Rolled and Told #3 – Lion Forge

Let’s talk about the remarkable resurgence of Dungeons and Dragons over that last couple of years.  With the release of Fifth Edition (AKA 5E), a new D&D clothing line, it’s imagery used in the immensely popular show Strange Things, and issues of a D&D comic from IDW (and a Rick and Morty crossover); the D&D brand has become cool and interesting to the world in general and not just for nerdlingers like myself.  Much in the same way that the D20 system was very open-ended and lent itself to people creating their own worlds and adventures 5E has done a lot of the same things.  We are starting to see a new crop of creative projects that can be used in your personal D&D campaigns.

Enter Rolled and Told, this new line of books from the people at Lion Forge and Quillion.  Rolled and Told is a single adventure wrapped up in a comic book.  By using comic book pages and art to create the framework for an adventure, as well as having maps, adventure hooks and even tips and tricks on how to create better adventures, this foray into the world of comics and Dungeons and Dragons is really pretty brilliant.

Issue 3 revolves around a school names Varacadabara that has lost control of time and space and the monsters that they are hiding inside.  As adventurers, you are tasked with going into the school to rescue the students that are trapped inside.  Time and space shift and warp as you make your way through the school, new creatures confront you and there is plenty of mystery to be solved.  It is a good stand-alone adventure that can be fit into any campaign setting, and as long as you have the core rulebooks for the game you are good to go.

The best part of any supplement like this is that there are new monsters, spells, and concepts that can be spread out through the rest of your campaign to flesh out your world even more.  This 66-page book from Lion Forge is a perfect example of what makes D&D great.  You can create your own worlds and adventures, but when you don’t have the time to make something new for your group there is always something like this that you can lean into and rely on.  So if you are a fan of the old Dungeon magazines, or just have a campaign that needs a little fleshed out:  Rolled and Told is the book for you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

There is a time-honored tradition in the Llanas household, and that is the Thanksgiving viewing of the greatest Thanksgiving movie of all time. That, of course, is the 1987 John Hughes film Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.

I love my family, my kids and my wife, but as I have talked about on the show a lot of time I’m not extra close to my actual family.  Don’t talk with my mom much, my dad lives out of state, so the holidays are less about the family that I was born into than the family I have made and chosen and in a lot of ways that is what this movie is about.  The family that I have are people that I have chosen to surround myself with.

That is what this movie is about.  The people that come into your life are the people that should be in your life.  Every new friend is a chance to have new family.  So take today and be thankful for the people in your life, you never know how long you have with them.  Take today to do something good for someone in need, you never know when you will meet new family members.  When it is all said sit down, have a good laugh, have some feels, and enjoy Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!

 

Love Town #0 In Stores Now!

The very first issue of Matt and John Yuan’s (Serving Supes, Inspector OH) latest series Love Town #0 is now available at a fine comic retailer near you!

Love Town follows Detective Allie Saxon who is not only the first female on the Los Amores police force; she’s also the department’s only vampire. On her first case, Allie learns that on the mean streets of Love Town, money, power, and magic can make anything happen if you’re willing to pay the price. Magic in Love Town isn’t the usual witch or magician casting a spell that we’re all accustomed to. Magic consumes the user in profound ways. Once a fraction of your being is spent, there’s no getting your soul back.

According to ThePullBox.com’s review “It’s got all the makings of a hard-biting murder mystery, with a heroine determined to prove herself – as a cop, a woman, and a vampire – in a world that’s set against her making it”.

Can’t make it to your local comic shop this week? Order Love Town #0 and reserve your copy of Love Town #1 directly from the Devil’s Due/1First Comics web store!

25th Anniversary of Hellboy

Are you ready to celebrate with Hellboy!? I know that Jonthan is!! March 23rd marks the 25th anniversary of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy. To celebrate the occasion, Dark Horse has deemed the day “Hellboy Day.” “Seed of Destruction” was introduced in 1994, and fans clamored to the right hand of doom, and the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense! In it’s honor, Dark Horse will be publishing a 25th anniversary, promotional edition of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction issue 1, with a new cover by Mignola and Dave Stewart!

“When I created Hellboy way back when I never imagined he would be around long enough to celebrate a 25th anniversary,” said Mike Mignola. “I’m grateful to the writers, artists, colorists and letterers who’ve joined me in telling Hellboy stories for all these years. And, of course, so grateful to the fans. This thing could not exist without their support and it’s a pleasure every time I get to go out to meet them.”

I’m guessing that your favorite local comic book shop will be putting on a special event, in recognition of such an anniversary. Retailers will be giving away tattoo sheets, right hand of doom bookmarks, and much deals will be had that day! “Hellboy fans: please make sure to tell your retailer you want your local store to participate in this awesome celebration today,” said Matt Parkinson, Dark Horse Vice President of Marketing. “And retailers: look for the December Previews for February on Sale (Issue #363) for details on backlist sales and contest deals, as well as ordering information on the promotional material being created for the event.”

For more information about the Mignolaverse comic books and graphic novels, as well as announcements of Dark Horse Comics’ plans for 2019 to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of the first Hellboy comic book, Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, follow the company on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Adi Shankar joins Superman VS Ku Klux Klan

Adi Shankar, the man who produced Castlevania, Bodied, and created Bootleg Universe, has joined forces with PaperChase films, and Marc Rosen, to bring to life, Superman VS Ku Klux Klan. Superman VS the Ku Klu Klan tells the story of how powerful superhero mythology can be, at a time when it seemed easier to turn a blind eye.

“Superheroes operate outside the scope of law and offer us hope that someone will rise up and protect us when government and other institutions cannot or will not. This story shows the power of the superhero mythology and it’s tangible impact on the physical world.” Said Shankar.

 

“Adi Shankar has long been inspired to fight for just causes; he has successfully taken on the status quo and broken barriers long seen as insurmountable. This story highlights the power of the people against the alarming resurgence of some the darkest chapters of our country’s past. It is as historical as it is timely, as the nation is once again facing challenges to the principles of truth, justice and ‘The American Way’.” Said Rosen.

 

This will be based on the true life story of Stetson Kennedy. Stetson went undercover to infiltrate the KKK in 1946. With the help of some other powerful organizations, and his undercover information, they were able to bring to light, the cultish nature of the KKK.

The film is currently in development. Casting announcements and more news will be forthcoming.

TOTLB 099 Not At This Table Z2

Holy crap, we are at episode 99!! This is the calm before the storm that will be our season finale next time!! In this episode, our pop culture classic is the 2005 James McTeigue movie, V For Vendetta! We talk about the similarities from the themes in the movie, to the climate that we see in society today. We also delve into the Alan Moore and Grant Morrison feud, and how they’ve changed the world with their magic…….

We also speak with Ryan North, who has worked on other projects (Adventure TimeThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl , etc.), but for this interview we are talking about his time travel manual, How To Invent Everything: A Survival Guide For The Stranded Time TravelerIf you should ever find yourself trapped in the past, THIS is the book that you will need, in order to rebuild society. Imagine that your time machine brakes down in the past, but they are so complicated to fix, it’s easier to rebuild society……sounds insane, but this could be the book that saves your life!! Listen Ryan speak about this hilarious/informative book, and tell us about the time that he got stuck in a hole with his dog!

Remember, you can ALWAYS let us know what you think! We can only think of so many things to talk about every other week, and would LOVE to get some feedback and ideas from all of you out there who are listening!! You can send mp3s and email to our email address. Also, join the conversations on our Facebook Page and Twitter Page. If you have good feedback, please leave it for us on iTunes and Stitcher!! That’s one way to help us climb the ranks into podcast glory!! You can ALSO leave us voicemail!!! Call the Michael Kuyrk memorial 970-573-6148 and leave us a hilarious message!!! PLUS FOR AS LITTLE AS $1/MONTH you can support us on Patreon!! A lot of cool extras on there for those who support!!

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APOCRYPHA: THE LEGEND OF BABYMETAL

This week sees the release of the graphic novel Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal! In anticipation of that release, Amuse Inc. & Z2 Comics have released a preview of the graphic novel! The preview contains art from GMB Chomichuk, and explores the origins of the band.

Amuse Group USA and Z2 Comics also announced  that, in response to high demand in Japan, Z2 has prepared a Japanese translation guide for APOCRYPHA. The guide, which directly translates the book line-by-line from English to Japanese, will be available via an exclusive link using a code found in the book. A definitive Japanese edition has not yet been determined.

Apocrypha takes its three protagonists, who have been reincarnated, on a journey through time! The book can be ordered online via AmazonASMARTBarnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million; the standard edition of the book will be in comic book stores and bookstores on October 30, 2018 and retail for $24.99. Additionally, new APOCRYPHA: THE LEGEND OF BABYMETAL merchandise will be available exclusively at BABYMETAL’s official online store on October 30.

The Last Kingdom Season Three

Are you ready for the next installment of The Last Kingdom!? Based on Bernard Cornwell’s best selling books of the same name, the series will drop in the US, and the UK on November 19th! And for the first time all ten episode of The Last Kingdom will arrive on Netflix at the same time! That way you can binge through the season, and not have to wait weekly!

The new season will see King Alfred consider his legacy, as his dream of uniting the kingdoms of England is jeopardized by incessant Danish attacks. Alfred knows that the only man with the power to crush the uprising and secure the Wessex dynasty is the great warrior and hero Uhtred, but when their volatile relationship reaches breaking point, Uhtred must confront the difficult truth: if he deserts Alfred’s cause, everything he has fought for will be forever changed.

This awesome new season will also bring in a bevy of new characters, including; Ola Rapace as Danish warrior Bloodhair, Thea Sofie Loch Næss  as the dangerous seer Skade, Timothy Innes as King Alfred’s heir, Edward, and Magnus Bruun as Cnut. Make sure that you tune into Netflix on November 19th, and start watching, what promises to be the best season yet, of The Last Kingdom!!

TOTLB 098 HOJ Moves

Two episodes until our 100th episode, season 1 finale! It has been a long time coming, and a lot of years in the making, but we are finally closer and closer to an awesome milestone! But for now, onto episode 98!

No interviews, for this episode, just pure hilarity!! We are at the Hall of Justice Comics and Collectibles, for what ended up being one of it’s final days! As, during the episode, we learned that Jon was picking up, and moving his shop to a bigger location! It’s only a few seconds away, but it affords him MUCH more space!! We’re happy for him, and get to congratulate him onto his next ventures!!

Also, we obviously speak about all of the news in entertainment as well. We speak a lot about the comic books that Gabe has been reading, and some of the comic books that Jon/Dominic are excited about coming out. Also, one of our Patreon supporters (Chad) offers up some chili peppers for us to try as we do the episode. It’s a funny way to end the show, and it’s a fitting way to end our last episode at the current Hall Of Justice Comics & Collectibles! It will be missed, but there were many great times had there!

Remember, you can ALWAYS let us know what you think! We can only think of so many things to talk about every other week, and would LOVE to get some feedback and ideas from all of you out there who are listening!! You can send mp3s and email to our email address. Also, join the conversations on our Facebook Page and Twitter Page. If you have good feedback, please leave it for us on iTunes and Stitcher!! That’s one way to help us climb the ranks into podcast glory!! You can ALSO leave us voicemail!!! Call the Michael Kuyrk memorial 970-573-6148 and leave us a hilarious message!!! PLUS FOR AS LITTLE AS $1/MONTH you can support us on Patreon!! A lot of cool extras on there for those who support!!

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All NEW Goon!

The Goon was one of the very first comic books that I ever read, when I first started getting into the hobby! It was such a great book. It was hilarious, and Eric Powell killed it on the art! Well fear not, as The Goon makes its return next spring! Eric Powell and his publishing company, Albatross Funnybooks, will be putting out never before published stories! This will be the first time in three years that a new The Goon story will hit the shelves, and it will start the year long, 20th Anniversary celebration! There will be a signing tour, Albatross Funnybooks’ collected editions of classic GOON graphic novels, Goon Tiki Mugs, and much much more!

“The fact that we feel confident bringing the full library of my flagship title over to Albatross going into our third year of expansion fills me with excitement and a new enthusiastic energy for what’s to come,” said Powell. “With Albatross, we focus on making fun, eclectic comics that stand out for their individuality and creative quality, as seen in our lineup of titles like HILLBILLY, SPOOK HOUSE, ‘NAMWOLF, GALAKTKON, GRUMBLE and MEGAGHOST. It’s with this idea of keeping the fun in our Funny Books that we are steering this new GOON series. I’m returning to the roots of the series with a heavy emphasis on the weird, twisted humor the book has been known for. The world around us is dark enough right now. I want to make readers laugh and forget their troubles for a little bit. It definitely feels like it’s time for THE GOON.”

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