Famous Monsters of Filmland Stake of the Union Panel, and Interview with Publisher Phil Kim, at 2016 SDCC
By Scott Green
September 12, 2016
The Famous Monsters of Filmland (FMoF) annual Stake of the Union panel was a great panel at the San Diego Comic Con. Executive editor David Weiner moderated, and the panel consisted of FMoF publisher Phil Kim, American Gothic Press editor in chief Holly Interlandi, KILLBOX creator Tommy Riordan, TRANSMETROPOLITAN creator Darick Robertson, THIN creator Jon Clark, and THE SIMPSONS animator and FM cover artist Paul Wee.
The panel discussed Tales of the Acker-Mansion, which is a Kickstarter-funded graphic-novel anthology in honor of Forrys 100th Birthday. The cover created by Sanjulian, features Forry as Count Acula sitting on his throne surrounded by some of his haunted horrors.
Also discussed was the new Shock Box, their monthly mystery box, their upcoming appearance at Alien Con
The 14th annual Rondo Hatton Awards for the year 2015 were held this year and FMoF won 3 Rondo awards. Best Magazine Classic. BEST COVER: FAMOUS MONSTERS #281 by Rick Baker. BEST INTERVIEW – David Weiner interviews Mel Brooks about YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #277)
Paul Wees work was then featured. Wee created the October cover of FMoF, which featured Forrest J Ackerman. Wee then went on to say how he was influenced by legendary FMoF cover artist Basil Gogos. David Weiner then showed a PLANET OF THE APES image that Wee had created, which convinced him that Wee was the man to create the Forry cover.
Also included in the panel was a discussion from Holly Interlandi regarding the upcoming plans from American Gothic Press, with titles such as Lost in Space, Killbox, and Island 731.
A little background on Famous Monsters of Filmland:
Famous Monsters of Filmland (FMoF) is the longest running entertainment fan magazine in the US. FMoF was created in 1958 by Forrest J Ackerman (Forry) and publisher James Warren. FMoF was some of the inspiration for filmmakers, such as Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, John Carpenter, and Guillermo del Toro. Forry also co-created one of the most iconic comic book heroes of all time Vampirella.
In 2007, Philip Kim purchased the rights to the logo and title, entering into an agreement with Ackerman to use his trademarks to retain the magazines original look and feel. The new Famous Monsters of Filmland website was launched in May 2008 and on December 7, 2009, Kim announced the magazine’s return to print.
American Gothic Press, established in 2015, is an arm of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine consisting of comic books in the Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror genres.
After the panel I was able to speak to Phil Kim about what had just been discussed.
Interview with Philip Kim:
- Are you planning on any podcasts or a YouTube channel?
PK: Yes, both. There is a Famous Monsters podcast, available on iTunes, Boombox, and their website. There is also an official YouTube channel.
- Are there plans for a digital version of FMoF?
PK: Yes, it can be found at matter.com. There will also be additional multi-media outlets to come.
- Can you describe the FMoF Shock box?
PK: It is a blind box filled with items each month, similar to Loot Crate, but directed toward the horror genre. The price of the Shock Box is $24.99. It contains $80 worth of items.
- FMoF magazine is known for its cover art. Will you ever publish a book of all of the FMoF covers?
PK: Yes, that is being planned
- Can you describe the Tales from the Acker-Mansion?
PK: Tales from the Acker-Mansion is a 200 page hard cover book to honor Forrest J Ackermans 100th The art on the cover is by Sanjulian. The book consists of stories from contributors such as John Carpenter, Ken Kelly, William F Nolan, Dan Didio, etc. With Tales from the Acker-Mansion, they wanted to create a book of weird tales that would honor Forrys legacy and how he helped inspire so many others. It consists of 24 mini stories and has been fully funded after a successful Kickstarter campaign.
- Can you tell me more about Lost in Space: The Lost Adventures?
PK: AGP has licensed for up to 8 original Lost in Space titles. There are some already in print. Irwin Allens legendary Sci-Fi property returns! Before being prematurely canceled during its third season, LOST IN SPACE had several screenplays lined up and ready to film. These are those lost episodes, adapted for comics from screenwriter Carey Wilbers original teleplays! First up is The Curious Galactics, a three-part tale that sends John Robinson, Will Robinson, and Major Don West from a run-of-the-mill radar scouting mission into a potentially deadly alien maze
- What are some of the other titles that AGP is working on?
PK: Island 731, Thin, Broken Moon, Gunsuits, and Killbox are some of the other titles available.
- Can you tell me more about Killbox?
PK: Killbox is Written by Tom Riordan with Art by Nathan Gooden. It was inspired by the TV show Survivor, but the difference is what if they kill each other instead of just voting each other. It’s a combination of Survivor meets The Purge. The synopsis of Killbox is that beneath the sultry faade of Los Angeles lurks a mysterious casino bent on making money off of murder. Bartender Timothy Choir and otherwise regular people play as undercover pawns in a violent competition that leaves the winner with millions of dollars and the losers dead. But there is much more than mortal death going on in the Killbox, and Timothy soon discovers that winning might not be an option
- Can you describe FMoFs involvement with Alien Con?
PK:Alien Con, in Santa Clara, CA is being brought to the public by Cosmic-Con, the event division of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, HISTORY, and A&E Networks. Alien Con celebrates all things not of this world, both in science and in pop culture, for three days on October 28-30, 2016.
For more information, check out the website: www.thealiencon.com