two more screenings of Doctor Who and Orphan Black to ensure everyone who wanted to could see the episodes. BBC America, you're all right in this reviewer's book. You've never seen a more grateful crowd as we filed into the second screening and some familiar music started playing.

Music that Makes You ScreamDear Fanboy Comics Readers:


The FBC Crew attended BMI (@BMI) and White Bear PR's WonderCon panel entitled 'The Music That Makes You Scream,' which featured film and television's talented composers as they discussed the art of composing for the horror genre.  From the frightening two notes that signal the arrival of the great white in Jaws to the shrieking minor chord that will forever be tied to the shower scene in Psycho, music adds an extra special "creep factor" to our favorite frightening films.  Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the leading global music rights organization, and White Bear PR hosted the horror-themed panel in an effort to educate audiences about the role of music in TV and film.

 

The Big Bang Theory PaleyThe Paley Center for Media is currently celebrating the 30th anniversary of its highly successful and critically acclaimed PaleyFest, the annual television festival that honors “rich and diverse programming and the creative process behind the medium.”  Last night’s installment of the festival featured the cast and producers of The Big Bang Theory, the highest-rated situation comedy on television, which features four overachieving scientists in their quest for knowledge (and their socially awkward adventures in between).  Hosted in front of a sold-out audience in the Saban Theater of Beverly Hills, CA, the PaleyFest panel succeeded in entertaining fans nationwide by way of The Paley Center’s partnership with Fathom Events, which offered a live broadcast of the event to more than 525 movie theatres across the US.

 

Neil GaimanYou see it on television clips from the past, not so much anymore. Hordes of fans writhing to a frenzy, just to catch a glimpse of the band or performer that sets their soul ablaze. Teenage girls swooning at the sight of Elvis, screaming 'till hoarse as The Beatles exit a plane. Today's fans don't give that same impression. Many seem to be there just to get their faces on television, to extol to the masses that they were there, rather than being there. Many are desensitized to the experience, because they can access their personal lives at the click of a button. Knowing where they are, who they're with, and what they have to say on the topic of everything they care to share. Instances of overkill have become more and more frequent with the advent of technology. I myself have become immune to most events due to the nature of viewing them. Celebrity means less than the fiber content of a cereal being shilled. I haven't felt the excitement of actually being in the same room and getting to meet someone in 15 years. Having done interviews with celebrities, working with them, even eating with them has less (if any) effect on me than the time I got to meet, talk with, and shake hands with John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants. I still remember exactly how it happened and how that memory has stayed with me over all these years. Again, I haven't felt that twinge in the back of my neck or chill of awe and inspiration in over 15 years. Until November 14, 2012. Like the great Peter Sellers movie taught us, the most important part of life? Being There.

 

Husbands S2The Paley Center for Media, known for leading the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and other emerging platforms, made headlines last night at its Beverly Hills location by honoring its first online sitcom, Husbands.  The web series, created by writer/producer Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once Upon a Time) and writer/actor Brad “Cheeks” Bell (Pop Up Video), follows a young same-sex couple as they deal with the trials and tribulations that all newlywed couples face.  In a red carpet event, the Paley Center hosted the creators, cast, and crew of Husbands for a panel discussion and preview of the first two episodes of Season 2.

 

Husbands S2At a little before noon on Sunday, the last day of SDCC 2012, Jane Espenson (BSG, Buffy), Brad “Cheeks” Bell (Pop-Up Video), Jenna Busch (Moviefone Minute), Sean Hemeon (True Blood), and Jeff Greenstein (Will and Grace) file onto the stage of Room 7AB and begin setting up for the panel "Espenson: An Anagram For Openness" (and I just realized that’s not metaphorical).  The room is packed and the audience settling in eagerly awaits the discussion to follow which will focus on Jane and Brad’s new online series, Husbands, called the “future of TV” by Ira Glass.

YA LiteratureWith the popularity of YA dystopia literature like The Hunger Games taking the world by storm, the Fanboy Comics crew attended Hungry for Dystopia, a panel discussing what attracts today's authors to totalitarian futures, the inspirations behind dystopian themes, and the possible solutions offered within their stories.  The panel featured authors Neal Shusterman (Unwind trilogy), Lissa Price (Starters), Paolo Bacigalupi (The Drowned Cities), Michael Grant (BZRK), Daniel H. Wilson (Amped), Gennifer Albin (Crewel), and Marie Lu (Legend trilogy), and it was moderated by Anna North (America Pacifica). 

Klasky Csupo Zombie BreakfastAt San Diego Comic-Con 2012, leading animation studio Klasky Csupo provided Fanboy Comics with a sneak preview of their new digital slate for the upcoming year, and fans of their previous properties like Rugrats, Aaahh! Real Monsters, Rocket Power, and The Wild Thornberrys will be very excited by the eclectic group of projects.  With 20 never-before-seen pilots, a digital comic book, and a multi-platform web series, Klasky Csupo has big things in the works for fans of all ages.  Announcements regarding the digital properties and the studio's new digital division will be shared with Comic-Con fans at the company's 5:00 p.m. panel.   

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