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First Comics News - Wed, 11/16/2022 - 15:39
Stephanie Phillips and Juann Cabal’s COSMIC GHOST RIDER launches in March!   New York, NY— November 16, 2022 — One of Marvel’s most outrageous breakout characters of the past decade,…
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Wednesday Comics: DC, February 1982 (week 3)

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 11/16/2022 - 12:00
My goal: read DC Comics' output from January 1980 (cover date) to Crisis! This week, I'm looking at the comics at newsstands around November 19, 1981.

Brave & the Bold #182: Kraar and Infantino team-up Batman and the Riddler to follow the clues and find kidnapped mystery novelist Hugh Creighton. Well, Batman wants to find the novelist; the Riddler wants to take down the crook who's jacking his style. Turns out Creighton is behind it all, and wants revenge on Batman who he feels upstaged him. He would have gotten away with it, too, if the Riddler hadn't saved Batman from the deathtrap.
In the Nemesis backup, the hitman Greyfox manages track down Nemesis through his helicopter and lays a trap.

Legion of Super-Heroes #283: Levitz comes on board as writer with Broderick on art, and things immediately get a little better. The Legion must stop a band of organleggers from making off with organs from Medicus One, but doing that is easier than defeating the life-energy-sucking monster they leave behind. Luckily, Blok isn't organic life.

Green Lantern #149: Jordan returns to Oa and remains adamant he's going to quit the Corps after this business on Ungara, even though Katma Tui and Arisia try to talk him out of it. Meanwhile, Gold Face is beat up by his former flunkie who is revealed as the Qwardian St'nlli. The Qwardian then goes looking for Green Lantern.
On Ungara, the impending ice age proves beyond Jordan's ability to stop until Arisia arrives to lend a hand. Just as they seem to have accomplished the task with a giant mirror, St'nlli attacks.

House of Mystery #301: In the opener by Mishkin and Duursema, a sheriff rescues a woman from the surf who wears antiquated clothes and has the speech patterns to match. Is she a timelost survivor of the lost colony of Roanoke? Anyway, they eventually are going to get married, but strangers show up, reveal the story of her being from the lost colony to be a lie, and take her away. But then maybe that isn't true? My question is: Is this horror? Then there's a short by O'Flynn and Giffen/Smith about a woman deciding she must kill her vampire lover.

Cavalieri and von Eeden find mutant, thousand-legged cats to be the solution to (human) overpopulation, while Mishkin/Cohn and Rubeny suggest a deal with the Devil (who really does live inside the Earth) is the solution to the energy crisis--at least for a while. Finally, a man in need of money for his wife's cancer treatment agrees to help an alien reporter find a deadly lifeform on earth, which winds up being his wife's tumor cells.

Phantom Zone #2: Gerber and Colan/DeZuniga continue to add to the Phantom Zone mythology. The Kryptonian criminals are out, while Superman and Quex-Ul are stuck in the Zone. The criminals throw the JLA satellite out of orbit, steal Green Lantern's power battery, and almost start a nuclear war. Supergirl battles them and is defeated. Batman goes to the Fortress of Solitude, but Zod has already destroyed the Phantom Zone projector. Wonder Woman gets the full story of what happened from Nam-Ek.
Meanwhile, Mon-El tells Superman there are levels to the Zone and maybe a way out. Superman and Quex-El are going to try and find it.

Sgt. Rock #361: Kanigher and Redondo bring the feels (as the kids say) with Rock vowing to get a gravely injured lieutenant to the town of St. Antoine alive. He does it, but barely. The lieutenant lives long enough to tell the Italian war orphan he had been planning to meet that he and his wife are adopting her. He gives her a picture of her new mother and sends her on her way before dying.   
Tim Truman writes and illustrates the story of an old Apache renegade pitting himself against a young Apache working as a scout for the cavalry. Mandrake delivers a futuristic tale of a cyborg whose plans of conquest are foiled by the aging of his still-biologic organs. Randall finishes things off with a story of samurai in feudal Japan.

Superman Family #215: Pasko and Mortimer have Supergirl tangling with Toxus, a polluting villain from the future. She's aided by the Supergirl from 500,000 years in the future, who explains two villains have been released and switched in time. The Supergirls switch time periods themselves to tackle the misplaced villains but have trouble adjusting to the different eras. Mr. and Mrs. Superman finally resolve the Insect Queen storyline by getting the scarab away from Lana and thwarting the ultra-ant (Ultra-Humanite in an ant body). In the Private Life of Clark Kent, the ace reporter discovers that Frank, the doorman at his apartment house, is really Franklin Pierce Jackson, an old star from baseball's Negro Leagues, and he gets him to coach some kids. 
Lois Lane finds a billionaire who has been missing for almost seven years and wants stay missing. She winds up helping thwart a relative who stands to inherit his money and wants the ex-billionaire dead. Finally, Jimmy Olsen investigates a charity with mob ties--and grows some self-respect and breaks up with Lucy Lane once and for all.

Warlord #54: I detailed the main story in this issue here. The Levitz/Yeates Dragonsword story concludes with Thiron appearing to be near defeat by the Emperor Quisel, but then the sword, man, and dragon become one and he transforms into a dragon man. He burns Quisel to ash, rebuffs the offers made to him by the two calculating mages that wouldn't help. Bidding goodbye to Dsyillus whose descendants he claims will inherit the land, he flies off into comic book limbo.


First Comics News - Wed, 11/16/2022 - 05:30
ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS COMP, VOL. 1   JANUARY 11 / 260 pages / FC/ M / $19.99 The original VS. title is back to reclaim its turf and introduce itself…
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The Journey Internal – Graphic Novel companion to the new Album Available Now

First Comics News - Wed, 11/16/2022 - 05:21
SiX By SiX, the exciting new trio formed by Ian Crichton (Saga), Nigel Glockler (Saxon) & Robert Berry (3; Emerson, Berry, Palmer), are delighted to announce the publication of The…
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OSR Thoughts on Shub-Niggurath From Advanced Dungeons & Dragons First Edition's Dieties & Demigod By Robert J. Kuntz & James M. Ward

Swords & Stitchery - Wed, 11/16/2022 - 04:30
 This blog post picks right up from the other day & what does does 1st Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons  Dieties & Demigods have to do with it?! Well a bit of everything. "This fountain of uncleanliness is a huge pool of gray matter, 100 feet across, in the caverns beneath Mount Voormithadreth. It is constantly bubbling and putting forth mouths, limbs, pseudopods and whole creatures. 1-100 Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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The Loop Scoop 50: A Yarny Link Party!

Moogly - Wed, 11/16/2022 - 02:00

You can see how the weather has changed in Loop Scoop 50! We’re getting ready for the cold and holidays this round, with lots of giftables – all free crochet patterns! And after you check out the featured designs, be sure to also take a look at the new patterns at the bottom, to help...

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OSR Commentary On 'The New Marvel - Phile Issue #9 From The Pages of The Defenders' By the Marvel Super Heroes RPG: The Unofficial Canon Projec For The Marvel Super Heroes Rpg

Swords & Stitchery - Wed, 11/16/2022 - 00:19
 Come with us now back down a rabbit hole of the Bronze age of comicbooks  into Marvel Phile issue #9 which is available when you join the Marvel Super Heroes RPG: The Unofficial Canon Project here  under the New Marvel Philes issues.  Issue #9 of the New Marvel Philes covers one of my all time favorite Defender's members Eric Payne aka The Devil Slayer. The wiki entry on The Devil Slayer goes Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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First Comics News - Tue, 11/15/2022 - 22:51
Murewa Ayodele and Dotun Akande team up on I AM IRON MAN, a new series launching in March   New York, NY— November 15, 2022 — Honoring the character’s 60th…
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Conan the Barbarian FCBD

First Comics News - Tue, 11/15/2022 - 22:23
(November 15, 2022) – Global publisher Titan Comics and entertainment studio Heroic Signatures are delighted to reveal that the newest Conan the Barbarian comics will be debuting as part of…
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Top Comments – Pages 1655 – 1656

Looking For Group - Tue, 11/15/2022 - 19:36

Tuesday, YOU are the star! We curate our favourites from the previous week’s comments on lfg.co and Facebook and remind you how clever you are. Here are your top comments for Looking For Group pages 1655 – 1656. Looking For […]

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OSR Commentary - Relics of the Akashics By Matthew Skail From DYS Games For The White Star Rpg

Swords & Stitchery - Tue, 11/15/2022 - 18:00
 "Over a thousand years ago, there was a great empire among the stars. Both bright and terrible, the Akashic Empire spread its tendrils through hundreds of worlds, crushing native resistance and using their psychic powers to enslave entire races. Led by a humanish race called the Vren.""The Akashics believed in the existence of the Akashic Overmind, a force connecting all sentient species capableNeedleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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OSR Commentary On Adapting Dark Wizard Games's Maxium Mayhem Dungeons#3 Villians of the Undercity By Mark Taomino Into A Sword & Sorcery Campaign

Swords & Stitchery - Tue, 11/15/2022 - 07:30
 "Danger lurks at every corner of the small coastal city of Los Farport. The locals insist people are being abducted in the night and taken into into the bowels of the rumored “Undercity Dungeon” below. A lone survivor managed to escape and give some information before dying in your arms: “Secret door… Tavern of the Wiley Wench… Ugh!”" You and your brave team of adventurers have decided to Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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On a Passion for Pastoring

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 11/14/2022 - 19:17

I knew two weeks after my conversion to faith in Christ, at age sixteen – eighty years ago – that the Lord was calling me to full-time service. I testified to this understanding to my little church in Estevan, Saskatchewan.     

But my path to the pastorate had a lot of twists and turns.  First I thought I would be a singing evangelist, and I gained a lot of experience traveling and singing.  

Next, I attended Moose Jaw Bible School in Saskatchewan, thinking this would be the way forward to Christian ministry. And soon after that, I moved all the way to Ontario to pursue further high-school education voice lessons at the Toronto Conservatory of Music.

Then I realized I needed a degree in higher education.

I earned an English degree at Greenville College (now University) in Illinois, and was offered an opportunity to work toward a PhD in English at the University of Illinois, thinking I would teach at a Christian college.  

But two months before graduation I told my English professor, Mary Alice Tenney, that I also had the option of going to seminary. She responded instantly, with feeling, saying, “Oh, Don, you should go to seminary.” Kathleen and I took that as a word from the Lord.

During three years at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, I was also a student pastor of a congregation twenty miles away in Lexington. Kathleen and our four children lived near the church, and I carpooled back and forth to Wilmore with other students for classes. 

Each element of my life – singing, choral directing, Bible school, an English major, writing, student government, debate team, and public speaking – contributed to my preparation for pastoral ministry.  

During seminary we became settled on pastoring. I learned a simple outline of what this involves. I no longer have the energy and capacity at ninety-six, yet this three-part division of pastoring still challenges me when I think of it.    

1. Preaching and teaching the Scriptures. Pastors love to see that the Christian Scriptures infuse the life of the church not only in sermons but also in Sunday school, small group meetings, vacation Bible schools, youth gatherings, etc. Pastors may not be able to do all of this by themselves, but with diligence they can see that it all gets done by others.

A special subset of this primary pastoral concern is to see that children are taught the catechism. Another is to encourage teachers to promote memorization of Scripture. 

2. Pastoral care. Pastors visit their people in their homes, welcome them to their studies for counseling, see them in hospital rooms, touch base with them in small groups, rejoice with them as they prepare for weddings, and sorrow with them when funerals must be planned. And they reach out in pastoral care to those in or at the edges of the community of believers who have wandered from the path or who have never known the Lord.

The people know when their pastor really cares for them; as it has been said, “A home-going pastor makes a church-going people.”  And going back to #1 above, pastors can only preach and teach with heart if they learn of their parishioners’ joys and struggles by first-hand contact. 

3. Pastoral administration. Churches across the spectrum of denominations function with a variety of governing structures. Some are congregational, some are more episcopal, and yet others find a balance between the two. But in each case, the pastor has responsibility to know the structures established by his or her own faith community’s constitution or by-laws and to live by them as well as help lay leaders to apply them.

I learned from experience that pastors who understand and govern by established laws are less likely to generate misunderstandings, excite controversy and division, and even cause church splits. I learned also that well-administered churches are more likely to be harmonious and focused on mission.

It is now nearly fifty years since I left my last pastoral assignment at the local level. During nineteen subsequent years in the bishop’s office I determined to continue to think pastorally of the new assignment. Now, across three decades of retirement, this pastoral perspective continues to shape my thinking. It is so deep in me that my dreams often have their setting in churches Kathleen and I served together decades ago.

By the grace of God the pastoral vision does not fade. While for many years in retirement I continued to fill pulpits and teach occasional classes, now Kathleen and I focus on our personal worship and prayer, still often bringing to the Throne the pastoral task carried on by others far and wide. 

We pray that pastors everywhere will know Christ so intimately and their faith will be kept so fresh that they will work from a pastoral passion that does not diminish with the passing of the years.

First published September 11, 2011; revised November 14, 2022

Photo credit: Andrew Palau Festivals (via flickr.com)

My new memoir, FROM KITCHEN CHAIR TO PULPIT: A Memoir of Family, Faith, and Ministry, has just been published. I hope you will click on one of the links that follow to be taken to the page on these sites that enable you to view and potentially purchase the paperback or ebook. My book shows just how extraordinary the pastoral life can be, describing how I prepared for ministry and ministered to three congregations and then, as a bishop, to pastors as a bishop, with the help of my wife, Kathleen, and the support of our children as they grew up from children to adults.

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Man From Atlantis NPC Meet Up - The New Marvel Phile 'The Shadowline Saga' & The Tallman- Campaign Update

Swords & Stitchery - Mon, 11/14/2022 - 19:17
 So around 1939 as the war is heating up a special half human envoy was sent by the Atlantians to the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) pre World War II. This individual is code named Mike Harris & instrumental in several key World War II battles. Mark Harris involvement with the Navy goes much further back then that including to the bombing of Innsmouth Mass. This blog entry is using the MA Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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The Sea Was No More

The Idol Babbler - Mon, 11/14/2022 - 18:32

When we read the Bible, we must approach it within the context of which it was written. That means, if we attempt to understand it devoid of the setting in view, the culture, the audience, the circumstances, the framework, the timeline period, the geography, the style of writing, etc., we will almost assuredly then misunderstand it to some degree. As a result, we will then also possibly run the risk of further compounding our misunderstanding when we go to other parts of the Bible, because our wrongly shaped minds will then impact or influence everything else that we read.


Poetic Metaphor


The Biblical writers used all kinds of literary styles in order to express what God had inspired them to put into these ancient scrolls. Throughout both the Old and New Testaments we find all sorts of genres and techniques to help the reader to better grasp the significance of God wants us to know. One example is “poetic metaphor.”


Poetic metaphor uses one thing to describe something else that is not at all related, but in doing so it helps the reader to capture and experience the something else that is in view. Take these similar themed references:


Psalms 69:1-4a (ESV)Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me. I am weary with my crying out; my throat is parched. My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God. More in number than the hairs of my head are those who hate me without cause; mighty are those who would destroy me, those who attack me with lies.


Psalms 89:9-10 (ESV)You [God] rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them. You crushed Rahab like a carcass; you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.


Isaiah 17:12-13 (ESV)Ah, the thunder of many peoples; they thunder like the thundering of the sea! Ah, the roar of nations; they roar like the roaring of mighty waters! The nations roar like the roaring of many waters, but he will rebuke them, and they will flee far away, chased like chaff on the mountains before the wind and whirling dust before the storm.


What is common in these three scenes is that those who hate David, Rahab (also known as Egypt), and the nations in general are all poetically likened to deep flooding waters, raging seas, thundering seas, and roaring mighty waters. Such comparisons are meant to give the reader a more significant appreciation for what a chaotic humanity is like, and that it is only God who has the power to “save” us from the rising “deep waters” that come up to our necks. It is only God who is able to successfully “rule” and “still” the “raging of the sea.” It is only God who can “rebuke” the “mighty waters,” causing them to “flee far away, chased like chaff on the mountains before the wind and whirling dust before the storm.”


Revelation 21:1


Understanding this common, poetic metaphor in the Bible regarding the sea can help us to better perceive what will be fully accomplished by God in the age to come as well. Verses such as this one at the end of the Bible (when read in context) suddenly opens up in a way that it most likely would not have if it was just read in isolation:


Revelation 21:1 (ESV)Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.


May we (believers) fully appreciate what God will fully make “no more” in the age to come.


Godspeed, to the brethren!


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Susan Bates Twist + Lock Interchangeable Crochet Hook Deluxe Set Giveaway

Moogly - Mon, 11/14/2022 - 16:00

The biggest buzz in the crochet hook world is the new Susan Bates Interchangeable Crochet Hooks! I am a huge fan, and am so excited to get to share them with you on Moogly – and give away a Susan Bates Twist + Lock Interchangeable Crochet Hook Deluxe Set to one lucky winner! Disclaimer: This...

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The Ruined Temple [Broken Compass]

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 11/14/2022 - 12:00

We continued our Broken Compass game last night, "The Quest for the Serpent Throne" with the adventurers facing a number of jungle pulp adventure perils. First, their path was blocked by rapids on a tributary of the Hooghly. Sam Stone managed to make it across but hardly unscathed, (he took a spill and acquired the Bleeding Feeling.) so the rest of the party decided to find a way around. While they were separated, Sam was taken captive by a jungle tribe. There others were too once they were reunited.

After the Professor spoke to the tribe's chief, the chief sent them to a ruined Naga Temple. There they read ancient inscriptions that revealed the very items they sought could be used to fulfill a ritual brining the return of the Naga's from the Underworld.

Then they had a run in with a giant cobra. The managed to hide in the temple and block the door until the snake went away.


Still getting to know the system, so I made a couple of missteps in running this session. The giant cobra was either an Enemy if you fought it or a Danger if you tried to run away. In either case, the difficulty level was such that the character was likely to fail. But a fail in Broken Compass doesn't mean you don't succeed in what you were trying to do, it just means you had to rely on Luck (and use some Luck Points) to do it. The player's were sort of treating Luck like Hit Points and wanting to be too granular with their actions (trying to do one thing to set up something else), when mostly, the scene seemed to be constructed to be an obstacle that made player's use up some Luck to get by. I presented the situation as one they had to succeed at to get through, but really the players were always likely to get through, it was just a question of how much Luck they lost.


Looking For Group - Mon, 11/14/2022 - 05:00

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Wretchploitation rpg - In Wrectched Depravity One Shot - Session Report

Swords & Stitchery - Mon, 11/14/2022 - 03:47
 "While previous Wretched games are meant to play anti-heroes, Wretchploitation goes a bit further allowing you to take the role of obvious villains, such as Dominatrix Nazi officers with a taste for blood, sadistic wardens, psycho-killers, deranged cult leaders and other distasteful personalities. Wretchploitation expands the Wretched line into exploitation movie territory, already rife with Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Crochet Pattern - Pensive Brimmed Hat

Furiously Eclectic People - Sun, 11/13/2022 - 23:53

I wanted a nice textured hat with a flipped up brim and this hat came about!

Hook size: 5.5 mm
Yarn used: Worsted weight
Gauge: Not overly important
Colours: I changed colours randomly, you can use all one colour or change at the start of any row. Having a contrasting brim colour

Do not join unless stated.

Top of the hat

Round 1: 8 hdc into a magic ring.

Place marker in 1st hdc of round and move up as you go to keep track of start. (8 stitches)

These next rows are to help increase evenly:
Round 2: 2 hdc in each st around. - 16 stitches
Round 3: (1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st) around. - 24 stitches
Round 4: (1 hdc in next 2 stitches, 2 hdc in next st) around. - 32 stitches
Round 5: (1 hdc in next 3 stitches, 2 hdc in next st) around. - 40 stitches
Round 6: 1 hdc in each st around. - 40 stitches
Round 7: (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 stitches) around. - 48 stitches
Round 8: (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 5 stitches) around. -56 stitches
Round 9: 1 hdc in each st around. -56 stitches
Round 10: (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 6 stitches) around. -64 stitches

I stopped increasing here because the hat fit my 22 inch round head, you may need another increase row if your head is bigger.

Body of hat
Round 11: 1 hdc in back loop in each st around (helps shape the top)
Round 12: 1 hdc in back loop of each st
Repeat round 12 until desired length before brim is reached. slip stitch to join, and turn. (turning ensures the brim stitch pattern is on right side once we flip it up).

This next row forms the hinge for the brim
Brim round 1: 1 hdc in back loop of each stitch., join w slip stitch.
Brim round 2: hdc in the third loop (it's the loop behind the hdc '<' )
Repeat round 2 until the brim is long enough
slip stitch and fasten off.
weave in ends.

Flip up the brim and wear your new hat!

I changed colour as I felt like it or you can do it in one colour.

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