It’s difficult to review any animated Batman series without comparing it to Batman: The Animated Series. The early '90s series has now become, essentially, the gold standard for animated Batman fare. The creators of The Batman, which ran a little over a decade later, from 2004 to 2008, were well aware of this. So, they made it their goal to set their series apart from TAS as much as possible.

Chris Ryall has worn multiple hats during his years in comics, from co-creator of Zombies Vs. Robots with artist Ashley Wood, to publisher at IDW, to Executive Producer on Netflix’s Locke & Key series. Now, he and Wood have started a new comics label, Syzygy, published through Image.  In the following interview, Fanbase Press Contributor Kevin Sharp chats with Ryall (@chris_ryall) and David Booher (writer of Canto and Alien Bounty Hunter - @davidbooher) about the big picture vision for the label, as well as the particulars of their first comic, an adaptation of Joe Hill’s novella, Rain(Oh, and it’s “siz-e-jee.”)

The following is an interview with author Lynell George (A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler) regarding the upcoming virtual panel discussion, HerStory 2022, in coordination with Towne Street Theatre on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at 4 p.m./PT. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with George about the upcoming discussion with co-panelist Margaret B. Wilkerson and moderator Dr. Stephanie Leigh Batiste (Associate Professor of Black Studies and English at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Director of the Hemispheric South’s Research Initiative), how Octavia E. Butler's story may connect with readers, and more!

The dynamic duo of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are back again. If you pick up on the reference and don’t realize they brought us Batman together for a couple years, then you’re missing out on some amazing Batman stories, but to compare their newest offering (We Have Demons) to Batman would be like comparing Evil Dead 2 to A Simple Plan just because Sam Raimi directed them.

On the run from the law as per yoosh, the Captain Kaylee Frye made the decision to follow Jayne’s lead about a possible spot for fuel and possible riches. As their luck would have it, they land in a rather unexpected situation.

In The Fanbase Weekly, the Fanbase Press staff and a host of special guests from across the pop culture spectrum discuss the top geek stories of the week.

The Arkham Sessions, hosted by Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward, is a weekly podcast dedicated to the psychological analysis of pop culture, including Batman: The Animated Series, Steven Universe, the MCU, and Doom Patrol. Nostalgic, humorous, and even a little educational, each episode promises to lend some insight into the heroes, villains, and classic stories of the Dark Knight and more!

The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 181 - Black Panther

Throughout 2020 and 2021, 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 in the same manner 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, March 26, 2022, 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.

Here at Fanbase Press, we strive to provide an outlet for up-and-coming creators to promote and showcase their incredible works. With thousands of creators utilizing crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo to make those works a reality, we will highlight these talented creators and their noteworthy campaigns through #CrowfundingFridays! We hope that you will join us in giving these projects a moment of your time (and possibly your support)!

The Oracle Code is a wonderful graphic novel from DC Comics that explores themes where asking for help, learning to overcome adversities, and believing in who you are exceedingly important for anyone to see. Writer Marieke Nijkamp crafts a story centered around Barbara Gordon and her new life after being paralyzed from a gunshot. Nijkamp not only excels at clearly identifying Barbara’s frame of mind after the attack, but helps readers understand that life changes do not mean they have any less value than before. Seeing all of the changes our kids have experienced over the past few years makes this an excellent option for older kids to read, let alone every adult.

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