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Tasha’s Rules for Custom Origins Make Pencil-Necked Mountain Dwarves Overly Good

DM David - Tue, 10/19/2021 - 12:17

I played Rime of the Frostmaiden in a party that included the sort of armored dwarven wizard empowered by two features: (1) a weak dwarf’s ability to wear stout armor without a speed penalty and (2) the customized origins from Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything, which let players assign their race’s ability score bonuses to any ability score. This dwarf started with a Strength of 8 and level of fighter for heavy armor proficiency, but some characters gain similar benefits by opting for a mountain dwarf and gaining proficiency with medium armor.

We both played wizards who boasted similar offensive power, except his wizard never got hit. When the character returned at high levels for my D&D weekend, a shield spell routinely boosted his AC into the 30s.

Aside from a monk with high-wisdom and Stunning Strike, I suspect the character type that dungeon masters find most tiresome combines high AC and the ability to cast shield. We DMs can be fans of the characters and want to land an occasional attack. I love Superman, but I also love the threat of a robot powered by a kryptonite heart.

Tasha’s custom origins improve D&D by giving players freedom to play the character they want without choosing ability scores that make the character less effective than others. In an appearance on Dragon Talk, lead D&D designer Jeremey Crawford says, “All games are about making choices and making meaningful choices, but we want the choices to be between things that are all fun and interesting. What we don’t want is a choice where just hiding inside it is some kind of trap. And that’s what the traditional ability score bonuses often feel like to people.

“As the game continues to evolve, and also as the different types of characters people make proliferate and become wonderfully diverse, it’s time for a bit more of those old assumptions to, if not pass away, to be something that a person can set aside if it’s not of interest for them and their character.” The Tasha’s rules create a game that helps gamers imagine and create a broader spectrum of viable characters. “You can play the dwarf you want to play. You can play the elf you want to play. You can play the halfling you want to play.”

Does the new freedom fuel more powerful characters? Jeremey says no. “Contrary to what many people might think, those ability score increases that are in those different options, they are not there for game balance purposes. They are there strictly to reinforce the different archetypes that have been in D&D going back all the way to the 70s.”

The game’s design gives smaller ability score bonuses to races with more potent racial features. Jeremey contends that where players put the ability score bonuses doesn’t matter.

Except the placement matters. Before custom origins, mountain dwarves gained a +2 Strength along with medium armor proficiency—a feature that rarely benefits characters who gain from a +2 strength. Fighters and paladins get armor proficiency anyway; barbarians and monks avoid armor. For wizards and other classes that actually need armor, that +2 Strength offers nothing. To the Player’s Handbook designers, this combination of strength and armor proficiency seemed like such useless fluff that mountain dwarves gained +2 in two ability scores rather than just one. Besides, Strength is a roleplaying choice for sub-optimal characters..

I suspect that if Jeremey failed to save against a suggestion that forced the whole story, he would admit that the placement of modifiers does matter, but not enough to derail adding the simple and flexible custom origins in Tasha’s. Mountain dwarves rank as strong, but not overpowered.

Still, if the designers gained a redo on the dwarf, surely the race’s mechanics would change. In the case of dwarves, the custom origin rules go beyond enabling unique characters who defy class archetypes. The rules encourage pencil-necked dwarf wizards able to wear half-plate. I’ve learned to accept characters who sell out to seldom get hit, but acceptance comes easier when the price isn’t a bargain. Nonetheless, if I were king of D&D, custom origins and their flexibility would stay despite the adventuring parties suddenly filled with clanking dwarven wizards.

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Just do it

Yarn Harlot - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 22:39

Lately, I have taken to working occasionally from the what’s become my “upstairs office” which is – well. It’s my bed. In the first autumn of the pandemic something in me snapped and for the life of me I suddenly couldn’t figure out why Joe and I were sleeping on a tiny crappy mattress that was more than twenty years old.  The thing was second hand when it was new to us, and it was way, way past its best before date. It was too small too – when Elliot was with us it just meant he kicked us all night, and I guess I’d really come to hate that bed a lot, but somehow back when we travelled a lot I got breaks from it and didn’t mind it so much.  Cue the lockdown(s) and suddenly it became the focus of everything that was wrong in the world. Everything. Covid? No, I can handle that. Living in the city with the longest lockdown in the world? No, I am not upset about that in the least. Being separated from my loved ones, friends and career and yarn stores? No, none of that is a problem, it was just the STUPID BED.

I finally ordered a new one, sight unseen. I had a conversation with a nice lady named Dory at a bed store and I just bought what she suggested, which was some hybrid blah blah, king size and I had her ship it here.  A friend asked if it wasn’t kind of strange to buy a bed without even lying in it first, but all the shops were closed on account of the lockdown, I’d snapped and – as I told the friend, the great thing about sleeping in a really, really terrible bed for a really, really long time is that truthfully, any bed that Dory sent over here was going to be such an upgrade it didn’t matter much. Before the bed came, I scrubbed every inch of the bedroom, repainted, got new curtains, new sheets, and a new duvet. I even bought a lamp. It was time and I love it. The bed, the room, the everything. Our bedroom is one of the brightest rooms in the whole house, and with Joe still working from home its often one of the quietest, and now that my entire life is lived in stretchy pants and wool slippers, it makes total sense to have a bed-office. (It also doesn’t help that I’ve filled my actual office with the setup for filming the Patreon. At least up here I don’t have to worry about knocking over the weird card-table-tripod setup I’ve got going on down there.)

So, here I sit, with an awesome cup of tea (recently have become addicted to Monarch Tea Company’s Cream Earl Grey) and I’ve brought up my knitting, and as soon as I’m done writing this I am definitely not working on this sock until I have finished Ken’s sweater.

Yarn is the precious and heartbreakingly discontinued Dream in Color Everlasting  in Victoria. (Dream in color still makes great yarn, just not this one.) and the pattern is Verbena Socks.  It’s great fun, and I’m even enjoying the colour, and you can write that down somewhere – that I was grooving on a purple yarn, because knitters it is most definitely not my favourite colour. I wonder if it’s partly because for some terrible reason, I have developed an aversion to knitting on Ken’s sweater, for no good reason, I might add.  I love the yarn, it’s a good pattern and I’m so close to finishing it should be all I want to work on. I think I’ve only got about 12 more rows of brioche to do on the back of the thing and then all it needs is a bath and a bit of assembly and a neckband.

This, I think we can all agree – is not much.  Yeah verily it is very little, and I can’t tell you why every single time I pick it up it just seems like a slog. I’ll knit two rows and then find myself thinking things like “Goodness me, I shouldn’t be knitting this! Look at that sock. It’s far more urgent” and then off I go to knit… well, anything else, really. It makes no sense, but has been good for getting other things done around here, because it turns out I’d rather do anything at all than finish this – even clean. Somehow, I’ve put it on the list of things I will do immediately once everything else is done and naturally everything else is never going to be done, especially if I keep starting things, which I am absolutely doing.

So, here it stops, today.  I’m not knitting anything else until this is in the bath. If nothing else, it’s started glaring at me, and I can feel it looking at me with judgement. Once inanimate objects start taking on a personality it’s past time to get them out the door.

This ends today, sweater.

Categories: Knitting Feeds

RICH INTERVIEWS: Nathan Kempf Curator/Letterer for Adventures Everywhere: A Comic-Book Anthology for Kids

First Comics News - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 22:20

Rich: How did you get into Lettering comic books?

Nathan: Honestly, it was a “right place, right time” kind of situation. My partner and I went to a local comic-book shop here in France where Mateus Santolouco (TMNT) was signing some books. There, I met the people taking care of localizing comic-books (translating and adapting the lettering) for the French market, and I asked if they had a place for me, to which they answered “yes”. I worked for them for around two years as a localizing letterer, and then had the ambition of working on original stories instead of just localizing them and worked my way up from there. I now letter full-time.

Rich: What one of your published works stands out the most for you?

Nathan: When it comes to French books, I had the chance to work on a 60 issues series telling the entire History of my country, L’Histoire de France en Bande Dessinée, published by Hachette Collection. It was talked about on TV, newspapers, … and it allowed people to learn about this subject in a more accessible way, so I’m very proud to have worked on it.

When it comes to American comic-books, it would be Deadbox, published by Vault. I started lettering US comic-books in early 2020, so getting to work for such a popular publisher after so little time, and on an amazing story like this one feels unreal to me. I also got to letter this series through AndWorld Design. The founder Deron Bennet is a letterer I truly look up to, so working through his studio is incredible.

Rich: Why use an anthology format?

Nathan: I feel like the anthology format fits perfectly with a child’s attention span. On a more serious note, all kids will not relate to the same stories, which is normal, so it felt weird for me to release one story and just be satisfied with it. The anthology format also allows for creators from different backgrounds to come and tell a story they want to tell, and for more kids to be able to relate to this book. It’s important, especially in these times when the future is as unpredictable as ever. Going for an anthology format just felt right.

Rich: What is the theme throughout the anthology and why?

Nathan: Throughout this book, I wanted to show kids that anything can be an adventure (hence the name Adventures Everywhere). Whether you are trying to find an amazing place to eat dessert, moving to the other side of the country, or finding out who you really are, you will be put in a position of learning, growth, self-discovery, doubts, and so much more. I believe it is important to show kids it’s normal to go through those cycles, and that it may take time for them to discover who they want to be and carve their own path. In that way, life is an adventure, and I hope it will give hope to the kids reading this anthology.

Rich: Will this anthology inspire children and children of all ages?

Nathan: I truly believe so. We have stories for everyone: a fire-breathing hamster saving turtles, a child finding the perfect gift to their newborn sibling, the experience of a disabled teenager going to their first pride parade. Most issues faced by today’s youth are showcased in this book, so I’m convinced they will all be able to relate to the stories, find comfort in them, and also find inspiration.

Rich: Who are Jes & Cin and why are they important to “Adventures Everywhere: A Comic-Book Anthology for Kids”?

Nathan: JesnCin (short for Jessica and Jacinta Wibowo) are Indonesian identical twins who write and illustrate their own stories, such as LUNAR BOY under Harper Alley in 2023, and they are the ones who illustrated the cover for the anthology. A cover is so important, because it is the first thing people will see when looking at a book, and I feel like they did the job perfectly. Communication with them was easy and we got on the same foot quickly, which shows in the final product. Them being driven by creating empowering stories for younger readers was a huge bonus. Finding a cover artist was a very long process for me, but I couldn’t be any happier with the result.

Rich: How did you go about getting others involved in the making of “Adventures Everywhere: A Comic-Book Anthology for Kids”?

Nathan: Honestly, just an open call on Twitter. I have no prior experience in curating an anthology and I’m not well known in the comic-book world, so I was honestly not expecting people to answer the call, but it seemed like the easiest way for me to reach other creators. I ended up with hundreds of submissions and a lot to review, but it gave me the chance to find the stories and artists I truly believed in the most.

Rich: Who are a few of the talented people involved with this anthology?

Nathan: I’m lucky to have amazing creators working on this anthology! We have a foreword by Stephanie Cooke (Oh my Gods!), and stories by people such as Shadia Amin (Spider-Ham: Great Power, No Responsibility), Jordan Alsaqa (Raise Hell!), Brittany Matter (Into the Sunset), Quade Reed, and so many more.

Rich: How did you find the job of Curator challenging?

Nathan: The hardest part was reviewing and selecting stories. I think I went through 6 rounds a trimming down until I had a satisfying number of stories left. Curating the anthology was challenging as a whole, but I think it is mostly due to it being my first time. If there is a next time, I know the entire process will be easier, I already learned a lot about what I could have done better.

I’m also very lucky to have experienced people helping me on the backend before the anthology launches (Brittany Matter helped me a lot setting up the Kickstarter campaign page, and James Emmett is taking care of PR, which is a huge relief).

Rich: After this anthology what will you be working on next?

Nathan: I will be lettering, mostly. I have also written a mini-series called The Gaia Theory, that I am currently pitching to publishers. If it doesn’t work, it will go to Kickstarter early in 2022.

I am also working on two kids’ graphic novels, Ahoy! and The Road of the Dandelions, whenever I have the time, hoping to have them out there in the next few years.

Also, if this anthology’s campaign is a success, I already know the theme of the next one (and yes, it will still be for kids).

Rich: What other comics would you recommend?

Nathan: Oh, that’s a tough one! Lately, I’ve been binge reading (again) Saga and Locke & Key, they’re amazing stories that I could read repeatedly. I’m also a big fan of Tom Taylor’s Nightwing and Superman: Son of Kal-El.

When it comes to middle-grade / young-adult books the Marvel stories published by Scholastics are truly great (Miles Morales: Shock Wave, Spider-Ham: Great Power, No Responsibility, …). Actually, comic-book wise, I feel like kids can’t go wrong with Scholastic’s books.

Rich: Why use kickstarter and what is the url for this one?

Nathan: Kickstarter is a great way for projects like this anthology to actually see the light of day. Between paying creators, printing costs, and all the different expenses, such a book can very easily cost more than $10K to create. Funding it through Kickstarter is an amazing way to connect with fans and peers, while making sure there will be people to support the book when it’s out there.

You can find the campaign at

Rich: Why do you love comic books?

Nathan: This medium is truly amazing, I feel like it has the best parts of all other storytelling mediums. It’s kind of a like a novel, but you’re not limited to words to tell your story. Your visual storytelling is also not limited by a budget like movies can be. To me, comic-books are the absolute best way to tell compelling stories and have it easily available to everyone. I mean, just look at how popular Webtoon is, and how many people are creating stories for this platform only.

Rich: Any words for the fans who support this anthology?

Nathan: Thank you, from everyone involved. Your support matters so, so much, and we couldn’t make this project without you. If the campaign succeeds, I cannot wait to have all your feedback, and I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy creating it.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

DC Fandome DC  Reveals: Direct Statues and THE BATMAN MOVIE  Action Figures!

First Comics News - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 22:13

Check out McFarlane Toys reveals from DC Fandome!

DC FanDome 2021 raised the bar and revealed for the FIRST TIME EVER spectacular
NEW McFarlane Toys DC Direct Statues!

Plus the launch of the first wave of THE BATMAN Movie Action Figure collection!


Legendary Comic Artist and McFarlane Toys CEO Todd McFarlane shared new details about McFarlane Toys recently announcing a partnership with DC Direct to create new DC collectibles and revealed the FIRST LOOK of the McFarlane Toys DC Direct lines!



In 2022, McFarlane Toys will start releasing  BRAND NEW DC statues and figures, including:

  • The first-ever created The Batman Movie Statues of the  BATMAN and THE RIDDLER in time for its theatrical release.
  • A new statue, Joker: Purple Craze, based on superstar artist Greg Capullo’s The Joker from Batman: Death in the Family
  • Continue the incredibly popular Batman Black & White line with a stunning statue by Mike Mignola that offers a unique companion piece to the other Black and White Statues
  •  McFarlane Toys The BATMAN Movie DC Multiverse action figures featuring Batman, Catwoman, The Riddler and the Batcycle.  All figures sold separately.

You can NOW pre-order some of our VERY FIRST figures from The Batman movie DC Multiverse line and PRE-ORDER the FOUR DC Direct Statues revealed during DC Fandome!

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First Comics News - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 22:09

Creators George Mann and Aleta Vidal Explore the End of The World in New Graphic Novel’ MOTHERBRIDGE

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (October 19, 2021)Dark Horse Comics is pleased to announce a new original graphic novel that explores motherhood and myth in the dystopian fantasy MOTHERBRIDGE: Seeds of Change. This new, emotionally rich epic from Sunday Times bestselling creator of Newbury & Hobbes George Mann and rising artist Aleta Vidal arrives May 2022.


In the aftermath of a failed utopia, an exiled woman fights to be reunited with her children by harnessing the mythic power that changed the planet forever.


Twenty years ago, the World Mother awoke, forming an enormous “worldbridge” from manmade ruins and knotted vegetation that spanned the globe. Borders fell, millions migrated, and legendary creatures returned to the forests. But recently, the World Mother has gone silent, and the worldbridge has begun to wither. Borders are being reinstated. Now, one woman, cast out by her adoptive nation, must assemble a team of outcasts to reawaken the World Mother and bring down the wall separating her from her family.


“Motherbridge is a story very close to my heart, and one that’s been bubbling away in my subconscious for many years. In some ways it’s a reaction to the global difficulties we’re all living through at the moment—climate change, species extinction, isolationist politics—but it’s also very much a story of hope and love. At its heart, this is a tale about family, both biological and found, and about how even the smallest acts of compassion can change the world for the better. It’s been a joy to work on this book with Aleta and watch her bring Hayley and her world to stunning, vivid life.” – George Mann


“It took a second from when I received the proposal to work on this project until I accepted it, I felt it was for me from minute one.  This story is a tribute to diversity and love for our world, with a family finding each other in the middle and enlarging it along the way.  this is a great love story.  Working on things that I believe in, teaming up with people who share those beliefs like George, gives me the strength to carry them out. I’ve draw from the soul every line.” – Aleta Vidal


MOTHERBRIDGE: Seeds of Change arrives in comic shops May 18, 2022 and bookstores May 31, 2022 and is available for pre-order now through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your local comic shop for $19.99.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs


First Comics News - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 22:07

Title: ANT # 1
Publisher: Image Comics
Story/Art/Color: Erik Larsen
Flats: Mike Toris
Letters: Jack Morelli
Harworking Farm Boy: Josh Eichhorn
Based in part on the work of: Mario Gully
ANT created by: Mario Gully
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.imagecomics.com
Comments: The villians ANT faces are Randy Dandy, Pussyfoot, Yuck-It-Up, Quizmaster, and Half-Black and ANT is a action packed hero diving into these villians. Hannah a young girl is shown drawing ANT’s adventure. The villains she imagines are what you might expect from a young girl.
Hannah’s life growing up is a hard one. Her dad busy with work, her mother not in her life, and a bully harrassing her. Then things get really bad. As ANt is born in blood and death she is not someone you ever want to mess with.
The art showing ANT posing as an ant might is stunning. This origin is one amazing story wonderfully told.
This new series of ANT does make use of parts from the previous ones and improves on it. Hannah is starting her career as a super-hero and she has the right attitude. She is strong willed yet she used to be weak of body well not any more. Her new antennae are a deadly weapon. This new improved Hannah is ANT and evil better run.
The costume design makes use of black to hi-light the costume which does fit Hannah like a second skin. The visuals of it make it and ANT jump out at you.
ANT is a hero for those who need one.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs


First Comics News - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 20:18

Brand-new She-Hulk ongoing comic series launches in January


New York, NY— October 18, 2021 — Marvel’s sensational powerhouse returns! One of comics’ most beloved heroes, Jennifer Walters, A.K.A. She-Hulk, will star in a new ongoing comic series starting in January. Written by acclaimed author Rainbow Rowell (RUNAWAYS) with art by Rogê Antônio (X-MEN: RED, HELLIONS), SHE-HULK will see the character embark on a journey that heralds back to her fan-favorite solo adventures of the past while embracing a fresh new future for the character. Promising to be a delight for fans as well as newcomers to She-Hulk’s saga, the series will once again prove why Jennifer Walters is the greatest character around!


Following her transformative time in Jason Aaron’s AVENGERS, She-Hulk is eager to put her rage-filled days behind her and return to practicing law in defense of the innocent. She’s got a career to rebuild, friends to reconnect with (and maybe represent in a court of law) and enemies to…well, she may not want to connect with them, but they are DEFINITELY going to connect with her. And when a friend from her past comes knocking with a mystery she can’t resist, she’ll quickly be back to bashing. The last page of this debut issue is going to send Jen down a road she’s never traveled, one that will shake up her life and possibly the whole Marvel Universe.


“She-Hulk is the best of the best,” Rowell said. “She’s smart, she’s funny—and she’s really and truly heroic (all that and she has the best hair in comics). Jen has always been at the top of my Marvel wishlist, and I’m thrilled to be writing her next chapter.”


“I’m very excited and feel honored to be a part of this exciting new phase of She-Hulk,” Antônio said. “Working with Rainbow Rowell has been inspiring and it’s amazing how she lets her passion for the character shine through on every page. I hope the fans have as much fun reading as I’m having illustrating these new adventures.”


A premiere issue so big it’ll have not one but two dazzling main covers—one by astounding cover artist Jen Bartel and another by comics legend Adam Hughes! Check them out below and be there when She-Hulk smashes her way into a new era on January 12!









On Sale 1/12

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First Comics News - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 17:29

AVAILABLE ON 4K Ultra HD™ BLU-RAY combo pack,


BURBANK, CA (October 16, 2021) – Everyone’s favorite felonious feline takes action, adventure and theft to new heights – and in an entrancing anime style – in Catwoman: Hunted, an all-new DC Animated Movie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the feature-length animated film is set for release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack (USA $29.99 SRP; Canada $34.99 SRP), Blu-ray (USA $24.99 SRP; Canada $29.99 SRP) and Digital on February 8, 2022.

Catwoman: Hunted kicks off an impressive slate of DC-centric animated films coming in 2022 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Following Catwoman: Hunted, the 2022 releases include two new entries to the popular DC Universe movies and DC animated movies canons – Green Lantern: Beware My Power and Battle of the Super Sons – as well as a film for younger fans, Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse. The year will also see the presentation of DC Showcase – Constantine: House of Mystery, the latest compilation of animated shorts anchored by a story involving the Hellblazer himself; and the highly anticipated 4K Ultra HD release of Batman: The Long Halloween – Deluxe Edition, which ramps up the R-rated action across both halves of the acclaimed film, now melded together as one dynamic thriller.

In the all-new original Catwoman: Hunted, Catwoman’s attempt to steal a priceless jewel puts her squarely in the crosshairs of both a powerful consortium of villains and the ever-resourceful Interpol, not to mention Batwoman. It might just be enough to contain her. Or not.

Elizabeth Gillies (Dynasty, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Vacation) and Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, In The Heights) lead the cast of Catwoman: Hunted as the voices of Catwoman and Batwoman, respectively. Also featured is Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) as Black Mask, Steve Blum (Cowboy Bebop, Star Wars Rebels) as Solomon Grundy, Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) as Julia Pennyworth, Keith David (They Live, The Thing, Gargoyles) as Tobias Whale, Zehra Fazal (Young Justice) as Talia al Ghul and Nosferata, Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: the Next Generation) as King Faraday and Boss Moxie, Kirby Howell-Baptiste (The Good Place, Barry) as Barbara Minerva/Cheetah, Kelly Hu (Arrow, X2: X-Men United) as Cheshire, Andrew Kishino (Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Mr. Yakuza and Domino 6, Eric Lopez (Madagascar: A Little Wild) as Domino 1, Jacqueline Obradors (Bosch, NYPD Blue) as La Dama, and Ron Yuan (Mortal Kombat 11) as Doctor Tzin.

Catwoman: Hunted is directed by Shinsuke Terasawa (Gintama, Yo-kai Watch) from a script penned by Greg Weisman (Young Justice, Gargoyles). Producer is Ethan Spaulding (Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms) and Executive Producer is Sam Register.

The Catwoman: Hunted 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc featuring the film; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the film in hi-definition. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack include a digital version of the film.

Catwoman: Hunted – Special Features
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray and Digital

When The Hunter Becomes The Hunted (New Featurette) – When does the hunter become the hunted? In this case it’s when Selina Kyle steals the “Cat’s Eye” emerald and Batwoman informs her, “Congratulations, Selina, you just became Leviathan’s No. 1 target.” Those targeting Catwoman include wave after wave of assassins, ninjas, and Super-Villains – from Tobias Whale, Black Mask, Cheshire and Nosferata to Solomon Grundy, Talia al Ghul and Cheetah. In this all-new featurette, our experts break down the backstory of each integral villain.

Catwoman: The Feline Femme Fatale – Watch the documentary on Catwoman’s history.

Looking for a refresher course on animated Super Hero entertainment before seeing Catwoman: Hunted? HBO Max has a rich catalog of DC-centric films and series readily available for viewing!

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Iron Circus Comics Launches a Kickstarter for Kendra Wells’s REAL HERO SHIT 

First Comics News - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 16:40

Adventure Awaits in This Funny, Sexy, and Queer Fantasy Graphic Novel

(October 18, 2021) Iron Circus Comics has launched a Kickstarter campaign for REAL HERO SHIT, a 120-page original graphic novel by acclaimed cartoonist Kendra Wells about a mismatched group of adventurers. The quirky fantasy adventure tale follows a demonic playboy prince, a stoic half-elf, a short-fused mage, and a compassionate cleric as they go forth to protect the innocent, fight injustice, and show off how cool they look.

“Real Hero Shit is the most self-indulgent comic I have ever created,” said Kendra Wells, the acclaimed cartoonist of Tell No Tales: Pirates of the Southern Seas, who has contributed to The Nib and designed characters for Dimension 20’s The Unsleeping City. “I found myself looking at the stories I loved, like the Dragon Age video game series and D&D shows like Critical Role, and was like ‘what’s stopping me from making a story like this? One that is silly and sexy and gay?’ I decided that this would be the kind of story that I wanted to read because if I’m looking for this, other people must be as well. Very ‘if you build it, they will come’, but instead of a baseball field, I’ve made a queer little medieval fantasy book with dick jokes in it.”

In REAL HERO SHIT, people are going missing in a small mountain town, and the city guards are blocked from a real investigation. The notorious Underguild has assigned Michel a secret mission: find the missing villagers and bring whatever kidnapped them to justice. Unfortunately for Michel and his fellow adventurers, Ani and Hocus, they’re short a fighter and need one more party member to foil this plot. Even more unfortunately, the only volunteer seems to be the arrogant, ostentatious, purple playboy Prince Eugene looking to cure his boredom.

Covert is not a concept that Prince Eugene is familiar with, and let’s just say his commitment to the mission is questionable. Every day is basically spring break for Eugene, but outside the palace walls he crashes into a hard reality: the system that kept him safe in his silk-sheeted bed isn’t particularly concerned with the well-being of anyone who isn’t him. Eugene will have to level-up his awareness if he means to be a real hero, and time is running short!

“Real Hero Shit is EVERYTHING we look for in an Iron Circus title,” said Iron Circus Publisher Spike Trotman. “Beautifully-drawn, hilarious, and moving. I straight-up consider it our 2022 flagship title.”

“If you like your fantasy stories chock-full of sharp character writing and queer representation, don’t miss REAL HERO SHIT by Kendra Wells,” says editor Kel McDonald, “It’s a true gem. The demon prince playboy, Eugene, is an especially endearing flirt.”

To support the campaign, head to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ironspike/real-hero-shit-by-kendra-wells

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BUMP Returns!

First Comics News - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 16:13

After the success of the first issue, earning 247% of the required funding thanks to over 160 backers, BUMP is back for issue two with another Kickstarter campaign. The second issue will feature bigger stories and bigger names, but also still feature some of the best up-and-coming comic book artists in short 3-page horror stories.

Written by Joseph S. Farrar, BUMP is a black-and-white horror anthology that features a number of artists for each issue, coming from a number of different backgrounds and showcasing many different art styles. For issue two, there are six incredible artists on board for interior art.

  • Joe Eisma (Morning Glories, Engineward, Archie, The Flash)
  • Morgan Beem (Swamp Thing: Twin Branches, Wonder Woman: Black & Gold)
  • Colleen Palmer (Crow and the Eternal Night)
  • Cat Parra (Dates)
  • Spencer Davis (Source Jammer Tezca)
  • Dann Franco (If On A Winter’s Night)

The six artists will be working on six different stories, ranging from creepy tales of inhuman beings to realistic stories of dread and terror. Each story has a style that is enhanced by the specifically chosen artist working on it.

Issue two also features cover art by three of the best contemporary artists in the comic book industry, with main covers by Vasco Georgiev and Juni Ba, with a special Pumpkingirl variant by Caspar Wijngaard. BUMP #2 will feature lettering by Haley Rose-Lyon and design work by DC Hopkins.

The Kickstarter campaign will launch on the 29th of October, with early bird reward tiers and all-in-one cover bundles for collectors, as well as stretch goals that aim to increase pay for the creators and attract a greater breadth of artists for future issues. The campaign can be found here.

BUMP #1 is currently available for purchase on Comixology, where it was featured in the Bestsellers list during its week of release and has a 4-star rating, as of writing. It will also be available physically through the issue #2 campaign.

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Clover Sweet ‘n Sharp Macaron Review and Giveaway

Moogly - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 15:00

Clover Sweet ‘n Sharp Macarons are adorable magnetic needle sharpeners – a truly sweet addition to any crafter’s notions bag! Take a closer look, and enter to win your own Clover Sweet ‘n Sharp Macaron on Moogly! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; giveaway sponsored by Clover USA.  Needles Need Sharpening? While yarn needles are...

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Lost in Space Teaser Trailer | Final Season | Netflix

First Comics News - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 14:41

Official teaser trailer for the third and final season of Lost in Space. All episodes drop December 1, 2021, only on Netflix.

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DUNE Hero Paul Atreides Comes to Life in New Upcoming Highly Detailed Statue

First Comics News - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 14:38

Dark Horse Direct and Legendary Entertainment Partner for Highly Detailed Figure

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (October 18, 2021)Dark Horse Direct, in partnership with Legendary Entertainment, is proud to announce the Dune: Paul Atreides Statue! Poised for action, Paul wields his sacred crysknife, ready to defend his honor and his people. Inspired by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ highly anticipated epic action-adventure film Dune from Academy AwardÒ-nominated filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, based on the acclaimed novel by science fiction author Frank Herbert, this statue will have you ready to fight alongside the Fremen because: “only together can we stand a chance.”

Measuring 9 inches tall by 9.2 inches wide, this highly-detailed statue is meticulously sculpted and painted by the artists at Gentle Giant Studios. Featuring the intricate likeness of Dune actor Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides in stillsuit, none stand a chance against the combat agility of the young hero. And none can resist the draw of this outstanding statue.

Limited to an edition size of 500, pre-order yours today to prepare for the coming crusade at Direct.Darkhorse.com for $219.99.

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Looking For Group - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 04:00

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Doc Stalwart Issue 258

The Splintered Realm - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 00:55

 I had a little trouble getting this one right; it's a transitional issue, and I didn't want it to fall flat. I'm happy with how it turned out, even though it is far more character development and setting things up than it is straight-up adventure. I figure there's a lot of straight-up adventure I'm setting up...

Doc Stalwart 258


First Comics News - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 14:52

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First Comics News - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 14:33

This week’s Cosplay Girl of the Week Alyssa Loughra

If you would like to be the Cosplay Girl of the Week! Please send your photo to Giovanni.Aria@firstcomicsnews.com and you will be considered for inclusion in a future edition of Superhero Girls!

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First Comics News - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 14:31

This week’s Cosplay Dude of the Week

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First Comics News - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 14:29

This week’s Cosplay Team of the Week

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