We last left Andy, Effy, and the survivors of the attack on Sampson fleeing the planet; however, the villagers who fought against the vampires had a secret of their own: They were robots designed to look humanoid and be able to hide in plain sight. This was a huge surprise to many, causing some serious morale problems. Back on the mining colony of Dirishu-6, Tim and Driller the Killer team up to face off with Mother’s sister.

“Between the Panels” is a bi-weekly interview series focusing on comic book creators of all experience levels, seeking to examine not just what each individual creates, but how they go about creating it.

Another issue of Undiscovered Country is here, and the zone of Possibility has become one of the most interesting zones of the entire series. In just a few issues of this arc, we begin to explore more about what America is in this new version of the sealed-off United States, and more about what it was to be American. Through creative works, America manages to gain a foothold in culture, spreading far and wide until its influence was unmistakable. Recreating that creative American exceptionalism is the task for this team as they continue to walk the Spiral, the path that will lead them to their goal of finding a cure for the deadly Sky virus, and finding out more about a nation that has been isolated for many years.

Quick recap so far: Emma and Lu ran off with Raz, seeking answers on Uroborus. Meanwhile, Zoë and the rest of the group have ended up in some hot water with Blue Sun. Things appear to be going down the metaphorical head. (That’s “toilet” in ship speak.)  

Throughout 2020, Fanbase Press' weekly Creator Forums provided comics industry professionals with an opportunity to discuss ways to cope with the changing comics landscape in light of the Coronavirus. As a new year begins and the impact of COVID-19 continues, it is not lost on us that comic book conventions - and the opportunity to connect with industry colleagues personally and professionally - will not take place for the foreseeable future. To provide further opportunities to connect with industry creators, publishers, media, retailers, and educators during our collective quarantine, Fanbase Press will be hosting its next Comics & Coffee virtual meetup on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 10 a.m./PT (1 p.m./EST). Fanbase Press' Comics & Coffee is a FREE hour-long Zoom session taking place every Saturday, welcoming new and experienced comics pros to a virtual meetup that aims to fill the convention-less void with networking opportunities, sharing creative successes and failures, and troubleshooting ways to navigate the industry in the weeks and months to come.

Here at Fanbase Press, we strive to provide an outlet for up-and-coming creators to promote and showcase their incredible works. With thousands of creators utilizing crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo to make those works a reality, we will highlight these talented creators and their noteworthy campaigns through #CrowfundingFridays! We hope that you will join us in giving these projects a moment of your time (and possibly your support)!

The following is an interview with writer Eric Palicki regarding the recent launch of the punk rock horror series, Black's Myth, from AHOY Comics. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Palicki about the creative process of bringing this story to life, how The Clash and Buffy the Vampire Slayer impacted the series, and more!

Panelists Matthew Noe (President - ALA GNCRT / Lead Collection & Knowledge Management Librarian - Countway Library, Harvard Medical School), Dr. Theresa Rojas (Professor - Modesto Junior College / Founding Director - The Latinx Comic Arts Festival), Jordan Hart (writer/illustrator - Fanbase Press' Ripple Effects), and Mike Ahn and Seol Young Lee (creators - Out of Order) and moderator Barbra Dillon (Editor-in-Chief, Fanbase Press) discuss the importance of graphic medicine in comics and how these visual stories pertaining to the discourse of Medicine have allowed us to examine the essentials of human existence, to understand ourselves better, and to connect with one another through empathy and compassion

I try to provide activities that I know my kids will enjoy, and with a summer that’s already reducing outside time because of extreme heat, I’m trying to find some productive use of that time. Science experiments, STEM activities, or really anything that’s hands-on usually garners a lot of interest from my 7 and 8-year-old kiddos; however, like this past week, things don’t always go as planned. But that’s okay. Parenthood is all about adapting and “reading the room” when it comes to our kids, and sometimes that means letting them make the call.

For decades, comics have served as a storytelling medium that tackles hot-button issues across genres and age groups. Now, comics are taking on the age of disinformation, using narratives to examine those that would use misleading info to control others. Panelists Phillip Kennedy Johnson (writer - The Last God, Superman: Worlds of War, Marvel's Alien), Desirée Proctor (co-writer - Nuclear Power), Erica Harrell (co-writer - Nuclear Power), and Dr. Stephen J.C. Andes (author/professor - Louisiana State University) and moderator Barbra Dillon (Editor-in-Chief, Fanbase Press) discuss the current and upcoming comics that are addressing the spread of false information by higher authorities head on.

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