Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Mythology of THE SIXTH GUN

Written by Lily Fierro

I really love westerns.

They seem to always have a paradoxical moral simplicity and complexity. They almost always have a protagonist with questionable motivations. And yet, the good almost always triumphs the evil, leading to an overwhelming catharsis for the reader or watcher (depending on the medium). Consequently, the simplicity of the fundamental structure of the basic western lends itself to transformation and evolution without losing its core.

After spending some time looking around for the next series to read, I found this list from IGN. Yes, I was a little weary of the source, but I figured I’d at least try to read something that other people are talking about.

After scrolling through, I settled on The Sixth Gun, a western set in Reconstruction era America.

The Sixth Gun is an excellent example of a successful transformation of a western. It has the archetypal characters and themes of a western with new layers of horror and the supernatural that could only occur in the comic book, rather than film, form. Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, the creators of the series, realized that despite their inability to mimic the epic film landscapes and the tense duels in the comic book form, they had the ability to add fantasy elements that could not be captured in any old western films.

While The Sixth Gun adds innovative ideas and characters to the basic structure of the western, it also pays homage and reverence to a genre that the creators clearly love.

HUMBLE BUNDLE Launches Music Themed Book Bundle

Humble Music Books Bundle (with a little help from our friends) benefits Musicians On Call

Humble Bundle is teaming with multiple book publishers, comic book publishers, as well as musicians to for the latest book bundle. Such acclaimed and award-winning publishers as Image, Dark Horse, Fantagraphics, Open Road, Oni Press, Hachette, WordFire Press, Curiosity Quills, and more have joined the lineup for a bundle made specially for book and music lovers alike.



Freddy's New Nightmare

Written by Erin Maxwell

Do you sleep soundly at night?

Do you not feel the need to walk up every few hours to check the closet and doors?

Do you not suffer from an irrational fear that decrepit versions of Chuck E. Cheese characters are going to unhinge their mouths, bare their fangs and devour your soul?

Congrats. You’ve managed to live your life without ever playing Five Nights At Freddy’s.

And honestly, you are living a life half lived.

Mild Spoilers Ahead

The computer horror game can owe its success by capitalizing on fears everyone can related to: dark places, creepy music and giant bunnies with rotting exteriors and mucus eyes jumping out at you and eating your face.

On Thursday, the fourth installment became available for play in a surprise early release. In this prequel, no longer are you the night guard on some sort of second-rate minimal kiddie wonderland with a cursed history and terrible electrical system.

Instead, the furry nightmares from Freddy Fazbear's Pizza are now in the comforts of your own home, as you play the game from the point of view of a child whose playthings and familiar visitors have a taste for pint-size souls.

The Top 5 Best And Worst Comic Book Video Games

Ahh, comics and video games. Two bastions of pop culture that in theory, when combined should create a harmonious, heavenly Nectar of the Geeks.

Sometimes, this happens and it is a wondrous thing, a miracle even, because for every great video game based on a comic there are ten absolutely abysmal ones.

It's as though the magical elixir of the two mediums is such a delicacy that only a special few know the recipe, these almighty alchemists execute their elixirs with skill while others hash together blander versions that pale in comparison.

Alchemy aside, as a lover of both comics and gaming I have compiled my top 5 of the best and the worst video games based on comics.

I'll begin with the worst, saving the best 'til last, you're welcome!


MARSHALL AT THE MOVIES - MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION

By Marshall Julius

Disavowed by the Secretary, Marshall at the Movies exposes Hollywood’s filthiest lie during a mostly positive but utterly exhausting review of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

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Now, on with the show!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

FOG! Chats With INVISIBLE REPUBLIC Power Couple GABRIEL HARDMAN & CORINNA BECHKO

Interview conducted by Clay N Ferno

Issue #5 of Image Comics' Invisible Republic hits shelves today, closing out the first arc of this outstanding political sci-fi thriller.

A leader has risen and fallen in an off-world mining planet when journalist Croger Babb uncovers the journal of the leader’s cousin Maia. The mystery and tyranny of the late Arthur McBride continues to unfold today in issue #5 as we learn of Maia’s new friends and Croger’s new problems.

Here’s a truly behind the scenes interview with heavy-hitter talent, Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko, who were kind enough to join us for a deep dive about my favorite series of 2015, alien crustaceans and even “Tricky Dick” Nixon to discuss  the first arc and and tease what we can expect in the months ahead as the world expands and contracts.

Win a Copy of FAR FROM THE MADDENING CROWD on Blu-ray!


Carey Mulligan stars as a headstrong Victorian beauty in this sweeping romantic drama, based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy. Mulligan plays Bathsheba Everdene, an independent woman who attracts three different suitors: a sheep farmer (Matthias Schoenaerts); a dashing soldier (Tom Sturridge); and a prosperous, older bachelor (Michael Sheen). This timeless story of Bathsheba’s passions explores the nature of relationships, love and resilience.


And thanks to our friends at 20th Century Fox, we're giving away a copy to a FOG! reader!