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Shopping Suggestions 4: The Quest for Hope

December 13, 2015 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

A fourth edition for the 2015 Xmas shopping season starts with a recap for those that don’t wish to hit all the earlier posts. The list, in order of department: Comics: Knights of the Dinner Table from KenzerCo. Atomic Robo, formerly of Red 5 Comics, now at IDW Publishing. Infinite Kung-Fu, a Top Shelf top Read More

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Beer is the Answer

December 12, 2015 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

“Ah, good ol’ trustworthy beer. My love for you will never die.” ~ Homer Simpson While covering the 2015 New York Comic Con for another website, I attended a panel that crossed over into the areas of brewing and comic books. I was curious as to how a panel with decidedly different interests might operate, Read More

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Places to Visit

December 11, 2015 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

Breaking away from the norm here at the page, as most of my other plans are being stymied from a variety of situations, I’d like to explore with any potential readers the first of many places I’ve never been, but would in a heartbeat. One of the most intriguing to me is in Southwestern France, Read More

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Pics to Fill Space

December 10, 2015 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

Arguably the best board game ever printed, Civilization (or the additional “Advanced” Civilization) continues to wreak havoc at game conventions and living rooms across the globe. Playable in just under 10 hours for a serious group of 7 (12 or more if you’re playing with less intensity or fewer bodies) this game will test the Read More

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Shopping Suggestions 3: Season of the Which

December 8, 2015 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

As these suggestions have been readily received, I’ll continue the sequel-itis and dig deeper into the forever fun and oddball ideas for your friends and family – or that person you don’t know that well which you’ve been saddled with for some stupid “Secret Santa” situation at your job. I’ve covered movies, basic tabletop games, Read More

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Let’s Drink Malört

December 5, 2015 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

This is going to be a completely self-serving bit, so bear with the audacity of it. Shots from the hip are the bread and butter here and this is no change from that. From the Hip is the name of the podcast Vinnie, John and I do, usually together. I came in later than those Read More

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Shopping Suggestions 2: The Sacrifice

November 30, 2015 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

Now that Thanksgetting has passed and Black Friday is behind the world-weary retail workers, let’s look at another series of potential ideas for your favorite geek before the Xmas season is done. Not that shopping can’t be done at any other time of the year, but hey, I’m not the one buying, I’m just telling Read More

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Sites I Like

November 25, 2015 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

Long, long ago, when the Comic’s Buyers Guide was king of the weekly pop culture newspapers, I discovered a guy named Mark Evanier. He was a writer of an irregular column called News From Me that was incredibly entertaining, witty and informative. I learned he had written and co-created Groo the Wanderer (with the one Read More

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Shopping Suggestions

November 23, 2015 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

As the Xmas season gets ever near, I figured an offering of some of my favorite things that are easily obtained would be good filler for Thanksgiving week, from all across the board of esoterica covered on this page. I love games. Some of my favorites are old, out-of-print, long play scenarios that limit regular Read More

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Let Your Heart Grow Three Sizes

November 21, 2015 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

We aren’t all about the odd, sundry and entertainment at this page. For the coming cold weather, won’t you help out a friend of From the Hip and the forthcoming site, Libby Carrier with her annual drive to clothe the homeless? You might feel better than Fromthehipbot after a trip to Silicon Valley. Operation: Comfort.

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