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At Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo 2014, Dina Kampmeyer [of Lady Steam Designs and the geek singles group SG:LA (Single Geeks in L.A.)], talks with Fanboy Comics Contributor Steven W. Alloway about the Los Angeles-based convention, tips for single geeks looking for love (or dates), and more.

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We’ve stumbled upon some very powerful information. Everything you know about the Doublemeat Medley from Southern California chain Doublemeat Palace is about to change . . .

The following is an interview with writer/director Ilya Naishuller on his upcoming action/adventure film, Hardcover, which will star Sharlto Copley (District 9, Maleficent). In this interview, Naishuller chats with Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon about how he came to direct the film, what makes the perspective of the film so unique, and the collaborative efforts of the entire cast and crew.  In addition, be sure to check out the full press release regarding the production of Hardcore, as well as a preview trailer, available below.

The following is an interview with writer/director Gavin Hignight, who recently released his new short sci-fi film, Fist. In this interview, Hignight chats with Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon about the inspiration and influences for the science-based thriller, the various film festivals that have embraced the film, and the collaborative efforts of the entire cast and crew.

"A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of both women and men."
     -Gloria Steinem


And, really, is there anyone more qualified to define "feminism" than Gloria Steinem? After all, she was (and is) the poster person for feminism in modern HERstory. By that definition, I would give a resounding "Hell yeah!" to the question of whether Wonder Woman is a feminist or not.

“The common conceit that the human species has evolved over the last several centuries is ludicrous. What gains we have made have come at the cost of our own core identities.”
      -- Alixus


One of the ironclad rules of writing is that no villain thinks of themselves as a villain. It’s also one of the most frequently broken rules out there. Granted, it’s very rare to actually have the bad guy say, “Because I’m evil!” and follow it up with a Haunted Mansion laugh, but murky motivations have led to a phenomenon my larger social group has dubbed Doin’ It for Darkness. This is when a villain’s motives have no larger purpose than pure evil, even if they’re completely idiotic on the face of it. Unsurprisingly, these kinds of motives are most common in paranormal action shows, but they’re present even when the genre doesn’t easily support them. That’s why it’s such a pleasure to see a truly evil person who honestly believes they’re the paragon of virtue, like the baddie in this week’s episode.

“All I could think of, as I looked at her, was that this was not my Keiko.”
    -- Chief Miles O’Brien


Genre labels are, by their very natures, reductive. Even in cases that encompass the mood of the piece, they don’t account for moments that break the prevailing atmosphere, such as comic relief in the middle of a stern drama, or a romantic subplot in the midst of a werewolf apocalypse. They remain necessary, because people generally know what they like and don’t like being forced to expand their horizons without ample warning. The key to a useful genre classification is in the distinction it provides. Not long ago on Facebook, I saw an author sneer that hard-boiled and noir weren’t the same thing: hard-boiled means the protagonist is a cop or a detective of some kind, while noir does not. Turns out, he’s correct, or at the very least edited the relevant Wikipedia page. I personally don’t find the distinction to be a useful one, as it’s unnecessarily reductive on a genre I truly love.

The following is an interview with husband-and-wife team Kevin and Lori Bertazzon, who founded the production company Lovely Studios and, together, have co-produced, written, directed, and animated everything from film and comic books to animation.  In this interview, the Bertazzons chat with Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon regarding their latest project, Tugger the Ship, how they approach their creative process, the comparisons of working as an independent creator versus collaborating with a larger studio, and where you can find more of their work.

When I was little, I was first introduced to Wonder Woman via the television series starring Lynda Carter. I was head-over-heels in love, a crush that holds strong to this day. While Wonder Woman clearly has appeal on her own, Carter is largely credited for immortalizing the live version of everyone's favorite Amazon Princess. Naturally, I was thrilled to learn DC Comics had announced the launch of another Digital First series with Wonder Woman as the star, the first being the well-received, non-continuity-based Sensation series. This time, DC has followed its successful Batman '66 formula based on the popular, campy television series from the '60s starring Adam West, with Wonder Woman '77 based on the campy television series from the '70s using the likeness of Lynda Carter.

"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.

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