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1d8 Random Low Level Sword & Sorcery Treasures Table For Your Old School Campaigns

Swords & Stitchery - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 05:56
Treasures are uncovered after being lost to time in word, thought, & crime. These baubles cross the path of destiny into the hands of adventurers. These treasures & relics of the wasteland carry their own special brand of weirdness & strangeness for those whose path they cross. Not all the circumstances that they bring are good nor kind. I carved a woman out of marble when The walls of AthensNeedleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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232

Looking For Group - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 04:00

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Autumn Geisha - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 01:27






"Growing apart doesn't change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I'm glad for that." — Ally Condie

This past weekend was surreal, joyful and bittersweet. I am so glad that I was able to travel back home to northern New York to see these old high school friends of mine. Didn’t realize how very much I missed them until I saw their smiling faces again. So many memories to revisit and new ones made. Laughter, tears and hugs. Until next time friends!
p.s. One of the best parts of the weekend was discovering how many of us were knitters/crocheters/quilters. There might have been some plotting going on for a crafty reunion. Oh how I hope it happens!
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Comic Book Cover Artist Jenny Frison joins the Comic Con Africa 2018 band of artists

First Comics News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:22

24 July 2018, Reed Exhibitions Africa, ReedPOP and VS Gaming today announced that Jenny Frison – best known for her Wonder Woman cover art – will be in attendance at Comic Con Africa 2018.

 

While Frison is best known for her cover art for Wonder Woman, she has also created covers for X-Men Red, Black Panther, Loki, Vampirella, Red Sonja, Clean Room, Revival, I Vampire, Angel, Spike, True Blood, Xena and more.

 

Her interest in comic books began with a Wonder Woman storybook she enjoyed as a young girl. After school she attended Northern Illinois University where she majored in illustration before attending The Kubert School of Art. During her schooling, she decided she wanted to focus on cover art and quit before her third year to teach herself. She met writer Tim Seeley, who asked her to draw a cover for Hack/Slash after he looked at her website. The two became friends, and they now share a work space at Four Star Studios in Chicago, Illinois.

 

In 2013 and 2015 she was nominated for “Best Cover Artist” in the Harvey Awards.

 

Frison joins an ensemble of comic book artists that are set to wow attendees at the first edition of Comic Con Africa.

 

The Comic Con Africa 2018 experience will also include the Artist Alley – a space for independent artists who are producing original artwork in the form of comics, prints, posters and self-published novels, and books.

 

Comic Con Africa will be held from 14 – 16 September 2018 at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit & International Convention Centre. Comic Con Africa is a multi-genre entertainment and comic convention that features comic books, games, arts, movies, pop culture elements and so much more.

 

More information about autograph sessions as well as ticket pricing will be announced at a later stage.

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THE PARK IS OPEN!

First Comics News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:21

Dark Horse Invites You to Color the Rich Settings of “Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic World”

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (July 24, 2018)—With the 25th Anniversary of Jurassic Park opening in theaters and the recent release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Dark Horse is excited to join in the evolution of one of the world’s most beloved franchises with two new coloring books!

From Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, Jurassic World immerses audiences of all ages in a new era of wonder and thrills where dinosaurs and humankind must learn to coexist. Jurassic World is more than a film franchise. At every turn, the film series delivers a larger-than-life destination for exploration, discovery, and epic adventure, intrigue, danger, and delight in ways no other franchise can. Dinosaurs live again, and they live in Jurassic World.

The Jurassic Park and Jurassic World adult coloring books each feature forty-five pages of brand new, beautifully detailed black and white artwork you won’t be able to wait to get your claws on! Travel back to Jurassic Park and color your way through with line art of your favorite dinosaurs, iconic park imagery, and astonishing action. Then experience all of the epic film moments from Jurassic World: the beautiful and fun-filled park featuring the Gyrosphere Valley and the Petting Zoo, to dinosaur ravaged Main Street, and color the epic showdown between T. rex and the terrifying hybrid, Indominus rex! Fans of the franchise and art lovers alike will not want to miss this incredible collection!

Jurassic Park Adult Coloring Book TPB and Jurassic World Adult Coloring Book TPB go on sale October 31, 2018.

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RICH REVIEWS: Jirni # 3

First Comics News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:17

Title: Jirni # 3
Publisher: Aspen Comics
Written by: J.T. Krul
Pencils & Inks by: Michael St A. Maria, Mauricio Campetella
Colors by: John Starr
Letters by: Micah Myers
Cover by: Michael St A. Maria/Colors by John Starr
Variant Covers: V. Ken Marion/Colors by Wes Hartman
Jirni Created by: J.T. Krul
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.aspencomics.com
Comments: The word balloons are beautifully done and colored.
Ara, Kasper, and Tongo find themselves under attack in the air. It is a well thought out attack and one of our heroes pays a price.
Torinthal is in a teaching mood. He wants Luna Ara’s mother to obey his wishes without question. He teaches her a lesson in survival.
This issue things move slowly and the art does not show off the characters. The clouds do get show a few times and they are all well drawn. The monstrous flying creature is a frighting sight.
Bonus Story! featuring Aspen Mascots “Big Earll!” Writer Vince Hernandez, pencil & inks Joie Foster, colors Justice and letterer Micah Myers.
A worm and a bird with a broken time machine wonder through time. Here they encounter a herd of frogs. One frog is huge and wormier is scared out of his wits. These two Wormier and Griff are funny to watch their actions as they interact with each other.

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RICH REVIEWS: Jirni # 2

First Comics News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:14

Title: Jirni # 2
Publisher: Aspen Comics
Written by: J.T. Krul
Pencils & Inks by: Michael St A. Maria, Mauricio Campetella
Colors by: John Starr
Letters by: Micah Myers
Cover by: Michael St A. Maria/Colors by John Starr
Variant Covers: V. Ken Marion/Colors by Wes Hartman, Randy Green/Colors by Erick Anciniera
Jirni Created by: J.T. Krul
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.aspencomics.com
Comments: The word balloons when so we can hear Ara’s thoughts are beautifully designed and colored.
Ara finds Kasper a d’jinn and Tongo his monster. Tongo now this is how to illustrate a strong powerful monster.
Torinthal controls not just one d’jinn but four. They all have different and beautifully designed outfits. The one d’jinn serves him willingly. The d’jinn are powerful so having four to do your bidding making Torinthal a man of very great power.
Ara has an airship. It is beautifully designed. Ara and her two new companions Kasper and Tongo are getting along and these three do make a powerful band.
Bonus Story! featuring Aspen Mascots “What Happens in the Future STAYS in the Future!” Writer Vince Hernandez, pencil & inks Joie Foster, colors Justice and letterer Micah Myers.
Sparkles the cat meets Wormier the worm and Griff the griffin. It starts out rough than they get along. The worm is still trying to use the time machine to somehow save the other worms. The art is cute and the story is short.

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RICH REVIEWS: Jirni # 1

First Comics News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:12

Title: Jirni # 1
Publisher: Aspen Comics
Written by: J.T. Krul
Pencils & Inks by: Michael St A. Maria
Colors by: John Starr
Letters by: Micah Myers
Cover by: Michael St A. Maria/Colors by  John Starr
Variant Covers: V. Ken Marion/Colors by Wes Hartman, Talent Caldwell, Jason Fabok/Colors by Peter Steigerwald
Jirni Created by: J.T. Krul
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.aspencomics.com
Comments: Ara is on a quest to find her Queen and mother. Ara is a half human/half d’jinn being.
Handish and his men are shaking down a village. It is a village Ara has come to and been welcomed in. Ara is a great warrior and shown here fighting a few men she moves through them easily. They work for Lazo and he has a army and a monster.
Ara’s purple skin makes her stand out. It does add a lot to her look. She is a gorgeous warrior.
As Ara attacks Lazo’s army she moves swiftly and sticks with deadly precision. The blood does flow.
As Ara looks for the monster the build up as she moves through the cave you can feel something is there. The suspense builds. The monster called The Hammer is a big hulking creature. A cute surprise pops up to. Ara is going to have her hands full with them both.
Bonus Story! featuring Aspen Mascots “The Early Bird Gets the-Yeah. We Went There!” Writer Vince Hernandez, pencil & inks Joie Foster, colors Justice and letterer Micah Myers. Womier the worm and Griff the griffin start a new friendship. They are kind of like Pinky and the Brain.

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DYNAMITE LAUNCHES TARZAN THE BOARD GAME ON KICKSTARTER

First Comics News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 22:56

The multimedia legend of Tarzan becomes the next epic board game from Dynamite Entertainment.

July 24, 2018, Mt. Laurel, NJ: 

Dynamite Entertainment and Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. are pleased to announce a partnership with Lynnvander Studios to create the next phase in Tarzan’s legendary history; a new board game starring Tarzan, Jane, and the rest of his friends and foes as an epic, playable adventure! Today, Dynamite Entertainment and Lynnvander Studios will offer this exciting game for pre-order on Kickstarter where gamers and Tarzan fans will get their first opportunity to see this thrilling game in action.

Tarzan is a fictional/literary character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Lord & Lady Greystoke were marooned on the coast of Africa. Alone and expecting their first child, they headed inland to the heart of darkest Africa. Lady Greystoke dies in childbirth and Lord Greystoke is soon killed by the Mangani Ape Tribe who adopt the Greystokes son and raise him as one of their own. Now grown into a man, Tarzan is a brave and cunning warrior, using his skills and knowledge of the island to protect the animals and himself from other humans who would seek to exploit the isolated land. First appearing in 1912 as a serialized magazine story, Tarzan was later published as a series of novels which was eventually adapted into nearly all forms of media including movies, television, and even comic books which are currently being published by Dynamite Entertainment under the name Lord of the Jungle and the Tarzan/Red Sonja crossover. TARZAN® and Edgar Rice Burroughs® are owned by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and used by permission.

Tarzan is a co-operative, choose-your-own-adventure-style tactics board game where you play as Tarzan, Jane, Cecil, Lt D’Arnot, Chowombi, and more, in an attempt to get Jane to her destination safely.  Many enemies are trying to stop you from achieving your goals and you have only a few days and nights to get to your destination. Using the trees as “tools”, you and your friends unleash the power of the jungle to take-down the colonials with the help of your human and ape allies, while collecting items and renown!

“Tarzan has always been synonymous with adventure and that makes it an ideal subject for a game.” says Jay Spence, Director of Product Development for Dynamite Entertainment. “We like to make games that feel as fun and exciting as the comic books, and our comics of Tarzan have always been focused on excitement and adventure, so we’re eager to show gamers what it’s like to play the role of Tarzan.”

View the Kickstarter campaign here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dynamiteent/tarzan-lord-of-the-jungle-board-game

Production on the Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle board game is currently near completion, with an expected shipping date of late 2018. The game will also debut at this year’s GenCon, in Indianapolis, where it will be available for demo with Lynnvander Studios.

Game features include:

•             1-4 possible players

•             Three-dimensional tree models

•             Modular terrain tiles change the game board every time for unlimited re-playability

•             5 playable characters from Tarzan lore (with more scheduled as Kickstarter exclusives)

•             A varied collection of villains and allies to encounter

 

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Only the lonely

Yarn Harlot - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 22:30

Note: I started writing this on Sunday and things went completely sideways after that.  For the record, this Co-Chair job is only picking up speed over the last week to departure, and the workload, while manageable, is constant. I’m so looking forward to riding my bike 100km a day AS A BREAK, and how crazy is that? It took until today to finish and post. Bear with me, my lovelies. Things are pretty wild over here. (PS Joe is not back yet.)

Joe’s away this weekend, attending a music festival out west – and it has left me happily and completely alone. Not to say that I don’t miss him (I do) and not to say that I’m not lonely (I am) but it’s left me able to focus almost completely on catching up on a million things.  I have a long to-do list, but wing of moth and tie of skein, I am actually getting it done.  I am mere hours away from being caught up on the housework – so close in fact that if someone were to ring my doorbell right now I’d almost consider opening it.  (Almost. I have to resolve the risk that they’d get stuck down to the kitchen floor first.)  The Bike Rally Co-Chair inbox is a single screen’s worth of panic, rather than pages and pages. I haven’t even opened my personal inbox, but tomorrow’s another day.

Yesterday I got up early, scraped a layer off the kitchen, poured a coffee, and sat down at my desk and worked on the Bike Rally stuff for five hours. After that amount of time I still had buckets to do and was feeling sort of defeated, looking wistfully out the window at a world where it seemed that everyone except for me was having a good time, and right on cue, I got a text.  It was Cameron, suggesting an afternoon at the beach with a few friends, and in a wave of maturity I can only describe as heroic, I declined the invitation. He pressed a little, and to be truthful, that was all the resistance I had in me. I folded faster than a laundry and an hour after that I was on a water taxi, headed across the harbour to the island. The weather wasn’t that great – the water was choppy and the sky grey, and a few times I thought about how stupid it was that I’d chosen to ditch work for a not-great reward.  I was wrong. By the time I’d walked to the beach on the other side, things were much better. Warm, and sunny (from time to time) and the water was glorious and the wind out on the lake had brought up big waves to play in (not ocean big, but still fun) and we played frisbee for a while (I retain my perfect record of never catching a single throw) and I knit.

It. Was. Perfect.  I was home before dark, finishing my sock on the streetcar, and got home in time to put the news on the radio and do about 87 more tasks before making myself toast for dinner and falling into bed.  At the time, I felt like I was shirking my responsibilities, but today there’s (another) Bike Rally function, and that rest yesterday did me so much good that I’m really looking forward to going to it. The idea of tomorrow’s meeting no longer makes me want to hide in a darkened room and knit garter stitch, and the level of hysteria I feel when I realize we leave in a week is almost manageable.

Seven Five more days, and while Team Knit haven’t yet met our (public) fundraising goals (we all have private ones as well) we’re still hoping to get there. I’ve got a while before I leave the house (again, even though it is now Tuesday) so let’s see how many Karmic Balancing Gifts I can get through.  If you’re just catching up with what’s up, you can read the post about how this works here, and because somebody always asks, here’s our fundraising links. Team Knit is:

Me                                    Ken

Pato                                 Cameron

(For the record, and in case I haven’t mentioned it, almost all of Team Knit is fulfilling Leadership Roles this year.  I’m Co-Chair, Ken is a Team Lead, Cameron is Co-Lead of Rider Team Leads, and Pato – he’s resting from being Recruitment Co-Lead last year. We’re really trying to make a difference, and we’re putting our time and energy where our mouths are.)

Onward!

Julie has a lovely 280-yard hank of worsted weight yarn from Spittin’ Creek Farm (www.spittincreek.com) in Xenia, Ohio. It’s an alpaca/merino/tussah silk blend, and the color is Bright Jade. Julie’s generous enough that she’s sending this along to live with Megan M.

Next up, a gorgeous handpainted double sock blank (462 yards, 100g, fingering weight, merino/nylon) from Anne, at the Twisted Fleece. The colourway is “Sittin’ on the Dock” and it’s part of her Summer Love series.

It’s so very pretty, like sunshine sparkles on water, and it will be winging it’s way to Robyn R.  Anne’s not done though!

That’s 1 skein of speckle dyed 70%baby alpaca, 30%silk, 875 yards (about 807 m), 190 grams. This is a fine laceweight.  Colorway: “Celebration” in honor of Team Knit and all those riding in and supporting the PWA Bike Rally. The Twisted Fleece (that’s Anne) will be sending that along to Stirling.

Amy is parting with this lovely book – Victorian Lace Today.  (I own this book, and I absolutely love it.)

She’s somehow going to imagine a life without it, and send it to Olivia P.

Here’s a big one – a tremendously generous gift from Tanja Luescher

She’s giving away not five, not ten, but TWENTY EBOOKS.  Recipeints can choose between Stories of Inspiration,

Selfstriping!

Hubby Needs Socks,

The Cat Collection,

or they can make their own e-book of any 7 of her patterns – excluding Daddy’s Prayer Shawl. (Tanja is ridiculously kind, and that one is dedicated to another cause.) The lucky knitters are: Elizabeth H, Jen G, Debra L, Lisa B, Erica TC, Lucy N, Dianne G, Lori B, Danielle D, Karen F, Sue, Sara D, Lynda K, Ruth Ann H, Annette A, Bridget K, Barb, Linda W, Chelsy J, Elizabeth L, and Brenda C. (Whew.)

Anik has 2 skeins of Cherry Hill Yarn Supersock Select (right from her cozy little stash)

It’s 840 yds (768.1 m) of fingering yarn in Riverbank, and it will be soon on it’s way to MIchelle R.  Thank you Anik!

Kate is somehow (I cannot imagine how she’s doing it) has FOUR gifts to give away.

1. Yarn Chef 75/25 BFL/silk, 4 oz- She’ll send that along to Kate F.

2. Becoming Art BFL in Dread Pirate Roberts, 4 oz for Raven J.

3. Mudpunch Slash Self-Striping Sock in Ten Percenter, a spectacular gift for Rachel M. 4. Stitch Together Stitch Skinny in Melted Peeps to knock the (future) socks off of Meagan. Next up, and as a writer, I love this one – Elizabeth Hall (who is an actual, honest to gosh writer – and a knitter) has donated a copy of her book The Music of the Deep. I have provided you there with a link to buy it, because it sounds terrific.  Beth says “It is set on a fictional island in Washington, and includes a group of spinners and knitters who welcome Alexandra Turner, after she leaves her abusive husband. It also includes the stories of the Southern Resident Killer Whales (orcas) in this area.” Good, right?  I do love me a novel with some knitting content. Elizabeth will be signing that for Linda L. Jessie McKitrick is a designer, and she’s donating a copy of her Chesterfield Slippers pattern (a Chesterfield is a couch, here in Canada) and she’s throwing in a skein of Lagoon DK (in the colour of the recipients choice.) That recipient is Annie S, and she’ll be picking not just the colour, but an extra pattern from Jessie’s shop as well. Thanks to both of you! That is, my little butterflies, more than thirty gifts, and a lot of emails.  I’m pretty sure I’ll be back tomorrow, I’ve got “a day off.” which we use here to mean that I don’t have to go to a meeting, just sit at my desk and try desperately to catch up. I think I can do it. I’ll try to post. I’ll drink extra coffee. Thanks for everything.

 

 

Categories: Knitting Feeds

Calvin’s Commentaries: The Defence of Pictland

First Comics News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 22:28

It was a month ago that the review was a game by Jon Hather, and this week we revisit the works of this fine designer with The Defence of Pictland from Gothic Green Oak.

Like Vikings vs Saxons, the game reviewed previously; The Defence of Pictland has a historical basis.

“Northumbria in the seventh century was a powerful kingdom,” details the rules. “It had wealth; promoting culture, education and, through its religious houses, some of the finest art of the period. However, its aggressive foreign policy led to many battles along its borders, not least with the Picts to the north.

“The Picts were first recorded some seven hundred years earlier when the Romans attempted to expand their territory in the north. Hadrian’s Wall was one attempt to defend established Roman occupied territory from the native peoples beyond. The Picts were a clan-based farming society, and though far from warlike they were well able to defend their territory. Northumbrian expansion, in a similar way to the earlier Roman aggression, saw small battles take place in often difficult terrain. This board game sees two equally matched armies fight in a valley with a boggy bottom. Movement and capture in the bog is different to movement and capture on dry land. Such battles were typical during the period between the Northumbrians and the Picts. Eventually, the Picts defended their lands well and Northumbria’s power diminished, overtaken by the Mericans to the south and eventually the Vikings from the north. This is only a game but might give you a flavour of battle strategies on difficult terrain.”

That Hather takes the time to tell some of the history he draws inspiration from for his games is something I very much appreciate. The brief background seems to add a level of authenticity to the feel that the game could well have been created at the time of the battle it mirrors.

In the Defence of Pictland, both sides have 10 warriors symmetrically positioned at the start of the game, so it has that chess/checker ‘feel’ that Hather draws on in many of his games. The board, which is leather, is divided by a stretch of boggy ground, with two armies placed on dry ground on either side.

The board being divided into two terrain types, dry land and bog is really what sets Pictland apart and intrigues as a game player.

On dry ground, all men move by either one or two of the ‘knight’s move’ (think chess). The double knight’s move is made up of two parts and there has to be a vacant position for the first move before the second can take place.

The ability to move twice on dry land provides pieces with a great amount of versatility, although the dry areas are limited too.

“On dry ground, men are captured by replacement,” details the rules. “On capturing, a man must stop if he has moved by only one knight’s move and cannot go on to a second move, or a second capture. He may capture on the second knight’s move so long as there was no capture on the first. Captured men are removed from the board, not to be returned.”

Things change in the bog.

“On boggy ground, capture is by custodial capture on two opposing orthogonal sides, that is two men either side an enemy man,” notes the rules. “One or both of the capturing men can be on dry ground to capture so long as the man being captured is in the bog.”

The different capture rules based on terrain are a huge part of Pictland’s appeal.

A man may not move in between two enemy men in the bog (suicide) unless he is taking part in capture himself.

A man may leave the boggy ground and make a capture but is allowed only one knight’s move on leaving the bog.

This is a fight to the last and the winner is the player who has captured all the opposing player’s warriors.

The wooden pieces, leather board, and historical feel of this game are all major pluses, but it jumps even higher for me in terms of recommending it because of the dual movement and capture mechanics based on the two types of game board terrain. Definitely a game worthy of exploring.

Check it out at www.thehistoricgamesshop.co.uk/gothicgreenoak.html

Thanks to fellow gamer Adam Daniels for his help in running through this game for review.



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Here's a Kickstarter I could get behind!

Two Hour Wargames - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 20:10


Three things!
1 - Made for solo play with options for two player and cooperative play.
2 - Great components.
3 - I know the guy and he's fulfilled multiple Kickstarters on time. Not a small thing!

Take a look


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A5 Gamers' Notebook MKII

Oubliette - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 19:20
The first print run of my A5 Gamers' Notebooks sold out at the end of lest year. I'm ready to order a reprint, but want to tweak the design. The original version looked like this although I think this image is based on the smaller (same format) A6 version:

Here's what I have in mind for the new version:



















It has the same 6mm square as the original design, but I've now added a page of 7mm hexes on the facing pages, which are scaled to match my existing A5 hex pads. To keep the Notebook utility I've included some lines under the mapping area.

I plan to print them on higher quality 120gsm paper instead of the 100gsm used previously. They will have 50 pages and I expect to sell them for £4.50 each. I don't need a Kickstarter for these, but they'll still be some sort of preorder offer with special pricing.

I'm interested to get some feedback on them, particularly from previous/existing Gamers' Notebook users.
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IMAGE COMICS OCTOBER 2018 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 18:38
BLACKBIRD #1

WRITER: SAM HUMPHRIES
ARTIST / COVER: JEN BARTEL
VARIANT COVER: FIONA STAPLES

OCTOBER 03 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

An all-new ongoing series from fan-favorite writer SAM HUMPHRIES (Harley Quinn, Nightwing) and red-hot artist JEN BARTEL! In this neo-noir fantasy, Nina Rodriguez is positive that a secret magic world ruled by ruthless cabals is hiding just beneath the veneer of Los Angeles. The problem: everyone thinks she’s crazy. The bigger problem: she’s not crazy—she’s right. Can she unravel the mystery before the Great Beast catches up with her?

DEAD RABBIT #1

WRITER: GERRY DUGGAN
ARTIST / COVER: JOHN MCCREA
VARIANT COVER: DAVE JOHNSON

OCTOBER 03 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Back in the ‘90s, DEAD RABBIT was a prolific Boston stick-up man and hoodlum, until he took down one last big score and disappeared. Nobody ever discovered the truth: he retired to be with the love of his life. Now he’s back in the mask to save her, but no one—not his wife, the mafia, or the cops—is happy that he’s out of retirement. From JOHN McCREA, the artist and co-creator of MYTHIC and Hitman, and GERRY DUGGAN, the writer of ANALOG and Deadpool, comes the action-comedy-drama tale of Martin Dobbs, a.k.a. DEAD RABBIT, the man who says he’s descended from one of the original gangs of New York City. Get on board with the oversized first issue of an all-new ONGOING SERIES for mature readers.

ERRAND BOYS #1 (OF 5)

WRITER: D.J. KIRKBRIDE
ARTIST / COVER: NIKOS KOUTSIS
VARIANT COVER: ERIK LARSEN

OCTOBER 03 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99

In the future, if you can’t find a decent job, you run errands—the dangerous, often illegal kind. 30-year-old Jace Lopaz is a hard-worn scoundrel and a lifelong solo act—until he’s saddled with his 13-year-old half-brother Tawnk full-time. Now Jace has two mouths to feed while evading the law, running from aliens, and jumping off skyscrapers. The only thing weirder than the vastness of space is family.

EXORSISTERS #1

WRITER: IAN BOOTHBY
ARTIST / COVER: GISÈLE LAGACÉ
COVER B: PIA GUERRA
COVER C: KARI
COVER D: DAVID LAFUENTE

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

Did you sign a deal with the Devil? Has your fiancé been dragged to Hell? Then Kate and Cate Harrow should be the first ones you call for timely soul retrieval at a reasonable rate! But why are these identical twins so different? Is there a darker secret? An all-new ongoing series by Eisner Award-winning writer IAN BOOTHBY (The Simpsons, MAD Magazine), with art by GISÈLE LAGACÉ (Ménage a 3, Archie).

INFINITE DARK #1

WRITER: RYAN CADY
ARTIST / COVER: ANDREA MUTTI

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

The universe ended, but onboard the void station Orpheus, a skeleton crew of humanity survived: the last two thousand souls, waiting for a second big bang that may never come. Now, two years into their voyage, Security Director Deva Karrell investigates the station’s first murder—and the otherworldly motives behind it.

JOOK JOINT #1 (OF 5)

WRITER: TEE FRANKLIN
ARTIST / COVER: ALITHA MARTINEZ
VARIANT COVER: MIKE HAWTHORNE

OCTOBER 03 / 24 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

TEE FRANKLIN (BINGO LOVE) and ALITHA E. MARTINEZ (Black Panther: World of Wakanda) team up for a timely horror series from the Deep South! Mahalia runs the hottest spot in all of 1950s New Orleans. The Jook Joint keeps the jazz popping, people bopping… and the women? The women are to die for. There’s only one rule: “Keep your hands to yourself.” But some men think rules don’t apply to them, and Mahalia and her coven of slain women enjoy reminding them that they most certainly do.

MURDER FALCON #1

WRITER: DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON
ARTIST / COVER: DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON, MIKE SPICER

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99

From DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON, the creator of the Eisner-nominated series EXTREMITY, comes MURDER FALCON! The world is under attack by monsters, and Jake’s life is falling apart: no band, no girl, no future… until he meets Murder Falcon. He was sent from The Heavy to destroy all evil, but he can’t do it without Jake shredding up a storm. Now, with every chord Jake plays on his guitar, the power of metal fuels Murder Falcon into all-out kung fu fury on those that seek to conquer Earth. It’s time to shred!

THE WALKING DEAD #184

WRITER: ROBERT KIRKMAN
ARTIST: CHARLIE ADLARD, STEFANO GAUDIANO, CLIFF RATHBURN
COVER: CHARLIE ADLARD, DAVE STEWART
VARIANT COVER: BILL SIENKIEWICZ

OCTOBER 03 / 32 PAGES / BW / M / $3.99

Eugene tinkers… but to what end?

THE WALKING DEAD BOOK 15 HC

WRITER: ROBERT KIRKMAN
ARTIST: CHARLIE ADLARD, STEFANO GAUDIANO, CLIFF RATHBURN
COVER: CHARLIE ADLARD, DAVE STEWART

OCTOBER 10 / 304 PAGES / BW / M / $34.99

Recent events have thrown Alexandria into turmoil, and now Rick, Dwight, Eugene, and Negan all have something to prove. Meanwhile, a new world order awaits… Collects THE WALKING DEAD #169-180

WYTCHES: BAD EGG HALLOWEEN SPECIAL (ONE-SHOT)

WRITER: SCOTT SNYDER
ARTIST / COVER: JOCK

OCTOBER 31 / 80 PAGES / FC / M / $7.99

“BAD EGG” Serving as both a stand-alone story in the WYTCHES world and a prequel to the highly anticipated WYTCHES, VOL. 2, “BAD EGG” tells the story of Seb and Jackson—two innocent teenagers reared on opposite sides of the eternal struggle between good and evil. Sebastian’s mother is a member of “The Irons,” the most ruthless Wytch hunters in history, while Jackson’s family are “High Horn” Wytches. Can these two boys find friendship amidst this age-old blood feud, or are their fates already sealed? Collecting the entire IMAGE+ magazine run and, for the first time, the 13-page, pulse-pounding conclusion plus extra materials, WYTCHES: BAD EGG reunites the Eisner-award winning duo of SCOTT SNYDER and JOCK in a horror-filled romp just in time for Halloween!

NORROWAY, BOOK 1: THE BLACK BULL OF NORROWAY OGN TP

WRITER: CAT SEATON
ARTIST / COVER: KIT SEATON

NOVEMBER 07 / 224 PAGES / FC / T / $14.99

Sibylla has always craved adventure, but she never guessed it would finally arrive in the form of a giant, magical bull. Is he a man, or a monster? And who knew a prophecy could be so literal? With this first book in a new series co-created by sibling writer/artist team CAT SEATON and KIT SEATON, the adventure of a lifetime begins.

BINGO LOVE, VOL. 1: JACKPOT EDITION TP

WRITER: TEE FRANKLIN, MARGUERITE BENNETT, GAIL SIMONE, SHAWN PRYOR, ALYSSA COLE, GABBY RIVERA
ARTIST: JENN ST-ONGE, SARA ALFAGEEH, PAULINA GANUCHEAU, BEVERLY JOHNSON, ARIELA KRISTANTINA, CARA MCGEE, JOY SAN, VIVIAN NG, CARDINAL RAE, JANICE CHIANG
COVER: PAULINA GANUCHEAU

NOVEMBER 07 / 144 PAGES / FC / T / $14.99

When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari reunite decades later at a church bingo hall—and what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage. This Jackpot Edition contains over FIFTY PAGES of bonus material, including the talents of MARGUERITE BENNETT (Batwoman) and newcomer BEVERLY JOHNSON, SHAWN PRYOR (Cash and Carrie) and PAULINA GANUCHEAU (Zodiac Starforce), award-winning historical romance author ALYSSA COLE’s comics writing debut with CARA McGEE (Over The Garden Wall), and GAIL SIMONE (CROSSWIND) with illustrations from SARA ALFAGEEH and ARIELA KRISTANTINA (InSeXts). Plus a sneak peek of BINGO LOVE, VOL. 2: DEAR DIARY, with an afterword from GABBY RIVERA (America).

BINGO LOVE, VOL. 1: JACKPOT EDITION HC

WRITER: TEE FRANKLIN, MARGUERITE BENNETT, GAIL SIMONE, SHAWN PRYOR, ALYSSA COLE, GABBY RIVERA
ARTIST: JENN ST-ONGE, SARA ALFAGEEH, PAULINA GANUCHEAU, BEVERLY JOHNSON, ARIELA KRISTANTINA, CARA MCGEE, JOY SAN, VIVIAN NG, CARDINAL RAE, JANICE CHIANG
COVER: KATIE COOK

NOVEMBER 07 / 144 PAGES / FC / T / $19.99

When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari reunite decades later at a church bingo hall—and what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage. This Jackpot Edition contains over FIFTY PAGES of bonus material, including the talents of MARGUERITE BENNETT (Batwoman) and newcomer BEVERLY JOHNSON, SHAWN PRYOR (Cash and Carrie) and PAULINA GANUCHEAU (Zodiac Starforce), award-winning historical romance author ALYSSA COLE’s comics writing debut with CARA McGEE (Over The Garden Wall), and GAIL SIMONE (CROSSWIND) with illustrations from SARA ALFAGEEH and ARIELA KRISTANTINA (InSeXts). Plus a sneak peek of BINGO LOVE, VOL. 2: DEAR DIARY, with an afterword from GABBY RIVERA (America).

BLACK SCIENCE, VOL. 8: LATER THAN YOU THINK TP

WRITER: RICK REMENDER
ARTIST / COVER: MATTEO SCALERA, MORENO DINISO

OCTOBER 17 / 112 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99

The Anarchist League of Scientists is scattered to the cosmic winds. Abuse of the Pillar’s power has gnawed at the very foundation of reality, as all that ever is, was, and will be is falling in on itself. Beaten and dismayed, it falls to Grant McKay and what allies he has left to start a Hail Mary mission to the center of the Onion, and the chance of salvation that rests there. RICK REMENDER and MATTEO SCALERA set their sights on the End of the Eververse, as the Dimensionauts begin their final quest to fix everything that ever went wrong, or damn all of eternity to the void. Collects BLACK SCIENCE #35-38

BLOODSTRIKE: BRUTALISTS TP

WRITER / ARTIST / COVER: MICHEL FIFFE

OCTOBER 24 / 96 PAGES / FC / M / $9.99

MICHEL FIFFE, the creator of the indie hit Copra, celebrates Image’s most extreme series as only a comics-auteur can. From revealing the origin of an undead strikeforce to solving the trail of mysteries that plague them, this story shines a light on the classic Image series—and introduces it to new readers. Collects BLOODSTRIKE #0, 23, 24

DEATH OR GLORY, VOL. 1 TP

WRITER: RICK REMENDER
ARTIST / COVER: BENGAL

OCTOBER 17 / 160 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99

Meet Glory: a young woman raised off the grid in a convoy of truckers, the last men and women fighting for true freedom on the American open road. Now, in order to pay for her dying father’s surgery, Glory has three days to pull off four dangerous cross-country heists with mob killers, crooked cops, and a psycho ex-husband all out to bring her in—or die trying. New York Times bestselling author RICK REMENDER teams up with legendary French superstar BENGAL to bring you a high-speed chase across the American West that examines our dwindling freedoms, and the price of fighting for an untethered life. Collects DEATH OR GLORY #1-5

THE FADE OUT TP

WRITER: ED BRUBAKER
ARTIST: SEAN PHILLIPS, ELIZABETH BREITWEISER
COVER: SEAN PHILLIPS

NOVEMBER 14 / 352 PAGES / FC / M / $24.99

A bold new paperback edition of the entire Eisner Award-winning tale of Hollywood in the early days of the Blacklist! THE FADE OUT tracks the murder of an up-and-coming starlet from studio backlots to the gutters of downtown Los Angeles, as shell-shocked front man Charlie Parish is caught between his own dying sense of morality and his best friend’s righteous sense of justice. A picture-perfect recreation of a lost era, THE FADE OUT is an instant classic from the bestselling team of ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS, with acclaimed color artist ELIZABETH BREITWEISER. Collects THE FADE OUT #1-12

GASOLINA, VOL. 2 TP

WRITER: SEAN MACKIEWICZ
ARTIST / COVER: NIKO WALTER, MAT LOPES

OCTOBER 24 / 128 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99

Randy and Amalia have struck the first blow against Los Queridos, the supernatural cartel. As the couple arms for war, they must also deal with raising a child with a very unique condition: a flesh-eating monster living in his chest. Collects GASOLINA #7-12

GIDEON FALLS, VOL. 1: THE BLACK BARN TP

WRITER: JEFF LEMIRE
ARTIST / COVER: ANDREA SORRENTINO, DAVE STEWART

OCTOBER 17 / 144 PAGES / FC / M / $9.99

Picked up for TV by Hivemind after a multi-studio bidding war with long-time producing partners Sean Daniel and Jason Brown, Bad Robot veteran Kathy Lingg, and former Valiant Entertainment CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. From the bestselling creative team behind Old Man Logan and Green Arrow comes a character-driven meditation on obsession, mental illness, and faith. The legend of the Black Barn—an otherworldly building alleged to have appeared and reappeared throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake—ensnares and entwines the lives of two very different men. Plus, this collection includes a variant cover gallery from some of comics’ best artists, including CLIFF CHIANG (PAPER GIRLS), JOCK (WYTCHES), SKOTTIE YOUNG (I HATE FAIRYLAND), and more! Collects GIDEON FALLS #1-6

THE GRAVEDIGGERS UNION, VOL. 2 TP

WRITER / COVER: WES CRAIG
ARTIST: TOBY CYPRESS

OCTOBER 03 / 128 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99

Writer WES CRAIG (DEADLY CLASS) and artist TOBY CYPRESS (RETCON) bring their weird horror series to its apocalyptic conclusion! The powerful cult known as the Black Temple wants to unleash ancient dark gods on mankind. The only thing that stands in their way is the Gravediggers Union: Cole, Haley, and Ortiz. At the center of the Black Temple’s plan is Cole’s estranged daughter Morgan, who’s destined to free the dark gods. Now the Gravediggers are in a race against time to rescue a mysterious alien monkey before the Black Temple can destroy it. Before it’s over, father and daughter will argue the merits of our species, the secret history of the world will be revealed, and the Gravediggers will make a last stand against the Black Temple’s undead horde, for the fate of us all. Collects THE GRAVEDIGGERS UNION #6-9

HIT-GIRL, VOL. 2 TP

WRITER: JEFF LEMIRE
ARTIST / COVER: EDUARDO RISSO

OCTOBER 31 / 104 PAGES / FC / M / $14.99

HIT-GIRL’S IN CANADA. Our adolescent assassin is locked, loaded, and ready to seriously mess up some Canadians. JEFF LEMIRE and EDUARDO RISSO take on MARK MILLAR’s psychotic 12-year-old Hit-Girl for the next stop on her blood-soaked world tour. No amount of ice, snow, or Mounties will prevent Mindy from slaughtering her latest enemies. Collects HIT-GIRL #5-8

MAESTROS, VOL. 1 TP

WRITER / ARTIST / COVER: STEVE SKROCE

OCTOBER 31 / 176 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99

The Maestro and his entire royal family have been murdered. Now, his banished son from Earth will inherit the Wizard King’s throne—along with a spell that turns its user into God. With enemies everywhere, will this Orlando-born millennial be able to keep his new magic kingdom? A darkly irreverent fantasy series from STEVE SKROCE, the storyboard artist of The Matrix trilogy, the artist and co-creator of WE STAND ON GUARD and Doc Frankenstein, the writer/artist of Wolverine, and the artist of Amazing Spider-Man and ALAN MOORE’s YOUNGBLOOD. Collects MAESTROS #1-7

MAGE, VOL. 5: THE HERO DENIED BOOK THREE TP

WRITER / ARTIST / COVER: MATT WAGNER

OCTOBER 17 / 208 PAGES / FC / T+ / $19.99

The fifth of six volumes collecting MATT WAGNER’s epic, modern-day fantasy trilogy, MAGE: THE HERO DENIED is the long-awaited conclusion to the saga of the reborn Pendragon, Kevin Matchstick. Almost a decade has passed since the events of MAGE: THE HERO DEFINED, and the story finds our reluctant hero having abandoned his role. Now married to the witch Magda and father to two young children, Kevin strives to stay removed from the supernatural struggle that could threaten his family’s safety. Unfortunately, dark and familiar forces conspire to flush him out of hiding, forcing the Pendragon to summon the power that is his legacy and once again draw the mystic weapon Excalibur! Collects MAGE: THE HERO DENIED #0-8

MEN OF WRATH HC

WRITER: JASON AARON
ARTIST / COVER: RON GARNEY

NOVEMBER 14 / 144 PAGES / FC / M / $19.99

Ever since Great-Grandfather Isom killed a man over some sheep, a black cloud has hung over the Raths. Now, a century later, aging hitman Ira Rath takes a job that will decide his family’s fate once and for all. Acclaimed creators JASON AARON (SOUTHERN BASTARDS, Scalped) and RON GARNEY (Daredevil, Wolverine: Weapon X) bring their creator-owned tale of a Southern family whose only legacy is violence to Image Comics with this remastered hardcover edition. Collects MEN OF WRATH #1-5

MIRENDA, VOL. 1 TP

WRITER / ARTIST / COVER: GRIM WILKINS

OCTOBER 31 / 168 PAGES / FC / T+ / $17.99

When a jungle-dwelling woman gets a mysterious demon trapped in her leg, she sets off on an extraordinary adventure to get it out. Artist/writer GRIM WILKINS (PROPHET: EARTH WAR) plays with the possibilities of comic storytelling, letting the visuals carry the weight. Originally appearing in ISLAND magazine, MIRENDA picks up the gauntlet left by the works of Moebius and Frazetta and runs with it. Collects MIRENDA #1-5

ROYAL CITY, VOL. 3: WE ALL FLOAT ON TP

WRITER / ARTIST / COVER: JEFF LEMIRE

OCTOBER 10 / 96 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99

When a new member of the family arrives in the fading industrial town of Royal City looking for answers, the past and present all come together, and the Pike family must face the truths about their youngest brother’s death decades earlier. The concluding chapter of ROYAL CITY, the generation-spanning saga of one family haunted by their own private ghosts from the New York Times bestselling writer and artist, JEFF LEMIRE (GIDEON FALLS, Sweet Tooth, Essex County). Collects ROYAL CITY #11-14

ROYALBOILER: BRANDON GRAHAM’S DRAWN OUT COLLECTION TP

ARTIST / COVER: BRANDON GRAHAM

OCTOBER 24 / 248 PAGES / FC / M / $24.99

This collection spans BRANDON GRAHAM’s (KING CITY, PROPHET, MULTIPLE WARHEADS) twenty-year career, and includes select cover work, illustrations, drawings from his work in animation, and assorted art, along with pages from his sketchbook, showcasing influences from all over the globe that combine into something uniquely personal.

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, VOL. 7: MOTHERING INVENTION TP

WRITER: KIERON GILLEN
ARTIST / COVER: JAMIE MCKELVIE, MATT WILSON

OCTOBER 03 / 168 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99

In the past: awful stuff. In the present: awful stuff. But, increasingly: answers. Collects THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #34-39

APHRODITE V #4 (OF 4)

WRITER: BRYAN HILL
ARTIST / COVER: JEFF SPOKES

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

The final battle with Basilisk will test Martin, Aphrodite, and Hui-Men. Aphrodite may not be a human being, but she can die like one… and that just might be the peace for which she’s been searching.

THE BEAUTY #24

WRITER: JEREMY HAUN, JASON HURLEY
ARTIST: THOMAS NACHLIK
COVER: JEREMY HAUN, NICK FILARDI
VARIANT COVER: THOMAS NACHLIK, NICK FILARDI

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

With the holidays just around the corner, the Beauty Task Force works to close a brutal new case.

BIRTHRIGHT #32

WRITER: JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
ARTIST / COVER: ANDREI BRESSAN, ADRIANO LUCAS

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

As the search for Brennan and Kallista begins, Mikey still has much to atone for. Can he become Earth’s greatest protector, or have his actions already doomed his brother?

BULLY WARS #2

WRITER: SKOTTIE YOUNG
ARTIST / COVER: AARON CONLEY
VARIANT COVER: SKOTTIE YOUNG, MATTHEW ALLISON

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / E / $3.99

The Bully Wars are invitation-only, but with Spencer’s help Rufus may have a real bully’s way in. The pieces are coming together, but getting invited is just the first step. Training day has arrived!

BURNOUTS #2

WRITER: DENNIS CULVER
ARTIST: GEOFFO
COVER: CHRIS BURNHAM

OCTOBER 24 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

After learning aliens are real, Andy goes on the run—from his family, his friends, and especially the Burnouts! But the Burnouts have other plans for Andy: namely, to teach him how to get high and smash aliens. Being wasted is just the price you pay to save the world.

CEMETERY BEACH #2 (OF 7)

WRITER: WARREN ELLIS
ARTIST / COVER: JASON HOWARD

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Mike Blackburn and Grace Moody are trying to get out of the middle of a secret colony on an unknown exoplanet while trying not to make any noise. It’s not working out like that. And the Outerfamilies of Second Stage are waiting for them. Utopia is kind of murdery.

COLD SPOTS #3 (OF 5)

WRITER: CULLEN BUNN
ARTIST / COVER: MARK TORRES

OCTOBER 24 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

The unquiet dead gather around a crumbling island mansion, drawn to a quiet young girl who is trapped within the dreary old house. The girl’s father has come to bring her home, but a sinister family with dark and murderous plans stands in his way.

COYOTES #7

WRITER: SEAN LEWIS
ARTIST / COVER: CAITLIN YARSKY

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Battles rage as The Victorias square off with Seff and his brothers, and questions arise about how redemption works in the City of Lost Girls.

CROWDED #3

WRITER: CHRISTOPHER SEBELA
ARTIST / COVER: RO STEIN, TED BRANDT, TRIONA FARRELL
VARIANT COVER: ROSI KAMPE

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

Rebel Wilson has optioned the rights with the goal of starring in and producing the movie adaptation. Wilson will develop the project and produce it via her Camp Sugar production banner. Also producing is Oni Entertainment. Circe and Trotter, two of the heaviest hitters in the private murder industry, have just landed in Los Angeles, looking for Charlie and eager to collect the almost two million dollar Reapr campaign on her life. Charlie, oblivious to the growing danger, tries to carry on her freewheeling lifestyle while under Vita’s lock and key. But even their safest safehouse can’t keep the fame-and-fortune-driven killers off their trail for too long.

CURSE WORDS #17

WRITER: CHARLES SOULE
ARTIST / COVER / VARIANT COVER: RYAN BROWNE

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“THEM BLUE WIZARD BLUES,” Part Two After his epic defeat in the last issue, Jacques Zacques has realized that winning a magical duel isn’t quite as easy as snapping your fingers and saying “abracadabra.” He’s off to wizard school! Meanwhile, Margaret seeks the truth, and Wizord and Ruby get caught up in the hottest new show of the season. Offered with yet another “magical” variant cover!

CYBER FORCE (2018) #7

WRITER: BRYAN HILL, MATT HAWKINS
ARTIST / COVER: ATILIO ROJO

OCTOBER 24 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Ripclaw and Stryker have put aside their differences… for now, but the Tech-Cartels have them both in their sights. Stryker and Ripclaw make a plan to free Columbia from their grip while Aphrodite and Velocity protect a brilliant doctor who’s wanted dead by the cartels… and has technological secrets of her own.

DAYS OF HATE #9 (OF 12)

WRITER: ALES KOT
ARTIST: DANIJEL ZEZELJ
COVER: DANIJEL ZEZELJ, TOM MULLER

OCTOBER 24 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

It’s right around the corner. Fates and furies.

EAST OF WEST #39

WRITER: JONATHAN HICKMAN
ARTIST / COVER: NICK DRAGOTTA

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

“THESE BROTHERS OF DESTINY” The army of the Prophet masses, preparing to conquer the world.

ECLIPSE #11

WRITER: ZACK KAPLAN
ARTIST / COVER: GIOVANNI TIMPANO

OCTOBER 03 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

In a world where sunlight is deadly, Bax and Valerie sneak back into the city and plan to run away together, but circumstances force them to pick sides as a game of deceit unfolds between Cielo and her father over who will control the Scientist and his sunlight immunity.

EVOLUTION #11

WRITER: JAMES ASMUS, JOSEPH KEATINGE, CHRISTOPHER SEBELA
ARTIST / COVER: JOE INFURNARI, JORDAN BOYD

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

What exactly does Abe’s son have to do with his quest to expose the bug? Will Hannah remain faithful to her religion in the face of Evolution? And a cult is revealed to Claire as EVOLUTION races toward the climax of the second arc!

FARMHAND #4

WRITER: ROB GUILLORY
ARTIST / COVER: ROB GUILLORY, TAYLOR WELLS

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

As the effects of the Jedidiah Seed ripple through Freetown, Andrea Jenkins is about to have the worst day ever. She’ll be chastised and berated, and she’ll punch at least three people by its end. Also: Zeke vs. Coyotes! Seriously!

FLAVOR #6

WRITER: JOSEPH KEATINGE
ARTIST / COVER: WOOK JIN CLARK, TAMRA BONVILLAIN

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

The annual Culinarian tournament has begun and no one sees the real danger boiling over. Meanwhile, is Buster the Dog still a good boy? Oh, yes, he is! PLUS!: Every issue includes exclusive bonus materials by the creative team and famed author of Ingredient: Unveiling the Essential Elements of Food, Ali Bouzari!

GIDEON FALLS #7

WRITER: JEFF LEMIRE
ARTIST: ANDREA SORRENTINO
COVER: ANDREA SORRENTINO, DAVE STEWART
VARIANT COVER: TULA LOTAY

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“ORIGINAL SINS,” Part One After the mind-blowing events of the first arc, Norton digs deeper into the mystery of the Black Barn, and secrets of his past begin to come to light. Meanwhile, Father Fred does some digging of his own and learns the hard way that some secrets should just stay buried. Picked up for TV by Hivemind after a multi-studio bidding war. Established in 2018, Hivemind is the new production entity from long-time producing partners Sean Daniel and Jason Brown, Bad Robot veteran Kathy Lingg, and former Valiant Entertainment CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.

HACK/SLASH RESURRECTION #12

WRITER: TINI HOWARD
ARTIST: CELOR, K. MICHAEL RUSSELL
COVER: TIM SEELEY, NICK FILARDI
VARIANT COVER: DANIEL LEISTER

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Boobs, butts, blood and guts: Cassie and Vlad encounter a killer obsessed with censoring all the things that makes horror comics so great!

HEY KIDS! COMICS! #3

WRITER / ARTIST: HOWARD CHAYKIN
COVER: DON CAMERON

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Betrayal. Triumph. Sudden death. No talent, but blind rage will do. More adventures and intrigue drawn from real-world stories of the comic book business… And if you want to know which are the closest to the truth, start with the most inexcusable people, exhibiting the lowest, most deplorable behavior… and work your way up from there.

HIT-GIRL #9

WRITER: RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE, RAFAEL SCAVONE
ARTIST / COVER: RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
VARIANT COVER: RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE, LIBERATORE, BENGAL

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

HIT-GIRL’S IN ROME. Mindy races around the ancient city in hot pursuit of an airport cargo thief and their stolen loot. When Hit-Girl finally gets hold of the package, she uncovers a macabre story that leads her deep into the dark, criminal underbelly of Rome.

ICE CREAM MAN #8

WRITER: W. MAXWELL PRINCE
ARTIST / COVER: MARTIN MORAZZO, CHRIS O’HALLORAN
VARIANT COVER: VANESA DEL REY

OCTOBER 31 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“EMERGENCIES” All around town, folks are in crisis. But this ambulance ain’t stoppin’ for no one, baby. ICE CREAM MAN continues with another dreary confection.

KICK-ASS #8

WRITER: STEVE NILES
ARTIST / COVER: MARCELO FRUSIN
VARIANT COVER: MARCELO FRUSIN, DAVID MACK

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Kick-Ass is building her own army in New Mexico. But now her men are being captured and tortured for information, and Hector Santos will stop at nothing until Kick-Ass is unmasked. Can Patience keep her identity—and her family—safe?

THE LAST SIEGE #5 (OF 8)

WRITER: LANDRY Q. WALKER
ARTIST / COVER: JUSTIN GREENWOOD
VARIANT COVER: PHIL HESTER

OCTOBER 03 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

The massive army of the warlord King stands at the castle gates, ready to bring swift retribution against Lady Cathryn and her few remaining defenders. Meanwhile, the mysterious stranger who has encouraged this battle at every turn stands revealed for who—and what—he truly is.

LEVIATHAN #3

WRITER: JOHN LAYMAN
ARTIST / COVER: NICK PITARRA, MICHAEL GARLAND
VARIANT COVER: TRADD MOORE

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“‘TIL DEATH DO US PART,” Part Three Father Baron recalls the unfortunate exorcism at that doomed preschool years ago that went so terribly, terribly wrong… where he got his first look at the Leviathan! Meanwhile, back in real time, sh*t be gettin’ crazy.

THE MAGIC ORDER #5 (OF 6)

WRITER: MARK MILLAR
ARTIST / COVER / VARIANT COVER: OLIVIER COIPEL

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

The Moonstone family team up against Albany and her assassin, The Venetian. Can Gabriel overcome the death of his child and save humanity from the forces of darkness? A war is waged between the last members of The Magic Order and the powers of evil that want them destroyed.

MAN-EATERS #2

WRITER: CHELSEA CAIN
ARTIST: KATE NIEMCZYK
COVER: LIA MITERNIQUE

OCTOBER 31 / 24 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

“BLOOD WILL SPILL,” Day Two Maude experiences abdominal cramping and a sudden increased appetite. Her father investigates another mauling.

MAN-EATERS #2 (IRIDESCENT COVER)

WRITER: CHELSEA CAIN
ARTIST: KATE NIEMCZYK
COVER: LIA MITERNIQUE

OCTOBER 31 / 24 PAGES / FC / T+ / $4.99

“BLOOD WILL SPILL,” Day Two Maude experiences abdominal cramping and a sudden increased appetite. Her father investigates another mauling.

MCMLXXV #2

WRITER: JOE CASEY
ARTIST / COVER: IAN MACEWAN

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

If there’s one thing cab driver Pamela Evans knows for sure, it’s that fighting the savage hordes of the underworld is a life-and-death proposition.

NEW LIEUTENANTS OF METAL #4

WRITER: JOE CASEY
ARTIST / COVER: ULISES FARINAS

OCTOBER 03 / 40 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

This issue: the New Lieutenants of Metal vs. the Beeb! Steppenwulf is unleashed, Manowarrior gets his revenge, The Mighty Krieg’s secret is revealed, and Spike’s as you like him. The mosh pit happens here!

THE NEW WORLD #4 (OF 5)

WRITER: ALES KOT
ARTIST: TRADD MOORE, HEATHER MOORE
COVER: TRADD MOORE, HEATHER MOORE, TOM MULLER
VARIANT COVER: TRADD MOORE, HEATHER MOORE, TOM MULLER, SLOANE LEONG

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Save the kids.

OBLIVION SONG BY KIRKMAN & DE FELICI #8

WRITER: ROBERT KIRKMAN
ARTIST: LORENZO DE FELICI, ANNALISA LEONI
COVER: LORENZO DE FELICI

OCTOBER 10 / 28 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

Nathan Cole is reminded, once again, that actions have consequences.

OUTPOST ZERO #4

WRITER: SEAN KELLEY MCKEEVER
ARTIST / COVER: ALEXANDRE TEFENKGI, JEAN-FRANCOIS BEAULIEU

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99

With one friend dead, Alea confronts Sam about what really happened out there on the Frost… and the fallout will shake the Outpost’s very foundation.

PAPER GIRLS #25

WRITER: BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
ARTIST: CLIFF CHIANG, MATT WILSON
COVER: CLIFF CHIANG

OCTOBER 03 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

In another explosive “season finale,” the time-traveling Paper Girls’ deepest wishes collide with their greatest fears.

PARADISO #8

WRITER: RAM V
ARTIST / COVER: DEV PRAMANIK, ALBA CARDONA
VARIANT COVER: MUKESH SINGH

OCTOBER 03 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“DARK DWELLERS,” Part Four Jack struggles to keep the group together as fear and greed lead them astray. We understand The Pneumas, at last. And, witness the making of a new Guardian as sacrifices are made to protect loved ones. The stakes only get deadlier from here on.

PROXIMA CENTAURI #5 (OF 6)

WRITER / ARTIST / COVER: FAREL DALRYMPLE

OCTOBER 17 / 24 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

PROXIMA CENTAURI, Part Five Conditions in the spectral zone are getting unbearable. Shakey, Parasol, Almendra, Gris Gato, and the Proxinauts join forces with many others to fight some malignant deities.

RAT QUEENS, VOL. 2 #12

WRITER: KURTIS J. WIEBE
ARTIST / COVER: OWEN GIENI
VARIANT COVER: OWEN GIENI, JIM VALENTINO

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“THE INFERNAL PATH,” Part Two In a wicked daze, Dee finds herself in the far edges of reality, on a grand, otherworldly stage. Meanwhile, the rest of the team do their very best to either kill or befriend a pack of recently deflowered were-owls. Cover B will be the second of five connected parts.

THE REALM #10

WRITER: SETH M. PECK
ARTIST: JEREMY HAUN
COVER: JEREMY HAUN, NICK FILARDI
VARIANT COVER: MEGHAN HETRICK, SKETCH CVR

OCTOBER 31 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

The “dungeon crawl” continues as Molly takes on The Spider King while Will’s life hangs in the balance.

REDLANDS #7

WRITER / ARTIST: JORDIE BELLAIRE, VANESA DEL REY
COVER: VANESA DEL REY

OCTOBER 03 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

The Eisner-nominated horror series returns! Daddy’s home—and he needs something from the witches of Redlands. The coven is divided, Bridget is still inhabited by another woman, and Casper is finding that Nancy is not at all the innocent victim she claims to be. And soon, she’ll discover that neither is he.

REDNECK #16

WRITER: DONNY CATES
ARTIST / COVER: LISANDRO ESTHERREN, DEE CUNNIFFE

OCTOBER 24 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Let’s go to prison! What does a state penitentiary’s most famous inmate have to do with the Bowman family? And what secret is Greg hiding from his dad?

REGRESSION #12

WRITER: CULLEN BUNN
ARTIST: DANNY LUCKERT, MARIE ENGER
COVER: DANNY LUCKERT

OCTOBER 24 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Gregory Sutter is now in control of both Adrian’s body and the Valgeroti. But he has grown paranoid, fearing those who might send him screaming into the void once more. To protect himself, he launches a bloody campaign to eliminate anyone who dares threaten him. At the top of his murder-list: Molly and Detective Graymercy.

ROSE #13

WRITER: MEREDITH FINCH
ARTIST / COVER: IG GUARA
VARIANT COVER: JAE LEE, JON LAM, PATRICK BALLESTEROS

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99

Reunited at last, Rose and her companions face off against the Fallen. Meanwhile, a betrayal from within creates a new threat to Ttereve’s last Guardian.

RUMBLE (2017) #8

WRITER: JOHN ARCUDI
ARTIST / COVER: DAVID RUBIN
VARIANT COVER: DAVID LAFUENTE

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“THINGS REMOTE,” Part Three The corpse of Rathraq’s wife makes an appearance, but the Goddess of memory and thought will make everything better—or much, much worse.

SAVAGE DRAGON #239

WRITER / ARTIST / COVER: ERIK LARSEN

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“THE DEADLY DEMONOIDS,” Part One (of Two) The deadly Demonoids resurface in Toronto, and Malcolm Dragon recruits Freak Force, the Dynamic Daredevil, and Battle Girl to face off against their hideous hordes! Mighty Man! SuperPatriot! Dart! Barbaric! Lightning Girl! And more Demons than you can imagine! Comes with our highest possible recommendation!

SEVEN TO ETERNITY #13

WRITER: RICK REMENDER
ARTIST / COVER: JEROME OPEÑA, MATT HOLLINGSWORTH
VARIANT COVER: TOMMY LEE EDWARDS

OCTOBER 24 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99

The repercussions.

SHANGHAI RED #5 (OF 5)

WRITER: CHRISTOPHER SEBELA
ARTIST / COVER: JOSHUA HIXSON
VARIANT COVER: ADAM GORHAM

OCTOBER 31 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

The higher-ups in Portland, alerted to her bloody path of revenge, begin to tighten their net around Red, who’s got one last name to cross off her list. As she struggles to decide who she really is—and the cops come down hard on her friends—she’ll have to fight her way through bureaucracy, the tunnels, and her sister to get to the man who put her on that boat three years ago. Revenge is never simple, but Red and Jack are about to find out just how big and complicated it can get.

SKYWARD #7

WRITER: JOE HENDERSON
ARTIST: LEE GARBETT, ANTONIO FABELA
COVER: LEE GARBETT

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99

“HERE THERE BE DRAGONFLIES,” Part Two Willa’s alone in the middle of the forest, surrounded by giant insects that want to make her dinner. But here to the rescue comes a badass group of sword-wielding… farmers?

SLEEPLESS #8

WRITER: SARAH VAUGHN
ARTIST / COVER: LEILA DEL DUCA, ALISSA SALLAH

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99

Cyrenic must adjust to life without the Sleepless spell, while Poppy prepares for her wedding to the man she believes tried to kill her.

SNOTGIRL #12

WRITER / VARIANT COVER: BRYAN LEE O’MALLEY
ARTIST / COVER: LESLIE HUNG

OCTOBER 24 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

Lottie’s big sister is here to visit, and she’s taking over Lottie’s entire life. Can a girl get some privacy?! Meanwhile, Sunny tries to get back in the dating game, and John takes a fresh stab at fashion design.

SPAWN #291

WRITER: TODD MCFARLANE
ARTIST: SZYMON KUDRANSKI
COVER: FRANCESCO MATTINA
VARIANT COVER: TODD MCFARLANE, FRANCESCO MATTINA

OCTOBER 31 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $2.99

Spawn continues to build a team made up of his former enemies, including Overt-Kill, Cy-Gor, and more. Could these members of his rogues gallery be his biggest allies?

STELLAR #5

WRITER: JOSEPH KEATINGE
ARTIST / COVER: BRET BLEVINS

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

A stranger in a strange dimension, Stellar visits the family she never had—and fights for her life, with more on the line than ever before!

STRAY BULLETS: SUNSHINE & ROSES #39

WRITER / ARTIST / COVER: DAVID LAPHAM

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / BW / M / $4.99

An ill-advised phone call may spell the end for Beth and Orson. Their only hope might be an in an urgent message… from an imaginary character.

THIEF OF THIEVES #41

WRITER: BRETT LEWIS
ARTIST / COVER: SHAWN MARTINBROUGH, ADRIANO LUCAS

OCTOBER 03 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Conrad and Celia are going to hit the Zubovs where it hurts. But will a familiar face return to ruin everything?

UNNATURAL #4 (OF 12)

WRITER / ARTIST / COVER: MIRKA ANDOLFO
VARIANT COVER: BENGAL

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Murder, betrayal, blood, and a shocking truth: the first story arc of MIRKA ANDOLFO’s dystopian tale concludes with a bang—and a few twists!

WAYWARD #30

WRITER: JIM ZUB
ARTIST / COVER: STEVEN CUMMINGS, TAMRA BONVILLAIN
VARIANT COVER: NOA IKEDA

OCTOBER 31 / 40 PAGES / FC / M / $4.99

“BOUND TO FATE,” Conclusion Fate burns as the past and present clash in the final battle. WAYWARD concludes with a special double-sized spectacular that includes an epic 30-page story, pin-ups, and more!

THE WEATHERMAN #5

WRITER: JODY LEHEUP
ARTIST / COVER: NATHAN FOX
VARIANT COVER: MARCOS MARTIN

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Nathan Bright is in the clutches of the Pearl and the clock is ticking. Agent Cross must choose between her own desire for vengeance and protecting a man who, though drenched in the blood of billions, might still be innocent.

WITCHBLADE (2017) #9

WRITER: CAITLIN KITTREDGE
ARTIST / COVER: ROBERTA INGRANATA

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“GOOD INTENTIONS,” Part Three While Alex and an unlikely ally try to get inside N-GEN, Johnny’s mysterious employer, Alex must also deal with the fallout of Legion’s demise as a host of demons vie for supremacy in NYC.

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RICH INTERVIEWS: Weshoyot Alvitre Artist/Colourer for Sovereign Traces: Not (Just) (An) Other Vol. 1

First Comics News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 18:33

First Comics News: You worked on the story “Deer Dancer” who is the Deer Dancer?

Weshoyot Alvitre: Deer Dancer is a poem written by Joy Harjo. I envisioned this mythic type spirit as Deer Woman, who goes into this bar, and entrances everyone there, makes them question everything in their lives in how they each react to her boldness. And then she disappears and whats left is the stories of how each person there saw her and reacted to her presence. I think the poem ties directly into Deer Woman mythology, where the concept a deer woman is presented to reflect the things that could pull us from whatever path we are on in life, and also to remember the old ways. I also wanted to touch on the issues of alcoholism, MMIW as a result of alcohol, and the female. So there are nuances of the detrimental effects, the realism of what can happen to native women in rural settings, etc.

1st: What are the symbols you drew on the back of the woman’s hand?

Weshoyot: I actually really wanted to emphasize the authorship of Joy Harjo on this piece. I was given 3 poems to choose from. At that time, I had never read anything by Joy Harjo. I read them and Deer Dancer immediately stayed with me. I couldn’t stop thinking about how she described so many things and the mystery that laid in that poem. That particular page, is a portrait of Joy I found online, and I believe the marks on her hand was a henna tattoo, but I am not entirely certain. She used it as an author photo for a few things. I chose this particular image though, as I felt like she possesses this strong voice, almost masculine in the way she writes about viewing the ‘Deer Dancer’. I imagined her as a patron at the bar, observing, but also knowing that this was not an ordinary woman, but one of myth. The way she writes is almost something of a ceremony. I wanted to add that element to the visuals, so that there was less division between the mythical and the real, as I feel that if you are sensitive enough, you see these nuances in your day to day. The tattoo design is an attempt to tap into that primitive thinking we all have within ourselves and something she’s tapping into in her descriptions. I was hoping it made the reader stop and wonder why I devoted a singular page spread to her, who she was, etc. And hopefully, if they are familiar with Joy’s work, they will realize it is her. And if they are unfamiliar with the work, perhaps a little digging will make them realize its an homage to her as a woman, writer, and storyteller. After working on this project, I dove into her writing and she is one of my favorites because of her truths and eloquent way of expressing herself.

1st: What do you think about to achieve the amazing looking deer that you do?

Weshoyot: I grew up on a large open piece of land with Deer. There were not many people unless we went into town, so I spent my first 5 years or so wandering the open land, trails, etc and really able to observe, listen and have that quiet that no one is allowed these days. I am forever grateful for that time as I feel it heightened the sense I use as an artist, in observations and in translating nuances into my drawings. I remember we would see them at a distance, and often see their tracks, but they were elusive and had sharp hearing. I referenced images of deer and combine them with those memories. I thought about the things a deer would think about out in the snow, looking for small amounts of food to eat, and knowing if they weren’t careful, they could be food. Eat or be eaten. I wanted to bring that sense of heightened anxiety and feeling of life/death that they always have, to the people in the bar and the deer dancer woman. My goal was to parallel the deer and the woman and the sense of fear, juxtaposed with unnatural grace. A deer in its environment is seen as graceful and delicate like a woman can be perceived. And yet, that deer may be on alert, graceful because it’s trying to move silently without being seen or heard by predators, trying to be as careful as possible to preserve its life. I wanted to show that, because I feel like that is what it’s like to be a woman. You may be perceived as one thing when the things going through your mind are completely the opposite. And I think something that we humans don’t pay attention to, or inebriate ourselves from being turned into these acts of self-preservation, of identifying distractions or gut feelings of uneasiness. We are no different from deer.

1st: What type of person do you draw the Deer Dancer as?

Weshoyot: I wanted to draw her as someone who walks in that place, disrupting the day to day normalcy that’s settled. So many of the people are there to either escape the day, escape the responsibility in their lives, so they drink to get a break. I wanted to have her as a figure who saw past all this from the minute she walked in, and got straight to the point and shocked everyone, making everyone take a look in the mirror. I feel like that’s what this poem does, and how its created in the character of the deer dancer.

1st: How do you think the expressions on the bar’s occupants are seen as?

Weshoyot: I feel like some are angered, some are shocked, some are reveling in it. Everyone has a different reaction to unexpected boldness, and I hope those individual reactions are shown in the bar occupants.

1st: The coloring is subdued was this on purpose for a reason?

Weshoyot: Yes. Ultimately I was trying to capture that cold, desolate feeling of a bar out in a rural place. I imagined this bar far north, in the snow. Where it’s not just a place to drink, but a rare place of socialization…a place to find warmth, in alcohol, in companionship. I imagine living in a place, such as Alaska or Canada, makes one long for the company of people sometimes, to break the open space and silence, that draws so many people there. I also wanted a strong bold palette of the woman’s red dress, amongst neutral tones in the bar, and also the stark white of the snow. This, partially to tie into the sexuality, and to potentially tie it into a dialogue of Native woman, sacredness, and MMIW. So yes, the coloring was very purposefully done.

1st: What was “The Moon of Letting Go” about and how did you illustrate the main character to look?

Weshoyot: ‘The Moon of Letting Go’ is a story by Richard Van Camp. It was imagined as a graphic novel, and the pages in existence were for a publication pitch. Its currently on hold but something we would like both like to finish in the future. Richard gave me some wonderful reference photos of his to use for characters, so there was a lot of guidance on his behalf for the look.

1st: How do you feel your work on the “Tenth Muse” influenced your comic book career?

Weshoyot: I feel like my experiences on that book showed me what not to do. While on that book, I got the experience of sexism at San Diego Comic-Con, of a project that despite a contract, would never pay me for my work, of how people may wine and dine you, but self-preservation is key. I learned a lot in a small amount of time, and glad I removed myself from that company. It is the textbook example of how new talent in comics are taken advantage of with disillusion of grander, and how many are chewed up and spit out and bitter because of it.

1st: What comic book that you have not worked on would you most like to?

Weshoyot: I always say that I would love to work on an ECHO storyline, with David Mack writing. The character he created struck a chord with me when Native Female representation in comics was non-existent. Hellboy or Umbrella Academy would also be dream projects

1st: What are you currently working on?

Weshoyot: I am currently working on a video game called “When Rivers Were Trails”, a book for Penguin’s new imprint KOKILA, written by Cherokee author Traci Sorell and a few side projects with Lee Francis & Native Realities.

1st: What is the tattoo of on your right arm and why did you decide to get it?

Weshoyot: The tattoo on my lower right arm is of a petroglyph called the ‘Hemet Maze Stone’. It is located in Hemet, Ca. and has been attributed to the tribes in an around the area, including the Tongva and Cahuilla. My dad used to have a photo of it framed in our home growing up, and I used to sit and trace it over and over again. It is believed to be tied into the creation story and the universe. I had wanted to get it as a tattoo since I was a teenager.

1st: What does your being Tongva/Scott-Gaelic mean?

Weshoyot: My dad is Tongva, and my mom is Gaelic and Scottish. So while I relate to my Native heritage and ID as Tongva, I always make a point of saying I am mixed and that my mom is Scottish.

1st: Would you like to encounter the Deer Woman?

Weshoyot: I ‘m not sure. And I am not sure that I haven’t already encountered her, or many like her.

1st: What would you like to say to those who have enjoyed your comic book work?

Weshoyot: Just to thank them for taking the time to read the work, and that I hope my images and writing allow for stories to come across. Thank you for being supportive of my voice and art.

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RICH REVIEWS: MAD GENIUS

First Comics News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 18:22

The Matrix meets Mr Robot in the most captivating and topical science fiction film of the year, MAD GENIUS, available on VOD July 3 from Film Mode Entertainment.

Mad genius and hacker, Mason Wells (Chris Mason, ”Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists”) have a mission to “hack the human mind” in order to save humanity but first must reconcile his multiple alter egos. His most threatening alter ego, Finn (Scott Mechlowicz, Euro Trip) pushes Mason to do whatever is necessary to accomplish their mission including theft, bribery, and intimidation.

As their mission reaches the brink of danger, they become hunted by a nihilistic madman named Eden after they steal his technology and discover that he is working on the exact same project that they are. Ultimately, Mason discovers the only way to defeat Eden may be the ultimate hack, one he never thought imaginable.

Featuring a superlative cast, including Spencer Locke (Insidious: The Last Key) and Farin Tahir (Iron Man, Charlie Wilson’s War), MAD GENIUS is a visually-arresting and exhilarating depiction of the modern-day geniuses who risk everything to change the way society lives through science and technology.

From visionary new director Royce Gorsuch, a film that captures the voice of the ultra-connected generation, MAD GENIUS.

Available on VOD and on Demand July 3, 2018, from Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment.

Trailers:



Directed by:
Royce Gorsuch

Writing Credits:
Royce Gorsuch … (writer)

Cast:
Spencer Locke … Sawyer
Scott Mechlowicz … Finn
Faran Tahir … Eden
Gbenga Akinnagbe … Sun Moon
Levy Tran … Nicola
Chris Mason … Mason
Tehmina Sunny … Angel
Brandon Scott … Zip
Klement Tinaj … MA Trainer
Johnny Otto … Protester
Derek S. Orr … Parker
Noah Gildermaster … Protester
William Riedmann … Partier
Teddy Rodriguez  … Protester
OBie Sho … Asian Patron (as Obie Sho)
Keisuke Akizawa … Protester
Nicole Fahel … Protestor
Daye Smith … Party DJ
Matthew Paul William Smith … Protester

Produced by: 
Jared Tate Johnson … co-producer
Roxy Shih … producer
Sean Vawter … associate producer

Website: www.themadgeniusproject.com/
Run Time: 90 min
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Comments: One man wants to hack the human mind. The way he thinks to himself is done well and makes for interesting watching. Mason is unbalanced. He goes so far as to talk to himself but he actually sees other people that he knows are not real he just does not care.
The movie does need to explain itself more. it does get hard at times to tell what is real and what is in his mind. Somehow Finn Mason imaginary friend comes to life. Mason meanwhile is becoming more unhinged.
Eden is not explained either who he is. He seems to want the death of humanity.
Mason and the pink haired girl who for some unknown reason cares for Mason are together. She is helping him. Only briefly though. She is gorgeous.
Mason’s quest may not have been to fix humanity but himself.
The ending starts to get good and then it does not. This movie had such high aspirations yet it did not meet any of them.

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Coming to a Kick Starter Near You

Two Hour Wargames - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 16:22
New card and dice games.

Get one, some or all sixteen games. Watch for more info in the next few weeks.
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Join Me At In The Mkng!

Moogly - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 15:00

This September I’ll be flying to New York to attend the In The Mkng Festival – and I hope to see you there! Here’s what you can look forward to – and where you can learn more! Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by In The Mkng and the Association for Creative Industries. In The Mkng is “a new [...]

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New strain of Mac malware Proton found after two years

Malwarebytes - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 15:00

Last week, Kaspersky reported on a new variant of the Mac malware Proton, which they have dubbed Calisto, that has been around for at least two years. Calisto is thoroughly dead at this point, but there are still potential security implications involved with these older infections.

Proton was first revealed to the world back in February 2017 via an Apple security update. It was later seen in the wild when the popular DVD ripping tool Handbrake was hacked to distribute Proton in May. It was seen again in October following a hack of the Eltima Software website that resulted in Elmedia Player and Folx being modified to drop Proton. Yet another incident was recorded when Proton was installed by a fake Symantec app, distributed from a fake Symantec blog promoted by search engine optimization tricks.

Proton has been perhaps the most high-profile pieces of malware in recent Mac history. But it appears the story began much earlier than previously believed. Kaspersky’s discovery of Calisto, which turns out to be an earlier variant of Proton, provides that evidence.

Calisto’s behavior

Calisto, which was distributed in the form of a fake Intego Mac Internet Security X9 installer, was first submitted to the malware-tracking site VirusTotal on August 2, 2016. As Intego’s X9 software was first released on June 20, 2016, that places a distinct time range on the first appearance of this malware. However, there are signs that there might have been even earlier variants of this malware.

Fortunately, this malware is truly and effectively dead at this point, as the server it attempts to call home to no longer exists.

The addition of System Integrity Protection (SIP) to Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) on September 30, 2015, caused problems for this malware. Yet, Calisto relies on being able to make changes to several SIP-protected locations, and some of its functionality fails on El Capitan or later systems. This fact is interesting, as it implies that the malware may have been created prior to this release.

Despite the fact that the malware is unable to perform some of its duties on a modern system, it will still gather password-related files, just like later variants of Proton, meant for exfiltration to a malicious server (which is no longer responding). It’s these files that provide the most reason for interest in this malware, and other variants of Proton, today.

Password leaks

Earlier this month, with the discovery of OSX.Dummy, we discussed the issue of malware leaving behind sensitive data for other future attackers to find. Proton does the same thing, and the Calisto variant is no different.

Proton, just like Dummy, leaves behind a file containing the user’s password in clear text. In the case of the different variants of Proton, these files are located at the following locations:

~/.calisto/cred.dat ~/Library/VideoFrameworks/.crd /Library/.cachedir/.crd

It’s important to ensure that these files do not exist on your system—or any systems that you control.

Why? Well, suppose that you’re a bad guy, and you’ve got access to a system that you want to attack, either through malware or direct access. But, you don’t know the user’s password. If you knew it, you could significantly escalate your attack. One way to get that would be to ask the user, but that might raise suspicions.

What if you could find the password right there, and just pick it up and start using it? On systems that have previously been infected by something like Proton or Dummy, that’s exactly what you could do. A hacker has simply to look for these files, and they’ll find the username and password all wrapped up with a nice bow on it, ready to use.

Remediation

It’s important to make sure these password files don’t exist on your Mac. You can check for them in the Terminal with commands like this (changing it for each path):

ls -al ~/.calisto/cred.dat

If the command complains that there is “no such file or directory,” you’re clean. If not, you’re going to need to remove that file. This gets a little tricky, since the files are all either invisible or in invisible folders. So seek help from an expert if you don’t know how to do this.

As an alternate solution, Malwarebytes for Mac will remove all of these items for you.

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[REVIEW] Orcs in Tarodun’s Tomb (2018) vs. Borshak’s Lair (1976)

Beyond Fomalhaut - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 13:38

Orcs in Tarodun’s Tomb (2018) vs. Borshak’s Lair (1976)by Kiel Chenier (and Paul Jaquays)Published by ZeroBarrier Productions (and Paul Jaquays, reprinted by Judges Guild)1st to 2nd level (5thedition D&D) vs. low-level (OD&D)
Orcs in Tarodun's Tomb“A sepulchral tomb. Magical tricks and traps. Brutish orcs guarding a vast underground treasure.” This is how Orcs in Tarodun’s Tomb describes the “quintessential first-time D&D experience” it seeks to recapture in this beginner-oriented scenario. It rings a Pavlovian bell. Many of us have played this adventure in one way or another. In your case, it might have been Keep on the Borderlands. In my case, it was a mine, and my character died was killed by the orcs in one of the early rooms, but close enough. I don’t think Orcs in Tarodun’s Tomb is a good low-level orcs-in-a-hole module, and I will outline why below.
It may not sound fair, but I will compare it to the gold standard of low-level orcs-in-a-hole modules, Paul Jaquays’ Borshak’s Lair(it is found in The Dungeoneer’s Compendium, one of the more accessible and affordable of the forgotten classics). The two are fairly comparable:
  • they are both low-level affairs (although Borshak’s assumes the YUGE OD&D-style party of several PCs and flunkies);
  • they are both short: Borshak’s is 7 dense, typewritten pages, with an updated, cleaned-up version in 13; Tarodun’s is 16 with breezier layout and frequent illustrations); 
  • they share the same premise and aesthetics (vanilla fantasy, both rooted in their respective era).

And yet, Borshak’s makes for a hell of a beginner mini-dungeon, and Tarodun’s doesn’t. What makes for the difference?
I have said it before, but here it is again: like most of the modern mini-adventures, this one lacks scope. In its day, Borshak’s Lair would have been considered a mini-dungeon: nevertheless, it has 29 encounter areas, and it is brimming with creative encounters. Based on a circular layout, it is a small, complex environment divided between a humanoid-inhabited western, and a haunted eastern half; it is full of magical enigmas, tricks, and secrets, and there are oodles of vicious combat with hordes of enemies. In comparison, Tarodun’s Tomb is an eight-room lair: mostly a linear sequence of encounters with a mini-boss, a puzzle, and a final boss. Even considering changes in the style of play since the 1970s, and the more involved tactical combat of recent editions, this is a huge difference, and a shame. The width and complexity of Borshak’s opens up the playing field to enable strategic decision-making within a fairly compact space: there are many ways the scenario may play out, the players (or the orcs) may use the terrain to their advantage, and there are numerous exploration opportunities. You will never find everything in Borshak’s, but you will find a lot of stuff even if you don’t pay too much attention. Tarodun’s Tomb does not offer these possibilities: you can’t do much more than move through the dungeon and deal with the encounters as the GM dictates the pace. Even if you find everything, you will not come away with much. It is bite-sized, and linear.
The Map ProblemThere are differences in the approaches you can take. Physical space does have an effect: where there are multiple routes through, you can find more or less direct approaches, try stealth or an ambush (essential against numerical superiority), and perhaps even avoid the denizens directly in your way. There are even voluminous drapes to hide behind and exploit. In a linear lair dungeon, these possibilities are not present. The same goes for a more social approach. In Borshak, only two of the orcs (their Hero leader, and a magic-user underling) have personalities, but the presence of different dungeon groups may be exploited as different factions (although it is not known if this was a common thing in the 70s, it features heavily in Jaquays’ later work). In Tarodun’s, although the orcs are suggested to be women, and they can be customised through an optional random table, the possibilities of out-of-the-box play are more restricted. Admittedly, there is a shortcut allowing the company to “hack” the adventure by either making off with the treasure with minimal confrontation, or letting two opposing forces in the mini-dungeon fight it out. This is very nice, and the best thing about the module, but there is too little of it.
The encounters have different depth in the two modules. Tarodun’s doesn’t offer much beyond a little descriptive detail and some extra looting. The encounters are functional, but one-note. There is an inexplicable double-cross where an NPC saved from certain and painful death will decide to fight her saviours (who are bound to outnumber and outclass her) to the death. This is, no offence, dumb and a terrible lesson for beginners; the absolute nadir of the adventure. There is a central “keyhole puzzle” gating off an area which has one way through (two if we include the secret shortcut). This is not a good thing. You can’t do much with it. Borshak’s Lair is brimming with ideas. There is an intelligent magic amulet who can be an asset or a huge liability. The central area has a “bottomless pit” teleporting you into an insidious trap, an evil orc prank, and five ways forward through secret passages (some of which can also be used to hide baddies who can assault the PCs from all sides). In the next room, there is an animated statue who is really a cursed Hero compelled to fight the party. In the middle of the barracks area, there are four statues with special powers/functions. It is funhouse design, but you can fiddle with things, find secrets, and secrets-within-secrets-within secrets (there is a trap containing treasure, concealing another treasure hoard guarded by a dangerous monster).
Finally, let’s consider the module’s suitability for the “quintessential first-time D&D experience”. There is a philosophy which says first adventures should have training wheels, and should not be too overwhelming. I don’t think this is a good approach, particularly in the age of ubiquitous, affordable digital entertainment. Providing a focus for play is fine (“here be orcs and treasure, have at them!”), but I fully believe RPGs should be sold by highlighting their full creative potential. In a truncated scenario, you will see the game’s limitations (slower pace, lack of visual stimulus), but not its versatility and freedom. Tarodun’s Tombhas the same limits as every eight-rooms-in-16-pages module on RPGNow. You don’t get Borshak’s, and you don’t even get the Caves of Chaos from The Keep on the Borderlands (let alone the full, rich B2 experience with the Keep’s intrigue, the killer wilderness, and the digressions hinting at a wider world). You get one cave, and for all the ‘Bree Yark’ it can provide, the magic of interlocking mini-dungeons, the mystery of several cave mouths opening before you in the sides of a ravine, the hazards of picking the more dangerous areas are not present. Tarodun’s Tomb does not serve as a good gateway to gaming: it is a cat’s flap into a 10’ by 10’ supply closet, with orcs.
This adventure module is not badly written (in fact, the text is fairly compact and well-presented via bullet-point lists), and the information is structured efficiently. The map is pleasing to look at, with good cross-hatching. The stock illustrations are nice. I like the cover. But it is not a good scenario, for beginners or otherwise. Where recent old-school offerings are considered, get Tomb of the Serpent Kings, a far superior beginner scenario with all its structural issues (just in quantitative terms, 52 keyed areas in 22 pages) and forget this one. Or roll up a YUGE party of retainers and hangers-on, and go for broke in the Caves of Chaos or Borshak’s Lair.
No playtesters are listed in this publication.
Rating: * / ***** vs. ***** / *****
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