Amidst the chaos of decorating the house, booking flights, or preparing a holiday feast, deciding on gifts for friends and family is likely to be the last thing on your mind this holiday season. Fanbase Press is here to help with the best recommendations for the must-playvideo games from the year as suggested by our staff and contributors. Video games make great gifts for the geeks in your life, especially for the holidays where the requisite number of players is usually right around the corner. Whether playing with Jack-Jack or providing your party of adventurers with opportunities to avoid the White Walkers, playing a game together is a great holiday event.

With the creative team of Jonathan Luna and Lauren Keely, 20XX is a new comic book series that establishes a future in divide. An apocalyptic virus has demolished most of the human race; however, those who survived the aftermath of the virus were able to achieve great feats of superpowers. This series serves as a blend of Children of the Earth and Akira.

Following the record-breaking issue of Spawn #301, this long-running comic book series has managed to push forward with its new series arc, "Hell Hunt." Here, the reader returns to a familiar character within the Spawn mythos, Jessica Priest. Largely known for her role in inciting Al Simmons as Spawn, she has managed to be naturally integrated into a different pursuit entirely. With her character intent on meeting Nyx, Priest finds herself further entangled in Al Simmons' journey than previously believed. We find Spawn serving as a vigilante, attempting to free those captured by a human trafficking ring that’s controlled by demons. With his powers diminished, Spawn must survive with his old military skills and ammunition; however, he gains assistance from an unlikely ally in Jessica Priest. Having become a fellow hellspawn like Simmons, this arc finds them needing to collaborate in order to decipher the meaning of Priest’s new powers.

Are you happy? Go to Everything, where you can buy happiness. A superstore in which, if you’re not happy, you may be gotten rid of… permanently.

Established within America’s most violent and chaotic war, the Civil War, writer Sydney Duncan weaves an interesting dichotomy for the characters within Kill Whitey Donovan. The narrative plot follows Anna Hoyt who searches to do what the book says: kill Whitey Donovan. Donovan is responsible for the suicide of Hoyt’s sister. In needing a partner, she pairs herself with Hattie Vergil, a woman enslaved by Whitey Donovan, who sojourns for her freedom.

The premise of historical fiction has been a pervasive interest within the confines of culture. In many ways, it brings about a new form of information to those who participate in the reading. While it doesn’t demand work from the reader, it ignites something more important in the reader, something the modern education system consistently fails to do with a majority of its students: curiosity. Within the confines of Stefanie Phillips’ The Butcher of Paris, she launches us into a unique aspect of history that a myriad of history textbooks ignore.

Amidst the chaos of decorating the house, booking flights, or preparing a holiday feast, deciding on gifts for friends and family is likely to be the last thing on your mind this holiday season. Fanbase Press is here to help with recommendations for the must-read comics and books from the year as suggested by our staff and contributors. Give your friends and family gifts they can enjoy curled up by the fireplace, catching up or rereading their favorite comic series or a good book. Or, perhaps, introduce them to a new title outside of their regular pull lists and give yourself someone to geek out with over your favorite series.

A Sparrow's Roar almost passed me by. A brief opening in my schedule left me with time for one more review, and A Sparrow’s Roar called to me. I’m so happy for that little bit of happenstance, because, with December just settling in, A Sparrow’s Roar was the perfect bittersweet story to round out a rough and tough year.

The following is an interview with actor Daniel Krell (Pittsburgh Public Theater's A Doll's House - Part 2, Pittsburgh CLO's A Musical Christmas Carol) regarding his performance as Mr. McFeely in the recently released feature film, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Krell about the his approach to taking on such an iconic and beloved character, his creative process in working with the cast and crew, and more!

“Fundamental Comics,” a monthly editorial series that introduces readers to comics, graphic novels, and manga that have been impactful to the sequential art medium and the comic book industry on a foundational level.  Each month, a new essay will examine a familiar or less-known title through an in-depth analysis, exploring the history of the title, significant themes, and context for the title’s popularity since it was first released.

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