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Sure, everyone is beautiful … even zombies?

Want to look like the ghoul of your dreams? Here are some makeup tips from Andrea LaBartunek, past contestant in Forbidden Panel’s annual Inland Empire Zombie Beauty Pageant.

• First, make the call: Are you a freshly turned zombie – or a more, er, world-weary flesh-hungry beast? “A newer zombie requires bloody wounds,” LaBartunek said. Use plenty of purple and black makeup to create bruising. Need faux blood? You can’t drive three blocks this time of year without seeing a Halloween storefront where you can buy a new tube of goo.

• More experienced zombie? Gotta get crusty. Use liquid latex to create gashes, LaBartunek says, and aim for a dry and dusty appearance.

• Sweat the work-a-day details. “If you were bitten at work, use work attire and drag clothing through the dirt or street to create a filthy look,” she said.

• The eyes have it. “I wear white contacts for a creepier appearance,” she said.

Forbidden Panel’s pageant is on hiatus this year as leaders resolve venue challenges. They vow to return next year.

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Official 2014 Inland Zombie Revival Guide – Press Enterprise.


Cyberpunk High Tech Low Life in the world of 2013

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Neuromancer by William Gibson. This book takes place in a dystopian near future and was, for many, the defining piece of a new and exciting genre, Cyberpunk. Of course Philip K. Dick had already been doing the dystopian thing since the 50’s, and Blade Runner came out in ’82 based on ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’ written in the 60’s. But it wasn’t until the 80’s that the phenomenon took off and was given a name. Of course, it wasn’t long after then that role playing games would come calling on this world of high tech low lifes. Continue reading


Fans still clamor for a sequel to the 2012 action movie starring Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby

Judge Dredd fans have spent two years clamoring for a sequel to the epic 2012 action movie “Dredd” to no avail. But executive producer Adi Shankar has taken cinematic justice into his own hands, TheWrap has learned.

Shankar has spent the last two years creating a top-secret “Dredd” miniseries centering on the Dark Judges to thank the loyal fans who passionately supported the feature.

Shankar told The Wrap that the project will be released online later this month — and the best part — it will be free. Continue reading


Come see Forbidden Panel October 10th,11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, and 25th out at the Crossroads Haunted Village in Corona. We will have a booth set up with t-shirts, comics and many surprise guests.  If you are interested in becoming part of the Zombie Kill Squad, this will be your chance to sign up and meet some of our members.  Check out our Facebook Event page for more info!

We’ll be open 7:00pm – Midnight.  See you there!Haunted Village


Forbidden Panel participated in the Yucaipa Autumnfest on  September 26th and 27th.  We set up our booth to share comics and the  Zombie Kill Squad with the community.  There were a number of zombies on hand to participate in the 1st annual Zombie walk. ZKS members led the undead group through the streets keeping patrons safe and entertained. Thank you to everyone the participated making this event a success.  Look for us at future community events and conventions.



For all those wondering just how Marvel Studios went from a hopeful newcomer with 2008’s Iron Man to making two of the most successful movies of the year with this summer’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, don’t worry: the University of Baltimore has created a course that might explain that very thing.

Titled “Media Genres: Media Marvels,” the course promises to “examine how Marvel’s series of interconnected films and television shows, plus related media and comic book sources and Joseph Campbell’s monomyth of the ‘hero’s journey,’ offer important insights into modern culture,” according to a press release from the school.

“One thing we’ll do is dive into the impact of the Guardians of the Galaxy film, which proved two things: Mainstream movie audiences are not remotely tired of superhero movies; and Marvel Studios can now release a sci-fi adventure that actually features talking trees and raccoons,” read a statement by Arnold T. Blumberg, who’s teaching the course. “It’s not that they’re getting away with it — they’ve created a universe in which fans completely accept these developments, and they’re ready for even more.”

Blumberg posits that Marvel’s movies provide a fantasy framework for exploring contemporary issues, including “the nature of heroism, the great responsibilities that come with wielding great power [and] our willingness to trade freedom for security,” among others. “We have a generation coming of age with these characters and this completely mapped-out universe. It could be argued that it’s never been done better,” he said.

“Media Genres: Media Marvels” will be offered in the spring 2015 semester, according to the school. Reports of rival studio executives suddenly rushing to enroll are as yet unconfirmed.

via University of Baltimore Announces Course Based Around Marvel Movies – Hollywood Reporter.



As you might have noticed we’re currently doing some upgrades around the Forbidden Panel site. Please bear with us as we work out the bugs over the next few days. We’ve got plenty of big changes and exciting updates planned for the near future. Keep checking back over the next few weeks as we reveal some of these new features and events



In the mid 90’s I watched with horror as the hobby I had devoted half my life to at that time, died a slow painful death by attrition.

Twice a month we were meeting at Mike’s, who was our dungeon master in those days. Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2nd Edition wasn’t new, and some could argue that it was already starting to wither, with the re-releases and reprints of the same material since ’89, the game was set for something dramatic to happen, good or bad. But we were die-hards who’d bought every supplement and new edition or revision since the early 80’s.

That’s when I started to notice it. The creeping infection grew like a brown mold, feeding on the warmth, and leaving nothing but cold in its wake.

A new game was taking the hobby industry by storm in those days, a fantasy genre card game that was inexpensive and fast to learn and even faster to set up. We were, admittedly, fantasy junkies. We would devour anything in our genre, no matter how cheesy or ridiculous. So it came as no surprise that this game would be a hit. Since it only needed 2 players, and everyone had some of the cards, it became the #1 pass time for the early arrivers to each game night. With the first couple of players throwing down a quick round before the rest of the party showed up. If only that was the end of it, I wouldn’t be writing this today.

Slowly, the card game players became less inclined to wrap it up once everyone was there, and the later arriving players became more inclined to just join in the card game. And so the dice bags and monster manuals sat, unopened and neglected, with increasing frequency. It wasn’t long from there that the campaign began to dwindle and eventually stall out. I was, to say the least, disappointed. The group continued to get together to play cards, eventually getting involved in tournaments at the local comic book shop. The company behind that card game became a huge success, and the company that made my beloved Dungeons and Dragons began to collapse. The end was near.

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Warner Bros. and DC Comics are looking to team with television network TNT for a live-action Teen Titans show, Titans. The “Teen” label is being dropped so that the show can take a more adult approach.

Titans will star Batman’s sidekick Dick Grayson. In the pilot, Grayson “emerges from the shadow of Batman to become Nightwing, the leader of a fearless band of new Super Heroes including Starfire, Raven and many others. Titans is a dramatic adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book titles ever.”

Akiva Goldsman (Fringe, I Am Legend) will serve as the writer/executive producer, with Warner Horizon Television producing.

The series hasn’t been officially picked up by TNT yet, so stay tuned to Batman News for all the latest. Does Titan sound like a show that you’d be interested in? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly

via Nightwing to star in new live-action TV show ‘Titans’ – Batman News.


Okay, so I may be a little late to the party on this one, but that often happens when you have two small children and don’t get to go see movies when they come out.

We finally got to watch the Lego Movie last week.  And then we saw it again.  And again. And again…. aaaaaand again. You get the picture.  We saw it a lot.  And while we were watching it ever so many times, I realized I recognized several familiar themes.  Eventually, I realized this wasn’t just because I was being asked by my three year old to “play it again!!” over and over, it was because I already knew the story.

Maybe you already know this, because I’m pretty sure every other person in America has seen this movie… but watching The Lego Movie is basically like watching an animated, Lego version of The Matrix.

Now, I realize I could just be a crazy mom hopped up on too much caffeine and suffering from sleep deprivation, but check this out. Continue reading


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