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AFTERSHOCK COMICS MAY 2018 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:48

BABYTEETH #11 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 05.23.18
writer: Donny Cates
artist: Garry Brown
color: Mark Englert
letterer: Taylor Esposito
cover: Garry Brown
The story of the Antichrist and the people who love him continues as we enter into the most terrifying chapter of our journey so far: THE TERRIBLE TWOS! Plus, who is our mysterious new storyteller!? And what secrets about the fate of Clark do they hold?! Find out here, as a bold new direction in BABYTEETH begins!
From Donny Cates, the writer of Thanos, Dr. Strange, Buzzkill, Paybacks, Redneck and the breakout hit God Country, comes a pulse-pounding new series with art from THE REVISIONIST’s Garry Brown!
“This book is going to be the most sought after title of 2017” – Rick Shea of Famous Faces & Funnies comic shop

 

BETROTHED #3 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 05.09.18
writer: Sean Lewis
artist: Steve Uy
letters: Simon Bowland
cover: Steve Uy
The Betrothed’s earth-bound guardians get involved as all hell breaks loose for Kieron and Tamara. After battling Barbarians and having their friends discover the truth about the pair, how can they find a way to cope? Enter an all-night keg party, filled with flirtation, jealousy and a few pranks along the way. Funny, fantastical and full violence—issue #3 arrives with a bang!
From writer Sean Lewis (The Few) and artist Steve Uy (Uncanny X-Men, Avengers Initiative, Grumpy Cat) comes a sci-fi series, with a fun mix of Archie and Saga, that HAD to be told at AfterShock!

 

BRILLIANT TRASH #6 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 05.30.18
writers: Tim Seeley & Steve Seeley
artist: Priscilla Petraites
color: Marco Lesko
letters: Marshall Dillon
cover: Mike Norton & Addison Duke
Now that the Didi Virus has swept the globe, every one on earth has superhuman powers. But using the superpowers slowly kill the user, and each person must decide whether to use them for good or evil, and whether to burn bright and fast or not at all.
A sci-fi superhuman epic from Tim Seeley, the writer of Revival and Grayson, and breakout art sensation Priscilla Petraites!
“It’s the story of the ‘word of tomorrow,’ torn directly from the headlines, about an America that might be waiting for us. It’s cautionary, but it’s also action packed and fun!” —Tim Seeley

 

BROTHERS DRACUL #2 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 05.23.18
writer: Cullen Bunn
artist: Mirko Colak
color: Maria Santaolalla
letterer: Simon Bowland
cover A: Mirko Colak w/ Maria Santaolalla
cover B: Szymon Kudranski
Vlad Dracul and his brother Radu are prisoners of the Ottoman Empire. As royalty, though, they are treated with great respect. They are trained in art, music, archery, horseback riding…even vampire hunting! Herein the sorrow-filled truth of Vlad’s descent to the role of the Impaler is revealed!
From writer Cullen Bunn (DARK ARK, UNHOLY GRAIL, X-Men Blue, Deadpool, Venom) and artist Mirko Colak (UNHOLY GRAIL,The Punisher) comes a tale of brothers and blood that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics.

 

COLD WAR #4 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 05.16.18
writer: Chris Sebela
artist: Hayden Sherman
colors: Hayden Sherman
letters: Hayden Sherman
cover: Hayden Sherman
With no safe havens left, the splintered sides of the surviving Cryonauts are spinning wildly out of control. On the ground, the least useful members of their ranks — lovesick couple Tikk and Sath — have stepped up to save their fellow soldiers. While deep behind the scenes, LQ’s semi-suicide mission to uncover who’s pulling the strings has hit bloody paydirt.
From Chris Sebela, writer of Blue Beetle, Kiss/Vampirella and Evolution, and Hayden Sherman, artist of The Few and John Carter The End, comes the story that HAD to be told at AfterShock!
“Sebela managed to balance a number of genres, giving us a plate that offers something for just about everyone…Hayden Sherman’s art is a big plus and evokes early Frank Miller. 9 out of 10.” -Stephen Gustafson of 411mania.com

 

DARK ARK #6 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 05.02.18
writer: Cullen Bunn
artist: Juan Doe
letterer: Ryane Hill
cover “A”: Juan Doe
cover “B”: Nat Jones
Two arks sail the flooded world. On one, Noah tends the animals of the natural world. On the other, the sorcerer Shrae stands watch over the monsters that haunt the night. But in order for Shrae’s charges to thrive in the World That Waits, Noah’s Ark must also survive. And when Noah’s vessel encounters trouble, Shrae’s monsters must work in secrecy to ensure that their would-be prey lives to find land.
From writer Cullen Bunn (X-Men Blue, Deadpool, Venom) and artist Juan Doe (AMERICAN MONSTER, WORLD READER) comes a sinister tale of biblical proportions that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics.

 

HER INFERNAL DESCENT #2 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 05.23.18
Writers: Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson
Artist: Kyle Charles
Colorist: Jordan Boyd
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier
Cover: Kyle Charles w/ Jordan Boyd
Lynn and William Blake confront the anxiety-ridden mad judge of hell, Franz Kafka. Lynn descends further down the fiery depths into the circle of gluttony, where Cerberus awaits with a hunger of his own. Plus, a guest appearance by the world’s most beloved author of suspense and mystery!
From the writers of the break-out hit The Dregs and Marvel’s Cable, and the artist of Roche Limit, this is HELL like you’ve never seen before.

 

PESTILENCE: A STORY OF SATAN #1 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 05.30.17
writer: Frank Tieri
artist: Oleg Okunev
colors: Rob Schwager
letters: Marshall Dillon
cover “A”: Tim Bradstreet
cover “B”: Mike Rooth
The second volume of this hit AfterShock series starts here!
The year is 1353. The fugitive Roderick Helms has retreated to a life of hidden seclusion after failing to expose the Church’s role in the Black Death. But something threatens to bring him back into action. Something that has risen which will threaten to transform the waning plague into a far more darker and sinister crisis. And that something is none other than Satan himself!
Written by the master of violence, gore, and mayhem, Frank Tieri (Harley Quinn, Marvel vs Capcom, Wolverine, Deadpool), with spectacular art from illustrator Oleg Okunev, and covers by Eisner Award-nominated artist Tim Bradstreet (The Punisher, Hellblazer)!
“Pestilence is a refreshing new take on the zombie genre. It really drives home the claustrophobic onslaught of the undead.” -James Ferguson of horrortalk.com

 

ROUGH RIDERS: RIDE OR DIE #4 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 05.09.18
writer: Adam Glass
artist: Patrick Olliffe
color: Gabe Eltaeb
letterer: Sal Cipriano
cover: Patrick Olliffe w/ Gabe Eltaeb
Volume Three of the hit AfterShock Series!
In their final mission together, the Rough Riders are pushed to the brink of their own destruction. Houdini tries to outsmart death one more time while Jack Johnson attempts to save his dear friend. Meanwhile, Teddy Roosevelt must face not only his own sins, but those of his familial line. And in order to save the world from the end of days, Roosevelt must kill his daughter, Alice, who has been possessed by an ancient evil! Don’t miss “The Long Goodbye”, the stunning conclusion of America’s first team of super heroes.
Created and written by Adam Glass (executive producer of Supernatural and writer of Suicide Squad) with artwork by Patrick Olliffe (Untold Tales of Spider-Man).
“The story is exciting and fun, with the characters being faithful and fanciful, and the visuals are epic and thrilling. This is what comic books are all about!” – Patrick Hayes of scifipulse.net

 

A WALK THROUGH HELL #1 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 05.16.18
writer: Garth Ennis
artist: Goran Sudžuka
colors: Ive Svorcina
letters: Rob Steen
cover “A”: Andy Clarke & Jose Villarrubia
cover “B”: SOLID BLACK VARIANT
NEW SERIES!
So these two FBI agents walk into a warehouse…
Special Agents Shaw and McGregor handle the routine cases nowadays, which is just the way Shaw likes it. She’s pushing 40, a borderline burnout, the ghastly memories of her last investigation still clinging like shadows. McGregor is younger, more dedicated, hanging onto some measure of idealism whatever the world might throw at him.
When two fellow agents go missing inside a Long Beach warehouse, Shaw and McGregor are sent to investigate. But what they find waiting is far from routine, as the local police have already discovered to their cost. Before the night is out, our heroes will encounter terror beyond their most appalling nightmares—in a place where the night may never end at all.
A new kind of horror story for modern America, written by Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys, Crossed) and drawn by Goran Sudžuka (Y: The Last Man, Hellblazer)

 

ANIMOSITY EVOLUTION VOL 1 TP / $14.99 / 128 Pages / on sale 05.16.18
writer: Marguerite Bennett
artist: Eric Gapstur
color: Rob Schwager
letters: Marshall Dillon
cover: Eric Gapstur
One day, the animals woke up. They started thinking. They started talking. They started taking revenge. Now, they’ve started building. In a city by the sea, a new power is on the rise…and they’re making an animal kingdom all their own.
Collecting the first five issue of this captivating ANIMOSITY spin-off series!
From the brilliant mind of creator/writer Marguerite Bennett (INSEXTS, Bombshells and Batwoman) with artwork by Eric Gapstur–ANIMOSITY: EVOLUTION is an exciting new series that expands upon this already amazing world!
“AfterShock has earned their reputation for putting out some of the most diverse and entertaining comics in the industry. Animosity is a prime example of this.” – Steve Gustafson of 411mania.com

 

THE ART OF JIM STARLIN: A LIFE IN WORDS AND PICTURES HC / $49.99 / 328 pages / 9×12 size / on sale 05.02.18
FIRST AFTERSHOCK PRINTING! There are few creative names in comics whose influence is felt more in pop culture than Jim Starlin, with his creations Thanos, Gamora, and Drax the Destroyer occupying such prominent roles in Marvel’s cinematic universe. The “father of the cosmic soap opera,” Jim Starlin’s name is synonymous with the larger-than-life epic, which is why AfterShock is proud to bring back into print, this epic 328-page retrospective on the career of one of the most popular and prolific comic book artists of the last 40 years! Covering everything from his humble beginnings to his rise as one of the industry’s top creative talents, this oversized volume includes glimpses into Starlin’s files and sketchbooks, as well as images of his personal favorites with insights into his life and creative process. The first edition of this volume sold out instantly. Don’t be caught short this time! Just in time for the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War movie!

 

SHIPWRECK VOL 1 TP / 136 Pages / $17.99 / on sale 05.30.18
writer: Warren Ellis
artist: Phil Hester
color: Mike Spicer
cover: Phil Hester
Dr Jonathan Shipwright, sole survivor of a very unusual and very secret shipwreck, doesn’t know where he is. Seemingly trapped on an endless road, in pursuit of a saboteur who holds the key to his salvation — or doom. Industry legend WARREN ELLIS joins AfterShock comics with this mysterious and captivating tale full of shock, secrets and surprises.
From the co-creator and writer of AUTHORITY, TRANSMETROPOLITAN and PLANETARY.
“SHIPWRECK might not be the first title readers think of when they think of new Ellis works, but…I have a feeling that that could (and should) change!” —Justin Partridge of newsarama.com

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

'Something Wrong', 'Something's Amiss' - A Twisted Arthurian OSR Campaign Commentary

Swords & Stitchery - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:44
Once again the underbelly of pop culture suggestions another avenue of adding in the gonzo into the backbone of a very different Lion & Dragon retroclone  campaign. I've been wracking my brains to add some of the OSR weirdness into the Lion & Dragon mix. Then I slipped in Army of Darkness into the blu ray. Army of Darkness is a horror  comedy classic from 1992 and its  turning twenty five &Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

DARK HORSE PROMOTES EDITORIAL STAFF TO NEW POSITIONS

First Comics News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:33

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (February 20, 2018)—Today, Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce the promotion of four editorial staff members!


• Spencer Cushing, Editor

• Shantel LaRoque, Editor

• Ian Tucker, Editor

• Megan Walker, Associate Editor

“I’m incredibly proud of the work our editorial department does on a daily basis,” said Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief Dave Marshall. “Spencer, Shantel, Ian, and Megan have all proven themselves as capable and professional members of our editorial team. I’m excited to see what they will achieve in these new roles.”

The new roles are effective immediately. Please join us in congratulating these Dark Horse employees on their well-deserved promotions!

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

Battlestar Galactica vs Battlestar Galactica #2 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:25

Battlestar Galactica vs Battlestar Galactica #2

writer: Peter David

artist: Johnny Desjardins

covers: Aaron Lopresti (A), Johnny Desjardins (B)

Michael Adams Galactica Action Figure Cover (C)

Roberto Castro Apollo Split Cover (D-Sub)

Aaron Lopresti (RI-B/W), Johnny Desjardins (RI-B/W), Aaron Lopresti (RI-Virgin)

FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

Two crews, separated by more than mere time and space, meet at last! And for all they share in common, they have just as many differences, which leads to suspicion and trouble. Meanwhile, Captain Cain and the Pegasus continue their quest with a most unlikely ally. Are they headed for home or straight into a trap?

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

James Bond: The Body #2 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:25

James Bond: The Body #2

writer: Ales Kot

artist: Antonio Fuso

covers: Luca Casalanguida (A)

Luca Casalanguida (RI-B/W)

FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

PART TWO – THE BRAIN

James Bond leads the interrogation of a scientist who allowed a lethal virus to be stolen. But when the investigation takes a surprising turn, Bond begins to question whether he is enough.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

James Bond M One-Shot preview

First Comics News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:25

James Bond M One-Shot

writer: Declan Shalvey

artist: PJ Holden & Dearbhla Kelly

cover: Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire (A)

FC | 40 pages | $4.99 | Teen +

James Bond’s superior, code-named M, scrambles MI6’s secret agents across the globe. Sometimes, he knowingly sends them to their deaths, for the greater good. But a traumatic event from M’s early days in the field returns to haunt him, forcing M to return to the scene of a crime…HIS crime.

An exhilarating spy standalone from superstar DECLAN SHALVEY (Deadpool Vs. Old Man Logan, All Star Batman) and PJ HOLDEN (2000 AD, Judge Dredd).

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

Battle Cry Isn’t Commands & Colors: Ancients

Jeffro's Space Gaming Blog - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:43

The more recent edition of Battle Cry tightens up the rules of the game by a fair amount compared to the original. I can’t say I care for the “big box of plastic” approach to the game, though. The block wargames look classy and consistently turn heads. The stickers on Battle Cry’s units will be falling apart on anyone’s game that sees any significant amount of play.

The game play is much more different from Commands & Colors: Ancients, which I have played a lot more of. In ancient warfare, generals lead from the front. In the civil war game, they… just don’t seem to do all that much. (Aside from a few odd cards, the only thing you can count on from them is their ability to ignore a retreat result. In a game where retreat results actually can help you!) Combine that with everyone having effective ranged attacks and nobody having an automatic “battle back” action, and yeah… this is a completely different game.

If you play this Civil War game in the same way as you would the the Ancients one… you will die ingloriously. Tournament grade play will feature units mostly hanging back in some kind of cover and taking mostly one die and two die pot shots at things. Charges tend to result in the slaughter of your own men, not anything remotely approaching glory.

It’s brutal.

There are only four unit types. There is less variety in the units. Formation and leadership have almost no impact on the tactics. And winning tactics are decidedly un-epic. Mostly… it just looks tacky.

If you only get one of these Richard Borg battle games… I have to recommend against your getting Battle Cry.

Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

Box Breaking 232: Pathfinder Rusty Dragon Inn

Gamer Goggles - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 03:45

In this box Breaking Matt takes a look at the Rusty Dragon Inn. Hey don’t make the mistake he did and shoot a table across the room!

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

I can’t wait to paint these.

Stop back soon to see techniques to fix em up.

Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

Good Humans

The Rational Man - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 02:15

As was expected this week, there’s been an extensive and eager effort on the part our feminine-primary social order to once again further shifting the narrative of “toxic” masculinity to ‘masculinity is toxic. I addressed this in Male Control. Directly after the Las Vegas mass shooting we began to see articles from the femosphere decrying the evils of masculinity as being the cause of the violence.

It is no longer enough to foster the falsehood of varieties of masculinity as being “toxic” or “hyper”– now, any masculinity is a disease to society. The Feminine Imperative is all too ready to conflate any semblance of conventional masculinity with mass murder, rape, violence, harassment and any other social malaise that might viably be wiped off on men ‘being’ men. And in the wake of every new tragic act of violence this narrative shift will be more adamantly promoted by misandrist authors.

I covered a lot of this in Positive Masculinity and the Red Pill Parent series of essays, but even when I wrote these the cultural narrative was still promoting a distinction between what was acceptable masculinity and what was ‘toxic’ masculinity. This is what the Village has been instilling in our boys for some time now. Before the loss of Hillary Clinton and the Future is Female militancy took root there was some concession as to what might be considered an acceptable form of masculinity.

Naturally that ‘good’ masculinity was always defined as something uniquely benefitting the feminine. Before this cultural shift the Feminine Imperative still recognized the need it had for a masculinity that could be exploited for its purposes. There was still a need for men to Man Up and Shut Up. To be sure, boys were (and are) still taught by the Village as if they were defective girls. Boys had to be conditioned to hate their own gender in order to grow up into compliant and feminine-identifying men, but there was still a utility in masculinity that the Village recognized. Thus, there was a need to foster some kind of hopeful appreciation in men ‘being of service’ to women’s needs. There still needed to be a carrot for the mule to follow if men were to accept the old books social contract and that was the hope that their usefulness might ever be appreciated and rewarded.

The ‘Broken Boys’

Selling men on the old social contract while playing by the new set of rules worked for the Feminine Imperative throughout the late 80s, 90s and the early 2000s. However, what this narrative shift represents is a turning point in women acknowledging men as no longer (as) useful to their imperative. By 2012 it was the beginning of the End of Men, and there was little doubt, even back then, that we’d have the First Female President in office right after Obama’s exit. In the wake of that obsolescence the idea that masculinity was in any way beneficial to the Feminine Imperative, and maintaining the facade that masculinity in men might have some redeeming aspects, is no longer necessary. The feminine meta-frame has no reason to prompt men into believing their gender has anything ‘good’ to contribute to society. And thus we see the shift from qualified forms of ‘bad’ masculinity – toxic, hyper, Patriarchy, “culture of ____” – to the intended, non-qualified form of all masculinity being bad.

For the moment gyonocentrism must content itself to capitalize on human tragedies to emphasize its new masculinity = bad narrative. The Las Vegas shooting was the first paradigm shift in this respect. Once the obligatory, and now entirely boring, gun control sermons are published as a reason for the carnage, then the demonization of masculinity can be served up.

However, in the case of the most recent Nikolas Cruz shooting the Feminine Imperative gets a double bonus. The message is not only are men and masculinity the reason for all violence ever, but our boys are being taught to be these violent psychopaths because some outdated (and entirely mythical now) macho masculinity is making them so. Our boys, they say, are “broken”.

“Comedian” Michael Ian Black had a rash of post-shooting tweets that sum this narrative up:

Deeper even than the gun problem is this: boys are broken.

— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) February 15, 2018

If you want to hurt a man, the first thing you do is attack his masculinity. Men don’t have the language to understand masculinity as anything other than some version of a caveman because no language exists.

— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) February 15, 2018

Black is a perfect example of a Blue Pill conditioned ‘ally’ of the Feminine Imperative, but his sentiments here sum up exactly the tact that the femosphere has been using for a while now. There will always be a utility in appealing to the old male social contract as a horrible, chauvinistic, misogynistic, insensitive facade of what masculinity should be. It serves the imperative well if the Village can convince the larger populace that boys are still being taught by horrible masculine men and a society that hasn’t existed for 50 years which bully them into being potential Nikolas Cruzs.

They say boys are broken because it’s the only easy explanation that vaguely sounds right in the face of the Village systematically feminizing boys for the past four generation. Boys are “broken” because of an “outdated masculinity” that was replaced with a feminine-primary educational system decades ago. They’ll blame men for perpetuating that lie, and in the next breath blame men for not being “men” enough to engage with these young men so as to deter them from tragedies like this. The Village has been so effective in blurring conventional masculinity that its adherents themselves have no idea what masculinity entails.

When the 2018 Women’s March took place I, and a lot of other men in the sphere, noticed a common theme in the protest placards that mothers were creating for their sons. The message for girls was the standard “girls can do anything” pablum, but for boys the message was all the same:

“BOYS WILL BE BOYS   GOOD HUMANS”

The message of today’s Village is that Boys are never to be boys, never to be male, never to be masculine in any positive aspect,…boys are born as not ‘good humans’. At least, boys are not good human beings until they acquiesce to the Village that is teaching them and to the authority of The Future is Female paradigm. In order to create the genderless, masculine-less, gelded men of the future they must get to boys earlier and earlier in their development.

In the interests of full disclosure I’ve had a handful of women defending this ubiquitous messaging tell me that it’s meant to teach boys not to blame their “shitty behavior on just their being male” – boys will be boys – but what even its defenders don’t recognize is the deeper message that boys of this age register; and particularly in an acculturation process that considers them defective girls.

But this is where we’re at in the intersexual environment today. To the imperative men are no longer men today, they are “allies”. This is the next logical step in Removing the Man from our social context. Boys are no longer ‘boys’, and they can only ever be ‘good humans’ so long as they continue their Blue Pill conditioning to become ‘allies’ later.

 

The following is a reblog of Josh Ishiro Finney’s A Letter to Boys & Young Men of America. Josh had this post and his blog attacked in the wake of the school shooting in Florida this week and I felt it was impactful enough to warrant a reblog here. Having written many a post on the war on conventional masculinity – and really the better part of my book Positive Masculinity – I wanted to extend my support for his commentary.

A response to mass shooting in Florida.

The bodies aren’t even cold yet and already you are being blamed.

Yes you.

All of you.

The boys and young men who will grow up to become one half of America’s future.
Once again, due to society’s failure to raise you, to teach you, to properly guide you on your path to manhood, your mere existence is being held responsible for seventeen more deaths—this time in Florida, and once again, at a school. The headlines of the last few days say it all:

  “Guns don’t kill people; men and boys kill people, experts say”
  -USA TODAY

  “Michael Ian Black reacts to Florida shooting: Boys are broken”
  -New York Daily News

  “How Gun Violence And Toxic Masculinity Are Linked, In 8 Tweets”
  -The Huffington Post

  “Toxic white masculinity: The killer that haunts American life”
  -Salon

  “Toxic Masculinity Is Killing Us”
  -The Boston Globe

  “Toxic Masculinity Is Killing Us”
  -Harpers Bazaar

  “Don’t Blame Mental Illness for Mass Shootings; Blame Men”
  -Politico

In the handful of decades I’ve been alive, I’ve seen America shift from a culture of responsibility to one of blame. We don’t solve problems anymore. We cry, we pray for, we seek to find closure, and then finally, slaughter a sacrificial lamb for our sins. When I was young and Columbine happened, that lamb was Marilyn Manson and video games. Before that, it was D&D and Twisted Sister. These days, though, as body counts continue to rise and excuses continue to vanish, the lamb America has chosen to sacrifice is you. Rather than take responsibility for the seeds we’ve sown, the culture we built, and the disaster you’ve been left to inherit, we as a nation have chosen to lie to ourselves. To listen and believe those who claim that the answer is simple: “Boys are simply born bad.”

As an aging Gen Xer watching this tragedy unfold, I can’t help but look back at my youth and realize we were the dry run for this “crisis of masculinity” as the media likes to call it.

In my time I’ve watched as fathers were pushed out of the home, separated from their children, and their role in society debased and devalued. Like you, I was taught male behavior was bad behavior. That I was broken and needed to be fixed. Drugs, therapy, mass socialization were required to save me from my most innate instincts—

—the need compete.

—the drive to create.

—the urge to protect.

—the desire for female affection.

Like you, I was told these instincts were not only wrong, but dangerous. That due to my Original Sin of being born a boy, I was destined to mature into a lustful monster and an oppressor of women. All this was burned into me before I even reached college, where campus policy actually assumed all men to be rapists waiting to happen.

It isn’t hard to see how we got here, to an age when America is more than willing to sacrifice its boys. To quote Fight Club, “We’re a generation of men raised by women.” And the women who raised my generation had a saying: All men are pigs. But there’s another saying those same women were enamored with and that is: The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.

So here we are, coming close to fifty years of single mothers raising their boys as if they were animals. Two generations of young men raised to believe they’re broken, immoral, and dangerous. That their natural state, if left unchecked and unmedicated, is a sexual ticking time bomb of rape and abuse. Half a century of academia peddling a grim version of history that holds your gender personally responsible for all the wrongs ever to have happened in the world. And a press, that at this very moment, is blaming YOU for every school shooting to have ever occurred.

After all this, how could there not be a crisis of masculinity?

So to the boys and young men of America, believe me when I say it isn’t you who should be apologizing for the state of our world today. This mess was set in motion long before you were born.

You are not bad.

You are not broken.

You are not inherently evil or a sexual abuser in waiting.

You are boys who were robbed of your right to be men.

All your life you’ve been told to act, think, and behave like women. To suppress your passions, your pride, your need to compete and drive to achieve.

Now society is crumbling around us.

Feminizing boys didn’t make better men. It’s resulted in broken homes and shattered families and record suicide rates. It’s destroying any notion of a healthy partnership between men and women, and is pushing us ever closer to total collapse of gender relations.

Boys, we don’t need you to be like women, the world has plenty of women, already.

What the world needs now more than ever is for you to be men.

For you to grow-up, to grow strong, and do what men do.

For it is men’s strength and determination that tamed the wilderness, built civilization, and has kept the world fed despite all predictions we’d all die starving before the year 2000. It’s men’s curiosity that lead us to explore the oceans, to conquer space, and peer into the tiniest of microcosms of the human body. It was men who built the cities we inhabit, the luxuries we enjoy, the medicines that keep us alive. Men built the road, the plumbing, the electrical grid, the phone in your hand, the internet it’s connected to.

Men have always been innovators, explores, defenders, and leaders.

But most importantly, men have always been fathers.

So to the boys and young men of America, please read this and take every word to heart.

The world needs you.

Categories: Miscellaneous Blogs

NINJA-K #6 preview

First Comics News - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 18:28

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside NINJA-K #6 – the FIRST ISSUE of “THE COALITION,” AN ALL-NEW ARC and SENSES-SHATTERING JUMPING-ON POINT from acclaimed writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA)! On April 11th, as MI6 plunges toward the precipice of an international crisis, it’s down to master super-spy Colin King to assemble a seasoned team of specialists from across the Valiant Universe to counter an all-new threat comprised of Valiant’s hardest-to-kill villains!

A once-loyal agent has defected from the ranks of MI6’s most elite espionage unit…and Ninjak has been dispatched across the globe to prevent his secrets from plunging the world into chaos. But, in the shadows of Mexico City, Colin King is about to discover something far more deadly… The Ninja Programme’s own former sensei, the Jonin, has assembled a conspiratorial circle of enigmatic enemies – the Dying One, Kostiy the Deathless, Linton March, and The United’s Ultimo – for a purpose so sinister that even Ninjak can’t risk engaging them alone. Enter: Livewire, Punk Mambo, Dr. Mirage, and GIN-GR – Ninjak’s brand-new black ops team with a very specific set of skills…and a license to kill the unkillable!

On April 11th, five of Valiant’s brightest heroes must form “THE COALITION” to save the world from the shadows as Christos Gage and Juan José Ryp plot the ultimate clash of superteams in NINJA-K #6 – featuring covers by Tonci Zonjic (Who Is Jake Ellis?), Alan Quah (Orphan Black), Clayton Crain (Carnage), and comics legend Neal Adams (Green Lantern/Green Arrow)!

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NINJA-K #6 (NEW ARC! “THE COALITION” – PART 1)
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC (FEB181894)
Cover B by ALAN QUAH (FEB181895)
Interlocking Variant by CLAYTON CRAIN (FEB181896)
Ninjak Icon Variant by NEAL ADAMS (FEB181897)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale APRIL 11th (FOC – 3/19/18)

NINJA-K #7 (“THE COALITION” – PART 2)
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC
Cover B by ALAN QUAH
Interlocking Variant by CLAYTON CRAIN
Ninjak Icon Variant by DAS PASTORAS
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 16th (FOC – 4/23/18)


NINJA-K #6 – Cover A by Tonci Zonjic


NINJA-K #6 – Cover B by Alan Quah


NINJA-K #6 – Interior Art by Juan José Ryp


NINJA-K #6 – Interior Art by Juan José Ryp


NINJA-K #6 – Interior Art by Juan José Ryp


NINJA-K #6 – Interior Art by Juan José Ryp


NINJA-K #6 – Interior Art by Juan José Ryp


NINJA-K #6 – Interior Art by Juan José Ryp


NINJA-K #6 – Icon Variant by Neal Adams

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Doctor Who The Lost Dimension trailer

First Comics News - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 17:58

The most epic Doctor Who event ever, as every incarnation of the Doctor – and friends and enemies old and new – unites to push back the threat of the Void: the empty space between universes that has inexplicably become sentient… and hungry!

Written and illustrated by a stellar line-up including Nick Abadzis (The Tenth Doctor, Laika), Cavan Scott (The Ninth Doctor, Star Wars: Adventures), George Mann (The Eight Doctor, Warhammer), Rachael Stott (The Twelfth Doctor), Adriana Melo (Ms. Marvel), Mariano Laclaustra (The Eleventh Doctor), Leandro Casco (The Eleventh Doctor), Iolanda Zanfardino (The Punisher) & Cris Bolson (Red Sonja).

Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension Book One – on sale February 20.

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OBS Content Program is terrible and it is now not just an opinion.

Bat in the Attic - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 17:56
My first post of 2018 was about how the One Bookshelf community content were a terrible deal for authors ... with one exception.In the discussion here and elsewhere commentors noted that much of what I said was opinion regarding a technical area of IP law.

So I submitted a series of question to One Bookshelf. The answers were all I suspected, and not favorable to the independent creator.

Me

If I created a 5e supplement about Daggerford in the Forgotten Realms. And in had some original magic items of my own creation (for example the Spear of Night). Does the DM's Guild license preclude me from using that Item in a product outside of the DM's Guild.One Bookshelf responseYes, if you released that content on DMsguild then you cannot release it again as part of an OGL product. You could theoretically put that same magic item repeated in another DMsguild product.Me
Suppose several years ago I released the Spear of Night in a d20 product and then later incorporate a variant of it in a DM's Guild product.
One Bookshelf response
If you've done that then you should not put the Spear of Night in a DMsguild product.
Me
Slightly more broad, say I release Mongoose Traveller 2nd edition product based on an original setting of my own creation (for example of Majestic Stars). Then I turn around later and release the same material for a different system. Not using any Mongoose Traveller 2nd Edition. Does the Traveller Aid Society license prevent me from doing that?
One Bookshelf response
Yes, the Traveller's Aid Society does prevent you from doing so.
MeWhat if I released the Majestic Stars under another set of rules and then released a Mongoose Traveller 2e version under the TAS?
One Bookshelf responseNo, you cannot do that.
MeUnderstand I am talking solely about reuse of control original to me. I am concerned as the Community Content licenses grant rights to derived  works. If I released a hypothetical Daggerford supplement I am fine with that product as a whole remains on the DM's Guild for the duration of its copyright. What I am not fine with is not being able to reuse original concept and elements that are original to me and not based on publisher's IP.
One Bookshelf responseI understand your concern here. If you want to maintain control of the content you should not make it part of any Community Content program. Final CommentsWhat makes this bad are the consequences it implies for being successful. If somebody is successful with any of these community content programs, and has built a body of work that in part original to them, the license preclude not only ever use it elsewhere but also forbids preparing derivative works.

This is particularly problematic with programs like the DM's Guild and Traveller Aid Society, as they are not just about a specific setting, but also define much of what is fantasy roleplaying and science fiction roleplaying through their culture impact. The derivative works clause comes close to being literally shackled to a specific factory floor.

It understandable that publishers want to maintain control over their own IP. These community content programs are innovative in the IP holders giving up some of the traditional control over one's IP.

Incorporating a no derivative content clause into these agreements to the third-party creator or original content is unjust. The use of a publisher's IP and the publicity behind the program does not make this a fair deal, and Wizards, Cypher, Mongoose, and the rest should ashamed for including this as part of the IP agreement being used.

This is even more so when you consider that under current US Law there is a specific provision for author to regain the rights to the works they created between 35 and 40 years after publication. Steve Jackson used this recently to regain the rights to the Fantasy Trip, Melee, and Wizard.

This exists because Congress, in a rare moment of sanity, recognized that publishers all too frequently take advantage of new authors. The newbie authors are forced to sign draconian contracts that effectively surrender lucrative rights to the work they create. It not some theoretical or ephemeral problem, but something that currently exists throughout creative industries.

Shame on the publishers for doing this, and shame on One Bookshelf for enabling it. Don't force authors to wait 35 to 40 years to get back rights that are theirs. Change the agreements to eliminate the claim to derivative content, and until then, spell out ALL of the rights the authors will be giving up front and center of the agreement and FAQ.
Note: Thanks to Douglas Cole of Gaming Ballistic taking the time to edit my post.
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A week in security (February 12 – February 18)

Malwarebytes - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 16:55

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we looked at a huge Android cryptomining campaign, malicious apps on Google Play, and some Apple scams doing the rounds. We also explored the world of healthcare security, and dived into the land of scammy Valentine’s Day tricks and cheats.

Other news

Stay safe, everyone!

The post A week in security (February 12 – February 18) appeared first on Malwarebytes Labs.

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Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng – Giveaway!

Moogly - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 16:00

Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng is a riot of shapes and colors – in all the best ways! Published by F+W/Interweave, this book is the next one destined for your crochet library – and they sent me a copy to review and giveaway to one very lucky winner – so read on to get a [...]

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WWE Survivor Series Tickets Available Friday, March 16

First Comics News - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 15:25

Travel Packages Available Monday, March 5

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced that tickets to Survivor Series will be available on Friday, March 16 starting at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. Survivor Series will take place Sunday, November 18, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be streamed live around the world on WWE Network.

Ticket prices for Survivor Series range from $25-$500. All fans who purchase a $450 or $500 ticket will take home a commemorative Survivor Series chair. Tickets can be purchased at the STAPLES Center box office, www.AXS.com or by calling 888-9-AXS-TIX (888.929.7849) / 925-357-4228 (outside U.S. & Canada). All tickets are subject to service charges and facility fees.

In addition, Survivor Series Travel Packages will be available Monday, March 5 starting at noon ET at www.survivorseriestravel.com, allowing fans the opportunity to purchase NXT® TakeOver®, Monday Night Raw®, and SmackDown® Live tickets ahead of the general public.

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Valiant Presents THE COMPLETE HARBINGER WARS 2 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – Spanning Six Oversized Issues from May to September!

First Comics News - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 15:15

Valiant is proud to present THE COMPLETE HARBINGER WARS 2 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – available only as a pre-order set to fans who reserve the summer’s SEISMIC, SIX-ISSUE EVENT with their local comic shop by the initial order date (IOD) of March 29th, 2018! 

Beginning this May and continuing all summer long, the most powerful Valiant event ever attempted erupts in full force as X-O Manowar, Livewire, the Harbinger Renegades, Bloodshot, the Secret Weapons, Ninjak, and a cast of thousands draw their battle lines in HARBINGER WARS 2 – uniting New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR, NINJA-K) with Academy Award nominee Eric Heisserer (SECRET WEAPONS, Arrival) and visionary artists Raúl Allén (SECRET WEAPONS) and Patricia Martín (BLOODSHOT REBORN) for an epic conflagration at the epicenter of the Valiant Universe!

Released monthly from May 2018 through September 2018, each PRE-ORDER EDITION comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content, including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and first looks at upcoming issues – plus exclusive covers by Valiant superstars Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR) and Khari Evans (HARBINGER) that can’t be found anywhere else!

For the rare and immensely powerful subset of humanity known as psiots, their unique abilities have come with an enormous cost. Once, their existence was known only to a select few. Now, the revelation that thousands of these latent telekinetic “harbingers” secretly live among us…with the potential to become active at any moment…has led the American government to a dramatic tipping point…

Armed with new extra-governmental authority, the deep-black military contractor known as Omen has been authorized to identify, evaluate, and, if need be, eliminate all super-normal threats to the homeland. H.A.R.D. Corps units have been deployed into cities and towns across the United States to enforce their orders.

In the East, one of the most powerful minds on Earth, Peter Stanchek, is leading his band of Renegades across the country, activating any potential psiots willing to join them, and building an insurrection force of ultra-powerful and unwieldy new abilities that will soon bring war to Omen’s doorstep…and the unstoppable force known as X-O Manowar raging back to Earth…

In the West, Livewire – the telekinetic technopath with the ability to bend machines and computers to her will – will be forced to choose between her former allies…or her newfound team of Secret Weapons. As the situation escalates beyond human control, the United States will be plunged into darkness from coast to coast, launching Bloodshot and Ninjak into a dangerous mission to neutralize their one-time teammate – and setting the stage for the most shocking, most violent, and most consequential clash of powers ever witnessed in the history of the Valiant Universe!

Fans and retailers, take note: The only way to obtain these exclusive items is to pre-order all six issues with your local comic shop by the initial order date of March 29th, 2018! No more copies will be made available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations!

Available only as a pre-order set to fans who reserve all six issues from blockbuster creators Matt Kindt, Eric Heisserer, Tomás Giorello, Raúl Allén, and Patricia Martín, THE COMPLETE HARBINGER WARS 2 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – including HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1, HARBINGER WARS 2 #1-4, and HARBINGER WARS 2: AFTERMATH #1 – is the only way to get six massively expanded, 40-page editions encompassing the whole of Valiant’s cataclysmic summer event…so be sure to reserve yours with your local comic shop by the initial order date of March 29th, 2018!

For more information, visit Valiant on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and ValiantEntertainment.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1
Written by ERIC HEISSERER
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN with PATRICIA MARTÍN
Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN
Cover B by MICHAEL CHO
Variant Cover by CARY NORD
HW2 Icon Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 2nd (FOC – 4/9/18)

HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO
Cover A by J.G. JONES
Cover B by MICO SUAYAN
Interlocking Variant by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
HW2 Icon Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Brushed Metal Variant by LEWIS LAROSA
Blank Cover Also Available
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 30th (FOC – 5/7/18)

THE COMPLETE HARBINGER WARS 2 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by MATT KINDT with ERIC HEISSERER
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO with RAUL ALLÉN and PATRICIA MARTÍN
Covers by TOMÁS GIORELLO & KHARI EVANS
$3.99 each [6 issues] | 40 pgs. each | T+ |
HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1 On Sale MAY 2nd; HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 On Sale MAY 30th (IOD – 3/29/18)


THE COMPLETE HARBINGER WARS 2 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – Pre-Order Coupon


HARBINGER WARS 2 PRELUDE #1 – Pre-Order Edition by Khari Evans


HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4) – Pre-Order Edition by Tomás Giorello


HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1 – Cover A by Raúl Allén

HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4) – Cover A by J.G. Jones


HARBINGER WARS 2 Event Checklist – Art by Lewis LaRosa

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RICH REVIEWS: BLACK PANTHER (2018)

First Comics News - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 15:13

BLACK PANTHER (2018)

After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as King — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.

Cast:
Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther
Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger
Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia
Forest Whitaker as Zuri
Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue / Klaw
Danai Gurira as Okoye
Angela Bassett as Ramonda
Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu
Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross
Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi
Florence Kasumba as Ayo
Winston Duke as M’Baku / Man-Ape
Letitia Wright as Shuri

Director: Ryan Coogler

Screenplay: Joe Robert Cole & Ryan Coogler

Comic Book: Jack Kirby & Stan Lee

Cinematography: Rachel Morrison

Music: Ludwig Göransson

Editor: Michael P. Shawver & Claudia Castello

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller

Rated PG-13

Trailer: 

Run Time: 134 min.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Comments: We are given a wonderfully told history of Wakanda and vibranium plus the Black Panther. It is short and to the point but not rushed as it flows so smoothly the narration.
If your a fan of the Black Panther from the comic books you will notice right away there are differences. Major differences in the storylines.
The technology in Wakanda makes it a technological wonder. The special effects are amazingly well done.
The humor does fit nicely between brother and sister with T’Challa and Shuri.
A battle rite for rulership of Wakanda gives you insight into the character. King T’Challa shows what it is to be a king. He fights for his people and with honor. Chadwick Boseman does deliver as an actor. The supporting cast fit right in as well.
Letitia Wright as Shuri is so much fun in the movie. The Back Panther suit is a technological wonder. It incorporates vibranium into its design. The things it can do are astonishing.
Yes, Stan Lee appears in this movie. He is always such a delight to see.
Danai Gurira as Okoye delivers she is amazing in battle. She is a gorgeous warrior.
The car chase scenes will leave you in stunned silence. The excitement and thrills plus the uniqueness of it will have your eyes glued to the screen.
Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger makes a great foe for the Black Panther as well as Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue / Klaw. They fit nicely into the story.
Killmonger challenges T’Challa the Black Panther it is a fight to the death for rulership of Wakanda. As one man falls your heart will break.
T’Challa’s family and friends do what they can. The Black Panther does not surrender. The Black Panther fights on and he fights for what is right. As a warrior falls you will shed a tear but she is replaced by more.
The movie is filled with so much emotion. You find yourself caring so much for the characters. The loyalty of the Royal Guard is without question. The Black Panther’s loyalty to Wakanda is even more so.
The movie embodies both tradition and technology.
The Black Panther is hope. Hope for all the world. That the world can be a better place to live in.
This is a must-see movie.

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RICH REVIEWS: Black Betty # 1

First Comics News - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 14:55

Title: Black Betty # 1
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Written by: Shawn Gabborin
Art by: Michela Da Sacco
Colors by: Rosa “Rosakaz” Rantila
Cover: Michela Da Saccco
Variant Covers: Michela Da Sacco, Marco Maccagni, Dan Mendoza
Price: $ 4.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.actionlabcomics.com
Comments: Black Betty is fighting an Enenra a smoke monster. How does one fight smoke? Betty better figures it out fast.
Betty is illustrated as a woman who is built with a few extra pounds that it looks like she knows how to use to pound with. The Enenra is drawn as a deadly smoke creature. Betty has a trick though for fighting it.
If you have a problem with a monster and lots of cash you to get hire Black Betty to rid you of your problem. Even if it is a big ugly troll. Betty is confident in her ability to take down any monster. She is one tough lady. Plus carrying a gun helps with that confidence.
It is pointed out a few times that she only works if paid to kill monsters. There is some mystery as we are told very little about Betty.
The attitude of the comic is fun, Betty is tough and the monsters scary.

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Tarot#109: A Dark Union

First Comics News - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 14:47

Raven Hex confronts her two greatest foes in the Realm Beyond the Mist. The only way to save her Mother’s life, Raven Hex must return the severed arm to Azure so he can release Lord Thornwic from the book of curses. But will it cost her more than she thinks?! Celebrate 18 years of Jim Balent’s Smart, Sexy, & Strong Spellbinding Witch, Tarot.

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