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Pearl Mackie joins ‘The Birthday Party’

Blogtor Who - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 18:19

Returning to the West End, Pearl Mackie joins a new production of the Harold Pinter play. The 30 year old actress, who appeared as the Doctor’s companion Bill, will play Lulu in ‘The Birthday Party’. Ian Rickson is directing this production of Harold Pinter’s play, running at the Harold Pinter theatre from 9th January to […]

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DC Bombshells Trading Cards - Sketch Card Previews, Part 12

Cryptozoic - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 18:18

Please enjoy the twelfth installment of our DC Bombshells Trading Cards Sketch Card previews, hand-drawn by our talented artists. Links to contact the artists can be found below the images of their Sketch Cards.

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 16:25

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Ask yourself, ‘Can this person do the job 70% as well as I could?’ Then you should delegate. You never feel fully ready. Leap when you’re almost ready. Give it 5 minutes before sharing your feedback.  Why being near the water actually makes us happier. During the Great Depression,

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MARVEL LEGACY Unveils New Series: MAKE MINE MARVEL!

First Comics News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 15:19

Your first look at Marvel Two-In-One, Black Bolt, Hawkeye, Weapon X and Tales of Suspense

 

New York, NY—September 15, 2017—This fall, a new day will shine on the Marvel Universe with your favorite heroes, your favorite creators…where every story is an event!

 

Today, Marvel is excited to announce the following creative teams and Legacy titles:

 

MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE: FATE OF THE FOUR PART 1

Written by CHIP ZDARSKY

Art by JIM CHEUNG

BLACK BOLT #8: THE MIDNIGHT KING RETURNS PART 1

Written by SALADIN AHMED

Art by CHRISTIAN WARD

HAWKEYE #13: FAMILY REUNION PART 1

Written by KELLY THOMPSON

Art by LEONARDO ROMERO

WEAPON X #12: NUKE-CLEAR WAR PART 1

Written by GREG PAK

Art by YILDIRAY CINAR

TALES OF SUSPENSE #100: RED LEDGER PART 1 (of 5)

Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG

Art by TRAVEL FOREMAN

 

 

For an in-depth look at our return to original numbering, fans can consult Marvel’s renumbering chart – a handy and easy way to jump on board with our Legacy content! Featuring new adventures and dozens of exciting returns, look for more interviews and updates with artists, writers, and editors of these series.

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Explained: YARA rules

Malwarebytes - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 15:00

YARA rules are a way of identifying malware (or other files) by creating rules that look for certain characteristics. YARA was originally developed by Victor Alvarez of Virustotal and is mainly used in malware research and detection. It was developed with the idea to describe patterns that identify particular strains or entire families of malware.

Syntax

Each rule has to start with the word rule, followed by the name or identifier. The identifier can contain any alphanumeric character and the underscore character, but the first character is not allowed to be a digit. There is a list of YARA keywords that are not allowed to be used as an identifier because they have a predefined meaning.

Condition

Rules are composed of several sections. The condition section is the only one that is required. This section specifies when the rule result is true for the object (file) that is under investigation. It contains a Boolean expression that determines the result. Conditions are by design Boolean expressions and can contain all the usual logical and relational operators. You can also include another rule as part of your conditions.

Strings

To give the condition section a meaning you will also need a strings section. The strings sections is where you can define the strings that will be looked for in the file. Let’s look at an easy example.

rule vendor
{
strings:
$text_string1 = “Vendor name” wide
$text_string2 = “Alias name” wide
condition:
$text_string1 or $wide_string2
}

The rule shown above is named vendor and looks for the strings “Vendor name” and “Alias name”. If either of those strings is found, then the result of the rule is true.

There are several types of strings you can look for:

  • Hexadecimal, in combination with wild-cards, jumps, and alternatives.
  • Text strings, with modifiers: nocase, fullword, wide, and ascii.
  • Regular expressions, with the same modifiers as text strings.

There are many more advanced conditions you can use, but they are outside the scope of this post. If you would like to know more you can find it in the YARA documentation.

Metadata

Metadata can be added to help identify the files that were picked up by a certain rule. The metadata identifiers are always followed by an equal sign and the set value. The assigned values can be strings, integers, or a Boolean value. Note that identifier/value pairs defined in the metadata section can’t be used in the condition section, their only purpose is to store additional information about the rule.

Summary

YARA is a tool that can be used to identify files that meet certain conditions. It is mainly in use by security researchers to classify malware.

Links

Signature-Based Detection With YARA

Latest YARA documentation

YARA: Simple and Effective Way of Dissecting Malware

Screenshots were made using Yara Editor by Adlice Software

Pieter Arntz

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State of The Tavern - What a Wednesday Night We Had - Discord is Good

Tenkar's Tavern - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 14:22

Wednesday night was the weekly Tavern Chat. Its moved to The Tavern's Discord server with OVERWHELMING success. I can't say for certain how any were logged into the chat channel, but the voice channel his 22 people logged in at one time. Damn!

Voice kicked off sometime before 930 PM and lasted until 115 in the morning. I kid you not. Nearly for hours of lively discussion. Mostly about the OSR but also veering into topics like "moderating" and the size of the RPG market. Did I mention we have over 175 members signed up for the Tavern's Discord seerver?

Did I also mention I was also happy as a pig in shit, as Rach had her surgery consultation earlier in the afternoon and the mass that was to be removed? Gone. Yep, simply gone. Happy happy joy joy.

The past few days have been extremely active both on the blogside and the Facebook community. I have one of the lightest moderation hands I know of, and I'm happy I only needed to put my mod hat on a handful of times for slight corrections in direction.

I owe some midweek monster content (and a magic item this weekend) and have way too many posts waiting in the hopper - time for me to get working!


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Well Dressed Dog Coat

Moogly - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 13:36

The Well Dressed Dog Coat is ready to perk up your pet with gorgeous colors – and a stitch pattern that’s both familiar and fun! And there’s more to come… Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; yarn provided by Lion Brand. The Well Dressed Dog Coat is made with Lion Brand New Basic 175. It’s [...]

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BIG FINISH: David Bradley to Star in ‘The First Doctor Adventures’

Blogtor Who - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:04

Turns out Christmas won’t be the only time we hear David Bradley play the First Doctor. In Doctor Who: The First Doctor Adventures, award-winning actor David Bradley will take on the role of the Doctor’s first incarnation. The series will comprise two volumes with two stories apiece, coming out in January and July 2018 respectively. […]

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The Azurth Adventures Digest is Here!

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:00

The first issue of the Azurth Adventures Digest is now on sale! Twenty-eight full color pages at 5.5 in. x 7.75 in. with art by Jeff Call and Jason Sholtis. There are random tables for the generation of quirky Motley pirates, a survey of interesting and enigmatic islands, and a mini-adventure on the Candy Isle. Plus, there are NPCs and a couple of monsters, all straight from my Land of Azurth 5e campaign.

Get the pdf here or go here for the print edition. (The link is also in the sidebar.)


For those of you interested in Mortzengersturm print editions: Once the first printing of the digest is sold and shipped, I'll again by selling Mortzengersturm. You can email me to get on the "waiting list."


REVIEW: ‘The Daleks’ and ‘Survival’ soundtracks

Blogtor Who - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 09:00

Silva Screen records have released two exciting soundtrack CDs that showcase the very best of Doctor Who incidental music. ‘The Daleks’ and ‘Survival’ come from opposite ends of the Classic series. Therefore the soundtracks for both stories offer varying styles of audio delights. Interestingly they prove to be the perfect accompaniment to each other. Taking the […]

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Winners and Losers: Batman Metal, The Boys, Aubrey Sitterson

First Comics News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 08:55

Chris goes over this week’s Winners & Losers of the comics world.
Winner: Batman and Metal Comics; Winner: Dynamite Comics, The Boys, and Amazon; Winner or Loser or Both: Aubrey Sitterson and IDW. Plus winners from the devastating hurricanes and remembering Len Wein.

LINKS:
CCL Slack Channel – free and open to anyone
CCL Podcast on iTunes
CCL Podcast on Libsyn
CCL Twitter
DGTLcomics Twitter
CCL Tumblr
CCL Podcast RSS Feed
CCL on eBay
This podcast direct .mp3 link

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KNOW YOUR MIGHTY CRUSADERS: Hangman

First Comics News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:13

Created by:

Cliff Campbell & George Storm

Real Name:

Robert Dickering

Joined Mighty Crusaders:

The Hangman is not a member of the Mighty Crusaders.

First Appearance:

Pep #17, July 1941

Origin:

Robert “Bob” Dickering adopted the secret identity of the Hangman to avenge the Death of his brother the Comet.

History:

When Robert Dickering decided to visit his brother John shortly after he graduated with a Master’s degree, he didn’t know at the time that this act would change his life forever. When he entered John’s apartment, he found John Dickering changing from the costume of the Comet to his street clothes and learned that his brother John was the super-powered vigilante known as the Comet. John then introduced Bob to his girlfriend, newspaper reporter Thelma Gordon and asked Bob to squire her around town while he caught up on lab work. An argument over Thelma led to Bob storming out of the apartment, only to be waylaid by two gangsters working for racketeer Big Boy Malone mistaking him for John Dickering, who was to testify against one of Malone’s cohorts.

John Dickering saw his brother being taken captive and quickly went into action as the Comet. Pursuing the car, the Comet disintegrated one of tires with his “disolvo-vision” causing the vehicle to crash. As Bob Dickering emerged from the car to flee only to be shot at by Malone’s men. The Comet then swooped down tried to shield his brother by taking the gunfire intended for Bob. As several policemen got involved in what quickly turned into a shootout, the younger Dickering quickly rushed his dying brother to his apartment via a fire escape during the confusion. With his brother Bob and Thelma Gordon at his side, John Dickering a-k-a the Comet died of his injuries. Not before telling Bob and Thelma to stay together as a memorial to him. But Bob, remembering his brother’s sacrifice made this vow:

“I’ll carry on for him, Thel! I’ll bring his murderers to the hangman! I’LL BE THEIR HANGMAN!” (Pep Comics #17)

Remembering that criminals were cowards at heart, he chose the image of an executioner to strike fear in the hearts of criminals. And to push this image forward, he chose to flash the image of a gallows and noose to herald his arrival. This projection became as much of a trademark as the green and dark blue costume Bob Dickering wore as the Hangman.

The Hangman began his mission of vengeance by kidnapping Malone’s associate Chugger as he was led out of the courthouse by Malone’s attorney. The Hangman sweated a confession out of Chugger by placing him in a dark room and projecting an image of the gallows to frighten him into confessing all he knew. He then went to Malone’s hideout and after a fight with Malone and his men, he left them in the hands of the police who had arrived after he telephoned them to be there. Malone was found guilty and was executed by hanging for his crimes. Thus began the career of the Hangman. (Pep Comics #17)

After that first case, the Hangman quickly established himself in the crime-busting field, but his career nearly came to a premature end just when it was beginning. A criminal known as the Jackal successfully framed the Hangman for a series of murders by hanging he committed while wearing a duplicate of the Hangman’s uniform. So successful was the frame-up that Thelma Gordon was convinced that the Hangman was becoming a ruthless killer vigilante like his brother the Comet (despite the fact that Bob Dickering consciously chose not to kill in his crime crusade). Fortunately, Thelma Gordon believed in him and gave him information about the real killer she learned from an African-American male who bore the unfortunate nickname of Anthracite. With that information, the Hangman broke out of jail and successfully apprehended the Jackal; getting him to confess to his crimes in the meantime (Pep #18).

The Jackal would eventually return to bedevil the Hangman on two more occasions. The first came after he faked his own death on the gallows and sought revenge against those who put him behind bars, including the Hangman. The Hangman was able to catch up to the Jackal just as he was trying to kill Thelma. During a climatic battle with the Hangman, the Jackal tried to escape via a rope only to have the rope catch around his neck inadvertently hanging himself (Pep #20). Surprisingly he survived that encounter with the rope breaking his fall. He sought refuge in a monetary where he used it as a base of operations to allow him to commit further crimes. During a final confrontation with the Hangman, he fled into the woods by the monetary and perished when he fell into a lye pit (Special Comics #1).

Gradually, the Hangman became that rarity in law-enforcement circles, a costumed vigilante whom law-enforcement officials actually approved of. This was due in large part to the fact that the Hangman chose consciously not to kill any of the criminals he encountered. This was in marked contrast to the homicidal activities of his brother, the Comet (who disintegrated many felons with blasts of his “disolvo-vision”). But the fact that the Hangman chose not to kill didn’t prevent many of the criminals that encountered him from inadvertently meeting premature (and often gruesome) demises. All which occurred either as the felons fought the Hangman or tried to escape from him. It was these incidents – coupled with his chosen image – that made the Hangman one of the most feared of the great “mystery-men” in the underworld.

In the Spring of 1942, the Hangman had his first encounter with his most frequent adversary, the Nazi terrorist/fifth columnist known as Captain Swastika. In their first encounter, the Hangman prevented him from killing the daughter of an imprisoned German official in order to prevent her from revealing vital information about his organization, the Legion of the Swastika, to the American authorities (Hangman #2). Captain Swastika (often assisted by his top henchman, Ice-Pick) returned to bedevil the Hangman on four other occasions over the course of that year.

In his second duel with the Hangman, Captain Swastika broke out hundreds of criminals from various jails across the country in an attempt to use them as a terrorist army to in effect, launch a second civil war in the United States (Pep #28). Later, he tried to hijack a newly launched battleship in order to deliver it to his Nazi masters (Pep#29). In his fourth duel, he teamed up with a Japanese axe-murderer called the Executioner in an attempt to lure their mutual foe – the Hangman – into a death duel (Hangman #3). On the fifth and final occasion, Captain Swastika and his men tried to destroy Mexico’s vital oil fields in order to cripple the Allied cause. During the climatic battle with the Hangman, Captain Swastika met his untimely demise when he was inadvertely impailed with an icepick thrown by Ice-Pick in an effort to kill the Hangman (Pep #34).

Throughout his career, the Hangman fought against other equally impressive adversaries as well. Among them included such villians as the Walrus, the Missionary, the Hunter, Mother Goose, the Executioner, and the Snail among others. Some of them eventually went to the gallows for their crimes. While others inadvertley met untimely demises during their encounters with the Hangman.

The Hangman’s celebrated career as a crime fighter lasted until the end of World War II. Whatever became of him after the war remains in doubt and has fueled many rumors about him and his postwar life. Among those rumors include the one that stated that the Hangman briefly went on the wrong side of the law before going back into crime-fighting. Whatever the case may be, these rumors have only added to the legend of the dark knight known as the Hangman.

Powers & Weapons:

The Hangman as no superhuman powers, but is an Olympic level athlete, master of hand to hand combat. has superior deductive abilities, and psychological skills

Checklist:

MLJ Comics:
Pep Comics 17-47
Black Hood Comics 9, 10, 12-19
Special Comics 1
Hangman Comics 2-8
Liberty Comics 10

Mighty & Radio Comics:
Fly Man 33 (1st Silver Age app. 9/65), 36, 37
Mighty Comics 45, 48
Mighty Crusaders 3, 4

Red Circle & Archie Comics:
Comet 1, 2
Mighty Crusaders: Origin of a Super Team

TEXT BY: Kelso

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ARCHIE COMICS DECEMBER 2017 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 05:25

MARVEL DIGEST

MARVEL COMICS DIGEST #4
Marvel Comics’ best-selling heroes are back in the ever-popular digest format! This fourth issue spotlights the X-MEN! This is a can’t-miss collector’s item that will only be printed once!
Script: Various
Art:  Various
Cover: Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum
Ship Date: 11/29
On Sale Date: 12/13
224-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

ARCHIE HORROR

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA #10
“WITCH WAR” Part 4 – Sabrina makes a terrifying discovery: Her teacher has been manipulating her, getting Sabrina to do her bidding. But when Sabrina declares war on her, she has no idea Ms. Porter is really the villainous Madam Satan, with all the battalions of hell at her disposal. Sabrina will have to gather her own army to face her… For TEEN+ Readers.
Script: Roberto Aguire-Sacasa
Art: Robert Hack, Jack Morelli
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #10 CVR A Reg: Robert Hack
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #10 CVR B Var: Paul Renaud
Ship Date: 11/22
On Sale Date: 12/6
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

DARK CIRCLE

MIGHTY CRUSADERS #1
NEW ONGOING SERIES! “Back in the Saddle” – The mightiest team of superheroes are back! A throw-down with a prehistoric terror in the heart of Washington D.C. sets the stage for the dramatic return of a wayward hero! Meanwhile, half a world away, a sinister plan begins to awaken an ancient evil!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art:  Kelsey Shannon, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Mighty Crusaders #1 CVR A Reg: Kelsey Shannon
Mighty Crusaders #1 CVR B Var: Matthew Dow Smith
Ship Date: 11/22
On Sale Date: 12/6
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

 

HANGMAN VOL. 1
They say the Hangman is nothing more than an urban legend. But those who encounter him know different. Join writer Frank Tieri (WOLVERINE, BATMAN) and artist Felix Ruiz (WOLVERINE MAX, HALO) for an ongoing tale of horror, the supernatural and violence… and learn why some men may never be redeemed. Collects HANGMAN issues #1-4.
Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Felix Ruiz, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Rachel Deering
Cover: Mike Huddleston
978-1-62738-940-2
$14.99/$16.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 12/20

NEW RIVERDALE

ARCHIE #26
HEART OF RIVERDALE, Part 4! Everyone has had a different reaction to Betty’s injury, but Archie’s is unique. He’s finding himself falling in love with her all over again—but where does that leave Veronica?
Script: Mark Waid
Art: Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Archie #26 CVR A Reg: Audrey Mok
Archie #26 CVR B Var: Sandy Jarrell
Archie #26 CVR C Var: Thomas Pitilli
Ship Date: 11/22
On Sale Date: 12/6
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

 

THE ARCHIES #3
NEW ONGOING SERIES! FEATURING INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING ARTIST CHVRCHES! As The Archies face a rocky start to their first-ever tour, they find unexpected drama among the members! Can Betty and Archie reconcile their artistic differences? Can real-life indie pop trio CHVRCHES provide the guidance they need to weather the storm?
Script: Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
The Archies #3 CVR A Reg: Greg Smallwood
The Archies #3 CVR B Var: Jamie McKelvie
Ship Date: 11/29
On Sale Date: 12/13
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

 

BETTY AND VERONICA: VIXENS #2
NEW ONGOING SERIES! The Vixens assemble—Betty and Veronica can’t take down a rival biker gang on their own; it’s time to call in some reinforcements; meet the newest additions to their gang!
Script: Jamie L. Rotante
Art: Eva Cabrera, Elaina Unger, Rachel Deering
B&V: Vixens #2 CVR A Reg: Eva Cabrera
B&V: Vixens #2 CVR B Var: Sanya Anwar
Ship Date: 12/6
On Sale Date: 12/20
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

 

LIFE WITH KEVIN VOL. 1 (TR)
LIFE WITH KEVIN is a coming-of-age story that is both heartfelt and funny. Readers are introduced to an older, wiser and worldly Kevin Keller as he explores the life in NYC with his BFF Veronica. Written and drawn by Dan Parent, with inks from the legendary J. Bone. Collects the entire 5-issue run.
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, J. Bone, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
978-1-68255-940-6
$14.99/$16.99CAN
6 x 8 1/2”
TR
136 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 12/27

 

RIVERDALE #9
From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers of the new CW series Riverdale, this ALL-NEW, ongoing comic series features stories set in between episodes of the new CW TV series Riverdale.
Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Various
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Andre Szymanowicz, John Workman
Riverdale #9 CVR A Reg: CW Photo Cover – Cheryl Blossom
Riverdale #9 CVR B Var:  CW Photo Cover
Ship Date: 12/13
On Sale Date: 12/27
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

 

RIVERDALE DIGEST #5
See how everything led to the CW’s Riverdale TV show with this digest-sized collection featuring stories from our relaunched titles as well as classic Archie stories!
Script: Various
Art:  Various
Cover: CW Photo Cover
Ship Date: 12/6
On Sale Date: 12/20
128-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

ARCHIE CLASSIC

YOUR PAL, ARCHIE! #5
Everyone knows Betty Cooper is the sweetest, kindest, most helpful girl in town. At least she USED to be. How will Riverdale react to BAD GIRL BETTY? Plus, part 5 of the connecting variant cover image by Les McClaine!
Script: Ty Templeton
Art:  Dan Parent, Ty Templeton, Jack Morelli, Andre Szymanowicz
Your Pal Archie #5 CVR A Reg: Dan Parent
Your Pal Archie #5 CVR B Var: Les McClaine
Ship Date: 12/6
On Sale Date: 12/20
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

BETTY AND VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #259
In the BRAND NEW story “Oh, Canada!,” Betty and Veronica are excited to go to a charity event in Canada—but they’re even more excited to meet the Canadian Prime Minister!
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Jeff Shultz
Cover: Bill Galvan
On Sale Date: 12/27
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

 

ARCHIE CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR #1
Get ready for a Christmas spectacular featuring some of Archie’s most festively fun stories!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Various
Ship Date: 11/29
On Sale Date: 12/13
24-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

 

ARCHIE AND ME COMICS DIGEST #3
In the BRAND NEW story “Something Fishy,” some unlikely companions join Mr. Weatherbee on an ice fishing trip—and it looks like they might catch a lot more than colds!
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Bill Galvan
Cover: Bill Galvan
Ship Date: 12/13
On Sale Date: 12/27
128-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

 

B&V FRIENDS WINTER ANNUAL #257
In the BRAND NEW lead story “Girls On Tour,” Mr. Lodge gives Betty, Veronica, Ginger and Nancy a winter tour of the Lodge Estate—but no one could predict all of the chilly calamities that ensue!
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Jeff Shultz
Cover: Bill Galvan
Ship Date: 11/22
On Sale Date: 12/6
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

 

WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #74
In the BRAND NEW lead story “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” when Archie and Jughead win a prize pig in a contest, they have to find it a good home without turning every place they go into a pigpen!
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Bill Golliher
Cover: Jeff Shultz
Ship Date: 11/29
On Sale Date: 12/13
160-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

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Distant Thunder From T1 The Village of Hommlet By Gary Gygax

Swords & Stitchery - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 05:22
 I've been gone most of today  on sewing machine repair calls but I wanted to really do a bit more OSR commentary on T1 The Village of Hommlet. This is following hot on the heals of yesterday's T1-4 Temple of Elemental Evil commentary. So the year is '86 & I'm going through a box of rpg books as gamers are apt to do. But I came across an odd little module titled the Village of Hommlet.Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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DARK CIRCLE COMICS DECEMBER 2017 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 05:18

MIGHTY CRUSADERS #1
NEW ONGOING SERIES! “Back in the Saddle” – The mightiest team of superheroes are back! A throw-down with a prehistoric terror in the heart of Washington D.C. sets the stage for the dramatic return of a wayward hero! Meanwhile, half a world away, a sinister plan begins to awaken an ancient evil!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art:  Kelsey Shannon, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Mighty Crusaders #1 CVR A Reg: Kelsey Shannon
Mighty Crusaders #1 CVR B Var: Matthew Dow Smith
Ship Date: 11/22
On Sale Date: 12/6
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

 

HANGMAN VOL. 1
They say the Hangman is nothing more than an urban legend. But those who encounter him know different. Join writer Frank Tieri (WOLVERINE, BATMAN) and artist Felix Ruiz (WOLVERINE MAX, HALO) for an ongoing tale of horror, the supernatural and violence… and learn why some men may never be redeemed. Collects HANGMAN issues #1-4.
Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Felix Ruiz, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Rachel Deering
Cover: Mike Huddleston
978-1-62738-940-2
$14.99/$16.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 12/20

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CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’S ACCLAIMED EPIC “DUNKIRK” SURPASSES HALF A BILLION DOLLARS WORLDWIDE

First Comics News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 04:41

(September 14, 2017 – Burbank, CA) – Warner Bros. Pictures’ epic action thriller “Dunkirk” crosses the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office today, it was announced by Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk” shot to the top of the box office in July. It went on to be one of the biggest hits of the crowded summer season and continues to draw audiences the world over. It is also one of the year’s most critically acclaimed films, earning rapturous praise from critics around the globe.

Kroll stated, “Christopher Nolan has proven why he is regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of our time. His ‘Dunkirk’ is an absolute tour de force—a harrowing, emotional and sweeping moviegoing experience that pushes the boundaries of mainstream studio filmmaking. Through Chris’s lens, ‘Dunkirk’ does more than capture this pivotal moment in time; it reminds us of both the heroism and the human toll of war. We are so proud of this film and congratulate Chris, Emma Thomas, the cast, and all the talented people who helped bring this monumental achievement to the screen.”

In making “Dunkirk,” Nolan utilized a mixture of IMAX® and 65mm film to capture the action from land, sea and air. Much of the film was also shot on the beaches of Dunkirk, France, where the events unfolded.

From filmmaker Christopher Nolan (“Interstellar,” “Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy) comes the epic action thriller “Dunkirk.”

The film opens as 400,000 Allied troops are trapped on the coast of Dunkirk, France, surrounded by the German army. Mostly young men, they had their whole lives ahead of them…but now their lives might only stretch as far as that strip of beach. With their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in. The story unfolds on land, sea and air. RAF Spitfires engage the enemy in the skies above the Channel, trying to protect the defenseless men below. Meanwhile, hundreds of small boats manned by both military and civilians are mounting a desperate rescue effort, risking their lives in a race against time to save even a fraction of their army.

“Dunkirk” features an ensemble cast, including Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy and Barry Keoghan, with Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.

The film was produced by Emma Thomas and Nolan, with Jake Myers serving as executive producer.

The behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Lee Smith, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson and special effects supervisor Scott Fisher. The music was composed by Hans Zimmer.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Syncopy Production, a film by Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk.” The film is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

This film has been rated PG-13 for intense war experience and some language.

Dunkirkmovie.com

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James Kramer is Looking for a Home for Usherwood Publishing and its Titles

Tenkar's Tavern - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 03:55

This has been a tough week in the OSR. First we lost James Koti to cancer over the weekend. Wednesday night we lost Mona Dowie to cancer. Now, James Kramer, owner of Usherwood Publishing is fighting an inoperable brain tumor.

James is looking for a new home for his Usherwood releases. I suspect the best known release is the A5 trim of the OSRIC rules, released in conjunction with Blackblade Publishing.

He posted about it at Knights & Knaves:


Its funny. I've always followed the Usherwood releases and have the "pocket" edition of OSRIC on my desk and yet I never associated James with it. Never too late to learn.

If you have a serious offer please email James with it.

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Valiant’s QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE Brings on Exclusive Covers, Bonus Content, And More – Beginning in December!

First Comics News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 03:07

Valiant is proud to announce the QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – available only as a pre-order set to fans who reserve the first year of the ALL-NEW and UNTRUSTWORTHY ONGOING SERIES from rising star Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and explosive artist Kano (Daredevil) with their local comic shop by the initial order date (IOD) of October 26th, 2017!

Released monthly from December 20th through March 2018, each PRE-ORDER EDITION comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content, including creator commentary, behind–the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and first looks at upcoming issues – plus an exclusive cover by renowned artist Nick Pitarra (The Manhattan Projects) that can’t be found anywhere else!

Sometimes…you embrace your destiny. And sometimes…you and your trouble-making adopted brother find yourselves trapped in a scientific lab explosion that grants you $@&%ing awesome super-powers. As a result of their accident, Eric and Woody Henderson – aka Quantum and Woody – must “klang” their wristbands together every 24 hours or both dissipate into nothingness. Which makes superhero-ing pretty awkward when you’re not on speaking terms at the moment. See, Eric has been keeping a pretty big secret: He knows who Woody’s birth father really is… and where he’s been hiding all these years.

With great power comes great sibling rivalry! Beginning on December 20th, you’ll believe two men and one goat can split a one-bedroom apartment and still be a credible threat to evil and injustice everywhere when QUANTUM AND WOODY makes headlines and take names!

Fans and retailers, take note: The only way to obtain the QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE is to reserve this limited item with your local comic shop by the initial order date (IOD) of October 26th, 2017! No more copies will be made available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations!

Available only as a pre-order set to fans who reserve the first four issues from deeply untrustworthy writer Daniel Kibblesmith and eye-popping artist Kano, the QUANTUM & WOODY! (2017) #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – four massively expanded editions of Valiant’s next must-read monthly series – can only be ordered as a set and must be requested with your local comic shop by the initial order date of October 26th, 2017!

PLUS: In honor of Quantum and Woody’s upcoming overthrow of comic shops everywhere, Valiant can now “proudly” reveal that each of the new series’ first 12 issues will also feature EXTREME ULTRA-FOIL VARIANTS — a dynamic, new(ish) cover treatment featuring artwork by superstar artist Geoff Shaw (God Country) EMBOSSED and ENHANCED with AUTHENTIC COMICS FOIL FROM THE ‘90s!

Available at the standard cover price with no minimum order qualifications for retailers, relive the face-melting radditude of the era that gloriously birthed Beavis and Butthead Ren and Stimpy Quantum and Woody into comics history with the best foil covers ever produced by a major comics publisher* as Valiant’s EXTREME ULTRA-FOIL VARIANTS kick nostalgia in the nards!

*Seriously, we’re trying pretty hard and they’re going to look even better than that Silver Surfer one from 1991, kids!

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1
Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by KANO
Cover A by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO (OCT171904)
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW (OCT171905)
Extreme Ultra-Foil Chase Variant by GEOFF SHAW (OCT171906)
Q&W Icon Variant by NEAL ADAMS (OCT171907)
The Most Variant Cover of All Time! by TOP SECRET (OCT171908)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 20th (FOC–11/27/17)

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by KANO
Covers by NICK PITARRA (OCT171909)
$15.96 [4 issues] | 40 pgs, issues #1-4 | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 20th (IOD – 10/26/17)


QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Cover A by Julian Totino Tedesco


QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by Geoff Shaw


QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Pre-Order Edition by Nick Pitarra

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Kano


QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Kano


QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Kano


QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Kano


QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Kano


QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Kano


QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Kano

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Pre-Order Coupon

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BOOM! Studios Announces New Full-Color Edition of Pizzeria Kamikaze from Etgar Keret and Asaf Hanuka

First Comics News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 02:15

“…a character-filled, caper-enhanced road trip, expertly paced and drawn all the way to its eerie conclusion.” – Austin Chronicle

 

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (September 14, 2017) – BOOM! Studios is excited to announce the addition of PIZZERIA KAMIKAZE, the haunting, sometimes surreal graphic novel by award-winning writer Etgar Keret (The Seven Good Years) and Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Asaf Hanuka (The Realist), to its Archaia imprint. The new edition will debut in February 2018 and will be presented in full color and in prestigious hardcover for the first time. This unexpectedly powerful story of love, loss, and escape was first published in black and white by Alternative Comics in 2006 and is based on Keret’s own short story, Kneller’s Happy Campers, which also served as the basis for the independent film, Goran Dukić’s Wristcutters: A Love Story.

In PIZZERIA KAMIKAZE, after committing suicide, narrator Mordy is condemned to an afterlife where he still has to attend a crappy job in a place no less crappy than the place he came from. When he discovers that his beloved ex-girlfriend is there, too, he embarks on a much-needed road trip through an absurdist and fantastical landscape to find her.

“What was both surprising and beautiful, from my perspective, was that the original black-and-white PIZZERIA KAMIKAZE and the film were both amazing adaptations and each had a completely different tone and sensibility but, at the same time, both of them were incredibly moving and loyal to the text,” says Keret, who wrote Kneller’s Happy Campers after an ex-girlfriend tragically passed away. “As a writer, you can meet your reader but will never really know what they’ve experienced when they’ve read your text. These two adaptations were a rare chance for me to take a peek into the mind of two brilliant and talented artists and I feel very lucky and very grateful for that.”

PIZZERIA KAMIKAZE features a new cover by Hanuka, who also has had two volumes of The Realist—curated collections of his semi-autobiographical comic strips—published by BOOM! Studios. The first volume won an Eisner Award in 2016.

“When I first worked on PIZZERIA KAMIKAZE, I was 25 and felt the good times were over and now I’m just going to become old and lonely,” says Hanuka. “The story starts at this point but then goes somewhere magical and full of hope. Working on the book literally made me better. I consider myself lucky to get a second chance to do this book a bit differently. The colors came out beyond anything I could imagine, and with a new cover I feel like this story is finally getting a chance to reach new readers.”

Of the original black-and-white edition, Library Journal said, “[Etgar] Keret creates a compelling journey in a world of the vacant eyed and the pleasure seeking. The tale is perfectly complemented by illustrator [Asaf] Hanuka’s black-and-white noirish ink… PIZZERIA KAMIKAZE stays light-hearted without being funny and is morbid without employing despair.”

Print copies of PIZZERIA KAMIKAZE will be available for sale in February 2018 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one); booksellers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million; or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play,  and the BOOM! Studios app.

PIZZERIA KAMIKAZE is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ Archaia imprint, home to ambitious original graphic novels such as Mouse Guard by David Petersen; Rust by Royden Lepp; Bolivar by Sean Rubin; Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón Pérez; and licensed books like Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth.

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