Steven W. Alloway, Fanbase Press Contributor

Steven W. Alloway, Fanbase Press Contributor

What would you do if you found out you were dying? Would you extend your life by any means possible? Or would you make the most of the time you had left? That’s just one of the issues raised by the short film Beautiful Dreamer which had its west coast premiere recently at Dances With Films.

When I talked with writer/director Alicia Slimmer at the Dances With Films festival about her movie, Creedmoria, she told me it was uplifting. Given the plot synopsis, it was a little difficult for me to believe. From beginning to end, the story is full of tragic events and terrible people. Even while watching the movie, at times, I wondered how a film like this could be considered uplifting, when it puts its protagonist through such hell. Yet somehow, uplifting is exactly what Creedmoria manages to be. Because the focus isn’t on the tragic events or the terrible people. The focus is on rising above those things and realizing that that’s not all life has to offer.

In recent years, there’s been a bit of a stigma against clowns. Rather than the traditional portrait of funny, friendly, silly caricatures whose main goal is to make us laugh, they’re most often portrayed as grotesque, evil monsters. I’ve never liked this hostility towards clowns, particularly since I used to perform as a clown myself, as did my mother. Fortunately, it would appear that I’m not alone in my views. Karen McPherson, the writer/director of the short film Pop, feels much the same way and said so during a Q&A at Dances With Films, where the film screened recently.

It’s the ultimate sci-fi love story. A man tells the woman he’s seeing that he’s from the future. Not only that, but the whole reason he came back in time is to be with her. He saw a picture or a glimpse of a woman from years ago and fell so in love with her that he gave up his life in the future and traveled back in time just to win her heart. Variations on this theme have been done in movies ranging from Terminator to the highly underrated Happy Accidents. It’s also the plot of the short film Future Boyfriend which had its west coast premiere recently at Dances With Films—only with a slightly different twist on things.

Danger Girl was one of the first things I ever reviewed for this site. I’ve been hooked ever since, gleefully reading whatever Danger Girl comics I can get my hands on. So, when I saw a new Danger Girl title up for review, of course, I jumped on it. It wasn’t until afterwards that I started to wonder: how do you review a coloring book?

Adamant #1 is the beginning of what promises to be a pretty cool and exciting, new comic. It combines two of my favorite things—superheroes and time travel—and already, it doesn’t disappoint.

And so, we have reached the end. After over a year of buildup, this is the final issue of Andrez Bergen’s gender-bending disco noir twist on classic literature. It’s been an incredible ride, getting better and better with every issue. It goes without saying that I’ll be sorry to see it go.

We’re nearing the end of this story arc, and Dirk has just about solved the case of the people who have lost all communication. In the previous issue, we learned that the victims of this strange occurrence respond to music. Now, Dirk just has to perform one final, elaborate test to get to the bottom of exactly what’s happening and why, and stop it once and for all. Oh, and Tamasha Travers and Madluck Biggun, Dirk’s two traveling companions on this adventure, have to have sex.

This was supposed to be the final issue in a four-issue series; however, instead it ends with a “To Be Continued…” and the announcement that the series is now ongoing. I’ve expressed some negativity over this comic in the past and have at times been less than thrilled with the direction it’s gone. So, how do I feel about the fact that it’s now continuing beyond its original limited run? Actually, I’m kind of interested to see the next issue. I guess the comic has me hooked.

This is it: the final issue. Over the last 8 issues, we’ve seen life, death, reincarnation, war, and star-crossed love, spanning across the globe and over countless millennia. I’ve been hooked on this comic since the very first issue, and I’ll be sad to see it go. It does, however, manage to deliver a satisfying ending—which is not an easy feat, especially for a story as complex and intricate as this one.

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