"Yowza! Yowza! Yowza! Step right up . . . to the greatest show on Earth! We got dancing, legless girls! We got creepy lobster boys! We got a woman with three--- what?!?"
We wait for it every Halloween, the return of Ryan Murphy's juicy drama/thriller/spooky chiller anthology series on FX, American Horror Story. This season's subtitle, Freakshow, pretty much sums up the premise.
“Marriage is the greatest adventure of them all. It’s filled with pitfalls and setbacks and mistakes, but it’s a journey worth taking, ‘cause you take it together.”
-- Chief Miles O’Brien
There’s an unfortunate truism that has become more and more apparent in the current Age of Antiheroes on television: nobody likes the wife. Beyond simple misogyny, there’s a pretty simple and obvious reason for this. If you’re tuning in to watch a serial killer dispatch bad guys, a high school teacher cook meth, or a retired cake maker operate his toddler MMA league (Call me, FX!), anyone who stands in the way of this is going to be roundly loathed by the audience. It doesn’t matter that the wife often has pretty sound, logical reasons for not wanting her husband to hunt dangerous people for money/engage in violent drug wars/watch babies pummel each other. She is standing in the way of entertainment, and so she is a monster on par with a combination of Hitler and Godzilla, vaporizing joy with her atomic fire breath.
The following is an interview with comic book expert and New York Times bestselling writer Daniel Wallace, author of Star Wars: Imperial Handbook, which will be released for sale on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Wallace about what readers can expect from this Imperial Military guide, the "in-book authors" that will share their villainous perspective, and the amazing features of the deluxe edition that every Star Wars fan will want to own!
“It’s a nickname that I barely tolerate.”
“It’s an expression of affection that you find difficult to accept.”
-- Dr. Mora and Odo
Traditionally, the outsider character in any Star Trek property has difficulty with emotions. Whether or not they actually can’t feel them like Data, actively resist them like Spock, or something in the middle maybe like Seven of Nine (I don’t know, I barely watched Voyager.), emotions are the enemy of the outsider. It speaks to Roddenberry’s vision of the future that the chief defining characteristic of humans -- indeed, much of our power -- comes from emotion. Odo is no exception, but true to DS9’s richer use of backstory and characterization, he comes to emotion from a much different place than the others.
The following is an interview with Emmy-winning author A.R. Witham, creator of the new animated novel, Black Jack. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Witham about the inspiration for his moving novel, the design of the story and how it is enhanced when read through an iPad, and more!
“In the end, it all comes down to luck.”
This is my third time through the entire series of DS9, not counting the innumerable instances I’ve caught full or partial episodes on TV or cued up one of my favorites from the collection. I have a pretty good idea of the contents of an episode before I screen it for review. Sometimes, it’s down to only the basic skeleton of the plot, but there’s always something. Which is what made this week’s episode, “Rivals,” so weird. I couldn’t remember a single thing. Oh, I had a vague image of Chris Sarandon -- that’s Prince Humperdink -- standing at a doorway with lights, but that’s all. It was like the episode had abducted me like a UFO, and I was going to wake up with bits of latinum in my skin.
The following is an interview with Fred Pelzer, showrunner for the online web series, Losers. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Pelzer about the inspiration for the show, the collaborative efforts of the cast and crew, the next project in the works for Cloud Gate Productions, and more!
The following is an interview with Greg Walloch, critically acclaimed actor, writer, comedian, and storyteller known for his work with The Moth Radio Hour, USA Network's Characters Unite, and Eat Your Words at The Standard Hollywood. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Walloch about the diversity of his career path, finding his own voice as a storyteller and comedian, and the various upcoming projects with which he is involved!
“I think you’ve made a terrible mistake. All of you. Maybe we could have helped you. Maybe we could have helped each other. The Skrreeans are farmers, Kira. You have famine on your planet. Perhaps we could have made that peninsula bloom again. We’ll never know, will we? Fifty years of Cardassian rule have made you all frightened and suspicious. I feel sorry for you.”
The nature of longform fiction -- by which I mean anything where the first installment is released before the later episodes are even written, such as a TV show or series of books -- guarantees a certain amount of flab. Superfluous characters, plots that never go anywhere, or foreshadowing that never pays off are all inevitable when the writers have only the vaguest idea of where the story is ultimately going. It’s understandable that as fans we want everything to be part of a brilliant creator’s master plan, but that is not a realistic desire. It’s so rare, especially in the early days of intense serialization, that when it happens it feels a bit like magic. That’s the special part of this week’s episode, the innocuously named “Sanctuary.”
The following is an interview with actor Blake Cooper, who will soon be appearing in The Maze Runner, the greatly anticipated film based on the best-selling book by James Dashner! In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Cooper about his initial interest in The Maze Runner, what makes the movie stand out with the popularity of YA literature, and his upcoming role in the TV show Cocked!