Can’t wait for Issue #4? Here’s Mark Twain in the lab of Nikola Tesla in 1894.
A bit of a busy week last week, even though we’re in between issues coming out:
I was on the Double Page Spread podcast talking about FAIREST and ARTFUL DAGGERS.
FAIREST #15 was in “The Buy Pile” by Hannibal Tabu for CBR on May 1st.
And Pipedream Comics had a preview up for ARTFUL DAGGERS #3, in case you haven’t checked it out yet.
[Warning: This is vaguely spoilery if you’ve seen the second trailer for STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS. You have been warned.]
After seeing STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, I’m wondering if a large part of the continuing drop in attendance at films is the spoiler-filled trailers that marketing departments continue to crank out. They believe that these trailers will get butts in seats, but I think it might be having the opposite effect. While it might get people excited and talking, it also makes them think, if only on a subconscious level, “Do I want to pay $10 (or more) to see the full version of the movie I just saw?” Because with spoiler-filled trailers, you DO see the whole movie. The second STiD showed you everything except for minor details of the plot (even going so far as to show the full arc for one of the characters). Trailers in the 60s and 70s were great at not giving anything away, and while I’d love to see a return to that model, I can’t see it happening.
With television, this isn’t an issue. We’re hooked each week because we DON’T know what’s coming, especially with shows like BREAKING BAD, AMERICAN HORROR STORY, MAD MEN, and (if you haven’t read the books) GAME OF THRONES. (Notice I didn’t mention any network shows - LOST used to be this way too, but I can’t think of a single network drama that I watch anymore.) Maybe this is part of the reason why television is succeeding while films continue to draw smaller audiences (even though they have bigger box offices, which are due primarily to increased ticket price and 3D premiums).
What do you think? After seeing a trailer, how often are you motivated to go see the film, or instead wait until it’s on Netflix?
The cover to FAIREST #16, by Adam Hughes.
Double Page Spread ep 48- Sean E. Williams
Sean E. Williams has been waiting for years to tell you the story that’s currently going on in Fables spin off, “Fairest”. I get to have a bit of a coming out party with him as he can finally open up about combining characters from the Mahabarata, Jungle Book and one of Fables’ rakish favorites!
We also dive into his current creator owned title, “Artful Daggers” from Monkeybrain. It’s an innovative take on combining technology and business from different eras with a nod to Mark Twain, full of espionage, royalty and deadly weapons!
Interviews and Reviews for FAIREST and ARTFUL DAGGERS (Warning: May Contain Spoilers!):
FAIREST #15 REVIEWS:
“FAIREST is a book that’s gotten better with each story, and this is by far the best to date.” - at CBR, by Greg McElhatton
“It’s Sean E. Williams first foray into Vertigo comics and he does not disappoint.” - at Silver Snail, by Fred
“One of the cool things about this issue is that the focus of the story is on an Indian woman who is able to kick a whole lot of butt. It might seem simple, but it is certainly something that we don’t see much of in comics every day and it was nice to see that here.” - at Comic Vine, by Sara “Babs” Lima
“Sean E. Williams scripts an excellent opening issue to the story that allows for readers to really understand Nalayani and become sympathetic to her plight.” - at Fanboy Gaming, by Dan
“A respectable start to a new arc which not only promises to add some new territory to the Fables universe, but which also has major implications for its future stories.” - at Weekly Comic Book Review, by Minhquan Nguyen
“Williams’ debut on FAIREST guarantees that we’ll be back to find out what happens next month.” - at Crimespree Magazine, by Kate and Dan
“Sean E. Williams takes the seemingly impossible task with this issue of introducing a new character in a still unfamiliar land and makes it completely relatable and, more importantly, engaging. He seems to have a very good eye for character, and he has already made Nalayani feel very fleshed out just in one issue…Rating: A+” - at GeekRex, by Shane Perry
ARTFUL DAGGERS #3 REVIEWS:
“Knave and Williams begin to flesh out the mythology of their world a bit more in this issue…However, the true star is Losq and his art. - at IGN Community Review, by Sebastian Mejia
“The premise is brilliant, the characters have tremendous potential, and the style is unlike anything else I’ve seen.” - at Read Comic Books, by Andrea Shockling
“This creator owned title continues to impress.” - at Nerds of a Feather, Flock Together, by Mikey
by Sebastian Mejia 5/11/13 “…the true star is Losq and his art. ”