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LOOK CRATE JUNE 2017: ALTER EGO

Posted 6/23/2017

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Loot Crate came yesterday and it's probably the best crate I've seen so far.  The theme this month was alter-egos and we start with:

An Exclusive Spider-Man Webslinger Q-Fig.

This shirt, another exclusive, Transformers G1 Optimus Prime shirt, will be on me when my son and I go see the new movie this weekend.

The DC Comics Mini-Poster Book is a beautiful piece of work, but it's in fact TOO beautiful, because while I want everything in it on my wall, I don't dare take any of them out.

Finally, my grandsons have a new Hulk bowl to eat from when they come over.

And let's not forget how on the ball Loot Crate has been lately with the awesome design--look what the box turns into!!! 

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4 WAYS FEARS IS GOOD FOR YOU.

Posted 6/22/2017

(this originally appeared as part of the C. Dennis Moore Newsletter #100, June 9, 2017)

If you’re here, chances are you found me through one of my books. And knowing my bibliography, it’s a good chance that book was in the horror genre. Which means you’re a fan of the best damn genre in the world. Now, we all know horror is fun, especially watching the reactions of normies when we screen our favorite horror flick for them or pass on our favorite horror novel. But did you know fear and being afraid, the hallmark of the horror genre, also has some amazing health benefits? From "The Health Benefits of Being Scared", by Adam Hurly.

First, adrenaline “gives you strength”. According to NY emergency medicine physician, Jake Deutsch, adrenaline puts the body into “survival mode”, which gives the body strength and stamina.

Second, norepinephrine production “keeps you alert” as, according to Deutsch, it “allows clear thinking under stress.”

Third, cortisol “can save your life.” Deutsch calls Cortical a “thermostat for the body” as it heightens the ones imperative for survival while regulating those not immediately affected, like digestion and immunity. However, too much Cortisol can also lead to a suppressed immune system, loss of sex drive and, in some cases, heart attack.

Finally, let’s face it, running from danger, running for any reason, is just good for you.

Now, I love a good laugh as much as anyone, and laughter does carry its own health benefits. But for me, nothing is more certain to make you feel alive in your skin like a good solid scare. Have you ever read a humor book and found yourself more alert on the walk to your car at 5:00 in the morning on your way to work? Probably not. But Stephen King’s THE SHINING will do it for you. Or if you’re reading early in the morning or late at night while it’s dark and everyone is asleep but you and the book happens to be THE AMITYVILLE HORROR and then that creak comes out there in the hallway… If you were dozing before, you’re wide awake now. In fact, you may never sleep again! Think of how productive you can be!

These are all the reasons adrenaline junkies go base jumping or cliff diving or whatever it is adrenaline junkies do. But just think, you could get the exact same healthy responses from your body just by cracking open a really good horror novel. I’m not even saying it has to be MINE, but obviously I wouldn’t complain if it was. So the next time you’re trying to convince your normie friend that that week’s new theatrical horror release is the way to spend a Saturday night, but they want to see the new rom-com or Disney movie (unless that movie is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol, 2), explain to them that they can see that soft stuff if they really want to, but as their friend and trusted advisor, you’re just looking out for THEIR wellbeing in suggesting something that’s more prone to getting their heart pumping, the blood flowing, and their mind sharper.

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MARVEL COLLECTOR CORPS, JUNE 2017: SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING

Posted 6/21/2017

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The new Marvel Collector Corps box came!!!  As you can see, the theme this month was Spider-Man Homecoming.  And it's awesome.  Not a lot in the box, but what's there is pretty great.  This Spider-Man POP! figure with wings is killer.  The mini Vulture and Spider-Man in the homemade suit are awesome.  And the Midtown shirt is excellent.  I love the patch and pink, they're already on my wall with the rest of my collection.  And this variant cover for Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #1 is going to my friend Brian who has a full run of Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man from the original series and will be collecting this new series.  So not a bad month for Marvel Collector Corps.  You know what might be even better?  The next box.  Here's a sneak peek and what it's going to be...:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I can't wait.

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CURRENTLY READING: BLOODSHOT VOL. 1: SETTING THE WORLD ON FIRE

Posted 6/20/2017

Your name is Angelo Mortalli. Your brother is trapped behind enemy lines and on the verge of —no. That's not right. Your name is Raymond Garrison. You've retired from the dangers of the field, but a desperate plea from your oldest friend plunges you into a vicious firefight that — no. That's not right, either. You are Bloodshot. You are the shade of gray that freedom requires. The perfect confluence of military necessity and cutting-edge technology. A walking WikiLeaks. A reservoir of dirty secrets that could set the world on fire. And you've just been captured!

Collecting Bloodshot #1-4 (2012) by best-selling writer Duane Swierczynski and acclaimed artists Manuel Garcia & Arturo Lozzi, find out why this is the series that has IGN proclaiming "Valiant is quickly becoming the publisher to beat."

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CURRENTLY READING: 1602 WITCH HUNTER ANGELA

Posted 6/16/2017

1602 Witch Hunter Angela

In the altered realms of BATTLEWORLD, Angela and Sera are WITCH HUNTERS, the scourges of King James' England, 1602. In a land beset by magic and monstrosity, they seek a new and seductive evil--not witchbreed, but deal-making FAUSTIANS, who bargain with ancient creatures for unnatural power! Moral ambiguity? Fancy allusions? Marguerite making the most of that English degree?

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CURRENTLY READING: STAR TREK, VOL. 1

Posted 6/14/2017

The adventures of the Starship Enterprise continue in this new story that picks up where the blockbuster 2009 film left off! Featuring the new cast of the film, these missions re-imagine the stories from the original series in the alternate "Kelvin" timeline created by the film, along with new threats and characters never seen before! With creative collaboration from Star Trek writer/producer Roberto Orci, this new series begins the countdown to 2012's Star Trek: Into Darkness.

Collects issues 1-4.  (or read digitally on Comixology Unlimited)

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SKETCHBOX JUNE 2017

Posted 6/13/2017

I'm running a little behind on this, but that's because I've been busy doing a lot of writing, and that means other things tend to fall behind.  But the new Sketchbox came a couple of weeks ago and here's what my daughter got:

CUSTOM Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pen Set ($14.94) This month is all about blendable markers!  These flexible brush markers contain a dye-based transparent ink that blends easily to create a multitude of hues.  Try using your water brush from last month to blend and create washes.  This is also a CUSTOM set that contains a different blue meant to pair well with the other items in this month's Sketchbox!

Sakura Pigma Graphic Set ($8.69): Ideal for graphic design, cartoons, sketching, and free-hand illustrations, calligraphers and or as a bold line pen for any piece.  Use them to add outlines to your marker piece this month.

FIRST LOOK Stabilo point max markers $1.55 each): These .8 mm markers feature water-based ink in vibrant colors.  What makes these special are their nylon nib which produces a very robust tip which won't fray like other fiber based nibs.  We picked turquoise to pair well with the point 88 pen in your May box, and lilac to give you a new color to test as well.

Kuretake Zig Art and Graphic Twin ($3.58):  These markers are filled with a waterbased dye that is blendable with the Sakura set.  The flexible rubber brush tip creates a variety of line and stroke sizes, while maintaining its spring and shape without fraying.  The fin-point (0.8 mm) fiber tip is ideal for detail work, sketching, or finishing touches.

 

 This month's inspiration piece comes from Frances.

"Hi!  My name is Frances and I'm a self-taught artist living in Toronto.  My love of art started as a kid.  I was always mesmerized by cartoon/anime and I would obsessively draw my favorite characters!  Today, I find inspiration by observing people and the beauty of nature.  You'll usually find me drawing people at coffee shops or practicing my watercolours in my sketchbook.  I'm always trying to improve my art and it's easy to succumb to self-doubt.  But, what keeps me motivated is the emotional connection I feel to other artists through their work.  I hope that people will feel connected to the art I make!"

To see more of France's work:

Instagram: @sennwaa

Tumblr: 

Deviant Art: 

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CURRENTLY READING: THE SAVAGE DRAGON, Vol. 1, by Erik Larson

Posted 6/12/2017

The collected original mini series - 4 issues!
Savage Dragon is the most cutting edge mainstream superhero comic ever created. In this very first story arc, we meet Officer Dragon, a brand new cop in a Chicago overrun with super freaks and crime lords. Creator Erik Larsen takes big risks with storytelling, characterization, and plot, infusing this series with violence, sex, and humor in a way previously unseen in the genre. He takes liberties no other creator can, and will surprise you at every turn. This book retools and reworks the original trade paperback with more unpublished sketches and art! It's the mini-series that started it all!

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CURRENTLY READING: ARCHER & ARMSTRONG VOL. 1: THE MICHELANGELO CODE

Posted 6/9/2017

It's history in the breaking! After years of meditation and training, 18-year-old Obadiah Archer has been dispatched to New York City to carry out the sacred mission of his family’s sect — locate and kill the fun-loving, hard-drinking immortal known as Armstrong! But as this naive teenage assassin stalks his prey, he’ll soon find that both hunter and hunted are just pawns in a centuries-old conspiracy that stretches from the catacombs beneath Wall Street to the heights of the Himalayas. And Archer & Armstrong will have to work together if the future is to stand any chance of surviving the past’s greatest threat!

From the New York Times best-selling creative team of writer Fred Van Lente (Marvel Zombies) and Clayton Henry (Incredible Herc), this volume collects Archer & Armstrong #1-4!


 

I'll also be reading individual issues 6, 9, 11, 12, 15, 17, and 25.

 

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CURRENTLY READING: STAR TREK/GREEN LANTERN, VOL. 2: STRANGER WORLDS

Posted 6/6/2017

STAR TREK/GREEN LANTERN, VOL. 1 was a top-selling title in 2016 and the exciting story continues in this collection!

The galaxy-spanning crossover epic continues in this sequel to the blockbuster STAR TREK/GREEN LANTERN: THE SPECTRUM WAR! Captain Kirk and Hal Jordan lead the combined might of Starfleet and the Lantern Corps on an all-new adventure against new foes!

Now that Hal Jordan and the Lanterns have been integrated into Starfleet, they face a new threat against the universe. Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise join them in the fight against an unlikely new bearer of the Red Ring -- Khan!

Read along with me in print or digitally.

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