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#132 – Fanboy Buzz – A Truly Independent Podcast

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During this episode of the Fanboy Buzz we discuss whether or not Lois Lane is good enough for Superman, Rob Liefeld vs Scott Snyder, a new Justice League of America team and also another comic book industry member does some great work for charity. In Steve Boyd’s CCL Pick of the Week we discuss some 2nd Prints that may get you more money than the First and in Issue to Issue we talk about Scam #1, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Whore. Scatter in some Fanboy Feedback and some debates including whether or not Image Comics should be considered Independent and you have yourself a podcast. Leave us a tweet @fanboybuzz or a voicemail at 239-244-2899.

Show Note 1: Stephen’s Superman Cover
Show Note 2: JS’s Superman Cover
Show Note 3: Scott Snyder vs Rob Liefeld
Show Note 4: Hilarious Captain America
Show Note 5: Karl Kesel
Show Note 6: Walking Dead Second Print

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August 30, 2012 – ZOVA Books is pleased to announce the release of “Escape from Hat,” a children’s novel from author Adam Kline and Scottish artist Brian Taylor. Crafted for young readers, yet endowed with a distinctive humor adults are sure to enjoy, “Escape from Hat” tells the story of one lucky rabbit, one sinister black cat, and the unwitting boy to whom they both lay claim. The book reimagines the classic hero’s journey, combining a traditional epic narrative with a contemporary aesthetic. The result has garnered considerable praise.

Chris Wedge, Oscar-winning director of “Ice Age,” cites the book’s notable peers. “‘Escape from Hat’ is effortless fantasy,” he writes, “a modern cousin to the works of Lewis Carroll,
A. A. Milne, and L. Frank Baum, that comes alive in your hands. It is an exquisite pastiche of story, prose, and illustration – which is a five-dollar way of saying it is a very good book.”

Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is equally enthusiastic. “This is a classic fairy tale laced with the wit of a contemporary humorist, and the intensity of Taylor’s artwork is breathtaking,” says Eastman. “‘Escape from Hat’ is truly a grand adventure, completely original and just so totally cool.”

Oscar-nominated Mark Osborne, director of “Kung Fu Panda,” observes the novel’s wide appeal. “As if Tolkien himself secretly penned an epic saga of battle-laden ‘Hello Kitty’ fan fiction, ‘Escape from Hat’ conjures up a vast realm of pure imagination, filled to the brim with wit, adventure, romance, and robots.”

“Escape from Hat” is the story of Leek, an especially talented lucky rabbit thrust into the shadowy realm of “Hat” when a seemingly benign magic trick turns foul. Leek seeks only return to his ward, a young boy now rendered helpless against the whims of Millikin, a particularly devious black cat. But Millikin’s powers know no bounds, and the villain vows to end Leek’s quest before it can even begin – condemning the boy to a life of unending ill luck. So begin the parallel journeys of a rabbit and his boy, who together remind us that loyalty, love, and friendship are the greatest magics of all.

The hardcover and digital versions of “Escape from Hat” launch exclusively through Amazon on September 4, 2012.

Kline has written for Universal Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Sony Pictures Animation, and the Weinstein Company. Taylor was cited by “Entertainment Weekly” as one of the top 100 creatives working in entertainment today. “Escape from Hat” is the first of several joint ventures into children’s literary fiction.

Adam Kline and ZOVA Books are managed by Circle of Confusion. Kline is also represented by the United Talent Agency, while Taylor is represented by Jules Beazley in London.

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Witchblade: Demon Reborn #2 Review

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Witchblade: Demon Reborn #2

Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: Dynamite Entertainment
Publisher Website:

Writer: Ande Parks
Pencils: Jose Luis
Colors: Vinicius Andrade
Number of Pages: 22
Price: 3.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
The Demon has been to hell. Now he’s back, ready to take revenge on the person who sent him there: Sara Pezzini. As the Demon continues to taunt and test Sara with a horrific series of murders, Sara’s fragile grip on her home life starts to slip. Meanwhile, the Witchblade screams for justice against another sadistic criminal who has been set free. Sara must struggle to control her own desire for vengeance. When ghosts from the Witchblade’s bloody past invade Sara’s home, she may finally lose control altogether. The road to hell beckons, with the Demon as Sara’s personal guide.

Reviewer’s Comments:
This issue did not offer what issue one offered overall. The story was slower and it just took more pages than I would have expected to get back intot he full swing of things. There’s also the fact that issue 1 had a full comic story by Mark Millar and Jae Lee as a back up, which is hard to compete with as far as backup material goes. This one wasn’t bad, issue one was just better punch for punch.

Why then did I give both issues a 4/5 rating? Because all though issue 1 was indeed better punch for punch, issue 2 lands a 12th round knockout with it’s phenomenal(and vastly superior) ending. As far as cliffhangers go, this ending left me hanging by my fingertips on an impossibly thin ledge. I’m almost angry that I have to wait another month to find out what happens(but in a very good way of course).

Witchblade: Demon Reborn is a 4-part miniseries. With such a short amount of time to tell such a large story, it’s understandable that this issue was what it was, which is the ultimate filler issue. It seems to exist more to add more meaning to issue one, and to set up 3 a,d 4, than it does to stand as its own part in the story. But it doe its job well and I sincerely cannot wait for the next two issues to see how everything wraps up. Not to mention Sara’s inevitable face-to-face with the “Demon” who is responsible for all of these shenanigans in the first place!

Bottom line(cause Stonecold said so): This series is setting up to be an epic one. Though this issue wasn’t amazing cover to cover, it sets the stage for what could be a straight out epic conclusion.

ADVENTURE TIME Baltimore Comic-Con Exclusive Variant

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ADVENTURE TIME Baltimore Comic-Con Exclusive Variant


August 30, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA – BOOM! Studios is proud to announce the ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE AND THE SCREAM QUEENS #1 Baltimore Comic-Con exclusive cover will debut at the show September 8th and 9th, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

With cover art by regular ADVENTURE TIME creative team and guests of the show Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb this variant cover will be sold at the official Baltimore Comic Con Show Exclusive booth #2507 only and available in extremely limited quantities. Be sure to snatch yours up as quick as you can and get it signed by the cover artists at the BOOM! Studios booth!

JOIN FAN-FAVORITE CHARACTERS MARCELINE AND PRINCESS BUBBLEGUM FOR RIOT GRRL ROCK-FUELED EXCITEMENT IN THIS BRAND-NEW ADVENTURE TIME MINI-SERIES! Thanks to a newfound interest in music, Princess Bubblegum joins Marceline’s paranormal rock band for a tour across the land of Ooo! But when they’re threatened by everything from scenesters to beasts born of self-doubt, can they make it to the RADDEST GIG EVER in time?! Written and drawn by acclaimed cartoonist Meredith Gran (OCTOPUS PIE) and featuring a back-up story from Jen Wang (KOKO BE GOOD)!

About BOOM! Studios
Founded by Ross Richie, 2009 and 2010’s “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios ( generates a constellation of bestselling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s HYPERNATURALS, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, and Sam Humphries’ HIGHER EARTH. BOOM!’s all ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME, and 20th Century Fox’ ICE AGE. KaBOOM! recently won an Eisner Award for its first original series Roger Langridge’s SNARKED. BOOM!’s lit comix-focused imprint, BOOM! Town, won an Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler’s I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER, and just released SPACE DUCKS, the first comic book from indie musician legend Daniel Johnston.

About Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 13th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. For more information, please visit

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