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HVFF 2018: ‘Firestorm’ Panel Moderated By Geeks Of Doom
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Heroes Villains Fan Fest 2018: Firestorm panel

The Heroes and Villains Fan Fest emanated from the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center in Edison, NJ on September 8th and 9th, where the biggest stars from comics television and film were there and fans were able to pose for photos with them, get autographs, and take part in Q&A panel discussions. The fest heavily featured stars from DC’s TV Universe or “Arrow-verse” on The CW. Stars from Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and more were there as well as stars from Fox’s Gotham.

The opening panel of the weekend was the Firestorm panel featuring the trio of actors who’ve portrayed the character: Victor Garber, Robbie Amell, and Franz Drameh. The stars talked about their superhero favorites, and took an array of questions from the eager crowd. And moderating the panel was my wife Athena (Olympus Athens) and myself Dan (Dr. Zaius) of Geeks Of Doom.

Check out the video of our moderating debut here below.

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Comic Review: Black Badge #1 By Matt Kindt
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Matt Kindt Black Badge #1 review

Black Badge #1
Writer: Matt Kindt
Illustrator: Tyler Jenkins
Colorist: Hilary Jenkins
Letterer: Jim Campbell
BOOM! Studios
Cover Price: $3.99
Release date: August 8th, 2018

When I was growing up, being a Boy Scout was pretty fun. I enjoyed the camping, the fishing, the marshmallows, learning things that I didn’t learn in my regular classes. Sadly, I never advanced far enough in scouts to be recruited into the wing of the BSA that trained young men to become black ops field agents. That actually may not be such a bad thing.

Black Badge #1 is a fairly standard first issue in that it sets up the basic premise of four Boy Scouts going into the woods in North Korea and then everything goes kooky. In all honesty, there’s not that much that happens in this issue beyond setting up the premise and setting up the cast and getting us to ask a few questions, which is fine. Writer Matt Kindt knows how to set up first issues for these types of series, and he works well at establishing all the elements you need to hook you into the series.

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Comic Review: Judas
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Judas
Paperback | Kindle
Created and written by Jeff Loveness
Art and cover by Jakub Rebelka
Letters by Colin Bell
BOOM! Studios
Release Date: September 4, 2018

I recently had the pleasure of reading the new graphic novel Judas. I was curious what sort of spin this comic would take, but was astounded when I actually did get to read it in its entirety. Thought-provoking, emotional, complicated. Those are probably the most apt words I could use to describe this release. Curious? Well then, read on, friends!

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Comic Review: The Beatles Yellow Submarine By Bill Morrison
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The Beatles Yellow Submarine
Hardcover | Kindle
Written and illustrated by Bill Morrison
Inks by Andrew Pepoy
Colors by Nathan Kane
Lettering by Aditya Bidikar
Titan Comics
Release date: August 28, 2018

Yellow Submarine, the animated, trippy, visually eclectic and highly memorable film which starred The Beatles and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, has been given the graphic novel treatment, and it’s a fun and colorful whimsical ride on paper as much its film counterpart.

Written and illustrated by Bill Morrison, founder of Bongo Comics, well known for its Simpsons adaptations, The Beatles Yellow Submarine takes the best elements of the original cinematic release and adds a vibrancy and clearly long-rooted passion for the intrinsic subject matter.

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Comic Review: Planet Of The Apes: Visionaries
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Planet of the Apes: Visionaries review

Planet Of The Apes: Visionaries
Hardcover | Kindle
Original screenplay by Rod Serling
Adapted by Dana Gould
Art by Chad Lewis
Inks Assist by David Wilson
Colors by Darrin Moore, Miquel Muerto, Marcelo Costa
Letters by Ed Dukeshire
Cover by Paolo Rivera
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Release date: August 28, 2018

Imagine if Planet Of The Apes‘s Ape City had been a New York City-like metropolis and its simian inhabitants much more technologically advanced. That is what Rod Serling had in mind when he penned a screenplay from Pierre Boulle’s novel for the 1968 film for 20th Century Fox. But the studio felt Serling’s adaptation would be too costly to translate to the big screen, so they hired Michael Wilson (who had previously adapted Boulle’s The Bridge over the River Kwai) to rewrite the dialogue and revise the script to give the apes a more primitive society. Now, Serling’s original vision has been brought to life in Planet Of The Apes: Visionaries, a new graphic novel from BOOM! Studios.

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Comic Review: Illegal by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, and Giovanni Rigano
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Illegal by Eoin Colfer

Illegal
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
Written by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin
Art by Giovanni Rigano
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Release Date: August 7, 2018

When you mention the words graphic novel, most people assume you are going to be talking about superheroes or fantasy themes. There are, however, a wide range of genres that are in no way connected to mutants, space creatures, science experiments, and the like. Sometimes, authors use sequential art to reach new fans or tell their stories in a new way. Illegal definitely falls into this latter category, as I will explain below.

Our main character is named Ebo, a 12-year-old boy from a poorer than poor village in Ghana. This is his story of how he attempts to escape the shackles of poverty and make a new life for himself and his family in Europe. The best laid plans do not always work, unfortunately. The tale begins in the middle, but we get to jump back and see the events that started our young protagonist on his path to a new life.

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Comic Spotlight: A Study In Emerald By Neil Gaiman
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A Study in Emerald
Written by Neil Gaiman, Rafael Albuquerque, Rafael Scavone
Art by Rafael Albuquerque, Dave Stewart
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Todd Klein
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: June 27, 2018
Cover Price: $17.99

Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraftian horrors? Uh, yeah! Let’s do this! What could possibly go wrong? Well, quite possibly everything, to be honest!

A Study in Emerald comes from writers Neil Gaiman, Rafael Albuquerque, and Rafael Scavone, with artwork by Albuquerque and Dave Stewart. Continue reading for more info, a synopsis, and a look at the cover art.

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Kickstarter Spotlight: ‘Spirits: The Soul Collector’ By Colin Lawler and Joseph Grabowski
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Over the past few years, I’ve found that one of the best places to discover independent comic book creators is via the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. For those interested in self-publishing their stories – whether in lieu of or on the road to traditional publishing – Kickstarter is a great avenue to get their books in the eyes of others, and to begin building a solid fanbase.

One such upcoming book, currently raising funds on Kickstarter, is Spirits: The Soul Collector by Colin Lawler and Joseph Grabowski. With 10 days to go, the book is very close to reaching its intended goal of $7,000 (and may have already passed it by the time you read this). From the synopsis of the story and the unique cartoon style of illustration, Spirits looks to be a fun all-ages series that I can’t wait to get my hands on.

Lawler and Grabowski were generous enough to spend some time with Geeks of Doom, discussing Spirits and more. Continue below to check out the interview and watch their Kickstarter video.

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Science Fiction Writer Harlan Ellison Has Died At The Age Of 84
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Harlan Ellison Star Trek City On The Edge of Forever

Legendary writer Harlan Ellison passed away in his sleep on June 27, 2018 at the age of 84. Known as one of the most diverse science fiction writers of his time, Ellison worked in a variety of mediums during his career. Be it short stories, novellas, scripts, or comics, he was able to create some extraordinarily memorable works.

His attitude was probably what made him most famous within the literary world. He even referred to himself as “possibly the most contentious person on Earth.” Nonetheless his achievements were myriad and his fan base immense.

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Comic Review: This Off Beat Town, Issues 1-4
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This Off Beat Town Issue 2 Jake Smith Cover

This Off Beat Town, Issues 1-4
Written and Illustrated by Jake Smith
Dead Gremlin Comix
Release Date: April, 2018
Cover Price: $3.00

What do you get when you place together on the pages of a comic book series a mercenary monkey, flying robots, a mad scientist, and cloning experiments gone wrong? You get This Off Beat Town: an awesomely unique action-packed world full of adventure, danger, and a whole slew of crass characters.

Felix is a mercenary. He’s also a monkey. And he’s made one mad scientist very angry. On the run from a multitude of enemies bent on completing a successful hit on Felix, he must evade their attempts on his life while also deciding whether or not saving the life of hipster chef friend is worth the extra trouble.

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