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Underworld & Underclass Issues - Commentary 'House of the Rising Sun' (Arduin Grimoire volume 6) By Dave Hargrave From Emperor's Choice

Swords & Stitchery - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 00:49
 House of the Rising Sun (Arduin Grimoire volume 6) By Dave Hargrave has been one of those missing pieces of my Arduin Grimoire collection. Well, no more thanks to Emperor's Choice Miniatures & Gamers. And this goes back to October when I found a copy of the contents of House of Rising Sun on The Ruins of Murkhill forums here. According to the poster oldskolgmr who posted a break down of the Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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SCOUT COMICS IS COMING TO SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON SPECIAL EDITION WITH PANELS, EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF SCRIPT2COMIC’S 2020 FIRST PRIZE WINNER CHARM CITY AND INTERACTIVE SHE BITES SCAVENGER HUNT

First Comics News - Fri, 11/26/2021 - 20:58

Los Angeles, CA – November 26th 2021 – As announced exclusively through Comicbook.com,  SCOUT Comics, one of the fastest growing independent comic labels in the US, is coming to SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON SPECIAL EDITION from Nov 26th to 28th 2021 with exciting and informative panels, a special Convention exclusive preview of the SCRIPT2COMIC 2020 First Prize Winner CHARM CITY and a interactive scavenger hunt for SCRIPT2COMIC Grand Prize Winner SHE BITES.

CHARM CITY, created by Ignatz Award winning writer Josh Eiserike (CW’s Legacies, MAD Magazine, G.I. JOE: RENEGADES), won first prize in the 2020 Script2Comic Contest. The comic tells the story of a serial killer who stalks the streets of modern-day Baltimore– but what the police don’t know is all the victims are witches, part of an underground secret society living among us for centuries. And when yet another body turns up, it falls on the victim’s sister– a witch who was excommunicated from the community years ago and hasn’t used magic since– to use her contacts as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun to unravel the mystery and catch the killer. Fans will be able to get their first look at the series in an ashcan EXCLUSIVELY available at the SCOUT COMICS booth located on the exhibition floor at booth 1518.

SCRIPT2COMIC Grand Prize Winner Heather Hale will reprise her SHE BITES interactive scavenger hunt from NYCC 2021 as she asks fans to find blood-stained ‘babysitter wanted’ advertisements that are posted around the San Diego Convention center. Scavenger hunters can find these posters, pull the tab and call the number. If they listen to the message and then bring the tab to the SCOUT comics Booth 1518 on the convention floor, they can receive a limited edition ash can featuring the first appearance of the characters for FREE. Interested applicants can follow @shebitescomic on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for additional clues about where flyers can be found. A limited number of the secret ‘ashcan’ will also be on sale during the show at the Scout Comics Booth for fans not quite up for hunting down the flyer.

In addition, SCOUT COMICS will also host two panels at SDCC Special Edition. The first on Friday, Nov 26th, SCOUT COMICS / THUNDER COMICS: FIRST LOOK featuring ETERNUS from DIRECTOR/ACTOR ANDY SERKIS & ARTIST/DIRECTOR ANDREW LEVITAS  moderated by host Coy Jandreau (Nerdist, Collider Coycast) showcases SCOUT’s upcoming slate of books with special guest panelists including a first look at ETERNUS from powerhouse duo Andy Serkis and Andrew Levitas. The second panel on Saturday Nov 27th, Making Your First Comic: The Good, The Bad & The Business Side hosted by comedian Janelle Draper, features some of SCOUT’s executives and some of their biggest creators as they discuss how to get your start in the comic business and what to avoid. Both panels will feature giveaways for the audience.

For more information about SCOUT visit http://www.scoutcomics.com

 

SCOUT PANELS
FRI 11/26/21, 3:00PM – 4:00PM Room: 23ABC
SCOUT COMICS / THUNDER COMICS: FIRST LOOK featuring ETERNUS from DIRECTOR/ACTOR ANDY SERKIS & ARTIST/DIRECTOR ANDREW LEVITAS –Join indie comic studio SCOUT COMICS & ENTERTAINMENT partner DON HANDFIELD (Eternus, The Dark Age), LatinX imprint CHISPA’s DAVID BOWLES  (Clockwork Curandera) and Creative Executive PHILLIP BRAUN and comic fund THUNDER COMICS’ TIM ZAJAROS (Armory Films) as they present a first look at their brand new slate of comics and products alongside ETERNUS co-creator Artist/Director ANDREW LEVITAS (Minamata), writer ANASTAZJA DAVIS (Eternus) and Scout Comics co-publisher CHARLIE STICKNEY (White Ash).  Moderated by Nerdist / Collider reporter COY JANDREAU (Collider, Nerdist).

 

SAT NOV, 11/27/21, 2:30PM – 3:30PM Room: 24ABC
MAKING YOUR FIRST COMIC: THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE BUSINESS SIDE—Join brand new comic creators HEATHER HALE (She Bites), Grand Prize Winner of the 2020 Script2Comic Contest, and ANASTAZJA DAVIS (Eternus) as they discuss the process of making their first titles with DAVID BOWLES (Clockwork Curandera), Scout Comics partner DON HANDFIELD (The Dark Age, Eternus), writer JOSHUA MALKIN (Unikorn, The Source) and Creative Executives PHIL BRAUN (Chispa) and JORDAN MOORE (Motor). Moderated by comedian JANELLE DRAPER. Room: 24ABC

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Project Superpowers & Dejah Thoris NFT Collectibles

First Comics News - Fri, 11/26/2021 - 20:52

November 26, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite and Terra Virtua announce the debut of two exciting NFT collectibles this Black Friday. Project Superpowers and Dejah Thoris make their way to the innovative format and marketplace.

Project Superpowers debuted in 2008 to great acclaim from comics fans old and new. Driven by the designs and story ideas of legendary painter and creator Alex Ross (Marvels, Kingdom Come), the series took many discarded but cult classic superheroes from the “Golden Age” of comic book history, the 1940s and 1950s, who had not seen print significantly for years. With a brilliant premise, these heroes were brought together and forward to the present day. In subsequent series and spinoffs, they have tangled with more threats and even some other characters like Red Sonja and Vampirella.

Now the first volume of their original outing makes its way into the NFT space. With contributions from Alex Ross, Jim Krueger, Stephen Sadowski, Carlos Paul, and others, it is one of the hallmarks of any Dynamite fan’s collection and an influential tale in the modern superhero canon across the board. A director’s cut edition is also available, in more limited quantities, with extra features. These are known to sell out quickly on all previous collaborations between Dynamite and Terra Virtua.

In addition to Project Superpowers, the latest hotly anticipated NFT statue is dropping today as well. Now fans can get this gorgeous three dimensional rendition of the Princess of Mars, Dejah Thoris. Based on the fan-favorite Martian artwork of Frank Cho, this beautiful piece is a great grail for any collector.


These limited-edition digital collectibles are available to purchase on Terra Virtua here:
https://terravirtua.io/marketplace?page=1&nft_type_code=COMICS&brand_code=DYNAMITE

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GURPS Nordlond Bestiary Kickstarter

Bat in the Attic - Fri, 11/26/2021 - 20:22


Douglas Cole of Gaming Ballistic is having another GURPS related kickstarter. This time it is a bestiary for his Nordlond setting for the Dungeon Fantasy RPG. Nordlond as setting is centered around the culture of Norse Vikings. Normally a RPG supplement like this is fairly setting specific. Some of the creature that Doug has preview have norse origins. But he also repurposes many common DnD style fantasy monsters give them a viking twist. Making this work useful for expanding the number of creature the referee has for a Dungeon Fantasy or GURPS campaign.

Doug explains it best.

The Dungeon Fantasy RPG is purposefully generic: It is Powered by GURPS, after all. The Norðlond setting is not generic, borrowing from the literary tradition of the Viking culture. The sagas of looting, pillaging, and raiding for wealth and fame made a natural match for a game with a tag-line of “Smash Evil for Fun and Profit.”

Even with that in mind, the monsters here can be—and should be—repurposed and transplanted to other campaigns. Many of them are thinly disguised transplants from other cosmologies anyway: The nautamaðr is clearly based on the Minotaur; the Blóðughúfa, or “bloody hat” is the redcap, a fixture of Northumbrian folklore, perhaps derived or parallel to the Irish fear dearg, meaning “red man,” said to wear a red coat and cap.  Animals—normal, giant, and dire—don’t require any work to move between campaigns. Much as the player characters pillage loot, GMs should pillage the worked examples here to make their lives easier when running games in any campaign.

My view that this type of work for GURPS needs to be support and encourage. GURPS is great as a toolkit however it needs the same range of support as other similar types of RPGs for referee who don't have the time to sift through all the options. The Nordlond bestiary helps a lot with this.

The Nordlond Bestiary also has a enemies section of NPC characters to use in a campaign.

Nordlond Bestiary and Enemies


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Grey Alien Megastructures - ACK's Barbarian Conquerors of Kanahu & Colonial Troopers Knight Hawks rpg

Swords & Stitchery - Fri, 11/26/2021 - 18:20
 Yesterday afternoon, I took a bit of time to refine some campaign ideas when it comes to our ACK's Barbarian Conquerors of Kanahu & Colonial Troopers Knight Hawks rpg affair which has been taking on a life of its own. But a question came up last night post Thanksgiving meal in our local coffee shop, 'How are the Greys moving their interstellar assets  from one place to another.'  This is going Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Wayne’s Worlds: Todd’s Toys Teaming with DC

First Comics News - Fri, 11/26/2021 - 17:51

One of the biggest developments in the toy industry focused on Todd McFarlane’s Toys signing a three-year contract with DC. It was reported on the IGN website, and it has a lot of fans talking about it and buying action figures!

WHAT’S GOING ON?

I think it’s important to share some information from the IGN story before I dive in:

McFarlane Toys has entered a three-year licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer products to produce collectibles based on the DC Multiverse.

Starting in 2020, McFarlane Toys will begin releasing 6″-12″ ultra-posable action figures based on characters from DC’s stable of characters from comics, movies, and video games – along with corresponding vehicles and accessories.

There are no further details at the moment, but the prospect of a Batman or Superman action figure from McFarlane Toys is enough to pique the interest of even the most casual of toy enthusiasts. These figures will be available from both mass and specialty retailers.

For those new to comics, Todd McFarlane became famous for his art at DC and Marvel. He’s probably best known for his work on Spider-Man, even getting a comic with no adjectives describing the hero at one point.

He left comics to pursue action figures (or toys, to some).  While McFarlane Toys has had dozens of licenses over the years, including ShrekStar Trek: Discovery and Fortnite, most of their comic-based collectibles have been from Image Comics, which Todd co-founded in 1992.

This is a big deal because the McFarlane name continues to garner a lot of attention for his art as well as his action figures, which have been some of the best articulated in the business.

WHY ACTION FIGURES MATTER

There are some comics fans who think that only the printed page counts, that all this extra stuff they see being sold in their LCS just distracts from the books.

In order for shops to survive, they need to sell more than just comics. Hats, t-shirts, glasses, puzzles, games, and everything else help keep the shop you buy comics from afloat.

I guess there’s a good reason why they’re referred to as “action figures” instead of toys these days. It’s probably the same reason why they’re called “comics” instead of comic books—the previous terms have been deemed “for kids” and thus unacceptable to fans who believe these things appeal to those older than 12 years of age. (Pay attention, Bill Maher!)

The truth is, there are a LOT of fans and collectors who love their action figures and have collections that are the envies of others. On Facebook, I often see fans show off their “wall of heroes,” as one fan called it.

It’s also important that action figures help your imagination work for some better than comics. It just depends on the person. When I was a kid, I used to cut out covers that had great images of my favorite heroes to play with. Eventually, those turned into action figures, some of which I still have.

As I write this, a small group of Hawkmen is staring at me, encouraging me to write the best I can! And I appreciate that!

Whether they are Marvel figures, POPs, DC characters, or any number of toys, they function much like candy or magazines in a supermarket. They add to your expenses in a way that increases a store’s income.

So your local store owner is working hard to survive when that LCS sells comics-related items! You should support them by buying some of them, particularly the ones you like!

MCFARLANE TOYS BRING IN NEW READERS

I’m always happy to see a comics company do something that might attract new readers. Bringing in Mr. McFarlane and company has attracted new readers or even those who had to pay their bills instead of buying comics. Hey, we’ve all gone through those times!

I have often ragged on McFarlane’s art, how Spider-Man’s toe would end up in his ear and the like. However, you have to give the man credit—his fans are devoted to him and his work, and any time you can cross over between an established fandom and comics is a plus, in my book.

And the toys are cool, too! Just go into any Wal-Mart, and you’ll see them there… if you’re lucky!

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ICO challenges adtech to step up privacy protection

Malwarebytes - Fri, 11/26/2021 - 16:25

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) wants the advertising industry to come up with new initiatives that address the risks of adtech, and take account of data protection requirements from the outset.

The ICO is an independent body set up to uphold information rights. The technology that is currently in use by the advertising industry has the potential to be highly privacy intrusive. And the ICO has the right to issue, on initiative or on request, opinions to Parliament, government, other institutions or bodies, and the public, on any issue related to the protection of personal data.

The problem

The concept is simple: Advertisers want to show adverts to individuals who are likely to buy their product, and consumers prefer to see adverts that are relevant to them over those that are not. To accomplish this, the advertising industry has come up with a complex web of data processing which includes profiling, tracking, auctioning, and sharing of personal data.

That approach leads to advertisers knowing far more about people than they need to, and having to store and secure all that data.

Moves in the right direction

In recent years, the ad industry has developed several initiatives for less intrusive technology to address these privacy risks. These include proposals from Google and other market participants to phase out the use of third-party cookies, and other forms of cross-site tracking, and replace them with alternatives.

Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC) is one of the initiatives by Google that aims to thread the needle of offering people targeted ads while respecting their privacy. That initiative got off to a bad start when it became known that Google had quietly added millions of Chrome users to a FLoC pilot without asking them.

Other recent developments highlighted by the ICO include:

  • Proposals like FLoC, that aim to phase out third-party cookies and replace them with alternatives.
  • Increases in the transparency of online tracking, such as Apple’s App Tracking Transparency, which has had a notable impact—both in terms of the number of users exercising control over tracking, as well as the market itself.
  • Mechanisms to enable individuals to indicate their privacy preferences in simple and effective ways.
  • Developments by browser developers to include tracking prevention in their software.

As an example of the last point, Enhanced Tracking Protection in Firefox automatically blocks trackers that collect information about your browsing habits and interests. But this is not  as effective as you might hope. Blocking third-party cookies and related mechanisms does partially restrict cross-site trackers, but as long as a tracker is still being loaded in your browser, it can still track you. Not as easy as it was before, but tracking is still tracking, and the most prevalent cross-site trackers (looking at you,  Google and Facebook) are certainly still tracking you.

Google

Google’s status in the digital economy means that any proposal it puts forward has a significant impact. Not just because of the market share of its browser, but also due to the services it offers individuals and organizations, and the large role it plays in the digital advertising market.

In 2019, Google announced its vision for the Google Privacy Sandbox. The building blocks for this were essentially:

  • Most aspects of the web need money to survive, and advertising that relies on cookies is the dominant revenue stream.
  • Blocking ads or cookies can prevent advertisers from generating revenue, threatening #1.
  • If you block easily controllable methods like cookies, advertisers may turn to other techniques, like fingerprinting, that are harder for users to control.
Expectations

The ICO is attempting to insert itself into the rapidly evolving situation around adtech by means of a recently published opinion:

There is a window of opportunity for proposal developers to reflect on genuinely applying a data protection by design approach. The Commissioner therefore encourages Google and other participants to demonstrate how their proposals meet the expectations this opinion outlines.

The ICO is encouraging Google and other advertisers to demonstrate new proposals that can meet a set of expectations set out in the Opinion. It wants to see proposals to remove the use of technologies that lead to intrusive and unaccountable processing of personal data and device information, which increases the risks of harm to individuals.

The ICO says it expects any proposal to:

  • Engineer data protection requirements by default into the design of the initiative.
  • Offer users the choice of receiving adverts without tracking, profiling or targeting based on personal data.
  • Be transparent about how and why personal data is processed, and who is responsible for that processing.
  • Articulate the specific purposes for processing personal data
  • …and demonstrate how this is fair, lawful and transparent.
  • Address existing privacy risks and mitigate any new privacy risks that their proposal introduces.

As the ICO does, we are looking forward to more privacy focused ways of delivering targeted advertising.

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Blue Moon Shawl: Moogly Fall 2021 Crochet Along Part 3

Moogly - Fri, 11/26/2021 - 16:01

With Part 3 we are finishing up the Blue Moon Shawl and the Moogly Fall 2021 Crochet Along! It’s been such fun creating all these stitch pattern combos – now it’s time to wrap up this free triangle wrap pattern! Disclaimer: Materials for this pattern were provided by Yarnspirations. Featuring Caron Big Donut O’Go To...

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The Arborean Experience

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 11/26/2021 - 12:00

One of the paradoxes of Chaos is that, whatever the pronouncements of it's Powers and Lords, it is defined by ideas they were only possible when a lack of Unity was manifest in the multiverse. Philosophers have noted that as with Mechanus, the Plane of Law Absolute, there are core paradigms or truths without which the planes of Chaos could not exist. It is the centrality of those truths that separates the border regions of Chaos from the more encompassing Chaos of Limbo.
Arborea is a plane built upon the ideal of sensate experience. Its inhabitants reject any notion that formlessness or nonbeing is equivalent with being, and they reject the shackles on experiences and individual freedom regarding them that Law would forge.
Arborea typically appears as a vast, archetypal forest. Within there are glades or small manors where in the revels take place. These are sometimes open to the view of passersby, sometimes not, and they may be larger internally than they appear; effectively they are subrealms of the plane. Dramas of love, intrigue, daring, and violence, play out within these alcoves, but only among the likeminded who have chosen those experiences. The games are impermanent; diversions lead to no lasting harm, and may be replayed again and again, or abandoned and others taken up instead.
The only crime in Arborea is coercion or the abrogation of choice (unless a participant's choice was to have limited abridgement of choice). Violators of this rule who don't heed a warning are given over to the caprice of the eldarin, who devise a lesson of some sort--which like all the pleasures of Arborea, is not permanent. Habitual violators are barred from the plane.
The Devils are angered by the very existence of Arborea. Its uncoupling of actions from consequences, and the general frivolity and indolence of its inhabitants, make it an frequently cited example of what the cosmos would be like if Chaos got it's way.

COMIC BOOK BIOGRAPHY: Tony Kittrell

First Comics News - Fri, 11/26/2021 - 06:05

Tony Kittrell has been very active in the comic book industry for thirteen solid years, as a comic book company owner, publisher, editor, and writer of numerous titles under his Advent Comics company umbrella, writing numerous comic book titles. Tony kindly took the time to speak to me about his company, for First Comics News.

First Comics News: Perhaps you could tell me when you got started, how long ago was that and how you market and sell your comics?

Tony Kittrell: I started creating comics professionally in 2009, and I am now going on fourteen years in the industry as an Owner, Publisher, Editor, and Writer. When I first started, Advent Comics could be found on our website AdventComics.com, Barnes and Noble, Comixology/Comixology Unlimited, DriveThruComics, IndyPlanet, and Kindle. As time went by, we expanded to individual comic shops, and other outlets as well. Earlier this year, we were picked up by the Diamond/-Previews monthly comics catalog, and our comics are now available in all comic shops, globally. If you don’t see our books in your shop, simply add us to your pull list, and ask them to order us.

1st: I’d be interested in knowing who the artists of each title are, and what other titles (outside your company), if any, that they have worked on.

Tony: We have over twenty-five ongoing titles, and just shy of one hundred artists, inkers, colorists, and letterers working on our books. I affectionately refer to the Advent Comics Creators as “The Untouchables.” Some of the artists that I have collaborated with on Advent Comics titles reads like a who’s who of comic book talent, which includes Paul Gulacy, the late Rich Buckler, Bart Sears, Andy Smith, Ace Continuado, Jimbo Salgado, Netho Diaz, Paris Cullins, Allan Goldman, Greg LaRocque, Chris Cross, and many more.

1st: Some of these names I am familiar with. Let’s see: Paul Gulacy, of course, Rich Buckler, Bart Sears, Andy Smith, Paris Cullins, who, by the way, if memory serves, used to live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, right across the harbor from where I live; Greg LaRocque, and possibly Chris Cross. Because the cover of the Cosmos issue that I DID see, intrigues me, although the others look VERY interesting, as well — Tony, can you tell me what the title COSMOS is about?

Tony: COSMOS is a multi-layered, twelve-issue maxi-series that, on the surface, tells a sprawling story that brings together the cosmic characters within the Advent Universe. But on the other hand, it functions as an Indie Comics Crossover that brings together over eighty-five Indie Comics Creators and Publishers. Characters big and small have shown up, like Punt Press’s Celtic Clan/The Globalists, Fist of Justice, Mike Baron’s Nexus from Dark Horse Comics, and many more.

1st: I am, of course, very familiar with Mike Baron’s Nexus, and also Fist of Justice.

Tony: We have reached the halfway point, as COSMOS #6 is finishing, with colors and letters. It will be released on Kickstarter in 2022, as a special edition, before a regular edition hits comic shops later in the year. There will also be two bookend books, COSMOS: Omni, and two COSMOS Handbooks that are each 70-page editions that introduce some of the characters in the series.

1st: Wow! Tony, are you the owner of the company that publishes all of these numerous comic titles? And if so, perhaps we could always talk about many of them. How did you get started with this huge endeavor? Are you an artist or a writer?

Tony: Yes, I am the Owner/-EIC of Advent Comics. All IPs except for those on the Creator-Owned UNBOUND REALMS Imprint are mine.

1st: How long has Advent Comics been around?

Tony: Advent Comics was started in 2009, and is headed towards its’ fourteenth year.

1st: What is the most recent title?

Tony: Advent Comics produces comics covering nearly every genre, such as Black Characters & Creators in BLACK STAR LINE, Crime Fiction/Action Thriller SOUTHSIDE, Horror in CHAMBER OF TERROR, Martial Arts Mayhem in FIST OF THE DRAGON, Sci-Fi/Fantasy in DARK MATTER: RISE OF THE LEXICONS, Religious/Spiritual aspects in SAVIOR, and of course superheroes, in TITAN THE ULTRA MAN. These titles are just a few of the offerings that Advent Comics has. My most recent completed titles are ACE ONE-SHOT, OLD GLORY #1, SINISTER INC. ONE-SHOT, and one that I can’t talk about, just yet. None of these have gone on sale yet, but they will drop in 2022. Also, over on the UNBOUND REALMS Imprint, we will have more of InVision Comics GENECY, comic industry veteran Michael A. Baron’s BUDDY MCGILL title, plus new additions such as Travis Hill & Mark Pate’s THORN, Mike Shea’s MISKATONIC HIGH, and titles from France’s Chris Malgrain’s Oniric Comics Group, including THE FORMIDABLES.

1st: Perhaps you could give me a blow-by-blow synopsis of each title? Or, do you instead want to focus on one title?

Tony: ACE features our mysterious vigilante as he seeks to stamp out crime on the West Coast, by bringing down Crime Kingpin Vincent Neptune. OLD GLORY sees the return of America’s Greatest Heroes…for the first time! SINISTER INC. revolves around a group of extremely demented and evil individuals, who come together in response to the growing threat of superheroes.

1st: Sinister Inc. sounds neat, to me, because the concept of it reminds me, somewhat, of the way that you described it, above, of DC Comics’ 1970’s title, the Secret Society of Super-Villains, a title in which the battles, etc., between superheroes and supervillains, are told from the point of view of the villains, instead of the point of view of the heroes. I remember buying the Secret Society of Super-Villains title, way back then, from DC Comics, when they were on the newsstands, brand new. Marvel also had a title like that, around then, entitled Super-Villain Team-Up, which also, like DC’s Secret Society of Super-Villains, had a healthy run… There were also two extra ‘Giant Size’ issues of Super-Villain Team-Up. And then, there was a nine-issue run of The Joker, Batman’s main nemesis, all of these, in the 1970s. But ideas like this are rarely done, and are always welcomed, by readers!

1st: Perhaps you could tell me when you got started, how long ago was that and how you market and sell your comics?

Tony: I have had a 40 plus year love affair with comics, but I professionally entered the industry in 2009. I built Advent Comics from the ground up, going from nothing to having consistent sales on six continents and in 53 countries, before securing distribution with Diamond. You can find Advent Comics titles everywhere, including on our website (adventcomics.com), Amazon, Barnes, and Noble, Comixology/Comixology Unlimited, DriveThruComics, IndyPlanet, Kindle, and in comic shops, globally.

1st: Who writes them, who draws them, and so on?

Tony: I am the primary writer of most of the Advent Comics titles, at the moment. Across the twenty-plus titles currently in the Advent Universe, there is a core story that has been developing over the last decade, which comes to a head in the twelve-issue COSMOS Maxi-Series. I have started to hire additional writers to craft the titles that I cannot do, right now. There are about 100 people who are working on the various projects, within the Advent Universe. In 2022, you can not only expect more great comics from Advent Comics, but also a few Kickstarter campaigns, such as the Advent Universe Trading Cards Series 3 campaign, and other products & merchandise.

1st: Tony, Can you name which titles that you created and write, which titles are written and/or created by others, and what artists are on each title?

Tony: Not on almost thirty titles LOL.

1st: I see what you mean! LOL

1st: Tony, can you tell us which titles are creator-owned? I ask this, as you indicated that some of them are if I have that correct?

Tony: GENECY, BUDDY MCGILL, THORN, MISKATONIC HIGH are the newest ones in the UNBOUND REALMS Imprint, that are creator-owned.

1st: Of the particular titles which go to comics brick and mortar shops, what is the print run of each title –assuming that question isn’t too personal — (or), is each copy printed based on orders from the Diamond/’Previews’ monthly phone book-sized comics, etc. order catalog? Because that would make a lot of sense.

Tony: When I submitted to Diamond, they approved pretty much our entire line! lol.

1st: Is every comic title under the Advent Comics umbrella all set in one big comics ‘house’ universe, with the possibility that some (or all) of these characters might cross over with each other’s titles? And, if so, has this happened? And, if that is true, where and when? Also, Tony, if you want to talk, either shortly, or at great length, about any aspects of all of this, that I haven’t asked questions about it as yet, please feel free to do so.

Tony: Every title under the Advent Universe banner takes place in the Advent Universe (pretty much all the titles that I write.) The Creator-Owned UNBOUND REALMS books take place within their own unique universes, that their creators have created.

1st: I’d be interested in knowing who the artists of each title are, and what other titles (outside your company), if any, that they have worked on. You’ve mentioned you’ve been into comics for four decades. That is impressive!

Tony: No, I have been a “Comics Fan” for over four decades. I have only been working in the industry for 13 years.

1st: Oh, I see! It is not a contest, but I suspect I am older than you, because I, myself have been into comics, for well over five decades.

Tony: Awesome!

1st: Tony, thank you very much for taking the time to chat with me, today! I’m looking very forward to exploring the comics universe of Advent Comics! Have a super day!

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San Diego Comic Con Panel to Fan-Cast the Fourteenth Doctor

Blogtor Who - Thu, 11/25/2021 - 23:08

Doctor Who fans attending San Diego Comic Con Special Edition this week will get the chance to vote on their choice for who should play the next Doctor For decades as soon as the BBC announce a new Doctor, fans start speculating about who will replace them. But with Jodie Whittaker having already filmed her […]

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REVIEW: X-FORCE: KILLSHOT ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1

First Comics News - Thu, 11/25/2021 - 21:46

TITLE: X-FORCE: KILLSHOT ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
STORY & ART: Rob Liefeld
DIALOGUE: Chad Bowers
COLORS: Bryan Valenza, Federico Blee & Mirza Wirawan
LETTERS: Joe Sabino
EDITOR: Mark Basso
COVERS: ROB LIEFELD
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER A BY ROB LIEFELD
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER B BY ROB LIEFELD
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER C BY ROB LIEFELD
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SUMMARY: Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the iconic team, creator Rob Liefeld returns to the characters he introduced three decades ago to tell a brand-new adventure featuring these hard-hitting heroes! In this special issue, the man called Cable assembles the combined might of five different X-Force squadrons, each gathered across various points in time for one final mission: to defeat Stryfe once and for all – AT ALL COSTS! Sacrifices, betrayals and revelations await as X-Force attempts their most daring assault ever!
COMMENTS: This comic for you if you missed real kickass action comics. It’s everything fans loved from Robs glory days of the original X-Force run of the 90s. it’s a throwback from a time when comics we’re all about action and fun. If you’re looking for a comic with a deep story and a lot of talking heads you’re going to be sorely disappointed. But if you remember when comics sold millions of copies and it was the hottest time in comic history and you miss it, don’t miss this comic.

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Hartford Betamax Black Book Edition Stars Without Number Campaign Influence - Saturn 3 1980 Movie

Swords & Stitchery - Thu, 11/25/2021 - 21:39
 Introduction  Saturn Three should have been a big hit. The movie had the biggest name in boy's walls back in the 70's, awesome special effects, and a solid cast. According to Wiki:'John Barry conceived the project as a much more lavish vision of the future. The film's producers, Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment, intended the production to cash in on the sudden vogue for science fiction and horror Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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COMIC-CON SPECIAL EDITION: How to Get News Coverage panel

First Comics News - Thu, 11/25/2021 - 16:38
Sunday, 11/28/21, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, How to Get News Coverage – Small press publishers: What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews and what doesn’t?  A lot of publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, and why they are being overlooked for coverage.  Comics journalist Rik Offenberger (First Comics News, Archie Comics) moderates this panel on just what it takes to get coverage, with the comic journalists themselves telling you what they are looking for in your submission. Panelists include, in alphabetical order, Tim Chizmar (Fangoria, co-chair of the Horror Writers Association. First Comics News), Kallie Chris (Conversations with the Void), Glenn Hauman (Comic Mix), Jez Ibelle (First Comics News, Geek-a-pedia), Rich Johnston (Bleeding Cool), Jason LiVecchi (NBC News), and Rob Salkowitz (ICv2, Forbes). Along with independent comic creators Michael Kingston (Headlock Comics) and Josh Waldrop (Red Gorilla Comics) who explain what worked for them and what to avoid when looking for press coverage. Find out what it takes to self-promote your project and make a significant impact on your ability to sell your comics project. Room: 9
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Google’s Threat Horizons report: Will the straightforward approach get results?

Malwarebytes - Thu, 11/25/2021 - 16:27

Google’s Cybersecurity Action Team has released a Threat Horizons report focusing on cloud security. It’s taken some criticism for being surprisingly straightforward and less complex than you may expect. On the other hand, many businesses simply don’t understand many of the threats at large. Perhaps this is a way of easing the people the report is aimed at into the wider discussion.

At any rate, the report is out and I think it’s worth digging into. They may be taking the “gently does it” approach because so many of their customers are falling foul to bad things. It makes sense to keep it simple in an effort to have people pay attention and nail the basics first. After all, if they can’t do that then complex rundowns stand no chance.

Key features of the report

The executive summary lists a number of key points. There’s a strong focus on issues and concerns for people using Google services. For example:

“Of 50 recently compromised GCP instances, 86% of the compromised cloud instances were used to perform cryptocurrency mining, a cloud resource-intensive, for profit activity. Additionally, 10% of compromised cloud instances were used to conduct scans of other publicly available resources on the internet to identify vulnerable systems, and 8% of instances were used to attack other targets”.

In case you’re wondering, GCP means Google Cloud Platform.

Elsewhere, the summary mentions Google cloud resources were used to generate bogus YouTube view counts. This sounds interesting, and would probably be useful to know more about it. Unfortunately there are no details in the summary, and the full report doesn’t go into the nitty-gritty of what happened either. Given this one is a clear and easily understandable way to explain how [bad thing in cloud] equals [bad knock-on effect for service everyone you know uses], it seems strange to keep us guessing.

Google also references the Fancy Bear/APT28 Gmail phishing attack, which we covered last month. While this isn’t exactly a common concern for most people, it is good to reiterate the usefulness of multiple Google security settings. 2FA, apps, backup codes, and advanced security settings are always better to have up and running than not at all.

It’s not just Google services up for discussion…

The report also briefly branches out into other realms of concern. Bogus job descriptions posing as Samsung PDFs were deliberately malformed, leading to follow up messages containing malware lurking at the links provided by the sender.

This campaign is apparently from a North Korean government-backed group, which previously targeted security researchers. There’s also a lengthy rundown of Black Matter ransomware, and (again) various tips for Google specific cloud products in terms of keeping the Black Matter threat at arm’s length.

The full report is a PDF weighing in at 28 pages long. Yes, it’s a bit light on details. However, it’s quite possible to send people running for the hills with 80+ pages of heavy-duty security information. If people are making rudimentary mistakes, why not make a gesture of highlighting said mistakes?

Simply does it

As we heard in our recent Lock and Code episode, the basics are no laughing matter. Many organisations don’t have the time, money, or resources available. They’re unable to tackle what some would consider to be incredibly obvious issues. There’s plenty of detailed security information out there already on multiple Google pages. Maybe it’s possible that this back to basics approach will pay off in the long run.

If Google’s main concern seems to mostly be “script kiddy with a cryptominer”? Then a script kiddy with a cryptominer focus we shall have. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see what kind of uptake this new approach receives and go from there.

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Improving security for mobile devices: CISA issues guides

Malwarebytes - Thu, 11/25/2021 - 16:20

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released two actionable Capacity Enhancement Guides (CEGs) to help users and organizations improve mobile device cybersecurity.

Consumers

One of the guides is intended for consumers. There are an estimated 294 million smart phone users in the US, which makes them an attractive target market for cybercriminals. Especially considering that most of us use these devices every day.

The advice listed for consumers is basic and our regular readers have probably seen most of it before. But it never hurts to repeat good advice and it may certainly help newer visitors.

  • Stay up to date. Make sure that your operating system (OS) and the apps you use are up to date, and enable automatic updating where possible.
  • Use strong authentication. Make sure to use strong passwords or pins to access your devices, and biometrics if possible and when needed. For apps, websites and services use multi-factor authentication (MFA) where possible.
  • App security:
    • Use curated app stores and stay away from apps that are offered through other channels. If they are not good enough for the curated app stores, they are probably not good for you either.
    • Delete unneeded apps. Remove apps that you no longer use, not only to free up resources, but also to diminish the attack surface.
    • Limit the amount of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) that is stored in apps.
    • Grant least privilege access to all apps. Don’t allow the apps more permissions than they absolutely need in order to do what you need them to do, and minimize their access to PII.
    • Review location settings. Only allow an app to access your location when the app is in use.
  • Network communications. Disable the network protocols that you are not using, like Bluetooth, NFC, WiFi, and GPS. And avoid public WiFi unless you can take the necessary security measures. Cybercriminals can use public WiFi networks, which are often unsecured, for attacks.
  • Protection. – Install security software on your devices. – Use only trusted chargers and cables to avoid juice jacking. A malicious charger or PC can load malware onto smartphones that may circumvent protections and take control of them. A phone infected with malware can also pose a threat to external systems such as personal computers. Enable lost device functions or a similar app. Use auto-wipe settings or apps to remove data after a certain amount of failed logins, and enable the option to remotely wipe the device.
  • Phishing protection. Stay alert, don’t click on links or open attachments before verifying their origin and legitimacy.

Organizations

The guide for organizations does duplicate some of the advice given to consumers, but it has a few extra points that we would like to highlight.

  • Security focused device management. Select devices that meet enterprise requirements with a careful eye on supply chain risks.
  • Use Enterprise Mobility Management solutions (EMM) to manage your corporate-liable, employee-owned, and dedicated devices.
  • Deny access to untrusted devices. Devices are to be considered untrusted if they have not been updated to the latest platform patch level; they are not configured and constantly monitored by EMM to enterprise standards; or they are jailbroken or rooted.
  • App security. Isolate enterprise apps. Use security container technology to isolate enterprise data. Your organization’s EMM should be configured to prevent data exfiltration between enterprise apps and personal apps.
  • Ensure app vetting strategy for enterprise-developed applications.
  • Restrict OS/app synchronization. Prevent data leakage of sensitive enterprise information by restricting the backing up of enterprise data by OS/app-synchronization.
  • Disable user certificates. User certificates should be considered untrusted because malicious actors can use malware hidden in them to facilitate attacks on devices, such as intercepting communications.
  • Use secure communication apps and protocols. Many network-based attacks allow the attacker to intercept and/or modify data in transit. Configure the EMM to use VPNs between the device and the enterprise network.
  • Protect enterprise systems. Do not allow mobile devices to connect to critical systems. Infected mobile devices can introduce malware to business-critical ancillary systems such as enterprise PCs, servers, or operational technology systems. Instruct users to never connect mobile devices to critical systems via USB or wireless. Also, configure the EMM to disable these capabilities.

While you may not feel the need to apply all the advice listed above, it is good to at least know about it and consider whether it fits into the security posture that matches your infrastructure and threat model.

Stay safe, everyone!

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COMIC-CON & WONDERCON 2022 DATES

First Comics News - Thu, 11/25/2021 - 15:47

We've all known this for months, but CCI posted the dates and then quietly removed them from their website — but it's officially official (again). Next year's #SDCC and #WonderCon 2022 dates: pic.twitter.com/sYmUci1PUN

— SDCC Unofficial Blog (@SD_Comic_Con) November 24, 2021

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New law will issue bans, fines for using default passwords on smart devices

Malwarebytes - Thu, 11/25/2021 - 14:26

The idea of connecting your entire home to the internet was once a mind-blowing concept. Thanks to smart devices, that concept is now a reality. However, this technological advancement aimed at making our lives more convenient—not to mention very cool and futuristic!—has also opened a wide door for potential cybercriminals.

New figures from a recent investigation conducted by Which?, the UK’s leading consumer awareness and review site, say that smart devices could be exposed to over 12,000 hacking and unknown scanning attacks in a single week. And smart devices are big news—a study commissioned by the UK government in 2020 revealed that almost half (49 percent) of UK residents purchased at least one smart device since the pandemic started.

And because of our high propensity to forgo changing default passwords that came with the smart devices we buy, we’re essentially putting ourselves—our homes and our family’s data and privacy—at the forefront of online attacks without us knowing.

To help address this cybersecurity and privacy problem, the UK government will soon roll out the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PSTI) Bill that bans the use of default passwords for all internet-connected devices for the home, which we all call the Internet of Things (IoT). This law covers smartphones, routers, games consoles, toys, speakers, security cameras, internet-enabled white goods (fridge, washing machine, etc.) but not vehicles, smart meters, smart medical devices, laptops, and desktop computers. Firms that don’t comply will face huge fines.

The BBC has highlighted three new rules under this bill:

  • Easy-to-guess default passwords preloaded on devices are banned. All products now need unique passwords that cannot be reset to factory default
  • Customers must be told when they buy a device the minimum time it will receive vital security updates and patches. If a product doesn’t get either, that must also be disclosed
  • Security researchers will be given a public point of contact to point out flaws and bugs

A regulator will be appointed to oversee this bill once fully enforced. They will also have the power to fine manufacturers of vulnerable smart devices and the markets that sell them (Amazon, for example) up to £10M GBP or 4% of their global earnings. They can also impose an additional fine of £20,000 a day if the company continues to be in violation with the law.

“This is just the first step”

Julia Lopez, the Minister of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: “Our bill will put a firewall around everyday tech from phones and thermostats to dishwashers, baby monitors and doorbells, and see huge fines for those that fall foul of tough new security standards.”

While Ken Munro, a security consultant for Pen Test Partners, told the BBC he sees the bill as a “big step in the right direction”, he also cautions about complacency, “However, it’s important that government acknowledges that this is just the first step. These laws will need continual improvement to address more complex security issues in smart devices,” he said.

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