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Hover Craft

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 11:30
I've begun describing my growing pile of WIPs as hover craft, because frankly, they've hovered way too long in that twilight zone known as almost-but-not-quite-done.

Several were started in spring, but now Thanksgiving is just a few days away, winter and Christmas are right around the corner, and the end of the year is in sight. Just the prospect of this rapid march of events means I'm torn between the desire to cast on all the things, finish all the things, or tackle some combination of both.

One way or another, it's clearly time to come up with a plan.






Colsie Mitts
I kid you not, these supremely simple tone-on-tone mitts have been on the needles since March. Initially, I planned to do a three-stage gradient using two shades (lake and teal), but then I got distracted. First I added turquoise but the effect wasn't quite right, so I shifted to jade green. This worked a bit better, but in the end, I frogged the experiments and returned to my original plan. With both mitts now off the needles, I could have the ends woven and mitts seamed in one evening if I just buckled down, so that's my top priority.




Colsie Cowl
This cowl was put on hold while I figured out exactly what strategy I wanted to pursue. I'd planned to do something similar to the mirror gradient mitts, but I'm finding the subtle tone-on-tone look appealing, so I've decided to work a five-stage tonal fade to complement the mitts above. With that decision in place, I can quit fussing with colors and get on with the knitting.



Kintra Cowl
I'd hoped to have this ready to share today, but time was not on my side. The last section is nearly finished, so I just need to work a few buttonholes, bind off, weave ends and attach some buttons. With luck and a little attention, it might be ready to wear along with my Kintra mitts on Thanksgiving Day. (My goddaughters, who are learning to knit, love it when I wear hand knits.)



Herlacyn Afghan
This blanket has been patiently waiting for time and attention. It's soooo close to completion, all it needs is a border, a few ends woven and a good blocking, so it's close to the top of the list.



Gradient Shawl-Wrap
Working this swatch helped me realize I need to move up one needle size and recalculate gauge, then I'll be ready to cast on. The yarn is light, soft and warm, so the end result should be ideal as an extra layer when deep winter arrives. I'm eager to get this project fully underway, but am valiantly waiting until I turn a few of the WIPs above into true FOs.




Yet Another Gradient Shawl-Wrap
In spring, I cast on and worked a few rows of this gradient shawl, but knitting time has been so scarce since, it's barely progressed past the skimpy start above. For now it's on hold, while I focus on other things.



Christmas
In recent years, I've knit a ton of Christmas trees and holiday items, but this year may be different. I have something fun, fast and easy on the needles, but it's not a gift, so if it's finished in time for the holidays, great! If not, it just means I've gotten a headstart on next year's holiday knitting, right?


There may be a few more projects skulking around in the background, but for now, these are my top priorities. In a perfect world, all of them would be finished, well underway or frogged before the end of the year, so I can start 2018 with a clean slate and fresh focus.

Meanwhile, have any of your projects become hover craft that linger in WIP-land but never quite get done?


Connecting with the linkups in the sidebar.

Categories: Knitting Feeds

'Smoke & Mirrors of Olathoë' Session Report

Swords & Stitchery - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 07:51
In tonight's hybrid game, the party wandered through the streets of Olathoë and made contact with the bard's guild after spending the night in the local temple of Tsathoggua.The monks of the temple were tending & helping to heal the city's soldiers who were having lots of problems with inhuman raiders in  the western wastelands of the land of Lomar. The temple is serving as a hospitalNeedleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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NXT TakeOver: WarGames results

First Comics News - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 03:44

Lars Sullivan def. Kassius Ohno

Velveteen Dream def. The Black Mass

NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP

Ember Moon def. Kairi Sane, Nikki Cross and Peyton Royce

NXT CHAMPIONSHIP

Andrade “Cien” Almas def. Drew McIntyre (c)

WAR GAMES MATCH

The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) def. SAnitY (Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain) and The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) & Roderick Strong

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

Doubt

Aikido Blogs - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 03:12
Doubt

My great ball of doubt
Is firmly rooted in my great faith
And great tenacity of purpose

Categories: Aikido

Wayne’s Worlds: Too Many Superhero Comics!

First Comics News - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 02:01

Over the last several years, I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve met many Indie comics creators who have been expanding the boundaries of comics storytelling. Superheroes have long been the dominant type of comic in the industry, so it’s no surprise folks are pushing the boundaries in that genre. I’ve been happy to buy these products at conventions, through Kickstarter projects and Comixology, among other ways.

Well, two of the folks I’ve previously interviewed I’ve stayed in touch with, and both submitted their superhero books for insertion into the Diamond Previews catalog. They both told me they received rejection letters from Diamond largely because they were superhero books.

TOO MANY SUPERHERO COMICS

Granted, not every superhero comic is a gem. I remember coming across a booth at a convention in which the woman standing in front of it put their volume in my hands to read. I started glancing through it only to find it was scantily clad woman with superhero-like costumes and masks draped across the counter at a bar from a northern city you’d recognize if I mentioned it. “Isn’t it great?” she purred. I told her it needed a plot. She was still puzzling over that when I left to check out another booth nearby.

I understand that DC and Marvel largely own the market on superheroes. They put out a goodly number of books featuring well-known heroes each month. This level of success attracts other creators who believe they have a new twist on the genre that people would buy. Some are simply terrific, while others are … not.

The response from Diamond seemed to indicate that they are outright declining to carry superhero comics from lesser-known or new publishers. One of the letters encouraged the creator to “consider working in partnership with another company on this project to reach its intended demographic.” In other words, if the same title came out from, say, Image, IDW, BOOM! Studios, Oni Press or Dynamite, they might easily accept it, apparently.

THE ‘MOUSE GUARD’ EFFECT

Every month I sit down and go through the Previews catalogue, and that includes the Marvel version as well. I make a list of the things I want, then get that to the comics shop I frequent.

One month, I was reading through when I came across this fascinating entry called Mouse Guard. I had never heard of it before, so I read the entry in the Previews and ordered it. A love affair was born that day as I buy David Petersen’s product every time it is released.

That’s the kind of thing Indie comics creators want for their wares – the chance to attract a following through an entry in that monthly publication. It can mean the difference between being a hit and only printing limited runs of your comic that appear in local stores.

COMIXOLOGY

Over time, Comixology.com has grown, in my opinion. First, I used it when I couldn’t find a paper copy so I could keep up with a series. Then I added to that by looking for books I’d heard about but local shops didn’t carry.

Now I look at this website as the ultimate comics shop. If you are an Indie creator, your book gets included with all the DC and Marvel comics out that week. It gets the same space as Action Comics or Avengers. You’re with the big boys. And they have unlimited shelf space, too!

I have often looked through the various pages of what was released each week. I’ll come across Indie books (and mainstream ones as well) that I stop to find out more about, then buy and download issues to peruse. Sometimes I even sign up for a Subscription to keep up with the book moving forward.

But I wouldn’t have come across it if not for Comixology.com. If you haven’t used their Submit program, I highly recommend it! There are technical aspects you must follow, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to appear and hopefully attract new fans just like the “Big Two” do.

BEYOND THAT

I know that many people prefer a paper copy of their comics to hopefully read, then store in their collections. Digital just isn’t part of what they do… yet.

I’ve seen attempts at creating an Indie version of the Previews, but it seemed that you had to pay a pretty penny in order to place your entry in it. And it didn’t come out as regularly as I would have liked.

I’d love to see this idea make it – a monthly Previews containing the wonderful and powerful Indie comics I know are out there for fans of the genre to discover. There are so many terrific comics that many of us haven’t found yet. I know that because I go to conventions and find them as I walk around the floor. If we had a monthly catalogue with these books in, I’d be happy to add that to my monthly ritual as well as my regular purchasing.

This would take a LOT of work, of course, and a system would have to be developed in which creators could place their books. I know I can’t make it happen, but it would be great if someone else could run with this idea and make it fly. Maybe you could do that?

So if you have a superhero comic and want to get the word out about it from your smaller or new company, I would say you should seriously consider connecting with a “name” company who can get your book into the Previews. Otherwise, submit to Comixology.com, attend genre conventions by getting a booth in Artists Alley or in the exhibitor’s section, and approach the comics shops in your area. If anyone else has any suggestions on how to get Indie books noticed, please feel free to mention them below! And do you think there are too many superhero comics out today? Be sure to share your thoughts on that, too!

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

Basic Demographics - The Tavern, ENWorld and RPG.net

Tenkar's Tavern - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 00:13
I was looking at The Tavern's demographics and started to wonder how similar (or different) they were to the "Big Two" RPG sites.

Not a huge surprise that The Tavern is an older, mostly male crowd. The initial D&D / RPG community was nearly all male and nostalgia for Old School Gaming is still strong.


How about The Tavern's Facebook Community?


Lets look at ENWorld:



ENWorld is a much younger community. The percentage of women is twice that of The Tavern yet still doesn't hit 8%.

How about RPG.net?


RPG.net hits 9% for its female audience. Much like ENWorld, it skews younger.

I couldn't find basic demographics for Roll20, which I think would have been the most insightful.

In any case, those are the numbers.

edit - this is the best I could find for Roll20 and Fantasy Grounds:




Also, this for Roll20:


and this for FG2


Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

“Justice League” Review

First Comics News - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 21:32

The heavy hitters of DC have united on the silver screen in the latest chapter of the DCEU.  “Justice League” brings together Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Godot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Mamoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher).  While the team may be super, their first outing is more of a mixed bag.

The world is still reeling at the death of Superman after the DC Trinity’s battle with Doomsday.  Bruce Wayne looks to assemble a team of fellow heroes to combat an inevitable threat to our world.  The threat comes in the form of Steppenwolf who sees Superman’s death as a prime opportunity to invade our world.  He seeks three “mother boxes” that can help shape the world into chaos.  The Justice League is all that stand in his way.

The action in the film is fun to watch.  Much like the Chitauri in “The Avengers,” Steppenwolf’s parademons give the heroes endless fodder to show off their powers and skills.  The action scenes also give off a few standup moments for the audience.  While Steppenwolf is a good way to lead into the inevitable showdown with DC villain Darkseid for comic fans, a lack of character development in the villain may hinder casual movie fans.  This lack of development also comes for the heroes not named Batman and Wonder Woman (possibly the Flash too).  While comic fans may be familiar with these characters, most of the audience just saw some short clips of them in “Batman v Superman.”  Solo movies are planned for them, but will interest from a general audience still be there a year or even more down the road?

Danny Elfman’s score is a welcome addition.  The inclusion of elements from his classic Batman theme really added to the caped crusader’s scenes and brought back a lot of nostalgia.  The score really added a more adventurous feel to the League’s first outing.  The overall tone has changed from the criticized “dark and gloomy” of “Batman v Superman.”  This film has a more hopeful feeling by the end of the film, and is overall a lot more lighter in tone.  There is also a little more levity and comedic element thrown in.  However, while a lot of the humor works there are times where it felt forced or shoehorned in.  It almost felt like the forced elements were there to try and satisfy critics or to have a “there we did it” moment.

The actors do their best with what they have.  Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne/Batman character has become more accepting that he can’t always fight alone, while Gal Godot’s Wonder Woman continues with the hope and optimism she brought from the previous film.  Ezra Miller’s version of The Flash brings most of the lighter moments in the film.  His amazement and wonder with working in the Justice League could be a good representation of what we would feel if we were brought into this world.  Jason Mamoa’s version of Aquaman is that of a badass with a heart.  He really works to show he is not just “someone who talks to fish.”  Ray Fisher’s Cyborg is new to much of the audience.  Fisher works to try and bring an element of adjusting to a difficult situation.

With a run time of 120 minutes everything feels very compressed.  If the studio was going for a decent popcorn movie, then they succeeded.  However, with the rich backstories of the characters and epic scale they were going for, it could have used at least another 30 minutes to tell its tale.  There must be plans for an extended/directors cut of the film in the works.

 

 

 

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

RICH REVIEWS: Lumberjanes # 44

First Comics News - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 20:05

Title: Lumberjanes # 44
Publisher: BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box
Created by: Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson & Brooke Allen
Written by: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Illustrated by: Ayme Sotuyo
Colors by: Maarta Laiho
Letters by: Aubrey Aiese
Cover: Kat Leyh
Subscription Cover: Ayme Sotuyo
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Website: www.boom-studios.com
Comments: The writing and art both come across as for a very young audience.
A huge rock Sentry is destroying all around it. So how to stop it? Well, the simplest solutions are most likely the best.
Poor Molly she just wants to stay at camp cause at home she does not fit in. This is a heart touching moment and the only moment that does stand out.
What was up with Rosie and what was happening as she aged? Is she some kind of creature? A clue would have been nice.
The issue needed more action. The story needed more to it.
The Lumberjanes are the best of friends and always will be. They look out for each other and care and love each other.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

Rick and Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It #5 preview

First Comics News - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 19:53

Rick and Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It #5

(W) Tini Howard
(A) Marc Ellerby
(C) Katy Farina
(CA) (Cover A) Marc Ellerby with Katy Farina, (Cover B) Will Kirkby
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi/Humor
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

Morty has made it through the labyrinth, and arrived at the Council of Ricks. Now he just has to gain entrance, defeat all the Ricks, and free all the Mortys. Should be totally doable for a Morty, or not, who cares, the multiverse is endless and nothing matters – except for the epic finale of Rick and Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It!

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Invader ZIM #25 preview

First Comics News - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 19:53

Invader ZIM #25

(W) Eric Trueheart
(A) Warren Wucinich
(C) Fred C. Stresing
(CA) (Cover A) Warren Wucinich, (Cover B) Jarrett Williams
Age Rating: All-Ages
Genre: Sci-Fi/Humor
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

The climactic battle begins! Wait, no… ZIM’s been captured, so… THE CLIMACTIC BEING-CAPTURED BEGINS! Now a prisoner of VIROOZ, ZIM has a lot to answer for. Questions so burning, we wouldn’t think of spoiling them here. But now ZIM must fight for his life on a barren world against an enemy who’s really, really disappointed in him. Part four of a four-part story!

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

Made Men #3 preview

First Comics News - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 19:53

Made Men #3

(W) Paul Tobin
(A) Arjuna Susini
(C) Gonzalo Duarte
(CA) Arjuna Susini with Gonzalo Duarte
Age Rating: Mature Themes
Genre: Action/Comedy
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

Jutte sends her Made Men out on a wide variety of dangerous missions, all working towards the same goal—digging up any dirt on chief of police Hubert Grange, who may have ordered the hit that murdered her squad in the first place. Hadry’s on surveillance, while Ex, Gemini, and Leo work intel. And as for Jutte? Well, hell, now it’s her turn to get laid.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

First Look At Incredibles 2

First Comics News - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 17:19

Disney and Pixar have released our first look at the highly anticipated “Incredibles 2.”  The first Incredibles movie was released in 2004 and grossed $633 million dollars worldwide.  Disney and Pixar look to continue that success when the sequel is released June 25, 2018.

Official synopsis: Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home when a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot that only the Incredibles can overcome together.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

Expanded Ability Scores for the Holmes Ref

Zenopus Archives - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 16:49
EXPANDED ABILITY SCORES (OPTIONAL) 
For all characters:

Strength 15 or more: +1 to hit, damage and open doors7 to 14: no bonus6 or less: -1 to hit, damage and open doors

From Gygax's OD&D House Rules, compiled here; also in line with the bonuses for NPCs mentioned in the Holmes Basic version of Keep in the Borderlands (e.g. the imprisoned Hero in the Caves of Chaos gets a +2 to hit and damage due to level and 18 strength). Also not far off from that used in Warlock, which Holmes used prior to editing the Basic rules. In Warlock Str 16+ gives a +1 to hit, and Str 13-17 gives +1 damage, 18 +2 damage.

Intelligence11 or more: one extra language per point over 1010 or less: no extra languages

From the rules as written
Wisdom15 or more: +1 to saving throws versus mental attacks (charm, fear, illusion, hold, etc)7 to 14: no bonus6 or less: -1 to saving throws versus mental attacks (charm, fear, illusion, hold etc)

Extrapolated based on the otherwise unexplained Wisdom Adj on the 1977 OD&D character sheet and the later AD&D PHB. Uses the same range as Gygax's house rules, where 15+ gains a bonus.
Constitution18: add 3 to each hit die17: add 2 to each hit die15 to 16: add 1 to each hit die7 to 14: no bonus6 or less: subtract one from each hit die but never less than 1
From the rules as written

Dexterity 13 or more:  fire any missile at +19 to 12: no bonus8 or less: fire any missile at -1
From the rules as written

Charisma18: up to 12 followers, +4 reaction rolls16 to 17: up to 7 followers, +2 reaction rolls13 to 15: up to 5 followers, +1 reaction rolls10 to 12: up to 5 followers
7 to 9: up to 3 followers
5-6: up to 2 followers, -1 reaction rolls
3-4: up to 1 follower, -2 reaction rolls
In the Holmes Basic rulebook, page 5, Holmes writes "A character of charisma below 13 can not hire more than 5 followers, and their loyalty will be luke-warm at best — that is, if the fighting gets hot there is a good probability they will run away. On the other hand, someone with a charisma of 18 can win over a large number of followers (men or monsters) who will probably stand by him to the death." 

This is a reference to the charisma table in OD&D Vol 1, page 11. There is a slight discrepancy as in the OD&D table a score of 10-12 gets 4 followers, not 5.

Things get a little complicated after this. The OD&D Charisma table also has bonuses for loyalty for the these followers, which modifies a loyalty score on page 13, which in turn modifies morale, which is not explained very clearly. Holmes didn't include the rules for loyalty scores or morale, perhaps due to their complexity. 

However, the text explaining the reaction table on page 12 of OD&D Vol 1, states that the roll is "adjust[ed] for charisma", which seems to indicate that the same charisma modifiers are also used with this table. Holmes included a reference to this in Basic on page 11, where the text explaining the reaction table there sasy "The DM should maek adjustments if the party spokesman has high charisma or offers other special inducements". Hence for our expanded table here, I've converted the loyalty bonuses to reaction adjustments. Moldvay treated this similarly in his version of Basic.
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RICH INTERVIEWS: Julian Darius Writer “Martian Comics” Martian Lit

First Comics News - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 15:59

First Comics News: How did you become involved in creating comics?

Julian Darius: I’ve been writing comics since I was a teenager. In fact, I even went to a lawyer to try to arrange venture capital for a comics project, while I was in high school. But I didn’t start actually publishing comics until many years later when I’d founded Martian Lit and friends like Kevin Thurman encouraged me to push the publisher into comics.

1st: How was Martian Lit formed?

Julian: I founded it. I had experience with Sequart Organization, and I wanted to have something separate that could publish fiction. At first, Martian Lit focused on prose, poetry, and original art. But we’ve since moved into comics, and now I’m in the middle of a huge epic thing that’ll take me many years to finish.

1st: What is the mission statement of Martian Lit?

Julian: We focus on weird literature that does new things. We come from a literary place, where we don’t want to talk down to the reader.

1st: What is the basic storyline in “Martian Comics”?

Julian: Martian Comics is really the backbone of an epic that includes other titles, like Kimot Ren and Lazarus, the Forever Man. It’s an epic told over multiple books. The first one is “The Girl from Mars.” We’re working on multiple books at the same time, and a big part of the story is a retelling of Martian history, tracking historical developments and themes over generations.

1st: Why use Mars and not another planet?

Julian: It’s an homage to old sci-fi. I see Mars as our great Other, this planet just one planet over, onto which we’ve projected our anxieties throughout science fiction. So Mars allows me to get at what is to me one of the central functions of fiction: exploring viewpoints other than ourselves.

Also, Martian Lit (the publisher) came first. The basic backstory of Martian Comics was the backstory of Martian Lit: Martians were hiding and watching us, and this publisher was their idea of good fiction. It’s a neat little idea.

1st: How did you come up with the look for the Martians?

Julian: I had a lengthy description. Sergio Tarquini, who’s illustrating “The Girl from Mars,” designed them for Martian Comics #1, based on my description.

1st: You also write “Kimot Ren” how did you create Kimot Ren?

Julian: Kimot Ren is a Martian android, and I had been working on his story for some time before I realized that he didn’t belong in Martian Comics. He deserved his own book!

Andre Siregar designed the character’s look, based on my descriptions.

1st: Is having a robot as the main character a good idea for a comic?

Julian: Absolutely! I love stories with robots as the main characters!

1st: Do you have any ideas for other comics?

Tons! The problem is that I don’t have enough time and money to make them all!

1st: What has been your best and worst experience working at Martian Lit?

Julian: The thing I love most is seeing pages coming in. There have been lots of times when I have been depressed, and maybe even unable to write, when I’ve been able to look at these beautiful pages and think, “I’m doing something amazing here. This is so beautiful.” I’m in awe of artists, and the best art makes a story come alive in a way the writer helped steer but couldn’t have imagined with such visual completeness.

My worst experiences have to do with feeling depressed. Am I crazy to spend so much time and money on this? Will this find an audience? There’s so much commitment, in both time and money, in such a big, epic story told in comics form, and it’s hard not to ask these questions when low for other reasons.

1st: What makes a great comic book?

Julian: I think the best comics combine visuals and writing in exciting, and sometimes new, ways. I’ve lost interest in conventional fight scenes. Instead, I love stories that blend cool ideas with something that makes me think. If the story is told well, both visually and in the writing, and it makes me think, that’s a good comic.

1st: Where do you want Martian Lit to go next?

Julian: Martian Lit is going to keep publishing Martian Comics, Kimot Ren, Necropolitan, and Lazarus. We’re also launching The Synthetics in early 2018. Except for Necropolitan, these are all set in the same universe.

After Martian Comics #16, we’ll be ready to do our first collected edition of Martian stories, put in chronological order. It’ll be almost 300 pages, containing 19 stories by a wide array of artists. My hope is that readers will be able to see the sweep of this collection and really start to see the ambition at work, how we’re telling this huge story that’s like Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles combined with Gaiman’s The Sandman. We’ll follow that collection, over the course of the next year or so, with the first collections of “The Girl from Mars,” Kimot Ren, Necropolitan, and Lazarus. It’ll be nice to have these pretty collected editions to show people and say, “Look what we’re doing!”

Beyond this, there are long-term plans. In Martian Comics, we’ll keep working on “The Girl from Mars” along with these other stories, including a couple real epic ones. Readers are going to get a better idea of the key moments of Martian history, as we go along, and sort of see how everything fits together. Meanwhile, we’ll keep working on our other titles, for which I’ve got big plans too! I’m putting together a Martian Universe, which will eventually have a climax and an ending. Everything fits together, and when it’s done, it’ll be a huge triumph.

1st: Would you like to visit the Mars of “Martian Comics”?

Julian: I think so. I’m a fan of technology, so that would be fun. Plus, it’s impossible to refuse a trip to an extraterrestrial planet! Even a one-way ticket. How do you refuse that?!?

1st: Anything to say to the fans of your work?

Julian: Thank you so much for your trust and support. We can’t do this without you, and I’m constantly amazed by our fans. They’re incredibly kind. Martian Comics might not be for everyone, but the people who “get it” are among the kindest, smartest people around!

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RICH REVIEWS: Seance Room # 1

First Comics News - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 15:52

Title: Seance Room # 1
Publisher: Source Point Press
Writer: B. Goldsmith
Artist: K. Valerio
Lettered by: Justin Birch
Price: $ 1.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.sourcepointpress.com
Comments: This comic is only fifteen pages long and there is no speaking and no words at all in it.
A man driving along a road with a beautiful woman gets distracted by her actions. An old woman on the road also distracts him. Who is the old lady?
The car crash is drawn great as is the look of terror on the woman’s face.
The man and woman make there way to a house. The house has a room that has an atmosphere to it. There is a lot of unanswered questions here. What exactly is going on? Some answers were needed. The wordless story though is enough to grab your interest.

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DARK HORSE COMICS FEBRUARY 2018 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 05:52

Aliens Predator Prometheus AvP: Fire and Stone TPB

Paul Tobin (W), Chris Roberson (W), Christopher Sebela (W), Joshua Williamson (W), Kelly Sue DeConnick (W), Juan Ferreyra (A), Patric Reynolds (A), Ariel Olivetti (A), Chris Mooneyham (A), Agustin Alessio (A), John Lucas (I), Dave Stewart (C), Dan Brown (C), David Palumbo (Cover)

On sale Apr 11
FC, 416 pages
$24.99
TPB, 7″ x 10″

The moon of LV-223—resting place of the doomed Prometheus expedition, enigmatic source of all organic life, and nightmarish source of ultimate destruction. Now a new generation of explorers hope to uncover the mysteries of this strange and dangerous world, but what they find may lead to humanity’s undoing. First time in paperback! The full Fire and Stone story cycle in a value package!

 

Angel Season 11 Volume 3: Dark Reflections TPB

Corinna Bechko (W), Geraldo Borges (A), Michelle Madsen (C), and Scott Fischer (Cover)

On sale Apr 4
FC, 112 pages
$17.99
TPB, 7″ x 10″

On a time-traveling mission to prevent an impending disaster, Joss Whedon’s ensouled vampire is confronted by the opportunity to challenge his very existence in the concluding arc of Season 11. Will his companions be able to convince him that changing the past is not, after all, the solution to the future? Or will Angel finally find the key in the past to the shadow over his present? Collects Season 11 #9–#12.

 

 

B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know Volume 1 TP

Mike Mignola (W), Scott Allie (W), Laurence Campbell (A/Cover), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Apr 11
FC, 152 pages
$19.99
TP, 7″ x 10″

Before they were vanquished by the B.P.R.D., Lovecraftian monsters created a Hell on Earth. As society rebuilds, strange cults vie for influence, and the demon Varvara emerges to lead the way . . . Abe Sapien returns from his self-imposed exile to rejoin Liz Sherman just in time for the Bureau to face the final threat to mankind. Collects issues #1–#4.

 

B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth Volume 2 HC

Mike Mignola (W), John Arcudi (W), Scott Allie (W), Tyler Crook (A), Jason LaTour (A), Max Fiumara (A), James Harren (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Laurence Campbell (Cover)

On sale Apr 18
FC, 408 pages
$34.99
HC, 7″ x 10″

America’s monster problem explodes, society crumbles, and Liz Sherman rejoins the fight, as Nazis seek to bring Rasputin back to finish what he started when he first conjured Hellboy! This deluxe hardcover edition collects B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth volumes 4–6, plus an expanded sketchbook section.
“Picking up objects in the Mignolaverse can cause horrific problems. Thankfully, picking up this book will only elicit thrills.” —SciFiPulse

Joss Whedon! Erika Alexander!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Giles #1 (of 4)

Joss Whedon (W), Erika Alexander (W), Jon Lam (A), Dan Jackson (C), Steve Morris (Cover), Arielle Jovellanos (Variant cover), and Jenny Frison (Ultra variant)

On sale Feb 28
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

From Joss Whedon and Erika Alexander comes a series that returns Buffy’s Rupert Giles to high school! But this time—as a grown man living in a teenage body—Giles will be a student instead of a teacher. At an inner-city LA-area school, when a mystical influence is detected and teachers start to go missing, Giles enrolls to investigate. What he finds is more than vampires and demons; something unusual and frightening is happening here. If Giles can get through one day as a student, he’ll have a chance to find out who, what, and where—but high school is still hell, y’all.

 

Matt Kindt!

Dept. H #23

Matt Kindt (W/A/Cover) and Sharlene Kindt (C)

On sale Feb 21
FC, 28 pages
$3.99
Ongoing

Mia is on her own in a final mad dash to save her life, solve her father’s murder . . . and either rescue or doom everyone she cares for.

 

The EC Archives: Extra! HC

Johnny Craig (W/A/Cover), John Severin (A), Reed Crandall (A), Marie Severin (C), and Carlos Badilla (C)

On sale Apr 11
FC, 216 pages
$49.99
HC, 8″ x 11″

Daring stories of cub reporters and grizzled newshounds, across the country and around the world! Collecting the complete run of Extra! from the crack artistic talents of Johnny Craig, John Severin, Reed Crandall, and Marie Severin.

• Featuring a foreword by John Arcudi.

 

The grand finale!

ElfQuest: The Final Quest #24

Wendy Pini (W/A), Richard Pini (W), and Sonny Strait (C)

On sale Feb 28
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Ongoing

What words can possibly do justice to this, the grand finale to the greatest ElfQuest series of them all? Forty years in the planning and making, heroes’ journeys that were begun in the Original Quest will find their resolutions here. Fateful events set in motion last issue continue to have unstoppable consequences, as dire battles are fought on both the physical and the spiritual realms. Now decisions must be made that will affect everyone—elves and humans alike—on the World of Two Moons far into the future. Can the Great Wheel of time and history, broken so many thousands of years ago, ever be made whole again?

• A finale forty years in the making!

 

Adam Warren!

Empowered & Sistah Spooky’s High School Hell #3 (of 6)

Adam Warren (W), Carla Speed McNeil (A/Cover), and Jenn Manley Lee (C)

On sale Feb 21
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Narrowly escaping death by music class singing competition, Empowered and Sistah Spooky hit a new low in their hellscape ordeal when they stumble into . . . THE LADIES’ ROOM! While a trapped Emp drowns in her own tears in a bathroom stall, can Spooky avoid being shattered—literally!—by a Hell-powered magic mirror?

• First Empowered comic book series in standard comics format.

• Carla Speed McNeil is the Eisner Award-winning creator of Finder.

 

Now in paperback!

Fight Club 2 TP

Chuck Palahniuk (W), Cameron Stewart (A), Dave Stewart (C), and David Mack (Cover)

On sale Apr 18
FC, 280 pages
$19.99
TP, 7″ x 10″

Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, he lives a mundane life. A kid, a wife. Pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won’t last long; the wife has seen to that. He’s back where he started, but this go-round he’s got more at stake than his own life. The time has arrived . . . Collects Fight Club 2 #1-#10 and the Free Comic Book Day story.

 

Giants #3 (of 5)

Carlos Valderrama (W) and Miguel Valderrama (A/Cover)

On sale Feb
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

One of the giant monsters that rule the frozen wasteland beyond the Underground City is dying. The last thing Gogi wants to do is help it, but his own survival depends on the creature’s.

Meanwhile, Gogi’s friend Zedo makes a brutal—and bloody—move to become the leader of not one, but two gangs!

 

Mike Mignola!

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1955 – Burning Season

Mike Mignola (W), Chris Roberson (W), Paolo Rivera (P/Cover), Joe Rivera (I), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Feb 21
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
One-shot

Hellboy investigates a rash of spontaneous human combustions in a Florida town unlike any supernatural phenomena he’s seen before—and the fire has an appetite for Bureau agents.

• Paolo Rivera returns!

 

Hungry Ghosts #2 (of 4)

Anthony Bourdain (W), Joel Rose (W), Mateus Santolouco (A), Leonardo Manco (A), José Villarrubia (C), and Paul Pope (Cover)

On sale Feb 28
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

The terrifying storytelling game of 100 Candles continues with two ghastly tales of the Mediterranean: In a desolate trattoria in the foothills of Southern Italy, an exiled master chef forms an unhealthy attachment to his new apprentice. And in the Spanish countryside, the rich Don of a sprawling ranch with an appetite for his stable gets a horrifying taste from beyond the dinner table.

 

• Mature readers.

Incognegro: Renaissance #1 (of 5)

Mat Johnson (W) and Warren Pleece (A/Cover)

On sale Feb 7
b&w, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

After a black writer is found dead at a scandalous interracial party in 1920s New York, Harlem’s cub reporter Zane Pinchback is the only one determined to solve the murder. Zane must go “incognegro” for the first time—using his light appearance to pass as a white man—to find the true killer, in this prequel miniseries to the critically acclaimed Vertigo graphic novel, now available in a special new 10th Anniversary Edition.
With a cryptic manuscript as his only clue, and a mysterious and beautiful woman as the murder’s only witness, Zane finds himself on the hunt through the dark and dangerous streets of “roaring twenties” Harlem in search for justice.
A page-turning thriller of racial divide, Incognegro: Renaissance explores segregation, secrets, and self-image as our race-bending protagonist penetrates a world where he feels stranger than ever before.
• Mature readers.

 

Jenny Finn #4 (of 4)

Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Troy Nixey (W), Farel Dalrymple (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Feb 14
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Jenny has been captured and the terrible plague is coming to an end, but when Joe has the chance to escape London, a ghost from his past forces him to stay and finish what he started.

 

Tales From the Mignolaverse!

Koshchei the Deathless #2 (of 6)

Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Ben Stenbeck (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Feb 7
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Sent to kill Hellboy by the Baba Yaga in Darkness Calls, Koshchei the Deathless hinted at a long and tragic life before being enslaved to the Russian witch.

Now, in a pub somewhere in Hell, Koshchei tells Hellboy about a dangerous mission when the witch sent him to hunt and destroy the last dragons before their eggs hatched.

 

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia HC

Nintendo (W/A)

On sale Apr 24
FC, 336 pages
$39.99
HC, 9″ x 12″

This 320-page book is an exhaustive guide to The Legend of Zelda from the original The Legend of Zelda to Twilight Princess HD. It’s a comprehensive collection of enemies and items, potions to poes, an expansion of the lore touched upon in Hyrule Historia, concept art, screencaps, maps, main characters and how they relate, languages, and much, much more, including an exclusive interview with Series Producer, Eiji Aonuma! This, the last of The Goddess Collection trilogy, which includes Hyrule Historia and Art & Artifacts, is a treasure trove of explanations and information about every aspect of The Legend of Zelda universe!

 

• An exhaustive compendium of everything from the first 30 years of The Legend of Zelda.

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition HC

Nintendo (W/A)

On sale Apr 24
FC, 336 pages
$79.99
HC, 9″ x 12″

The Legend of Zelda is one of the most successful franchises of all time, with nearly twenty video games and thirty years of history, but it all started with a gold cartridge . . .

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition honors the game that started it all by recreating the original gold cartridge as faithfully as possible. The cover is a gold foil paper with gloss lamination and a spot gritty varnish. The details are embossed and debossed. It has gold gilding on the top and foredge, with black gilding on the bottom. This book looks and feels so much like the original cartridge you might find yourself blowing into the bottom before you open it. The book comes with a black polypropylene sleeve, lined with velvet flocking, and a scale instruction booklet with fun, theme-appropriate material inside.

Celebrate over thirty years of The Legend of Zelda with a heartfelt homage to the origins of this legendary franchise!

• Looks and feels like the original gold cartridge!

• Protect your book with a scale reproduction of an NES dust sleeve!

• Instruction booklet to complete the set!

• Content exclusive to this edition!

 

Life between Panels: The Complete Tails Omnibus TP

Ethan Young (W/A/Cover)

On sale Apr 4
b&w, 384 pages
$19.99
TP, 7″ x 10″

In this blend of autobiography and fantasy, a cartoonist records his life in New York City: his job, his creative career, his friends, his herd of cats, and a runaway comic strip come to life!

Ethan’s life as one of the many cartoonists living in NYC might look mundane at first glance—living with his parents, working a day job, playing with cats. But things get crazy when he starts to draw his comic strip Crusader Cat! Soon, Ethan can’t tell the difference between real life and the comic panel!

A semiautobiographical web comic by Ethan Young, the acclaimed writer and artist of Nanjing: The Burning City and The Battles of Bridget Lee graphic novel series.

 

Mata Hari #1 (of 4)

Emma Beeby (W), Ariela Kristantina (A/Cover), and Pat Masioni (C)

On sale Feb 21
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Dancer. Courtesan. Spy. Executed by a French firing squad in 1917.
100 years on from her death, questions are still raised about her conviction.

Now, the lesser-known, often tragic story of the woman who claimed she was born a princess, and died a figure of public hatred with no one to claim her body, is told by breakout talent writer Emma Beeby (Judge Dredd), artist Ariela Kristantina (Insexts), and colorist Pat Masioni drawing on biographies and released MI5 files.

In this first part of a five-issue miniseries, we meet Mata Hari in prison at the end of her life as she writes her memoir—part romantic tale of a Javanese princess who performed “sacred” nude dances for Europe’s elite, and part real-life saga of a disgraced wife and mother, who had everything she loved taken from her.

But, as she sits trial for treason and espionage, we hear another tale: one of a flamboyant Dutch woman who became “the most dangerous spy France has ever captured”—a double agent who whored herself for secrets, lived a life of scandal, and loved only money.

Leading us to ask . . . who was the real Mata Hari?

 

• Mature readers.

Once Upon a Time Machine Volume 2 HC

Andrew Carl (W), Chris Stevens (W), Paul Pope (W), Mike Baron (W), Charles Fetherolf (A), Toby Cypress (A), Dave Chisholm (A), Farel Dalrymple (A/Cover), and many more

On sale Apr 11
FC, 240 pages
$17.99
TPB, 7” x 10”

“Ancient” Greece: the year 3016 AD. And 4079 AD. And 6060 AD. From the trials of Heracles to the love songs of Orpheus, the myths of the past are reborn in wondrous and scarcely imaginable futures. Witness exciting new visions of the Greek tradition from the hands and minds of today’s most inventive creators.

 

• A long-awaited follow-up to the surprise hit of 2013!

The Originals: The Essential Edition HC

Dave Gibbons (W/A/Cover)

On sale Apr 18
FC, 192 pages
$29.99
HC, 9″ x 12″

Deluxe oversized edition of the Eisner Award-winning mod sci-fi coming-of-age graphic novel from Dave Gibbons, co-creator of Watchmen. Includes 32 pages of never-before-seen development art, process pieces, and behind the scenes extras—all annotated by Gibbons.

In a retro-futuristic city of industrial gray where hover scooters, music, and drugs rule the street, the Originals are the toughest, most stylish gang around. For two childhood friends, nothing is more important than being one of them. But being part of the crowd will bring its own deadly consequences.

• The only graphic novel that Dave Gibbons has written and drawn. An Eisner Award winner!

• Extra material included in this oversized edition highlighting artwork, with annotations by Gibbons.

 

 

Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon #4 (of 5)

Mike Mignola (W), Chris Roberson (W), Christopher Mitten (A), Dave Stewart (C), Mike Huddleston (Cover), and Vanesa Del Rey (Variant cover)

On sale Feb 7
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Bruttenholm and Sandhu’s mission to uncover the evasive “Master” behind the Nazis occult experiments is derailed when they fall into the clutches of their enemy.

 

Reefer Madness TP

Jerry Siegel (W), Joe Shuster (W), Jerry Robinson (A), Jack Kirby (A), Frank Frazetta (A), and more

On sale Apr 4
FC, 216 pages
$19.99
TP, 8 1/2″ x 11”

Degradation! Crime! Madness! Hysteria surrounded marijuana as a perceived gateway drug from the 1930s to the 1950s and beyond. Adventure Comics, by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and works by Frank Frazetta, Jerry Robinson, Jack Kirby, and many more, reveal the social reaction to this era of “Reefer Madness.” From comically misinformed to soberly concerned, these comics lament the impact of weed on youth culture.

Eisner and Harvey Award winner Craig Yoe brings us his newest collection of wacky, wild, and culturally relevant comics.

 

Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade #4 (of 4)

Jackson Lanzing (W), Collin Kelly (W), Ashley A. Woods (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Hannah Fisher (Cover)

On sale Feb 14
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Lara Croft is cornered. By visiting a remote temple discovered by her father, she walked right into Trinity’s trap. But Lara knows this shrine’s pitfalls like the back of her hand, and the ultimate survivor will do whatever it takes to escape and continue her search for the truth about Richard Croft’s death.

• On sale on Lara Croft’s birthday!

 

Vinegar Teeth #2 (of 4)

Damon Gentry (W), Troy Nixey (W/A/Cover), and Guy Major (C)

On sale Feb 21
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

After busting a Canadian drug ring, down-on-his-luck cop Artie Buckle tries to keep new partner Vinegar Teeth under control. But can an alcoholic, miserable bum like Artie really fight crime and work together with a Lovecraftian monster with a heart of gold?

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CGC Returns to Baltimore Comic-Con in 2018 for On-Site Grading

First Comics News - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 04:58

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – November 17, 2017 – The Baltimore Comic-Con will return to the Baltimore Convention Center in 2018 on September 28. We are thrilled to announce that one of our most asked-about and requested exhibitors, Certified Guaranty Company, LLC (CGC), will return again to the show to conduct on-site grading.
As they did last year, CGC will be accepting submission for all tiers of service (with the exception of magazines) on a first-come, first-serve basis for the entire weekend.

“Marc Nathan and his crew at Baltimore Comic-Con create an absolutely amazing show for comic book collectors and fans,” said Paul Litch, Primary Grader for CGC. “It is an absolute pleasure and honor to continue to bring onsite grading from the leading comic book certification service, CGC, to the great patrons of Baltimore Comic-Con.”

“We field so many requests over the course of the year as to whether or not CGC will be back,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “The collectible community has come to expect their unique skill set to be present and available throughout the weekend, and we’re very happy to announce their return in 2018.”

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MISBEGOTTEN VOLUME ONE: RUNAWAY NUN preview

First Comics News - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 04:51

MISBEGOTTEN VOLUME ONE: RUNAWAY NUN
Writer(s): Caesar Voghan and Eric Granger
Artist Name(s): Justin Case, Casey Bailey; William Bohm (Letters)
Cover Artist(s): Justin Case

128 pgs./ M / FC
$14.99

In a post-apocalyptic world turned medieval, the Church sends their top monk warrior to infiltrate a renegade scientist’s enclave and save a clone of Jesus from being sacrificed during a mock Easter Pageant. The first trade paperback ends with the warrior’s arrival on Harlequin Island, where he gets caught in the crossfire between two gangs of clones gone rogue.

If you’re tired of spider-this and bat-that, how about a clone of Jesus for a change…? RUNAWAY NUN is an exercise in genre bending, a mashup of bio-punk and cyber-punk, with a touch of ‘swords&sandals.’ Highly experimental (and slightly irreverent), this comic book endeavors to be a break from the ‘more of the same’ fare that populates the shelves of any comic book store.

When asked what they wanted readers to get out of this book, writers Caesar Voghan and Eric Granger responded, “That the authors of this book belong to a mental asylum…?!?” They went on to describe their intended audience in more detail: “MISBEGOTTEN is a comic book NOT for everyone… The disturbing images that populate its pages are highly unsuitable for people of all ages, genders, and races, not to mention religious orientation. The bad language, the gore, and the sex found here and there (and everywhere!) in this book could cause severe emotional trauma and/or irreversible spiritual damage. Some people read it, then asked to be exorcised. Others quit going to church. A few wished they were never born. Please consult a psychiatrist or your spiritual mentor before opening the book… You have been warned!”

Look for MISBEGOTTEN VOLUME ONE: RUNAWAY NUN in comic book stores on January 10, 2018. Preorder the book with the Diamond item code NOV171131.

Advance review copies are available for review.

Enjoy preview pages from MISBEGOTTEN #3:

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