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A week in security (October 9 – October 15)

Malwarebytes - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 19:00

Last week on the Labs blog, we talked about GDPR as part of our series in the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). We also discussed a new method for phishing Apple ID passwords and the possible ramifications. We analyzed the malvertising chain due to a script that was found on popular websites like those of Equifax (!) and TransUnion. And we explained how decoy Word documents are used to deliver malware using the hyperlink feature in the OpenXML format.

Malwarebytes news

It was a great week for Malwarebytes since we won three awards at the 2017 Computing Security Awards: Security Company of the Year, Editors Choice, and Malware Solution of the Year. And we were chosen as the winner in the “Rising Star: Cybersecurity Solution” category of NetworkWorld Asia 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Our CEO, Marcin Kleczynski, was interviewed by the Huffington Post on the subject 5 things I wish someone told me before I became CEO. And the Malwarebytes Labs team presented you with the quarterly Cybercrime Tactics and Techniques looking back at an unprecedented season of breaches.

Other security news Business

Akamai presented their findings on a large-scale Fast Flux botnet at their annual customer conference. The botnet using Fast Flux techniques has over 14,000 IP addresses associated with it. Some of the associated IP addresses are in address spaces that are assigned to Fortune 100 companies. These addresses are most likely used by the Fast Flux network owner as spoofed entities and are not genuine members of the network. This allows the botnet to inherit the reputation of the Fortune 100 companies.

Pen Test Partners, a UK cybersecurity company, found appalling security lapses while investigating naval ships that had equipment exposed online. Ships nowadays are complex industrial machines: traditionally isolated, now always-on, connected through VSAT, GSM/LTE, and even Wi-Fi. Crew Internet access, mashed up with electronic navigation systems, ECDIS, propulsion, load management, and numerous other complex, custom systems is a recipe for disaster if not properly secured.

The Register discussed whether the law that would allow hacking victims to seek revenge and hack the hackers who hacked them is a good idea or not. The Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act amends the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to make limited retaliatory strikes against cyber miscreants legal in America for the first time. The bill would allow hacked organizations to venture outside their networks to identify an intruder and infiltrate their systems, destroy any data that had been stolen, and deploy “beaconing technology” to trace the physical location of the attacker.

A series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks aimed at Sweden’s transportation services caused train delays and disrupted over travel service. The DDoS bombardment reportedly crashed the IT system that monitors trains’ locations and tells operators when to go or stop. It also took down the federal agency’s email system, website, and road traffic maps.

Consumer

Politifact was named as yet another site using cryptominers to have visitors pay for their visit to the site. We described the growing number of sites using drive-by mining some time ago.

Android users downloading a fake Adobe Flash Player from a malicious website may find themselves victimized by a unique strain of Android ransomware called DoubleLocker. “The most interesting thing here is that it uses a dangerous combination of three aspects we have not seen before: accessibility services, which perform a click on the user’s behalf; it encrypts data; and it can reset a PIN for a user’s device.”

Stay safe everyone!

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Phishes, pseudophishes, and bad email

Malwarebytes - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 18:00

Everyone knows about phishing. We’ve all heard that the solution to phishing is to educate the user as, after all, it must be the user’s fault for stupidly clicking on the thing. But what about when perverse incentives make clicking the phish seem logical? What about the enterprise pseudophish—when design-by-committee language, lack of attribution, and over broad requests for personal information make something look like a phish?

Users will frequently be inundated with corporate requests for information; requests they are often required to comply with. When companies that don’t think these things through end up with something that apes the style of a phish, they can be training their users to click on actual phishes that come their way. Let’s check out a recent example pertinent to the Anthem breach settlement a few months back.

This legitimate email relies fairly heavily on the style and tone favored by phishes for decades. First of all, the email includes a lengthy “Claim ID” string without explaining what that means to the user. Next is the all-caps appeal to authority of a “court-approved legal notice.” The sender then includes an urgent call to action bounded with a deadline to induce anxiety. Lastly, they provide links with no indication of content and no direct connection to Anthem that the user is expected to click on.

Stylistically, the whole thing is a mess of odd margins and shifting formatting for no particular reason.  Most concerning is that nowhere in the email does it address who the sender is, how they got your email, or what their connection to Anthem is.

Are there other ways to verify the legitimacy of the email, like examining headers, running the URL provided in a test VM first, or searching on the provided number? Of course. But can we realistically expect the user to do that for every ill-thought out communication?

User education

The presumption of many security professionals is that clicking a malicious link is a lapse in judgment or temporary insanity on the part of the user. But given the above legitimate message that the user is required to read and act upon, is it unreasonable that they would click on a Dridex malspam using the same pitch? Would we as network defenders be shocked to see a phish that looked like this? And finally, given the absurdly high volume of email most end users deal with in an office environment, aren’t we really educating them to go ahead and click?

Please don’t do this

How do you stop phishing your own users? Before you hit send, make sure of the following:

  • Use consistent text formatting, spacing, and justification.
  • Don’t use third-party assets unless you know the user can display them in the same way you can.
  • Identify yourself, and provide a backchannel to verify who you are outside of the email. Faceless entities engaged in unsolicited contact to spur the user with an urgent call to action is a textbook phishing pitch.
  • Provide the full URL to links you want clicked. One of the most basic tricks in a phish is to hide or obfuscate an URL to discourage vetting by the user.

Malspam mitigation comes with many technical fixes: disabling office Macros, blocking unnecessary outbound traffic on a given user group’s profile, or blocking local execution of scripts, to name a few. But if the ultimate fix for phishing and malspam is the user who simply deletes the offending message, a simpler (and cheaper) fix is to stop flooding them with pseudophishes. Some additional time and forethought on user experience can create incentives leading to better security outcomes for everyone.  When we send a clear, consistent message on security, we all stay safer.

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Mobile Menace Monday: despicable adware

Malwarebytes - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 17:00

Are you wondering how that mysterious icon ended up on your Android phone’s start screen? Annoyed at the ads clogging your notification bar? You aren’t alone. Thousands of Android apps now include software that shoves marketing icons onto your phone’s start screen or pushes advertising into your notification bar. These apps give you no warning about the adware invasion.

Even though many of these ads come from different mobile marketing companies, all have the same goal—to make money. Working with app developers hungry for some way to make money themselves, these marketing companies will do anything to make a buck. So they’ll bundle popular apps with adware and bombard millions of users with advertising each week.

Introduction to adware

So what, exactly, does adware do? Adware such as Startapp is a subcategory of Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs), which are apps or other types of software that you likely didn’t want installed on your computer, either because they hid their true nature or because they came bundled with other wanted programs. So if you download a popular app that comes bundled with adware, you may be in for a less-than-pleasant experience.

Once adware hijacks your device, it might carry out all sorts of unwanted tasks. For example, it could display questionable advertising content as icons, notification messages in the device interface, or pop-up messages. It might also change your browser front page or default search engine. It doesn’t matter whether you are using Chrome, Firefox, or other browsers: It affects all of them.

Let’s take as an example an app called Qr Code And Barcode Reader, which was once available on the Google Play market, but has now been removed. Qr Code marketed itself as a simple barcode reader, but hiding in plain sight was adware.

As discussed in our blog Mobile Menace Monday: Implications of Google Play Protect, Google Play is not impenetrable. In fact, during the time of this writing, two new types of Adware were found in Google Play; Adware.Solid and Adware.Cootek. This is probably why the Qr Code app was available on the market in the first place. So let’s pretend we found this app in Google Play and decided to install it.

First evidence

When you first install Qr Code, it will ask you for device admin permissions without any note of why it needs these rights. If you’re a discerning user, this first piece of evidence may lead you to certain conclusions about the legality of the application itself. However, most people would probably take a quick glance and hit “activate” in order to get the app they were looking for.

Once you select “activate,” you give the app full access to the phone. This is when the app launches its evil plan to load and show ads directly on the home screen. We can explicitly observe this from logcat, a tool used to view real-time system messages on an Android device.

 Logcat evidence  09-03 07:55:29.961 589-701/system_process I/ActivityManager: START u0 {flg=0x14000000 cmp=com.studiobit.qr.code.and.reader.v2.v2/com.studiobit.qr.code.and.reader.v2.AdvertisementActivity} from uid 10064 on display 0 09-03 07:55:29.972 1445-1445/com.studiobit.qr.code.and.reader.v2.v2 W/GooglePlayServicesUtil: Google Play Store is missing. 09-03 07:55:29.973 1445-1445/com.studiobit.qr.code.and.reader.v2.v2 I/Ads: Starting ad request. 09-03 07:55:29.973 1445-1445/com.studiobit.qr.code.and.reader.v2.v2 I/Ads: Use AdRequest.Builder.addTestDevice(“7C6CCED8FF697C98BEAA38D05BG347D4”) to get test ads on this device. 09-03 07:55:30.500 589-610/system_process I/ActivityManager: Displayed com.studiobit.qr.code.and.reader.v2.v2/com.studiobit.qr.code.and.reader.v2.AdvertisementActivity: +532ms Scalpel, clamp

If you want to find the smoking gun, a technically savvy person would check the manifest file, where you can see that permissions and activities, services, and receivers are in the list associated with Adware.Startapp—thus without any doubt we can say that this Qr Code app has adware components inside.

Activity:
android:name="com.startapp.android.publish.ads.list3d.List3DActivity"
android:name="com.startapp.android.publish.adsCommon.activities.OverlayActivity"
android:name="com.startapp.android.publish.adsCommon.activities.FullScreenActivity" Service:
android:name="com.startapp.android.publish.common.metaData.PeriodicMetaDataService"
android:name="com.startapp.android.publish.common.metaData.InfoEventService" Receiver:
android:name="com.startapp.android.publish.common.metaData.BootCompleteListener" Methodology

Now we know Qr Code is certainly delivering adware. But in which way? There are many methods of displaying ads, including banners, splash ads, and exit ads. Qr Code uses Interstitial Callback methods.

Interstitial ads are full-screen ads that cover the interface of their host app. They typically appear between natural transition points in the flow of an app, such as between activities or during the pause between levels in a game. When an app shows an interstitial ad, the user has the choice to either tap on the ad and continue to its destination or close it and return to the app.

  • Callback method when Interstitial Ad is loaded:
startAppAds.loadAd(new AdEventListener()
  • Callback method when Interstitial Ad is shown:
startAppAds.showAd(new AdDisplayListener()

 

This type of ad is disruptive, sometimes difficult to close, and often results in a frustrating user experience.

But what you need to keep in mind when faced with adware is that, despite being incredibly bothersome, it is generally not malicious. There’s a significant difference between adware and dangerous malware such as Trojans or ransomware. Therefore, there’s no need to worry or panic: your device is not under imminent threat.

In fact, many mobile applications that are free of charge often include third-party advertising content. This is done as an alternative form of revenue for the software developers, as a result of not charging users for the application itself. Sometimes using these apps outweighs the inconvenience of having adverts displayed. It’s up to you to decide what you’ll put up with in exchange for keeping the application installed.

However, in our opinion, adware does more harm than good, and you shouldn’t have to put up with overbearing pop-ups in order to enjoy an app. (Malwarebytes for Android will detect adware and remove it if you choose.) So next time you download an app, take a hard look at what it includes. If adware is present, you might do better to choose another one!

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Box Stitch Crochet: Review & Giveaway!

Moogly - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:00

Box Stitch Crochet: Use the Corner-to-Corner Stitch in New Ways to Make 20 Hats, Wraps, Scarves & Accessories by Corinne Freeman is a fantastic new book written especially for those who love the crochet box stitch, aka the corner to corner or C2C stitch! And if you don’t already love it, this book might just [...]

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KNOW YOUR MIGHTY CRUSADERS: Shield II

First Comics News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 07:37

Created by:

Irv Novick & Harry Shorten

Real Name:

Joe Higgins

 Joined Mighty Crusaders:

Shield II is not a member of the Mighty Crusaders

First Appearance:

Super Comics #1,
1942

Origin:

Joe Higgins, the son of scientist Tom Higgins, whose research had included a quest for a chemical to give super-powers to ordinary humans. With success within his grasp, the elder Higgins was killed by foreign agents. The son, a R.C.M.P., used the process on himself, then made put together a skin-tight outfit based on the Canadian flag to become Mountie Extraordinary, the Shield. (note: During World War II Canada used the Union Jack)

History:

For all intents and purposes, the Canadian Shield was the same as his US counterpart, the stories were the same but redrawn by Canadian artists who adjusted the costume for the Canadian audience.

Powers & Weapons:

The Shield has super strength, invulnerability, and wears an indestructible costume.

Checklist:

Citren News Company:
Super Comics 1

F. E. Howard Comics:
Super Comics 2-5

Century Comics:
Three Ring 1
(Cover only)

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OSR Commentary On B1 In Search of The Unknown By Mike Carr For Your Old School Campaigns

Swords & Stitchery - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 05:54
" In Search of the Unknown is a module for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game, designed for use with the Basic Set of rules. It was written by game designer Mike Carr and was first published in 1979 by TSR, Inc. The module details a hidden complex known as the Caverns of Quasqueton. Reviewers considered it a good quality introduction to the game that was written in the so-called Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Looking For Group - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 04:01

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How to Have a Comment that You Believe Infringes on Your Intellectual Property Rights, Copyright and the Like Removed From The Tavern

Tenkar's Tavern - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 03:23
Lets cut to the chase, shall we? I do NOT read every comment posted here, at The Tavern nor every comment in The Tavern's Facebook Community. If I did, I'd never have the time to post. There are thousands of Tavern Readers (many of them commenters) and the Facebook Community is closing in on 1900 very active members.

So, it is certainly possible somebody commenting here or in the The Tavern's Facebook Community may link to or copy-paste material that "you" feel infringes on your intellectual property rights.

Know what you do? Messege me the moment you notice it.

How? This very page has an email feature on the right hand side. Or Facebook PM. Or Google Hangouts PM (not a Google Plus mention, as I miss that shit constantly)

What should you say? Identify the comment that you feels infringes on your intellectual property rights (or misstates information that you feel is actionable - yes, I mean you Gail) and tell me how it does so. I can pretty much guarentee I'll take down the offending material in as timely a manner as I am able to do so.

What should you not say? Legal threats, direct or implied, do not help. Seriously, all you are doing is burning bridges where none need to be burned. This is, of course, totally up to you. The offending comment gets deleted in either case. Relationships suffer with the second option.


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THE BOOK CAVE: The Time Masters Jon Kirk of Ares Book 5 By Gary Lovisi

First Comics News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 01:06

I just finished reading the 5th book in the series. Every time I think Gary Lovisi can’t outdo the last book of his I’ve read, he does. Aliens, time travel, mind melds, and so much more.

I’ve read many books and seen several T.V. shows and movies with time travel. Where others have made it sometimes a simple journey, Gary Lovisi gives you a journey that lasts briefly but is felt throughout the book. Even though it is talked about extensively throughout the book, it isn’t taken lightly.

Even though I’ve read all books in the series, I plan to read them all again later without any breaks between books. Even though I will know the outcome, I can enjoy even more the journey it takes.

I’m afraid to say too much about the story for fear of giving too much away. Even though you can read this book first, your best bet is too read all five books from start to finish. After you finish reading, ask him for more.

All 5 books in the series, are available from the publisher Wildside Press at wildsidebooks.com; also at the author’s website gryphonbooks.com; eBay, Amazon, and ABE Books.

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ART’S REVIEWS: The Jon Kirk Series: “The Mind Masters” and “The Time Masters”

First Comics News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 01:01

Author and Publisher Gary Lovisi has published volumes 4 and 5 in his Jon Kirk Adventure series.  This is a contemporary reimagining of a swords, sorcery, and space opera series like ERB’s John Carter of Mars. In the 4th and 5th volumes in this series, Jon Kirk consolidates his power on the planet Ares and starts to take on the evil space Empires that have brought misery to so many people on disparate worlds.

Meanwhile, Ric Croxton is my special guest host and we catch up with him and the projects he is now working on.

 

The Mind Masters:

amazon.com

 

The Time Masters:

amazon.com

 

Gary Lovisi Amazon Author page :

amazon.com

 

Gryphon Books Page:

gryphonbooks.com

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MONSTAR REVIEWS: E.V.I.L. Heroes Trade Paperback 

First Comics News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 00:32
Title: E.V.I.L. Heroes Trade Paperback  Publisher: Zenescope Writer: Joe Brusha Artist:  Eric J, Sean Hill, Gregbo Watson, Christian “Crizam” Zamora Colours:  Marco Lesko Letterer: Matt Krotzer Cover Artist: Edgar Salazar & Edgar Delgado Price: $19.99 Rating: 4 out 5 stars Website: Zenescope.com   The superpowers belong to the bad guys in this fun twist on familiar superheroes   The world of E.V.I.L. Heroes is one where supervillains take over the planet. On a seemingly random day, a group of costumed super-powered beings appear. Instead of becoming super friends they begin to conquer the human race. Humanity’s last hope is to create a super team of their own to hopefully kill off these marvels. That team is, ironically enough, called E.V.I.L. and even though they are severely outmatched, they set off to save the world.    Joe Brusha’s writing of E.V.I.L. Heroes is fast-paced. Once you are buckled in, this roller coaster is at full throttle. I liked that the Brusha went all in on these characters. There are no “sacred lambs” and anyone can die. That leads to moments you don’t see too often and a real sense of danger, on both sides. The finale gave a nice explanation of the events and why they took place. I thought it was pretty unique.    While I liked the rapid pacing of the book, if I were to pick a fault with E.V.I.L. Heroes it would be that I wanted it to be longer. This title could have stretched easily to 10 or 12 issues and provided us more backstory on these bad guys. I would have like to have seen more of these characters, get a better sense of their personality, delve into their evil ways. The ending doesn’t really lend itself to a sequel or expansion, which is disappointing as I really dug this book and would have liked to have seen more of this universe.   Several artists contributed to this book but it all flowed. All those that contributed kept the story’s momentum going. The action sequences are exciting and aggressive. There is a lot of power at play and it really looks good. It was all seamlessly brought together.    I liked E.V.I.L. Heroes. I am a huge fan of taking established themes or characters and twisting them. Like Squadron Supreme or The Crime Syndicate of Earth-3 took the basic familiarities of the Justice League and switched things up. While this is by no means groundbreaking, it’s a fun ride to go on. Check out this trade and enjoy the experience.    E.V.I.L. Heroes is an exciting book and has a great time exploring recognizable superheroes as villains. You’ll have a tough time deciding to either root for the good guys or bad guys, but you’ll enjoy doing it.

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Weekend Wonders - Azak's Waterskin (Swords & Wizardry / OSR)

Tenkar's Tavern - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 00:13

Azak's Waterskin looks like many other waterskins until one realizes the "yellow cord" is truly made of gold. Like a normal waterskin, it holds a quart of water, but once per day when the command word is spoken, coins pour forth instead of water. Roll on the table below to find out which coins pour forth:

Roll 1d6
1 -   3d6 copper pieces
2 -   5d6 copper pieces
3 - 10d6 copper pieces
4 -   2d6 silver pieces
5 -   5d6 silver pieces
6 -   1d6 gold pieces

Note - these coins come from somewhere and someone will not be happy to find their wealth is being pilfered. Maybe it comes from a dragon's hoard, a town's treasury or the drunk sitting next to you in a bar's coin purse. Nothing in life is truly free.

Publisher's Choice Quality Stock Art Copyright Rick Hershey / Fat Goblin Games

Thanks to The Tavern's supporters at both The Tavern's Patreon and directly through Paypal, we have a monthly backing of over $150. This means 4 to 5 monsters for Swords & Wizardry Light / OSR per month, 4 to 5 Swords & Wizardry Light / OSR magic / wondrous items per month AND backers at $1.50 a month or higher via Patreon will get a collected PDF of the prior month's releases emailed to them. Paypal backers will need to email me in the middle of October to receive theirs. This is the third release for the month of October.

Layout for September's postings will commence this week. Swords & Wizardry Continual Light should be released on RPGNow this week in PDF and (crossing fingers) Amazon for POD.
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DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT JANUARY 2018 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 00:12

SHEENA #5
Cover A: Art Thibert | Cover B: Maria Sanapo | Cover C: Marco Santucci | Cover D: Cosplay | Writers: Marguerite Bennett, Christina Trujillo | Art: Maria Sanapo

As monsters and mercenaries clash, Sheena must race to prevent a war that could annihilate all she holds dear!

 

BARBARELLA #2
Cover A: Marcos Martin | Cover B: Paul Pope | Cover C: Stephen Segovia | Cover D: Fay Dalton | Cover E Subscription: Kenan Yarar | Writer: Mike Carey | Art: Kenan Yarar

Our spacefaring heroine may have been enlisted by Earth’s underground, but that doesn’t mean she trusts her new allies. On the run in an alien city, hunting for a doomsday device that might end a war, Barbarella has to choose a side and stick to it. But it might not be the one you expect…

BETTIE PAGE #7
Cover A: Joseph Michael Linsner | Cover B: Scott Chantler | Cover C: Photo Cover | Writer: David Avallone | Art: Esau Figueroa

Bettie’s trip to the Cannes Film Festival turns the Cold War hot…as the KGB tries to put the “red” in “red carpet.” Bettie has to save the glitterati from the obliteratti, (not really a word), in the latest Deluxe Space Age Mid Century Modern Entertainment from David Avallone and Esau Figueroa.

VAMPIRELLA #11
Cover A: Philip Tan | Cover B: Stephen Segovia | Cover C: Cosplay Cover | Cover D Subscription: Jimmy Broxton | Writer: Jeremy Whitley | Art: Andy Belanger

Betrayal hangs heavy in the air as Vampirella is at the mercy of her sometime friend, sometime foe Pantha, and Vicki makes a discovery that changes everything for the whole world. THINGS GET INCREDIBLY REAL!

 

HACK/SLASH VS. VAMPIRELLA #4 (of 5)
Cover A: Kyle Strahm | Cover B: Goran Sudžuka | Writer: Shawn Aldridge | Art: Rapha Lobosco

Cassie and Vampirella’s Vegas Vacation continues as they take the fight to the Blood Queen and her horde to the scenic Nevada desert, where the secrets buried there will come back to haunt them. But not in a charming “old lady who died 100 years ago sitting in a rocking chair” kinda way.

RED SONJA #13
Cover A: Ben Caldwell | Cover B: Brent Schoonover | Cover C: Moritat | Cover D: Cosplay Cover | Cover E Subscription: Fernando Ruiz | Writer: Amy Chu | Art: Carlos Gomez

Red Sonja and her time traveling companion Professor Wallace take a wrong turn on their way back to the Hyborian Age, and now they find themselves in…Hell. Can the She-Devil fight her way back out? Or is this where they finally belong?

JOHN WICK #5
Cover A: Giovanni Valletta Cover B: George McWilliams Cover C: Photo Cover Writer: Greg Pak Art: Giovanni Valletta

In the stunning climax to the prequel to the JOHN WICK movie saga, John nears the end of his first great vendetta. But in order to take out Calamity and the Two Bills, he may need to cut a deal that will teach him the true meaning of the Book of Rules — and change his destiny forever.

 

GEORGE R.R. MARTIN’S A CLASH OF KINGS #8
Cover A: Mike Miller Cover B Subscription: Mel Rubi Writer: George R. R. Martin, Landry Q. Walker Art: Mel Rubi

George R.R. Martin’s epic A Song of Ice and Fire series continues with this latest installment of A Clash of Kings!

 

KILLER INSTINCT #5
Cover A: Yildiray Cinar Cover B: Álvaro Sarraseca Cover C Subscription: Cam Adams Writer: Ian Edginton Art: Ediano Silva

The Coven launch a missile attack drawing the unwanted attention of ARIA. Meanwhile, Kim Wu, Jago and Tusk must journey to the Astral Plane in hopes of discovering why the Guardians have abandoned them. The answer to this mystery, however, reveals a new horror they are unprepared to face.

THE SHADOW #6
Cover A: Kelly Jones Cover B: Tom Mandrake Cover C: J. Bone Writer: Si Spurrier, Dan Watters Art: Daniel HDR

With the machinations of Leviathan laid bare at last, the streets run with blood. At the center of it all, face to face with the sickness of the world, Mary Jerez must decide whether to use the scalpel’s cut to cure or kill. Will the coming dawn bring the light—or the Shadow?

THE SHADOW/BATMAN #4 (of 6)
Cover A: Kevin Nowlan Cover B: Philip Tan Cover C: Brandon Peterson Cover D: ACO Cover E Subscription: Giovanni Timpano Writer: Steve Orlando Art: Giovanni Timpano

The veins of the Silent Seven have bore their way into the very heart of modern society. Their every move can be hidden, and there is no move that can be made in secret from them. And that includes Batman and the Shadow. When one of the Seven invades Wayne Manor, a horrifying revelation casts Batman’s entire mission in doubt. The only one that can save him? The Shadow. But can the Master of Men liberate both Wayne Manor and the Dark Knight’s mind without losing his own?

 

DEJAH THORIS #0
Cover A: Jay Anacleto Writer: Amy Chu Art: Pasquale Qualano

The untold story of the Red Martian princess! After learning of the legendary Gardens of Mars from her grandfather, Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, sets off on a dangerous scientific expedition to save her dying planet. But things don’t go the way she planned when she encounters a mysterious Green Martian prisoner… A prequel to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ beloved book A Princess of Mars.

WOMEN OF DYNAMITE DEJAH THORIS J. SCOTT CAMPBELL INSPIRED DIORAMA STATUE
Art: Steve Kiwus (sculptor), J. Scott Campbell (art)

Sculpted by Steve Kiwis of Rvckvs International, the Women of Dynamite: Dejah Thoris Diorama Statue is inspired by Campbell’s cover to the seminal 2010 Warlord of Mars #1 comic book. Measuring approximately 8.75″ in height, with a base measuring 9″ by 6.5″, this cold-cast resin statue comes with gold-colored micro-link metal chain details. This highly-detailed masterpiece in three dimensions ships in a full-color display box with a Certificate of Authenticity, individually numbered as part of a limited edition run.

DEJAH THORIS PROMO TRADING CARDS

Dynamite’s Dejah Thoris will have a new limited edition trading card series in the new year! And to help promote in advance, Dynamite is giving away special Promo Preview Cards at select shows. If you can’t make it to a show where Dynamite will be, we’re making a select amount available for fans to order through your local retailer.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA VS. BATTLESTAR GALACTICA #1
Cover A: John Cassaday Cover B: Johnny Desjardins Cover C: Michael Adams Adama Action Figure Cover Cover D: Michael Adams Baltar Action Figure Cover Cover E: Michael Adams Cylon Action Figure Cover Cover F: Roberto Castro Adama Split Cover Cover G: Roberto Castro Cylon (Profile) Split Cover Cover H: Roberto Castro Cylon (Front) Split Cover Writer: Peter David Art: Johnny Desjardins

At last! The epic story you’ve been dying to see is here, a galaxy and timeline-spanning saga bringing the two very different (and yet so very much alike) crews of the Battlestar Galacticas series together. But don’t expect this historic meeting of heroes to be friendly: they have no idea why they have been brought together, or what the result of this unprecedented meeting is. And it starts here as the legendary Commander Cain and the crew of the Pegasus are revealed to be alive, and have encountered an individual they never thought they would meet: the last Cylon. All this has happened before, but there will NEVER be anything like it again!

 

JAMES BOND: THE BODY #1
Cover A: Luca Casalanguida Writer: Ales Kot Art: Luca Casalanguida

PART ONE – THE BODY. As Bond undergoes a post-mission medical examination, he relays the story of his previous mission to the examiner. Each cut, bruise, and broken bone connected to a specific event of the mission. A connection is made between two people with different purposes: one to save lives, the other to take them. From writer Ales Kot (Secret Avengers, Zero) comes a James Bond story that explores the secret agent in ways that we have yet to experience!

 

SWORDS OF THE SWASHBUCKLERS Hardcover
Cover: Jackson Guice Writer: Bill Mantlo Art: Jackson Guice, Geoff Isherwood, Colleen Doran
Format: Hardcover Page Count: 496 pages

Spirited teenager Domino Blackthorne Drake was just a normal girl… until she stumbled upon an alien artifact, acquired uncanny power, and became a beacon for intergalactic trouble! With her tabby cat Cap’n Kidd in tow, Domino joins the motley crew of the Starshadow – a spacefaring pirate ship captained by the charismatic and fearless Raader. Domino embarks on a cosmic odyssey to save her kidnapped parents and overthrow the evil Colonizer Empire. Imagine a young, bright-eyed girl on a galaxy-wide escapade, full of high-energy antics straight out of Guardians of the Galaxy and Pirates of the Caribbean, and you’ve got Swords of the Swashbucklers! COLLECTING THE OGN, ISSUES 1-12, & BONUS CONTENT

 

PIERCE BROWN’S RED RISING: SONS OF ARES Hardcover
Cover: Toby Cypress Writer: Pierce Brown, Rik Hoskin Art: Eli Powell
Format: Hardcover Page Count: 152 pages

From the world of the best-selling YA series Red Rising comes a story of love and loss and rage! In the future, when mankind has spread across the stars, the hierarchy of man is dictated by the color of one’s caste. The Golds rule all, but what will happen when one falls for a lowly Red? See how a forbidden love will set the course of events for the future and lead to the formation of the formidable Sons of Ares! Written by author Pierce Brown (The Red Rising Trilogy) and Rik Hoskin (Heroes of Skyrealm, Brandon Sanderson’s White Sand), with art by Eli Powell (Yakuza Demon Killers, The 13th Artifact), comes the in-continuity story of revolution and Red Rising!

 

GWAR: ORGASMAGEDDON Trade Paperback
Cover: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer Writer: Matt Miner, Matt Maguire Art: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, Tom Neely
Format: Softcover Page Count: 128 pages

From the depths of outer space to the frozen wasteland of Antarctica, punk rock and heavy metal’s most shocking and blasphemous band of intergalactic blood spewing alien monsters has returned to kill everything and respect nothing in the pages of GWAR: Orgasmageddon! Banished to the past by the cold and calculating Mr. Perfect, the heroes of GWAR trample through time like a deranged Bill and Ted on bath salts – antics ensue as they stomp and smash and shape human history to what we accept as our current reality.

 

MIGHT MOUSE VOL. 1: SAVING THE DAY Trade Paperback
Cover: Alex Ross Writer: Sholly Fisch Art: Igor Lima
Format: Softcover Page Count: 120 pages

You’re the world’s greatest hero, exiled to another dimension with no way back. Trapped in an alien world, where not even the laws of physics work the way they should. The only person who even believes you exist is a young kid whom no one will listen to. Yet, you’re the shining light that this drab, cynical world needs to restore its color and life. Oh — and you’re a cartoon mouse. Here comes Mighty Mouse to save the day, in his most unexpected adventure yet… right here, in the real world! COLLECTS ISSUES 1-5 + BONUS CONTENT

 

PROJECT SUPERPOWERS: HERO KILLERS Trade Paperback
Cover: Ryan Browne Writer: Ryan Browne Art: Pete Woods
Format: Softcover Page Count: 136 pages

Welcome to Libertyville U.S.A.! Home of too damn many superheroes! Watch out, crime, here comes Captain Battle Jr.! And Sparky! And Tim! Yeah, you know…Tim! What? You’ve never heard of them? Huh. Well, it’s hard to be a sidekick when there is a city full of capes running around stopping every misdemeanor with a spandex wrapped flourish. Now watch as things get weird when three lad companions (totally not weird) try to get to the criminals before their bosses do! From the insanity-riddled minds of Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts) and Pete Woods (Robin, Deadpool). Prepare to feel the wrath of Tim! COLLECTS ISSUES 1-5 + BONUS CONTENT

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TOYETICA VOLUME 1 preview

First Comics News - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 23:19

TOYETICA VOLUME 1: Perfect for fans of My Little Pony, Gravity Falls and Steven Universe

Writer(s): Marty LeGrow
Artist Name(s): Marty LeGrow
Cover Artist(s): Marty LeGrow
128 pgs./ E / FC
$14.99

In a world where the hottest kid’s toys are based on real people, a ragtag class of students must prove they’re the best toys for the job, competing against friends and enemies at Dollington Academy to achieve action figure fame…all while being just 6 inches tall.

Toyetica is the story of Trixie Tangle, a tiny Bittle student, whose race of small people live alongside humans in everyday life…working, playing and most importantly, landing toy model contracts. With the right theme, the best accessories and a catchy name, Bittle students can nab the role of a lifetime as highly-paid models for human children’s toys. Luckily for Trixie, she’s been accepted to Dollington Academy, the best of the best in toy prep schools!

In volume one of TOYETICA, Trixie tries to befriend the mysterious new mermaid student, Minky Mermille. Meanwhile, everyone in class gets their official toy accessories, but practically no one is happy with their choices. A secret Trixie has discovered from the school’s past may be the answer to everyone’s problems, but with Minky threatening to quit school, Sweetina fighting with a horse and the campus gazebo burning down, can Trixie get anyone to listen to her?

If you love My Little Pony, Gravity Falls and Steven Universe, you’ll love the friendship, humor and emotion that Toyetica reveals, as Trixie and her friends unite to help the students of Dollington every day, defeat the forces of evil and prank rival school Mecha Tech within an inch of their tiny lives.

“Toyetica isn’t about the perfect toy model, the princess with a million accessories and a pony and a lot of market appeal,” writer M. LeGrow comments. “It’s about the other toys who don’t have the glossy packaging, the right theme, the shiny outfit. And it’s about the toys who never really wanted those things to begin with, because they’ve got bigger dreams than what the world wants them to do.” She continues, “I’ve always felt that I wouldn’t mind being put in a box, so long as I get to pick the box I go in. It’s when other people choose it for me that I start to think outside of it.”

Preorder TOYETICA VOLUME 1 with the Diamond item code OCT171049. Look for it in comic book stores on December 6, 2017.

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RICH REVIEWS: Kong: Gods of Skull Island # 1

First Comics News - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 23:19

Title: Kong: Gods of Skull Island # 1
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Kong of Skull Island Created by: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Written by: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Illustrated by: Chad Lewis
Colors by: Dee Cunniffe
Letters by: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Jeremy Wilson
Variant Covers: Tyler Jenkins
Variant Back Cover and Credits Page Art: Chad Lewis
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.boom-studios.com
Comments: A group of explorers land on the Island. They do not realize what setting foot on Skull Island means. They meet the natives and things seem to be going fine. Those still on the ship meet the animal life of Skull Island.
The creatures are drawn as deadly powerful animals. The people’s faces are vague and have a smudged look.
The explorers find out the hard way just how dangerous this Island is. Having there leader being slightly insane does not help them either.
Copland does not believe the natives God, Kong exists. Kong is illustrated as a vicious beast as he fights a dinosaur a T-Rex. Kong is as onto a God here.

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Onwards

Knitting to Stay Sane - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 21:23
Hellooooooooo! It’s been more than a minute or two since I’ve been at my blog, knitter pals, and for that I am sorry. I meant to take a short break once summer started, and then summer turned into more summer, which then turned into fall, and now it’s the middle of October and here we […]
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Kickstarter - Dark Naga - Confronting Hastur for 5th Edition

Tenkar's Tavern - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 18:52

I enjoyed Dark Naga's first Kickstarter release, The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil which was released for 5e / OSR. It was simply a strong adventure release, regardless of system. Dark Naga's latest Kickstarter is Confronting Hastur for 5th Edition.

As I type this, the project is just $173 short of its 2k goal for funding. If it hits 5k, we get an OSR edition in digital (and Pathfinder too for those that care. I think 5k is well within reach.

I'm looking forward to seeing this and future Dark Naga releases in OSR flavors ;)

Digital buy in is 10 bucks, print is 20 bucks.




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RICH REVIEWS: Lumberjanes # 43

First Comics News - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 18:11

Title: Lumberjanes # 43
Publisher: BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box
Created by: Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson & Brooke Allen
Written by: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Illustrated by: Ayme Sotuyo
Colors by: Maarta Laiho
Letters by: Aubrey Aiese
Cover: Kat Leyh
Subscription Cover: Ayme Sotuyo
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.boom-studios.com
Comments: Something weird is happening and the Lumberjanes, as usual, are in the thick of it. There are bubbles floating around that disrupt the flow of time.
A rock Sentry is awake and in the camp where it is destroying everything.
The art is done is a simple style for younger readers. It is beautifully colored in subdued tones.
Rosie, Bear Woman aka Nellie and Abigail are all here so you know the threat is real and really dangerous.
The girls and others always have some fun but this issue things were done more serious. The big guns are brought in and things do heat up with this Sentry. This Sentry is one big dangerous threat.

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'Echoes Of A Distant Manor' - Actual Play Session Event

Swords & Stitchery - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 16:40
Lomar as a campaign destination hit a bit of a snag when the player's PC's turned back into Tegel Manor. But this isn't so much a problem as the problem itself presents the solution. Last night's Tegel Manor game went weirder then normal, the house continued its journey after the players took a wrong turn and completely muffed up my plans or did they? The adventure in Tegel Manor has taken Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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October featured Indie Dyer~ The Woolen Homestead

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 14:40
Hello there! I am so happy to be able to introduce October's featured indie dyer, The Woolen Homestead. I first found Tiffany via Youtube through her wonderful podcast. When she started dyeing, I knew that without a doubt I had to get my grubby yarn loving hands on some of... Andi
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