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D.Va (Overwatch) Funko Pop Unboxing

First Comics News - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 19:00

Join us in the video below as we take a look at one of the newest Funko Pops.  This one is a Pop of D.Va (along with her MEKA) from the popular Overwatch video game from Blizzard Entertainment.

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ConManKen Has Inspired an App - Frauds, Cons & Angry Moms is in The Works

Tenkar's Tavern - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 18:42
Not the real banner but a barely suitable placeholder ;)
Earlier today I was contacted by an app development company to ask if I would be interested in licensing my throw away concept of a #ConManKen game titled Frauds, Cons & Angry Moms. I know the company - they are a small studio that does excellent work and fun games so I quickly said yes and gave my virtual handshake on the deal. There is no money involved in this on my end - just the warm feeling that #ConManKen has inspired a game that will actually come to pass, unlike his various Kickstarter promises.

What is needed is some volunteers that can donate some suitable art for the project. Contact me at tenkars.tavern at the gmail thing with FC&AM in the title and I'll match available artists with the studio in question.

I think its a safe bet that Frauds, Cons & Angry Moms releases before any of Ken's projects.




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The Best Review Ever! THE ADVENTURES OF AURORAMAN #0

First Comics News - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 18:35

TITLE: THE ADVENTURES OF AURORAMAN #0
PUBLISHER: Chapterhouse
WRITERS: “AURORAMAN!” by Andrew Lorenz & Jeff Burton
“I’LL BE THE GREATEST FAN OF YOUR LIFE” by Jeff Burton
“THE ADVENTURES OF AURORAMAN AND FRIENDS!” by Dan Collins
ILLUSTRATORS: “AURORAMAN!” by Justin Shauf
“I’LL BE THE GREATEST FAN OF YOUR LIFE” by Jason Sylvestre
“THE ADVENTURES OF AURORAMAN AND FRIENDS!” by Andrew A Thomas
COLORS: “AURORAMAN!” by Donovan Yaciuk
“I’LL BE THE GREATEST FAN OF YOUR LIFE” by Troy Groff
LETTERS: “AURORAMAN!” by Rod Salm
EDITOR: Martin Boruta
COVER: Justin Shauf & Donovan Yaciuk
VARIANT COVER: Andrew Ford
PRICE: 99¢
RATING:
WEBSITE: Chapterhouse.ca
SUMMARY: While on a field trip to observe a meteor shower Jeff Burton discovers a wooden staff that is bursting with cosmic power so he does what any mild-mannered school teacher and father would do, he puts it in the local lost and found bin – WAIT! No, he doesn’t, he uses it to become the new Super Power of the Prairies – Auroraman! Harkening back to the days of fun superhero comic books the Adventures of Auroraman is a wild and zany all ages adventures with a dash of Saskatchewan and Canadian lore mixed in and the wacky dial turned up! From crazy old men to killer snowmen, Auroraman must defend the small city of Humboldt and surrounding area from all kinds of threats while still being sure that he has his students’ homework marked and that his kids have done their chores!
COMMENTS: I knew that Auroraman was a Kickstarter. But I didn’t pledge. I just wasn’t sure and we get a ton of pitches on millions of Kickstarters. It’s hard to know what’s good and what’s not from a Kickstarter pitch, even if you review comics. Martin Boruta wrote a wonder piece on the Auroraman Kickstarter. But he is the editor of the book, I’m sure he liked it. Then I saw the preview for Adventures of Auroraman #0 and it was from Chapterhouse. That also surprises me since it was originally by CCBA. Now I love the Pitiful Human-Lizard because it’s a different take on the superhero; so when I think of Chapterhouse, I think it’s going to be different, and exciting. I read the preview and the writer Jeff Burton is the star of the comic, now that is different. The download is just 99¢ so it’s affordable.
The first story is “AURORMAN!” a mini origin tale that shows who Jeff is, and apparently, he is a school teacher and a fan of the Jack Knight Starman. The story was short but had a lot of promise. Basing the story on himself Jeff manages to capture the joy of his personal life and blends that with being a superhero who rescues cats from trees and fights villainous snow men.
In I’LL BE THE GREATEST FAN OF YOUR LIFE the art was fun and quirky but the lettering is horrible. As for the story itself; we have family, magic, mystery and a cliffhanger, I wanted more.
THE ADVENTURES OF LIL AURORAMAN AND FRIENDS! This is a one page short and the art is perfectly suited for this type of kids story. It is very cartoony and cute. The kids go to Summer Camp in the tradition of Camp WWE. We see littler versions of Big Nick, Auric, Nelvana, Dixon of the Mounted, Johnny Canuck and Atomic Man. I have no real idea who any of these characters are; I have heard of most of them but never read any of their stories but as little heroes they are cute.
This was a Zero issue and did exactly what a 99¢ Zero issue is supposed to do. There was a cool introduction, a sample of the story telling and each story left you wanting to see what happens next. So I am looking forward to the next issue.

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FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE #1 preview

First Comics News - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 18:30

FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE #1 (of 4)
Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA and BARRY KITSON
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (MAY171952)
Cover B by KANO (MAY171953)
Variant Cover by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE (MAY171955)
Variant Cover by FELIPE MASSAFERA (MAY171956)
Blank Cover Also Available (MAY171954)

A SPECTACULAR SUMMER EVENT! This summer, every second counts when acclaimed writer Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Star Wars: Rogue One), explosive artist Stephen Segovia (NINJAK, Action Comics), comics legend Barry Kitson (Fantastic Four), and special surprise guests push Faith into a centuries-spanning fight for existence alongside the greatest heroes of the Valiant Universe…past, present, and future!

Faith “Zephyr” Herbert – former member of Unity, current Harbinger Renegade, and Los Angeles’ #1 superhero – is the universe’s last, best chance at survival! Centuries from today, a devious artificial intelligence has unleashed a blistering attack on the very foundations of time…one that is unwriting history from beginning to end! Now, with her options exhausted, Neela Sethi, Timewalker – the self-appointed protector of what is and will be – has returned to the 21st century to recruit Earth’s greatest champions of today and tomorrow to oppose this existential threat…and she needs Faith to lead them! But why Faith? And why now?

This July, fly to the farthest edges of the future in a death-defying race to save time itself, as Faith leads the charge alongside Valiant’s greatest heroes…and becomes a new legend for the ages!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 26 (FOC – 7/3/17)

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AQUAMAN’S LADY MERA

First Comics News - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 18:26

Lady MERA swept in from the sea. First day with the exquisite Amber Heard. (Shot by the talented @jasinboland ) pic.twitter.com/FWQANu0S12

— James Wan (@creepypuppet) May 18, 2017

 

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DC COMICS AUGUST 2017 SOLICITATIONS preview

First Comics News - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 18:20

SUPERMAN #28
Written by PETER J. TOMASI, PATRICK GLEASON and KEITH CHAMPAGNE • Art by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA—Cover by DOUG MAHNKE • Variant cover by JORGE JIMENEZ
“FEAR ITSELF” part one! The writing team of Tomasi and Gleason are joined by co-writer Keith Champagne in a story that returns to their Green Lantern roots and asks the question “What scares Superman?”
On sale AUGUST 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

SUPERMAN #29
Written by PETER J. TOMASI, PATRICK GLEASON and KEITH CHAMPAGNE • Art by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA—Cover by RYAN SOOK • Variant cover by JORGE JIMENEZ
“FEAR ITSELF” part two! This looks like a job for…Sinestro?! Thrust into the anti-matter universe of Qward, Superman’s only hope is the former greatest of the Green Lanterns!
On sale AUGUST 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

 

SUPER SONS #7
Written by PETER J. TOMASI • Art and cover by JORGE JIMENEZ • Variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
“PLANET OF THE CAPES” part two! Monster maker Kraklow puts Superboy to the test during his first team-up with Damian Wayne’s Teen Titans. As wave after wave of Kraklow’s wicked creations try to overwhelm the Teen Titans, can Superboy turn the tide in this onslaught of enemies?
On sale AUGUST 16 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

 

SUPERWOMAN #13
Written by K. PERKINS • Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA and ART THIBERT • Cover by KEN LASHLEY • Variant cover by RENATO GUEDES
“RETURN TO SMALLVILLE!” Searching for an explanation of the source of her powers, Lana traces her steps back to high school with a teenage Clark Kent in Smallville. With Lana’s role as Superwoman hanging in the balance, Lex Luthor makes an unexpected appearance.
On sale AUGUST 9 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

 

 

THE KAMANDI CHALLENGE #8
Written by KEITH GIFFEN • Art by STEVE RUDE • Cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS • Variant cover by STEVE RUDE
After the chilling ending of the last issue, Keith Giffen and Steve Rude transport us to a land where the Grecian sheep and the Wolf Garibaldeks are on the brink of war! Will a visit from Kamandi, now mistaken for their folk hero Odysseus/Ulysses, bring peace? Or will he bring forth an age of destruction?
On sale AUGUST 23 • 32 pg, FC, 8 of 12, $3.99 US • RATED T

 

DARK NIGHTS: METAL #1
Written by SCOTT SNYDER • art by GREG CAPULLO
It all begins with DARK NIGHTS: METAL, a story that will examine every choice a hero doesn’t take and every path they don’t walk, opening up worlds that are forged by nightmares. Characters and stories from each of the Dark Matter books will be plotted throughout this series.

 

 

 

MISTER MIRACLE #1
Written by TOM KING • Art by MITCH GERADS • Cover by NICK DERINGTON • Variant Cover by GERADS
On sale AUGUST 9 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

 

 

 

 

ALL STAR BATMAN #13
Written by SCOTT SNYDER • Art by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE and SEBASTIAN FIUMARA • Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE—Variant cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE • Variant cover by SEBASTIAN FIUMARA
“THE FIRST ALLY” part four! As painful secrets from the past are revealed, Batman must face down a nemesis unlike any he’s seen before—or risk the horrific consequences of the Genesis Engine falling into the wrong hands!
On sale AUGUST 9 • 40 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

 

BATMAN BEYOND #11
Written by DAN JURGENS • Art and cover by BERNARD CHANG • Variant cover by MARTIN ANSIN
“RISE OF THE DEMON” finale! As past and present collide, Bruce Wayne witnesses the culmination of his legacy. In a shocking twist, the Demon is not Ra’s al Ghul. Can his successor be persuaded to stop his plans for worldwide destruction? Will Terry be able to overcome the destructive influence of the new Batman costume and hold on to his soul? High up on a Tibetan mountaintop, the answers will be revealed.
On sale AUGUST 23 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

 

BATMAN #28
Written by TOM KING • Art and cover by MIKEL JANIN • Variant cover by TIM SALE
“THE WAR OF JOKES AND RIDDLES” part four! War is hell. Unless it’s in Gotham City, where it’s so much worse. The clash between The Joker and the Riddler continues to escalate, with the rest of the city’s villains picking sides and joining in. In the midst of the battle, Batman must try to save whoever he can while knowing he will forever be haunted by those he can’t.
On sale AUGUST 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

GOTHAM ACADEMY: SECOND SEMESTER #12
Written by BRENDEN FLETCHER, BECKY CLOONAN and KARL KERSCHL—Art by ADAM ARCHER, MSASSYK and SANDRA HOPE—Cover by KARL KERSCHL
“The Ballad of Olive Silverlock” finale! It all comes down to this. With Olive poised to raze the city to the ground, Maps is determined to make one final crusade in the name of friendship. But life isn’t school, and if she fails…all of Gotham could pay the price! Don’t miss the final issue of this beloved series!

 

 

NIGHTWING: NEW ORDER #1
Dick Grayson leads a terrifying new regime against superheroes in NIGHTWING: THE NEW ORDER, a brand-new miniseries coming from DC this August. From The New York Times best-selling BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM team, writer Kyle Higgins and artist Trevor McCarthy introduce an authoritarian future in an alternate universe in which superpowers have been eliminated and outlawed. The man responsible? None other than Grayson, the former vigilante Nightwing. But what happens when the system he has created targets his family as the next threat?

 

ASTRO CITY #47
Written by KURT BUSIEK • Art by MIKE NORTON • Cover by ALEX ROSS
Meet G-Dog, possibly ASTRO CITY’s most unusual superhero ever. Half man, half dog—but who’s running the show? The answers will change a life, reveal another hero’s deepest secrets, and possibly, just possibly, save the world. Oh, who are we kidding…they’ll definitely change the world. Do you see that handsome face? Also featuring Honor Guard, with guest art by Mike Norton (Revival, Battlepug).
On sale AUGUST 16 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

 

SAVAGE THINGS #6
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN—Art by IBRAHIM MOUSTAFA—Cover by JOHN PAUL LEON
Cain has been murdering his way across New York City, and Abel has been one step behind him the whole time. As he and Kira take out the last of Black Forest’s thugs, and get nearer to Cain himself, they can’t help but think that maybe he’s been luring them to exactly where he wants them—which is far from where he’ll end up causing the worst damage.
On sale AUGUST 2 • 32 pg, FC, 6 of 8, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

 

 

AMERICAN WAY: THOSE ABOVE AND THOSE BELOW #2
Written by JOHN RIDLEY • Art and cover by GEORGES JEANTY
The conflict with political radicals that took one man’s life sits heavy with Jason. Accusations that, by continuing to be the superhero the American, he’s become a pawn for the government have taken on a new sharpness as the Civil Rights movement of the 1970s gains an added urgency. This call to do what’s right is one that his former ally Amber Waves has already answered by taking matters into her own hands and using her powers to protest injustice—and she’s already paying the deadly cost as the police and Federal agents attack her where she lives. The sequel to the hit comics series continues, crafted by writer John Ridley (TV’s American Crime and Guerrilla).
On sale AUGUST 2 • 32 pg, FC, 2 of 6, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

 

EVERAFTER: FROM THE PAGES OF FABLES #12
Written by DAVE JUSTUS and LILAH STURGES—Art by TRAVIS MOORE—Cover by TULA LOTAY
This is the end of the fairy tale. Will anyone live happily ever after? Will anyone live, period? While the Shadow Players face down the big guns of the Lone Star State, Feathertop calls in a favor to resolve the crisis at the school. But will Mundy-turned-Fable Bobby Speckland ever be the same after his reeducation? And will the rest of the team survive to see another mission? Find out here, in our fateful—and fatal—final issue!
On sale AUGUST 2 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS • FINAL ISSUE

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RICH REVIEWS: Zombie Tramp # 35

First Comics News - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 18:06

Title: Zombie Tramp # 35
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Created & Written by: Dan Mendoza
Artwork by: Celor
Colors by: Valentina Pucci, Marcelo Costa & Arnaldo Robles
Lettered by: Adam Wollet
Cover: Dan Mendoza
Variant Covers: Mendoza, McKay, Rodrix
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.actionlabcomics.com
Comments: Morning had a hard and troubling upbringing. She was an orphan. She was a good little girl who was pushed too far and who lost too much. You will feel sorry for Morning as you learn her story.
This story is confusing. Morning and Janey Belle aka Zombie Tramp in this story it is like they have never met but they have.
Zombie Tramp is shown topless so this is a mature title.
Zombie Tramp does look good and sexy floating around in the darkness. Too bad, she did nothing else this issue.
Morning is illustrated as the cutest little girl ever. It is hard to imagine her as the cold-blooded killer that she is. This issue she is the focus of the entire issue. Morning is one sick girl.

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Free Appendix N Sword and Sorcery Download - Avon Fantasy Reader 05 (1948) For Your Old School Campaigns

Swords & Stitchery - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 17:54
So good afternoon its a bit after one here in Connecticut and today I wanted to bring to your attention The Avon Fantasy Reader # 5. They don't get any more important then this one folks. So over the last two years there's been a huge uptick in interest in Swords & Sorcery fiction & science fantasy. There is a ton of stuff here that can be mined here & much of it ties directly in with what Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Do you want to fly the TARDIS?

Blogtor Who - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 14:59

BBC has released a new game – Doctor Who Time Vortex 360.  This new game designed by Goodboy Digital using HTML5 and WebGL, can be played on any device, desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone but it works best on new modern mobile devices. The games harnesses the built-in accelerometers of smartphones and tablets to control […]

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“One Condition” – Being The Elite Ep. 53

First Comics News - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 14:28

The fallout from War of the Worlds in New York City. Matt and Nick travel to Philly, and make a deal with The Addiction.

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RICH REVIEWS: Jughead # 15

First Comics News - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 14:02

Title: Jughead # 15
Publisher: Archie Comics
Story by: Mark Waid & Ian Flynn
Art by: Derek Charm
Lettering by: Jack Morelli
Colors by: Matt Herms
Cover: Derek Charm
Variant Covers: Joe Quinones, Chip Zdarsky
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.archiecomics.com
Comments: Jughead is eating just like usual. It is what he is best at.
We see Sabrina using her magical powers and it is magical. The colorful magical aurora as she uses her powers looks fantastic. It is cute seeing Sabrina helping out Jughead. Sabrina’s help well things do not work out as planned. Poor Jughead does not know what is coming. His worst nightmare has sprung to life.
The whole issue is a fun-filled look at life for Jughead and Sabrina. These two are becoming great friends well if Sabrina does not kill him first.
The characters are living their lives and having fun and we get to join in.
Sabrina brings a magical delight to this series.

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REVIEW: Doctor Who ‘Extremis’ shakes up the status quo

Blogtor Who - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 11:57

How do you fit the pope into a TARDIS? Take off his hat. Following his mild case of blindness, the Doctor seeks counsel from the vault. Or, more accurately, the one inside the vault – his frenemy, Missy! We learn how she came to be in the vault and why the Doctor must guard it. […]

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Dungeon Magazine #135

Ten Foot Pole - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 11:11


I have a headache and I twisted my neck last night. This issue isn’t helping.

Funeral Procession
By Mark A. Hart
Level 1

This is one of the stooopidiest things I’ve ever seen. You’r guarding a funeral procession. There’s a diversion. The hearse is diverted. The body in the hearse is replaced. The original is shrunk. A raven familiar flies away with it. The town is in an uproar because of it toso the watch can’t search for the famous escaped serial killer. How much fucking crap are you going to engage in to push forward your crappy plotline ‘story’? It gets better. The hearse drive is paid off and there’s a thug in the back of the hearse. In spite of all of the dire warnings the party gets i the hooks, about worries of the body being stolen, etc, I guess the party didn’t ride the hearse, burn the body in advance, drive the hearse, or anything else. I guess that don’t jive with the ‘story.’ At there are columns of read-aloud, long NPC motivations and backstories, and and it’s event based … For some reason the party cares and gets lead by the nose to a slaughterhouse stuffed full of baddies. The … passivity that a party would have to engage in in to not derail the adventure … I can‘t imagine.

That gives me a good idea. I should start a ‘DERAIL” events at the gaming cons. Take a linear adventure and the META rule is to derail it, while the DM tries to keep it on track. Or the DM rolls with it. “On track” makes it a fun contest but, of course, the DM always wins.

Chains of Blackmaw
By Nicolas Logue
Level 10

A mess of a prison break adventure. You’re hired t go to jail and watch the back of a new prisoner. Event-based, with long room/key and even longer NPC stat blocks and motivations. It needs a table summarizing the NPC’s, about 60% less text with the room keys, a table showing events and timelines. I can’t imagine the tenth level party who says “Yes! Let’s get rid of all our gear and go to jail for little to no reward!” Ok, fess, up, who has waded through all the text in this adventure to run it? What do you have to do to? How many pages of notes?

Dawn of a New Age
By Tito Leati
Level 20
Oh god … Age of Worms adventure path. At least it’s the last one: Kyuss shows up. You’ve got the Hand of Vecna. You’ve got two parts of the Rod of Seven Parts. You’re given a Sphere of Annihilation. You’re given three opportunities to undertake quests to weaken Kyuss before he shows up. He’s AC 59 and has 660 HP … a 3e Level 20 creature in all it’s unwieldy glory. Note that nothing you’ve done thus far will prevent Kyuss from arriving. That’s impossible. All you can do is kill him. As an exercise for the reader: Rewrite the entire Age of Worms adventure path to be a sandbox/regional thing using only 20% of the words. Your reward is a Cease & Desist.

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1d20 Random Pulp Treasures From Beyond Edge Table For The Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea Rpg Systems

Swords & Stitchery - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 05:17
There are bits and pieces that blow on the Boreas winds echoing with the weird radiations of Old Earth & lost worlds. These winds vibrate with strange cosmic radiations & weird not sounds as that blow across the face of Hyperborea. Strange objects fall from the sky, weird treasures are sometimes found in odd places, these are seemingly attracted to the ruins of bygone eras. Its almost as if Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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We have winners!

Greyhawk Grognard - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 02:05
Well, two out of three winners, anyway.

In conjunction with the recent ADD/CotMA pdf sale, three lucky winners were going to get free hard copies of their purchases. All three winners have been contacted through OneBookShelf, but unfortunately I've only heard from two of them!


But we still have another winner to be heard from! If you're reading this and bought a pdf during the sale, please look for an email from Chris Tang (from OBS) with the subject line "Free Book" and follow the instructions within.

If I don't hear from our mystery winner within a week, I'll be forced to draw another winner. I'll also ask OBS to try to get in touch with him again.

Jonathan and Weird Dave, your books will be en route shortly. Thanks to everyone for participating!
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ConManKen Collects ANOTHER Un-Diagnosed Mental Disability - Did I Hear BINGO!?!

Tenkar's Tavern - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 01:42



Ah, #ConManKen. Really, if you take Ken's whole spiel as an act or some kind of performance art, he's almost entertaining. Almost...

When Ken made his return to the gaming industry in order to fleece, bilk and scam, he blamed his prior indiscretions on un-diagnosed ADD. Meds and counseling were going to make him a new man. Well, new man, same scam.

Time for a reminder. Last year Ken promised to make good on ALL of his outstanding Kickstarters by August of 2018 2017. Holy shit! August is nearly here!

So, what does Ken suddenly announce? Well, apparently he has a NEW undiagnosed illness:
Hey I have a little bit of bad news about me. I am going in on May 31 to find out if I have CTE. I may be in stage 2, I am starting to forget things. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwVY8ShWP8k Well, They are finding out - just recently- that Lithium is really helping and even reversing some of it. So, even if it is, if the Lithium can reverse some of the damage that would be great! : -) I know I act distant sometimes, But that's because I remember things. (only typo is the missing word "don't")  I cover up my memory loss with arrogance and meanness.  And im tired of hiding it. So... I have probably had stage one since my college days, But I can tell its getting worst. (doh - second typo - there goes my idea of Ken using a Ghost Writer)Anyway, only telling a few people. I will keep you informed because you guys are my KODT family. I have reached out to a few people to help me get organized and get this project done. Still gonna happen soon! PS - if you need things from me, please text often and remind me. I am not ignoring you, I need to write it down on my list. Hopefully I will have someone managing me soon.So, new excuse to punt the already punted Kickstarter completion date? Done!

Illness that is hard to diagnose without an autopsy? Yep!

Would Bipolar be a safer bet? I asked a professional, who told me "I fucking called Biplar two years ago!" Thanks Rach ;)

Really should turn Ken into his own card game and Kickstart it. Frauds, Cons & Angry Moms. Called it first. Need to trademark that shit before #ConManKen tries to steal it :)
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Adventures of Auroraman #0 preview

First Comics News - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 00:48


Adventures of Auroraman #0
Origins
In this first issue we see just how school teacher Jeff Burton discovers the cosmic powered staff that enables him to become Canada’s newest super hero – Auroraman! Also included is a 4 page adventure that sets the stage for an ongoing threat to the Humboldt area, with art by Jason Sylvestre and a 1 page prologue to The Adventures of Lil Auroraman and Friends by Dan Collins, Jeff Burton and art by Andrew Thomas!
Written by Jeff Burton & Dan Collins
Andrew Lorenz
Art by Justin Shauf, Jason Sylvestre & Andrew A Thomas
Colored by Donovan Yaciuk
Cover by Justin Shauf & Donovan Yaciuk
Variant Cover by Andrew Ford
Lettered by Troy Groff & Rod Salm
Edited by Martin Boruta & Jeff Burton
99¢ Digital on ComiXology

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Wayne’s Worlds: The Future Of Comics

First Comics News - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 21:52

Now that the convention season is underway, it’s time to look forward. Where will comics be in five or ten years?

Every once in a while, someone comes along and announces they are going to “save the comics industry.” They usually start up a company that does well for a while. But comics are an expensive proposition, and eventually even the wealthiest of investors cuts his or her losses, then disappears.

Also, occasionally the word is that comics are all going digital. One comic I can think of in particular is only available online. And some of the older comics have been available on PDF for a while now. Will we make our weekly trek to the local comics shop to pick up a disc of the comics we want on it? Or will we download them from an FTP site and save ourselves the trip?

Predicting the future is always a tricky thing. I’m always amazed at the project that appears “out of the blue,” taking people by surprise, and being a big hit. I always refer to the Harry Potter books as a good example. Since most of you know that story, I won’t repeat it again here. Let’s just say that J.K. Rowling went from abject poverty to being the richest woman in the U.K. And no one expected it.

Comic books have been around for decades now, but that’s no guarantee they will continue. The first comics I bought were 12 cents each, and now the average book sells for $2.99 or $3.99 in the States. That’s a steep increase.

Then, too, the average age of most comics readers has swung to an older demographic. With children more interested in video games than reading, is that a bad sign for the future of comics?
As always, I’m
going to express my opinions, whether they turn out to be true in the long run or not. Please take what I say with a huge grain of salt. When trade paperbacks first came out, I was terrified that they would draw the average comics buyer to the local mall instead of the comics shop. Instead, it has turned out to be a huge boon to those who sell comics. So I’m not always right.

I think the paper copy of comics is here for the foreseeable future. There is something about holding a comic in your hands and “falling in,” as Frank Miller once said, that is an experience not duplicated by the computer screen. That leads me to my next prediction:

Motion comics are a fad that have faded away for good. I don’t see any big advantage to having a “motion” comic over a paper one. Those of us who read comics have pretty good imaginations, and comics tickle them very well without soundtracks or swinging arms and legs.

Hardcover editions will continue to grow in popularity. There’s nothing better than having a story you love in a format that will last more than a few years. And then, there’s the way they make people think we’re reading real books … that is, until they open it up and find comic pages inside.

Some new characters will catch on, but the tried and true heroes will rule the roost. There’s a reason a classic is, well, a classic … it strikes a chord in many people. There have been many new creations that have done well, for sure, but none of them will replace the “big guns.”

Digital comics will be a way to introduce new readers. On my iPhone, for instance, I was able to read several comics for free that I had never found locally. Several of them have caused me to go after the later issues. On the other hand, those that haven’t interested me will fade away, but at least I gave them a try. And the iPad is just getting started … .

There will be many more direct-to-DVD movies and stories. While I don’t think motion comics are “the next big thing,” I know many comics fans who enjoy the stories being told in animated style on DVD. Will they replace comics? No. Will we see more fan-made movies? Definitely. The technology is readily available, and fans are getting better and better at using it.

Sales of DC Comics will once again surpass Marvel on a regular basis. Hey, I can dream, can’t I?

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