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A Novel Review: Made to Kill

January 26, 2016 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

It isn’t often that a book catches me with its cover, but Adam Christopher’s Made to Kill did just that. Two dimensional art deco of a robot in a trenchcoat and fedora? You better believe I’d check that out. Published by Tor Books late last year, Made to Kill tells the story of Raymond Electromatic, Read More

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26 Comics that Affected Me

January 25, 2016 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

Spreading the word about excellent comic book series has always been a passion of mine. Typically I tend to focus on one or a small handful at a time, giving each a good amount of attention, hopefully sending some interested parties to them. For this, I’ll be picking a single title from each letter of Read More

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Iron Mike Sharpe Trash-talks Death to a Grudge Match (or: Noisy Ring Warrior Pinned for Final Time)

January 20, 2016 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

The world of professional wrestling has always been filled with larger-than-life personalities, many saddled with gaudy nicknames in keeping with the colorful lives played out for fans. Names like Haystacks Calhoun, Classy Freddie Blassie, Gorilla Monsoon or the unforgettable Rowdy Roddy Piper set the tone for the currently-named WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment. Weekends were loaded Read More

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NBM Publishing 40 Years in Business

January 17, 2016 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

NBM has been a key publisher of esoteric works for 40 years now, and are celebrating by redesigning their logo. As a fond fan of their publications, I’d like to celebrate with them by giving them a showcase here. If you like fantasy, translated works from France, Germany or Spain (and beyond), non-fiction works or Read More

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Sites I Like 3

January 2, 2016 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

Many of the places I regularly visit on the internet are not ones I can recommend to a larger audience, mainly due to their specified focus. My interests run far and wide and I tend to find websites that are more information sourced than entertainment. One of them I have sent many a person to, Read More

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Shopping Suggestions 5: The Final Countdown

December 21, 2015 Author: Jon Johnson (Sir)

This week I’ll conclude the X-mas shopping season with some ideas for the pop culture nut in your family with a few ideas that I should have started this list with. As all of these places may or may not take time with customized requests, you can utilize many of these for future reference or Read More

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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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