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“If the Dominion comes through the wormhole, the first battle will be fought here. And, I intend to be ready for them.”
     -- Commander Benjamin Sisko

Villains define not just their heroes, but the fiction we love. Would Star Wars be as beloved without the iconic Darth Vader? Would Batman be as compelling without the Joker? Would The Road Warrior still be a masterpiece if it didn’t feature the Lord Humungus, the greatest (and most reasonable) bad guy in fiction? Villains are even important in the conflict-free vision of Star Trek. The original gave us Klingons, Romulans, Tholians, Gorn, and an exceptionally grumpy piece of ‘70s shag carpeting, most of which are remembered pretty fondly even by non-fans. This episode, titled “The Jem’Hadar,” is a fascinating one on the subject of Trek-villainy, and perhaps the most important for DS9.

The following is an interview with filmmakers Tanner Beard and Russell Cummings, the directors behind the new, award-winning spaghetti western feature film, 6 Bullets to Hell.  The film tells the tale of a farmer who must return to his old gun to avenge the murder of his wife at the hands of a ruthless bandit and his gang of killers.  6 Bullets to Hell was shot in Tabernas, Almeria Spain, on the legendary original Oasys set, where the iconic Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leone films For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly, Hannie Caulder, and Doc were all filmed.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Creative Director Sam Rhodes talks with Beard and Cummings about their creative approach to their film, the upcoming premiere at HollyShorts in Los Angeles, and where readers can learn more information about the film.

At the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA, actor Sam Witwer (Being Human, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) talks with Fanboy Comics' Bryant Dillon about his work on Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Aquaman's impressive sideburns, and more.

At the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA, actor Matt Lanter (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) talks with Fanboy Comics' Bryant Dillon about his work on Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, why Aquaman deserves respect from the fan base, and more.

On Thursday, January 8, 2015, Image Comics hosted its bi-annual Image Expo in San Francisco, CA, highlighting its successes from 2014, its goals for 2015, and its exciting creator and project announcements for the coming months.  To recap the events of Image Expo 2015, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon sat down FBC Senior Contributor Jason Enright to discuss everything from Eric Stephenson's keynote speech to the most anticipated creator pairings.

The following is an interview with Ben Meares, Mark Miller, Cris Velasco, and Sam Shearon, the creative team of Clive Barker's Books of Blood, which is currently being adapted to Madefire's new Motion Book platform. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with the team about their initial involvement in the project, the process of adapting Barker's short stories to the new visual storytelling medium, and their slate of upcoming projects!

“The offender, Miles O’Brien, human, officer of the Federation, Starfleet, has been found guilty of aiding and abetting seditious acts against the state. The sentence is death. Let the trial begin.”
      -- Chief Archon Makbar

Sometimes, your best ideas come out of other, unrelated ideas. Remember Gul Dukat’s random-at-the-time monologue about the wonders of the Cardassian justice system in Part 2 of “The Maquis?” The trials are speedy, efficient, and determined in advance. The verdict is always guilty because Cardassians don’t make mistakes, and besides, the true purpose of the justice system is to show the people that the state is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. You know, the big three of oppressive regimes. Unfortunately, manpower shortages make them pretty much impossible goals. Automation will cure that one, too! I’m digressing into some pretty depressing territory, but can you blame me? The Cardassian Empire is frickin’ terrifying.

The following is an interview with Ana King, an independent creator who excels at everything from hand-drawn comic book art to photography and animation. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Contributor Madeleine Holly-Rosing chats with King about her inspiration for her work, how she has learned to practice her craft, and her career aspirations in art!

“The one thing I’ve learned about you humanoids is that in extreme situations, even the best of you are capable of doing terrible things.”
    -- Constable Odo

If you decided to learn only one rule of writing, here’s the one you want: conflict is king. In order to tell a story, you need some form of conflict, which can be in any form you like. Person A wants to do something, and Person B would rather they didn’t. That’s it. The story is working that disagreement out, and this formula appears in everything from The Lord of the Rings (Frodo would like to throw the One Ring in Mount Doom, while Sauron would rather he didn’t.) to Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. (The evil developer would like to bulldoze the community center, while Turbo and Ozone would rather he didn’t.) “But, Justin,” you say, “what about Twilight? Those barely had any conflict at all, and when it did, it always got sorted out pretty easily!” Well, unseen person, if we were in the same room, I would have just slapped you across the face. So, please do that for me now. The rest of us can wait.

“This man is a doctor where he comes from. And, there’s an O’Brien there, just like me. Except he’s some kind of high-up chief of operations. And, they’re Terrans. Maybe it’s a fairy tale he made up, but it started me thinking how each of us might have turned out, had history been just a little bit different.”
    -- Smiley O’Brien

What is DS9 about? Say it with me, everybody! Consequences! Yes, the point I keep harping on reaches perhaps its most ridiculous extreme in this week’s episode. We’re going to discuss that, but to get there, I need to do a quick sidebar about facial hair.

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