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MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT APPOINTS C.B. CEBULSKI AS NEW MARVEL COMICS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

First Comics News - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 01:56
Accomplished comics executive’s global storytelling and talent vision set to lead the House of Ideas

Marvel Entertainment, the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment company, announced today that C.B. Cebulski has been promoted to Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief effective November 17, 2017. Former Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso has mutually parted ways with the company. The announcement was made by Dan Buckley, President, Marvel Entertainment.

In his new role, Mr. Cebulski will oversee all day-to-day editorial and creative aspects of Marvel’s publishing division.  This includes driving the overall editorial creative vision, shaping the larger story direction of the Marvel Comics line-up, and bringing to Marvel the world’s best and brightest writers and artists. Additionally, Mr. Cebulski will be furthering Marvel’s efforts to expand the publishing division internationally.

During his more than 15-year tenure at Marvel, Mr. Cebulski has established himself as one of the industry’s top editors, storytellers, and talent recruiters.  His editorial and writing highlights include the hit comic book series, RUNAWAYS by Brian K. Vaughn and Adrian Alphona, and MARVEL FAIRY TALESHe is also a renowned talent recruiter, helping to sign the industry’s top talent including Skottie Young, Adi Granov, Sara Pichelli, Phil Noto, Steve McNiven and Jonathan Hickman, among others.

Over the past 6 years, Mr. Cebulski has been at the forefront of Marvel Entertainment’s global expansion, as both VP, International Development Brand Management and most recently VP, Marvel Brand Management and Development, Asia.  In these roles, he has been instrumental in exploring new opportunities for Marvel in both emerging and established markets. Mr. Cebulski also paved the way for the further globalization of the Marvel Universe — overseeing groundbreaking deals with manga publisher Kodansha in Japan, webcomics platform Daum in Korea and content creator NetEase in China, bringing Marvel to Asian markets through localized stories and characters.  He has also helped introduce fresh new creative styles to the company’s world-renowned Super Hero franchises across comics, animation and games through the recruitment and development of numerous international artists and writers.

“C.B. is one of the most well-known, liked and respected editors and personalities in the comics industry.  He has a keen understanding of the Marvel brand, and knows the importance of publishing within the larger Marvel ecosystem,” said Dan Buckley, President, Marvel Entertainment.  “As our characters continue to reach unprecedented levels of global popularity, we need to ensure our core comic business sets the standard with fresh and compelling graphic storytelling that excites both our longtime fan base and new fans. Marvel has set a high bar for super hero stories for over 75 years, and we believe C.B. is perfectly positioned to take Marvel Comics to new heights.”

Mr. Cebulski takes the helm at Marvel Comics at a time the division continues to dominate the market.  Marvel consistently leads in both market and dollar share, with Marvel comics regularly in the top 5 best-selling in the industry. Over the past five years, comics and collections sales have grown over 30% in the direct market and 60% in the book market. He is inheriting a buzzed about line-up of high-profile initiatives including Marvel Legacy, Venom’s 30thAnniversary, and the AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER weekly series.

Additionally, Mr. Cebulski will be tasked with bringing his global perspective to his new role.  He will be working closely with comics partners like Panini, NetEase, Daum and Kodansha to expand the everyday Marvel Comics experience for fans across the world.

“Spending these last 18 months in Asia, and introducing more fans here to the depth of the Marvel Universe, I’ve seen firsthand how our comics and characters constantly bring joy into people’s lives all over the world. I hope to continue capturing that creative magic here at home, and deliver inspirational and entertaining stories that are true to the classic Marvel DNA, but built with an expanding global mindset.”

Mr. Cebulski is relocating from Shanghai to New York.

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They Hold Infinity!

First Comics News - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 01:43

Power. Space. Reality.

Three stones collected.

Who will hold Infinity?

The countdown begins this February!

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Gygax Memorial Fund - Nearly 2 Years After The Tavern Started Digging - Still Little to Show

Tenkar's Tavern - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 01:28

I really started picking over the carcass of the Gygax Memorial Fund nearly two years ago - November 25th, 2015 to be exact. What, too damning a description? Perhaps. But if it ain't dead yet, its certainly dying.

Halfway through November of 2017 and we STILL don't have the 2016 tax returns posted. Nor do we have the promised audit (the promise has since been deleted but I've shared the screenshot on previous posts)

Now, why would that be? If I were a betting man, I'd surmise that the promised audit revealed some issues that had to be corrected and / or brought up other interesting questions that have been posed at The Tavern already - such as why the funds - over $200k last we checked, haven't earned a penny of interest in the last seven years of tax returns. That much money sitting in ANY account would earn some sort of minimal return - monies that could offset office costs or fund that scholarship mentioned on the Fund's site. Not earning any sort of interest seems fiscally irresponsible when every penny counts.

Did I mention that the Fund's assets are heading in a negative direction?

2013  $222,165

2014  $220,449

2015  $217,042

2016  ? Note - 2016 is expected to have some significant expenses. or was that 2017?

What about the cash cow of selling "bricks?" What ever happened to that?

Now, Alex Gygax was added to the GMF Board in August of this year:
Or maybe he wasn't. Four months later and the listing of the board members hasn't changed.



As for Coordinator of Educational Programs and Special Projects - Dianne Curtis - what has she done in this regard? Wonderful title but I can't find ANYTHING educational done by the Fund.

I guess Busness Manager (gotta love the typo that I never caught until now) is in charge of shipping shirts and pencils. Anyone buy them? Can you speak on the quality?


And what ever happened with this?


Sadly, the Fund and other related projects don't ever seem to move forward. Its almost like an extremely late unfulfilled Kickstarter - actual completion makes everything come due so best to just punt the ball time and time again and never actually get to the end.

Wow. Yeah, being sick is making me one heck of an ass ;)
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Appendix 'N' Commentary - The Eternal Battles of The Worm Ouroboros By E. R. Eddison For Your Old School Campaigns

Swords & Stitchery - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 01:00
Life works in strange & mysterious ways, last night I had wicked migraines, these are something that I've had since I was a kid. I know what causes them & their nothing to be concerned about but my work schedule has been a bit scattered & hectic to say the least. But in my travels up at the wilds of the wild & wholly Litchfield hills of my home I came across not one but two treasures Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Announcement - Frog God Games sponsored Extra-Life Team broadcast is Live - For the Children

Tenkar's Tavern - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 00:12
My apologies, as I lost track of when this when happening only to realize it started an hour ago. Still 23 hours left ;)
Here's the Frog God Games Press Release / Reminder. I'll be popping in later tonight to enjoy the festivities:
Hate Children? Think their hospitals for them a waste of space? Then you are a bad person, like this fellow...


If you, on the other hand, support Children's Hospitals, please tune-in for the Frog God Games sponsored Extra-Life Team broadcast beginning at 6 PM EST.

https://www.twitch.tv/froggodgames

It is guided by Edwin Nagy, conversion specialist and all around good guy.

Please donate and spread the word. For Children! If you cannot watch you can still donate by going here...

https://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=33395

Seriously, its a good cause and a fun time. I'll see you all after yoga. No, not my yoga - I pisk up Rach from HER yoga. Damn these sinus headaches!
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November Campaign Design IX - Campaign Map

Greyhawk Grognard - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 22:00
In the previous installment of this series, I laid out the starting scenario for the PCs. They will be starting in the area indicated by the box on the map below:

For me, the maps are where things really come alive. I took the area on the large-scale map, and blew it up to a scale of 2 miles per inch. This allows me to show individual features like mountains, the extent of hills and forests, villages, minor rivers, tracks, and even individual farms. Here is my hand-drawn map of the area that will serve as my primary wilderness map when DMing:

I haven't noted the locations of individual monsters yet. Since that's something that will change over time, I'll make a copy of this map and stock it with an initial load of creatures. As they get killed off or driven away, I'll gradually restock the place. Most of the monsters will be in the wooded mountains, of course, but the Spider Wood is an obvious haunt of giant spiders, and I have a vague idea that the Trotterwood would be a good place for giant boar and wereboars.

There's also the ruins of the Artanian town at the northern edge of the map. As indicated in the last post, this is where the locals believe most of their troubles are emanating. They're partially right; there will certainly be some beasties in there. There's also an orc tribe in those woods, too; the Spinebreaker tribe, who worship Dispater, lord of the second plane of Hell. Their exact home is unknown, but they are known to have several villages throughout the mountains, as they are semi-nomadic. They cause no end of trouble to the settlers, and thwarting them would be a great service.

The whole is known as the Greitzberg District.

The eight villages in the District are mostly agricultural in nature, with the four on the plains surrounded by well-tended fields. Each is centered around a fortified manor house, and ruled by a baron. The exception is the village of Greitzberg, which is ruled by a Freiherr, which means he is not a vassal of the Markgraf in Osttur, and enjoys a great deal more independence than the other villages in the district. This causes no small amount of ill-feelings, as the barons are jealous of his independent status. All of the villagers have the right to appeal a baron's justice to the Markgraf, but the Freiherr's rulings in judicial matters cannot be appealed. Each baron maintains a number of ritters (knights) to lead the defense of the village.

The mountain villages each have a small population of half-orcs, who are treated as second-class citizens. They are barely tolerated by the humans, but driven out by the orcs. On rare occasions, such half-orcs will return to the tribe after years of being raised in the human communities and treated so poorly. Such renegades assist the Spinebreakers in planning their raids.

Lirberg is primarily a dairy cattle-herding village, ruled by Baron Ludwig Erchendag. He is married to the daughter of the Freiherr of Greitzberg, so the two are on good terms. Several years ago the previous baron was turned into a vampire, but was eventually destroyed and his manor house abandoned and sealed. Ever since then, however, there are said to be more unusual happenings in the vicinity than can easily be accounted for. Population 330, 2 ritters, 66 militia.

Greitzberg is also a cattle-herding village, but supplements this with logging in the forest across the river. It is ruled by Freiherr Erwin Stadtler. His title comes from the fact that his village was founded prior to the Markgraf being granted his own title. The Markgraf thinks the world of him, however, and treats him like an honored guest whenever the Freiherr visits Osttur. The Markgraf will stay in Greitzberg on visits, and the two nobles will hunt together in the woods. Population 700, 4 ritters, 140 militia.

Jenstein is a logging town, but also sports a stone quarry that provides high-quality blocks of granite to the rest of the district and Osttur. It is ruled by Baron Krieg Lustorf. There is a dispute between Jenstein and Greitzberg, however, on where exactly the border between the two lies. It turns out there are two boundary stones, a half-mile apart, each claiming to mark the border. A group of bandits has taken advantage of the confusion and sometimes strikes in the disputed zone. Population 400, 3 ritters, 80 militia.

Melheim's economy is centered on a pair of copper mines nearby. The ingots are difficult to transport, however, making full exploitation of the resource difficult. The village is ruled by Baron Karl Urfein. They recently built a palisade wall to protect the village against constant raids by the orcs. The baron is experimenting with embracing the half-orcs in his community, organizing them into a militia unit specifically to deal with orc raids. Its success is yet to be determined. Population 370, 2 ritters, 78 militia.

Graufort is situated on a ford across the river, and is surrounded by extensive acres of farmland where mostly wheat and rye are grown. The current ruler is Baroness Ursula Megendorf, a young widow whose husband was killed in an orc raid. Graufort is also home to the largest temple of the Holy Family in the district, which gives the baron no little pride. Population 560, 4 ritters, 130 militia.

Lunz is a small farming village ruled by baron Josef Kreiten. He himself is an accomplished magic-user, and hopes to start a school for the mystical arts in the village. He has attracted a few students already. Population 300, 2 ritters, 60 militia.

Oeltorf is a small farming community ruled by Baroness Suzanne Woldkopf. She is an ancient matriarch of her clan, and the family or its relatives own half the farmland surrounding the village. She herself has 8 children, 23 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. It is said she has a touch of elven blood. Population 450, 3 ritters, 90 militia.

Sendenow is another farming village that grows barley and rye predominately, but also has a strong tradition of hunting boar in the nearby Trotterwood. The ruler is Baron Baldur Reichbach. Being the furthest from the Slate Mountains, Senenow has the least problem with raids from the Spinebreaker orcs, but between the Spider Wood to the north and the Trotterwood to the west, there are other dangers that plague the village, and so he maintains three knights and still makes sure the village militia drills weekly. Population 500, 3 ritters, 100 militia.
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Some Thief Options for the Holmes Ref

Zenopus Archives - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 19:00
SPECIAL RULES FOR DWARVES, ELVES AND HOBBITS WHO WISH TO BE THIEVES

Dwarf: +5% Open Lock, +15% Remove Trap, +5% Move Silently, +5% Hide in Shadows

Elf: +5% Pick Pocket, +10% Move Silently, +15% Hide in Shadows

Hobbit: +10% Open Lock, +5% Remove Trap, +5% Pick Pocket, +10% Move Silently, +10% Hide in Shadows, Hear Noise +1

These are from the Greyhawk OD&D supplement.

SPECIALISTS

Human thieves can specialize, raising skills by lowering others by equal amounts, to a minimum of 5%. This applies to each of the five skills that increase each level other than Climb Walls and Hear Noise. This gives a pool of 50 percentage points (50%) that can be adjusted at first level.

Some specialists that are possible at first level:

Picklock: 55% Open Lock

Disarmer: 55% Remove Trap

Filcher: 55% Pick Pocket 

Sneak: 55% Move Silently

Skulker: 55% Hide in Shadows

For each of these, the other four skills are 5% each (except Climb Walls and Hear Noise)

Higher levels:
For levels 2-6, each level yields an additional 25% to be distributed among the five skills,
For levels 7-8, each level yields an additional 35% per level to be distributed, and
For levels 9-11, each level yields an additional 50% per level to be distributed.
For levels 12 and up, each level yields an additional 25% to be distributed.

This option inspired by similar rules in 2E AD&D.

DEXTERITY

As the prime requisite of thieves is dexterity, it will affect their abilities as follows:

Dexterity of 15 or more: add 10% to each thief skill except hear noise
Dexterity of 13-14: add 5%
Dexterity of 9-12: no bonus
Dexterity of 7-8: subtract 10%
Dexterity of 6 or less: subtract 20%

This option inspired by Gary's OD&D houserules, which mention a bonus for a Thief  skill based on Dex, and the Dex modifiers in 1E AD&D.
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10 tips for safe online shopping on Cyber Monday

Malwarebytes - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:33

Shoppers familiar with the Cyber Monday circus know they’re stepping into the lion’s den. The Internet has always been a lawless place, but it becomes particularly rough during the holiday shopping season.

In preparation for the frenzy, cyber villains have crafted a virtual onslaught of social engineering scams, malspam, and malicious, spoofed websites in order to dupe the droves of people expected to spend nearly $4 billion online this year.

So, bargain hunters, it’s important to know the warning signs. Here’s your guide to safe online shopping on Cyber Monday and beyond.

  1. Go directly to a store’s website instead of using search engines to look for deals. If you happen to find a deal using a search engine, try to verify it by searching for the exact name of the deal in quotes. If it’s a scam, then it’s likely someone will have already put out a warning.
  2. Give pop-ups and other digital ads the stank eye. Many pop-ups could contain fake coupons, redirect you to malicious sites, or expose you to cross-site scripting attacks. If a coupon seems to come out of nowhere with a too-good-to-be-true offer, don’t think twice. Just click that “x” and shut it down.
  3. Watch out for social media scams, especially on Facebook. Cybercriminals are using fake or compromised Facebook accounts in order to post links to amaaaaaazing deals that don’t actually exist. They’re especially prone to dropping links on the walls of open groups dedicated to shopping. “One of the top shopping scams to avoid in the run-up to Cyber Monday is the social media fakeout,” says Chris Boyd, Lead Malware Analyst at Malwarebytes. “During any given holiday period there will be an excess of fake offers, deals, and supposed freebies which tend to have a sting in the tail. If you’re being asked to share something on Facebook in order to get your hands on something too good to be true, you can bet there’s a scam involved.”
  4. Dump Cyber Monday emails with attachments in the virtual garbage. Cyber Monday emails with attachments, especially zip files, are super suspect—it’s possible, in fact likely, that they contain malware. Delete them immediately. Not only that, but you should review any other Cyber Monday-related emails with a hawk eye. If you get an email from a store claiming to have a deal, type the store’s URL directly into your browser instead of clicking on the link. If the site doesn’t verify the deal, you know it’s a fake.
  5. Make sure you’re on a secure connection. Look for the padlock icon to the left of the URL when you go to check out. If it’s there, then that means the information passed between a store’s server and your browser remains private. In addition, the URL should read “https” and not just “http.”
  6. Do not use debit cards to shop online. Want to give cybercriminals direct access to your bank account? Then by all means, use your debit card! Otherwise, play it safe by using credit cards or a PayPal account that’s linked to a credit card. While many banks are cracking down on fraudulent withdrawals, you’ll still have to wait for your money while they investigate the charges.
  7. Avoid using public wifi to shop. All a cybercriminal needs to do to get a public wifi password and wreak havoc is order a coffee. If you’re shopping and entering personal data, best to do it on your secure wifi connection at home.
  8. Watch out for malicious QR codes. Q what now? QR codes are small, pixelated codes meant to be scanned by a smartphone’s camera. They often contain coupons, links to websites, or other product marketing materials. Some hackers have started creating codes that link to a phishing or malware site, printing them on stickers, and placing them on top of the legit QR codes. Best to avoid them.
  9. Don’t fork over extra info. If a site starts asking for out-of-the-ordinary personal data, like Social Security numbers or password security questions, slam on the brakes and get the heck out of Dodge.
  10. Tighten up security before you shop on Cyber Monday. Make sure all software on your computer is up-to-date, including your OS, browser, and other apps. And if you don’t already have it, install a cybersecurity program on your desktop (whether it’s a Mac or PC) that prevents malware infection to insure maximum coverage. In addition, since mobile shopping is set to outpace desktop shopping for the first time this year, it’s a smart idea to download a cybersecurity program for your phone. If you’ve already covered your cybersecurity bases, make sure you run updates on all those programs as well.

Happy, and safe, holiday shopping everyone!

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What this place needs is a bunch of tiny mittens

Knitting to Stay Sane - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:52
A week and a half ago, once November had spent a few days settling in, it dawned on me that this is the perfect time to sneak in something I have always wanted to knit but have never managed in past years – the knitted advent calendar. I’ve seen several friends knit these up, in […]
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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:39

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Bonfire Coffee Cozy

Moogly - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 15:40

After finishing the Bonfire Cowl, I had some yarn left over – and what goes better with a chilly Autumn stroll in your new cowl than a hot beverage? Introducing the Bonfire Coffee Cozy! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; yarn provided by Lion Brand; hook provided by Furls. The Bonfire Coffee Cozy is a [...]

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Bonfire Cowl

Moogly - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 15:35

Raking leaves, fighting the holiday crowds, strolling through a maker fair… whatever you’re doing to enjoy this autumn, celebrate it with the Bonfire Cowl! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; yarn provided by Lion Brand; hook provided by Furls. The Bonfire Cowl is made of only double crochet stitches, so it’s ideal for beginners – [...]

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Barebones Fantasy, Death in Middle Earth, and a weekend at the Con.

Bat in the Attic - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 15:30

Barebones Fantasy
So I went to Con on the Cob over the weekend. There I met up with +Tim Shorts and +Chris C. on Friday Night. Because I just got off of work, I had just enough time to check in, unload my stuff and head to my first game. Which turned out to be a Barebone Fantasy adventure.

Barebones Fantasy is an RPG about as detailed as Swords and Wizardry Complete, Basic DnD 5e or Fantasy Age. It uses a d100 and very basic skill system. You crit (success or fail) when you roll doubles (11, 22, 66, etc). Interestingly 00 means 0 and not 100. And counts as a crit. Skills are grouped by profession. Each profession (Thief, Scout, etc) have a number of skills that the your rating applies too.

Overall the system has it own favor and the rulebook cover everything you need to get started with a fantasy campaign using it. My only issue is that I have a number of RPGs of similar complexity and ease of use. So it doesn't hold much appeal for me.While it sounding I am damning it with faint praise. I feel it quite good ... for another gamer. My own personal bias is towards 3d6 based system when not using Dungeons and Dragons. So I would use Fantasy Age over this.

However if you like to use a d100 then you should take a look at this. Like Fantasy Age, like Swords and Wizardry Complete, or the Basic Version of DnD 5th edition, it quick to read and leap into. Recommended.

Barebones Fantasy Character sheet.


I will have a followup on the result of the Adventures in Middle Earth game I ran at the convention.

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Cryptozoic Announces Release of Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Melee at Murdershroom Marsh

Cryptozoic - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:00

Cryptozoic Entertainment today announced the November 29 release of Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Melee at Murdershroom Marsh. In the third card game in the popular Epic Spell Wars series, 2-6 players once again create Spells with up to three Components—this time with new keywords “Cantrip,” “Bad Trip,” and “Everlasting”—as they try to destroy opposing Wizards. Every aspect of the game, from the cards to the rulebook and box, is filled with the series’s trademark off-the-wall humor and mature, at times bizarre art (over 100 original illustrations). 

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The Justice League is Finally Here

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:00
Justice League is, by and large, the Justice League movie fan complaints about Man of Steel and Batman v Superman suggest they have been waiting for. It is more uneven and rough-edged than Wonder Woman, but it does put the DC cinematic universe on firm footing.

I would say the negativity in most of the critical reviews is a bit of a puzzlement to me, except that it isn't entirely. The polish and ready humor (bordering on outright comedy at times) of the Marvel films have set the yardstick by which these things are judged. Warner hasn't understood the memo (particularly Snyder) and the only thing to be done is to keep reading it to them until they do.

There was a time when superhero product wasn't so slick and by-the-numbers. Iron Man was original at one time, and it's follow-up reverted a bit to tried and true superhero film formula. Dark Knight is often considered the best superhero film ever, but it is completely bereft of comedy relief CGI characters that now seem a standard element at least of the Guardians of the Galaxy style Marvel films. The earlier Snyder films certainly have their faults, but as others have argued the dislike directed against them seems to have less to do with their cinematic failings than their approach to the characters.

Justice League responds to many of those complaints. We have heroes being heroic--and heroes finding their way to heroism after being lost in some way. There is humor, particularly from the Flash, who is different from his tv and comic incarnations to a degree, but has enough to charm to win you over. Momoa's Aquaman seemed like he might be tedious and one-note from the trailers, but I didn't find that to be the case. Though their on-screen development is necessarily limited, every one of the characters gets a bit of an arc that takes off and lands nicely (unlike say Valkyrie's disappearing alcoholism in Thor: Ragnarok). Much of the humor is kind of at Batman's expense, which serves to undercut any grimness or  the "hypercompetent Batman" that sometimes plagues the comics.

The setup of the film is very comic book like in structure. It establishes and moves on. This might feel choppy to some viewers and those not familiar with the characters and the universe might feel some things are under-explained. Atlanteans just are, as are Mother Boxes. The movie doesn't spend any time trying to make you accept either or give you more than the story-essential backstory.

The last two thirds of the film have more conventional pacing and cutting and fall into problem solving and fisticuffs. Superhero fights in film have gotten a bit tired by now, I think, and this film doesn't do anything to make me rethink that assessment, though it is far from the worst example. Flash's speed effect winds up being similar to Quicksilver's but it's utilized in a different enough way that it doesn't seem derivative. Wonder Woman is a badass, Aquaman is sort of reckless, Batman is out of his depth, but smart. Cyborg is lacking in confidence, but the key to defeating the villain.

The film has it's problems of course. Its villain continues the superhero film trend of being not terribly interesting. He's better realized than Wonder Woman's antagonist, at least. The CGI is strangely dodgy in spots, particularly in a sort of prologue (don't let that brief scene sour you on it). The color palette is still darker than ideal.

But you know what [and this is a SPOILER so you are warned]...


The mid-credits sequence is Flash challenging Superman to a race. It made me smile for comic book nostalgia reasons, which it as been a while since a Marvel film did that.

Wayward Kickstarter - City State of the Invincible Overlord - Full of Excuses and Not So Invincible

Tenkar's Tavern - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 04:08

Hard to believe its been nearly a year since I last shed light on the fiasco known as the City State of the Invincible Overlord Kickstarter. No, really. Here's my last post on this train wreck.

Now, let me forewarn you. I'm high on decongestants and fighting a sinus headache. I'm in no mood to be nice.

CSIO is nearly 3 years late. While not quite at the level of Far West in that category, the excuses are an embarrassment. We know all of the maps are done and have been done for ages. All we need now is to finish layout. Well, and money to print and ship.

Say what?

Just like Far West is financially bankrupt (and likely refuses to complete the PDF as there will be a demand for physical product that there is no money to either print or ship) I suspect most if not all of the $85k raised by CSIO has been long lost. Again, finishing the PDF will put demands on physical product and associated shipping costs - shipping costs that have had three years to increase. Yeah, the picture isnt pretty.

So, how about some of the excuses:



Yep, weekly updates six weeks apart. Weekly updates since the end of March have been monthly at best.

Oh, and nearly two months since the last update. I guess monthly isn't working out either.

Progress? Please! Layout isn't going at a page a day or a page a week. Maybe 2 to 3 pages a month?

But wait! Look at that! A hint of a better future!

Its an illusion though. If there were a better future we wouldn't be without an update nearly two months later. What is this in reference to? There've been rumors that Kickstarter fulfillment had been shopped to two or three of the more sizable old school publishers in the hobby. Aside from the goodwill of the backers there is little upside to such a deal for any publisher - the cost to fulfill would be on them and profits (as well as costs associated will making the Kickstarter backers whole) would rely on a retail market that is geared to 5e these days and not so much Pathfinder.

Where does that leave us? I do mean "us", as I'm in for $145 myself. I fear we are left with little hope without a "white knight" publisher coming to the rescue and I fear that the costs associated with such a rescue are cost prohibitive for most.

Not the legacy Judges Guild wished to leave us with but a legacy none the less.

Yep, I'm a fuck when I'm sick.

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MIKE RICHARDSON AND PAUL CHADWICK’S “BEST WISHES” ON SALE NOW

First Comics News - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 04:07

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (November 15, 2017)—Dark Horse is excited to offer a preview and review opportunity for Mike Richardson and Paul Chadwick’s Best Wishes TPB.

When two strangers cast coins into a Central Park fountain, their dreams and desires become supernaturally intertwined. Cal wants fame and respect, and Mary craves true love from her pro quarterback boyfriend, but destiny weaves a tangled fabric. A tale of New York, meme madness, fame’s price, and secrets of the heart.

* Original graphic novel, never before published.

* By Mike Richardson, writer of 47 Ronin and Echoes, and Paul Chadwick, the award-winning creator of Concrete.

* Best Wishes is Chadwick’s first published comics work since 2013!

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THE ART OF GOD OF WAR

First Comics News - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 04:01

DARK HORSE, SANTA MONICA STUDIO, AND SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT JOIN FORCES

To Explore More Norse Lore in “God of War”

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (November 16, 2017)—Journey through the mythical Norse wilds and explore beyond as Dark Horse, Santa Monica Studio, and Sony Interactive Entertainment proudly present the essential companions to the highly-anticipated video game God of War, allowing readers to witness the creation of this incredible new journey! In 2018, they will publish The Art of God of War, a limited edition of The Art of God of War, and God of War comics.

The Art of God of War is an intimate chronicle of the years-long odyssey to bring Kratos and Atreus’ beautiful and brutal world to life. Step into Midgard and explore beyond, as Dark Horse Books and Santa Monica Studios are pleased to offer the quintessential companion to the enormously anticipated God of War. This is a tome unlike any other, including an expanse of gorgeous art and in-depth interviews that set readers on an exhaustive behind-the-scenes journey to witness the creation of an epic of tremendous scale.

The Art of God of War Limited Edition is a gorgeous artifact that appears to have come straight from Kratos and Atreus’ adventures! The beautiful tome has a realistic leather-like cover with bright silver foil and red gilded pages. Enclosed in a clamshell case with a cloth-textured lining, The Art of God of War Limited Edition also includes a cloth-covered collector’s portfolio with two gallery-quality lithographs, and will be available for purchase through the PlayStation Gear store.

The partners will also work together to publish a God of War four-issue comic series in 2018. iZombie creator Chris Roberson is signed on to pen the adventures of Kratos as he battles to control his own rage and understand his role as a father when facing dangerous threats from mythical Norse creatures. Artist Tony Parker (This Damned Band) will lend his illustrative skills to the mythical Norse adventure series.

The Art of God of War goes on-sale in early 2018 when the game ships, and is available for preorder on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local comic shop.

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JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER #2 preview

First Comics News - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:53

JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER #2
NEW ONGOING SERIES! As Jughead’s life as a fugitive grows deadlier, Betty and Archie close in—and they’re not alone. Betty’s werewolf hunter relatives’ ruthlessness may spell the end for good ol’ Jug!
Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Joe Eisma, Bob Smith, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Adam Gorham
Variant Cover: T. Rex
Final Order Cut-Off: 11/20
On Sale Date: 12/13
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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AWARD-WINNING WRITER AND ARTIST ETHAN YOUNG BRINGS TWO NEW TAILS TO DARK HORSE

First Comics News - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:44

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (November 16, 2017)—Ethan Young has left his mark on the comics industry with acclaimed works like Nanjing: The Burning City, The Battles of Bridget Lee: Invasion of Farfall, and his Independent Publishers Book Award-Winning Graphic Novel Tails. Now, Dark Horse is thrilled to announce Life Between Panels: The Complete Tails Omnibus, a complete collection of his semiautobiographical webcomic along with a second volume of The Battles of Bridget Lee.

In Life Between Panels: The Complete Tails 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!

And in The Battles of Bridget Lee Volume 2: The Miracle Child a legendary hero in a sci-fi dystopian future must fight to protect a symbol of hope for humanity and an alien race before the Marauders can destroy it!

Life Between Panels: The Complete Tails Omnibus TPB goes on sale April 4, 2018

The Battles of Bridget Lee Volume 2: The Miracle Child TPB goes on sale May 9, 2018

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