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WAYNE’S WORLDS: : Make Mine Multi-Media Marvel!

First Comics News - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 18:30

While Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 is playing in the theaters, I’ve been reading with interest three recent articles about Marvel taking their characters into other forms of media.

These included Marvel expanding its digital comics service, Marvel releasing an audio drama focused on Wolverine, and the House of Ideas creating an animation franchise focusing on “the next generation of Marvel heroes, such as Spider-Gwen and Squirrel Girl.

Never let it be said that Marvel will ever rest on its laurels!

THEY’RE STILL GOING TO MAKE COMICS

I’ve noticed people reviving the discussion as to whether Marvel will cease production of printed comics rise during the same time period. Let me once again say, that’s not going to happen. Comics will continue to be the underpinning of the Marvel Universe for years to come, in my opinion.

But this does raise an interesting question: Could Marvel go strictly digital?

This has potential because the cost of printing continues to rise. If you sell a digital version of the same comic at $3.99, you’ve brought in a goodly amount more money, especially if it’s through your own digital service. (Comixology and other services take about half the income of each issue sold, by the way, so they cut into the profits.)

Again, I don’t think this is likely because Marvel continues to dominate local comics shops. If the House of Ideas pulled out, it would mean the end of most of the stores that specialize in comics and likely huge changes to those that survive. I think the negative reaction would bite into any digital sales – at least, for now.

However, again Marvel is taking on a big-name company – the aforementioned Comixology, mostly – this time with their digital comics service. It’s reminiscent of how, rather than appear in the Diamond Previews catalog, Marvel has made their own monthly previews publication. On some levels, it makes sense to try and keep their fans away from other comics, but I have yet to come across a fan who gets the Marvel Previews and does NOT also pick up the Diamond Previews. In fact, nearly every store simply inserts the Marvel publication in the Diamond one and sell them together at one price. Still, they must feel they’re having some success, though, because they continue to produce it each month.

WILL COMICS FANS BUY OTHER FORMS OF STORYTELLING?

I’ve mentioned previously that there are fans of comics who want their heroes to stay in the comics. They won’t watch shows with them or buy anything else that have them. I think that’s a small group, though.

It’s just like the fans of Star Trek and other shows who will NOT buy comics featuring the franchises they love. Some call it a “purity” thing, that this is how they enjoy things, and they’re not going to change that because they wouldn’t be as high quality. In the end, it’s their choice.

I come down on the other side. If I enjoy a franchise or a character, I’ll explore other forms of storytelling.

Granted, they don’t always work.

A friend of mine and I were driving to a far-away convention, so we took along a Spider-Man audio series to bide the time. We started listening to it, but we were more and more chagrined when the story of the Web Crawler was changed in many ways. His origin seemed revamped, his powers were different, and how he functioned seemed far away from the basic hero we’d known for years.

When his Spider-Sense could detect villains city blocks away, we stopped. That wasn’t Spider-Man. It was some psychic guy who occasionally had spider-like powers.

So color me intrigued when this Wolverine audio drama comes out. To me, Wolverine is a visual character in that fans want to see him hack and slash his way through the bad guys. They’re going to have to make those sound effects very convincing in order to keep the attention to those listening.

An animated series of shorts and a film also fascinates me. It almost sounds like DC Super Hero Girls, which I first came across in a series of shorts online. Now you can catch them all together in episodes of films on Boomerang on cable, but I nearly gave up on the franchise when I had to find the correct sequence of shorts. Then, you had to wait for more episodes to come out, and I just didn’t have the time to keep up with it all.

Still, it’s proven to be quite the big hit, and I’m sure Marvel has taken notice. Add to that the fact that DC has been very successful in direct-to-disc movies, something else I’m sure Marvel hasn’t missed.

I do expect some of the bigger names to pop up now and again in these stories. After all, Spider-Man is still way more popular than Spider-Gwen, and just knowing he’s going to show up at all will attract fans of the Web Crawler who may not be as enamored of SG. We’ll see.

MOVING FORWARD

On some levels, the acquisition of Marvel by Disney was a perfect marriage.

Disney is one of those companies that seriously goes after anyone who uses their characters without their consent – meaning, they do not pay for the privilege.

I remember a child care center who had Disney heroes painted on their walls to please their clients. When the House of Mouse learned about it, they sued them because they were not paying Disney for the rights to use their characters. The place had to paint over those images in order to avoid a huge fine.

To me, it’s no secret that Marvel is similar in that they have also gone after folks who have formulated characters who are just too close to theirs – especially if they become popular.

Also, Marvel certainly wouldn’t mind eliminating the competition in the comics industry. Several times, they’ve tried to flood the market with so many books that fans of the House of Ideas simply wouldn’t be able to even think about buying something other than their products.

To date, that hasn’t worked, thankfully.

Does this mean I won’t be interested in these various expansions in other forms of media featuring Marvel folks? No, I’m intrigued. It’ll depend on how these things turn out as to whether I’ll invest in them or not. Does this mean the sales of Marvel comics will decline as a result? Ultimately, I don’t think so. Often these kinds of storytelling end up directing folks back to comics instead of away from them. At least, that’s what I hope happens, anyway.

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RICH REVIEWS: Time Songs # 1

First Comics News - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 18:30

Title: Time Songs # 1
Publisher: Galaxa Freaks
Writer/Artist/Cover: Andrew Pawley
Price: free
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Website: www.galaxafreaks.com
Comments: Lots of beautiful colors and the art is weird and cute in its style. Captain Yeah is the hero of this comic. He is one freaky looking dude. Someone is stealing galaxies and Captain Yeah has to find out who.
This universe is filled with lots of weird and freaky characters.
It is hard to understand exactly what is going on and who these characters are.  All the traveling around but each place looks a lot like the last. More individuality in the settings and the characters is needed so each stands out on its own.
Dark Despair makes a cute evil looking dude with a demonic look to him.
The backup story has three monsters coming to Earth to cause destruction. These monsters find Earth not exactly what they expected. Poor monsters.
The colors are all beautifully done throughout this comic and they will grab your attention.

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RICH REVIEWS: Fun Adventure Comics # 6

First Comics News - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 18:22

Title: Fun Adventure Comics # 6
Publisher: Will Lill Comics
Writers: Ron Fortier, Troy Vevasis, Lloyd Smith
Artists: Erik Roman, Pencils by Gonzalo Martinez/Inks by Terry Staats, Aleksandar Jovic, Pencils by Phil Fried/Inks by Dick Ayers
Colorists: James Penafiel, Warren Montgomery
Letterers: Warren Montgomery, Jaymes Reed, Aleksandar Jovic, Dave Vance
Cover Art by: Harrison Wood/Colors by Warren Montgomery, Federico Sioc Jr
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.wlcomics.com
Comments: “Monster vs Machine”
Professor Llewellyn Pettibone has come to a small village to catch Frankenstein’s Monster. He brings an automation with him.
Archie the automation and Frankenstein’s Monster go at it in a brawl of the monsters. It turns out that these monsters even one made of metal have more heart and soul and emotions of caring than most humans do. Being made and created by a human does not make one as uncaring and heartless as one.
The art does portray these beings in a light that lets you know they are not monsters. They are judged solely on their looks when there is so much more to them.
“Satin’s Ways: The Perfect Murder”
A husband is in need of money and he comes up with what he thinks is the perfect plan. It is perfect just with a nice little twist. The characters are fun and the art good.
“The Scarewolf”
One farmer uses his brain to solve his wolf problem. The art is done in a cartoon style and looks cute. The poor wolf.
“Toombora!”
Toombora is one beautifully illustrated monster. This story has Toombora invading our realm. No man can stop Toombora. Amanda leads this monster on a chase. There are thrills enough here to make a thrilling story.
These stories are all full of monsters of all kinds so you are sure to find something you like.

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RICH REVIEWS: Cognition # 0 

First Comics News - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 18:18

Title: Cognition # 0
Publisher: Cognition Comics
Script & Letters: Ken Reynolds
Art: Sam Bentley
Price: free online
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: cognitioncomic.bigcartel.com/
Comments: “They Never See it Coming”
Three people a guy and a woman plus a mouse and a robot are working for the British Occult Secret Service. They go around outing frauds in the occult. What they really want though is the real thing and they are more than just humans. These four are professionals. The one guy is so much more, a demon perhaps? There is a lot of mystery surrounding this team. The black and white art helps set the atmosphere for this story it really makes the frightening part even more frightening.
“The Devil’s Fishing Hole”
The mouse and the weirdest one of the group enter a bar. They listen to the locals chat about what goes on in the marsh and what they think causes it. What is really going on is scary as all hell and what it takes to stop it is just as scary. The mouse Sigma gets to cut loose here and really enjoys himself. Sigma is no ordinary mouse he has power and wants to use it. The use of black and white does set the mood for this story.
“Frame Breakers” Here we see more of the robot and cat. This mouse Sigma is one scary rodent. You wonder how the robot contains it.
After the stories, you get a dossier of the characters. Calibre 507 is not a robot but an android and one from an earlier time. Sigma the mouse with a demon in it. Hattie Griggs is a beautiful woman who is focused. Silas Pope is the leader. These four make up a unique team to battle the forces of supernatural evil.
This book is presented as a paranormal series with adventures that are sure to thrill and chill.

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RICH REVIEWS: Macbeth The Red King Edition

First Comics News - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 18:16

Title: Macbeth The Red King Edition
Publisher: Luca Comics
Story by: Shaun Manning
Art by: Anna Wieszczyk
Price: $ 20. 00 Can.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: luchacomics.com/
Comments: “Chapter 1: The King of Moray
Macbeth is shown here on the battlefield he has aspirations of becoming High King. The art is perfect for this story. It shows off the time period wonderfully. Now Macbeth on the battlefield is not an honorable warrior. His son is less than perfect. The way to story is written it is told using olden words making it a little hard to understand it all. Macbeth and his stepson do get along. Macbeth may make a good King but only for those who serve him loyally.
Chapter 2: The Red Queen
Malcolm is a Deposed Prince one who may one day become High King of the Scots. Macbeth does have a Queen who is sensible. She can run the country for a brief time while he is away. Maybe she can do it better than him.
Macbeth visits the Pope in Rome. While at home the Queen runs things. There are some lovely illustrations of expressions on the people.
Chapter 3: Siege
Macbeth is in battle here again. There is a good deal of fighting in this book. Macbeth has enemies on all sides of him. Royals are plotting against him and each other. Macbeth’s enemies join forces to destroy him.
Chapter 4: The Red King Falls
Here the two men wanting to be King both push for it but one pushes harder than the other.
The telling of this tale and the art that accompanies it are both beautiful to behold.

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RICH REVIEWS: Magnificent Ashcan Edition 

First Comics News - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 18:10

Title: Magnificent Ashcan Edition
Publisher: Chimera’s Comics
Writer: Carmelo Chimera
Artist: Steven Brown
Price: free
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: http://www.chimerascomics.com 
Comments: This is a preview of the Graphic Novel which will be over ninety pages long.
The art is way too dark with too much black filler on the faces. The villain is played up nicely and illustrated well. Magnificent looks uplifting. Then the art goes back to using way to much black on the face of the villain.
This unnamed villain and Magnificent do get into one big brawl. The fight is mostly all in the villain’s favor. The ending may not be what you expect.
In the back, you get a brief profile of the Magnificent and the villain and his name is exactly given.
The story is great in the way it sets up what is to come. You will find yourself wanting to read the rest to see how everything turns out.
This Ashcan makes for a nice introduction to the story and its main characters.

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Tarot#110 SDCC Skyclad 2018 Exclusive!

First Comics News - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 17:54

The Next Comicon Exclusive is…
Tarot#110 SDCC Skyclad 2018 Exclusive

We are creating the uncensored cover B to Tarot#110 as an Exclusive for 2018 San Diego Comicon!
So when you visit our booth, #1715, make sure it’s on your shopping list!

Can’t visit us??? Then we will reserve a copy for you!

Limited first printing Edition on Metal, Chrome, and High-Quality Cover stock.
Also, Note that we do have a Bundle option that you may collect all 3 with a $25 savings!

Limited Edition Glossy Cover Stock Variant will be created, signed and numbered this Edition will be $50.

Chrome Variants will be created, Cover -printed on a rainbow shimmer cover stock, signed and numbered this Edition will be $75

Gold Metal Variants will be created, Cover -printed on a sheet of shiny gold medal that will fill the background, signed and numbered this Edition will be $100.

With the Bundle option, you get a $25 savings!
Reserve your Copy Now


Enchanting Cover B just created by Jim!

ships late July 2018 or earlier

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COSMO #5 preview

First Comics News - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 17:46

COSMO #5 (of 5)

Cosmo puts on his game face for an all-new adventure! When an unexpected detour lands Cosmo inside an arcade machine, the mighty Martian will need more than wits to level up and conquer the cabinet of digital demons!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Evan Stanley, Mauro Fonseca, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Tracy Yardley
Variant Covers: Game Box Art, Retro Art
On Sale Date: 5/23
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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HELLBOY: THE BOARD GAME KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN GOES LIVE

First Comics News - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 23:44

Tabletop take on Mike Mignola’s visionary comics reaches its $140,000 goal in just 18 minutes.

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (April 27, 2018)—Mantic Games, in partnership with Dark Horse Comics, is pleased to announce that the Hellboy: The Board Game Kickstarter campaign is now live. After launching, the campaign reached its $140,000 goal within 18 minutes and more than 7,000 Hellboy fans around the globe have now backed the campaign.

Inspired by Mike Mignola’s Hellboy comic book universe, the game is a co-operative experience in which players face off against some of the comic’s most famous foes. Up to four people take control of iconic BRPD members, such as Hellboy, Abe Sapien and Roger the Homunculus, before exploring gothic locations and uncovering ancient artifacts.

Featuring stunning, pre-assembled plastic miniatures, Mantic Games has worked closely with Dark Horse Comics and Mike Mignola to ensure the gaming pieces accurately capture the look and feel of the source material. What’s more, top games designer James M. Hewitt – who has previously worked on Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower, Necromunda: Underhive and Blood Bowl 2016 – has been drafted in to create a compelling game experience.

“We have been overwhelmed by the incredible support of Hellboy fans,” said Ronnie Renton, CEO of Mantic Games. “This is already shaping up to be one of our most successful Kickstarter campaigns ever and we’ve still got several weeks to go. We’re planning to add more infamous adversaries and iconic agents as the funding continues to rise!”

“Congratulations Mantic Games,” said Mike Mignola. “Clearly the fans have spoken!”

Hellboy has appeared in graphic novels and comic books, prose novels and short story collections, two animated features, two live-action films, toy lines and all manner of merchandise.

You can check out the Kickstarter campaign here: kickstarter.com

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Big Hero 6 Comics Coming from IDW this Summer

First Comics News - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 23:23

Stories to Feature New Adventures Based on the Upcoming Disney Series!

SAN DIEGO, CA (April 27, 2018) – Debuting on Disney Channel on Saturday June 9, Big Hero 6 The Series will usher in new adventures of legendary superhero team Big Hero 6 — Hiro, Wasabi, Fred, Go Go, Honey Lemon and Baymax — for viewers. To coincide, IDW will be bringing even more excitement to readers in an all-ages comic book series! The fun kicks off this July with the first issue of an ongoing series.

Protecting San Fransokyo is no easy feat, but Hiro and the team are up to the challenge. “Big Hero 6 The Series features an amazing cast of characters. I couldn’t love them more, and I couldn’t be happier to be working on this book,” said Editor Joe Hughes.

Catching attention with her online comics and zines, burgeoning writer Hannah Blumenreich will lead the new comic series, writing the debut issue with Nicoletta Baldari (Star Wars: Forces of Destiny) providing stylish artwork to bring the characters to life. The first issue will also feature covers by Gurihiru (Gwenpool) and Sophie Campbell (Jem and the Holograms, TMNT).

“I am so excited to write this comic series,” exclaimed Hannah Blumenreich. “I know these characters are near and dear to a lot of people and I hope to do right by them.”

Look for the action-packed first issue available wherever comic books are sold this July, and don’t miss Big Hero 6 The Series this summer beginning Saturday, June 9 on Disney Channel.

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Infinity War

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:00

Since Avengers and a shoddily animated post-credits scene, we've been teased with this. So even if, like me, you're beginning to tire of the Marvel Cinematic Formula, then you are probably going to up for this installment. And you should be, because damn if they didn't stick the landing.

In brief: Thanos of Titan (No reference here to comic's original Greek Mythological origin or his actual birth on the Saturnian moon. It's just some planet here.) is after all these plot coupons that have had major to minor appearances in previous films, to crush gemstones from them--the Infinity Stones. He well on his way to collecting them all, when Avengers: Infinity War opens.

What follows is a film structured like a classic comic book crossover with mismatched groups of heroes in different locations try to prevent Thanos or his minions from getting one Infinity Stone or another. Each time they engage them entertainingly. I don't think I felt my interest in the doings flag noticeably over the nearly three hour run time. It is impressive how well paced it is despite the number of location jumps and protagonist shifts. I can't think of any film with an ensemble so sprawling that has done it so well.

And the ending? Well, without significant spoilers let's just say this is the Empire Strikes Back to the Star Wars: A New Hope comprised of entirety of the Cinematic Marvel Universe before.

Are there things not to like? Well, it carries the baggage of previous CMU stuff, so if (like me) you didn't like the "science-fiction"-izing of Asgard and Asgardian, that's all in your face here, starting with Asgardian's sending a distress call like they are Free Trader Beowulf from the cover of Traveller. All you Hawkeye fans (there's gotta be someone) will be disappointed that he isn't in it, and many other characters largely just get brief lines and brief appearances in fight scenes. There is not as much character stuff or dramatic beats here; there just isn't space. In that regard, this is the story of Gamorra, Tony Stark, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Thor, and Thanos, and every one else is showing up just to fight. The CGI is great at times and unaccountably bad in others. Thanos's footsteps always seem too dainty.

And finally, this is perhaps the most comic book of comic book movies, with that fact entailing both good and bad perhaps. This certainly shouldn't be anyone's first Marvel film. It is not as accessible in the way Black Panther or the more comedic Marvel entries like Thor: Ragnarok are.

But overall, I loved it, and if you've been a fan of the other films or even most of them, you probably will too.


What Are These Items Being Displayed by This Hand Model?

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 11:00

Why, they're the latest proofs from the Operation Unfathomable Kickstarter! The Player's Guide and the second volume of that hymn to the oracular dice gods, Dungeon Dozen vol. 2.  Both adorned with snazzy cover designed by your truly (he said with all due modesty).

First, they will go to the the deserving faithful (i.e. Kickstarter backers), then they will go on sale to more recent converts at the usual outlets.


Weird Revisited: From The Mound

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 11:00
This post first appeared almost eight years ago to the day. The original version ended with a blank #9, but commentors filled in more, included here:


You never know what might be found in those ancient mounds doitting the Strange New World and perhaps other worlds, as well. Here are a few suggestions:
  1. Eight giant (8-9 ft. tall) human-like skeletons in breast-plates and ornaments of a copper-like (but harder) metal. Armor is +1 but half the usual weight.  
  2. 2d10 eggs that will hatch dungeon chickens if incubated.
  3. A phantasmagoria magic lantern obviously of more recent manufacture than the mound itself.
  4. Three partially buried skulls inscribed with mystical designs, which upon closer inspection are actually necrophidii.
  5. The mummified corpses of 1d8 children of both sexes who were killed by ritual strangulation. They will rise as undead mummies on the first night of the new moon after excavation. 
  6. A sarcophagi contain a person in strange, futuristic outfit. If the round, reflective glass helmet is removed it will reveal the apparently dead (but remarkably undecayed) body of one of the PCs at an advanced age.
  7. A glass pyramid containing a Mantid Warrior-Nun, who is alert and active, but unable to escape.
  8. A beautiful woman in ancient garb, who appears to be asleep. Approaching close enough to touch the woman (even if not actually doing so) will allow her to take possession of a victim’s body as per the magic jar spell. If successful, the victim’s soul enters a large gem in her regalia.
  9. A copy of a murder ballad tattooed into the skin of its victim preserved in a whiskey jar. (Tim Shorts)
  10. An ancient spacecraft. A 20% chance of a given system being operational, with the first checked being the entry mechanism. Think of the data banks... (Porky)
  11. A tomb decorated with a finely detailed model of the surrounding area at it was at the time of the original internment. The art style might be native, OOPS Oriental ("How did a diamyo of the Demon Isles end up here?"), mysterious Ancient, etc.If the investigators can work out what they are looking at (the gross landforms are the same, but the rivers have shifted course slightly and some of the distances are just plain wrong according to modern survey maps) it acts as a Treasure Map to 1d6 previously unknown ancient native sites.The models have resale value as antiquaries, but there is a non-trivial chance that removing 1 or more destroys the Treasure Map effect. (Chris Hogan)
  12. One really, really big egg. (NetherWerks)

Classic Marvel Negastar

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 14:00


STATISTICS
               RM   (30)
               RM  (30)
S                 GD  (10)
E                 IN   (40)
R                 EX (20)
I                   EX   (20)
P                  IN   (40)

Health: 80
Karma: 80
Resources: GD (10)

KNOWN POWERS
Nega-Cosmic Power Manipulation: Negastar is imbued with the extradimensional energy of the dark entities of the Negacosm. He can form simple shapes such as spheres, cubes, columns, and rings or simple tools like pincers.  He can effect up to 2 areas at a time and increase the density of the Nega-Cosmic force to Monstrous Material Strength. He can create a force shield of Monstrous Rank or the power as a weapon to fire a damaging beam up to 2 areas. If Negastar falls unconscious, his constructs will dissipate.
Life Support: Nega-Cosmic energy sustains him giving him breathable air and protection from the elements of Monstrous rank. His effect remains even if he is unconscious.
Flight: Negastar can utilize the energy to fly at Remarkable speed in atmosphere and Class 3000 speed in the vacuum of space.

See Friday's post for more background.

SoEC Deluxe Resources

The Splintered Realm - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 23:52
I decided to put together a master blog post (that I can keep updating) with a list of specific resources for Sentinels of Echo City's Deluxe Edition...

The Core Rules in Print
The Core Rules in PDF

From the Core Rules
Art Released Under a Creative Commons Share-Alike License
Character Sheet
Echo City Map in Black and White
Echo City Map in Color

Characters
Demon by Rick Hull
Space Ace by Rick Hull
Star Child by Rick Hull
The Cat by Rick Hull

Echo City Rules Update

The Splintered Realm - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 15:00
The updated version of the core rules has been posted. There are dozens of minor changes (mechanics, grammar, consistency) across the rules. There is also a new picture for Myrmidon, because I realized that the write-up for bleeding attack was in there twice!

There are no actual rule changes, just a whole lot of clarification and consistency. Thanks to Max Traver and Rick Hull for all of the editing help! You guys helped out a great deal.

I am still hoping to have the print edition out this weekend, and am also working on a revision to the blog itself, with revised links for support. I'm also working on fiction in the world of the game, and this will be a regular feature in the bi-monthly magazine that launches in May! There's a lot going on...

Negastar!

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:00

Jim "Flashback Blog" Shelley and I are working on a comic (and possibly a related rpg project) with artist Chris Malgrain. Here's a DC Who's Who style entry for Negastar, the first of the character designs completed. The text is semi-accurate, semi-placeholder, and as such is subject to alteration.

There will be game stats at some point for this guy, but not today!

Here's the character in color:


The Terror And the Ice-Gripped Sandbox

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 04:00

The AMC drama The Terror is based on the novel by Dan Simmons which in turn is a fictionalization of the lost expedition of Sir John Franklin. The events in the show and the novel have light supernatural element, but most it's a tale of the typical things that would befall ships stuck in the arctic ice for years.

I've been thinking the ice pack could replace the Sargasso Sea in the film The Lost Continent. It could hold the descendants of people marooned their years ago. Their could be a frozen graveyard of ship with weird micro-societies and weird monsters.

Wednesday Comics: X-men Grand Design Treasury Edition

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:00

I've mentioned X-Men: Grand Design by Ed Piskor before. It's a retelling and synthesis of the history of the X-Men into a single narrative. If you haven't picked up either of the issues in the first chapter in another format, let me suggest you get the Treasury Edition that recently came out. It's an attractive packing (see above) and oversized (over 9 in. wide and over 13 inches tall) size that compliments Piskor's dense page layout.


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