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First Comics News - 8 hours 24 min ago

On February 17, 1895 R.F. Outcault’s character, the Yellow Kid, first appeared in print in Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World. In time, the character found himself in the center of a heated battle between Pulitzer and newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, who wanted the character for his own publication, New York Journal. As a result, the Yellow Kid appeared in both publications at the same time.  The Yellow Kid proved to be incredibly popular and soon appeared as an advertising icon on everything from whisky and cigars to children’s toys and chewing gum. The comic strip marked the first use of word balloons, sequential storytelling, and multipanel layout, and is considered to be a pioneer in American newspaper comic strip history. To celebrate his 125th birthday, the iconic character is returning in his first, full length comic book, Hully Gee It’s the Yellow Kid, written by Chris Yambar and illustrated by Randy Bish (published by Moordam Comics).

Chris is from Youngstown, OH. He has worked in the comic book industry with characters such as The Simpsons, Mr. Magoo, Popeye, and Spongebob Squarepants.  He is considered by many to be the Godfather of independent comics with his own titles including, Mr. Beat, El Mucho Grande, Fire-Breathing Pope, and others.

Randy is an award-winning editorial cartoonist from Greensburg, PA, syndicated by Pennsylvania News Media, Cagle Cartoons, and the Fourth Estate. He served as the cartoonist of the Tribune-Review for over 30 years.

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A Brief Midwinter Break

Just Call Me Pastor - 11 hours 27 min ago
It’s almost February, and, here in Brampton, Ontario, the weather may be aptly described in the words of King Lear, “Blow winds and crack your cheeks.” So it seems appropriate to take a midwinter break from blog writing — but just for a week. I am very grateful to you for your ongoing interest in my blog. — Donald N. Bastian
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Will Allred talks about DIARY OF NIGHT

First Comics News - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 22:23

Will Allred joined a collective of 5 Kickstarter campaigns with 5 independent creators banding together to launch on the same day (or within a few days of each other). Their goal is to help promote each other’s campaigns and support each other during the long days of a Kickstarter campaign. Will is launching Diary of Night and he stopped by First Comics News to let our readers know all about the Diary of Night.

First Comics News: Is this a hardcover version of Diary of Night Vol. 1: Distant Thunder?

Will Allred: This is for a special, one-of-a-kind, Diary of Night Volume 1 softcover with a handwritten, 100-word diary entry inside. Backers will also receive a digital collection of all 100 diary entries.

1st: What is Diary of Night about?

Will: It’s about Catherine Morrison, a 900-year-old vampire who walks the line between humans and vampires, protecting her people from the worst of humanity, and humanity from the worst of her people.

1st: Who is Catherine Morrison?

Will: She is a very old vampire that strives to help both vampires and humans.

1st: How does she protect humans?

Will: She tries to protect both humans and vampires by giving vampires a community in which to feel safe so they can just live their lives.

1st: Is she sort of like the X-Men, in that she protects humans who fear her?

Will: Actually, that’s not too far off. Catherine is really trying to make the world a better place and protect her people.

1st: What are vampires like in the world of Diary of Night?

Will: They’re really just normal people who happen to be afflicted with a very rare condition.

1st: What is the Phoenix Foundation?

Will: Catherine established the Phoenix Foundation to help vampires. It provides safe places for them, helps them, and gives them a place to belong.

1st: Why would vampires duel?

Will: Vampires would fight each other for the same reason that people fight each other. They just don’t like each other, bad decisions that escalate, revenge…the list is endless.

1st: Who is Anne Lawson?

Will: Anne Lawson is Catherine’s assistant and bodyguard.

1st: Who is Tim?

Will: Tim is a relatively new vampire that is having problems adjusting to his new life, and Catherine has been trying to mentor him and help him overcome his problems.

1st: Who is Arthur?

Will: Arthur is the brutal vampire that inadvertently made Catherine a vampire over 900 years ago.

1st: Why is Michael hunting her?

Will: Michael is a self-styled vampire hunter who has been pointed at Catherine.

1st: Who is Tom Wells?

Will: He’s a young vampire who is something of a social climber.

1st: Why is he after Catherine?

Will: Spoilers.

1st: What is the minimum pledge for a digital copy?

Will: $5 will get you the digital collection of the 100 diary entries, while $15 will get you a digital copy of Diary of Night Volume 1.

1st: What is the minimum pledge for a print copy?

Will: $25 gets you a copy of Diary of Night Volume 1, and it also includes the digital collection of the 100 diary and a digital copy of Diary of Night Volume 1.

1st: What rewards do you have planned?

Will: There is a hardcover available, reward level that includes a copy of Diary of Night Volume 1 and other published work.

1st: What does the multi-launch do to enhance Diary of Night?

Will: Launching a project at the same time as other creators is a way for us independent creators to have each other’s backs. We can help each other promote each other’s projects and generally act as support for each other. Creating comics can be a lonely road, so this is us traveling together for a bit down that road and doing what we can to support each other.

1st: For any readers still on the fence, what makes the Diary of Night so cool no true comic fan should miss it?

Will: Diary of Night has a phenomenal art team. Gene Gonzales is an amazing storyteller, and Rus Wooton is a lettering and design superstar. I like to think that it’s a compelling story with beautiful art, and the softcover and hardcover are, excuse my obvious bias, beautiful books.

1st:: Vist the Kickstarter

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First Comics News - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 21:48

New York, NY— January 27, 2020 — After a well-deserved break, Wolverine is back and fiercer than ever in an all-new solo series by writer Benjamin Percy (X-FORCE, WOLVERINE: THE LONG NIGHT) and industry legend Adam Kubert (X-MEN, AVENGERS)! Mutantkind has a new lease on life and Wolverine, surrounded by family and friends, has everything he ever wanted… but will it last?

Check out Wolverine soaking up the sun on the new mutant nation of Krakoa in Skottie Young’s delightful variant cover below and pick up WOLVERINE #1 at your local comic shop on Februrary 19th! Retailers, don’t forget to order your copies by the end of today!

WOLVERINE #1 (DEC190753)



Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (DEC190762­)

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First Comics News - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 21:46

Two New Hardcover Editions Now Available for Pre-Order

MILWAUKIE, Ore. (January 27, 2020) –With a new Netflix show and a third comics series, the dysfunctional family of superheroes returned with a vengeance in 2019. Now Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s acclaimed series, Hotel Oblivion, gets the hardcover treatment twice!

First is the Deluxe Edition, packaged in a slip-case hardcover featuring the Umbrella icon with the neon “hotel” treatment, and new slipcase art by Gabriel Bá, to match the Deluxe Editions of volumes 1 & 2! The Umbrella Academy Volume 3: Hotel Oblivion Deluxe Edition also includes the complete 7-issue story, plus a greatly expanded sketchbook section. This special edition also features a brand-new portfolio and print by series co-creator Gabriel Bá. This 240-page tome retails for $79.99.

The Umbrella Academy Volume 3: Hotel Oblivion Library Edition is an oversized hardcover collects issues #1-#7 of The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion and includes an expanded sketchbook with commentary from the creators. This 240-page edition will retail for $39.99.

The Umbrella Academy Volume 3: Hotel Oblivion Deluxe Edition and The Umbrella Academy Volume 3: Hotel Oblivion Library Edition both go on sale September 29, 2020. Pre-order The Umbrella Academy Volume 3: Hotel Oblivion Library Editon at Penguin Random House and at local comic shops. You can also pre-order The Umbrella Academy Volume 3: Hotel Oblivion Deluxe Edition at Penguin Random House and at local comic shops.

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First Comics News - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 21:45

New York, NY— January 27, 2020 — The Spider-Woman book fans have been waiting for is almost here, and Jessica Drew is beyond ready for her new adventure…but are you? In this explosive new series by writer Karla Pacheco and artist Pere Pérez, Marvel’s beloved hero will face off against her greatest enemies all while discovering dark secrets from her past. See Jessica blast her way through her latest mission below in a gorgeous variant cover by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau and pick up SPIDER-WOMAN #1 when it lands in comic shops on March 18th!

Retailers, please note that final order cutoff for this extraordinary issue is 2/24!




Variant Cover by ARTGERM (JAN200804)

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First Comics News - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 21:42
Josie and the Pussycats are the hottest band in outer space! But with fame and fortune comes turmoil as internal conflicts are threatening to tear the group apart. But that’s nothing compared to the alien horrors they’re about to encounter as they find themselves adrift in the vastness of space! Even if the Pussycats manage to stick together as a band, will they be able to survive the horrors that await them in the final frontier?
Script: Alex de Campi
Art: Devaki Neogi, Lee Loughridge, Jack Morelli
Cover: Devaki Neogi
On Sale Date: 1/29/19
25 pages
$2.99 U.S.
ComiXology Original

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First Comics News - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 21:42

NEW CLASSIC-STYLE STORY: When Mr. Weatherbee gives Archie and Jug the option of community service over detention, the boys volunteer with Riverdale’s Wildlife Control Dept. just in time for a rogue bear to take up residence in Pickens Park! A trap is set–and so is the stage! What could POSSIBLY go wrong?!
Script: Jack Morelli
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Galvan, Ben Galvan, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 1/29
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

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What Are You Looking At?

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 21:33

Nancy Braun preached this last Sunday January 26, 2020.

By clicking on the link below you can take a listen to what she spoke!

What Are You Looking At? Preached by Nancy Braun  

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High School Ministry – Jan 31st – Nerf War

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 18:17

This week!

Nerf Wars!
January 31st – Friday 7:11-10 PM
All out Nerf War in the church! We will provide the guns and darts but feel free to bring your own

The week after that…

Mission Fest
February 7th – Friday 7:00 – 10 PM

We will be meeting at My Church Winnipeg to experience an epic concert by BOLD AS LIONS! YAS!

The week after that…

Game Show
February 14th – Friday 7:11-10PM

Valentine’s Gameshow and finishing our series called ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’.


Click here for this month’s calendar


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Threshold Jr – Jan 29th – Dodgeball!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 18:08

This week!

January 29th – Wednesday 7-9 pm
Let’s hang out and get moving with dodgeball! We’ll also be finishing our ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ series!

The week after that…

Blindfold Night
February 5th – Wednesday 7-9 pm
How well can you rely on your other senses? Play these crazy games for prizes! We will be starting a new series on Jesus!

The week after that…

Gross Out Night Pt 2.
February 12th – Wednesday 7-9 pm

We had so much fun getting grossed out, we’re going to do it all again! We’ll continue our series on Jesus!


  Click here for this month’s calendar


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A week in security (January 20 – 26)

Malwarebytes - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 17:17

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we reported on a Ryuk ransomware attack on The Tampa Bay Times, a newspaper in Florida; unmasked an elaborate browser locking scheme behind the more advanced tech support operations that are currently active; and looked at the latest laws on regulating deepfakes.

Other cybersecurity news

Stay safe, everyone!

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Delving Deeper With Chainsaw - The 'Lost Treasures of Atlantis' For The Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea rpg line Interview

Swords & Stitchery - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 16:13
"In the far reaches of Hyperborea’s Crab Archipelago lies a small, mountainous island known as Crystal Point. Passing sailors recently have witnessed a crimson glow in Crystal Point’s waters and beams of russet light shining up from its steep cliffs. Too, unusually frequent lightning storms in the area have torn the sky in blinding flashes, shattering the air with their awesome sound. The Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Bernat Blanket Extra Giveaway

Moogly - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 16:00

Bernat Blanket Extra is a super jumbo chenille yarn – a bigger version of the classic Bernat Blanket! and I get to give away 4 skeins of it right here on Moogly! Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Yarnspirations; all opinions are my own. Bernat Blanket Extra brings the Jumbo Bernat Blanket Extra is 100%...

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More Hero Collector Doctor Who Figurines for April

Blogtor Who - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 15:24

Hero Collector brings Davros, the Daleks and the Cybermen to life this April In addition to the previously reported Eighth Doctor Companion Set (featuring the Doctor, Lucie, and the Time Controller Dalek) the regular range of 1:21 Doctor Who figurines from Hero Collector continues in April. Issue #173 will feature a ‘Renegade’ Dalek as seen […]

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Top Comments – Pages 1367 – 1368

Looking For Group - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 14:36

Monday, YOU are the star! We curate our favourite comments from the previous week’s comments on lfg.co and Facebook and remind you how clever you are. Here are the top comments for Looking For Group pages 1367 – 1368. Looking […]

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The Lizardmen of Illzathatch

Ten Foot Pole - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 12:11
By Shane Ward 3Toadstools Labyrinth Lord Level 3

The green dragon Illzathatch has been dispatched by local heroes “The Shields of Atreu”, thus ending his reign of terror across the countryside.  Only one problem remains, the adventuring party left to raid the lair of the dragon, they have not been seen since.

This thirteen page adventure, from 2014,  features a small fourteen room dungeon described in five pages, the rest being advertising, licensing, etc. The map bears little relation to the text, and the encounters a bit sparse. It’s a straightforward dungeon with a few twists but not much that’s memorable.

The dungeon here is pretty straightforward, just a few rooms and just a short description for each, about four per page. The encounters tend toward being interactive, more so than combat anyway. A dwarf drinking, who’s actually someone else. Bandits and lizardmen fighting each other. Other lizardmen, no longer slaves of the slain dragon, gaming and drinking. These are highlights of the adventures; little encounters that are more than just a monster or a trap that springs. This is a strength of the adventure: the encounters, the monster ones anyway, are generally not just hacks.Except when they are, like a giant snake that barely fits in a room that has a chest in it. Obviously a hack, and not much player choice in that, since the party don’t see the chest AND snake. Seeing the chest and CHOOSING to fight the snake to get it is a much different affair than opening a door and having a snake attack the party … and then finding a chest.  Does everyone understand why? In the first case it’s a player choice. The chest is the temptation, the bait, to get the party to engage with someone they know they should not. In the second it’s a “It Attacks when you open the door” case, with the chest then treasure. The first requires a layer choice while the second does not. Certainly, not every encounter needs to involve choice like this, but player choice and interactivity are SUPPOSED to be a hallmark of our hobby. Can anyone argue, without resorting to corner cases, that’s not true?

The map is simple, and a mess. While it has same-level stairs and tunnels that run under/over some of the rooms and hallways (great additions to a map that use it leverage even more interactivity and mystery out of a DM tool) it also bears little relation to the text. Some of the text refers to rooms having doors. Some of the text does not. None of the rooms on the map have doors. The room text describes each room; this room is 20×30, for example. Except on the map it’s not 20×30 it is instead 50×60. Weird features on the map are not explained, hallways that go nowhere or look to go elsewhere. 

There a bit too much emphasis on GotCha! Traps. A trap in the middle of the hallway, tis happens several time. Or, you’re walking down the hallway and the DM asks for magic saves from everyone. First, these arbitrary traps create paranoid players. Instead of playing the game they are busy trying to not get fucked over by the DM. They search every 10 square for a trap, for example. D&D becomes a slow grind instead of being full of wonder. The traps have little in the way telegraphing them, nothing in most cases. Thus it’s completely arbitrary.  Arbitrary is seldom good, especially at this level. Little clues like mentioning dust, cracks on the walls, blood, etc, are a way to the DM to drop hints that are then expanded upon if the party follows up with more examination. Otherwise it’s the old “Yup, you all missed your save, you were disintegrated when you entered the empty room. New characters!” There might be some role for this as the party gets to higher levels and they should be using their spells and research to find out more about the dungeon, but at lower levels especially you might as well just roll a d6 at the start of each adventure for each character and on a one or two they just die. ITS THE SAME THING. It’s arbitrary. It doesn’t matter if it’s a trap they can’t see/don’t have a chance of detecting or a BLATANT roll by the DM, abstracted. Both are equally bad. If you roll a save you detect a strong odor. How about instead the DM somehow mentions an odor that, if followed up on, is chlorine? Interactivity vs arbitrary.

This is Pay What You Want at DriveThru with a suggested price of … $0! The preview is five pages and shows you most of the rooms, so good preview from that standpoint. Note the writing style and in particular the disconnect between the map and the text. 


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