The holiday season is not only about colorful decorations, exchanging presents, and spending time eating delicious food; it’s also about watching incredible stories come to life on the small screen. Finding time to immerse yourself into wonderful fairy tales also allows positive messages to be shared, which is an inherit reason why Stories Matter.

“Between the Panels” is a bi-weekly interview series focusing on comic book creators of all experience levels, seeking to examine not just what each individual creates, but how they go about creating it.

You might think I live under a rock, and, sometimes, I think I do, but I came into this graphic novel cold. I’d heard the name before, and though I’m not a big fan of horror, I like to expand my horizons. I’m happy to say I was glad I chose this story.

The following is an interview with Peter J. Mellini regarding the launch of the Kickstarter campaign for the all-ages, sci-fi adventure comic book, Gordo: The Teenage Flying Saucer #2. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Mellini about the shared creative approach to bringing the story to life, what he hopes that readers will take away from the story, the incredible backer rewards available with the campaign, and more!

Since 1983 when Return of the Jedi first premiered, Jabba the Hutt has been a character who has been (in my opinion) underutilized. Like Boba Fett, his demise came far too quick. Despite a handful of appearances in other Star Wars media, including a cameo in The Phantom Menace, a restored sequence in A New Hope, an ill-fated role in The Clone Wars movie, and a couple of episodes of the series (as well as a few flashbacks in the old Extended Universe and the Darth Vader comic published by Marvel), there has been far too little of the infamous Hutt.

When Star Wars premiered in 1977, it was - and still is - recognized as a reflection of many genres. Mythology, religion, and history all claimed a part of the construction of its narrative. So, too, did the American Western. In fact, in Mary Henderson’s book, Star Wars: The Magic of Myth, there is an entire section devoted to Star Wars’ relationship to the Western. While there have been several tips of the hat to the genre, including, most recently, the Disney+ series, The Book of Boba Fett, there has been no true direct reference imagery depicted… until now.

The following is an interview with Jenn Woodall regarding the recent release of the graphic novel, Space Trash, through Oni Press. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Woodall about the creative process of bringing the story to life, what she hopes that readers will take away from the story, and more!

With Jayne charged with the possibility that his son is still alive on Earth That Was, the group coalesced around the plan to rescue Simon and find an available portal to take Jayne back to Earth That Was. You probably already figured this out, but there are… complications to that plan. When has it ever been simple with this crew? They’re the Grey’s Anatomy of space opera, I guess.

The following is an interview with Prof. Bella Starling regarding the recent release of One for All, All for One - an ambitious multimedia project that merges comics, film, and public events to create a compelling and timely look at the importance of immunization and vaccination narratives. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Starling about her experience in shepherding the project to its conclusion, how you can get involved with educating others about vaccines and immunizations, and more!

The following is an interview with Spike Trotman regarding the recent launch of Iron Circus Comics' crowdfunding campaign double-header in support of Smut Peddler Presents: My Monster Girlfriend and Smut Peddler X: Ten Years of Impeccable Pornoglifics. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Trotman about the experience of returning to the fan-favorite anthology, Iron Circus' first collaboration with BackerKit, and more!

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