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First Comics News - Sat, 12/18/2021 - 06:36

< Issue Includes New Stories From ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Resident Alien’

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (December 17, 2021)—In partnership with Diamond Distributors, Dark Horse Comics is pleased to announce the Free Comic Book Day Gold Issue: Stranger Things/Resident Alien, arriving May 7, 2022 at your local comic shop.

The Dark Horse Free Comic Book Day Gold issue will include two short stories from two otherworldly series: Stranger Things and Resident Alien!


In Stranger Things, Eleven, Will and Jonathan go to a Drive-In Theater for a Double Creature Feature, but the local festivities and scary costumes bring back haunting memories.


In Resident Alien, Dr. Harry and nurse Asta help an elderly patient in the sleepy, small town of Patience investigate a ghostly presence in her house!

The Stranger Things short story is penned by Michael Moreci, illustrated by Pius Bak, and colored by Dan Jackson. The Resident Alien short story is written by Peter Hogan, illustrated and lettered by Steve Parkhouse. The cover features Stranger Things artwork by Diego Galindo.


Be sure to pick up this Free Comic Book Day issue ahead of the 2022 premiere of Stranger Things season 4 and Resident Alien season 2.

Free Comic Book Day 2022 takes place May 7, 2022. Check with your local comic shop to see if they are participating!

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First Comics News - Sat, 12/18/2021 - 06:33

‘Beastlands: Keepers of the Kingdom’ to be Published in June 2022

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (December 17, 2021)—In a medieval fantasy world filled with powerful companion creatures known as “keepers,” one boy and his friends are on a quest to find his missing father. Beastlands: Keepers of the Kingdom, from Curtis Clow, writer of The Wild Cosmos, and Jo mi-Gyeong, powerhouse artist of Eve and The Dark Crystal, with letters from Toben Racicot (The Signal), is the heartfelt fantasy adventure you’ve been waiting for!      


Tensions rise as the angsty teens run out of clues and face unexpected peril at every turn. A grieving tyrant has outlawed keepers from the land and sent his murderous soldiers to exterminate every one of the beasts they can find. Mac, Ava, and Ping will have their friendship tested as they struggle, tooth and claw, to save each other and as many keepers as they can.


Beastlands: Keepers of the Kingdom trade paperback will be in available everywhere books are sold June 28, 2022. It is available for pre-order on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop and bookstoreBeastlands: Keepers of the Kingdom will retail for $19.99.

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First Comics News - Sat, 12/18/2021 - 06:31

December 16th, 2021 — Explore the Valiant Universe on Free Comic Book Day 2022.

Arriving on May 7th, THE YEAR OF VALIANT 2022 FCBD SPECIAL will present new content featuring exciting original stories, insightful behind-the-scenes looks at upcoming comics, in-depth interviews with Valiant creators, and exclusive teasers for fan-favorite characters. The compelling tales starring flagship characters will reward longtime Valiant fans while also serving as easily accessible jumping-on points for new readers.

Cover by Dexter Soy & Veronica Gandini


  • An all-new BLOODSHOT story from Ringo Award-nominated writer Deniz Camp and acclaimed artist Jon Davis-Hunt. It’s a brutal brawl between living weapons as the nanite-infused supersoldier stands alone against a terrifying foe in a small town. Only Bloodshot can stop the twisted creation from unleashing more bloodshed and devastation on the neglected part of the country.
  • The fan-favorite duo of ARCHER & ARMSTRONG go on a brand-new adventure! Written by the Eisner-nominated Steve Foxe and featuring art by rising star Marcio Fiorito, the young and optimistic Archer drags the care-free, hard-drinking and immortal Armstrong on a quest that leads them right into the base of an eldritch cult.
  • The award-winning creative team of Jeff Parker and Mike Norton present an action-packed ride starring NINJAK. In this thrilling original tale, a pair of tech-savvy hitmen set their sights on the superspy in an effort to collect the enormous bounty that is on his head.
  • Plus: Exclusive first looks at the future of Valiant’s iconic characters, including SHADOWMAN and X-O MANOWAR!

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day 2022 at your local comic shop on Saturday, May 7th, 2022. For more information on FCBD 2022, visit https://www.freecomicbookday.com/ and to find a comic shop near you go to https://www.comicshoplocator.com/.

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Vampirella Lives as an NFT! Plus Fourth Issue of 50th Anniversary Series Drops

First Comics News - Sat, 12/18/2021 - 06:25

December 17, Mt. Laurel, NJ: A duo of Vampirella cold hard classics drop today as NFTs via Terra Virtua, in partnership with Dynamite Entertainment.

The 1990s was a wild time in comic books. Many characters reached spectacular highs and turbulent lows within the same decade. Some even died! Or got their backs broken. Or wore leather jackets. Vampirella’s own flirtation with leather jackets began in that time, through her celebrated original Vengeance of Vampirella run. Which culminated in the reveal of a new archnemesis – Nyx! Whose latest solo comics are also on Terra Virtua as NFTs, by the way. In 1996’s climactic Death & Destruction event, Nyx pierced through the heart of Vampirella and killed her. But death can’t keep a good alien vampire heroine down! Writer Warren Ellis and artist Amanda Conner charted the character’s revival in Vampirella Lives. That memorable miniseries serves as the centerpiece of Masters Series Vol. 3, available now in NFT format!

Alongside that release, fans can flash forward nearly to the present, as the fabulous fourth issue of her 50th anniversary title drops as well. With writing by legendary Christopher Priest and a drop dead gorgeous cover by superstar Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, this can’t be missed. The stunning piece of art that fronts the issue was originally produced as a limited edition print for Sideshow Collectibles, then made its way to comics. Find out more as the “Seduction of the Innocent” arc continues!

These limited-edition digital collectibles are available to purchase on Terra Virtua here:

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First Comics News - Sat, 12/18/2021 - 06:23

PORTLAND, Ore. 12/17/2021 — Bestselling creative team Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, Alex Ross, Alex Sinclair, and Comicraft team up for the return of Astro City in an all-new special out from Image Comics this March—the Astro City: That Was Then… one-shot.

And a host of top Image creators welcome the series back to Image—where it all began—with a stunning lineup of variant covers by Erik Larsen, Marcelo Costa, Leandro Fernández, Jamie McKelvie, Chip Zdarsky, and Rob Guillory.

These highly collectable covers bring Astro City characters together with popular classic and current Image Comics series, including Savage Dragon and Samaritan, Radiant Black and the Confessor, The Old Guard and Cleopatra, Beautie in full The Wicked + The Divine style, Quarrel and Crackerjack in a Sex Criminals homage, and Tony Chu and the First Family’s Rex in a Chew-style trip to Beefy Bob’s.

Astro City: That Was Then… features new and existing heroes and launches a mystery that will drive the forthcoming Astro City series. Who were the Jayhawks? How did they inspire five teen sidekicks looking for answers to hit the road in a rickety crime mobile in 1969? And how will this affect Astro City in the present? It all begins here. And don’t miss the Astro City Metrobook, collecting the first three years of the acclaimed series!

The Astro City: That Was Then… one-shot will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, March 30.

Astro City: That Was Then… will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.

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Omega Rangers Retreat to Safehaven in POWER RANGERS #14

First Comics News - Sat, 12/18/2021 - 06:20

Discover a Dangerous Rescue Mission in the Next Chapter of the ELTARIAN WAR This December 2021

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 17, 2021) – BOOM! Studios, under license by Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), revealed a first look at POWER RANGERS #14, from writer Ryan Parrott (Mighty MorphinPower Rangers), artist Francesco Mortarino (Go Go Power Rangers), colorist Raúl Angulo (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and letterer Ed Dukeshire, in conjunction with the Mighty Morphin series for the epic crossover event, delivering the explosive fourth chapter of the ELTARIAN WAR, in December 2021!

The new Blue Omega Ranger, along with the rest of the Omega Rangers, retreat to Safehaven to plan their next steps. With information gathered from Zordon and the Blue Emissary, our motley crew of heroes and villains set their sights on defeating the minions of their former ally and conducting a rescue mission. But in a galaxy full of enemies, who… or what…  awaits their rescue?

POWER RANGERS #14 features main cover art by acclaimed illustrator Gerald Parel (Symbiote Spider-Man: King in Black), and variant covers by Daniele Di Nicuolo (Seven Secrets) with Walter Baiamonte, Goñi Montes (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), and Jorge Corona (Star Wars) with Sarah Stern.

Currently, Power Rangers is celebrating 28 continuous years on the air, making it one of the longest-running kids’ live-action series in television history, with nearly 900 episodes aired to date. Created by Haim Saban and launched in 1993 with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the franchise celebrates its 28th season, with “Power Rangers Dino Fury”, currently airing on Saturdays at 8 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon and streaming on Netflix in the U.S., UK, NZ, AU & CA.

POWER RANGERS is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including BRZRKR by Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt, and Ron Garney; We Only Find Them When They’re Dead by Al Ewing and Simone Di Meo; Seven Secrets by Tom Taylor and Daniele Di Nicuolo; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Abbott by Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; Proctor Valley Road by Grant Morrison, Alex Child, and Naomi Franquiz; The Many Deaths of Laila Starr by Ram V and Filipe Andrade; and Eve by Victor LaValle and Jo Mi-Gyeong. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties, including Dune: House Atreides from Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, and Dev Pramanik; and Magic from Jed McKay and Ig Guara.

Print copies of POWER RANGERS #14 will be available on December 29, 2021, exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the one nearest you) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers like comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.

Softcover and hardcover collections of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS and other Power Rangers releases from BOOM! Studios are available now, everywhere books are sold.

For continuing news on the POWER RANGERS series and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

For more on Power Rangers, please visit www.powerrangers.com and follow Power Rangers on YouTubeFacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Ryan Parrott

Francesco Mortarino

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Aftermath & Fallout from The 'Day of the Worm' & I1 Dwellers of the Forbidden City by David Cook from 1981 Amazing Adventures ! Rpg Campaign Update

Swords & Stitchery - Fri, 12/17/2021 - 18:12
 This blog post is going to pick up from this blog post here. What happens to  the ancient Heart of Yhtill after the events of  Amazing Adventures Day of the Worm which are history in our 1980's Pulp game. This adventure is tied into the Amazing Adventures! rpg beginning adventure Heart of Yhtill. This artifact may have slipped into the hands of 'top men' of the US government. But this still Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Luxe Loops Slippers Tutorial

Moogly - Fri, 12/17/2021 - 16:01

The Luxe Loops Slippers Tutorial will show you how to crochet these cozy booties – in both right and left-handed video tutorials! Follow along with the free written crochet pattern on Moogly! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; materials provided by Yarnspirations. Luxe Loops Slippers Tutorial: How to Crochet the Luxe Loops Slippers – Right-Handed...

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Doctor Who: Mind of the Hodiac from Russell T Davies &#8211; All Star Guest Cast Revealed!

Blogtor Who - Fri, 12/17/2021 - 15:00

T’Nia Miller, Annette Badland and more join Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford for Russell T Davies’ Mind of the Hodiac Big Finish have announced the star-studded guest cast joining Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford for the audio release of Russell T Davies’ long-lost Doctor Who: Mind of the Hodiac script. Davies originally wrote the script […]

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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 12/17/2021 - 11:00


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Timeslides: The Doctor Who Art of Colin Howard &#8211; Coming Soon

Blogtor Who - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 21:38

Timeslides will present essential pieces from Colin Howard’s archive of Doctor Who art Candy Jar Books have announce Timeslides: The Doctor Who Art of Colin Howard. The new book collects together a selection of very best pieces by the popular Doctor Who cover artist. In addition to illustrating some thirty VHS covers in the 1990s, […]

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1d10 Random Encounter Chart of Peusdo Thugg Assassin Cults Table For Neon Lords of the Toxic Wastelands Rpg Or Your OSR Post Apocalpytic Campaign

Swords & Stitchery - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 18:52
 Out in the desert wastelands & toxic waste dumps of Neo Traxx dimensional raiding cults of peusdo Thugg assassin cults  set up lures for adventurers & travelers especially around the month of  December. They are led by a charismatic bardic messiah figure named George. Pre Ancients swear that this figure is none other then an alternative Earth George Michaels. This messiahic serves some ancient Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Luxe Loops Slippers

Moogly - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 15:51

The Luxe Loops Slippers are plush, luxurious, and make a great gift set with the matching headband! Get cozy toes this winter with this free crochet pattern on Moogly! Disclaimer: Materials for this pattern were provided by Yarnspirations; this post includes affiliate links. Featuring Bernat Blanket O’Go – or Any Blanket! To make the Luxe...

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Grindr fined for selling user data to advertisers

Malwarebytes - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 12:25

Dating network Grindr has been slapped with a US$7.7 million fine by Norwegian regulator Datatilsynet for sharing data with advertisers.

Grindr—which call itself the world’s largest social networking app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people—sold data which includes GPS, IP address, age, and gender.

No consent, no app

The Norwegian Data Protection Authority (Datatilsynet), ruled that the way in which Grindr collected user consent did not meet with the regulations stipulated in the EU GDPR. And, as such, the disclosure of personal data was in breach of the Privacy Ordinance.

Users had to accept the privacy statement in its entirety to use the app, and they were not specifically asked if they would consent to disclosure to third parties for marketing purposes. In addition, information about the disclosure of personal information was not clear or accessible enough to users.

The fine covers the period from July 2018, when the “Law on the Processing of Personal Data (Personal Data Act)” was established, until April 2020, when Grindr changed the consent solution. Whether Grindr’s current consent solution meets with the legal demands has not been established yet.

Shared data

Grindr disclosed information about a user’s GPS location, IP address, mobile phone advertising ID, age and gender to several third parties for marketing purposes. With this information, users could be identified, and third parties could potentially share this data further.

According to GDPR, the personal data that companies must protect includes any information that can “directly or indirectly” identify a person—or subject—to whom the data belongs or describes. Included are names, identification numbers, location data, online identifiers like screen names or account names, and even characteristics that describe the “physical, physiological, genetic, mental, commercial, cultural, or social identity of a person.”

The authority emphasized that the information that a person is a Grindr user establishes a special category of personal information, because it strongly indicates that they belong to a sexual minority. Information about someone’s sexual orientation has a special protection in the Privacy Ordinance. And since the consent Grindr collected was invalid, Grindr was not legally entitled to share such information.

It is customary in dating apps to be very careful about the information you share. Many users choose not to enter their full name or upload photos of their face so that they can be discreet. Nevertheless, identifiable information about them and their use of Grindr was passed on to an unknown number of companies for marketing purposes.

High fine

Datatilsynet initially fined Grindr around US$12.2 million following an initial ruling in January 2021, but later revised this amount down to 7.7 million, after reviewing Grindr’s turnover figures. Nevertheless, this is the highest fee to date from the Norwegian Data Protection Authority.

Despite reconsidering the amount, Norway considers the offence by Grindr to be “grave” – most likely because the data collected, including gender, falls under the GDPR rules. According to Datatilsynet:

“Because thousands of users in Norway have had their personal information illegally disclosed for Grindr’s commercial interests, including location data and that they are Grindr users. Business models based on behavior-based marketing are common in the digital economy, and it is important that the infringement fee for offenses acts as a deterrent and contributes to compliance with the privacy regulations.“

Grindr has not responded to the fine and now has three weeks to appeal the verdict. The app has previously confirmed that the fined offenses were committed before April 2020, when its terms of use were updated.

Previous concerns

It is not the first time Grindr has raised privacy concerns. Earlier action against the app was sparked by an NPR news report exposing Grindr’s practice of sharing the most personal and sensitive information of its users with third-party analytics firms, without their informed consent. That data included personally identifiable and sensitive user information such as HIV status, email address, telephone number, precise geolocation, sexuality, relationship status, ethnicity and “last HIV tested date.”

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In the Furnace

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 12:00

If some resolute pilgrim were to limp or crawl through miles of the sepulchral dust and crumbling, cinerous statuary of anguish of Hades, they might find the leaden skies giving way to a void of eternal night. They would see before them a landscape of tortured rock formations, and boiling, mephitic, salt-rimmed pools that make the lurid colors of the surrounding rock manifest with their wan glow. Beyond, they would see broken and lava-clotted crags rising ever upward, disappearing into distant darkness. They would have reached the border of Gehenna.

Those who don't succumb to despair in the gray wastes are potential fodder for the Devils' war against Chaos. But first, they must be broken and reconditioned to that purpose. Yugoloth patrol the border, and their press gangs conscript all available prospects. Captives are whisked off to a number of re-education centers. Under the conditioning of their fiendish captors, they become suitable, perhaps, for minor positions in the apparatus of Hell, or either for future service of the Yugoloth.

It is possible to scale the forbidden scarp of Gehenna. If one can avoid the plateau encampments of the Yugoloth, the monsters of the lava tube caves, and assorted natural dangers from jagged rock, blasts of toxic gas, and flows of lava, you can stand upon the mountains ringing Hell itself. It is not a trip anyone would wish to make except with the direst of need.

After Log4j, December’s Patch Tuesday has snuck up on us

Malwarebytes - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 10:47

For anyone about to sit back after checking their environment for the Log4j vulnerabilities and applying patches where needed, here are some more things that need patching.


In 2021’s final Patch Tuesday, Microsoft included a total of 67 fixes for security vulnerabilities. The total set of updates includes patches for six publicly known bugs and seven critical security vulnerabilities.

Publicly disclosed computer security flaws are listed in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) database. Its goal is to make it easier to share data across separate vulnerability capabilities (tools, databases, and services). Let’s have a look at the most interesting ones that were patched in this Patch Tuesday update.

CVE-2021-42310 Microsoft Defender for IoT Remote Code Execution vulnerability. Due to a flaw in the password reset request process, an attacker can reset someone else’s password. The attack may be launched remotely. No form of authentication is required for exploitation.

CVE-2021-43905 Microsoft Office app Remote Code Execution vulnerability. This vulnerability was rated 9.6 out of 10 on the CVSS vulnerability-severity scale, and Microsoft thinks it is likely to be exploited.

CVE-2021-43899 Microsoft 4K Wireless Display Adapter Remote Code Execution vulnerability. This vulnerability was rated 9.8 out of 10 on the CVSS vulnerability-severity scale, even though Microsoft says it’s not likely to be exploited. You will need to install the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter app from the Microsoft Store onto a system connected to the Microsoft 4K Wireless Display Adapter. Once installed, use the Update & security section of the app to download and install the latest firmware.

CVE-2021-43890  Windows AppX Installer Spoofing vulnerability. This vulnerability allows an attacker to create a malicious package file and then modify it to look like a legitimate application. We reported on this vulnerability being used in the wild by Emotet (among others).

CVE-2021-43883 Windows Installer Elevation of Privilege vulnerability. This is a patch to patch a bypassed patch in Windows Installer that was initially fixed in November. By exploiting this vulnerability, threat actors that already have limited access to compromised systems can elevate their privileges and use these privileges to spread laterally within a target network.

CVE-2021-43215 iSNS Server Memory Corruption vulnerability can lead to remote code execution (RCE). An attacker could send a specially crafted request to the Internet Storage Name Service (iSNS) server, which could result in an RCE. The Internet Storage Name Service (iSNS) protocol is used for interaction between iSNS servers and iSNS clients.

CVE-2021-43217 Windows Encrypting File System (EFS) Remote Code Execution vulnerability. An attacker could cause a buffer overflow write leading to unauthenticated non-sandboxed code execution. Microsoft is addressing the vulnerability in a phased two-part rollout. These updates address the vulnerability by modifying how EFS makes connections from client to server. When the second phase of Windows updates become available in Q1 2022, customers will be notified via a revision to the security vulnerability.

CVE-2021-41333 Windows Print Spooler Elevation of Privilege vulnerability. Exploit code for this vulnerability is available and the code works in most situations where the vulnerability exists., which makes it a priority to fix, even if we haven’t seen any attacks using this in the wild.


Apple has also published security updates. The update includes fixes for the remote jail-breaks that were demonstrated at the TianfuCup in October.

Apple has issued security updates for the WebKit in Safari 15.2 and for a total of 42 vulnerabilities in iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2. Included in the patches were several security vulnerabilities that allowed anyone with physical access to a device to view contacts on a locked device, and to view stored passwords without authentication.


Other vendors that issued updates to keep an eye on were:

  • Google (Chrome)
  • Adobe
  • SAP
  • Apache, Cisco, vmWare, UniFi, and probably others as well, issued Log4j related patches.

Stay safe, everyone!

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Monsters Make The Campaign - 'A Groats-worth of Grotesques' by G. Edward Patterson III From The Skull as a Complete Gentleman Co OSR Commentary

Swords & Stitchery - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 05:13
 For the last couple of months ever since I reviewed A Groats-worth of Grotesques, what the Hell does one do with an alternative OSR Monster Manual?! The thing is that one doesn't feel that one's doing the A Groats-worth of Grotesques by G. Edward Patterson III any justice at my table top.  A Groats-worth of Grotesques has the feel of a real midevil beastry gathered from mages, wizards, Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Looking For Group - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 05:00

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