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The Splintered Realm - Thu, 01/06/2022 - 00:58

When I was in Middle School, my friends Matt and Mark had this deck of cards filled with silhouettes of military vehicles. I loved these cards - the simple, clean black and white images communicated so much to me about each vehicle. When I designed my first RPG (which was a military mission simulator where you could basically play GI Joes), I used the cards as the visual references for each vehicle as I statted them out. I still love these iconic designs, so I continue to use them for vehicles. Above is the design for the ship I shared a few days ago... which is now called the Madrygal Escort Ship.
Also, as I write, I have found a sweet spot for myself with technology. All of the really good technology is thousands of years old. In the game world, you're coming out of a dark age, and are re-discovering the starships and bots that belonged to the Naru, who are long-since dead. This keeps some of the vibe of 'finding old stuff' that sort of makes fantasy my favorite genre. It also makes it easy to include starships and bots into the game for new players. I always struggled with the idea that you are level 1, but you also have a few million credits to buy a starship. However, ancient starships are just sitting around in junkyards, buried in the wastes, and secreted away in old cave systems. You happen to find one, and bingo, instant ship. Bots work under a similar idea - they are all thousands of years old, and are programmed to find and attach to sentients. If you roll well at level 1, a bot found you and bonded. Congrats, you have your own R2-D2 or C-3PO. However, I also left an opening for bots to get total independence and go all Ultron, so that opens up some possibilites as well. You cannot buy a bot - it has to find you.


TO DREAM OR NOT TO DREAM! THE SORCERER SUPREME’S GREATEST FOES TEAM UP IN DOCTOR STRANGE: NEXUS OF NIGHTMARES #1

First Comics News - Wed, 01/05/2022 - 23:06

An all-new Doctor Strange saga from Ralph Macchio and Ibrahim Mostafa arrives this April

 

New York, NY— January 5, 2021 — This April, fans will get to experience one of Stephen Strange’s most incredible heroic adventures in DOCTOR STRANGE: NEXUS OF NIGHTMARES #1! Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme is currently embarking on a transformative new era in the pages of DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE and the upcoming STRANGE #1, but this upcoming one-shot will journey to the past with a never-before-told saga that presents Doctor Strange at his spellbinding best!

 

Featuring his two most terrifying villains, Nightmare and Baron Mordo, and showcasing some of Doctor Strange’s greatest feats yet, DOCTOR STRANGE: NEXUS OF NIGHTMARES will provide a perfect entry point into the unique mystical world of Doctor Strange. Expertly crafted by legendary Marvel great Ralph Macchio and rising star artist Ibrahim Mostafa, this epic tale also promises to dazzle longtime fans of the iconic character with a fascinating venture into the dream realm that you won’t want to wake up from!

 

Nightmare has invaded Doctor Strange’s dreams and turned them into terrible nightmares! These dark feelings now inhabit every fiber of Doctor Strange’s waking life and has left him weak and unable to protect the realm. Now, Baron Mordo and Nightmare are ready to strike. Can Stephen shake Nightmare’s grip over him? Or will the world be lost to Nightmare’s dream realm forever!

 

Don’t miss this brand-new signature Doctor Strange story when DOCTOR STRANGE: NEXUS OF NIGHTMARES #1 hits stands on April 20.

 

DOCTOR STRANGE: NEXUS OF NIGHTMARES #1

Written by RALPH MACCHIO

Art by IBRAHIM MOUSTAFA

Cover by TODD NAUCK

On Sale 4/20

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BENJAMIN PERCY AND ADAM KUBERT KICK THEIR WOLVERINE RUN INTO HIGH GEAR!

First Comics News - Wed, 01/05/2022 - 23:04

WOLVERINE #20 kicks off a new era of the current hit run this April

 

New York, NY— January 5, 2022 — Wolverine’s ongoing series returns this April with more thrills by the same all-star creative team, writer Benjamin Percy and artist Adam Kubert. The duo of masterful Wolverine storytellers have been delivering non-stop action-packed adventures in what is shaping up to be one of the greatest Wolverine runs in recent history. Now in the aftermath of X LIVES OF WOLVERINE/X DEATHS OF WOLVERINE, they’re back to take the character on some of his most brutal missions yet. And this time, Deadpool is coming along for the ride!

 

Deadpool was the king of Staten Island — now he wants to be an honorary citizen of Krakoa. Wolverine just wants him to shut up. But when Deadpool uncovers a dangerous plot that could mean doom for the mutants’ safe haven, it’s going to take a titanic team-up of the Best There Is and the Merc with a Mouth to quell the threat. But that doesn’t mean Logan has to like it. Featuring Wolverine and Deadpool at their most savage plus the return of a fan-favorite X-character to the Krakoan era!

 

“For ten weeks, the X LIVES OF WOLVERINE/X DEATHS OF WOLVERINE will take readers on an epic, time-shredding adventure that sets up the next era of the mutant books: Destiny of X. How do you follow up something like that? You keep raising the bar higher. Readers will not only experience a non-stop thrill ride, starting in April, but a kickoff story that is as irreverent and hilarious as it is heart-bruised,” Percy promises. “We’ve been teasing Deadpool for some time now, and he’s bullying his way into the pages of Wolverine for a wild (and reluctant) team-up that feels like some cousin to Midnight Run and The Fugitive. Get ready for more Maverick mayhem, more CIA spycraft, and more DANGER (yes, you read that right) at every turn.”

 

“Every time a new character or storyline is introduced in WOLVERINE, it feels like a fresh start and an opportunity for Ben and me to reinvent the wheel,” Kubert said. “WOLVERINE #20 is no exception with one exception. Deadpool’s not a new character. Having drawn him before (most recently on the cover to DEADPOOL BLACK WHITE AND BLOOD #1), I feel more like I’m visiting an old friend. Things change, yes, but our relationship stays the same. For me, DEADPOOL remains one of MARVEL’s greatest characters. Featuring him alongside \|/OLVERINE doesn’t get any better and I hope (and think) you’ll feel the same… Bub!”

 

“I know this is impossible to fathom, but Adam Kubert has never been better,” Percy said of his legendary collaborator. “His mind-blowing layouts — including a motorcycle action sequence for the ages — are beyond comparison.

 

“Without giving away any spoilers, this is going to be an explosive and complicated year for the mutants,” Percy added. “You’ll soon learn how the future of Krakoa (and mutantkind) is in peril, and Wolverine will of course be at the center of it all, slashing and hacking away.”

 

Wolverine and Deadpool. When these two get together, what force in the Marvel Universe would dare get in their way? Find out when WOLVERINE #20 hits stands on April 20.

 

 

WOLVERINE #20

Written by BENJAMIN PERCY

Art and Cover by ADAM KUBERT

Teaser Variant Cover by TYLER KIRKHAM

On Sale 4/20

 

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El Rey del Comic: EL GUATÓN SALINAS

First Comics News - Wed, 01/05/2022 - 13:37

RECUADRO

Guatón Salinas le dice cariñosamente la gente a Rodrigo Salinas Marambio, actor, comediante y dibujante de cómic.

Nos conocemos desde la Expo-Comic 2019. Andaba con su hijo Salvador, al cual le hice una dedicatoria. El niño quedó feliz, porque es ferviente seguidor de Condorito: se fue emocionado con el libro tapa dura del personaje que a él tanto le gusta.

Rodrigo en sí es un personaje gracioso. Yo lo veía en un programa cómico que tenía con otros comediantes en Chilevisión (El Club de la Comedia). También lo fui a ver al cine (Fuerzas Especiales), aunque añoro los films de antes de mis amigos Naum Kamarenco, Aldo Francia y José Bohr, Para mí, ese cine fue una época linda.

La película del Guatón salió buena (tuvo una parte dos, Fuerzas Especiales 2), el Salinas es gracioso de nacimiento.

La Expo-Comic 2019, que en esa oportunidad fue en el GAM en su versión internacional, se realizó en un momento difícil para Chile. Había protestas y saqueos. Nuestra librería, en Alameda 333, local 02, también sufrió el sacudón de los encapuchados y finalmente cerró. El día domingo, último día de la feria, alcanzamos a retirar los equipos, la misma noche en la que intentaron quemar el GAM (Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral).

Volviendo a nuestro simpático amigo, El Guatón Salinas, conversó conmigo y me expresó su entusiasmo por preservar la imagen de Pepo y de Condorito, nuestro segundo símbolo nacional.

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REVIEW CORNER: Peter Parker: Spider-Man # 35

First Comics News - Wed, 01/05/2022 - 13:03

Peter Parker: Spider-Man # 35
Writer: Paul Jenkins
Penciller: Mark Buckingham
Inker: Wayne Faucher
Colorist: Transparency Digital
Letterers: Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Wes Abbott
Cover Date: November 2001
Rating:
This week, I’ll take a look at Peter Parker: Spider-Man # 35 which tells the tale of a young boy and his “fascinating friendship” with Spider-Man that helps him in coping with the harsh reality he lives in.

This issue introduces us to LaFronce, a well-adjusted kid who has to deal with a mother who spends her days drunk (and possibly on drugs) so she has no time for him; The only time that he can find happiness is when he thinks about Spider-Man (via a trading card and his imagination) and he comes alive to check on him. The promise of going on patrol with Spidey and learning to count to twenty are some of the issue’s heartwarming factors that will bring you joy while reading this story.

Jenkins and Buckingham manage to take the concept of “Calvin & Hobbes” and turn it into a really great story that will bring out all the emotions in you. Paul Jenkins doesn’t get enough praise for telling such unique stories like this one where the allure of Spider-Man comes alive in the eyes of a young boy. Mark Buckingham’s artwork has always had a cartoonish feel but at the same time, he tends to bring with it a realistic tone that always comes off as being special; Peter Parker himself does not appear in this issue, but the uplifting overtones of this story alone makes it worthy to be in anyone’s comic collection and ranks very high when it comes to mentioning the best Spider-Man stories. The ending alone (**NO SPOILERS**) will take your breath away and will have the readers reminisce about being a kid and having that one hero they all look up to that gave them hope when times were hard and from what I took away from this issue is that no matter what obstacles we face in life, The Power of Imagination is always a beautiful thing to behold.

Well, that’s it for me. Thanks for sticking around and I will be back next week.

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NEW TEAM OF MUTANTS FORMS TO PROTECT KRAKOA IN LEGION OF X!

First Comics News - Tue, 01/04/2022 - 23:07

Si Spurrier and Jan Bazaldua kick off LEGION OF X in April

 

New York, NY— January 4, 2022 — The mutant nation of Krakoa will thrive like never before in DESTINY OF X, the new era of X-Men kicking off this spring. But beneath the surface of this mutant paradise, troubling questions still remain. Krakoa has its laws — but does it have justice? Writer Si Spurrier and artist Jan Bazaldua will tackle this question and more in LEGION OF X, a new X-Men ongoing series launching in April.

 

Known for mindbending work on titles such as X-MEN LEGACY and X-FORCE, Spurrier returns to the saga he planted in WAY OF X with a brand-new team of mutant favorites ready to bring peace, love, and justice to Krakoa, teaming up with Bazaldua whose stunning artwork perfectly captures both the beauty and mystery of Krakoa. Fans can expect to see some of the most dangerous internal threats Krakoa’s faced to date, ones that only the Legion of X are equipped to handle.

 

To remain a mutant sanctuary, Krakoa must safeguard itself against those who would damage its peace or traumatize its people. The lost must be found, and the wicked must face redemption — or retribution. It’s up to the ever-soulful swashbuckler Nightcrawler to keep the spark alive and the omega-level mutant Legion to host a unique team in the psychedelic mindspace called the Altar. With a host of X-Favorites on the beat including magical young X-Man Pixie, one-man riot squad Juggernaut, the recently-returned and ever-mysterious Blindfold, the X-Men’s resident super genius Dr. Nemesis, and more, the Legion of X will do anything to protect mutants’ right to pursue happiness and hope. The team will come out of the gate with some of the most intense missions Krakoa has faced to date including a hunt for a missing Arakkii god, a skinjacker possessing innocent mutants, and a villain worth praying for… Prepare to meet these exciting new additions to the X-Men’s iconic rogues gallery as LEGION OF X bares mutantkind’s heart and soul!

 

Here’s what Spurrier had to say about his latest X-Men venture:

 

“I’ve wanted to do a precinct-style ensemble story since I first read HOUSE OF X. For the first time, the Marvel Universe has this densely packed, beautiful (and beautifully volatile) population of superhumans, out in the open, all in one place. It needs peacekeepers, sure… but it’s a mistake to think of them as simply cops. You don’t get far in Krakoa if the limit of your imagination is beating people up or reaching for a gun. Mutant civilization needs those who think differently.

 

“That’s where Nightcrawler, Legion, Pixie and Juggernaut come in — along with a rotating cast of your favorite mutants and non-mutants. And a couple of new faces you’re going to want to watch very, very closely…

 

“I couldn’t be prouder to be helming this new title, with the incredible Jan Bazaldua doing the work of her life. It’s no secret that the writers of the X-office have formed one of the tightest cells of additive cross-title creativity in our industry. It’s no exaggeration to say that the events you’ll encounter in LEGION OF X are dominoes being flipped whose chains of repercussion will feed the greatest earthquake in modern comicdom, which is rumbling devastatingly down the pipe towards you even now…”

 

Krakoa’s greatest protectors have finally arrived. Find out if they’re up for the job when LEGION OF X #1 hits stands on April 20. For more information, visit Marvel.com.

 

 

LEGION OF X #1

Written by SI SPURRIER

Art by JAN BAZALDUA

Cover by DIKE RUAN

Teaser Variant Cover by BOB QUINN

On Sale 4/20

 

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Meet Karma – A Sensual New Erotic Graphic Novel Ready & Willing on Kickstarter Now!

First Comics News - Tue, 01/04/2022 - 19:58

January 4, Mt. Laurel, NJ: A breathtaking graphic novel tale of erotic adventure launches today on Kickstarter, as Dynamite and writer Dan Wickline entice readers to fall in love with Karma, with beautiful covers by superstars Stjepan Šejić and Mirka Andolfo.

Love and lust as well as loyalty and deception are explored in this brand new 120 plus page original graphic novel. Writer Dan Wickline (Grimm Fairy Tales, The Freeze) pulls inspiration from his own experiences as a professional photographer for this provocative drama. He’s joined by the lovely lines of artist Carlos Reno, colors by IHQ Studios, and letterer Carlos M. Mangual.

Alex is a prodigy professional photographer, specializing in product photography for advertising. His childhood as a nerd growing up on comics and posing his favorite action figures set him on the path to his job. Today he’s a blond Adonis who enjoys hanging with his friend Eddie and a good football game.

Karma is a brunette bombshell model on the verge of stardom. She has a rough background and years in the cut-throat modelling business. Her manager Zack can come off controlling at times, but he means well, right?

When Alex is called to sub in for a friend on a shoot, Karma literally falls into his arms – sweeping the two into a complicated, evolving professional relationship and a fiery hot romance. Karma is known for her relatively tame fashion and swimsuit work, but with the help of Alex, wants to get into more artsy and risqué territory. Even including the intricate Japanese bondage style of shibari. The two experience the ups and downs, ins and outs of any sparks-filled romance, but with the added complexity of open relationships, swinger orgies, professional backstabbing, and cuddling watching The Princess Bride.

“I have written everything from superheroes, to horror, and all points in between, but when I was asked if I had an idea for an erotic, romantic story, I knew that I was going to need to pull from a much more personal place,” said writer Dan Wickline. “Karma is a love letter to some of the amazing women I’ve been blessed to know, and I am excited to share this world with the readers, to tell a story from the heart.”

Karma follows in the footsteps of hit erotic graphic novels such as Sunstone, Swing, and an extensive legacy by way of Wally Wood, Frank Thorne, Eros Comix, and more. Fans of Dynamite’s Bettie Page comics, and of course the legend’s real life racy modelling and photography, will enjoy this similar tale.

The paperback romance is available with four covers to choose from. Erotic comics legend Stjepan Šejić is known for his boundary-breaking LGBTQ, BDSM saga of Sunstone, as well as acclaimed runs on Witchblade and Aquaman. He’s joined by superstar Mirka Andolfo, whose own flirty and not quite safe for work titles of Unnatural, Sweet Paprika, and more have garnered a legion of fans. Michael DiPascale’s cover is also available as a more limited topless nude edition.

All four pieces are also available as a set of logo-free 11 x 17 inches lithograph prints. Patrons can also get copies of the book signed by Wickline. A pledge level is also included for retailers wishing to stock the book for their customers.

Readers can reserve their copies of the book here now!

 

 

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LORELEI BUNJES TO JOIN IMAGE COMICS AS HEAD OF DIGITAL SERVICES

First Comics News - Tue, 01/04/2022 - 18:47

PORTLAND, Ore. 01/04/2022 — Lorelei Bunjes will join Image Comics as Director of Digital Services, effective immediately. She will oversee Image’s Digital channels and report directly to Eric Stephenson, Publisher & Chief Creative Officer at Image.

Bunjes will be working closely with the Sales and Marketing departments to grow Image in the digital space. She will drive the sales strategy for the company’s digital editions and work closely with various digital partners, including IPG, Kindle, Apple, Google, Hoopla, Humble Bundle, and more. Image’s Digital Sales Coordinator, Emilio Bautista, will now report to and work closely with Bunjes.

Prior to Image Comics, Bunjes held positions at the San Diego Comic Art Gallery, WildStorm Productions/DC Comics, and most recently served as the Vice President of Technology & Information Services at IDW for 12 years before becoming a freelance consultant with a variety of publisher clients, including Image Comics, for the past year.

“We’ve been working with Lorelei for about a year now as a consultant and have been so thrilled with her passion and level of insight that we knew we needed to find a way to make her part of the team as soon as possible,” said Stephenson. “I look forward to seeing where she takes us as we head into 2022.”

Bunjes added: “Comics have long been a passion of mine. It’s a truly unique medium with how empowering it is for storytellers and how engaged its audience is. I could not be more excited about joining Image and supporting comics, creators, and readers.”

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LOADED BIBLE RETURNS WITH NEW ACTION-PACKED VAMPIRE MINISERIES BLOOD OF MY BLOOD THIS MARCH

First Comics News - Tue, 01/04/2022 - 16:10

PORTLAND, Ore. 01/04/2022 — Hitting on Ash Wednesday, Loaded Bible rises from the dead with a new epic chapter from Steve Orlando (Commanders In CrisisExtreme CarnageMarauders), Tim Seeley (Hack/SlashNightwingRobins), and Giuseppe Cafaro (Suicide SquadRed Sonja) titled Blood of My Blood. The six issue miniseries event is produced by Arancia Studio—the Italian media company which worked on Mirka Andolfo’s bestselling Image Comics titles and with the surprising Deep Beyond and Commanders in Crisis—and launches from Image Comics this March.

Loaded Bible is a work that’s always been close to my heart,” said Seeley. “I’ve wanted to do more with it for a decade or more, but it was Steve Orlando who pitched me the idea that convinced me our vampire-hunting Jesus deserved a big comeback. Throw in the amazing artists at Arancia, and you’ve got a beautiful modern take on the saga of a cloned messiah and the church that bent his teachings to their will.”

Orlando added: “I’ve loved Loaded Bible since it first debuted, years ago. To me, this is what comics have always been about: exciting, provoking, and entertaining our readers! Here was a book whose headline was bound to get attention, and still will—but inside, I found a hard-hitting adventure about compassion and hope, with plenty of punches to the face along the way. For this estranged Milton student, there was no question that Jesus could be a blockbuster hero. This is grindhouse pop culture, it has been since its inception. But at its core, gonzo as it is, it’s a celebration of a lone protector at the end of the world, who risks his life every day to defend love, defend compassion, and crush hypocrisy and cruelty wherever it hides.”

In Loaded Bible: Blood of My Blood, decades after the events of the original cult series, Jesus’ vampire-hunting clone is a bigger outlaw than ever, and now, he faces a threat like no other. It’s the guardian of the forsaken versus the forsaker himself. Because this time, the church has cut a deal with the vampire nations to unite under their resurrected savior—Dracula!

“It’s amazing to be with Tim and Steve on this project!” said Cafaro. “Especially if is an ultra-violent and super fun book for Image Comics!”

Loaded Bible: Blood of My Blood #1 (Diamond Code JAN220108) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, March 2. Regular covers are illustrated by fan-favorite Mirka Andolfo, and some incredible variant covers will be announced soon.

Loaded Bible: Blood of My Blood #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.

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RICH REVIEWS: Mega # 2

First Comics News - Mon, 01/03/2022 - 23:19

Title: Mega # 2
Publisher: Red 5 Comics/Stonebot Comics
Script & Art: Salvador Sanz
Translation: Leandro Paolini Somers
Lettering: Martin Casanova
Revision: Chris Ortega
Price: $ 7.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Websites: www.red5comics.com , www.stonebotcomics.com
Comments: Here a second creature rises a Guardian to take down the free Prisoner. The creature art will have you feeling like you are in a giant monster movie.
The Sentinel monster named Mega makes its way to the Salamander going through any obstacles in its way. The creature art is stunning. You will feel like you are watching a monster movie on TV or even seeing this for real.
The two creatures Meg and Salamander attack each other and it is one huge fight. These two monsters are going all out. Mega has a knife and Salamander has his fire like lava. The battle lasts a long time going back and forth. The art will keep you glued to the pages. This is a battle of gargantuan.
Someone is releasing the monster, Felipe Sandoval. Tina has the only way to stop the monsters he releases. This little girl weights the world thrust upon her. She is the only one who can call on Mega to save the planet when danger strikes.
There are some similarities to Godzilla yet some much different that this comic does stand on its own.
The art alone makes this worth picking up. Giant monsters are scary within these pages.

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He's Not Bossk

The Splintered Realm - Mon, 01/03/2022 - 14:13

I know that Boba Fett is everyone's boi, but my favorite bounty hunter was always Bossk (Greedo would be number one, but his death was so inglorious...) I like the design of Greedo better, but Bossk just struck me as the bounty hunter you would NOT want on your tail. I mean, nobody is afraid of Dengar, but Bossk has 'boss' as the root word. Dengar is an anagram for Er Dang. It's no contest.

That said, this is not Bossk, just a bounty hunter who will be appearing in the core rules as an NPC. I don't know what his name is yet, but it's not Bossk. I don't know why you keep saying that.



Third Time's The... Oh, You Know

The Splintered Realm - Sat, 01/01/2022 - 23:32

I just kept drawing to drown my sorrows from Notre Dame's epic (but entirely Notre Damey) collapse in the Fiesta Bowl. I decided to give a starship a try, and I am very pleased with the results. As far as starship designs go, it is quite vanilla in basic design, but in terms of execution, I will take it. I'm thinking this is some sort of standard escort ship or light transport that would be ideal for junking and using for a group of heroes. It's got room for maybe eight, and opportunities for all sorts of upgrades. It's no Millennium Falcon, but then again, not many ships are... 





TP-35 Servo Bot

The Splintered Realm - Sat, 01/01/2022 - 22:21

His name is TP-35 because Notre Dame played like toilet paper in the second half, and his head looks like a roll of toilet paper. And, Notre Dame scored 35 points, which was not enough. So, boo. As per this series (which it has suddenly become) I'm showing the progress from sketch (or in this case line drawing with base color selection) through the image that will appear somewhere in the book. Rather than trying to change my style for this game, I'm just leaning hard into what I already do. I felt like I made some significant (for me) changes in my approach to drawing for Stalwart Age... for this game, I'm just grooving on what I did there but with the space theme. I guess it's still giving the game a distinctive look from a sci-fantasy perspective, even if it isn't much different from what I've been doing for the last year or so...



Happy New Year - Here's a Bazzak Warbeast

The Splintered Realm - Sat, 01/01/2022 - 19:25

Happy New Year!

I'm enjoying watching Notre Dame play well in the Fiesta Bowl as I do some drawing... I made some vague references to several creatures in the rulebook as I write (mostly just for flavor), and one of the first is a Bazzak. So, I thought I'd draw one. I figure that the rules might only have 10 or 15 exemplar beasts with a system to randomly generate your own beasts. Since there are thousands of creatures in the Cluster, I'd rather have the toolkit in place to make them and a few examples to get you started. The bazzak would be common pack and war beasts: easy to breed, easily trained, adaptable to a variety of environments, and foundational as a 'big lizard' archetype.

Right away, I can see these in some introductory adventures, too. Smuggle some Bazzak eggs to an outpost; steal some eggs from a nest; recover a bazzak that has gone missing; there are several decent starting options here.


 

Loyal Sidekick and Co-Pilot... or something something

The Splintered Realm - Fri, 12/31/2021 - 22:53

 

So this file is called "Chewie" on my computer, which is totally a coincidence. The two species options are either "I Don't Know" or "Not A Wookie". However, I'll warn you now: this game has no 'official' species that you choose from. You roll up a species. The idea is that when you create your character, you also create the species he or she or it belongs to. You randomly roll up the things that make your species different from others. The game is the love child of Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy, so I keep asking questions like "could I make Rocket Raccoon with this" as much as I ask "could I make Chewie"? The answer to both has been yes so far, so that's good.
I have a 30-page draft of the game going right now, so that's a good bit of headway. I have no idea how big this book might be. Stalwart Age is 32 pages, Tales of the Splintered Realm is 48... this could hit one of those page counts, or I might just try to break the bank and go for 64. I know, crazy. I want enough setting and some starter adventures that the game world feels complete enough to start with. I have a dream of one day creating a massive 100+ page monster, but I don't know if this game is that... I mean it could be, but I'm not sure if it is. I plan to let the game tell me when it's done.
On the health front, I had a scan today that revealed the cancer appears confined a few lymph nodes on my neck, so the plan is surgery in a few weeks and radiation after that. It's a process I've been through before, and this is less intense than I already faced (my doctor said getting something off of my neck is easier than getting something out of my brain, and that seems legit). Thanks for the kind words and well wishes.

RICH REVIEWS: Pantha # 1

First Comics News - Wed, 12/29/2021 - 22:21


Title: Pantha # 1
Publisher: Dynamite
Writers: Thomas Sniegoski & Jeannine Acheson
Artist: Igor Lima
Colorist: Adriano Augusto
Letterers: Dezi Sienty, Carlos M. Mangual, Taylor Esposito
Cover: Judy Jong
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Website: www.dynamite.com
Comments: We start out with religious terrorists hi-jacking a plane full of people.
Maatkar Samira is a beautiful six hundred pound black panther. She is also much more. She once summed the Goddess Sekhmit and she did not show proper respect to her. Now in modern times the Gods of ancient Egypt still exit and Sekhmit wants her wrath back from Maatkar. Why? How will she use it when she gets it back? That wrath was released in the form of a curse.
Ta-Nakht is growing being reborn and one look at the swam around him and you know this thing is evil.
Pantha has the wrath. Pantha or Maatkar is illustated in her human form and she is gorgeous. The gods want her help against another god. The face of the black panther up close does contain a strong presence. Pantha strikes and strikes hard and ferious. She is a killer.
This Pantha is different than the previous versions. Not as tough and savage while still being a lady. Pantha here is lesser version.
This issue sets up for a battle to come between Ta-Nakht and Sekhmit and Maatkar. The build up does hint at the entire world being in danger.

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RICH REVIEWS: Geronimo Stilton Reporter # 10

First Comics News - Wed, 12/29/2021 - 22:20


Title: Geronimo Stilton Reporter # 10 “Blackrat’s Treasure” (GN)
Publisher: Papercutz
Text by: Geronimo Stilton
Cover by: Alessandro Muscillo/Colorist Christian Aliprandi
Script by: Dario Sicchio
Art by: Alessandro Muscillo
Color by: Christian Aliprandi
Original Lettering by: Maria Letizia Mirabella
Lettering by: Wilson Ramos Jr.
Price: $ 9.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Websites: www.papercutz.com , www.geronimostilton.com
Comments: Geronimo Stilton is busy running his newspaper. Yet he still rushes out to investgate a brea-smelling three-headed monster with Thea.
The scenes of the fog in New Mouse City look amazing. The subdued use of color and shading are done perfectly. The Pirate ship is a thing of beauty as it sails the seas.
Geronimo and his family find the Briney-Bones a long lost pirate ship and onboard it they meet Captain Blackrat. They become the Captain’s new crew. They all have one high seas adventure with some danger thrown in. Everything that happens does seem kind of staged and there is a reason for that.
Geronimo does enjoy his pirate adventure. He does learn to relax some. You can not be all work and no play. Everyone needs a little down time.
The art illustrates all these characters in a lovely fashion giving these rodents a breath of life as they act human and you will think of them as human being and care about what happens to each one.

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TIMELESS #1 TEASES THE RETURN OF A LEGENDARY SUPER HERO

First Comics News - Wed, 12/29/2021 - 22:14

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REVIEW CORNER: Adventures of Superman # 474

First Comics News - Wed, 12/29/2021 - 15:33

Adventures of Superman # 474
Writer/Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: Art Thibert
Letterer: Albert DeGuzman
Colorist: Glenn Whitmore
Cover Date: January 1991
Rating:
With another Christmas coming and gone and New Year’s Eve is just on the horizon, this week I’ll take a look at Adventures of Superman # 474.
On New Year’s Eve, Clark Kent goes to visit Scott Brubaker, an old friend of his from his days in Smallville during a time where farm boys and town boys barely socialized; Scott invites Clark (Along with Lana Lang and Pete Ross) to a party with a lot of drinking, only Clark is completely sober (Due to his Kryptonian metabolism) and offered to drive when Scott offered them a ride home, but his drinking got the best of him. Soon after, Scott gets into an accident (Surprise, Surprise) and it’s Clark who comes out of the accident without a scratch.
Dan Jurgens has always been an iconic storyteller when it comes to Superman and this story is living proof of that as he presents a realistic and compelling moment from Clark’s days in Smallville, but the guilt that he still carries with him when it comes to not doing more to stop his friend from driving drunk makes him very human and its moment like this that helped in molding him into the hero that he is. The story itself is extremely sad since it’s revealed that Scott is in a coma and Clark tells his parents, who’s there for their son in the last hours of his life, how the accident occurred. Afterward, they tell Clark that Scott would have forgiven him a long time ago. Reading this issue I feel like the uplifting factors that are in this story help balance out the sad elements to give us a Superman story that doesn’t involve fighting a villain of the week but delivers a tale of consequences and acceptance that will resonate with anyone, but it also makes for an interesting New Year’s story.
Well, that’s it for me this week. Thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.

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