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DOLLFACE #11 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 08:48

DOLLFACE #11
Writer(s): Dan Mendoza & Bryan Seaton
Artist Name(s): Zoe Stanley & Danielle Gransaull
Cover A – Dan Mendoza (unlimited)
Cover B – Tattered & Torn variant cover (limited to 2000): Dan Mendoza
Cover C – Richard Garcia Pin-up variant cover (limited to 1500)
Cover D – Richard Garcia Pin-up Tattered & Torn variant cover (limited to 2000)
Cover E – Collette Turner Pin-up variant cover (limited to 1500)
Cover F – Collette Turner Pin-up Tattered & Torn variant cover (limited to 2000)

With Lila and Ivan now reunited, the two learn more about her mystical bloodline.

Retailer exclusive coves are available, please contact bseaton@actionlabcomics.com.

32 pgs./ M / FC $4.99

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RICH REVIEWS: WWE # 11

First Comics News - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 07:53

Title: WWE # 11
Publisher: BOOM! Comics
Writers: Dennis Hopeless, Mairghread Scott
Illustrated by: Serg Acuna, Tim Lattie, Rodrigo Lorenzo
Colored by: Doug Garbark
Lettered by: Jim Campbell
Cover by: Dan Moira
Variant Covers by: Aaron Dana, Rahzzah, Adam Riches, Brent Schoonover/with Colors by Nick Filardi
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.boom-studios.com
Comments: Roman is in Europe with some other wrestlers. He is not in a good mood. He is looking for a fight.
All the superstars of wrestling you see are illustrated beautifully and they are easy to identify which is which.
John Cena tries reasoning with Roman Reigns which of course with these two big tough guys leads to a brawl. These two are in all-out action against one another.
Roman does show here he can fight and deliver what is best for business. HHH may not like him but he respects his talent, his in-ring presence.
“Viper” Randy Orton faces Erick Rowan in the ring. Randy does spring into action in the ring and he shows us that a bigger and stronger opponent is still just the next RKO waiting to happen.

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Kickstarter - Tome of Horrors: Reborn for Fifth Edition (Frog God Games)

Tenkar's Tavern - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 05:05

If you are a 5e gamer - DM or player - this is probably a book you don't want to miss. Tome of Horrors: Reborn for Fifth Edition. I have the Swords & Wizardry edition and it is awesome. Heck, I'm tempted to grab the 5e version with all the new color art simply for the art.

Or I can get a set of Tokens of Horrors. What's that? That is this (punch out printed tokens and VTT versions):


At least 200 tokens. 20 bucks for the VTT and 40 for the punch out type AND VTT version. I think I'm in for tokens. Shit. They simply are system neutral.

What? You want pricing on the actual book? Hardcopy starts at $50 (and includes the PDF) That's a damn fair price for a Frog God book.

Damn it. Why the hell am I jonesing for tokens. I'll actually need to start using them ;)
Frog God Games' wants to unleash the next iteration of its iconic Tome of Horrors series for 5th Edition . Hordes of sinister adversaries, restless dead, and other horrific monstrosities to gleefully challenge your players' expectations. Bursting with hundreds of creatures, new additions as well as converted classics, in a library-bound and stitched full color volume, the next Tome of Horrors will be a must have for your 5th edition campaign.    Everybody needs more monsters.  
These days I swim in the Frog God pond. They publish and distribute for free Swords & Wizardry Light and allow me to work the booth at cons. I work for a warm bed and three hots at cons- and beer. And yes, I'm definitely backing for the tokens ;)
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Where Is Wolverine? And What Is His Startling Secret?

First Comics News - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 22:08

The mystery deepens this January!

New York, NY—November 20, 2017—His return to the Marvel Universe was just the beginning, and the Infinity Stone he holds could change everything. Now, the questions begin: Why was he searching for the Infinity Stone? How did he escape his adamantium prison? Where is Wolverine, and what is he hiding?

The answers will begin to unravel in 2018, but fans will be able to catch glimpses of their favorite mutant in special after-credit scenes at the end of key Marvel titles. Appearing in select issues starting this January, some of Marvel’s most acclaimed artists will tease the whereabouts of the adamantium-clawed mutant with tantalizing teaser panels – and it’s all connected!

“Fans have been speculating about Wolverine’s whereabouts since he first reappeared in MARVEL LEGACY #1—and the Marvel Universe is left just as unaware!” teased SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. “So keep your eyes peeled as Canada’s favorite citizen makes his presence felt in titles all across the Marvel line! It’s all leading to something—but what?”

“Mystery has always been part of Wolverine’s DNA,” added senior editor Mark Paniccia. “He’s one of Marvel’s most interesting and popular characters. Fans are going to have a helluva ride finding out where he’s been and how he came back.”

Track Wolverine as he jumps around the Marvel Universe, starting with the following titles:

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA #697

On-Sale 1/3/18

 

MIGHTY THOR #703

On-Sale 1/17/18

 

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #794

On-Sale 1/24/18

 

And more to come!

 

What is Wolverine’s startling secret, and how will it impact the Marvel Universe? It’s up to you, True Believers, to find out!

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ARCHIE COMICS UNVEILS DIGITAL-FIRST SCI-FI SERIES FRANKEN 9

First Comics News - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 22:06

“FRANKEN 9” mashes up superheroes with Frankenstein in new digital-first sci-fi series from Archie Comics

What happens when an evil genius uses science to create a group of super powered, highly intelligent teenagers?

“FRANKEN 9” is a new sci-fi digital-first comic series by newcomers Jared Goldwater and Ryan Straughn and veteran artist Ryan Jampole (ARCHIE, MEGA MAN) featuring an eccentric and mysterious scientist whose experiments result in the creation of a new group of super-humans that will change the fate of the world forever.

Ostracized from the scientific community for his reanimation research, Dr. Lambda steals the brain of a dying genius to implant the minds of 9 homeless teens with his master plan for a new world order.

Newcomers Goldwater & Straughn join veteran comics artist Ryan Jampole on this new series blending together classic science fiction intrigue and bombastic superhero action. From super-powered organ transplants to time travel and everywhere in between, FRANKEN 9 takes readers on a journey full of twists and turns with plenty of mad science.

Dr. Lambda has monstrous plans for his creations – will they follow along or forge their own path forward?

Issues of FRANKEN 9 will be available to read on ComiXology and Amazon beginning November 22.

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WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS TWISTED ROMANCE

First Comics News - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 20:14

An all-new month-long anthology miniseries event, coming this February

PORTLAND, OR, 11/20/2017 — Critically acclaimed writer Alex de Campi (MAYDAY, NO MERCY) teams up with some of comics’ hottest artists for TWISTED ROMANCE, a four-issue weekly anthology miniseries with tales of love—love gone right, wrong, and everything in between.

“This project is a dream for me,” said de Campi. “I’m getting to collaborate with some of comics’ coolest creators and some amazing prose fiction voices. Everything everyone is doing looks so amazing. I’m just giddy that Image basically handed us the reins and said, ‘do whatever you want. This looks cool.’ So, yeah: come February, we’re going to break your heart, fill you with joy, and give you awkward pants feels. Sometimes in same story. Occasionally, even on the same page.”

Each issue of this month-long romance event will feature 48 pages of content: a main comic story, a backup comic story, and a backup prose story. Within the pages of TWISTED ROMANCE, you can expect to find a wide variety of themes, including the commoditization of breakups, the love of a shy girl and a wildly famous guy, forbidden love on an intergalactic dreadnought, and the deceptive lure of childhood as seen by a princess who’s afraid to grow up. Exclusive sneak-peeks can be found throughout December and January at participating sites; see below for details.

“I’m thrilled to be working with Alex,” said Skelly. “I think our comic will show off our love of ’70s film—and the darkest reaches of our brains. It’s going to be such a standout on the comics stand. I think the right people will find it and really appreciate it.”

“I am psyched to work on something bold and heartfelt, a story that knows where it’s going from the outset, that may end up somewhere surprising, but that surprise will be perfect,” added McNeil. “That’s the best thing, always.”

“Being the comics baby of the bunch, I’m really excited for people to see the fun world we’re creating,” said Gutiérrez. “Honey, get into this boots-the-house-down realness for your nerves!”

“Alex is an incredibly versatile writer!” said Trungles. “I love stories that explore the nature of love and agency, and I’m really stoked to work on this one.”

TWISTED ROMANCE #1: “Old Flames” (Diamond code: DEC170607) arrives February 7th, featuring art from Katie Skelly (My Pretty Vampire, Nurse Nurse), a backup comic from Sarah Horrocks (Goro, The Leopard), and a prose story by Magen Cubed (Crashers). The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, January 15th.

TWISTED ROMANCE #2: “Twinkle and the Star” (Diamond code: DEC170608) hits shelves February 14th, with art from Alejandra Gutiérrez (Love is Love), a backup comic from Meredith McClaren (HINGES), and a prose story by Vita Ayala (Batman Beyond). The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, January 22nd.

TWISTED ROMANCE #3: “Invincible Heart” (Diamond code: DEC170609) will be available February 21st, with art from Carla Speed McNeil (NO MERCY, Finder), a backup comic from Margaret Trauth (Decrypting Rita), and a prose story by Jess Bradley. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, January 29th.

TWISTED ROMANCE #4: “Treasured” (Diamond code: DEC170610) hits stores February 28th, with art from Trungles (Mirror Mirror, Fauns & Faeries), a backup comic from Sarah Winifred Searle (Fresh Romance), and a prose story by Naomi Salman. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 5th.

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Dartpocalypse – Threshold Jr Nov 22

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 20:10

 

THIS WEEK

Dartpocalypse

You have been waiting all year to shoot your friend in the eyeball with a nerf dart!
So don’t miss your chance.
Safety glasses, blasters, darts are all provided (Do not bring your own)
Also Hangout & Cafe in The Cage

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 


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Human Curling!
+ Stuck Pt 2

You and your friends become the curling rocks
as we hurl you down the gym floor on a scooter!
Not to worry, we have safety restraints!
Also Hangout & Cafe in The Cage

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 

 

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NINJA-K #2 preview

First Comics News - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 20:07

Who is hunting the agents of MI-6’s most elite intelligence unit?

Valiant is proud to announce your first look inside NINJA-K #2 – the next daring 40-page mission for the EXPLOSIVE NEW ONGOING SERIES from acclaimed writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and superstar artist Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR)! On December 20th, Valiant’s next essential series charges forward as Colin King, the fearless super-spy known as Ninjak, faces an enemy that threatens to topple the most elite branch of Britain’s secret service!

One by one, the operatives of MI-6’s covert “Ninja Programme” are being murdered by an unseen threat that is as mysterious as it is deadly. But who could possibly have the knowledge and expertise to eliminate the lethal men and women of Britain’s most secret service…and why are they hellbent on reaping revenge against Colin King and his predecessors? As the walls close in around him, Ninjak must confront the bloodstained legacy that spawned him… before his own name gets crossed off the list…

Plus: Beginning in NINJA-K #2, veteran artist Ariel Olivetti (Punisher War Journal) joins NINJA-K mastermind Christos Gage for the next installment of an essential back-up feature revealing the top-secret origin of NINJA-A, the operative that birthed the “Ninja Programme” amidst the raging fires of the First World War’s Western Front!

Jump on board Valiant’s stunning new spy thriller here to find out why fans and critics worldwide have been stunned by the action-packed, espionage-laden mystery at the heart of NINJA-K.

On December 20th, Christos Gage and Tomás Giorello – plus special guests Roberto de la Torre and Ariel Olivetti – draw the circle close around Valiant’s deadliest super-spy for a 40-page orchestra of spycraft, stealth, and steel as the winter’s adrenaline-laced adventure dares onward, only in NINJA-K #2 – featuring covers by Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY), rising star Lucas Troya, Kenneth Rocafort (The Ultimates), and Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night)!

NINJA-K #2
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO with ROBERTO DE LA TORRE and ARIEL OLIVETTI
Cover A by TREVOR HAIRSINE (OCT171919)
Cover B by LUCAS TROYA (OCT171920)
Interlocking Variant by KENNETH ROCAFORT (OCT171922)
Ninjak Icon Variant by BEN TEMPLESMITH (OCT171923)
Blank Cover Also Available ( OCT171921)
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 20th (FOC – 11/27/2017)


NINJA-K #2 – Interior Art by Tomás Giorello
NINJA-K #2 – Interior Art by Tomás Giorello


NINJA-K #2 – Interior Art by Tomás Giorello


NINJA-K #2 – Interior Art by Tomás Giorello


NINJA-K #2 – Interior Art by Tomás Giorello


NINJA-K #2 – Interior Art by Tomás Giorello


NINJA-K #2 – Cover A by Trevor Hairsine


NINJA-K #2 – Cover B by Lucas Troya


NINJA-K #2 – Ninjak Icon Variant by Ben Templesmith

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THE ARCHIES #3 preview

First Comics News - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 18:34

THE ARCHIES #3
NEW ONGOING SERIES! FEATURING INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING ARTIST CHVRCHES! As The Archies face a rocky start to their first-ever tour, they find unexpected drama among the members! Can Betty and Archie reconcile their artistic differences? Can real-life indie pop trio CHVRCHES provide the guidance they need to weather the storm?
Script: Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Greg Smallwood
Variant Cover: Jamie McKelvie
On Sale Date: 12/13
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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OSX.Proton spreading through fake Symantec blog

Malwarebytes - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 18:29

Sunday night, a series of tweets from security researcher @noarfromspace revealed a new variant of the OSX.Proton malware, spreading in a concerning new method—spoofing security company Symantec’s blog.

Method of infection

The malware is being promoted via a fake Symantec blog site at symantecblog[dot]com. The site is a good imitation of the real Symantec blog, even mirroring the same content. The registration information for the domain appears, on first glance, to be legitimate, using the same name and address as the legitimate Symantec site. The email address used to register the domain is a dead giveaway, however:

Even more suspicious is the certificate used by the site. It is legitimate SSL certificate, but was issued by Comodo rather than Symantec’s own certificate authority.

The fake site contains a blog post about a supposed new version of CoinThief, a piece of malware from 2014. The fake post claims that a new variant of CoinThief has been spotted. In fact, as far as I’ve been able to determine, this is a made-up story, and no such new variant of CoinThief actually exists.

The fake post promotes a program called “Symantec Malware Detector,” supposedly to detect and remove the malware. No such program actually exists.

Unfortunately, links to the fake post have been spreading on Twitter. Some of the accounts tweeting the link appear to be fake accounts, but others seem to be legitimate. Given the fact that the primary goal of the Proton malware is to steal passwords, these could be hacked accounts whose passwords were compromised in a previous Proton outbreak. However, they could also simply be the result of people being tricked into thinking the fake blog post is real.

Users who download and run the “Symantec Malware Detector” will instead be infected with malware.

Malware behavior

When run, the malicious Symantec Malware Detector application displays a very simple window, using the Symantec logo:

If the user quits the application at this point, the malware does not actually get installed. However, let’s be honest—if you’ve been tricked into downloading and opening this application, you probably won’t bail out at this point.

Clicking the “Check” button results in a request for an admin password:

The average Mac user has seen these kinds of password request many times before, so again, this is unlikely to raise suspicions among users who have gotten this far. In reality, this is a very well-done fake and will give the malware your password. (Unlike the legitimate password request this is designed to imitate, which does not give the requesting software the user’s password.)

If an admin password is provided, the application displays a progress bar claiming to be scanning the computer.

In reality, however, the application has installed the Proton malware.

The malware will begin capturing information, including logging the user’s admin password in clear text, among a lot of other personally-identifying information (PII) to a hidden file:

[...] <metadata> <date>2017-11-19T20:29:19.801Z</date> <serial>*********</serial> <username>test</username> <fullname>test</fullname> <hostname>test%E2%80%99s Mac</hostname> <password>testpw</password> <os_version>10.12.6</os_version> <os_locale>en_US</os_locale> </metadata> [...]

The malware also captures and exfiltrates things like keychain files, browser auto-fill data, 1Password vaults, and GPG passwords. Since the malware has phished the user’s password, the hackers will be able to decrypt the keychain files at a minimum.

Indicators of compromise

The Symantec Malware Detector application is, as far as I’m able to determine, a completely made-up name. If you see such an application—perhaps in the Downloads folder, or perhaps in the Applications folder, depending on where the user puts it—it should be deleted.

If you are unsure of whether the application is actually malicious, you can check the code signature. Enter the following command in the Terminal, substituting the actual path:

codesign -dvvv "path/to/Symantec Malware Detector.app"

The malicious application has been signed by someone named Sverre Huseby, using a certificate with a team identifier of E224M7K47W. Anything signed with this certificate should be considered malicious.

Once this malicious “dropper” application has been run, the following paths will be found on the system:

/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.xpcd.plist /Library/.cachedir/ /Library/.random/

The .random directory holds the malicious Proton executable, which is kept running by the com.apple.xpcd.plist launch agent. The .cachedir folder contains data that has been or will be exfiltrated.

In addition to these files, the /private/etc/sudoers file will have been modified. The following line will have been added to the end:

Defaults !tty_tickets

That line should be removed from the sudoers file.

Fortunately, Apple is aware of this malware and has revoked the certificate used to sign the malware. This will prevent future infections by the Symantec Malware Detector. Revoking the certificate will not, by itself, do anything to protect a machine that is already infected.

Implications

Malwarebytes for Mac will detect and remove Proton infections for free. If you find your Mac to be infected, it’s quite easy to remove the malware. However, removing the malware is only a part of the solution.

Since Proton is designed to steal login credentials, you will need to take some emergency actions post-infection. You should treat all online passwords as compromised and change them all. Be sure, while you’re at it, to use different passwords on every site, and use a password manager (such as 1Password or LastPass) to keep track of them. Since 1Password vaults are a target of Proton, be sure that you don’t store your password manager’s master password in your keychain or anywhere else on the computer. That should be the one and only password that you memorize, and it should be strong.

You should also enable two-factor authentication on every account that will allow you to do so. That will minimize the impact of such breaches in the future by ensuring that a hacker will need more than just your password to access your accounts.

In addition to passwords, you should consider any other information that may have been part of the compromise. For example, if you store credit card numbers or other sensitive data in the keychain, it should be treated as compromised and you should respond accordingly.

As always, if the machine that was compromised was issued to you by your employer, or has company data on it, you should notify IT immediately. Failure to do so could lead to a very serious breach of your company’s systems.

Conclusion

Proton has been circulating for quite some time after its initial appearance in March. It has previously been distributed via a compromise of the Handbrake application and a similar compromise of a couple Eltima Software applications. It is highly likely that Proton will continue to circulate, and similar incidents will continue to occur.

Proton illustrates an increasing problem in the Mac community. The prevailing attitude that you can avoid Mac malware if you’re careful enough is failing in the face of supply chain attacks, such as the hacks of the Handbrake and Eltima Software systems.

Further, so-called “fake news” being used to distribute malware is a highly dangerous threat. Many people these days are looking to download malware removal software for the Mac, due to the increasing prevalence of annoying Mac adware. Unfortunately, it is often the case that such software will be downloaded after a search that gives questionable results, or after seeing a recommendation from a hacked or fake account on social media or forums.

Macs are the targets of an increasing amount of malware. They can no longer be assumed to be safe. The old advice that “Macs don’t get viruses,” which can still be found echoing in many Mac-centric forums, has never been true, and this is becoming increasingly obvious to those following such events. Do not fall victim due to a false sense of security caused by the fact that you have a Mac!

The post OSX.Proton spreading through fake Symantec blog appeared first on Malwarebytes Labs.

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More Lovecraftian Old School Monster Ecology & OSR Campaign Commentary

Swords & Stitchery - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 18:14
I've been doing a lot of research over the weekend between work, calls, etc. on B/X Dungeons & Dragons monster & lair placement. The fact is that many of the traditional monsters certainly fit into the junket of being opportunists of the highest orders. That is that if a ruin or other adventure location is available they'll take it. This is something that Holmes B/X D&D monsters  take Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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A week in security (November 13 – November 19)

Malwarebytes - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 17:45

Last week, we gave you some tips for the inevitable online chaos that is Cyber Monday, explained how “trusted” root certificates can sometimes be anything but, and explored the strange world of catphishing. We also pulled apart some malware found on Google Play and laid out the specifics of the cloud in simple terms.

Other news
  • London Metropolitan Police aren’t massively keen on facial recognition technology. (source: The Register)
  • Fake News is a bigger problem than just in the realm of the political. (source: Digital Shadows)
  • Banking Trojans won’t be going away anytime soon—here’s another one! (source: Security Intelligence)
  • Why do bug bounty hunters, er, hunt bug bounties? Study available here. (source: Help Net Security)
  • That camera in your home may have a vulnerability lurking. (source: Talos Security)
  • A legitimate email appears to be phishy fun with the Punisher. (source: io9)
  • Hide your Facebook and Twitter from this piece of malware. (source: CNet)

Stay safe everyone!

The post A week in security (November 13 – November 19) appeared first on Malwarebytes Labs.

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‘MARVEL Strike Force’ Revealed By FoxNext and Marvel [VIDEO]

First Comics News - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 17:42

Coming in 2018, MARVEL Strike Force tasks players to recruit squads of Marvel’s greatest Super Heroes and Super Villains to battle it out on mobile devices. MARVEL Strike Force is the first title from FoxNext Games’ new mobile game studio in Los Angeles, comprised of former members of mobile entertainment company Kabam.

In MARVEL Strike Force, players will join forces with S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury as they assemble a team of legendary Marvel characters, including Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Spider-Man, Venom, Star-Lord, Gamora, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and many more. Players will create powerful alliances, collect new gear and upgrades to make their teams stronger, and dominate the enemies of S.H.I.E.L.D. in strategic combat.

Pre-registration for MARVEL Strike Force is now open for Android devices and for iOS devices via this sign-up form

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

Jeff Burton talks about AURORAMAN

First Comics News - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 17:15

Jeff Burton and Martin Boruta run the Canadian Comic Book Alliance and earlier this year they talked with me about the Canadian Comic Book Alliance. In that inreview, we ran the cover for a comic Jeff writes and Marty edits, Aroraman. After a successful Kickstarter campaign and a digital release of Auroraman #0 Chapterhouse Jeff was ready to come to the First Comics News offices to share with our readers everything you ever wanted to know about Auroraman.

First Comics News: I notice there are a lot of elements of DC’s Starman in Auroraman. How did you come up with Auroraman?

Jeff Burton: Starman is by far and away one of my favourite comics, even after all these years, and a big part of the reason for that was just the fact that Jack was a regular guy.  Before creating Auroraman I was dabbling with cosplay and Jack was one of the costumes I loved to wear.  A friend of mine, Ted Green from Macon (and friend of Starman co-creator Tony Harris), originally presented me with an early version of Auroraman, which was based on my cosplay of Starman.  We talked back and forth on it and then involved another friend, Canadian indie creator Andrew Lorenz (September17 Productions – Legacy, Canadian Corps, New Guard, The Sentries).  With Andrews help the version of Auroraman that would see print came to be.  The main idea is that the character is an all around good person, even without being a superhero, so it works pretty well.

1st: Basically you have written yourself as a superhero?

Jeff: Basically yes.  This point is one that I wasn’t sure about during the creation process.  It was flattering, of course, but when it came about that I was going to write Auroraman myself I was worried that people might view it as me having a giant ego, which if you know me will know that I don’t have.

1st: How is Auroraman different from yourself?

Jeff: Well he seems to be able to get more sub days off to fight the bad guys!  Other than the superhero aspect there are minor differences like his home and little things like that.  Otherwise, we are pretty similar as I try to keep the character as ‘real life’ as possible.

1st: What grade do you teach?

Jeff: I am the homeroom teacher for the grade 9-10 classroom and teach mostly high school classes but as our school is a small k-12 school I do teach classes in the elementary grades as well.

1st: How do your student react to Auroraman?

Jeff: The little kids love the fact that their teacher is a superhero!  In general, the students dig the idea, I have some fans in the older students, and it provides some excellent teachable concepts in a variety of classes.

1st: How do you include Saskatchewan and Canadian lore in the comic?

Jeff: Just like anywhere else there is a wealth of history and lore in Saskatchewan and Canada as a whole.  It is pretty easy to dig into that to find inspiration and ideas to spin into the stories and I find people really enjoy being able to connect with those things.

1st: What is Water Tower Mini-Comics?

Jeff: The ‘Made in the Water Tower’ mini-comics is a subgroup of the comics, usually shorter stories produced on a smaller physical scale.  I adapted the idea from another Canadian comic creator, Jason Loo, and his ‘Made in Chinatown’ mini-comics for his series The Pitiful Human Lizard.  I thought it was a pretty cool idea and since Auroraman’s home is the water tower I just went with that.

1st: What is the size of these comics?

Jeff: The mini-comics come in at 8 ½ inches tall by 5 ½ inches wide although I am juggling around some changes for 2018 which might see these comics printed at a standard comic size.

1st: How do you distribute them?

Jeff: Typically they are made to coincide with an event or appearance.  Take for example this year’s Christmas Jam mini-comic is being released in partnership with the Town of Watson, Saskatchewan’s annual Santa Claus Days and the story takes place at the event itself.

1st: What do they cost?

Jeff: The cost varies depending on the number of pages, usually between $3 and $8 each.

1st: Is it possible to get them if you aren’t at a comic convention?

Jeff: Yes it totally is.  I have a few stores that will carry them for sale and fans can always get them through me, either by emailing me or contacting me through the Auroraman Facebook page.

1st: How did you work out the deal to have Chapterhouse publish The Adventure of Auroraman #0?

Jeff: When I was running the Kickstarter for The Adventures of Auroraman #0 I had the idea for the Canadian Creators Omnibus as a digital reward.  During the process of gathering work for this book, I asked Chapterhouse CEO Fadi Hakim to take a look at it and see if he wanted to write the introduction for it.  It turns out he loved a lot of the content in the book and jumped at the chance to write the intro.  Through that process, he came to me with an offer to have Auroraman carried by Chapterhouse’s digital platform.

1st: What is included in The Adventure of Auroraman Special: Canadian Creators Omnibus #1

Jeff: Included in there are some fantastic examples of what kind of great comics are being created in Canada.  Some examples being Andrew Lorenz’s Canadian Corps #1,  Auric of the Great White North by Davis Dewsbury and Andrew Thomas, James Zintel’s Shump, and Jack Grimm: Harbinger of Death by Gary Boyarski.  These are just a few of the amazing works that can be found in that collection!  I was very fortunate to have these amazing creators allow me to include their works in this collection.

1st: Why the Kickstarter for The Adventure of Auroraman #1, instead of publishing with Capterhouse again?

Jeff: Since the deal with Chapterhouse is just for digital distribution the costs of the production and physical printing of issue #1 still fall to my shoulders.  Kickstarter is also an amazing tool to help spread the word of work and build a following.

1st: Dose Auroraman #1 contain the Water Tower Mini-Comics stories or all-new stories?

Jeff: There are stories in issue #1 that could be considered mini-comic stories in length they are only a couple stories that were seen before this printing.  The single page story that was originally hosted by www.cbcbooks.ca in 2016.  The Summer Chill story was available as a mini-preview comic at the Humboldt Summer Sizzler Comic-Con, sponsored by the City of Humboldt as a giveaway to help promote the convention.

1st: Any plans for a full-length Auroraman comic of a multi-part story suitable for a Trade Paperback?

Jeff: My philosophy of writing is to just let the stories flow how they do and not try to force it to be a certain length.  I have some scripts that will be multi-part stories but I don’t set out to have a story be a 4-6 part story made up of 22-page sections.  I find that too often modern comics force and stretch a plot to fit that model and the story is weakened by that instead of telling a strong yet shorter story.  I have found that I enjoy a more anthology style book, collections of stories kind of like the old Archie digests.

1st: How long until we can look forward to The Adventure of Auroraman #2?

Jeff: 2018 is going to have some changes to how I am working with Auroraman comics so while I plan for #2 to be made I am not yet sure if it’ll be another giant issue like #1 or a more standard page count size issue.

THE ADVENTURES OF AURORAMAN MADE IN THE WATER TOWER MINI-COMIC GALLERY

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About The Tavern's Wayward Kickstarter Posts - Why "Something Fishy" Doesn't Cut it and Other Stuff

Tenkar's Tavern - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 17:08

I get numerous requests to cover various Kickstarters that are late. A Kickstarter being late doesn't necessarily bring it to the level of a "Wayward Kickstarter" as The Tavern looks at it. If it did, I'd be posting such daily as the vast majority of gaming Kickstarters fulfill late. No, I dont have a percentage.

Now, while some of the requests include details such as "X is selling their release at GenCon and backers haven't received theirs yet" and "Y just got sick for the sixth time and the dog ate the only copy of the manuscript" some just want me to look at something because its late. Occasionally, I get the "there's something fishy" or "I dont trust Z" without telling my what is fishy or why they don't trust the project creator. That doesn't give me anything to go on,

I very much do need something to go on.

If you follow my Wayward Kickstarter posts, you'll notice I use a fair number of screen shots. I like to back up my findings with evidence and while opinion and likely but unproven conclusions often appear, they too are backed by a trail of evidence, even if it is only circumstantial.

Why is that? Its how I was trained. Shortly before I became a Sgt in the NYPD I was trained as a Compstat officer - statistics, crime patterns, mapping of crimes - all became my new routine. After promotion to Sgt and doing my time on patrol I was made the Precinct Compstat Sgt - preparing weekly Crime Stat books for the precinct. A year and a half later, Internal Affairs was expanding a Corruption Stat unit that looked for patterns of corruption and I was added to the team.

There is a misconception that Internal Affairs looks for dirty cops. They do, but that is not their mission. The mission is to keep good, honest cops from going dirty. To do that, you need to be proactive in addressing corruption within the department. Dirty cops need to be made an example of, not hidden away.

Do I bring some of that to The Tavern and the spotlight it shines on Wayward Kickstarters? Certainly. RPG Gaming is my community. Its where I hang my hat. I want to see the best of the best thrive. I want show the worst of the worst, oftentimes in ways that embarrass them, in the hopes that others will avoid following them. With few exceptions - #ConManKen - I don't think project creators plan to succeed in funding but fail to produce. I don't think they plan to misuse the funds and have nothing left to fulfill. Sometimes the path is a slippery one. But by keeping, as best I can, the largest failures in the spotlight I hope to prevent other larger failures.

The end result is a combination of investigative reporting backed by police investigative skills and experience and it is done because the service is needed.

I remember a few years back, some angry commenter on G plus asked me "Who made you the RPG Police?" I don't think I had an answer for that, or at least I lacked a good enough answer that I can remember it now, but I do know the answer for today - YOU made me the RPG Police. The Kickstarter Police. The GMF Police. You, The Tavern reader, that expects more from their hobby.

I have no authority aside from that given by The Tavern's readership but I have a responsibility to the community. The readership has a responsibility too, to keep me honest. It is very much a two way street. Without your feedback I'll never know how to improve and what I'm doing right - and wrong.

Thanks for taking the time to read all of this.

My chills have broken so maybe I wont be as cranky this week ;)

Tenkar
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Lion Brand Homespun Thick &#038; Quick Yarn Giveaway!

Moogly - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 16:00

Lion Brand Homespun Thick & Quick make speedy, cozy, lovely crochet projects – and I get to give away 5 balls of it to one winner here on Moogly! Disclaimer: This giveaway was sponsored by Lion Brand. Lion Brand Homespun Thick & Quick is 88% Acrylic, 12% Polyester, and Super Bulky – perfect for fast, easy [...]

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Netflix to Adapt Millarworld Titles from Comic Page to Small Screen

First Comics News - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 15:32

After a year of deal-brokering and negotiations, Scottish comic book writer Mark Millar announced the sale of his publishing house, Millarworld, to the streaming service mogul, Netflix. The deal brings Millar himself into the Netflix fold as their “President of Millarworld Division” and promises fans that more of their favorite Millarworld titles will join the ranks of Kickass and Kingsman as comic-to-screen film and television series adaptations.

The Details

Netflix reportedly paid somewhere in the ballpark of $40 million for the Millarworld rights, and fans can be certain that the company plans to get their money’s worth. News of the deal preceded an announcement by Disney stating that they would launch a competing streaming service of their own by just one day, so it appears Netflix is anxious to work with exclusive intellectual property like Millar’s library of tiles. Not just the stories he has already published, but Netflix now also owns the stories he will publish in the future, and Millar is rumored to have quite a few stocked away.

The deal did not close without complication. Millar frequently collaborates, so side deals with individual co-creators and artists needed to be made before he could sell Millarworld to Netflix outright. Additionally, the rights to several Millarworld comics were already owned by third parties. Titles like Wanted and Kingsman were already spoken, but more than a dozen others, including fan favorites Huck and Jupiter’s Legacy, now await Netflix to bring them to life.

The Implications

Now that Netflix has acquired Millarworld, what does that mean? First of all, preparations must be made. Stockpile the popcorn, find that favorite throw blanket and snag a complimentary subscription to Netflix with the T-Mobile ONE cellphone plan, because a new universe is about to be born on the small screen.

Netflix has already demonstrated its prowess for comic adaptations with the success of ongoing series like Daredevil, The Defenders and Iron Fist, so the next question is not whether or not the Netflix-Millarworld marriage will work, but rather, where to start. Which titles will adapt best to film and which will require a series format?

Millarworld enthusiasts are all a-chatter with the possibilities, but one title that keeps popping up at the mention of a Netflix original film is Huck. As others have pointed out, Netflix has a fondness for shy but inexplicably tough orphans of mysterious origins, as shown in the popularity of Stranger Things protagonist Ele/Jane, and since Huck shares these qualities him may fit right in at Netflix. Set in a small, sleepy town, the story of Huck, a mild mannered gas attendant with extreme super powers who performs one act of kindness each day, would translate effortlessly to the small screen and would only require as nominal budget. Huck’s desire for anonymity and the potential threat to it could serve as a driving force in the film, but seeing as Superman cornered that market long ago, it may become tedious in a series format.

Jupiter’s Legacy is to Millar what The Dark Tower series is to Stephen King — an epic tale that spans generations and involves the rise (and in some cases, the fall) of dozens of individual characters. The series is said to have drawn inspiration from Roman mythology (hence, Jupiter) and the Star Wars sagas. It is Millar’s longest-running title. The story line follows the disenfranchised offspring of the individuals who had once formed the Union, an elite council of superheroes (whose stories are later told in the prequel Jupiter’s Circle comics). Whereas the Union worked hard to stand as a shining beacon of hope and goodness, the children that carry the legacy are more concerned with the acquisition of fame and fortune. The slights and betrayals of the family drama go on for decades, so any screenwriter would be hard pressed to fit all that bad blood into a single film. Fans of this comic advocate that adequate exploration of these characters and relationships would demand multiple episodes within a series format.

Though no concrete declarations have been made regarding which Millarworld tales Netflix will spin into riveting film or binge-worthy TV, the brokering of this deal gives fans much to look forward to as well as time to prepare, and there is much fun in the anticipation.

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WWE Thanks America’s Armed Forces with 15th Annual Tribute to the Troops Celebration

First Comics News - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 15:18

STAMFORD, Conn. & SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced that the 15th annual WWE Tribute to the Troops event will be held on Tuesday, December 5 at Naval Base San Diego with a two-hour special airing Thursday, December 14 at 8/7C on USA Network.

WWE began Tribute to the Troops in 2003 as a way to honor our servicemen and women and their families, and today it is considered TV’s most patriotic and heartwarming show of the year. In the tradition of Bob Hope, WWE brings together the best of sports, entertainment and pop culture with celebrity appearances and performances from music’s most popular acts.

While in San Diego, WWE Superstars will spend time giving back to military personnel and their families. Activities include a Be a STAR® bullying prevention rally, as well as hospital visits and military outreach initiatives at various installations including Naval Base San Diego, Naval Air Station North Island and San Diego Naval Medical Center.

“We are thrilled to welcome WWE for their 15th annual Tribute to the Troops celebration continuing what has become a great tradition during the holiday season,” said San Diego Naval Base Commanding Officer, Charles Womack. “The servicemen and women of San Diego could not be more excited, and look forward to participating in this inspirational event.”

“It is a privilege to honor our servicemen and women for their commitment and sacrifice to our nation,” said WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. “Tribute to the Troops is our most meaningful show of the year and we are proud to continue the tradition at Naval Base San Diego.”

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CC&C Hosts Cho, T-Day Sale, BCC 2018 Announces First Guests!

First Comics News - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 15:03

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – November 20, 2017 – The Baltimore Comic-Con will return to the Inner Harbor at the Baltimore Convention Center the weekend of September 28-30, 2018. While that’s still a long way off, we are excited to announce our initial batch of guests, as well as news about our host store, Cards Comics & Collectibles, throwing their Grand Opening Ceremony, annual Thanksgiving sale, and in-store signing with Frank Cho.

The sponsor store of the Baltimore Comic-Con, Cards Comics & Collectibles of Reisterstown, MD is hosting its official Grand Opening ceremony on Friday, November 24th at 10am with a ribbon-cutting and cake. Come join us at our new location51 Main Street, Reisterstown, MD 21136

And don’t miss our annual Thanksgiving sale, which runs on Wednesday for a Preview Day, and then again on Friday from 11am-7:30pm, Saturday from 11am-7pm, and Sunday from noon-5pm. Featuring:

  • 70% off Modern and Bronze Age back issues and cards 1980-present!
  • 50% off Paperbacks and Hardcovers, cards pre-1980, action figures, Toon Tumblers, and more!
  • 30% off Gold and Silver Age comics!
  • 20% off Store Exclusive Covers (in-store only!), card packs and boxes, new comics, and “New This Week” items!
  • Sunday only:
    • 80% off Modern Back Issue Bins!
    • 60% off Paperbacks and Hardcovers!

And in celebration of our Grand Opening, join comic book artist Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows, Skybourne, Harley Quinn, Totally Awesome Hulk) signing on Saturday from 2pm-5pm.

And finally, the Baltimore Comic-Con is thrilled to announce, in addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include:

  • “2018 is going to be a fantastic year, and we’re definitely kicking things off right,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Our new store is spectacular, so if you’re in the area, please stop by and check it out. And don’t miss Turkey Day deals, Frank Cho in-store, and a chance to bend our ear about next year’s Baltimore Comic-Con!”Joel Adams (Bucky O’Hare Graphic Novel Coloring Book)
  • Neal Adams (Deadman)
  • Zeea Adams (Neal Adams Monsters)
  • Mark Buckingham (Scooby Apocalypse)
  • Buzz (Superman: The Coming of the Supermen)
  • Frank Cho (Harley Quinn)
  • Steve Conley (The Middle Age)
  • David Finch (Trinity)
  • Meredith Finch (Rose)
  • Jenny Frison (Wonder Woman)
  • Barry Kitson (The Flash)
  • Hope Larson (Batgirl)
  • Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise)
  • David Petersen (Mouse Guard)
  • Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge)
  • Thom Zahler (Time & Vine)

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