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Stitch & Hustle On The Go Arm Project Bag Giveaway

Moogly - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:00

These days it seems I’m always on the go go go – and I know many of you feel the same way! It’s crazy making – but one thing that keeps us all sane is crochet or knitting. So here’s a fun way to take your project with you – and keep your sanity! I’m [...]

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1201

Looking For Group - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 04:00

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First They Came for the Heroes…

Jeffro's Space Gaming Blog - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 22:28

This Father’s Day post at Didact’s Reach highlights a crucial cultural shift that dates back at least to the seventies:

A real father has to show his son what it means to be a man – and the best kind of father has to make the distinction between being a good man, and being good at being a man. The two are not the same thing and far too many modern Churchian fathers have led their sons astray, to their own everlasting shame, by pretending that the two things are the same. Being a good man means showing up on time, being polite, being honest to a fault, carrying out one’s responsibilities, and shouldering life’s burdens with minimal fuss and complaint. But one can be a good man, and still be weak. There are plenty of Churchian Beta males out there today who are good men, yet are still weak and pliable and easily led by others, who do not stand up for themselves, who do not put their wives in their places when it is needed, who do not discipline their sons and daughters, and who simply cannot be relied upon to uphold the truth of the Word of God. Being good at being a man means being strong, courageous, honourable, and masterful. Such a man knows how to take command and lead, to get things done, to protect his tribe and his people, and to make hard choices when necessary in order that his people might survive. But one can be good at being a man, and still be an utterly immoral piece of human trash. There are plenty of young men in prison today who embody all of the highest masculine virtues of strength, courage, mastery, and honour – or at least, honour as defined within the code of conduct by which their gang or tribe lives – who are nonetheless brutal murderers, thieves, rapists, and thugs.

You can see the cultural programming for this present disaster hit hard just by looking at the movies of the sixties and seventies. Marathon Man (1976) features a “nice guy” protagonist. Dustin Hoffman plays a nebbish that blunders into a bit of a thriller. “Realism” in this case means that he is such a loser that the only woman willing to take up with him is one which is willing to do so under the orders of a mysterious figure from the underworld. (Note how this character type would undergo some modifications in the eighties: loser protagonists in both Gremlins and The Karate Kid fall into completely arbitrary female favor without establishing any of the sort of qualities that could motivate it while characters that could command that sort of attention are painted in the worst light possible. The “realism” of the seventies gives way to the unvarnished narrative of the eighties, where dominant, successful men are are treated as if they are necessarily toxic.)

The flip side of this is not much better. In The Mechanic (1972), Charles Bronson is the archetypal man’s man of the seventies, exemplifying all the pagan virtues while being utterly devoid of goodness. In yet another nod to seventies “realism”, he cannot hold down a woman’s interest without paying a premium. The guy has a lot of admirable qualities, his line of work as a professional hit-man notwithstanding. But the net result combined with “honor among thieves” plot points makes for a dreary ordeal of a film.

The people that sneered at the pulp era starting some time around 1940? The thing that they hated most were male characters that exemplified both goodness and masculinity. That’s how you end up with a Frank Frink in The Man in High Castle (1962), a completely unattractive loser that ridiculously holds out hope for a rekindled romance with his ex-wife that had moved on long ago. It’s how you get Poul Anderson’s Flandry and Robert A. Heinliein’s Lazarus Long, masterful men that can reel in the ladies, but which are short on genuine goodness. It’s how you get a the elaborate plot of Fred Saberhagen’s Berserker’s Planet (1975) in which everything is set in order to allow an out and out coward to slip into the role of “hero” if only for a moment.

It’s no surprise that a generation that was trained to scoff at the very idea of good, masculine men very quickly ceased to be able to even imagine such a thing in the context of this cultural milieu. It’s also no accident that the generation that succeeded it had precious few of either sort.

And the people that did this go us could abide neither heroism nor romance.

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Second Sock Syndrome battle...

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 14:20
Hello there! Happy Sunday! Yesterday I had the wonderful treat of grey skies and rain, which means that no matter what...my week was sublime. :) I get that these sort of days may not be for everyone, but it is such a rarity here in Arizona that I can't help... Andi
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Distraction

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 13:00
While I promised myself I'd stay completely focused on weaving the last few ends in preparation for blocking Herlacyn Breeze, I confess I've succumbed to distraction. The final steps required for finishing aren't difficult, but they do require a degree of patience and attention I can't always muster at the end of a busy day.
The only solution, of course, was to face facts and cast on something new. For years, I've searched for the perfect project for these lovely skeins of solid lace weight yarn (Lorna's Laces, Helen's Lace, 50% silk/50% wool). 


A lovely lacy shawl is the obvious answer, but lace isn't really my thing. I've swatched and frogged multiple stitch and needle combinations, and even paired various colors with the variegated Blue Heron (Rayon Metallic), but nothing really struck my fancy.

In the end, I decided to keep things as simple as possible, opting for a long, skinny scarf featuring the fluted rib, one of my favorite reversible slipped stitches.

The plan is to work a five-stage ombre or gradient using three solid colors (magenta, fuchsia and pink) with the yarn carried double to make it easy to fade from one solid shade into the next. These regular color changes should keep things interesting, and the end result should be a light, classic scarf perfect for cool spring and fall weather.

Meanwhile, this simple knit offers the perfect pick-up-lay-down project to balance the attention and care finishing Herlacyn Breeze demands. Sometimes, monogamy isn't all it's cracked up to be.

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Ch. 5, Page 17

Castle Greyhawk - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 00:45
"T-Tenser, m-make them s-slow down!" Endelar managed as she felt every bump on the road.

"I-I'm sorry, d-dearest, b-but this an em-mergency!" Tenser said, holding the seat tightly.

Endelar was thrown into him and held Tenser tight, making this his favorite part of the whole day so far.

Just Dance!

Aikido Blogs - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 22:38
Just Dance!

The whole point of dancing is the dance
No pilgrimage, no sacred journey
No ultimate destination

No end point that has to be arrived at
At a specified time
Just dance!


Categories: Aikido

Volume 7: Captive of Gor

Furiously Eclectic People - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 00:37

This book focused on a specific minor character for most of the story, compared to the others with Tarl as the main. The person it focused on was a spoiled, lying, cheating, brat of a girl and I don't think I felt bad for her once during the book. The first part was hard to get into (as usual), it plodded along as the story was set up. It took me until around 100 pages in before I was able to read more then a few pages at a time and when it finally grabbed my curiosity to keep going.

I liked alot of the women in the story, main character aside (She was a weak, changeable thing). There was some cool dynamics introduced and some backstory revealed for other characters that added to the overall story.

This book had a little bit to do with the meta plot of the book series but it wasn't really forced down your throat like the other books. It showed up near the start and end, which really just tied it to the 6th and 8 th books.

Not much to say about this one really, it was a long story about a spoiled person who never seemed to learn her lesson. (And the El-in-nor pronunciation of the name made me batty after a while, why so many hyphens?!)

I've started reading the next book 'Hunters of Gor' and 5 pages in it's already a more interesting read.

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PRESALE: Golden Goddess Chun-Li Street Fighter Knockouts Vinyl Figure (San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive)

Cryptozoic - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 22:20

She’s as good as gold! Here’s your chance to own the Golden Goddess Chun-Li Street Fighter Knockouts vinyl figure created exclusively for San Diego Comic-Con 2018! You can avoid missing out on this extremely limited figure by purchasing it now and then picking it up at Cryptozoic’s Booth #115 during Comic-Con.

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UK law enforcement: an uphill struggle to fight hackers

Malwarebytes - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 19:02

About 16 years ago in the UK, I walked into a local police station to report a computer crime, because walking into local police stations is how they did things back then. There may well also have been penny farthing bicycles, real pea souper fogs, Mary Poppins, and Jack the Ripper, though I could well be wrong on those last two.

I was greeted at the incident report desk by a bemused officer on duty more used to dealing with stolen bikes or children stuck up trees than anything hacker related, and things went rapidly downhill from his very first question, which was, “What’s an Internet?”

The early days of UK law enforcement and the Internet

I can’t speak for everyone with my solitary anecdote, but even countries that had law enforcement bodies that were was a bit more on the ball with regards all things cyber had their problems, too. I vividly remember being asked to help [redacted entity] with something I’d researched sometime between 2005–08 (being deliberately vague here), resulting in a face-to-face meeting with someone I was half convinced was going to drag me off to a cell. I was helping! You asked me if I could help you! Sadly I can’t say feelings of reciprocal assistance were fostered in any great way, and that’s a shame.

Outside of my own experiences, many security researchers were working in almost total isolation; you couldn’t get ahold of security contacts for major social networks, nobody was on Twitter, huge organisations were missing “contact us” pages, and you were doing very well indeed if you managed to get a dialogue going with, well, pretty much anybody. All communication was done via yelling in blog comments and trying to figure out which people were at security conference dinner queues.

In short, you had hardly anyone talking, vaguely scary law enforcement with technical chops but a general lack of people skills, and officers ready and willing to ask you, “What’s an internet?”.

Frankly, I’m amazed the Internet didn’t burn down into a hole in the ground.

The present day

Things are significantly better now, and many of those problems have been addressed. We have every researcher you can think of available at short notice on sites like Twitter, we have bug bounties/halls of fame, ISPs are a lot more communicative, public facing clearing houses of malware/phishing pages, and most branches of law enforcement have a much better understanding of all things digital.

That’s not to say problems don’t exist, however. A recent report claims British law enforcement is having a tough time of it. If you’ve run into a cyberattack of some kind in the UK, you may find yourself out of luck because apparently only one in three of the 44 police forces in operation are able to deal with computer crime. While police claim some 90 percent of all crime has a digital element to it, their ability to flesh out so-called “cyber units” has been found to be lacking.

Into this already problematic area follows the frequently muddled response to forms of encryption and data privacy. The recent National Crime Agency report on Serious and Organised Crime walked a fine line between acknowledging privacy boons for regular web users, while pointing out the advantage to criminals.

That’s not really a popular line of attack, as it turns out, because the UK government has a thing for wanting to backdoor forms of encryption—and people aren’t really keen on backdoored encryption. Or how about the urge to move into the facial recognition realm, despite a false positive rate of 98 percent? On top of all that, we have this killer quote from a symposium on privacy and corporations:

Tesco probably knows more about me than GCHQ.

While admittedly tongue in cheek, it does raise questions about how much, exactly, we surrender when signing up to membership cards, loyalty accounts, and everything else along the way. Law enforcement would love to get their hands on that kind of profiling, and surveillance capitalism can have major ramifications for societies as a whole.

Essentially, things sound like they’re locked into a stalemate, and no sign of relief seems to be coming anytime soon. And if law enforcement actually is struggling to keep up with datasets and tracking information available to corporations, it’s natural that they’re going to insist on access to all the things, all of the time. At which point, people get rather angry and the cycle repeats itself. Meanwhile, in all of this, the criminals are getting away with all sorts of things.

Wanted: a huge pile of cash

Funding is the be all, end all of UK policing, but with cuts across the board and real-world police numbers down, it’s a hard sell to grab some cash for Internet shenanigans, especially when nobody seems to be entirely clear on what they want to do. Train more police in forensics? DDoS analysis? Malware reversing? Which type of digital attack is likely to be most relevant to the type of police work most commonly seen in the UK? Or, do they want to leapfrog all of that and just go all out on the “Encryption is good for bad people so we definitely want backdoors, thanks” approach?

Who knows, but considering the UK has only pumped £1.3 million into cybercrime training in the last three years, it leaves a lot to be desired. The cash is split between different regions, and that doesn’t go far—as the linked article mentions, North Wales spent £360 on 1,063 individuals to get them trained up from a total pot of £375,448. Meanwhile, there are some regions where a grand total of zero people were trained in aspects of computer crime over a period of three years (perhaps the “What’s an Internet?” officer resides there).

Backup en route

It’s not all bad news. If you could go back in time 16 years and tell me that UK law enforcement would be spending a million pounds on computer crime training, I’d probably be laughing in disbelief until 2018 rolled back around.

Nowadays, there’s plenty of ways to reach the police online, and across a variety of social media. Local and national police websites will often play host to infographics—actual infographics—with useful information on them and everything! There is, at least, money still being invested in the nation as a whole as far as cyberattacks are concerned, to the tune of £1.9 billion over five years to tackle high-level malicious activity.

Even accounting for this, I get the feeling that a bit more money sent to police officers would probably help home users and businesses feel a little more secure and, hopefully, a bit more optimistic that their low-level report to an officer manning the admin desk won’t end up in a large pile of “dunno, lol.”

Imagine a world in which a cyberattack on a home user would result in a phone call to police that actually gets answered and actually gets results. Perhaps it’s only another 16 years away.

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Set Up, Back Stage, & Lovecraftian Maintenance For Dungeons With Adventurer,Conqueror, King, Arduin, OSR, & Classic Old School Flavors

Swords & Stitchery - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 15:21
Its about 2:00 A.M., I've been off line most of the day with work & some of the general necessities of life. As it stands at this moment several of Dark Albion's elements have been re introduced again into my general campaign.  The concept of the kilodungeon has shifted its way back into the consciousness of the OSR with Autarch’s eighth Kickstarter project: The Secrets of the Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Cactus Painted Rocks with Yarn Pots

Moogly - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 15:00

Painted rocks have been everywhere lately – one of the biggest crafting trends of the past few years! I’ve seen so many cute ideas… but I had a few more, and I decided to try them out. Here are  some of the things I learned along the way, my failures, and my best results: Cactus [...]

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Diamond Announces Top Products for May 2018

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 15:00

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (June 15, 2018) —Peter Parker and his allies battle Norman Osborn and the Carnage symbiote in Dan Slott, Stuart Immonen, and an all-star roster of artists’ Amazing Spider-Man #800, an oversized landmark issue from Marvel Comics and the best-selling comic book of May 2018 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was May’s top publisher with a 42.64% dollar share and a 38.35% unit share. DC Entertainment was second for the month with a 25.71% dollar share and a 37.87% unit share. Image Comics was third with a 10.83% dollar share and a 9.67% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 3.65% dollar share and a 3.07% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.54% dollar share and a 1.63% unit share, BOOM! Studios with a 1.96% dollar share and a 1.58% unit share, and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.64% dollar share and a 1.30% unit share.

Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten. In addition to Amazing Spider-Man #800, Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s Venom #1 ranked #2, Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness’ Avengers #1 ranked #4, and Ta-Nehisi Coates and Daniel Acuña’s Black Panther #1 ranked #5. DC Entertainment had five titles in the top ten: Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock #5 ranked #3; Tom King and Tony S. Daniel’s Batman #47 ranked 6; King and Daniel’s Batman #46 ranked #7; Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, and Francis Manapul’s Justice League: No Justice #1 ranked #8; and Brian Michael Bendis, Ivan Reis, and Jason Fabok’s The Man of Steel #1 ranked #9. Also in the top ten, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #179 ranked #10. Among the premier publishers, BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #27 was their top book at #133, Frank Miller’s Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander #2 was Dark Horse’s top book at #129, Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja/Tarzan #1 ranked #142, and IDW Publishing’s TMNT: Urban Legends #1 ranked #159.

The misadventures of two rebels during the Galactic Civil War are recounted in Kevin Rubio and Lucas Marangon’s Star Wars: Tag & Bink Were Here from Marvel Comics, the best-selling graphic novel of May. Marvel had five titles in the top ten including Jim Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim’s The Infinity Gauntlet at #2, Amazing Spider-Man/Venom: Venom, Inc. at #7; and, tied at #10, Black Panther: Long Live the King and Infinity War. Image Comics had three titles in the top ten: Where We Live: A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas ranked #3, Snotgirl Volume 2: California Screaming ranked #3, and Black Magick Volume 2: Awakening II ranked #9. DC Entertainment had two titles in the top ten: Dark Days: The Road to Metal ranked #5 and Wonder Woman Volume 5: Heart of the Amazon ranked #6. Also in the top ten, Dark Horse Comics’ Hellboy Omnibus Volume 1: Seed of Destruction ranked #8.

Zenescope Entertainment’s Grimm Fairy Tales Adult Coloring Book Volume 2 was May’s best-selling book. Also in the top ten, Dark Horse Comics’ Overwatch Anthology Volume 1, a collection of stories and background details on the popular video game from Blizzard Entertainment, returned to the top ten at #7.

A PREVIEWS Exclusive variant of the first figure in Mezco’s trio of One:12 Collective figures that interpret different eras of Batman’s career, the One:12 Collective: DC Comics: Ascending Knight “Blue” Action Figure, was May’s best-selling toy product. DC Collectibles had three products in the top ten: the DC Designer Series: Metal Batman by Greg Capullo Statue at #2, the Batman vs. The Joker: Laff-Co Battle Statue at #8, and the DC Rebirth: Justice League Action Figure 7-Pack at #9. Funko had two PREVIEWS exclusive POP! vinyl figures in the top ten: the POP! Rick and Morty: Pickle Rick “No Limbs” Vinyl Figure ranked #3, and the POP! Heroes: DC Death Vinyl Figure, based on Neil Gaiman’s character from The Sandman, ranked #4. Diamond Select Toys’ Marvel Gallery: X-23 PVC Statue ranked #6. Also in the top ten, McFarlane Toys’ Stranger Things: Demogorgon Deluxe Action Figure ranked #10.

Taking the HeroClix game to the depths of space, WizKids/NECA’s Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Infinity Colossal Booster Brick was May’s best-selling game product. Paizo Publishing also had a strong month in May, with eight products from the Starfinder and Pathfinder role-playing game lines among the month’s top ten products.

 

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

42.64%

38.35%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

25.71%

37.87%

IMAGE COMICS

10.83%

9.67%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.65%

3.07%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.54%

1.63%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.96%

1.58%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.64%

1.30%

VIZ MEDIA

1.12%

0.40%

ONI PRESS

1.03%

0.48%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

0.84%

0.90%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.03%

4.75%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

MAY 2018 VS. APRIL 2018

COMICS

7.00%

2.99%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

6.94%

4.85%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

6.98%

3.13%

TOYS

4.95%

23.84%

MAY 2018 VS. MAY 2017

COMICS

6.23%

-8.63%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.04%

-13.85%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

1.84%

-9.06%

TOYS

-28.63%

-30.85%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2018 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2017

COMICS

0.22%

-9.80%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-9.31%

-10.56%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-2.67%

-9.85%

TOYS

-12.06%

-17.25%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

92

42

0

134

DC ENTERTAINMENT

74

30

0

104

IMAGE COMICS

65

22

0

87

IDW PUBLISHING

39

24

0

63

BOOM! STUDIOS

23

12

0

35

DARK HORSE COMICS

17

16

0

33

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

20

5

0

25

VIZ MEDIA

0

22

0

22

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

8

3

0

11

ONI PRESS

3

2

0

5

OTHER NON-TOP 10

131

208

32

371

TOTAL

472

386

32

890

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800

$9.99

MAR180826-M MAR

2

VENOM #1

$4.99

MAR180796-M MAR

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #5

$4.99

MAR180233-M DC

4

AVENGERS #1

$4.99

MAR180776-M MAR

5

BLACK PANTHER #1

$4.99

MAR180786-M MAR

6

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$2.99

MAR180256-M DC

7

BATMAN #46

$2.99

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8

JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #1

$3.99

MAR180228-M DC

9

THE MAN OF STEEL #1 [*]

$3.99

APR180145 DC

10

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$3.99

MAR180767-M IMA

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

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2

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MAR180796-M MAR

3

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MAR180233-M DC

4

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$4.99

MAR180776-M MAR

5

BLACK PANTHER #1

$4.99

MAR180786-M MAR

6

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$7.99

FEB180142-M DC

7

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$5.99

MAR180832-M MAR

8

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$4.99

MAR180260-M DC

9

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #600

$5.99

MAR180837-M MAR

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #1

$3.99

MAR180228-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

STAR WARS: TAG & BINK WERE HERE #1

$7.99

MAR180947 MAR

2

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

3

WHERE WE LIVE: LAS VEGAS SHOOTING BENEFIT ANTHOLOGY TP

$19.99

MAR180600 IMA

4

SNOTGIRL VOL. 2: CALIFORNIA SCREAMING TP

$15.99

MAR180757 IMA

5

DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL HC

$29.99

DEC170376 DC

6

WONDER WOMAN VOL. 5: HEART OF THE AMAZON TP

$16.99

FEB180292 DC

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN/VENOM: VENOM, INC TP

$19.99

FEB180936 MAR

8

HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOL. 1: SEED OF DESTRUCTION TP

$24.99

JAN180104 DAR

9

BLACK MAGICK VOL. 2: AWAKENING II TP (MR)

$16.99

MAR180642 IMA

10

BLACK PANTHER: LONG LIVE THE KING TP

$14.99

FEB180931 MAR

10

INFINITY WAR TP

$29.99

JAN062102 MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

2

PUNISHER MAX BY GARTH ENNIS OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC (MR)

$100.00

NOV171043 MAR

3

STAR WARS: TAG & BINK WERE HERE #1

$7.99

MAR180947 MAR

4

DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL HC

$29.99

DEC170376 DC

5

WHERE WE LIVE: LAS VEGAS SHOOTING BENEFIT ANTHOLOGY TP

$19.99

MAR180600 IMA

6

WOLVERINE GOES TO HELL OMNIBUS HC

$100.00

NOV171044 MAR

7

INFINITY WAR TP

$29.99

JAN062102 MAR

8

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MARVEL TEAM-UP VOL. 3 HC

$75.00

NOV171039-M MAR

9

HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOL. 1: SEED OF DESTRUCTION TP

$24.99

JAN180104 DAR

10

WEAPON X: THE RETURN OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

NOV171045 MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

GRIMM FAIRY TALES ADULT COLORING BOOK VOL. 2

$12.99

APR181912 ZEN

2

OVERLORD VOL. 7 LIGHT NOVEL HC

$20.00

MAR188458 YEN

3

THE ART OF JIM STARLIN: LIFE IN WORDS & PICTURES HC

$49.99

MAR181077 AFT

4

BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC

$44.99

MAR172148 UDO

5

DOCTOR WHO TARGET COLLECTION: CITY OF DEATH MMPB

$9.99

APR181367 PEN

6

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 129 SC

$14.95

FEB182112 SAN

7

OVERWATCH ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 1 HC

$19.99

JUN170080 DAR

8

WOLF & PARCHMENT VOL. 2 LIGHT NOVEL SC

$14.00

FEB181982 YEN

9

DEATH MARCH TO THE PARALLEL WORLD RHAPSODY VOL. 5 NOVEL SC

$14.00

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NEIL GAIMAN: NORSE MYTHOLOGY SC

$15.95

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ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC: ASCENDING KNIGHT BATMAN “BLUE” FIGURE JUL178556 MEZ

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DC DESIGNER SERIES: METAL BATMAN STATUE BY CAPULLO NOV170394 DC

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POP! RICK & MORTY: PICKLE RICK “NO LIMBS” VINYL FIGURE DEC178162 FUN

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POP! HEROES: DC: DEATH VINYL FIGURE DEC178161 FUN

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OVERWATCH: GENJI 12-INCH STATUE DEC178061 BLI

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MARVEL GALLERY: X-23 PVC STATUE NOV172443 DST

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OVERWATCH: D.VA 20-INCH STATUE AUG178473 BLI

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BATMAN VS. THE JOKER: LAFF-CO BATTLE STATUE OCT170396 DC

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DC REBIRTH: JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION FIGURE 7-PACK AUG160372 DC

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STRANGER THINGS: DEMOGORGON DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SEP178832 TMP

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MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS INFINITY COLOSSAL BOOSTER BRICK DEC172935 NEC

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STARFINDER RPG: PACT WORLDS HC JAN182863 PAI

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CRITICAL ROLE: TAL DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HC JUN173357 GRE

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PATHFINDER RPG: ULTIMATE MAGIC POCKET EDITION FEB182807 PAI

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PATHFINDER RPG: BESTIARY 4 POCKET EDITION FEB182806 PAI

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STARFINDER ADVENTURE PATH: DEAD SUNS PART 5 SC FEB182808 PAI

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PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK JUN091729 PAI

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PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK POCKET EDITION APR168770 PAI

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STARFINDER RPG ALIEN: ARCHIVE HC AUG173202 PAI

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PATHFINDER RPG: BOOK OF THE DAMNED HC JUL173377 PAI

 

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Your First Look at CODA #3 from Simon Spurrier & Matías Bergara

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:57

Coda #3 Variant Cover by Julian Totino Tedesco

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 14, 2018) – BOOM! Studios is proud to present your first look at CODA #3, the newest chapter of the critically-acclaimed broken fantasy epic from Eisner-nominated writer Simon Spurrier (Sandman, The Spire) and Matías Bergara (Cannibal, Supergirl).

This all-new series, which sold out at a distributor level before the release of the first issue, reveals the aftermath of an apocalypse which wiped out nearly all magic from a once-wondrous fantasy world, in which an antisocial former bard named Hum seeks a way to save the soul of his wife with nothing but a foul-tempered mutant unicorn and his wits to protect him…but is unwillingly drawn into a brutal power struggle which will decide forever who rules the weird wasteland.

In CODA #3, featuring a main cover by Bergara, along with variant covers by Eisner Award nominated cover artist Julian Totino Tedesco (Hawkeye) and artist Toni Infante (Sons of The Devil), Hum returns to Ridgetown, only to find the city under siege by Thundervale, a bandit city that rests on the back of the last living giant. Hum manages to get back inside, but when an outerwall is breached by the enemy, all seems lost.

“Hum continues to find—or is it cause?—more trouble than he bargained for, and CODA #3 is our wildest issue yet,” said Eric Harburn, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Si and Matías continue to pull out all the stops each and every month.”

CODA is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to a world-class group of licensed comic book series and ambitious original series, including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Planet of the Apes, WWE, Abbott, Mech Cadet Yu, Klaus and Grass Kings, which was recently nominated for two 2018 Eisner Awards.

Print copies of CODA #3 will available for sale on July 11, 2018 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore, though quantities may be limited. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For continuing news on CODA and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.


Coda #3 Main Cover by Matías Bergara


Coda #3 Variant Cover by Toni Infante

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RICH REVIEWS: Demi-God # 2

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:56

Title: Demi-God # 2
Publisher: IDW/Ominous Press
Written by: Ron Marz
Art by: Andy Smith
Color Art by: Michael Atiyeh
Letter Art by: Steve Dutro
Cover Art: Andy Smith/Color Art by Michael Atiyeh
Variant Cover Art: Rick Leonardi/Color Art by Michael Atiyeh, Darryl Banks/Color Art by Michael Atiyeh
Demi-God Created by: Bart Sears
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.idwpublishing.com , www.ominouspress.com
Comments: Demi-God starts off by talking to you the reader. The fourth wall is broken here well shattered is a better word for it. It is fun to have the character talking to you as you read the comic.
Jason aka Demi-God is in a battle against a dog man with three heads Cerberus. Jason dishes it out and he takes it to. His new form has invulnerability. Then he jumps right into another battle as Hera and the legions of Lord Insidious attack him.
Jason is a bit full of himself. He knows he is strong and handsome and will be the first to brag about it. Well, he is naturally good in battle.
Insidious is show here he is an imposing figure.
Jason gets his hero name here Hercules which fits him so well since he has Hercules powers. Hercules is so humble, NOT! His character comes across as fun and you will have fun reading this. Jason acts how any ordinary guy might if given the powers of Hercules. He is a common man put in uncommon circumstances and he enjoys it. This is the best day of his life and this comic will definitely improve your attitude in a positive humorous way.

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Dine with Joe Jusko at San Diego Comic-Con

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:54

IDW Welcomes Fans to a Memorable Evening with a Comic Book Legend,
Featuring a Marvel Masterpieces Exclusive to Commemorate the Event

SAN DIEGO, CA (June 14, 2018) – IDW Publishing is hosting a very special evening with artist Joe Jusko during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Strictly limited to just 25 attendees, the event will take place in a private room at an upscale restaurant in the San Diego Gaslamp district, a short walk from the convention center on Friday, July 20th, from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM.

Each guest will receive an extremely rare Captain America variant cover edition of Joe Jusko’s Marvel Masterpieces, the highly-anticipated complete collection of painted trading card art from the 2016 Upper Deck set. Featuring a unique embossed gold foil stamp created especially for the dinner event, the 336-page hardcover collectible will be autographed by Joe Jusko, and expressly limited to the number of attendees.

Additionally, each attendee will receive an original 11” x 14” piece of original artwork featuring the character of their choice, drawn by Jusko in advance of the dinner event. The character must be selected by each confirmed guest within 24 hours of purchase to ensure readiness. Representative examples of Jusko’s original illustrations can be found at the official Eventbrite site.

“I’m very much looking forward to schmoozing with friends and fans at this event, away from the distracting madness of the con,” says Joe Jusko. “A collectible and rare version of my new book will only be available there, as well as great food and drink — what could make this any more special? Well, tigers. Tigers would do it.”

Featuring fine dining in an intimate atmosphere, this very special evening is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is extremely limited to 25 attendees. Tickets are $500 per person and can be purchased here.

Join one of the comic industry’s true luminaries for a memorable and insightful evening, and enjoy two keepsakes to commemorate the event. Don’t delay!


Creator Bio: Joe Jusko is one of the best-known fantasy, pin-up, and comic book artists in the world today. His career has spanned more than 40 years, starting with the sale of his very first cover to Heavy Metal Magazine in 1977 at the age of 17. Since graduating that year from New York City’s High School of Art & Design, Joe has worked for nearly every major comic book publisher, producing hundreds of covers and story pages. His work has appeared on paperback book covers, calendars, posters, T-shirts, toy packaging and innumerable trading cards, most memorably the multi-award-winning 1992 Marvel Masterpieces trading cards. His work has earned him myriad awards and honors, including two “Favorite Painter” Wizard Fan Awards, multiple trading card awards, a Golden Lion Award from the Burroughs Bibliophiles, and a Chesley Award nomination for best cover in 2001. He was awarded an Inkpot Award at the 2012 Comic-Con International for his contributions to the comic industry.

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RICH REVIEWS: Replicator # 1

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:47

Title: Replicator # 1
Publisher: Robert Arnold
Writer/Creator: Robert Arnold
Art: Armin Ozdic
Colourist: Ross A Campbell
Letterer: Jamie Me
Price: free online
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Website: www.facebook.com/replicatorcomic/
Comments: London, England a virus has decimated the people of England. The Red Death is lethal and relentless. We see how the world reacts and also the people of England.
There are some exciting action-packed scenes of fighting but why are these two fighting? It is skill vs power.
In England, there is a sanctuary for the disease-free. Things do start happening just that they are not explained. Who are these people, what are they doing and why?
The art is good and does show off at the start one person with the Red Death very well. The black assassin as she fights looks great. The guy whoever he is with the huge sword is great in battle.
The story needs focus and we need to know more about the characters. The idea is a good one and the art as well is good.

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RICH REVIEWS: Demi-God # 1

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:44

Title: Demi-God # 1
Publisher: IDW/Ominous Press
Written by: Ron Marz
Art by: Andy Smith
Color Art by: Michael Atiyeh
Letter Art by: Steve Dutro
Cover Art: Andy Smith/Color Art by Michael Atiyeh
Variant Cover Art: Bart Sears/Color Art by Nanjan Jamberi, Jeff Johnson/Color Art by Michael Atiyeh, Bob Layton/Color Art by Michael Atiyeh
Demi-God Created by: Bart Sears
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.idwpublishing.com , www.ominouspress.com
Comments: This Demi-God is a tall muscular being. Here we are given the origin story of Demi-God. It is wonderful the way Jason McAndros aka Demi-God talks to the reader.
Jason may be a bit of a nerd or geek but when push comes to shove he does the right thing. There is a lot of time spent on the scene with Daphne and her b/f. Her b/f Tommy is shown as a grade A jerk and loser it will have you wondering why she is even with him. Daphne is illustrated as a gorgeous blonde haired girl with a killer body.
Jason is acting like a hero when something truly amazing happens to him. He is transformed and has the strength of Hercules. So there is a Greek tie-in. The villains we see lined up for coming issues will have you wanting to see more.
This is a fun exciting introduction to a new super-hero. Demi-God is mythological and updated for the modern world. He comes across as a bit stuck up which fits perfectly with his character.
Jason has just traded up in his life. Demi-God is the new and improved version.

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RICH REVIEWS: Vengeance, Nevada # 1

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:43

Title: Vengeance, Nevada # 1
Publisher:  Earth’s Temporary Solution
Cover Art: Isidore Koliavras
Interior Art and Letters: Peter Czaplarski
Story and Characters: B.J. Mendelson
Price $ 2.99 US
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Website: bjmendelson.com/
Comments: A woman appears to be some kind of a cop. You see the word zombie mentioned a  few times but what it has to do with Jacobs or the story who knows? She is shown fighting some super-powered people. Why?
For some reason, the comic has parts in black and white and then ones in color.
The woman, maybe her name is Kristen, but it is hard to tell. Yes finally at the end of the issue yes her name is Kristen.
Who or what is a Cyntharian. An alien, so are there alien zombies here? What does Death have to do with them?
Who was that mysterious woman that shows up for a panel? There are way too many questions and no answers or hints at them. Some mysteries are good but not the whole issue.
Some interesting characters are here but who are they what is their purpose? What is the storyline of this comic? Who is the team shown on the last page? They certainly do look like a team you would want to know about.
The reader needs more information to enjoy this comic. By knowing a little about the characters the reader will be to care about them and care about what happens to them.
Great characters and the art shows them well enough. A nice variety of people and beings too. Kristen’s place with them and her place in this comic would be great to know.

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Halloween ComicFest 2018 to Feature Exclusive Star-Lord Funko POP!, Deadpool Mini Egg Attack Figures

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:21

(Baltimore, MD) — (June 14, 2018)— Halloween ComicFest is proud to announce the upcoming release of this year’s Halloween ComicFest PREVIEWS Exclusive (PX) collectible figures, available only during the event on Saturday, October 27th.

The new Star-Lord PREVIEWS Exclusive (PX) Funko POP! Figure (APR188339; SPR $11.99) leads a team of intergalactic warriors! In the aftermath of the Phalanx invasion of the Kree, Star-Lord decides to form a team of interstellar heroes that will be proactive in protecting, rather than reacting to crises: The Guardians of the Galaxy! Based on his appearance in the Guardians of the Galaxy series by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, this exclusive POP! figure features Peter in his signature full-face mask with his laser guns drawn and ready.

Beast Kingdom has paired up with Marvel and Diamond to offer fans a line of mini Egg Attack figures inspired by the merc with a mouth, Deadpool! The PREVIEWS Exclusive Deadpool Servant X-Force Figure (MAY188578; SRP $16.99) features a sassy, subservient Deadpool figure finished with exclusive paint deco of Deadpool in his X-Force outfit with a pink maid uniform over top! The PREVIEWS Exclusive Deadpool Day Dream X-Force Figure (MAY188577; SRP $16.99) features a cheerful, daydreaming Deadpool figure, with both Deadpool and all his little Deadpools finished with exclusive paint deco of his X-Force outfit.

These PREVIEWS Exclusive figures will only be available in extremely limited quantities on Saturday, October 27th from participating Halloween ComicFest stores.

Fans are encouraged to visit their local comic shop to pre-order their own Star-Lord Funko POP! And Deadpool mini Egg Attack figures. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com.

Retailers interested in placing wholesale orders for these items are encouraged to contact Diamond’s New Accounts Department at newaccounts@diamondcomics.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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