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Sun, 01/21/2018 - 02:05







Pretty much pissed at everyone I know…

It’s really not a good time to poke the beast.

I assure you.

Can’t say I didn’t warn you.

Because—I did.

You also can’t be mad at me for trying to protect you from myself.


I’m a good person.

I do good things.

Meandering around Royal Oak—despite raging—helped a group of elderly take a walker out of the back and took it too the lady trying to get out of  the front seat.

They had pulled in front of a garage to get out, and the security guard came out to tell them they needed to move.

I knew they weren’t going to just move without getting out because it was really the only place for them to do so, so I meant to expedite the process.


So—I’m going to play magic tonight with someone I played with last time I lived in MI… who, kind of, stalked me; but, he’s good and his play group is pro level—don’t judge.

And—need to kill some time before.

Going into this with the notice my laptop battery is almost dead, I needed to find a place with wifi and a plug—alcohol would be nice.

Set destination for HopCat—but, they were hoppin’

So, I’m wandering around looking for places; an, it’s onsie night XD


Of course I ask several groups if they already had them—a few did. XD

Back in October, I made a note somewhere about all the onsies for sale in MI.


Maybe I’m just jelly.


Three potential places later, I’m sitting at this bar in a restaurant I don’t know the name of… oh… B Spot?

Like; Burger Spot?

That’s fucking dumb.

Fries are good though.

And, BBQ sauce.

Whatever… shut up.

Found someone’s driver’s license on the ground.

Assuming it belongs to someone attending onsie night just because of the population and thought about trying to find the person in charge to turn it in but there are a lot of people downtown and won’t guarantee its return.

Of course, I’m going to mail it to her.

That shit sucks.


So, I’m now sitting here with two hours to kill after having some form of spanish coffee with a double shot of rum.

My last “paycheck” came in the form of a debit card.

ZERO warning.


So, now I feel like I’m being looked at like I’m committing fraud every time I use it because it doesn’t have a name on it—that’s not entirely true—I’m actually about to use it for the first time;but, I haven’t used it up to this point because I felt like I’d be looked at like I’m committing fraud… sigh…

Not to mention, was trying NOT to spend that money… but, of course, I am… sigh…

This marketing firm print job needs to happen soon.

But, then—of course—I immediately need to take 2 friday’s off in a row next month. XD

I’m funny.

Super stoked though!

So, Feb 9th-11th, going to ASTRONOMICON

OMFG. Eric Bischoff, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall AND Booker T!!! <3

I grew up in the ’90s with WCW as a staple in our household.

It was on ever Monday and Thursday night.

My mom was a HUGE fan of Kevin Nash and Scott Hall—thought they were the sexiest men alive.

Also, Sig Haig and Bill Moseley, The Devil’s Rejects—eeeeeeekkkkkkkkk!!!!! <3


Also, someone I was suppose to write a review for; and, kind of, did—but; not really because it wasn’t great and I don’t understand how he’s made this level of fame over it because I feel like I wasted and entire evening reading Vol. 1 hoping for it to get better…


The following weekend, I will be attending Planet Comicon in Kansas City, Missouri.

So is Danny Trejo; John Cusack; and, Jason Momoa.

: )

Going with Comics, Beer and Sci-Fi crew.

My card worked and everything was fine, so I ordered a braut and a cider—1.5 hours to kill.


681 words in and all I’ve been doing is ranting about how I got to this point of the review I’m about to grace you with…

But, it really has been important to say all this to get you understand my level of rage.

I’ve been (trying not to) fighting with everyone in my immediate circle.

Everyone has pissed me off in some way.


This guy I messaged off craigslist posting about ending his worthless life, turned on me after I refused his marriage proposal.



Before I can actively start writing a review, I needed to get that off my chest because it puts my mood in perspective for what type of comic I’m looking for and how I’m looking at it.

OH! And! Feb. 23rd-24th, I’ll be at Great Lakes Comic Con for the hat trick.

It’s funny, I’ll actually be helping run the magic gaming section where I’d learned magic two years ago.

Quite pleased and impressed with myself—if I say so myself—and; I do—because; I did.

Opened Gate Keeper Games on Thursday because Mr. Tim had a thing…

This dude from a distributor called about setting up an account and asked me about the con—he’s running the board gaming… I said I was personally going and would be assistant with magic gaming and we made plans to say hi.

Networking is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO important in this industry.

If your not there, you’re not there.

985 words and I still haven’t started review anything because the last (7:44—4:44) time I sat down to read something—few days ago—was a complete and utter waste of my fucking time—and I fucking hate time.

You know—because, I just fucking told you.

1029 nd an hour to go—I think we’ve hit that point… the time to make a choice.

What to read…


4,329 choices.

Would easily be over 5k now if I hadn’t missed so many downloads from poor signal strength and periodic lack of caring about anything—comics, included.

I really do hate you all.


Perusing my digital library, Found the Third Testament Vol. 1-4.

Remember doing a review on Vol. 1 before the sever crash were I stupid lost everything because I backed up nothing—yes—I’m still salty.

Remember liking the title…

Don’t remember if I read them all—think I will now, though…

DAFAQ not…

Well, not ALL of them at this moment because I’m down to 45 mins…

But, now I’m going to have to read this ALL again… sigh…

Ugh… I LITERALLY have been in arguments with 4 people over the last two weeks regarding this bullshit… sigh…

No matter how much w advance, this shit is wo-man—as in, sub of man—is still SO prevalent and constantly reinforced in our society.

I like the art, though.

And—despite a few seemingly missing pronunciations in the way of conversational pausing English most miss, because I love simi-colons and em-dashes—the dialog is quite good.

You can HEAR the characters speaking.


Ugh… didn’t even make it to page 20 without my roommate texting about giving him the cold shoulder…


I’ve been in a shit mod for days.

I’ve been nothing but open and honest…


If anything I’ve learned, I have the right to not to talk to anyone… right?

Just as everyone has the right not to talk to anyone else…

That’s my understanding in all this fucking mess…

But, of course, it’s his fucking birthday and I didn’t fucking know and he non nonchalantly makes little comments versus but coming out and says what’s on his mind so I wasn’t aware today was his birthday—but; I’m the asshole… sigh…

Ugh! I hate humans…

1383… I have about 3 mins left until I need to get going and I’m still waiting to cash out frmo 20 mins ago and I’m rawr…


Haven’t really finished this article in the way of a review but I think I’ve written enough content to hopefully amuse you as much as I’ve amused myself writing it until I decide to actually write a review.

I’m funny.


Be well.

Fuck off and die…

K. Done–Byee!


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Sat, 01/20/2018 - 19:08


Nancy Silberkleit

“Meet Scarlet – she is a new character that we have introduced in the iconic comic series and she represents people on the autism spectrum. She is a gentle child who wants to be included in the social circle, and she is often misunderstood. I believe that Scarlet will be a powerful tool because the medium, a well-known comic book, is the perfect place for kids to learn and they naturally gravitate towards these comics because they are fun and accessible.

Scarlet helps all of us to understand that people just want to be treated with respect and kindness. We are each unique individuals – but we all want to be included and treated kindly. Much of the problems of bullying and seeing other people as different stems from ignorance; and the antidote is awareness. Wouldn’t we live in a better world if we embraced our differences rather than being scared of them?

By introducing Scarlet, we are hoping that teachers and students can learn about autistic children and about differences. They can learn about how to treat a person with autism and how to understand this person’s different types of behaviors. Through education, we can instill kindness in our children. Kindness can light up a dark room and transform people, and it can be infectious too since it only takes one act of kindness to ignite others to be kind.”

Fernando Ruiz

“I had a very positive time working with Nancy on this one … It was nice revisiting these characters again after so long of a time! Not only did I get to draw the Archie characters again, but this story gave me the opportunity to include the Little Archie gang, personal favorites of mine! Long-time sharp-eyed followers of my work will see from one of these pages that I also wasted no time in squeezing in one of my notorious Cosmo the Merry Martian cameos. I even got another favorite of mine, Superduck, in there! Plus it’s always fun creating new characters. I hope everyone will give Scarlett a chance and take to her as much as I have. She got lots of potential and I’d love to see her come back again.”

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Sat, 01/20/2018 - 18:47

2017 Diamond Gem Award Suppliers of the Year

2017 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Over 3%: DC Comics

2017 Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Under 3%: Aftershock Comics

2017 Backlist Publisher of the Year: DC Comics

2017 Top Dollar Market Share Publisher of the Year: Marvel Comics

2017 Manga Publisher of the Year: VIZ Media

2017 Game Manufacturer of the Year: WizKids

2017 Toy Manufacturer of the Year: Funko

2017 Diamond Gem Award Products of the Year

2017 Comic Book of the Year – Under $3.99: Batman #24, DC Comics

2017 Comic Book of the Year – Over $3.99: Doomsday Clock #1 (of 12), DC Comics

2017 Top Dollar Comic Book of the Year: Marvel Legacy #1

2017 Best New Comic Book Series: Redneck, Image Comics

2017 Best All Ages Series: DuckTales, IDW Publishing

2017 Best All Ages Original/Reprint GN: DC Super Hero Girls, volume 4: Past Times at Super Hero High, DC Comics

2017 Licensed Comic of the Year: Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1, Marvel Comics

2017 Licensed TP or HC of the Year: Batman TMNT, volume 1, DC Comics/IDW Publishing

2017 Original Graphic Novel of the Year: Wonder Woman Earth One, volume 1, DC Comics

2017 Reprint TP or HC of the Year: The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan, Image Comics

2017 Indie Graphic Novel of the Year: My Favorite Thing is Monsters GN Vol. 1, Fantagraphics Books

2017 Manga TP of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Volume 1, VIZ Media

2017 Anthology of the Year: Love is Love GN, IDW Publishing

2017 Magazine of the Year: Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal Magazine

2017 Trade Book of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts HC, Dark Horse Comics

2017 Best Free Comic Book Day Book: FCBD 2017 I Hate Image, Image Comics

2017 Game Product of the Year: Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool and X-Force Booster Brick, WizKids/NECA

2017 Toy Product of the Year: Marvel Gallery: Dr. Strange PVC Figure, Diamond Select Toys

2017 Toy Line of the Year: POP!, Funko

2017 Collectible Statue of the Year: DC Designer Series: The Joker by Brian Bolland Statue, DC Collectibles

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RICH REVIEWS: Go Go Power Rangers # 6 

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 18:38

Title: Go Go Power Rangers # 6
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Written by: Ryan Parrott
Illustrated by: Dan Mora
Colors by: Raul Angulo
Letters by: Ed Dukeshire
Covers by: Dan Mora, Miguel Mercado
Variant Covers by: Michelle Wong, Natasha Bustos, Audrey Mok
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Comments: Rita’s past life before the Power Rangers was a simple one conquer and receive tribute.
It is nice to see the Rangers have a normal life outside of being Power Rangers. Billy applies to Promethea and if they do not accept him it would be their biggest mistake. Billy can be shy and nervous but he is smarter than most and a great addition to any team.
Rita is taking a different approach here to her usual attacks. Kimberly and Matthew are a couple but Rita has plans for them. She has plans for Matthew that are going to affect the whole team but most deeply Kimberly.
The story is slow with not much happening and very little action. There is one scene of danger but it is over quickly.
Billy comes up with a surprise that will be shocking if it happens in more ways than one.
Rita, when she is shown, looks bored. This part was before the Power Rangers and having them in her life has sparked her into life. Her evil has blossomed with them around.
The art has Goldarr looking sharp but otherwise, there is nothing of interest.
The Power Rangers do need to go go and do more.

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The Viking Queen Comic Book Raids Kickstarter

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 18:34

Publishing company Source Point Press has unveiled the latest from famed comic book writer Paul Storrie (Gotham Girls, Robyn of Sherwood, Batman Beyond, Captain America, Justice League Unlimited) on Kickstarter recently. Storrie has written a one-shot comic book titled The Viking Queen that began a two-week Kickstarter campaign on January 15th.

Editor-In-Chief Travis McIntire commented “Paul’s been a great friend to Source Point Press, and we’ve been wanting to work together for some time now. The concept for this story was originally one that was intended for a fantasy anthology that didn’t pan out, but was so excellent we wanted to expand upon it to make it its own one-shot title.” The comic has already made 400% of its goal on Kickstarter in just a couple days, and unlocked three stretch goal bonus rewards for backers as low as $10.

Artist Kevin Caron (artist on IDW’s Badger Bull, and Badger Saves the World) took on duties of pencils and inks on The Viking Queen. “Kevin and I had both worked on Sheena: Queen of the Jungle series, and he’d reached out at the perfect time to see if there was anything else we could collaborate on,” says writer Paul Storrie. Sean Seal, a fan-favorite artist on many Source Point Press titles such as Norah, The Rot, and Michigan Comics Collective’s Wild Bullets, is doing the colors for The Viking Queen. The cover art was done by acclaimed artist Rod Reis, who you may know from titles such as Teen Titans, Superman, Justice League, Nightwing, C.O.W.L., Suicide Squad, Mortal Kombat X, and his latest Image series Hadrian’s Wall.

“We’re thrilled by the amazing and immediate response comic fans have had to the Kickstarter”, says Source Point Press Co-Founder and Art Director Joshua Werner. “We love seeing how excited people are to read the latest from Paul Storrie. Almost as excited as we are to get it in their hands.” This Kickstarter is only two weeks long, ending January 30th. For those interested in checking out the exclusive rewards and the bonus rewards that have been unlocked by stretch goals, you can visit the campaign here:

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NINJA-K #3 preview

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 18:27

Cover A by TREVOR HAIRSINE ( NOV172026)
Cover B by LUCAS TROYA (NOV172027)
Interlocking Variant by KENNETH ROCAFORT (NOV172028)
Ninjak Icon Variant by TOMÁS GIORELLO (NOV172029)
Pre-Order Edition by TONCI ZONJIC (SEP172024)

Spy vs. super-spy!

At last, Ninjak is about to find himself face-to-face with the surgically precise killer that has been eliminating the operatives of MI-6’s most elite intelligence service – the deep-black training unit known as the “Ninja Programme” – one by one. But this shocking truth will also bring a devastating realization about Colin King’s own past screaming into the modern day… With a gun at his back and a sword at his side, Britain’s most elite super-spy is about to have his faith in queen and country tested like never before…

The mystery of “THE NINJA FILES” continues as renowned writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and superstar artist Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR) lead MI-6’s deadliest secret agent ever deeper into a shadow-laden game of cat and mouse…

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JANUARY 24th


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X-O MANOWAR #11 preview

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 18:26

Written by MATT KINDT
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (NOV172017)
Interlocking Variant by ARIEL OLIVETTI (NOV172019)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by JAY ANACLETO (NOV172020)
Pre-Order Edition by RYAN BODENHEIM (OCT171928)


Aric of Dacia’s bone-crushing climb to the throne of an alien world earned him scores of allies…and a legion of scorned enemies. Now, stripped of his crown and cast out of his kingdom, the man known as X-O Manowar must return to his roots as a sword-wielding warrior of Earth if he is to survive the relentless band of intergalactic bounty hunters that have been hired to kill him cold. But with few places left to turn, could the last Visigoth’s best hope be the all-powerful…but insidious…weapon he once swore away: the X-O Manowar armor?

From soldier to general to emperor…to outcast! The climax of X-O MANOWAR’s whirlwind first year in the Valiant Universe starts here as “VISIGOTH” begins with a bold new entry point from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (ETERNITY) and explosive artist Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead)!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale JANUARY 24th


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MIGHTY CRUSADERS #3 unlettered preview

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 16:57

“Ambush”—The Mighty Crusaders are on the attack against the vicious Eliminators! It’s an all-out brawl with the odds in the Crusaders’ favor, until they’re faced with a new, dark entity: The Dream Demon!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Kelsey Shannon, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Mighty Crusaders #3 CVR A Reg: Kelsey Shannon, Matt Herms
Mighty Crusaders #3 CVR B Var: Tom Feister
Mighty Crusaders #3 CVR C Var: Phil Jimenez, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Ship Date: 1/31
On Sale Date: 2/14
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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CALVIN’S COMMENTARIES: Adventures of the Red Panda

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 10:11

If you want to just sit back and listen to some fine action pulp with a healthy dose of humour then look no farther than The Adventures of the Red Panda.

There is so much to like about the Red Panda, which Wikipedia describes as “a lighthearted radio drama series in the style of old time radio that follows the 1930s adventures of “Canada‘s greatest superhero“, the Red Panda, and his trusty sidekick, the “fearless fighting female”, the Flying Squirrel, as they protect the citizens of Toronto, Ontario from villains ranging from gangsters and supervillains to the supernatural forces of darkness.”

I have always liked pulp stories, The Shadow, The Phantom and the Green Lama as examples, but to have a Canadian hero is a huge bonus. That the stories have lots of smiles and laughs make it a great diversion.

“The series was created by Gregg Taylor of Decoder Ring Theatre and earned the company multiple Podcast Award and Parsec Award nominations,” continues Wikipedia. “In 2010 the series won the Parsec Award for excellence in Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form), and earned Decoder Ring Theatre the Podcast Award for best podcast in the Cultural/Arts Category.”

As a podcast these adventures have a radio feel, and that was clearly Taylor’s goal.

In the tradition of the great mystery men of radio, pulp fiction and the golden age of comics comes The Red Panda, famed protector of 1930s Toronto,” notes the Decoder Ring website.

“Hiding his true identity as one of the city’s wealthiest men behind a bright red domino mask, The Red Panda dispenses two-fisted pulp justice with strength, courage and eerie hypnotic powers. Joined in his quest by that Famed Fighting Female The Flying Squirrel, this Terrific Twosome holds high the lamp of justice in a dark time!”

Taylor was prolific with the Red Panda lasting 11 seasons with 120 episodes, each roughly 30-minutes.

There is an underlying story here, as time passes through the series, so jump in at episode one, and savour the extended journey.

The Red Panda is obviously not a new offering, but it is one of the best of its genre, and is a true Canadian gem. This is one that I completely enjoyed, and gets my highest recommendation.

Decoder Ring Theatre’s shows are available for free download in mp3 format, either directly from their site, via the Podcast Feed or subscribe in iTunes. Or if you prefer, there is a handy player beside each episode. Check it out at

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Sat, 01/20/2018 - 10:10

It’s always intriguing for me to root out new sports to watch. I watch the usual mix of baseball, Canadian football, hockey and Saskatchewan Rush lacrosse, but finding something new is always fun.

Several months ago I came across a post somewhere, the exact spot long forgotten, which mentioned the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL), would be expanding with a Toronto-area franchise for the 2018-19 season.

At the time, I knew very little about arena soccer, past that it is placed on a hockey-rink sized court, with a player set up which basically mimics a hockey team.

But it was still soccer, and I have never been a fan of the outdoor game, being generally more excited by the grass growing on the front lawn, even though I have tried to get into Toronto FC since they are so successful.

Still, I searched out the MASL, and found that they broadcast games on their own TV channel via

The great thing about MASLTV is that if you miss a game live, they remain available via On-Demand.

Arena soccer is outstanding. Goals come often, thanks to the ball being live off the boards, creating very dramatic ball movement.

Granted the quality of video and play-by-play varies greatly among the various teams, Mexico-based games are not in English, so to enjoy the sport I recommend Milwaukee Wave games.

The Wave does great broadcasts and Ian Bennett the team and league’s best goal scorer just happens to be a Canadian, as is talented forward Robert Renaud and netminder Josh Lemos.

I will, of course, switch allegiance to TO when they take to the floor next season.

If you like quick, exciting play in your sport entertainment, the MASL is worth following, and the games are free to access as well which is a nice bonus.

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The Hey Kids Comics Radio Show – Episode 82

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 02:59
The Hey Kids Comics Radio Show – Episode 82

Marty, Dan, and Chris have a pretty low key chat about some of the day’s news. Superman gets underwear, Slott writes Spider-Man, er, sorry, he writes Iron Spider, no, that’s not correct, he writes Iron Man and there’s going to be a wedding in the Marvel Universe. The lads struggle to recall what’s happening at Marvel with the exception of Marvel Two-in-One that has us impressed. Marty admits to a HUGE Captain Canuck secret that shocks poor Dan and our listening audience. We wind down the show finding out just how far gone Marty’s memory is recapping some of the comic book-related TV shows.

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RICH REVIEWS: Barbarella # 2

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 01:56

Title: Barbarella # 2
Publisher: Dynamite
Writer: Mike Carey
Artist: Kenan Yarar
Colorist: Mohan
Letterer: Crank!
Cover Artists: Marcos Martin, Paul Pope & Vincent Nappi, Stephen Segovia & Elmer Santos, Fay Dalton, Kenan Yarar & Mohan
Based on the character created by: Jean-Claude Forest
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Comments:  “Red Hot Gospel” Part Two: Spoils of War.
Barbarella and Jury are still making their escape. We see Barbarella is more than just an ordinary human woman. She is much more.
The little Vix is a cute animal. It is illustrated beautifully. The scenery is filled with lots of weird things. Your eye will be drawn to this strangely compelling art. Barbarella does not look at all appealing as a nun.
Barbarella‘s facial expressions are drawn as weird looking things that just do not work. Her body is drawn gorgeously.
The story has little bursts of action but almost no fighting. Barbarella was not used all that much other than mainly walking around dressed as a nun. The whole story could have been presented a lot better and with artwork done better. It was almost as if the artist just gave up.
Barbarella is one fantastic character and if used right will deliver.

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RICH REVIEWS: The Shadow/Batman # 4

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 01:54

Title: The Shadow/Batman # 4
Publisher: Dynamite/DC
Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Giovanni Timpano
Colorist: Flavio Dispenza
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover by: Kevin Nowlan
Variant Covers by: Philip Tan and Elmer Santos, Brandon Peterson, ACO and Marcelo Maiolo, Giovanni Timpano and Flavio Dispenza
Batman Created by: Bob Kane with Bill Finger
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Comments: Khan has taken control of Batman’s mind he breaks free but still Khan has both Batman and the Shadow on their knees.  Batman never stops fighting his will is indomitable. The battle of wills is as impressive as the physical battle.
Khan is showing his superiority over the Shadow. Khan is a control freak. He has good reason to think so. Meanwhile, Damian faces his grandfather, what will the outcome be between these two?
Having all these fighters in this issue you would think there would be more fighting.
The best scenes are between Alfred and Batman as we see how much Batman truly values Alfred not as just a butler but as a close friend.
It would be nice to see more physical action taking place.

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RICH INTERVIEWS: Crystal Frasier Writer for “Pathfinder: Spiral of Bones”

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 01:46

First Comics News: You have been working on Pathfinder for almost a decade, what is the biggest impact it has had on your life?

Crystal Frasier: Working on Pathfinder introduced me to a lot of great folks in the tabletop industry, like my fellow Pathfinder comic writers Wes Schneider and Erik Mona who offered me this opportunity to write for Dynamite. A lot of these people have gone on to become good friends, or even feel like family—family who actually understand what I do for a living, a topic that still confuses my parents. I think most importantly, it’s given me the chance to be a public face for other queer women who want to work in gaming; I had to deal with a lot of bullshit when I was younger about not belonging in gaming communities, and I don’t think there’s any place for that anymore. I’m happy to do my small part to condemn that attitude to the annals of history.

1st: What is the basic storyline of “Pathfinder: Spiral of Bones”?

Crystal: It loosely picks up where Runescars left off, with our core team of Pathfinders—Seoni, Valeros, Merisiel, Harsk, and Ezren—growing more concerned about the rising magic from the ancient empire of Thassilon and traveling to the city of Kaer Maga. As a city without laws, Kaer Maga is one of the few places an honest adventurer can still buy books of forbidden knowledge. And I don’t want to say that a city devoid of laws is a dangerous place but, spoiler alert, Valeros dies.

Luckily, it’s a fantasy universe, so it probably won’t stick, but the whole situation ends up far weirder than he thought death would be. There’s a lot more going on in the background; I used the opportunity to look a little bit more at death in the Pathfinder universe from a few different perspectives. Also, I added half-orc smooching, because I feel the Pathfinder comics have been lax in that critical field.

1st: What differences did you notice from writing a role-playing game to writing a comic book?

Crystal: I’d been writing comics before I ever started with Paizo, so going back to it, in the more professional format Dynamite uses, was refreshing. In a roleplaying game adventure, you really only need to write half the story: Explain what the villains are doing—and then the players provide the other half by playing the heroes. In comics, you still get to consider the big fun set pieces, themes, and characters involved, but you have to write responses from the heroes, and then responses to those responses. It’s easy to let the characters grow and run in your head and take the story somewhere unexpected. If being an RPG writer is like being an administrator—keeping things carefully organized and the math running just right—being a comic writer is more like being a kindergarten teacher.

1st: Will we be seeing any mythological creatures in the pages of “Pathfinder: Spiral of Bones”?

Crystal: Oh yes. The preview pages for issue #1 features Valeros fighting a troll fortuneteller who, sadly, does not reappear (but probably deserves his own spinoff series about the turmoil of being a 9 to 5 soothsayer in a consumer-driven economy). Most of the story introduces us to Golarion’s psychopomps: the administrators of death who keep the courts of the afterlife churning away. Wes Schneider and I argue a lot over whose babies they are—we joined forces on their creation and both love the creepy, weird little goons dearly—and it was a lot of fun to breath the extra bit of life into them. Even beyond the psychopomps, we got to show off other beings from the Pathfinder afterlife. The comics have shown devils before, but this is the first time we’ve gotten to include an angel or an inevitable—a mechanical race who exist to enforce the laws of creation.

1st: Who is Valeros and who are a few of the other characters in “Pathfinder: Spiral of Bones”?

Crystal: Valeros is the iconic fighter of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game; he brings a good heart, sharp blades, and a strong liver to the table. He’s a sweet guy who likes a good time, loves his friends, and usually feels like he’s way in over his head. He’s also spent the last few story arcs with a growing sense of inferiority—he travels with a wizard, a cleric, and a sorcerer who are all capable of incredible feats of magic, while his other friends include a dwarf who will live five lifetimes longer than he will and an elf who will live ten. He’s worried he’ll die and will never really have mattered. I think a lot of us can relate to that.

The rest of the usual Pathfinder team is here aside from Kyra the cleric, who is away on pilgrimage. Her absence lets me play with two things in this storyline: her relationship with the elf Merisiel, who isn’t used to getting attached, and the introduction of a fan-favorite iconic character from the roleplaying game: the half-orc inquisitor Imrijka. Imrijka fills the role of religious-type and conscience, and because she serves the goddess of death and judgment, her moral compass is a bit more stark than Kyra’s kind and nurturing ways.

1st: How would you describe Tom Garcia’s art on “Pathfinder: Spiral of Bones”?

Crystal: Evocative. Tom really captures the mood beautifully and includes all kinds of fun details and personality in his art. I loved his work in Pathfinder: Hollow Mountain and specifically asked to work with him, and I’m really glad he said yet. Seeing what he adds to my script and how he brings it to life has been the most exciting part of the whole creative process.

1st: What is the City of Strangers and why or why not would one want to go there?

Crystal: The City of Strangers is Kaer Maga, and it gets its nickname because it’s an entire city made up of monsters, outcasts, vagabonds, travellers, heretics, and bandits, who all occupy the same ancient ruined city and have learned to cohabitate well enough that they don’t kill each other nearly as much as you’d expect. It’s a whole community without laws or enforcement except for whatever gang you can throw together. It’s a dangerous place to visit because nothing is illegal there, but it can also be a fun place to visit because, again, nothing is illegal there. It’s a really fascinating location to explore and I’m a little sad we can’t stay in it longer.

1st: Why do you think people are drawn to Pathfinder?

Crystal: As far as the roleplaying game: We try to make space for everyone in the Pathfinder world. There’s a place to have your courtly intrigue and another place to have your bold explorers taming the wild frontier and another place with pirate kings and queens, and yet another place where gunslingers duke it out with mutants. We do weird very well, using a roleplaying game that offers a lot of control and options for the character you want to be.

I feel like the comic captures a lot of that weirdness and spirit of adventure, even though we limit ourselves to one corner of the map. What we lose in breadth we gain in depth; the fans get to know specific characters and cities and customs much better and see them in action in ways you just don’t have the time to depict in a roleplaying game product.

1st: You are also an artist, do you have fun doing commissions?

Crystal: I do. Sadly my writing work is what’s been in demand the past few years and I’ve had less and less time for illustration work. I think that experience gives me an edge in describing scenes or monsters for other artists, though; I’ve received enough bad art orders in the past that I know at least a few bad habits to avoid.

1st: What is next in your career?

Crystal: I have a follow-up story arc for Pathfinder I’d like to pitch and see if it flies with Paizo and Dynamite, so we’ll see if they let me play in the sandbox again after Spiral of Bones. I’ve been heading up development on the new War for the Crown Adventure Path for Pathfinder that will be launching in a few weeks, as well as a new comic pitch I’d like to shop to publishers. When you’re a professional creative, your desk and hard drive are museums of half-finished projects you want to get back to, so I’ve got a lot to keep me busy.

1st: How does your wife feel about your work, is she supportive?

Crystal: My wife introduced me to Paizo and Pathfinder in the first place; she’s an even bigger gamer than I am, and she loves that I work in the industry. She claims she’s my biggest fan, but if we’re being perfectly honest, most of my good ideas actually come from her. She’ll never admit it, though. She’s shy.

1st: Do you enjoy coloring your hair?

Crystal: I do, but it’s time-intensive and kind of expensive. The last few years I’ve just gotten lazy and stopped dying it brown and now you can see the natural pink that marks me as a protagonist.

1st: What would you like to say to your many fans?

Crystal: Gaming and comics are both great mediums for immersive storytelling, and they’re both within your reach. I got my start in both industries just creating for the web, and those were some of the most rewarding projects I’ve ever contributed to, even if I got better later. You’ve got excuse anymore.

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Sat, 01/20/2018 - 01:27

The return of Logan, and all the answers, begin here!


New York, NY—January 19, 2018—He has been making his way across the Marvel Universe in some of your favorite books, protecting an Infinity Stone, and keeping his secrets close. But his return has been an unsolved mystery–and now, it will all start to unravel, beginning with an epic quest that will leave no corner of the Marvel Universe untouched!


The return of Wolverine begins here!


Helmed by superstar writer Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine, Astonishing X-Men) with art by David Marquez (The Defenders, Civil War II), THE HUNT FOR WOLVERINE #1 will reveal the timeline of events that leads to Logan’s shocking return to the Marvel Universe.


The answers all begin here–but so do the questions! This mystery will widen and deepen unlike any other mystery in the Marvel Universe, and fans won’t know which way to turn or where the truth really lies!


…and it’s all being orchestrated by the Death of Wolverine writer himself.


“Steve McNiven and I took on the incredible task of killing Wolverine back in 2014–it was one of my earliest projects at Marvel, and such a huge opportunity. Intimidating, tricky, all of that–but ultimately, I think we created a book (alongside Jay Leisten, Justin Ponsor and Chris Eliopolous) that we’re all really proud of,” said Soule. “There’s really only one project that could top it–being part of the story that brings Logan back! THE HUNT FOR WOLVERINE is just the opening chapters of a mystery that will reach all sorts of cool hidden corners of the Marvel Universe, and will tell a story that will hopefully have us looking at Logan in an entirely new way.”


Hitting comic shops this April, the all-new 40-page #1 by Soule and David Marquez starts the twisted mystery of Logan’s return. Then, this May, the story evolves into four different tales from different creative teams, each one containing its own distinct genre and mystery: action/adventure (Adamantium Agenda), horror (Claws of the Killer), dark romance (Mystery in Madripoor) and noir/detective (Weapon Lost.)


“I’m really looking forward to seeing how fans start to put the pieces together,” continued Soule. “There’s a big payoff coming down the road, and all the interlocking parts of THE HUNT FOR WOLVERINE build to it. The more you read, the more clues you get. It’s really fun–especially since I have a bit of a reputation in X-continuity for knocking off beloved mutants. This time, it’s nice to be part of bringing someone back!”


It’s just the start of an epic story that will impact Marvel heroes and X-Men alike–and it culminates this summer in one of the most shocking, daring stories of Wolverine’s history! The journey and the mystery begins here, and you’re not going to want to miss your chance to take part in Wolverine’s return.


“This is a game changer,” added series editor Mark Paniccia. “HUNT FOR WOLVERINE #1 has a stunning revelation and the four books that spring from it will each have a mind-bending, status quo changing reveal by amazing talent that I can’t wait to announce.”


See how all the action unfolds when THE HUNT FOR WOLVERINE #1 hits comic shops this April!






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Wayne’s Worlds: Reader or Collector?

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 01:17

When it comes to comics, most of the time it seems that you’re either a “reader” or a “collector.” There don’t seem to be too many among us who do both.


I was checking out a post on Facebook by a comics creator who was attending a con recently. In short, a person came up to him, asking him to autograph a fairly valuable comic he’d co-written so he could have it slabbed and added to his collection. When asked if he would charge for that, the creator said no, he didn’t charge for autographs, but the guy could help by buying a comic or book he had on the table in front of him.

When the creator returned the signed comic to him, the guy simply turned and walked away. That left the creator puzzled. This person would pay for the autograph but wouldn’t consider buying a book instead?

Another creator responded to him in that thread, saying that there are two kinds of comics fans – READER or COLLECTOR. Just as I mentioned previously, few fans engage in both activities, he noted.


I have speculated in the past, buying certain comics because I know they would be worth something soon. In every case, I blew it big time because I’d wait too long to sell these books, so they had become basically worthless.

I stopped collecting because I did that too often. Now I only buy comics and related items that I truly WANT. Don’t get me wrong – I do have several Batman statues, figures and the like, so I’m not immune to wanting to keep several items at one time!

Here’s what confounds me – How does a collector know a book he’s buying is going to be valuable? Does he or she check out the many “price guides” to find out? Do they talk with other collectors on message boards or at cons so they can know?

The thing is, in my opinion, it’s the quality of the comic (storytelling, art, script) that makes it valuable. Say someone reads a story and likes it, and they want a copy in better condition. They go back to the store and get one. The store employees notice that issue is selling well, so some of them increase the price since they need to make money to pay their employees.

Word gets to the “price guides” about this, and the cost goes up there as well. Collectors read this, and some decide they want “in” on this, too, so they scour the landscape for copies. The price continues to rise.

Finally, the cost is too much, so the demand begins to fall. Accordingly, the price goes down, too, but never quite to cover level. At least, that’s my experience.

Granted, some folks are big fans of certain writers and/or artists. One guy I met once bought an entire case of a number one issue because he loved the artist. If you have the money to do that, more power to you!

The question I keep coming to is, if you don’t read the book, how do you know it’s good enough to collect? If you bag and board a comic the second you buy it, you could have all blank pages in there and have no idea that’s the case!

I think you need to READ the book before you can decide to collect it. But that’s just me. Otherwise, it’s only speculation. Informed speculation, maybe, but still speculation.


I have a couple of suggestions to make – for both sides of the table, of course.

I read a great suggestion online for creators that said one should put a clearly labeled jar for donations on their tables. That way a fan can always put money there without a lot of muss or fuss. Also, have a sign that indicates your policy regarding autographs so there’s no confusion.

For fans, if you’re willing to pay for an autograph and the creator says they don’t take it but would be happy if you would buy one of their books, for pity’s sake, buy one! That’s a massive hint he or she is sending your way! And you might actually enjoy it if you sit down and read it! And they might remember you the next time you want one of their wares signed.

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Marvel Announces Exclusive Agreement with Kelly Thompson!

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 21:06

The acclaimed writer of Hawkeye and Rogue & Gambit joins the House of Ideas for new and exciting projects!

New York, NY—January 19, 2018—Marvel Entertainment is excited to announce that writer Kelly Thompson will bring her creativity and captivating storytelling to Marvel in an exclusive agreement.

Thompson’s run of Hawkeye, which wraps up this March, has received critical acclaim thanks to the sharp characterization of its female-led protagonist Kate Bishop. Along with the series being spotlighted in several “Best Of” lists, including CBR’s “Best Comics of 2017,” Wired’s “6 Best Comics of 2017,” and IGN’s “Best of 2017 Nominees,” Thompson has been heralded by Vox as “one of the best new talents in comic books” and has a resume at Marvel that includes acclaimed books such as Captain Marvel & The Carol Corps and Journey To Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Captain Phasma.

Currently, Thompson is writing the mini-series Rogue & Gambit, which has drawn rave reviews and excitement from X-Men fans and new readers alike. With more fun surprises in store for the future, she will continue to bring her talents to both fan-favorite characters and well-known Marvel heroes going forward.

“Marvel was truly my first love. So to be here today, not only writing for Marvel but ‘going exclusive’ with them, is the definition of a dream come true,” said Thompson. “I remember visiting Disney World as a teen and being so consumed by an issue of X-Men that was due to come out that I was checking newsstands like a girl possessed until I located it. So yeah, this is everything I always wanted.”

In the coming months and at San Diego Comic Con this summer, Marvel will reveal more of Thompson’s exciting work.

“Marvel has been incredibly supportive of and nurturing of my work as a creator and I really cannot wait for everything that’s to come, but waiting to announce projects is sort of like living in a delicious hell,” shared Thompson. “It’s torture not to be able to share the things you know with the people you know are going to love them, but it’s also insanely cool not only to know those secrets but to be a CREATOR of said secrets. And right at this moment…all I can say is that there are a lot of cool secrets to come, and some of them are even secrets I got to help create.”

“From the moment she turned in her first script, Kelly has continually brought big ideas, incredible energy, and endless enthusiasm to the Marvel Universe and every comic she’s had a hand in creating for us,” said C.B. Cebulski, editor-in-chief of Marvel. “We’re honored to now have her as part of the family here and could not be more excited for the fans to read the amazing adventures she’ll be taking our characters on next year – and beyond!”

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“Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay” coming this April

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:00

The bad guys you love to root for are back in animated form in “Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay.” Task Force X is coming at you with an all new action packed adventure this April.

“Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay” finds Amanda Waller’s top secret “Task Force X” – Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, Killer Frost, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn and Copperhead – on a mission to retrieve a mystical object so powerful that they’re willing to risk their own lives to steal it. But the Suicide Squad isn’t the only group of villains seeking to possess the object. The race is on for the golden prize … and, to stay alive, second place isn’t an option.

The all-star cast is led by Christian Slater (Mr. Robot, Archer, True Romance) in his DC Universe Movies debut as the voice of Deadshot, who heads “Task Force X” alongside Billy Brown (How To Get Away With Murder) as Bronze Tiger, Liam McIntyre (Spartacus: War of the Damned, The Flash) as Captain Boomerang, Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood, Once Upon a Time) as Killer Frost, Gideon Emery (Teen Wolf) as Copperhead, Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke) as Harley Quinn and their “boss,” Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives) as Amanda Waller. Villainous forces in the film include C. Thomas Howell (Outcast, The Outsiders, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox) as Zoom, Dania Ramirez (Devious Maids, Heroes, Once Upon a Time) as Scandal Savage, James Urbaniak (Difficult People, The Venture Bros.) as Professor Pyg, Julie Nathanson (The Zeta Project, Beverly Hills 90210) as Silver Banshee and Jewelee, and Jim Pirri (Injustice 2) as Vandal Savage & Vertigo.

“Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay is a definite thrill ride for fans, mixing non-stop action with plenty of humor – all while watching villains go head-to-head with villains,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “This film has an all-star cast, an extremely accomplished filmmaking team, and the perfect mix of excitement and fun. We’re proud to bring Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay to audiences this spring.”

“Suicide Squad: Hello to Pay” arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting March 27, 2018, and on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD April 10, 2018.  The film is also rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, sexual content, brief graphic nudity, and some drug material.

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Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami Welcomes Chana Budgazad Sheldon as New Executive Director

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:24

NORTH MIAMI, Fla., Jan. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami has tapped Chana Budgazad Sheldon to be its new executive director starting Jan. 17. Sheldon will lead the museum going forward as it continues to make contemporary art accessible to diverse audiences.

Sheldon comes to MOCA in North Miami with 17 years’ experience in the contemporary art field. She has directed both commercial and nonprofit exhibition spaces, and most recently served as the Miami director and national program advisor for ProjectArt, a nonprofit organization that provides free after-school art classes to underserved youth in public libraries through an artist residency program.

“Art and culture can transform lives and communities,” says Sheldon. “MOCA, through its exhibitions and programming, has for decades been a key hub of cultural engagement for the local community and beyond. My focus as the museum’s new director will be to facilitate that engagement and foster connections between artists, the local community, and the global dialogue in contemporary art about the issues of our time. I am thrilled to be a part of this new chapter in MOCA’s history.”

Previously, Sheldon was the executive director of Locust Projects, Miami’s long running nonprofit experimental exhibition space. During her eight-year tenure there, she produced over 70 exhibitions, initiated the organization’s first public art and educational programs, and oversaw major institutional growth.

Sheldon started her career at Casey Kaplan, a contemporary art gallery in New York City, where she worked for seven years, ultimately becoming its director.

A Miami Beach resident, Sheldon has served four years on the city’s Art in Public Places Committee. The committee, appointed by the city commission, is responsible for commissioning new public artworks by contemporary artists in all media.

“Chana Sheldon is an accomplished visual arts professional and has a deep knowledge of contemporary art and artists, and a passion for Greater Miami’s cultural life,” said Michael Spring, director of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. “She is respected by artists and arts colleagues locally and nationally. I am excited that she will be dedicating her considerable talent, energy and enthusiasm to leading the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami into its next era of success in serving the City of North Miami and our entire community. Ms. Sheldon, MOCA, and the City can count on the continued strong support of our Department of Cultural Affairs.”

“We are so pleased to have Chana Sheldon join our community. Her leadership and expertise will undoubtedly drive MOCA into its next exciting chapter. Her vision and talents will position the Museum for continued growth and exposure both locally and nationally,” said Larry M. Spring, City Manager of North Miami.

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Alan Moore and Ian Gibson’s Halo Jones in colour heads 2000 AD’s graphic novel schedule

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:14

A new colour version of Alan Moore and Ian Gibson’s all-time feminist classic, Halo Jones, leads an incredible year of graphic novel releases from 2000 AD!

Mixing the old and the new, highlights of 2018’s graphic novel schedule include Moore and Gibson’s timeless world-building, the relentless rampage of the Dark Judges, pocket-sized editions of Judge Dredd classics, and unmissable stand-alone series.

Coloured by beakout Italian newcomer Barbara Nosenzo and published in three volumes this year, Halo Jones is an ordinary unemployed teenager living on a crowded and oppressive housing project floating off the coast of Manhattan. Desperate to leave her humdrum life, she escapes as a stewardess aboard a luxury space-liner but a chance encounter has ramifications far beyond Earth. And after she enlists in a dehumanizing interstellar war she becomes embroiled in an unlikely and complicated romance, her humanity tested and strained as she matures.

The first progressive feminist character in British comics, Halo Jones is a mature masterpiece of characterisation and world-building, and heralded the extraordinary talent of the writer who went on to pen Watchmen and V For Vendetta. Ian Gibson’s superlative art is complemented and energized by Nesenzo’s pitch-perfect new colours in an ideal edition for those yet to dive into Halo’s incredible but utterly relatable world.

The best-selling low price pocket-sized digest editions of Judge Dredd classics move into colour with two all-time great stories in May and August – Dredd teams up with DC Comics’ Batman in the famous Judgement on Gotham while a former Mega-City space marine returns home to find only despair and revenge in Mandroid.

The ever-popular Dark Judges dominate 2018 with two collections. October’s Dominion by John Wagner and Nick Percival follows on from 2015’s Dark Justice and sees the Fearsome Foursome, previously marooned in space, plunge a planet into absolute horror.

The final story in the comic book tie-in to DREDD brings Judge Death to the world of Alex Garland’s gritty, violent 2012 movie. Collected in December, Karl Urban’s version of Dredd confronted with his strangest and most challenging case yet in The Dead World by Arthur Wyatt, Alex De Campi, and Henry Flint.

Collections of the best of the 2000 AD archive continue with secret-agent-turned-secret-weapon M.A.C.H.1, and the first volume of the seminal Future Shocks reveals the extraordinary breadth of 2000 AD’s nursery for new talent for the first time.

Set in a post-war LA where magic is a fact of life, Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton’s Hope was one of the breakout hits of 2017 and the collection in November is a claustrophobic, atmospheric noir thriller for fans of James Elroy and Vertigo’s Hellblazer, where a magic-wielding private eye investigating the kidnap of a child movie star gets caught in a web of intrigue and betrayal he could never have imagined. All the while being stalked by a nun in a gasmask…

And in October, Alan Grant and Arthur Ranson’s breathtaking Mazeworld will be republished in a larger format Collector’s Edition. Condemned murderer Adam Cadman who as he is hanged finds himself transported to a fantasy world, the executioner’s hood and noose both fixed to his skin. Is Cadman the fabled ‘Hooded Man’ who will overthrow the tyrant of Mazeworld? And what of his comatose body back in the ‘real’ world?

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