I have never read any of Richelle Mead’s novels, of which she has many, but I had the extreme pleasure of being able to review the first and second issues of the comic adaptation of her Dark Swan series, called Storm Born. I was blown away! Mead is best known for her supernatural novels including the Georgina Kincaid Succubus series and Vampire Academy, the latter of which is Young Adult material. With overt sexual situations and violence, Storm Born, however, is less friendly for younger audiences. Mature readers should definitely check this series out, as issue #1 released on the first of this month and is available for order at most comic stores.
Richelle Mead’s Storm Born, from Sea Lion Books, is an exciting, supernatural romp through modern day America. Adapted from her Dark Swan novel series by herself and Grant Alter, the story seems like an updated response to Lucas’ male-centric, Indiana Jones stories, but with a healthy dose of paranormal mystery. We follow Eugenie Markham, a freelance Shaman who makes a living sending various creatures attempting to inhabit our world back to the occult realm, called the Otherworld. Equipped with knowledge of magic, several enchanted weapons, and a wicked sense of humor, she travels the southwest battling spirits, elemental creatures, powerful fairy-like beasts called Gentry, and anything else that crosses her path. Though I’ve only read the first two issues of what will be an eight-issue series, eventually collected into two graphic novels, I am already completely invested in the world that Mead has created.
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
The Fanboy Comics Staff is excited to announce a comic book release party for Storm Born, written by Richelle Mead and published by Sea Lion Books! The event will take place ONLINE on Wednesday, June 8th, and will run all day.
As part of the festivities, the creative team behind the comic book, including David Dabel (President), Derek Ruiz (V.P.), Dave Hamann (artist), and Grant Alter (comic writer), will be talking about the brand new release of Storm Born and answering fan questions. The guests will start answering questions at 12:00 p.m. (Central Daylight Time).
As if that wasn't fun enough, the release party will also include a contest for copies of Storm Born: Volume 1 signed by the entire creative team! Attendees who RSVP will receive 25 entries into the prize portion of the contest, as long as you participate in the event.
If you are interested in attending, CLICK HERE to RSVP through the Bitten by Books website.
Stay tuned to the Fanboy Comics website for more information and reviews of the Storm Born graphic novel!
The summer of comic book movies is off and running, as evidenced by the release of X-Men: First Class, the much-anticipated X-Men prequel. The Fanboy Comics Staff had a chance to see the film on Friday night and, after much deliberation, ... thought that it was OK.
Don’t get me wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed my movie-going experience; I was entertained by the film and, more specifically, by the (mostly) phenomenal performances of the cast members. I would even go so far as to say that my enjoyment of this film was on par with my first viewing of X-Men in 2000. But, and that is a very emphatic “but,” the film was riddled with issues in writing, continuity, and direction. The more that I think about the film, the more problems that arise in my mind.
The following is an interview with Ani Pandit, Fanboy Comics' Resident Steven Spielberg Specialist! In the following interview, Pandit reviews the recent release of trailers for the Spielberg projects Super 8, Terra Nova, and The Adventures of Tintin.
This interview was conducted on Saturday, May 21, 2011.
The End. A Web Series.
The robots have taken over and there are only a few survivors left.
(The End. is a post-apocalyptic buddy comedy.)
Catch a new episode on the Fanboy Comics website every Friday!
Starring: Bryan Mayer and Justinh Avery
Directed by Peter Harmon
Written by Bryan Mayer
Director of Photography: Rick Bickerstaff
Edited by Jason Marsh
Sound Design and Sound Editing by Ian Becker
Produced by Bryan Mayer
Co-Produced by Justinh Avery, Peter Harmon, Ian Becker, Rick Bickerstaff, and Jason Marsh
The following is an interview with executive director and producer Wendi Mirabella and co-producer Lotti Pharriss Knowles from the Vampire-Con Film Festival of 2011. The annual film festival has found a home at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, CA, for the past three years and seeks to bring vampire fans of all genres together for a few nights of film festivities. This year’s events will feature classic vampire films from the ‘70s and ‘80s on June 3rd and 4th. For more information regarding Vampire-Con, visit the website, www.vampire-con.com.
This interview was conducted on Tuesday, May 31, 2011.
CLICK HERE FOR THE AUDIO INTERVIEW
FBC is gearing up for the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con and on our list of "stuff we HAVE to check out" is Aron Warner's comic series release, Pariah. Government created, hyper-intelligent teenagers fleeing a frame-job terrorism charge? Yes, PLEASE! Check out all the nitty gritty below, and, if you're heading to SDCC, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Pariah!!!
FROM THE MIND OF OSCAR-WINNING FILM PRODUCER ARON WARNER A NEW GENERATION OF SUPER-TEENS ARE INTRODUCED AT COMIC-CON 2011
Sea Lion Books Unites Warner, Eisner-Nominated Illustrator Brett Weldele and Writer Philip Gellat to Bring A Unique Group of Beyond-Intelligent Teen Fugitives to the Comic Book World This July.
Los Angeles, CA – May 25, 2011 – They’re not super powered, they’re just super smart. The teen protagonists who lead us through the world of Pariah, a twelve-book graphic novel series from the mind of Oscar-winning film producer Aron Warner and published by Sea Lion Books, are the next generation of heroes in the comic book world. Eisner-nominated illustrator Brett Weldele (The Surrogates) will bring the stories to life in ink, and Philip Gelatt will pen the scripts set in Warner’s world for the twelve books. As buzz builds about this unlikely collaboration and the unique story of Pariah, the series will premiere at San Diego Comic Con on July 20 – 24th.
The following is an interview with Regina Carpinelli, CEO of the Comikaze Expo. Comikaze Expo is Los Angeles’ first and only large-scale, multi-media pop culture convention and plans to bring together the most exciting and innovative in comics, video games, original art, movies, television, and more! In the following interview, Carpinelli explains the community-based ideals of the convention, exciting giveaways for attendees, and whether Skrulls will be welcome.
This interview was conducted on Wednesday, May 25, 2011.
CLICK HERE FOR THE AUDIO INTERVIEW
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
The Staff of Fanboy Comics is excited to announce a big distribution deal this week in the independent comic book publishing world. Publishers Group West (PGW), a member of the Perseus Books Group, will begin distributing both front and back list titles from up-and-coming independent graphic novel publisher Archaia Entertainment, LLC.
Archaia is widely known throughout the graphic novel community for producing visually stunning works that seek to transform the mind, with titles including Mouse Guard, Dapper Men, The Killer, and the entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels. As reported by Ain’t It Cool News, it was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year and received nine Eisner Award nominations in 2011. Archaia’s domestic and international successes will continue to find large audiences, as PGW is set to distribute the titles to the U.S. and Canada. According to Archaia CEO PJ Bickett, “We are proud to be forging powerful partnerships with industry leaders in all aspects of our business, underscoring Archaia’s arrival as a substantial player within the publishing world. PGW represents our newest prestigious partner, a world-class distributor that has the unique ability to expand our company’s titles across the book trade, educational, library, and international markets.”
From time to time, Fanboy Comics will promote different projects that we do not directly produce or publish. (Although, we wish that we did!) As a sign of our support and approval, you can find these selections under the FBC ApprovedTM section of our website. Please understand that, no matter how badly we would love to take credit, these works have been independently created and produced by the talented people attached to them.
In this spirit, Fanboy Comics announces its promotion of the epic, yet funny, web series The End. written by Bryan Mayer and directed by Peter Harmon. Taking place in a future where robots have taken over and there are only a few survivors left, The End. is a post-apocalyptic buddy comedy which is entertaining, quirky, and full of geek references to keep you coming back every Friday for the next episode!