The following is an interview with Leah Wilson, Jennifer Canzoneri, and Heather Butterfield, the amazing staff members of Smart Pop Books, the pop culture imprint of independent publisher BenBella Books. For years, the Fanboy Comics staff has reviewed the various books published by Smart Pop, ranging from The Girl Who Was on Fire and Ender's World to Beyond the Wall and Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World, and we have adored each and every title more and more. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Wilson, Canzoneri, and Butterfield about the impetus for forming Smart Pop Books, how their involvement with the publishing company has changed throughout the years, which publications speak to the "fan" in them the most, and what readers can expect next!
“You can tell a man’s intentions by the way he walks.”
-- Constable Odo
I chose to use that particular quote, featured in this episode’s b-plot, over ones from the a-plot, because I wanted to illustrate the way the former can underline the latter. Odo makes this comment about Fallit Kot, a former business partner of Quark’s, who has come to the station to murder our favorite Ferengi bartender in retaliation for letting him spend eight years in a Romulan prison. Personally, I think Kot should be thrilled, as I figured Romulan prisons were the roach motels of the Alpha Quadrant. Quark comes to Odo for help, and Odo makes that comment about Kot’s motive. It’s a pretty standard thing for a world-weary noir protagonist like Odo to say about one of the mooks he spends his life putting behind bars. Well, behind invisible force fields anyway. It’s more ironic in light of the entire episode, as the a-plot is all about a Starfleet officer who can barely walk at all.
It’s that time of year again. The Doctor is returning to his regularly scheduled, unpredictable shenanigans. Who knows what trysts he’s larked on and hearts he’s seduced in the interim (although history would suggest it may involve some intimate endeavors with a royal family member).
“I believe in coincidences. Coincidences happen every day. But I don’t trust coincidences.”
There is lively debate amongst Niners as to where the show takes the turn into quality. Most will argue that this occurs with the increase in serialization, and mark Season Three as the jumping off point. Others will look to Sisko’s hair: when the head is shaved and the goatee grown, we have good DS9. Others point to the second season, with the opening three-parter, the introduction of the series’ defining villain, and the return of guest stars. The truth is more complicated. There’s no real one point when DS9 becomes great. There’s a lot of little turns that happen at different times, all combining and reinforcing one another until you look around and realize you’re watching the best Star Trek has to offer and you barely noticed.
The following is an interview with photographer Allan Amato regarding his work on the art project turned documentary Temple of Art. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Amato about his inspiration for the project, the amazing star power behind the art project as well as the documentary, and why fans should support the project's currently running campaign on Kickstarter!
At San Diego Comic-Con 2014, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon sat down with the creative team of Pussycats, an upcoming comic book mini-series being published by E-Comix, for an exclusive and in-depth interview regarding the action/thriller. Dillon chatted with writer Vince Brusio (E-Comix President, Autopsy: Feast for a Funeral), legendary adult film star Karen Summer, and internationally renowned cosplayer Tanya Tate to discuss the concept for the mini-series, how the creative team was formed, their excitement of launching the premiere ashcan at SDCC, and how readers can learn more information about Pussycats.
The following audio interview was conducted on Thursday, July 24th, 2014.
In an exclusive Fanboy Comics interview originally recorded for Slamdance 2014, brothers Nick and Joe Manganiello (True Blood) join Peter Baxter, President of Slamdance Film Festival, for an in depth Q&A about their documentary, La Bare. In addition, you won't want to miss the signed La Bare movie poster giveaway that will only last until Monday, August 18th!
Batman and Superman have both enjoyed success with digital 1st series by high-profile creative teams in Batman '66 and Superman Adventures. It was only a matter of time before the 3rd member of DC's triumvirate, Wonder Woman, joined the party with the August release of
her own digital 1st series, Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman. The title is an obvious nod to Sensation Comics, the title that launched Wonder Woman in 1942.
“I spent my whole life trying to qualify for the joining. I studied constantly, every day, every waking hour. I sacrificed everything, and then went before the symbiosis evaluation board and they reduced my entire life to one word: ‘unsuitable.’” -- Verad
How do you solve a problem like Jadzia? This is the second Dax-centered episode, following season one’s enigmatically titled “Dax,” and it suffers from a raft of related problems. “Dax” was all about telling us the difference between “Jadzia” (the host) and “Dax” (the symbiont), which it chose to do by telling us a story about how Curzon Dax punched a war until it stopped. “Invasive Procedures” deepens the Trill mythology by establishing that not only are not all Trill joined with a symbiont, it’s actually a rare honor that Trill have to compete for. It’s like getting into an Ivy League school, if Harvard was a 300-year-old slug you could keep in your abdominal cavity. Yet, in this episode establishing important things about Jadzia Dax and her fascinating species, she spends over half of the running time unconscious.
The following is an interview with author Beth Cato on the upcoming release of her first novel, The Clockwork Dagger. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Contributor Jodi Scaife chats with Cato regarding her initial attraction to writing, her inspiration for The Clockwork Dagger, and how she managed to combine Steampunk, mystery, and fantasy into one amazing story!
This interview was conducted on August 5, 2014.