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Comic Spotlight: Calamity Kate #1
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Calamity Kate #1
Written by Magdalene Visaggio
Art by Corin Howell
Colors by Valentina Pinto
Letters by Zakk Saam
Cover by Corin Howell
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: March 13, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

I stumbled upon Calamity Kate #1 completely by accident but I could not be happier! Loaded with sheer fun and an unabashed acceptance of asskickery, this comic does Dark Horse Comics proud.

By serving up a heroine in the form of Kate Strand, monster hunter extraordinaire, we are treated to an adventure that has both boundless energy and a wide field of play. For you see, she seeks to slay the original fiends and not just their progeny.

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Book Review: The A*B*Cs Of D&D and The 1*2*3s Of D&D
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A*B*Cs and 1*2*3s of D&D

The A*B*Cs of D&D and The 1*2*3s of D&D
A*B*Cs Hardcover | 1*2*3s Hardcover
Written by Ivan Van Norman
Illustrated by Caleb Cleveland
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Release Date: November 13, 2018

When I found out that Wizards of the Coast was releasing some awesome little storybook style Dungeons and Dragons primers for kids, I had to reach out to them and have some sent so I could review them. For you see, I just became a grandparent!

My little grandson, Braxton, absolutely had to help me with The A*B*Cs of D&D and The 1*2*3s of D&D. I mean, I have to start him off on the right path, right?

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Comic Review: Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1
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Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1
Written by Jordie Bellaire
Art by Dan Mora
Colors by Raúl Angulo
Letters by Ed Dukeshire
Covers by Matthew Taylor, Kevin Wada, Royal Dunlap, Becca Carey, Jen Bartel, Miguel Mercado, Kaiti Infante
Boom! Studios
Release Date: January 23, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

It seems only fitting that I should make this comic my first review of 2019. I have been absent due to a new job that was far more than I could have anticipated but I wanted to make my comeback this week and start writing again. To that point, Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 is the perfect vehicle for this as it is also a reboot of epic proportions!

I haven’t written anything about Buffy Summers since 2011, so I would definitely say it is about time. So without any further jabbering on my part, let me get to it!

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Book Spotlight: The Kingdom Of The Dwarfs
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The Kingdom of the Dwarfs
Hardcover | Kindle
Written by Robb Walsh
Art by David Wenzel
Published by IDW Publishing
Release Date: November 14, 2018

I stumbled upon this little gem completely by accident. But I would have been devastated if I failed to share it with you all. Therefore, I am quite ecstatic to present to you a quick little spotlight on The Kingdom of the Dwarfs. This is technically a reprint of a release from the early eighties but it has been enhanced, so to speak, with a lot of extras.

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Book Spotlight: Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles: An Alphabettery
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Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles: An Alphabettery
Paperback | Kindle
Compiled and written by Becket
Introduction by Anne Rice
Publisher: Anchor Books
Release Date: October 23, 2018

I have long been a fan of Anne Rice because of the way she blends the supernatural or preternatural with the sensual or suggestive. This sense of familiarity binds the characters together in such a way that we, as readers, are enabled to see the similarities in people and places rather than the differences. In Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles: An Alphabettery we get a full frontal view of this concept without reservation. Read on to find out more!

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Book Review: Dungeons & Dragons: Art & Arcana: A Visual History
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Dungeons & Dragons: Art & Arcana: A Visual History
Hardcover | Kindle
By Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, and Sam Witwer
Foreword by Joe Manganiello
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Release Date: October 23, 2018

This book made me cry. No, I am not exaggerating, I literally shed tears while I read this. Dungeons & Dragons: Art & Arcana: A Visual History is filled with so much gaming history and nostalgia that I found myself wishing I was a teenager again and could structure my weekends around role playing games and close friends. If nothing else, I sat back and enjoyed the flood of great memories that came as I flipped from page to page. It was both a sad and a happy time spent with this massive tome.

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Book Spotlight: The Book Of Magic: A Collection Of Stories
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The Book Of Magic
A Collection of Stories
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
Edited by Gardner Dozois
Publisher: Bantam Press
Release Date: October 16, 2018

I probably say this each and every time, but I really do love anthologies! Where else can you get a load of different authors in one place for one great price, you know? In The Book Of Magic, you get everything you expect and more! Assembling 17 great authors in one place is a difficult job but this book, with a lot of help from editor Gardner Dozois, does just that.

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Book Review: Dragon’s Code: Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders Of Pern
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Dragon’s Code
Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Gigi McCaffrey
Publisher: Del Rey | Random House
Release Date: October 2, 2018

Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern books were, beyond a doubt, extremely influential to me and others as a source of world building and empathetic writing. My first foray into the world of Pern was The White Dragon, the pivotal third book that resonated deeply with me. I will not claim to have read everything in the series, but I consumed them year after year as they released, with few exceptions. Therefore, I was elated when I discovered Gigi McCaffrey, daughter of the legendary wordsmith herself, was writing a new book. In fact, Dragon’s Code, as it was titled, was to be a new expansion on this previously massive universe of man, dragon, and threat. A new generation of readers could potentially experience what I did!

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Book Spotlight: Knights Club: The Bands Of Bravery: The Comic Book You Can Play (Comic Quests)
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Knights Club: The Bands of Bravery
The Comic Book You Can Play – Comic Quests Series
Paperback | Kindle
Written and Illustrated by Shuky, Waltch, and Novy
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: September 4, 2018

If love Choose Your Own Adventure books and comics, then this is right up your alley! Knights Club: The Bands of Bravery is originally a French creation that has been brought to the United States by Quirk Books. It is an interactive tale that focuses on letting you decide how your character progresses through the adventure provided. Your choices dictate the success or demise of these characters, much like a tabletop roleplaying game, but without all the dice or other humans involved.

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Book Review: How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler
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How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Ryan North
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Release date: September 18, 2018

So, you find yourself traveling through time and then suddenly you get the quantum equivalent of a blown radiator. Luckily you have a repair manual, right? Well, sort of. What you actually get is How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler! So, on the off chance you are stuck, then you can create a new civilization from scratch. And not just that, but also way faster thanks to this handy guide.

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