“Find Yourself Within the Pages” is the promise of Mad Cave Studios’ new Young Adult-focused imprint, Maverick. On the eve of the label’s debut, Fanbase Press Contributor Kevin Sharp spoke to Mad Cave Editor-in-Chief Chris Sanchez (@YtheLastChris) about all things Maverick, from initial conversations to where he sees the line heading in the future.

In a post-apocalyptic world, who would be best equipped for survival? When the world has turned to a barren wasteland, deadly monsters roam the countryside, heavily armed gangs attack innocent people, and everyone has to fight tooth and nail just to find enough food to feed themselves and their families, what group of people have the necessary skills, bravery, and determination to survive and to help others survive? If you said, “The Boy Scouts,” then you’re already on board with the premise of this comic.

The following is an interview with author Loren Rhoads regarding the release of the memoir essay collection, This Morbid Life. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Rhoads about the creative process of sharing so much of her own life on the page, how the essays may impact readers, and more!

I had wanted to back this project on Kickstarter, but it got past me somehow. Fortunately, Caleb Palmquist was tabling at Rose City Comic Con, and I was able to pick up issue one.  A middle-grade fantasy with vampires, magic, and unicorns, I found it to be rather charming and heartwarming.

The following is an interview with Koren Shadmi regarding the upcoming release of the graphic biography, Lugosi: The Rise and Fall of Hollywood’s Dracula, from Humanoids' Life Drawn imprint. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Shadmi about the creative process of bringing Bela Lugosi's story to life on the page, what was surprising to learn throughout the research process, and more!

With the final living Turtle (I still won’t say which one it is for the uninitiated.) side by side again with April and her daughter Casey, the remaining puzzle pieces of the past become apparent, and the plan to take back the city back from the Foot Clan is set in motion.

Quick recap: While the gang was concerned with surviving being cast into the story, Arthur came face to face with possibly his most hated foe yet: himself. Yeah, things got really wacky…

Zetian has always struggled to be the ideal of Chinese femininity.  She loathes her useless bound feet and how her family values her brother, father, and grandfather over any of the women. When her older sister becomes a concubine to a war lord pilot and ends up dead, Zetian’s rage focuses on the system of using young women to help fuel Chrysalises (giant robots that fight against strange alien creatures outside of human civilizations) and help young men obtain military fame.  Her natural mental strength propels her to the highest concubine ranks, where she successfully overcomes her male partner while mind melded and earns the name Iron Widow, a concubine who kills any Chrysalis partner.  How will the government react to Zetian’s intense abilities, and will she be punished for the crime of murdering a war hero?  Can a young woman from the provinces rise to power in a society that prizes city-bred, educated men over everyone else? Only time will tell.

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, September 25, 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.

About halfway into this series, a pivotal moment occurred, and I involuntarily cackled and proclaimed, “That’s fucking cool!” Cause it was!

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