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OSR Campaign Commentary On S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks By Gary Gygax

Swords & Stitchery - 5 hours 7 min ago
"The Grand Duchy of Geoff has recently been plagued by a rash of unusually weird and terrible monsters of an unknown sort. This western area, particularly the mountain fastness which separates the Grand Duchy from the Dry Steppes, has long been renowned for the generation of the most fearsome beasts, and it has been shunned accordingly -- save a handful of hardy souls with exceptional Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

Running an Old Online Minicomputer Text Game

Furiously Eclectic People - 8 hours 26 min ago

I'm willing to bet few, if any read my the URL for my byline. But Today is my once a year posting for one of the text based games that I manage. EMPIRE5.

Empire5 is regenerated once a year, and all you need is to do is Telnet to it. Once connected, enter HELLO PLAYER.EMPIRE5 and you're in. It will ask for your nation, (just make something up) and create a password. (You can also use PUTTY, but turn echo or duplex off. Control-H is backspace, and arrow keys don't work.) There are other versions of this game converted to Graphical Interfaces, but they don't always have the charm of plain ASCII Text. EX is for exit and logs you off.

As a text based game, any command can be prefixed by the word HELP and the command name. Of course the trick is knowing what the commands are. For that, enter COMMAND and you'll get a list. (There's a web page at the same URL so it shouldn't be too hard to find examples.)

The game lasts a year and accumulates time for each Island you occupy. With the year long game you get zero time points at the beginning. So once you've logged on you may have to wait a day or so to get any time points. (There are shorter games but I need to regenerate them. EMPIRE4, ..3, ..2, & ..1)

The picture shown is a typical Island. Unoccupied spaces are dashes, the letter D is a dock, M are Mining sectors, E produces Explosives, A produces Artillery, plus signs (+) are AIrports, the letter P produces aircraft. The quotes (") are occupied Mountains. Unoccupied mountains would be a caret (^). Blank spaces are water sectors. All these letters over time produce components to make a formidable forces to challenge other players. Occupied sectors all have civilians and military, although you can draft 100% of the civilians and convert them to military. However only civilians reproduce, military does not.

In Docks you can build various types of ships, Liners, Transports, Destroyers, Mine Layers, Cruisers, Battleships, Aircraft Carriers, Submarines and others. You can use these to colonize and invade other Islands.

The typical announcement for this game is as follows:

Full Length EMPIRE5 has been regenerated, it lasts 1 year and expires THU, AUG 23, 2018

High Scores for the previous game are posted at:

To connect, use Telnet or VT to: empire.openmpe.com

The log on command is HELLO PLAYER.EMPIRE5

Game parameters are:
- 999x999 sector grid
- 255 islands, starting island is random
- build and movement points accumulate every 60 minutes
- 0 starting time units
- ship movement is updated every 12 hours
- 255 Player limit
- Player identification is created on first log on
- Game is always open, no sign ups required
- Normal information hiding

This message generated by a batch job on the Empire machine.

Tracy Johnson
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Categories: Miscellaneous Blogs

Big Cass sustains knee injury on Raw

First Comics News - 8 hours 44 min ago

AUG. 22 UPDATE: An initial MRI of Big Cass’ left knee shows that he will require surgery.

“It looks like he has an ACL tear, possibly a medial meniscus tear, but we’re going to wait for the radiologist to evaluate the MRI and give us their full report,” WWE ringside physician Dr. Chris Robinson said.

The seven-footer will be undergoing surgery this week to repair the damage, which will be the start of a long road back to the squared circle.

“A typical ACL tear takes about nine months [to recover from],” Robinson said.

Big Cass suffered the injury to his left knee during the Brooklyn Street Fight against Enzo Amore on Raw. The injury occurred after Amore dodged a big boot by pulling down the top rope, sending Cass to the floor in the process.

“It’s hard to tell what the extent of the injury is, but we’re going to send him to get an MRI tomorrow and figure that out,” said WWE ringside physician Dr. Chris Robinson.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs


First Comics News - 8 hours 51 min ago

One chapter ends and another #Glorious one begins…
Welcome to @WWE #SDLive @REALBobbyRoode! #WeAreNXT pic.twitter.com/PP022wpWg9

— Triple H (@TripleH) August 23, 2017

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

Gen Con 50 event Coverage 10: Shadows of Esteren

Gamer Goggles - 9 hours 47 min ago

At Gen Con 50 I caught up with Lil ian (I think I spelled it wrong) from Shadows of Esteren.  We went over the core of the game, which is about characters and storytelling.  Character creation is the largest chapter.

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

Shadows of Esteren certainly sounds like it’s a game for storytellers!

Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

Gen Con 50 Coverage 9: Chris Birch from Modiphius

Gamer Goggles - 10 hours 11 min ago

At Gen Con, I caught up with Chris Birch. We chatted about Star Trek and how they are working with Rick Steinbeck, Conan, and Fall Out.

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

I always have a blast when I talk to Chris.

Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

Gen Con Coverage 8: Sean Patrick Fannon of Evil Beagle Games LLC.

Gamer Goggles - 11 hours 28 min ago

I caught up with Sean Patrick Fannon at Gen Con 50.  We talked about Savage Rifts And Evil Beagle Games LLC.  Some cool info in this one like Freedom Squadron and the omniverse.

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

I am looking forward to seeing Sean at Con on the Cob in November.

Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

The Best of The Rational Male – Year Six

The Rational Man - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 23:18

Last weekend (August 19th) this blog entered into its seventh year, and once more it’s time to do the blog retrospective.

The Books

First and foremost last month I released the third installment in the books’ series, The Rational Male – Positive Masculinity. It’s about a month since its release now and I’ll admit it’s already exceeded my hopes and expectations. I know, everyone says that, but as I’ve learned, most authors struggle to match their earlier successes.

While this is still true of the first book (it still stands as the best seller and most popular) Positive Masculinity seems to resonate quite well with readers. I’ll admit I had some hesitation about focusing a quarter of the book on Red Pill Parenting, but this, it turns out, is exactly what’s catapulted it to a best seller in the Fatherhood and Parenting Boys sections on Amazon. For the initial four and a half weeks the book has held the number one best seller rank in Fatherhood and the number two and number five spot in  Parenting Boys. And for the first week and a half it held the number one best seller spot in Self Help.

At the risk of sounding like I’m glossing myself here, this is an incredible response when you consider the impact this book, written from a Red Pill perspective, might have in a mainstream reading world. It’s a great honor, but also a bit scary considering the social backlash of recent events. All the books continue to make inroads with men (and women) unfamiliar with Red Pill awareness, but the response to Positive Masculinity has been very promising so far. That said, the book is about much more than just parenting – which also adds to its overall appeal – so I’m hoping it will open some new eyes with regards to Red Pill awareness.

As things stand today, Sam Botta is finishing up the reading and mixing of the second book, Preventive Medicine. Sam is still struggling with medical complications due to his hit and run injuries (I’ll let him explain them in the comments), but the hope is still to have the Audible version of book two available in time for the 21 Convention at the end of September. For the audio of Positive Masculinity I’m still deciding as to whether I’ll do the read myself for this one, but my goal is to have it available in Q1 of 2018.

I should also add that the first book has seen its second retranslation. Beginning in Q4 The Rational Male will be available in Polish as well as the previous Korean version. I get a lot of readers asking for translations into Spanish and German (possibly Dutch too). This will be a priority for me in the coming year, so if you are a translator or know one who would like to partner with me to publish these translations please leave me a message on my About page.

Finally, I do have plans in the works to do a re-edit of the first book to address syntax, grammar and spelling issues. Contextually nothing will change, but once this revision is done I’ll be publishing a hardback version of The Rational Male through Barnes & Noble’s self-publishing format.

Blog Traffic

The blog continues to grow with regard to audience. 2016 had a slight decline from the previous year, and 2017 is on track to eclipse it, but the reach of The Rational Male still continues to grow.

I know Alexa.com isn’t the best metric, but it’s largely what most bloggers in the Manosphere use. These are the stats as of August 22, 2017 and I daresay these rankings are respectable for a Red Pill blog that’s never been monetized or advertised in six years. These numbers put me in good company amongst the most notable writers in the ‘sphere (as well as a few Purple Pill ‘life coaches’) and the blog continues to average just under half a million views per month. My general focus for the blog has always been as a delivery device for the message of Red Pill awareness, Game fundamentals and the unmoderated debate of intersexual dynamics. I’m pleased to see that in six years this discussion has proceeded in the same vein for all of them. Furthermore, I find it very encouraging when I’m told by Manosphere outsiders that The Rational Male is the best (sometimes their only) source for rational debate about Red Pill awareness and intersexual dynamics. I am not now, nor will I ever be interested in a Red Pill echo chamber/hug box and for six years the comment section has proven to be a ‘hot kitchen’ in which both critics and advocates can (largely) hash out the Red Pill details.

A lot has been made of free speech advocacy in the ‘sphere for a few years now. My stand has always been one about the free exchange of ideas. The only way an idea’s strength and merit can be tested is in the crucible of open debate. There are a great many Manosphere celebrities banging the gong about free speech who nonetheless block, edit and censor opinions they disagree with on their own forums. One purpose that this blog has is a free and open debate and (with the exception of spam and blatant trolling) will always be open to counterarguments.

The 21 Convention

As most of my regular readers are aware, I’ll be making my only in-person appearance at this year’s 21 Convention in Orlando, Florida, September 28 through October 1st. For more information on this event have a look at my rundown of it here. Furthermore, I’ve done a couple of interviews with 21 Convention founder Anthony Johnson about my participation and the talks I’ll be giving here and here.

If you haven’t made plans or purchased a weekend ticket I would encourage you to do so soon. The convention is getting close to being sold out, but if you have some issue with cost or you have some kind of hardship consideration and you really want to go, please contact myself or Anthony and we’ll work something out for you.

It bears repeating that I was less than enthusiastic about appearing not just publicly, but at this convention in particular. It’s always been my impression that the 21 Convention was a collection of largely Purple Pill dating coaches and not really in line with what (sometimes ugly) Red Pill awareness reveals to men. However, I’ve come to change my view of this convention in light of Anthony’s much more Red Pill focused line up for this 10th anniversary meet up. I’ll admit I had a hand in helping Anthony get what will amount to a Red Pill summit arranged. I really think this weekend will be a seminal event for Red Pill aware men and it’s my hope it will be something to help men change their lives.

This then is my very brief rundown of the 2016-2017 year for The Rational Male.

So here’s what I thought represents the best posts from year 6.

Let me know what your favorites were in the comments and let me know how TRM has helped you this year.

With humility and gratitude,

Rollo Tomassi




Live with Obsidian & Alan Roger Currie

Mark Baxter, Ed Latimore & Rollo Tomassi

Anthony Johnson & Rollo Tomassi

Christian McQueen & Rollo Tomassi

Mark Baxter & Rollo Tomassi



Stalling for Time

For Better or Worse

False Equivalencies

The Epiphany Phase Revisited



The Reconstruction – I

The Reconstruction – II

The Reconstruction – III

The Reconstruction – IV

The Utility of Beta Men – I

The Utility of Beta Men – II



The First Female President®  (Personal Favorite 2017)

Sexual Zoning

The Something Else


The Unbearable Rightness of Being Female

The Anger Bias


Red Pill / Game

Please, Breakup with Me

The Awareness


Confidence and the Safety Net  (Most Commented 2017)

Misperceptions of the Red Pill


Personal Development

Rites of Passage

Positive Masculinity

Teaching Slaves to Read

Family Integrity

Kill Your Idols

Filed under: Positive Masculinity, The Best of The Rational Male, The Red Pill, Unplugging
Categories: Miscellaneous Blogs

Gen Con 50 Coverage 7: Level 99 with Brad

Gamer Goggles - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 23:06

Brad and I talk about Millennium Blades, Sell Swords Olympus, and I Can’t Even Monsters.  I suspect there is even more.

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

I can’t wait to to play Sell Swords Olympus.  I loved the first edition and I was told this is the perfected version.

Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

RICH REVIEWS: Heroes & Villains

First Comics News - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 22:49

Title: Heroes & Villains (Hardcover)
Publisher: Smith Street Books
Author: Andrew Boyle
Pages: 264
Price: $ 19.99 US, $ 26.95 Can
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.smithstreetbooks.com
Comments: The Introduction lets us know Andrew Boyle is not just the author but also the photographer for this book. These pictures are from the New York Comic Con.
What is cosplay? It is when a person dresses in a costume portraying a character from comic books, TV, movies, anime or video games. Some cosplayers are very passionate about what they do.
“Capes & Cowls” This chapter has many pictures of cosplayers in costume. There is a variety of various super-heroes and both male and females. They will play characters too with different twists involved. The photos here are of cosplayers that are not the famous ones but more everyday people who just have fun. There are mash ups to such as Ronald McDonald and Thor to create McThor and others. Some gender bender which means you cosplay as a character of the opposite sex.
“The Assembly of Rogues” The villains, the ones you love to hate are so much fun. Many people love them almost as much as the heroes or just as much and maybe even more. There are so many great villains to dress up as Joker, Red Skull, Scarecrow.
“Legends of Anime & Manga” Japanese cartoons and comic books provide a fertile landscape of characters for cosplayers. Also in this book, the cosplayers do not go overboard in showing skin and concentrate on the costume itself.
“Realms of Screen & Sound” Here we see movies, TV series and music provide inspiration for cosplaying. Star Wars is popular for providing inspiration, Disney animated shows to plus a lot of older movies.
“Cartridge Crusaders” Pokemon, Assassin’s Creed, Mario Brothers all give cosplayers characters to choose from plus many many more games. Overwatch and Metroid both have provided inspiration for great cosplays.
One of the things that comes across is that cosplayers, in general, are an open friendly group of people. They love what they do and enjoy entertaining others. The people pictured herein are to be admired for doing what they do.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

GoFundMe - Braille Printer for Visually Impaired Gamers

Tenkar's Tavern - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 22:44

I don't know why this hasn't been thought up by the RPG community in the past. The GoFundMe is to buy a braille printer to be able to supply converted RPG material AT COST to visually impaired gamers.
In the video, they use The Black Hack as a sample book to convert, so the OSR is certainly part of this.

For those that don't know, Rach is legally blind. For her, large print (or digital with zoom) is the way to go but we are both very passionate about getting books into the hands of the visual impaired and I think this project is awesome

Their goal is $1,800 to purchase the printer and they are about half way there.

It's a good project to back IMHO with goals we all should be supporting.
Thanks you so much for taking a look at our fundraiser. The DOTS Tabletop Roleplaying Gaming Project is devoted to raising awareness in the gaming community for the need for accessible gaming books and gaming aids for the visually impaired community. I am attempting to raise $1,800 ($1,500 for the printer $300 to cover funding fees, sales taxes, and shipping) to fund the purchase a braille embossing printer to be able to produce braille materials for visually impaired gamers. Additionally, the printer comes with a full suite of braille translation and tactile graphic design software. Currently the printer is on sale with a $2,000 discount, and if we can purchase the printer in the next couple of weeks, the company will add in a second year warranty for free! So I have to raise the money quickly. The cost for outsourcing braille books is astronomical. For example, I just finished translating a roleplaying game into braille and tried outsourcing the printing of a few copies for my visually impaired friends to edit. The companies wanted over $200 for four copies of an 80 page book. With the printer I'm hoping to purchase, it would only cost $1.50 per book. Here's something esle exciting! This printer will print tactile graphics...imagine how exciting it would be for a visually impaire game master to be able to feel a dungeon map!
Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

Gen Con 50 Coverage 6: Dized app for learning games

Gamer Goggles - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 21:42

At Gen Con 50 I had the chance to sit down with the Dized team and discuss the inner workings of their app. This is a very promising app that will teach us all how to play faster.

Click here to view the video on YouTube.


This could become the best learning tool ever.

Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

REVIEW: ‘Trust Me’ Ep3 – Jodie Whittaker Faces the Truth

Blogtor Who - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 21:00

Jodie Whittaker puts in a powerfully emotional performance as Cath Hardacre’s world begins to tumble down around her in Trust Me Episode 3. An awful lot happens in this episode – emphasis on the awful! – and Cath’s problems begin right from the word go. We pick up right where Episode 2 left off, with […]

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Categories: Doctor Who Feeds


First Comics News - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 20:33

PORTLAND, OR, 08/22/2017 — Image Comics is pleased to reveal the six of 30 variants planned for the final month of 25th anniversary variants—October covers in homage of iconic THE WALKING DEAD cover designs.

This final month of variants will pay tribute to some of the hottest, most jaw-dropping moments from Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s long-running, and industry-changing series that went on to become a pop culture phenomenon.

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 4th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, September 11th):

  • ELSEWHERE #3 by Jay Faerber & Sumeyye Kesgin, cover by Kesgin & Riley (Diamond Code AUG170648)
  • EXTREMITY #7 by Daniel Warren Johnson, cover by Johnson (Diamond Code AUG170650)
  • I HATE FAIRYLAND: I HATE IMAGE SPECIAL EDITION by Skottie Young, cover by Young (Diamond Code AUG170569)
  • POSTAL #23 by Bryan Hill & Isaac Goodhart, cover by Goodhart (Diamond Code JUL178342)
  • REGRESSION #5 by Cullen Bunn & Danny Luckert, cover by Luckert (Diamond Code AUG170713)
  • SOUTHERN CROSS #13 by Andy Belanger & Becky Cloonan, cover by Cloonan (Diamond Code JUL178341)
  • SLOTS #1 by Dan Panosian, cover by Panosian (Diamond Code AUG170588)

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 11th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, September 18th):

  • BIRTHRIGHT #27 by Joshua Williamson, Adriano Lucas & Andrei Bressan, cover by Bressan & Lucas (Diamond Code AUG170606)
  • BLACK SCIENCE #32 by Rick Remender & Matteo Scalera, cover by Harren (Diamond Code AUG170614)
  • ROYAL CITY #6 by Jeff Lemire, cover by Lemire (Diamond Code AUG170721)
  • THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #32 by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, cover by McKelvie (Diamond Code AUG170772)
  • Rob Liefeld’s YOUNGBLOOD #6 by Chad Bowers & Jim Towe, cover by Liefeld (Diamond Code AUG170775)

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 18th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, September 25th):

  • CURSE WORDS #9 by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne, cover by Browne (Diamond Code AUG170633)
  • DESCENDER #25 by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen, cover by Nguyen (Diamond Code AUG170643)
  • GENERATION GONE #4 Ales Kot & Andre Araujo, cover by Araujo (Diamond Code AUG170654)
  • GRRL SCOUTS: MAGIC SOCKS #6 by Jim Mahfood, cover by Mahfood (Diamond Code AUG170662)
  • HORIZON #15 by Brandon Thomas, Juan Gedeon & Mike Spicer, cover by Gedeon & Spicer (Diamond Code AUG170668)
  • KILL THE MINOTAUR #5 by Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, Jean-Francois Beaulieu & Lukas Ketner, cover by Ketner & Beaulieu (Diamond Code AUG170686)
  • MANIFEST DESTINY #32 by Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts & Owen Gieni, cover by Roberts & Gieni (Diamond Code AUG170695)
  • THE REALM #2 by Seth M. Peck & Jeremy Haun, cover by Jeremy Haun (Diamond Code AUG170710)
  • ROCKSTARS #8 by Joe Harris & Megan Hutchison, cover by Hutchison (Diamond Code AUG170718)
  • SPY SEAL #3 by Rich Tommaso, cover by Tomasso (Diamond Code AUG170739)

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 25th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, October 2nd):

  • ANGELIC #2 by Si Spurrier & Caspar Wijngaard, cover by Wijngaard (Diamond Code AUG170604)
  • COPPERHEAD #15 by Jay Faerber, Drew Moss & Ron Riley, cover by Godlewski & Riley (Diamond Code AUG170627)
  • CROSSWIND #5 by Gail Simone & Cat Staggs, cover by Staggs (Diamond Code AUG170630)
  • GASOLINA #2 by Sean Mackiewicz, Mat Lopes & Niko Walter, cover by Walter & Lopes (Diamond Code AUG170652)
  • HACK/SLASH: RESURRECTION #1 by Tini Howard, Celor, K. Michael Russell, cover by Rugg (Diamond Code AUG170559)
  • THE HARD PLACE #3 by Doug Wagner & Nic Rummel, cover by Rummel (Diamond Code AUG170666)
  • SPAWN #279 by Todd McFarlane, cover by McFarlane (Diamond Code JUL178340)
  • UNDERWINTER: A FIELD OF FEATHERS #1 by Ray Fawkes, cover by Fawkes (Diamond Code AUG170596)
  • WAYWARD #24 by Jim Zub & Steven Cummings, cover by Cummings & Royce “Fooray” Southerland (Diamond Code AUG170769)

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

REVIEW: ‘The Blood Furnace’ A Bloody Good Story

Blogtor Who - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 19:09

The Big Finish Monthly Range offering for August is ‘The Blood Furnace’, written by Eddie Robson and is a Seventh Doctor story with both Ace and Mel as companions. This is one of those titles that just catches the imagination and has you curious to see what’s in store. Robson is a long time writer […]

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Categories: Doctor Who Feeds

HEEL KICK! – Official Trailer (2017)

First Comics News - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 19:03

Two backyard wrestlers decide to go pro. Unfortunately for them… they suck.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

Gen Con Coverage 5: Carolina Game Table with Clint Black

Gamer Goggles - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 19:01

Clint and I talk about the newest piece of furniture the case of holding as I like to call it.  It looks great!

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

Who want to pay me to cook special events so I can get three of these?

Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs


First Comics News - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 18:57

A Sherlock Holmes story for all ages to enjoy

Writer(s): Justin Phillips
Artist Name(s): Sean Miller (Pencils), Lesley Atlansky (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Sean Miller
128 pgs./ E / FC

KID SHERLOCK is an all-ages mystery series that combines the classic friendship of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson with the whimsy and adventure found in classics like Calvin and Hobbies and Peabody and Sherman.

The series follows the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his best friend, Watson the Dog, set in the halls of Baker Elementary. Together they deal with bullies, track down lost toys, investigate stolen playground equipment and even face an unseen threat terrorizing the school halls. All the while Watson struggles to make friends and Sherlock tries to understand his place at Baker Elementary. Included as well are interactive pages that will help fans, young and old alike, learn to make their own comic books and hone their investigate minds with puzzles and activities.

KID SHERLOCK VOLUME 1 will be available in a comic book store near you on October 18. Preorder the book using the Diamond item code AUG171066.

Enjoy a preview of KID SHERLOCK #1 pages 1-6, 8 and 10:

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

The Jack Kirby Museum Announces Event Schedule For “Jack Kirby: 100 Years” in New York City

First Comics News - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 18:47

A Special Four Day Event
Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Jack Kirby



NEW YORK, NY (August 17, 2017) – Jack Kirby, the co-creator of Captain America, The Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, and many other pop culture icons,  played an indispensable role in the emergence of comics as an art form. Kirby is to comics what Hitchcock or Spielberg are to movies, Babe Ruth is to baseball, or The Beatles are to rock n’ roll. Not only was Kirby incredibly prolific and influential, but he was an innovator whose work has come to define fantastic storytelling in comics and beyond.

To mark the 100th anniversary of Jack Kirby’s birth, the Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center will open a special, limited-engagement event, celebrating the life, legacy, and boundless creativity of the King of Comics. “Jack Kirby 100 Years” will take place at One Art Space, located at 23 Warren Street in New York City, from August 27-30.


Sunday, August 27th

Opening Celebration All Day from Noon through 7pm

3pm – “Explore Kirby Original Art” with Kirby Museum President Tom Kraft

5pm – Silent Auction starts (Please note: no original art will be offered). Telephone bids MAY be available. Stay tuned.

6pm – “What is the Jack Kirby Museum?” with Tom Kraft and Founding Trustee Rand Hoppe

7pm – Silent Auction ends.

Monday, August 28th

All Day Kirby 100 Celebration from Noon through 7pm

50% of all profits will go to Kirby4Heroes campaign for The Hero Initiative

6pm – “Jack Kirby – 100 Years” talk by Rand Hoppe

Tuesday, August 29th

Open from Noon through 7pm

Event schedule pending

Wednesday, August 30th

Open from Noon through 7pm

7pm – “The Science Fiction Work of Jack Kirby” talk by writer Adam McGovern with Rand Hoppe

Jack Kirby 100 Highlights Include:

  • Oversized reproductions of some of Kirby’s most famous work.
  • Opening reception/birthday party
  • A peek into the Museum’s digital archive, allowing fans access to thousands of pages of scanned art.
  • A gift shop featuring limited edition prints of Kirby artwork, books, t-shirts, and more.
  • Watch this space for more events!

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

Eisner Award Nominee Tonci Zonjic Covers the NINJA-K #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – Beginning in November!

First Comics News - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 18:43

This November, Valiant is rewarding fans who pre-order the most fast-paced new series of the fall with specially expanded, limited editions of NINJA-K’s adrenaline-fueled first arc!

Valiant is proud to announce the NINJA-K #1–4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – available only as a pre-order set to fans who reserve the first four issues of the next EXPLOSIVE ONGOING SERIES in the Valiant “ICONS” line-up! From acclaimed writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and Valiant superstar Tomas Giorello (X-O MANOWAR), the NINJA-K #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE kicks off with a jam-packed 48-page debut and exclusive covers by Eisner Award-nominated artist Tonci Zonjic (Who is Jake Ellis?, Immortal Iron Fist) on each issue – all specifically reserved for fans who pre-order with their local comic shop by the initial order date (IOD) of September 28th, 2017!

Released monthly from November 2017 through February 2018, each PRE-ORDER EDITION comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content, including creator commentary, behind–the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and first looks at upcoming issues – plus an exclusive cover by renowned artist Tonci Zonjic that can’t be found anywhere else!

On November 15th, renowned writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and Valiant’s latest superstar artist, Tomas Giorello (X-O MANOWAR), present a stunningly precise jumping-on point leading Ninjak on a manhunt through a cold, calculating world of espionage and international intrigue in search of a killer targeting all “ninja” agents – past and present!

For nearly a century, MI-6, the most elite branch of Britain’s clandestine intelligence service, has honed a ruthlessly effective, top-secret division – THE NINJA PROGRAMME – into one of its nation’s most finely wielded weapons. Tasked as the first and last line of defense for queen and country, this small shadow army of agents and assassins has produced a succession of notable assets, including NINJA-A, the Queen’s silent weapon of World War I; NINJA-E, the globe-trotting secret agent that pulled the Cold War back from the brink of Armageddon; and, most recently, NINJA-K, aka Colin King, a brash but fearless instrument of lethality that has saved the world from madmen and terror at every turn.

But now…an unknown enemy is hunting and killing members of THE NINJA PROGRAMME one by one – and NINJAK is next on the list.

Fans and retailers, take note: The only way to obtain the NINJA-K #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE is to reserve this limited item with your local comic shop by the initial order date (IOD) of September 28th, 2017! No more copies will be made available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations!

Jump on board here as England’s master intelligence operative accepts a daring new mission! Head to your local comic shop today to reserve the NINJA-K #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE and NEVER MISS AN ISSUE of Valiant’s must-read super-spy thriller, only in the NINJA-K #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – available only to fans who pre-order by September 28th, 2017!

Cover A by TREVOR HARISINE (SEP172019)
Cover B by LUCAS TROYA (SEP172020)
Interlocking Variant by KENNETH ROCAFORT (SEP172021)
Ninjak Icon Variant by DAVID MACK (SEP172022)
Brushed Metal Variant by MICO SUAYAN (SEP172023)
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On Sale NOVEMBER 15th (FOC–10/23/15)

$15.96 [4 issues] | 48 pgs, issue #1; 40 pgs, issues #3-4 | T+ | On Sale NOVEMBER 15th (IOD – 9/28/17)

NINJA-K #1 – Cover A by Trevor Hairsine

NINJA-K #1 – Cover B by Lucas Troya

NINJA-K #1 PRE-ORDER EDITION – Cover by Tonci Zonjic

NINJA-K #1 – Brushed Metal Variant by Mico Suayan

NINJA-K #1 – Interior Artwork by Tomas Giorello

NINJA-K #1 – Interior Artwork by Tomas Giorello

NINJA-K #1 – Interior Artwork by Tomas Giorello

NINJA-K #1 – Interior Artwork by Tomas Giorello


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