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25 August 2016 @ 07:19 am
This movie was a delight.  A beautiful stopmotion fairy tale.  Young story-teller Kubo ends up on a quest for magic mcguffins joined by Monkey the monkey and Beetle the cursed samurai.  Its also very melancholy despite a somewhat uplifting final battle solution.  A+ voice work.  I avoid 3d though so I don't know how much better or worse that version is.
Current Mood: hungryhungry
24 August 2016 @ 06:08 am
Since the Pathfinder game is on hold for the month, hosted a board game night for the Tuesday game.  First was a five person single-lap of Formula De where I pulled 2nd and the roommate managed to eliminate his racer midway.  And then we broke out my new edition of Nucleur War.  I've had one of the earlier editions forever, but because it was missing a spinnder track haven't been able to try it.  So last night we had a six-person game.  And once we worked out the rules (and Flying Buffalo is kind of terrible at writing clear and concise rule sheets) it was a lot of fun.  The roommate was eventually the first to go out, but didn't take anyone down with him in his Final Retalation strike.  But then before we could all take advantage of the new peace to start using Propaganda cards again the next player was done in by Top Secret card.  And his Final Retaliation set off a chain of elimation/Final Retaltions that left me the last nation standing with 7million population.
Current Mood: awakeawake
22 August 2016 @ 05:04 pm
Dark Horse Presents #25: Editor Mike Richardson w/ various creators.  Latest "Finder" section by Carla Speed McNeil as always the big stand-out for me.  Though more Paul Levitz detective noir, Al Gordon post-apocalyptic Tarzan, Rich Wodall's space-girl Tarzan and a closing to the latest "Mr. Monster" story.

Superf*ckers Forever #1: by James Kochalka.  This was a nice surprise.  I hadn't heard anything in advance about Kochalka doing another volume of Superf*ckers.  I also grabbed the variant cover by Ryan Ottley, letting me see what the characters would look like if they were part of Invincible.

The Wicked & the Divine #22: Wirter Kieron Gillen, Artist Jamie McKelvie, Colourist Matthew Wilson, Letterer Clayton Cowles & Flatter Dee Cunniffe.  And as Persephone and the other Pantheon members confront Anneke this story-arc closes.  Violently as always.

Lumberjanes #29: Written by Shannon Wattes & Kat Leyh, Illustrated by Carey Piesch, Colors by Maarta Laiho & Letters by Aubrey Aiese.  April is very enthusiastic about the first joint breakfast with Zodiac Cabin.  Which is spoiled by supernatural shennagins.  Looks like teen goddess Diane has got some 'splainen to do.
Current Mood: awakeawake
20 August 2016 @ 07:35 am
fennec kitsfox & hound

fox meeting
rescued fox kitsmug fox
Current Mood: hungryhungry
19 August 2016 @ 04:18 pm
While the magical bomb/ward was defused at the end of the last session, doing so did leave my Ben "Don't Call Me Kolchak" Franks in a bit a coma situation.  But handidly I still had Sean Barnes, heavy metal bassist and werewolf.  Who was out on bail thanks to Byron's sorceror.  So we set off for the ol' fort/park where the crazy ex (and Sean's former bandmate) was keeping the hedge witch/shop keeper for his BIG EVIL PLAN.  In getting into the park we may have accidentally, sort of, kidnapped a park ranger.  And Fish Boy may have stolen her gun.  And radio.  And utility knife.  But forgot her flashlight at least.  And then ghoul attack.  Fortunately for us and unfortunate for the ghouls (who are nasty and tough) the group was a bit heavy-handed in the damage dealing capacity between a fully wolfed out Sean, Frazer's Fomori Kid Fish and Bryon's sorceror Max with his discount Hammer of Tunderbolts.
15 August 2016 @ 06:45 am
The roommate gifted me with a membership to this year's con again so I took the weekend off to attend.  Saturday got to try out En Garde, a fencing simulation card game.  Fun, though I can see how in a big multi-player game it can turn into a Pile on Player X situation.  Then after that I took part in Brendan's Twillight Imperium game.  Six player game and we managed something like 4 or 5 rounds from noon to 8PM (with a lunch break when I went home to feed the cat).  I ended up "winning" by being ahead by 2 victory points when we called it.

Sunday I was in a Call of Cthulhu rpg, "Proof of Life".  Small town politics in the 1920s over whether to allow in a lumber company.  Which leads to murder, brains in jars and a final confrontation with flying alien funguses.  Though my pre-gen character ducked out of the climax with the mi-go to run off and file her story of small town madness (with pictures!) and win herself a Pullitzer.  Which apparantly was established in 1917 and so is totally what happened.

ETA: On Sunday I (The Roommate) was supposed to play OGRE, but that got cancelled, so I had a game of Heroes Incorporated, a really fun strategy Heroes ggame which I lost by a hair, and Blood Rage, a Vikings in Ragnarok boardgame with a draft system, which I got absolutely trashed in. Heroes Inc. is out of print, so good luck finding it, and Blood Rage is a Kickstarter game that sells for around $75-$100.
Current Mood: geekygeeky
14 August 2016 @ 06:32 am
Another light week, with only Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy #3 (written by Chynna Clugston Flores, pencils by ROsemary Valero-O'Connel, inks by Maddi Gonzalez, colors by Whitney Cogar & letters by Warren Montgomery), which despite the enjoyable team-ups plus the stellar creatives is beginning to feel a little padded.  Three more issues?  That means some kind of branching story coming out of the logical finish for issue four.

Also grabbed the All-New, All-Different Avengers (is that really the entire official title?  sheesh) Annual #1 anthology.  For the "Duck Amok" sytle She-Hulk story by Natasha Allegri and the "Squirrel Girl vs. Ms. Marvel" by Faith Erin Hicks (with colors by Megan Wilson) if nothing else.
Current Mood: goodgood
13 August 2016 @ 04:55 am
cat dog pillow 3cat dog pillow 4

cat dog pillow 5cat dog pillow 6

cat dog pillow 7
Current Mood: hungryhungry
08 August 2016 @ 05:03 pm
Short list for last week.  Even with me finally remembering to grab Prophet: Earth War #5 with story by Brandon Graham & Simon Roy, art by Brandon Graham, Grim Wilkins, Giannis Milonogiannis & Ano Jenna Trost, colors by Joseph Bergin III, Lin Visel & Brandon Graham & letters by Ariana Maher.  Also with ascendant Glory cameo.

Giant Days #17: Creator/Writer John Allison, Pencils by Max Sarin, Inks by Liz Fleming, Colors by Whitney Cogar & Letters by Jim Campbell.  Daisy goes archeologying, Susan stalks her ex and Esther and Ed get a writing job.  A morally questionable job as it turns out.

Paper Girls #8: Writer Brian K. Vaughan, Artist Cliff Chiang, Colors Matt Wilson, Letters + design Jared K. Fletcher & Color flats Dee Cunniffe.  The "joys" of learning your future.  Also more mega-sized micro-fauna.
Current Mood: awakeawake
07 August 2016 @ 07:59 am
Congrats on another year to ludickid
Current Mood: fullfull
06 August 2016 @ 08:01 am
Birthday bleps for scarybaldguy
blep odin
sheep blep 1sheep blep 3sheep blep 2

blep lion
Current Mood: awakeawake
05 August 2016 @ 04:34 pm
Had one of the other players decide to drop out during the session.  She felt a little like game prep was too close to homework assignments and wasn't really clicking into the game.  Not sure how much was general gaming and how much the FATE rules system.  I'm hopeful maybe she might have better luck with a less rules-intensive system.  But for now the remainder of us managed to track down the base of drug-dealing, possible kidnapper, rock n roller warlock.  And with Bryon's sorceror only making a SINGLE local gang into vengeance swearing enemies.  :P

Beyond that, my Sight-ed journalist managed to warn the group about the trap-ward around a hostage, at the cost of magic-shocking himself unconscious.  And then the sorceror managed to batter down the ward without having it blow up the buidling.  And so a hostage was rescued and we learned (we being the conscious team members) that the warlock dude was planning on sacrificing the kidnapped shop owner/hedge witch for some crazy ritual.
04 August 2016 @ 06:26 am
So that was a Star Trek with an emphasis on the actioning style.  Fun though.  I mean the solution to taking down the evil fleet is so dumb.  So silly.  So glouriously foolish that it circles all the way around to amazingly awesome.  Plus of course like most Star Treks, other than last minute rescues, no one actually thinks about what transporter technolgy can do and how it would instantly solve many of the climatic action moments.  But thats really true for most of Star Trek.  And maybe it would have been nice if Idris Elba's bad guy had a motivation better than THE SPACE MADNESS.  But overall, fun.
Current Mood: contentcontent
31 July 2016 @ 06:02 pm
The Autumnlands #12: Writer Kurt Busiek, Artist Benjamin Dewey, Color art Jordie Bellaire & Lettering & design John Roshell & Jimmy Betancourt of comicraft.  The leader of the Galatean androids gives a history lesson.
Savage Dragon #215: Creator Erik Larsen, Letters Chris Eliopoulos, Colors Nikos Kovtsis & Flats Mike Toris.  Malcolm Dragon goes after Dart and his kidnapped triplets.

Future Quest #3: Writer Jeff Parker, Art Steve Rude, Colorist Steve Buccellato & Letterer Dave Lanphear.  A story pause for some flashback filler on Birdman and the Herculoids.  I'd never actually seen the origin story for the Herculoids before.

Jem & the Holograms #17: Written by Kelly Thompson, Art by Jen Bartel, Colors by M. Victoria Robado & Letters by Shawn Lee.  New artist Jen Bartel steps right up with group pages for the Misfits, Holograms and various beaus.  Plus costume changes and musical numbers.
ROM #1: Written by Christos Gage & Chris Ryall, Pencils & colors by David Messina, Inks by Michele Pasta & Letters by Shawn Lee.  So ROM re-launch.  Gets right into the Dire Wraith secret invader stuff and their whole terror at the arrival of the last Space-Knight.  Plus it looks to be part of a whole IDW Liscensed-verse, along with their Transformers, G.I. Joe and upcoming M.A.S.K. and Micronauts titles.

Howard the Duck #9: Writer Chip Zdarsky, Penciler Joe Quinones, Inkers Joe & Paolo Rivera, Marc Deering & Joe Quinones, Colorists Joe Quinones with Jordan Gibson & Letterer Travis Lanham.  Guest starring actress Lea Thompson.  Who is apparantly the aunt of Eugene "Flash/Agent: Venom" Thompson?  Anyway Lea has been having blackouts and dreams about talking ducks so she consults with the world's best known talking duck.  And then of course the whole thing leads to Mojo of the Mojoverse.  Because of course it does.
The Unbeatable Squirrel-Girl #10: Writer Ryan North, Penciler Erica Henderson, Inker Tom Fowler, Color artist Rico Renzi, Flashback artist Kyle Stacks & Letterer Travis Lanham.  Oh man, I didn't even notice the cover joke with Mole Man sporting the fedora/trilby and saying "M'lday".

Knights of the Dinner Table #234: Head Lion Jolly R. Blackburn, Other Lion Bits Barbara Blackburn, Steve Johanson, David S. Kenzer & Biran Jelke.  Dang.  It only takes nearly everybody laying into him, but Brian may actually be experiancing a moment of clarity and character growth.
Current Mood: tiredtired
30 July 2016 @ 07:50 am
business cat
grumpy gizmo
rain coat dog
Western hat cat
Current Mood: tiredtired
29 July 2016 @ 07:54 am
A happy day to wookiemonster
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
28 July 2016 @ 06:54 pm
Short Fiction: Marie Brennan's "From the Editorial Page of the Falchester Weekly Review", Glenn Hirshberg's "Freedom is Space for the Spirit", Tara Isabella Burton's "the Destroyer" & Genevieve Valentine's "La Beaute Sans Vertu".

New Reads:
Brandon Sanderson's Calamity and the Bands of Mourning.  The first finishes up his supers' trilogy and the latter is part of his steampunk-era "Mistborn" series.
Steven James' Blur.  An ok YA paranormal mystery.
Daniel Jose Older's Midnight TaxiTango.  2nd novel of his "Bone Street Rumbo" series.
Tim Dorsey's Florida Roadkill.  First foray into Dorsey's  modern crime/pulp stuff.  A bit too wide a spread of characters and plots for me.
Adrian Tchaivosky's Guns of the Dawn.  A black powder-fantasy book where one of the two warring nations begins conscripting female soldiers to shore up its manpower shortages.  Feels a little like of an Austen character was the lead in a Bernard Cornwell Napoleonic book.
Elizabeth Bear/Sarah Monette's a Companion to Wolves.  Monette is the writer of the Goblin Emperor under a pseudonym and Elizabeth Bear is Elizabeth Bear.  So this is very well written.  It also has a LOT of really graphic gay sex, much that borders on the edge of non-consensual.
Daniel Abraham's the Spider's War.  The final to "the Dagger & the Coin" epic fantasy series which features the heroism of the banking system and using it to fight mad, religious tyrants.
Seanan McGuire's Indexing: Reflections.
Charlie Higson's the Enemy
Sherwood Smith's Remnala's Children.  Some follow-up stories to the Crown/Court Duel books.
Michael Shea's the Extra.  Future dystopia where filmmakers can literally kill off their extras in movies.
Emmie Mears' the Masked Songbird.  First of Mears' "Shrike" supers series.

Eric Flint/George Huff/Paula Goodlett's 1636: the Kremlin Games, 1636: the Barbie Consortium & 1636: the Viennese Waltz
Iver Cooper's 1636: Seas of Fortune
Lois McMaster Bujold's Captain Vorpatril's Alliance & Gentelman Jole & the Red Queen

Graphic Novels/TPBs/Rulebooks:  I'm moving rpgs and other non-fiction here since I don't really go thru enough of it for its own category.
Faith Erin Hicks's the Nameless City.  Alt history in a pseduo-China/Mongolia border setting.
Ultimate Intrigue (Pathfinder).  I liked this sourcebook quite a bit.  The roommate fell in love with the evil version of the Leadership feat and other new rules for his wizard/rogue crime boss.

Total books: 22

Short Fiction: Theodora Goss' "Red as Blood and White as Bone", Emmie Mears' "Uncaged", Brit Mandelo's "the Pigeon Summer", P. Djeli Clark's "a Dead Djinn in Cairo", K.B. Spangler's "Who Tells Your Story", Dennis Danvers' "Orphan Pirates of the Spanish Main" and Seanan McGuire's "Waking in Las Vegas".

New Reads:
Sharon Lee/Steve Miller's Alliance of Equals.  Their most recent "Liaden" novel.  Actually an eARC for the most recent.
Elizabeth Bear's Karen Memory.  Steampunk/Western with a bisexual female prostitute as the lead.
Emmie Mears' Rampant.  2nd "Shrike" novel which are set in Edinburgh.
Kameron Hurley's Mirror Empire.  Super-grim and violent fantasy series about parallel worlds and invasions between them.
Marko Kloos' Chain of Command
R.J. Ross' Cape High Christmas
Kate Elliot's Jaran, An Earthly Crown, His Conquering Sword & the Law of Becoming.  Both a pseudo-Mongolion horde "fantasy" and a Conquered Humanity sci fi series.
Alex Shvartsman (ed) Funny Fantasy.  What it says on the box.  A collection of previously published comedy fantasy stories.
Nick Mamatas/Masumi Washington (ed) Hanzai Japan.  Japan-set scifi, much with a noir or horror slant to it.
Amy Poehler's Yes Please.  Poehler's autobio.

Andre Norton's Gryphon in Glory.  While this was a reread, I honestly couldn't remember anything at all going in.
Tamora Pierce's Protector of the Small

Graphic Novels/TPBs/Rulebooks:
XCrawl (d20).  Picked up on the cheap with a stack of other rpgs from Bookmans.  Competitive reality show dungeon crawling works better in concept than the actual execution.
Mike Maihack's Cleopatra in Space vol. 3: Secret of the Time Tablets.  Caps off the trilogy with a reveal of the origin of the big bad and some idea of why Cleopatra of all historical figures.
Scott Snyder/Jock's Wytches.  This was honestly one of the more disturbing horror comics I've read in awhile.
John Layman/Rob Guillory's Chew vol.11: the Last Suppers & Chew vol. 10: Blood Puddin'.  I actually ordered and read vol. 11 and then realized I'd skipped the 10th volume.
Krazy Krow/Rocio Zuchhi's Spinnarette: Crisis in a Bunch of Ohios.  Latest print collection of the supers/humor webcomic.
Kiyohiko Azuma's Yotsuba&! vol.13.  We get to meet Yotsuba's grandmother.

Total: 24

Short Fiction: Harry Turtledove's "Typecasting", A.J. Hartley's "Chains" and Monica Byrne's "Traumphysik".

New Reads:
Cat Valente's Speakeasy.  Roaring 20s plus Faires with Valente lyrical-style.
Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver.  Paranatural-YA with external temparture triggered werewolves.
Ian Thomas Healy's Tusks & the Lion & the Five Deadly Serpents.  "Inception" style dream adventure and 70's era kung fu in Healy's "Just Cause" supers setting.
Naomi Novak's League of Dragons.  The finale for the "Tremaire" series.
Jim Hines' Revisionary.  And another finale, this time for the "Libriomancer" series.
Drew Hayes' Corpies.  I like Hayes' supers books, but they all feel like they could use another editorial pass once they're collected together from his original free chapters online source.
Jennifer Henshaw/Allison Lin (ed) Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft.  There are some really good scifi stories in this collection.  No really.
Ryan North's Romeo and/or Juliet.  I do like that several of the ending options involved the teens just talking to their parents and avoiding a whole lot of deaths.
Andre Norton Cat'seye. Human/animal psychic partnerships.  Different from the "Beastmaster" ones.
Chuck Wendig's Atlanta Burns.  Kind of white-trash "Veronica Mars".  Or maybe Really Angry and VIolent "Nancy Drew".

Terry Pratchett's Wee Free Men, a Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, I Shall Midnight & Shepard's Crown.  Shut up, I'm not crying.  You're crying.

Graphic Novels/TPBs/Rulebooks:
the Dresden Files RPG: Your Story (FATE)
Evan Dahm's Vattu: the Sword & the Sacrament
C. Spike Trotman (ed) New World: An Anthology of Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Jim Zub/Steve Cummings' Wayward vol. 3
Tony Cliff's Delilah Dirk & the King's Shilling.  To England!

Total: 22
24 July 2016 @ 06:43 pm
Dark Horse Presents #24: Chief Editor Mike Richarson.  Got some Tarzan and some Mister X and some Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl.  But most importantly some new Carla Speed McNeil "Finder" pages.
Groo: Fray of the Gods #1by Sergio Aragones, with Wordsmith Mark Evanier, colorist Tom Luth & letterer Stan Sakai.  Another Groo mini-series, another barely veiled metaphorical take on society.  Religion this time around.

Astro City #37: Writer Kurt Busiek, Artist Brent E. Anderson, lettering & design John Roshell of Comicraft & color art Peter Pantazis.  The return of the Broken Man and a look at the convergance of music and supers and Astro City's Bakerville neighborhood.

Lumberjanes #28: Written by Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh, Illustrated by Ayme Sotuyo, Colors by Maarta Laiho & Letters by Aubrey Aiese.  Roanake cabin and their cats plus Barney and Hes rescue the senior council from the thunderbird without having to resort to deadly siege weapons.

Knights of the Dinner Table #233: Editor-in-chief JOlly Blackburn with Barbara Blackburn, Steve Johansson, David S. Kenzer & Brian Jelke.  Hey it looks like some bit of the disaster that is Bob's situation with Sheila may have finally got thru the shield of Brian's self-centeredness.  Plus the Knights may have come up with a strategy to give them a chance in the rematch against Gary Jackson and his crew.

Velvet #15: Writer Ed Brubaker, Artist Steve Epting, Colors Elizabeth Breitweiser & Letters Chris Eliopoulos.  And the first volume of Velvet closes with fake deaths, real assinations and a revealed cabal of would be world guiders.
Island #9: Creators Fil Barlow, Lin Visel, Joseph Bergin III & F Choo.  Featuring a less p0rn focused version of Visel's "Balst".
Current Mood: fullfull
23 July 2016 @ 07:03 am
polar cubsnow pandasnow shake cat

snow sheltie
snow stalk kitty
Current Mood: hungryhungry
22 July 2016 @ 04:58 pm
Most of this session involved introducing Frazer's Fomori foundling aka Fish-Boy and Alyce's Last Priestess of Danu aka Sect-whose-followers-have-mostly-been-murdered-by-Fomori.  Plus the fact that my former crime beat reporter doesn't really trust Bryon's ex-mob enforcer sorceror.  But eventually a tentative peace was reached and we were able to go to the area where we hopefully find one of the suspects in the cafe murders and missing owner mystery.
Current Mood: awakeawake
20 July 2016 @ 11:12 pm
Movie was funny and clever and the Ghostbuster ladies were all great.  Though tumblr is very right in that Holtzman is the best.  And I liked the original cast cameos, though I think Akroyd got the best scene.  And the ghosts looked good plus somewhat creepy and the climatic action scene was very baller.  Though the economics of their funding and the whole walking around with portable nucleur reactors was very much hand-wavey.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
17 July 2016 @ 03:53 pm
Mirror #5: by Emma Rios and Hwei Lim.  So its everbody off the asteroid world by order of flashback alien thingy?  Anyway now all the thousands of humans and hundreds of animal hybrids are on a ship.  An even small enviroment.
The Wicked & the Divine #21: Writer Kieron Gillen, Artist Jamie McKelvie, Colourist Matthew Wilson, Letterer Clayton Cowles & Flatter Dee Cunniffe.  Ananke's secret plan revealed.  Which is murder the girl and fuck everyone because fuck you ya ungratefull stupid tossers!  Also Persephone/Laura, Baphomet/Nergal, the Morrigan and Dionysus throw down with Sakhmet, Baal and Woden's Valkyries.

Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy #2Written by Chynna Clugston Flores, Pencils by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell, Inks by Maddi Gonzalez, Colors by Whitney Cogar, Letters by Warren Montgomery.  The 'Janes and Gothamites regroup and plan on how to rescue Jen & Olive.  Meanwhile, the latter are trapped in the Lodge of the '80s.

Stumptown #10: Written by Greg Rucka, Illustrated by Justin Greenwood, Colored by Ryan Hill & Lettered by Crank! "The Case of the Night That Wouldn't End": Dex working a regular ol' spousal surveilance case, in this one-off to finish up volume three.
16 July 2016 @ 07:57 am
3 besties
brit shorthair 3
cat mob
heart cuddle pile
kitten basket
Current Mood: tiredtired
15 July 2016 @ 04:34 pm
So one of the problems with an open sandbox style campaign is you can have sessions where not much happens.  I mean we opened up a room, cleared it of treasure and got a potentially important McGuffin.  And then sort of got started on acquiring some draconic-blood to eventually power said McGuffin.  Except the group then basically just abandoned that whole thing to travel back to a city so we could be close enough to check on the caravan for the concert.  I mean Brendan's character was basically holed up in a closet for two days copying spells from Fruit Pie's spell book.  Which is usefull and all.  But again as a group not much done, in part 'cause we don't really have a unifying group goal.
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
10 July 2016 @ 06:57 pm
Paper Girls #7: Writer Brian K. Vaughan, Artist Cliff Chiang, Colors Matt Wilson, Letters & Design Jared K. Fletcher & Color flats Dee Cunniffe.  The further adventures of teen & adult Erin.  Plus kaiju-sized water bears.

Giant Days #16: Written by John Allison, Pencils by Max Sarin, Inks by Liz Fleming, Colors by Whitney Cogar & Letters by Jim Cambell.  Daisy volunteers to lead a incoming frosh tour group, Susan goes on some dates.  And Esther tries to find a job so she doesn't have to auction off parts of her gothic reglia collection.

Future Quest #2: Writer Jeff Parker, Artists Evan "Doc" Shaner, Ron Randall & Johnathan Case, Colorist Jordie Bellaire & Letterer ALW Studios' Dave Lanphear.  The 2nd issue has Space Ghost and his side-kicks, the Herculoids, the Quest Family, Birdman and the Galaxy Trio.  Also an arguement between an eagle, a cat, a space monkey and whatever kind of mini-bulldog Bandit is.