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Coco Official US Teaser Trailer

First Comics News - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 01:09

Coco opens in US theatres in 3D on November 22!

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.

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Audience Awards Film Festival

First Comics News - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 00:58

Audience Awards Film Festival taking place in Los Angeles, April 6-9, 2017.  The Audience Awards Film Festival will showcase 110 award-winning short films by world-class filmmakers and will celebrate some of the most respected, diverse industry voices of our time. Honorees at the inaugural event include award-winning documentarian Ondi Timoner (DIG!, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, BRAND: A Second Coming), who will be recognized with the Maverick Award; Effie Brown (Dear White People, But I’m a Cheerleader), who will receive the Trailblazer Award; Paz Lenchantin of The Pixies, will be the recipient of the Avant-Garde Award; and Jacques Thelemaque, President of Filmmakers Alliance, will be honored with the Community Impact Award.  The festival runs April 6-9th, 2017, at the Laemmle Noho and El Portal Theaters.

The Audience Awards is also STILL accepting narrative and documentary submissions for its Women’s Film Challenge. Films or excerpts of films, 7 minutes or less, made with a woman in an above-the-line position are encouraged to submit before the March 17th (this Friday) deadline. Ten winning films will receive a total of $27,500 in cash and prizes and have a red carpet screening on Saturday, April 8th. https://theaudienceawards.com/the-audience-awards/wfc

FESTIVAL GALA EVENTS/AWARDS:

Thursday, April 6th:

Jacques Thelemaque is honored with Audience Awards’ Community Impact Award, followed by a screening of a short film from Filmmakers Alliance.

Paz Lenchantin performs live to accompany her Super 8 film The Spider Lady and then receives the Avant-Garde Award. Her performance is followed by the world premiere screening of the Super8 One Roll Film Challenge winners, also with live music accompaniment.

Friday, April 7th:

Effie Brown will receive the Trailblazer Award followed by a conversation on her career and her commitment to diversity moderated by Franklin Leonard, Founder, CEO: The Black List. Next is a screening of the award-winning Fusion Doc Challenge shorts, all of which were shot, edited and produced in 120 hours.

Saturday, April 8th:

Audience Awards’ Maverick Award goes to Ondi Timoner. A conversation about her groundbreaking career will be moderated by Anne Thompson, Editor-at-Large at Indiewire, followed by the red carpet screening of the Women’s Film Challenge short-film winners.

Sunday, April 9th:

Awards Ceremony and Farewell Brunch where filmmakers from Women’s Film Challenge, Pro8 and the other screening blocks will be eligible to receive over $30,000 in cash and prizes from companies including Panavision, Audience Awards, Filmstro Pro, Tangerine Entertainment, POV, Pro8mm, Kodak, Montana Film Office and VideoMaker.

FESTIVAL PANELS:

Opportunities in Branded Content: Moderated by David S. Cohen, Digital Features Director for Variety, AudFest attendees will hear about identifying brand collaborations to sustain a rewarding career as a short-form filmmaker. Panelists include industry leaders from Audience Awards, SXM, Ketchum Sports & Entertainment, and PatternBreak.

Secrets to Successful Productions: Moderator Ilyanne Morden Kichaven, Executive Director of Los Angeles SAG-AFTRA, will help narrow down the vital nuts and bolts of filmmaking, including permits, contract negotiation and location scouting. Panelists include executives from Donaldson + Callif, LLP, Film LA, AFCI, and the Youth and Gender Media Project.

Talking Festival Strategy with the Experts: Moderated by Mark Olsen, staff writer for the LA Times, panelists talk navigating the festival circuit, submissions strategy, planning your premiere and life after the festival circuit. Festival experts are with the Seattle, Palm Springs, Tribeca, Outfest, and Hollywood Shorts film festivals.

Social Impact Through Filmmaking: Moderated by Rachel De Leon, Emmy-winning video producer and reporter for The Pulitzer-prize winning Center for Investigative Reporting, social influencers will talk about how to successfully deliver your message through media to engage a global community. Contributors are from Participant Media, VICE Media, Inc., along with award-winning filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez.

Inside the Writers’ Room with Story Editors from “Empire”: Moderator Joseph Kapsch, Managing Editor of TooFab, will have a conversation with JaNeika and JaSheika James, sisters and story editors for FOX’s “Empire.”

FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS:

The Power of Super 8 Film – Insider Tips Every Filmmaker Should Know: Pro8mm hosts the first of two AudFest workshops. This one will demystify the Super 8 workflow, including camera choices, film stock options, scanning choices and delivery of content.

Do a Shot with Pro8mm: Pro8mm’s second workshop will be a hands-on film workshop, sending AudFest filmmaker participants out into the world to capture festival outtakes with an opportunity to edit the collective reel and create an Audience Awards trailer.

IGNITE THE VISIONARY – Focusing on Lens: A Fearless Film School workshop, offered by award-winning directors and DPs Liz Hinlein and Anka Malatynska, gives filmmakers tools to become more masterful storytellers.

All Festival Panels and Workshops will be located at the Art Institute in North Hollywood.  

Partners, panelists and moderators come to AudFest from Paramount, Disney, MACRO, SAG-AFTRA, SAGIndie, Women In Film,The Black List, Too Fab,  Tangerine Entertainment,  ColorCreativeÆTV, LA Times, Indiewire, Vice, “Empire,” Film LA, AFCI, Pro8mm, Kodak, Panavision, Outfest, The Sundance Institute, GOOD DOCS, New Filmmakers LA and Filmmakers Alliance.

WFC winning filmmakers will also be matched with top-tier women in the film industry at a mentorship brunch during the festival. Participants include Svetlana Cvetko, award-winning cinematographer; Deniese Davis, COO of ColorCreative.TV; Sarah Halley Finn, casting director; Darrien Michele Gipson, National Director of SAGindie; Moira Griffin, Senior Manager of Diversity Incentives at Sundance Institute; Poppy Hanks, SVP of Development and Production for MACRO; Debbie Liebling, entertainment executive and film producer; Roberta Marie Munroe, award-winning director, producer and author; Lynnette Ramirez, Content Creator and Executive Manager at 51 Minds Entertainment; and Orly Ravid, Founder/Co-Executive Director of the distribution nonprofit The Film Collaborative and an entertainment attorney at MSK (Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP).

Jury members for WFC include Fanshen Cox DiGovanni, award-winning actor, producer and educator; Sarah Feinbloom, award-winning documentary filmmaker and Founder and Director at GOOD DOCS; Cassidy Freeman of “Longmire” and “Smallville”; Cristina Garza, General Manager at Mundial; Lily Gladstone, award-winning actress of Certain Women; Lisa Hasko, Manager of Documentary Programs and Fiscal Sponsorship at Film Independent; Margaret Lazarus, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker, author and lecturer; and Erin O’Malley, TV producer and director; Freida Lee Mock, Oscar-winning filmmaker; Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director of Women In Film; Carol Trussell, Head of Production for Gaumont International Television.

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TRUE PATRIOT PRESENTS #3 preview

First Comics News - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 00:47


TRUE PATRIOT PRESENTS #3

Issue #3 of the fan favourite True Patriot Presents anthology series introduces Meaghan Carter’s new feature, Fantôme in “A Night At The Ecomuseum Part 1”
You get part 2 of the exciting Dominion Jack story: “Mob Mentality” by Jack Briglio and Dominic Bercier.
To top all of this off, Jay Stephens brings us phase 2 of his Arrowhead adventure with “Dawn of the Biodromes”!

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FCBD 2017 CHAPTERHOUSE CAPTAIN CANUCK preview

First Comics News - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 00:46


FCBD 2017 CHAPTERHOUSE CAPTAIN CANUCK
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(W) Jay Baruchel, Kalman Andrasofszky, Dan Parent, Fernando Ruiz (A) Marcus To, Dan Parent, Fernando Ruiz (CA) David Finch
CAPTAIN CANUCK

“Sur Saray” is a Year One story set during Tom Evans’ time serving in the Afghanistan war. Tom has returned to active duty after going AWOL to rescue his brother from Site ALEPH, but his unit, the PCE Squad is folded into an unscrupulous mercenary platoon. Frustrated by the injustices he’s witnessing on a daily basis, Tom begins slipping away by night, using his new powers to right the street-level wrongs the military is too unwieldy to effectively address. This tale is the perfect lead-in to the much-anticipated return of Captain Canuck in his own regular series later in May 2017. [ALL AGES]

DIE KITTY DIE

“She’s survived multiple attempts by her publisher to end her life. Now, Kitty Ravencraft is trying to relax and hold a summer BBQ for her friends, but who just crashed the party?”
In Shops on Free Comic Book Day!

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DARK HORSE COMICS JUNE 2017 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 00:08

Aliens: Dead Orbit #3 (of 4)

James Stokoe (W/A/Cover)

On sale June 28
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Wascylewski survived the sudden breach in his ship’s hull but is in no better a situation: he comes to, cocooned tightly to the wall under the surveillance of the twin xenomorphs. With only two hours left on his countdown timer and nowhere to go, he will have to pull out his final tricks in order to stay alive.

Orc Stain creator James Stokoe pens a thrilling and claustrophobic Aliens story: Dead Orbit!

 

Alien vs. Predator: Life and Death TP

Dan Abnett (W), Brian Albert Thies (A), Rain Beredo (C), and David Palumbo (Cover)

On sale Aug 9
FC, 136 pages
$19.99
TP, 7″ x 10″

Three women face deadly choices as the graphic novel cycle of Life and Death comes to its conclusion, intersecting with the previous Fire and Stone story cycle to create a massive tale of humanity’s confrontation with the galaxy’s three greatest terrors! Collects the four-issue series Alien vs. Predator: Life and Death and the double-sized Prometheus: Life and Death—Final Conflict.

Neil Gaiman!

 

American Gods: Shadows #4

Neil Gaiman (W), P. Craig Russell (W/A), Scott Hampton (A), Colleen Doran (A), Glenn Fabry (Cover), and David Mack (Variant cover)

On sale June 14
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Ongoing

During an overnight stay at their home, Shadow awakens to a visit from the third of the Zorya sisters: Zorya Polunochnaya. The Midnight Sister’s advice is ethereal and strange, yet vital . . . and Shadow can’t seem to separate reality from the dream world.

The Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula Award—winning novel and upcoming Starz television series by Neil Gaiman adapted as a comic series for the first time!

• A Starz TV show!

 

Angel Season 11 #6

Corinna Bechko (W), Zé Carlos (A), Michelle Madsen (C), Scott Fischer (Cover), and Karl Moline (Variant cover)

On sale June 21
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Ongoing

Aboard a ship in the middle of the ocean, Angel has not succeeded in avoiding his past self, Angelus. He must escape Angelus, keep Fred safe, and also determine what must be done with the jewel-like beetle that has ties to the future. When the beetle turns out to be something stranger than anyone could have imagined, Angel’s focus turns to survival rather than saving the future . . .

 

Angel Season 11 Volume 1: Out of the Past TP

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

On sale Aug 9
FC, 104 pages
$17.99
TP, 7″ x 10″

Angel, a reformed vampire cursed with a soul, is tormented by a vision linking his shameful past to something very big—and very bad—that is coming. As Angel and his friend Fred begin trying to solve the mystery, the goddess Illyria gives Angel some insight and incentive. Then she really gets involved, and Angel discovers that it might be possible to change the future by changing the past. Collects issues #1–#4 of the series.

 

Baltimore: The Red Kingdom #5 (of 5)

Mike Mignola (W), Christopher Golden (W), Peter Bergting (A), Michelle Madsen (C), and Ben Stenbeck (Cover)

On sale June 7
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Lives are lost as Baltimore leads the final push against the Red King’s armies.

 

Bankshot #1 (of 5)

Alex de Campi (W), ChrisCross (A/Cover), and Snakebite Cortez (C)

On sale June 28
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Marcus King: modern-day Robin Hood or terrorist? Maybe both? When Marcus comes face to face with an adversary who knows all of his carefully buried truths, he’s forced to become the man he has always pretended to be. And punch a small army of dudes. And blow up stuff. Lots of stuff.

• Written by Eisner nominee Alex de Campi (Archie vs. Predator).

• Art by ChrisCross (Convergence: Justice League of America).

 

Black Hammer #10

Jeff Lemire (W/Variant cover), Dean Ormston (A/Cover), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale June 21
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Ongoing

The heroes of Spiral City have hung up their costumes and adapted to life in the sleepy town that they now call home—though some call it a prison. Instead of facing unearthly monsters and galactic threats, they deal with vengeful exes, misunderstandings, and hungry farm animals. As Abraham Slam wonders if he’s hit his expiration date, a new threat emerges in Rockwood that will keep him on his toes.

 

 

Briggs Land: Lone Wolves #1 (of 6)

Brian Wood (W), Mack Chater (A), Lee Loughridge (C), Matthew Woodson (Cover), and Kim Jung Gi (Variant cover)

On sale June 14
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Isaac Briggs, fresh off a tour in Afghanistan and struggling to reintegrate, finds solace hiking the old forest trails. When two random backpackers wander onto the Land, an innocent situation quickly turns dangerous and Isaac’s military training takes a turn down a dark path.
Welcome to Briggs Land, nearly a hundred square miles of rural wilderness, representing the largest antigovernment secessionist movement in the United States.
• Brian Wood’s critically acclaimed series returns for the next chapter in an even more relevant postelection America.
• In development for a television series at AMC TV!

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #8

Christos Gage (W), Rebekah Isaacs (A/Variant cover), Dan Jackson (C), and Steve Morris (Cover)

On sale June 21
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Ongoing

Out in the real world without their magic, Buffy and Willow are facing challenges in a new way. As normal girls, getting back into the Safe Zone to release the residents feels impossible—but they aren’t alone. The Scoobies are reunited and have some special backup!

 

Buffy Season 11 Volume 1: The Spread of Their Evil . . . TP

Christos Gage (W), Rebekah Isaacs (A), Georges Jeanty (P), Dexter Vines (I), Dan Jackson (C), and Steve Morris (Cover)

On sale Aug 2
FC, 160 pages
$19.99
TP, 7″ x 10″

Buffy and the Scoobies weren’t ready for this. When a tsunami and an enormous dragon devastate San Francisco, folks connected to the supernatural are blamed for causing the catastrophe and soon have restrictions placed on them in the name of safety. Buffy must choose sides, find a way for herself and her friends to survive, determine how the disaster happened, and not lose who she is in the process. Collects issues #1–#6 of the series.

 

Calla Cthulhu TP

Evan Dorkin (W), Sarah Dyer (W), Erin Humiston (P/Cover), Mario A. Gonzalez (I), Bill Mudron (C)

On sale Aug 16
FC, 240 pages
$12.99
TP, 6″ x 9″

Being a teenager isn’t easy—especially after you learn you carry the bloodline of Lovecraft’s Great Old Ones in your veins. Instead of a summer job and checking out colleges, Calla Tafali finds herself battling supernatural monsters, human assassins, and her uncle, the King in Yellow. She must resist his call to embrace her own chaotic heritage and join the “family business,” as well as prevent the awakening of the terrible deity asleep and dreaming in the corpse city of R’lyeh—the Dread Dead One! Prepare yourself for weird action, adventure, and mystery in the Mighty Mythos Manner!

• All-ages adventure from Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer!

 

Call of Duty: Zombies #5 (of 6)

Justin Jordan (W), Jonathan Wayshak (A), Dan Jackson (C), and Simon Bisley (Cover)

On sale June 21
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Waves of zombies just keep coming, first in the Call of Duty®: Zombies games, and now from Dark Horse Comics!

The Tranzit crew find themselves in an unfamiliar location, scattered and disoriented. And as they face a new type of enemy, it becomes clearer than ever that they need each other to survive. Stuhlinger and Russman aren’t used to having teammates, but Misty and Marlton will have to convince them to band together if they all want to make it.

 

The Complete Elfquest Volume 4 TP

Wendy Pini (W/A/Cover) and Richard Pini (W)

On sale Aug 9
b&w, 584 pages
$24.99
TP, 7” x 9 3/4″

The classic fantasy comic by Wendy and Richard Pini delves into more of the past of your favorite elfin hunters in Hidden Years. And the wicked Winnowill allies herself with the warlord Grohmul Djun, twisting his heart to evil and setting the course for centuries of conflict between humans and the elfin tribes. Collects issues from ElfQuest: Hidden Years (#10–#15) and the ElfQuest: Shards saga (#1–#16).

 

Conan the Slayer #11

Cullen Bunn (W), Sergio Dávila (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Thomas Grindberg (Cover)

On sale June 28
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Ongoing

Within the mystically resurrected island fortress of Xapur, Conan confronts an ancient demon with skin as hard as iron. Only an ancient dagger can slay the malign spirit, and the blade is there for the taking . . . if Conan can get past the enormous serpent that guards it!

• Superstar writer Cullen Bunn and artist Sergio Dávila team up for a new Conan series!

• The adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s “The Devil in Iron”!

 

Conan Omnibus Volume 3: Ancient Gods and Sorcerers TP

Timothy Truman (W), Tomás Giorello (P), Richard Corben (P), José Villarrubia (C), JD Mettler (C), Tony Shasteen (C), and Frank Cho (Cover)

On sale Aug 2
FC, 448 pages
$24.99
TP, 7″ x 10″

Dark Horse’s critically acclaimed Conan, now available in a value-priced omnibus!

Showcasing the work of fan favorites Timothy Truman and Tomás Giorello, this action-packed omnibus includes adaptations of Robert E. Howard’s “The Hand of Nergal” and “Black Colossus,” plus tales detailing Conan’s return to his homeland of Cimmeria. Also features work by horror master Richard Corben!

 

The Dark Horse Book of Horror HC

Various (W/A)

On sale Aug 23
FC, 368 pages
$19.99
HC, 6” x 9”

Mike Mignola, Hellboy, and a roster of great creators and characters explore the dark corners of the horror genre in thirty-five stories of witchcraft, ghosts, and the risen dead.

Originally published in four award-winning anthologies, these stories featured the debut of Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson’s Beasts of Burden series, and standalone stories by Kelley Jones, Kurt Busiek, and many others.

In addition to the comics, Gary Gianni (Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea) illustrates stories by legendary authors such as Robert E. Howard (Conan) and William Hope Hodgson (The House on the Borderland), and Scott Allie interviews experts in the occult fields, including a seance medium and a witch who specializes in love spells.

• Collects The Dark Horse Book of Monsters, The Dark Horse Book of Witchcraft, The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings, and The Dark Horse Book of the Dead.

 

Dark Horse Presents #35

Ron Randall (W/A), Carla Speed McNeil (W/A), Jim Alexander (W), Shannon Wheeler (W/A), Chad Lambert (W), Stuart Moore (W), Will Pickering (A), Fin Cramb (A), Kevin Czapiewski (A), Bruce Zick (A), and Francisco Ruiz Velasco (Cover)

On sale June 21
FC, 48 pages
$4.99
Ongoing

This month’s Dark Horse Presents debuts two new stories: Mandala, a four-part story by Stuart Moore and Bruce Zick, and Yesterday’s Muse, a one-shot by Chad Lambert and Kevin Czapiewski! Ron Randall’s Trekker: The Volstock Payoff and Shannon Wheeler’s Too Much Coffee Man conclude! Continuing stories include Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder: Chase the Lady and Jim Alexander, Wili Pickering, and Fin Cramb’s Savant!

 

Dead Inside Volume 1 TP

John Arcudi (W), Toni Fejzula (A), and Dave Johnson (Cover)

On sale Aug 2
FC, 136 pages
$14.99
TP, 7″ x 10″

The Jail Crimes Division of the Sheriff’s Office in Mariposa County investigates crimes committed inside county jails. With a limited number of suspects who can’t escape, these are usually easy cases to solve—but not this one. As detective Linda Caruso gets closer to the heart of the case, she discovers uncomfortable truths about her friends, her job, and her community. Collects issues #1–#5.

“Dead Inside is the kind of mystery comic that creeps under your skin, burrows into your brain, and lingers there between issues.”—Cullen Bunn (Harrow County)

 

Dept. H #15

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

On sale June 21
FC, 28 pages
$3.99
Ongoing

Mia searches the memories of her past for a possible solution to her present-day predicament. Does the answer to the question of who killed her father rest in her own history?

 

 

Dragon Age: Knight Errant #2 (of 5)

Nunzio DeFilippis (W), Christina Weir (W), Fernando Heinz Furukawa (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Sachin Teng (Cover)

On sale June 14
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

BioWare’s best-selling fantasy franchise lives on in these canonical comics from Dark Horse!

Charter lays her offer on the table for elven thief Vaea: rescue our captured associates, and we’ll take care of the angry templar after you. Leery of the Inquisition and what it may stand for, Vaea rejects the offer . . . but quickly regrets it once Ser Nevin shows up, furious and looking for a fight!

 

Drifters Volume 4 TP

Kohta Hirano (W/A/Cover)

On sale Aug 9
b&w, 232 pages
$13.99
TP, 5 1/8″ x 7 1/4″

The manga that inspired the hit anime series returns!

Samurai warrior Shimazu Toyohisa and his forces take control of the Orte Empire’s capital only to discover that the Black King has sent his army of monsters to lay waste to the capital . . . and to Toyohisa’s Drifters!

• Animated series now streaming in the US!

 

The EC Archives: Incredible Science Fiction HC

Jack Oleck (W), Al Feldstein (W), Wally Wood (A), Bernard Krigstein (A), Joe Orlando (A), Jack Davis (A), Roy G. Krenkel (A), Al Williamson (A), and Graham Ingels (Cover)

On sale Aug 9
FC, 232 pages
$49.99
HC, 8 3/16″ x 11″

Incredible Science Fiction arrives in a strange new land: the twenty-first century! Fully remastered in magnificent digital color, this far-out volume includes twenty unbelievable tales from a stellar collection of writers and artists: Jack Oleck, Al Feldstein, Wally Wood, Bernard Krigstein, Joe Orlando, Jack Davis, Roy G. Krenkel, and Al Williamson. Collects issues #27-#33.

• Featuring a foreword from Mark Evanier!

 

ElfQuest: The Final Quest #20

Wendy Pini (W/A/Cover) and Richard Pini (W)

On sale May 24
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Ongoing

Winter is coming, but love is still in the air! Among the Wolfriders, some celebrate new bonds while others welcome new life. Cutter holds a fateful council: it’s now time for all elves to choose—travel with the Palace back to the Star Home, or remain on the World of Two Moons. Meanwhile, the invading human warriors press closer to the very center of Iceholt, the home of the elves’ sacred Father Tree—and they bring the most fearsome weapon of all!

• A New York Times best-selling series!

 

 

Game of Thrones: Daenerys Targaryen Mother of Dragons Figure

On sale Aug 16
$29.99

Dark Horse is reinventing and relaunching its best-selling line of Game of Thrones figures. This all-new line will replace the previous versions, which will be retired as they sell out.

An exciting new sculpture of Daenerys Targaryen launches the new series, which will also feature updated, distinctive new package designs.

Slated for release at the conclusion of the eagerly anticipated new season of HBO’s television adaptation, Daenerys will be a jumping-on point for new fans.

 

 

Go Team Venture! The Art and Making of the Venture Bros. HC

Jackson Publick (W/A), Doc Hammer (W/A), and Ken Plume (W)

On sale Aug 23
FC, 184 pages
$39.99
HC, 9” x 12”

Ken Plume sits down with series creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer to have a conversation about the creation of every single episode through season 6 and much more. From the earliest sketches of Hank and Dean scribbled in a notebook to pitching the series to Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, learning the ins and outs of animation, character designs for each season, storyboards, painted backgrounds, and behind-the-scenes recollections of how the show came together—it’s all here.

• Foreword by Patton Oswalt!

• Featuring never-before-seen artwork from the hit Cartoon Network series!

• Original sketches!

 

Hatsune Miku: Rin-Chan Now! Volume 3 TP

Sezu (W) and Hiro Tamura (P/Cover)

On sale Aug 9
b&w, 136 pages
$10.99
TP, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/4”

Spend the holidays with Vocaloid Kagamine Rin, as Rin-chan brings her own style to each special occasion, be it Halloween, Christmas, New Year’s, or Valentine’s Day! Based on the video with over 2.5 million combined views on Niconico and YouTube, the Rin-chan Now! manga is written, drawn and edited by the video’s creators!

 

Harrow County #24

Cullen Bunn (W) and Tyler Crook (A/Cover)

On sale June 14
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Ongoing

Emmy wasn’t paying much attention while her oldest friend, Bernice, was learning hedge magic and becoming a force to be reckoned with in Harrow County. Now the two girls must grapple with the ultimate question: is there room for both of them in one small town? And what does Emmy’s family think about Bernice’s growing power?

 

“A rare thing—both wonderfully charming and genuinely disturbing.”—Mike Mignola

A must have Hellboy prose Anthology!

Hellboy: An Assortment of Horrors TP

Christopher Golden (W), Jonathan Maberry (W), Michael Rowe (W), Seanan McGuire (W), Paul Tremblay (W), Laird Barron (W), Chris Priestley (W/A), Chelsea Cain (W), E. Lily Yu (W), Chris Roberson (W), Kealan Patrick Burke (W), Richard Kadrey (W), Weston Ochse (W), Delilah Dawson (W), Angela Slatter (W), Rio Youers (W), Nathan Ballingrud (W), Mike Mignola (A/Cover), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Aug 16
FC, 216 pages
$14.99
TP, 6″ x 9″

Sixteen of the biggest names in weird literature pay tribute to Hellboy and the characters of Mike Mignola’s award-winning books! Assembled by Joe Golem and Baltimore cowriter Christopher Golden and featuring illustrations by Mignola and Chris Priestley, the anthology boasts original stories by the best in horror, fantasy, and science fiction, including Seanan McGuire (October Daye series), Chelsea Cain (Heartsick), Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger series), and more! The new writer of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D., iZombie cocreator Chris Roberson, pitches in as well, and Chris Priestley (Tales of Terror) provides a story and an illustration!

• Each story illustrated by Mike Mignola!

 

Joe Golem: Occult Detective—The Outer Dark #2 (of 3)

Mike Mignola (W), Christopher Golden (W), Patric Reynolds (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Dave Palumbo (Cover)

On sale June 28
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Men in the Drowning City are going mad because of supernatural voices in their heads, and occult detective Joe Golem’s search for an explanation puts him at odds with a powerful man who is after the same knowledge.

 

Mass Effect: Discovery #2 (of 4)

John Dombrow (W), Jeremy Barlow (W), Gabriel Guzmán (A/Cover), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Kate Niemczyk (Variant cover)

On sale June 28
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

As his investigation into the Andromeda Initiative deepens, Tiran Kandros encounters a terrifying and deadly adversary—a salarian mercenary named Agent Zeta. Tying in to the highly anticipated release of Mass Effect: Andromeda, writers Jeremy Barlow and John Dombrow and artist Gabriel Guzman team up to create the next exciting chapter of the Mass Effect comics series!

• From Eisner Award–nominated writer Jeremy Barlow!

• Direct tie-in with Mass Effect: Andromeda for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One!

 

Matt Wagner’s Grendel Tales Omnibus Volume 1 TP

Steve Seagle (W), James Robinson (W), Rob Walton (W/A), Darko Macan (W), Ho Che Anderson (A), Teddy H. Kristiansen (A/C), Paul Grist (A), Edvin Biuković (A), Bernie Mireault (C), Kathryn Delaney (C), and Matthew Hollingsworth (C)

On sale Aug 2
FC, 432 pages
$24.99
TP, 6″ x 9″

From the visionary mind of Matt Wagner, the world of Grendel returns with two value-priced volumes collecting all Grendel Tales stories! Grendel Tales Omnibus Volume 1 features some of the best writers and artists in the industry, all covers from the original comic books, and never-before-collected story material!

• Collects “Devil Worship” – the first Grendel Tales short story from Grendel #40, Four Devils, One Hell #1–#6, Devil’s Hammer #1–#3, The Devil in Our Midst #1–#5, and Devils and Deaths #1–#2.

“Grendel is a brave and possibly even reckless experiment that has succeeded admirably.” —Alan Moore (Watchmen)

 

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project Omnibus Book 4 TP

Osamu Takahashi (W/A)

On sale Aug 2
b&w, 552 pages
$19.99
TP, 5 1/8″ x 7 1/4″

Don’t say “crazy”! The campus culture festival is coming up for the students of Class 2-A, and in manga that means not only cosplay, but also starting an all-girl band! But what are they supposed to do about the fact that the keyboardist, Shinji, isn’t, um, a girl? Well, that’s when it’s time for a little crossplay!

• Contains bonus color pages!

• Evangelion: 3.33 movie now available from Funimation!

 

No Plan B: The Art of Michael Avon Oeming HC

Michael Avon Oeming (W/A/Cover)

On sale Aug 16
FC, 184 pages
$39.99
HC, 9″ x 12″

Michael Avon Oeming never prepared for any way to make a living other than drawing. Now the cocreator of Powers, United States of Murder Inc., Takio, Mice Templar, and more offers an in-depth look into his artistic archives, the creative process, and a career that has touched every corner of the comics industry over the last thirty years.

This book also features an interview with John Siuntres of the Word Balloon podcast about long-term creative partnerships and explores the secrets of thriving through the ups and downs of the comics industry. Previously unpublished artwork includes whole pages from Powers, The Victories, and other series, as well as collaborations with Mike Mignola, Eric Powell, Kevin Smith, Douglas Rushkoff, Gerard Way, and video-game developer Valve.

 

The Once and Future Queen #4 (of 5)

Adam P. Knave (W), D.J. Kirkbride (W), and Nickolas Brokenshire (A/Cover)

On sale June 14
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

In the wake of tragedy, it’s time to prepare for war. As all sides brace for impact, can Rani be the queen the world needs . . . and will she side with mercy or vengeance?

 

Predator: Hunters #2 (of 5)

Chris Warner (W), Francisco Ruiz Velasco (A/Variant cover), and Doug Wheatley (Cover)

On sale June 7
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Two privately owned islands in the South Pacific. One an idyllic paradise overseen by a benevolent doctor, the other a jungle hell where monsters rule. The Predator hunters have come looking for big game, but it’s the traps you never expect that will kill you . . .

• The characters from past Predator series team up to take on the hunters from the stars!

• Variant cover by Francisco Ruiz Velasco.

 

Rebels: These Free and Independent States #4 (of 8)

Brian Wood (W), Andrea Mutti (A), Lauren Affe (C), and Matthew Taylor (Cover)

On sale June 28
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Off the coast of New York, John Abbott finally gets his chance to accompany the USS Constitution into battle as the War of 1812 kicks off. Will he trust the captain to do right by the ship he’s dedicated his adult life to building?

“Brian Wood has resurrected an era of American history that will satisfy the history buff and the lover of good comics alike.”—The Latest Pull

 

Shadows on the Grave #5 (of 8)

Richard Corben (W/A/Cover)

On sale June 14
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

A stormy night forces a traveler to take refuge at the house of a madwoman who warns him against staying. One woman has her vision restored only to learn that things are not as they appear. A magical quest for eternal youth puts an aunt and nephew at odds. And in the next installment of Denaeus, our hero makes a surprise appearance at a feast to celebrate the return of the prince who believes him dead.

 

The Shaolin Cowboy: Who’ll Stop the Reign? #3 (of 4)

Geof Darrow (W/A/Cover), Dave Stewart (C), and Sergio Aragonés (Variant cover)

On sale June 21
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

It ain’t Arby’s but we got the meats when the Shaolin Cowboy goes to Halal and back. Caught between the cloven and the clawed, can a karate chop beat the pork chop and still win in a pinch? Hog Kong and King Crab and his band of minimum-wage assassins all say, “NO!” Will our hero win by popular “smote”—or die by electoral carnage?

 

The Strange Case of the Disappearing Man #1 (of 6)

Cole Haddon (W), Sebastian Cabrol (A/Cover), and Hernan Cabrera (C)

On sale June 21
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Inspector Thomas Adye of Scotland Yard is determined to return to normalcy after his run-in with Edward Hyde and Jack the Ripper, and the bizarre cases he’s confronted since—including his most recent, and cold, strange case . . . the disappearing man.

In his investigations, Adye is drawn to a gentleman on a constant quest to experience life in new and vibrant ways. Seduced by the man’s philosophies, Adye begins down an uncertain path that may put him in more danger than he’s ever imagined.

• Features horror legends Dorian Gray, Mr. Hyde, the Invisible Man, and many more!

• Written by Cole Haddon (Dracula TV series)!

 

Vampire Hunter D Volume 26: Bedeviled Stagecoach TP

Hideyuki Kikuchi (W) and Yoshitaka Amano (A/Cover)

On sale Aug 23
b&w, 180 pages
$11.99
TP, 5 1/8″ x 7 1/4″

In the Wild West wilderness of the Frontier, a government official has been given the task of escorting captured servants of the vampire Nobility. Unfortunately their path to the Capital crosses into the territory of the Noble that is their master! As the convoy rushes toward the safety of the civilized city, monsters lie in wait to attack—but also, with dark and ambiguous reasons of his own, does the half-vampire hunter known only as “D.” This will be a road trip that none of them will ever forget—if any of them survive, that is. The latest action-packed future-steampunk adventure from Kikuchi and Amano!

 

The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed #5 (of 5)

Mike Mignola (W), Chris Roberson (W), Paul Grist (A/Cover), and Bill Crabtree (C)

On sale June 28
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

After decades of living as a man the Visitor has a chance to return to his people in space, but must deliver a message to Hellboy first.

 

Wish TP

CLAMP (W/A/Cover)

On sale Aug 23
b&w, 800 pages
$24.99
TP, 5 1/8″ x 7 1/4″

Walking home from work one day, handsome young doctor Shuichiro notices an adorable little thing trapped in a tree . . . not a cat, but an angel, Kohaku. In gratitude for rescuing it, Kohaku offers to grant Shuichiro a wish—but to the angel’s surprise, Shuichiro says no thanks . . . everything in his life is great! But little Kohaku isn’t going to give up that easily, and moves in with Shuichiro. Soon they’re joined by the demons Koryuu and Kokuyo, and the household becomes an earthly haven for love that’s been lost—and a sanctuary for love that can’t be run from . . .

• A crossover title with Dark Horse’s previous Drug & Drop.

 

 

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

On sale Sept 20

Geralt Grandmaster Ursine Figure
9.5” tall
$34.99

Wild Hunt—Dandelion Figure
9.5” tall
$34.99

Wild Hunt—Shani Figure
9.5” tall
$34.99

Following the smashing success of our first release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt figures of Geralt, Triss, Ciri, Yennefer, and Eredin, Dark Horse is proud to expand on the Witcher universe with the release of three all-new character figures.

Featured is a new sculpt of Geralt of Rivia, ready for battle in his Grandmaster Ursine armor, which provides him immense protection from melee attacks.

Accompanying Geralt is a finely detailed interpretation of his close friend, the bard and minstrel Dandelion, and his love interest in the Hearts of Stone expansion, the medic Shani.

Each exquisitely detailed figure is modeled to the character’s likeness. They are intricate in costume details and custom painted.

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SECRET EMPIRE #0 preview

First Comics News - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 23:32

The Next Marvel Epic Begins Here – Your First Look at SECRET EMPIRE #0!
United We Stand!

New York, NY—March, 15th 2017 — What if your greatest ally was secretly your greatest enemy? What if the most trustworthy, stalwart hero in the Marvel Universe was planning in secret a massive betrayal? That time is now – and no one will see it coming! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside SECRET EMPIRE #0 – the blockbuster prologue chapter from Nick Spencer, Daniel Acuna and Rod Reis! Witness Hydra’s first move as the dominos begin to fall and war erupts on three fronts! To stem the coming darkness – it will take everyone! Avengers, Champions, Guardians, X-Men and more. United they stand against a common foe – will they stand a chance? The secret is out on April 19th in SECRET EMPIRE #0!

SECRET EMPIRE #0 (FEB170758)
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art by DANIEL ACUNA & ROD REIS
Cover by MARK BROOKS
Variant Covers by ROD REIS (FEB170760), ELIZABETH TORQUE (FEB170761)

And RON FRENZ (FEB170759)

FOC – 03/20/17, On-Sale – 04/19/17

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Coming soon...

Two Hour Wargames - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 23:29

A supplement for Lovecraft's Revenge...
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Marvel Comics and GraphicAudio are back with the full cast audio experience!

First Comics News - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 23:27
MARVEL’S THANOS: DEATH SENTENCE

Rockville, MD March 15, 2017 – Marvel Super Hero mania shows no signs of slowing down and neither will Thanos! Thanos’s pursuit of the Infinity Gems has always defined him. But when the Marvel heroes defeat him once again, Thanos’s beloved Mistress Death grants him one final chance.

Stripped of his powers and his old skin, Thanos embarks on a cosmic walkabout to reassert his power over himself and the Multiverse. This all-new, original tale by Stuart Moore explores the inner life of one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe.

Haunted by family – or the semblances of it – the Mad Titan may become something else entirely. Will he maintain his illusions of grandeur, or is this a new path for a lost god?

MARVEL’S THANOS: DEATH SENTENCE  by Stuart Moore is available now from www.GraphicAudio.net and via the FREE GraphicAudio Access™ Mobile App which allows customers to directly download titles on their Android or iOS smartphones and tablets.

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The Return of Doctor Mysterio: The Sneak Peek!

BBC Doctor Who - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 23:26
Doctor Who’s relationship with Children in Need stretches back to 1983 and this year we were treated to a special preview clip from the Christmas Special! 2016-11-21T14:47:22+00:00 2016-11-21T14:47:22+00:00
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Pocket Creatures Volume 1 is Laid Out and Done for Swords & Wizardry Light

Tenkar's Tavern - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 23:19


I started thinking "layout" earlier today as it comes to the Torchlight Zine, so what better way to get myself in the right mindset than to start laying out the Pocket Creature collection.

It will be three creatures per release, priced PWYW at RPGNow (waiting for my first product to be approved) and mailed to my Patreon backers via email (check your notifications - went out about a half hour ago)

No longer sure we will have a print ready copy of Swords & Wizardry Continual Light ready for Gary Con, but if not we'll have a few 4 page volumes of Pocket Creatures. BTW, the PDF is not watermarked at is perfect for printing at home.

I'll post the link when its up at RPGNow :)






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Doctor Who Series 10 Opener To Screen in Selected Australian Cinemas

Blogtor Who - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 22:01

BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) and Sharmill Films are joining Fathom Events US in bringing Doctor Who fans a special screening to welcome series 10 of Doctor Who. For one night only in selected cinemas across Australia, fans can enjoy episode 1 ‘The Pilot’ the start of the end for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. […]

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Pie Auction Online

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 21:37

Yee Haw!  It’s Pie Auction time!

This is when we hear about missions projects we are involved with in the 10/40 Window and then buy desserts for CRAZY amounts of money to support these missions.

We want to give everyone an opportunity to be a part of the Pie Auction, even online!  If you can’t make it to any of our live Pie Auction services in Winnipeg we want you to participate online.  Watch this video to hear how YOU can be involved!

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Get your dessert ready!

2. Go to http://www.churchoftherock.ca/donate  and give to
Missions Projects International: 10/40 Window.

3. Take a picture of your dessert

4. Either post it on Facebook or Instragram with the hashtag #GiveToMissions  or email it to me at  online@churchoftherock.ca

5. Join us LIVE ONLINE on Sunday at 9:25am, 11:25am or 7:25pm at http://churchoftherock.live  and watch the Pie Auction service together

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Peter Capaldi To Attend Ottawa Comiccon in May

Blogtor Who - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 21:35

Current Doctor Peter Capaldi has been announced as a ‘Guest of Honour’ at this years Ottawa Comiccon. The con takes place at the EY Centre, Ottawa, Ontario over the weekend of May 12th to 14th. Capaldi will be attending on Saturday, May 13th only where he will be taking part in autographs and photo ops along with […]

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CULLEN BUNN AND JACK T. COLE DESCEND INTO MADNESS IN THE UNSOUND AT BOOM! STUDIOS

First Comics News - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 19:23

A New Horror Rises in an Original Comic Book Series Premiering June 2017

Cover image by Jack T. Cole
Los Angeles, Calif. (March 17, 2017) – BOOM! Studios is proud to announce THE UNSOUND, an all-new original comic book series from writer Cullen Bunn (X-Men: Blue, Deadpool, The Sixth Gun) and artist Jack T. Cole. Debuting in June, The Unsound follows the journey of Ashli, a young woman caught in the middle of a strange supernatural conspiracy that reveals to her a much more terrifying version of our world than she ever imagined.

Ashli’s first day as a nurse at Saint Cascia Psychiatric Hospital turns into a nightmare as a bloody riot sends her fleeing into the bowels of the hospital. As this unsettling descent takes her to a hellish world populated by lunatics and monsters, cloaked in a secret history of black magic and heinous scientific experiments, she’s forced to ask one horrifying question: Is there such a thing as sanity?

The Unsound is a surreal, scary story, full of chilling encounters and haunting experiences, and it delves deep into the nature of reality, perception and insanity,” says Bunn, whose The Empty Man graphic novel from BOOM! Studios will be released as a feature film from 20th Century Fox. “It’s territory that I find myself drawn to frequently, and in many ways, this is a sister series to The Empty Man. Here, though, we’re exploring a new landscape and developing a new horrific mythos.”

Cole adds, “As an artist, working with Cullen Bunn’s creative genius for horror offers up many exciting opportunities to visually explore the genre.”

The Unsound is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to ambitious original series such as Victor LaValle’s Destroyer by Victor LaValle and Dietrich Smith; Godshaper by Simon Spurrier and Jonas Goonface; Grass Kings by Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins; Klaus by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora; The Woods by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas; and Irredeemable by Mark Waid and Peter Krause.

“Working with Cullen on The Empty Man was one of my favorite experiences of recent years, so I jumped at the chance to help usher in his next horror classic,” said Eric Harburn, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “A cerebral, unsettling tale of an asylum on the brink of hysteria, The Unsound is also a showcase for Jack T. Cole—your new favorite artist.”

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VIDEO PREVIEW: ‘Becoming The Companion’ in US Cinemas this April

Blogtor Who - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 18:12

Fathom Events has released a preview of this special featurette, which takes a look a new companion Bill, played by Pearl Mackie. Mackie along with current showrunner Steven Moffat and Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi share their thoughts in this one minute clip. You can catch the full feature in US Cinemas on the 17th and […]

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Looking for Advice on Adobe Indesign Alternatives...

Tenkar's Tavern - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 15:25


+Zach Glazar laid out Swords & Wizardry Light.

+James Spahn laid out Swords & Wizardry Continual Light.

I'm looking to take over layout duties with the Torchlight Zine.

I've heard nothing but good about Indesign - except for its pricing. I think I'd be paying for more horsepower than I need and certainly for more than I'll make my money back on. While you don't publish RPG material to become rich, you don't want to become poor ;)

Scribus gets some good talk and it is Mac friendly although I tend to find open source software to lack a certain depth of documentation. The price is certainly right.

LucidPress looks very interesting. Online app accessible from all devices, you OS is irrelevant. Starts at $5.95 a month with a yearly sub.

I'm sure there are many others.

I'm looking for inexpensive publishing software with a small learning curve, preferably for OSX (although I can boot into Windows, I'd rather not). It will mostly be used for laying out zines of about 16 or so digest sized pages and occasional adventures about the same size.

If you have advice, I am all ears. I'm also all noob ;)
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1d4 Random Minor Treasures From Clark Aston Smith's Poseidonis Table For Your Old School Campaigns

Swords & Stitchery - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 15:16
Some items & relics retain the memories of the places, ages, as well as the hands that used them. These items are a part of a lost or ancient history even when that history has sank far below the waves or is lost to the time & tides of myth or legend. These are objects tinged with the weight of ages & ancient forgotten days there is a thirty percent chance that they will try to return to the Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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The Curse of Harken Hall

Ten Foot Pole - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 15:09


By Simon Todd
MontiDots Limited
OSRIC
Level 1

Clovis Harken, Lord of Highcliff Gard has but six months to live, at least if the family curse is anything to go by. His wife, Karlina is going frantic as he has forbidden any from investigating the curse. But he has gone on a hunting trip, and Karlina has sent word to the wayside Inn asking for investigators to explore a mysterious door hidden behind a mural in the oldest part of the manor. It’s easy money if it were but a simple coal store….

This thirty five page adventure details the dungeon behind a newly found secret door in the manor of a cursed lord. With twenty-one rooms over thirteen pages, the rooms are … expansivly encountered, with each rooms many features generally ALL having some sort of thing associated with them. It could use a hard organization overhaul to deal effectively with the organizational consequences of that dense content. It can also be a little bland in its treatment of treasure and goes overboard with DM advice and mixes setting data in through a repetition I found tedious. This adventure feels like … I don’t know. It feels like a good old-school basement adventure in which each room has a lot of stuff going on.

Every lord of the manor dies at forty, because of some curse you hear about from a bard. A summons to the manor from the lady reveals her husband is out hunting and will return in six hours. She wants you to explore a new secret door she found, thinking it may contain information on lifting the family curse. The house guards are loyal to her husband, who doesn’t want anyone poking around with the curse.

I described the rooms in the dungeon as expansive, or perhaps dense is a better word. The first room has maybe six different things going on. There are spiders in the ceiling joists, with big wiggling food sacks hanging. There’s a chest and a mound of burlap. There are banners under a sheet, and 7’ tall statue, along with a table and a rubbish/slurry pile near a locked door with an obvious key missing from the keyring next to the door. Don’t go poking in the rafters and the spiders keep to themselves, you may not even see them. Fuck with their food sacks and rats run out of the walls to investigate. The wet burlap has rats in it. The missing key is in the rubble at the foot of the door, along with some giant centipedes. And on and on it goes, to the tune of a page and a half. The writing is not exemplar in its use of terse & evocative language, but it’s not exactly full of garbage irrelevent history and backstory either. Well. Usually. It IS more verbose than I would prefer in places. “Inform the player that the spells are instantly readable by a magic user” is the advice when you find some scrolls in a chest. Or “A cleric, magic user or druid is able to identify the dried herbs as St. John’s Wort, a plant used as a ward against fae that can also be used as a bug repellent if burnt.” In the table description there’s “On the table are gauntlets and a battle axe with a leather cover.” and then “the battle axe is serviceable.” This sort of thing happens again and again. I’m not sure I would make the choices to include this information … but it’s also pretty hard to damn the product for it. Well, but for …

The density of the rooms, combined with the organizational style, makes the extraneous data stick out more than usual. There’s just SO MUCH that you start looking for ways to manage your way through it. More than the detail I think this is an impact of the style. The rooms almost always start off with a read-aloud. In the case of room one it’s two paragraphs long. It’s pretty fact based, which I generally rail against, but it also touches on nearly every thing in the room to investigate. If you believe that the DM should feed “follow up” hints to party, for them to inquire further about, then this is the read aloud for you! Here’s the read-aloud section for the spiders and cocoons: “The rafters, 10 feet above your head, are coated in cobwebs. There
are seven cocoons about two feet long at intervals dangling from the ceiling. They twitch erratically.” Other read-aloud bits mention the table, statue, sheet covering something, the doors, and so on. Actually, the cocoon read-aloud is not bad for evocative imagery, but the rest IS pretty fact based. The various sections are then bolded out in the text. IE: “The Table” is a bolded section heading, as is “The Banners” and “The Chest and Mound of Burlap” and “The Statue” and “The South Wall.” Note the disconnect between the section headings and the read-aloud. Banners? No banners mentioned in the read-aloud. They are under a sheet that IS mentioned. The South wall? That’s the door on the south wall. Then there’s an entire section of text after the read-aloud and before the first section heading which describe a pool of seeping water, a stairway, the wall symbols the walls are painted with, the cocoons and spiders. Then the monsters are bolded in the various section, in a slightly larger font. It really needs slightly better organization. Consistency in the section headings, the monsters maybe indented instead of bolding with larger font, and the section heading being consistent. I recall another product I just reviewed that had a kind of bullet point layout. That format, I think, would have worked wonders to help group and call out the content in this dungeon. None of which means it’s BAD, just that it could be better.

The whole thing FEELS like a classic dungeoncrawl, even if the map is really just a couple of rings of corridors/rooms. The content of the rooms leads to this exploratory vive that’s going on. You can interact with stuff. Search the garbage for a key. Peel back peeling paint to find a door. Fuck with the statue. It’s quite interactive and some rooms, like the first room, are bursting with interactivity. More than anything else it feels like those old 1e DMG example dungeon rooms, with the holes filled with wood, the trapdoor, and the stream with a skeleton and scroll case in it.

Loves of B2 will rejoice knowing that the manor gets a small write up also … along with its considerable treasure and magic items contents. Murder Hobos, Represent! The adventure does get a little heavy in places, especially prior to the dungeon proper, with setting data. It tells you about 200 times that demi-humans and humanoids are called Erle Folk, clerics are multi-religion, and MU’s can brew potions. Maybe it’s the repetition, but the setting info felt a little too much, even though it does have a kind of interesting Ars Magica/Harn-ish vibe to it. More fantasy than those two settings but still skewing more in that direction than most adventures do. The treasure is generally pretty good. The magic items skew towards the book variety but they do have some decent details, like a +1 dagger with an ivory handle with inlay in the form of a sinister faun. (Which fits in to the “alien fae” theming as well.)

The exploratory nature of the dungeon as well as the variety in non-standard encounters (floating skulls shooting magic missile! Trapped fae spirit!) makes this one of those rare cases where I think it’s worth pulling out the highlighter. My impossibly high standards do a disservice to these journeyman works. One day I should collect them all on a second page. In any event, this is good enough to make me want to see more from the publisher/designer. Expect to see some more in the near future.

You can find this on DriveThru, but we warned the preview is pretty useless in determining what’s up with the actual useful content. (Ha! A new area for me to bitch about! “The preview doesn’t show a useful page.”)
http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/192981/The-Curse-of-Harken-Hall

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Mighty Meeples #1: What is a Meeple?

Cryptozoic - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 13:00

Mighty Meeples have just released as part of Cryptozoic Entertainment’s new line of collectibles. But you might find yourself asking, “Dekan, what is a meeple anyway”? Well, a meeple is a small, androgynous, stylized humanoid figure made of wood and shaded a specific color. The name meeple...

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REVIEW: Broadchurch S03 E03 – Liar Liar

Blogtor Who - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 11:00

THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS The final series of Broadchurch continued this week with another thrilling episode – and the truth has never seemed so distant. Once again there was no messing around, picking right up where Episode 2 left off. Trish reported her threatening text to the police and they’re desperate to find out […]

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