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Episode 65 – D&D RPG Corner

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Episode 65 – Awesome!

Nuff said! Go play this game!

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The Sakai Project

The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of “Usagi Yojimbo” HC

The most amazing artists in the world have come together to celebrate thirty years of Stan Sakai’s marvelous samurai rabbit saga, Usagi Yojimbo. The participating artists bring their own interpretations and their own styles to the subject, making this book a one-of-a-kind treasure.

Produced in association with the Comic Art Professional Society (CAPS). All proceeds from this book will go to Stan and Sharon Sakai.

160 pages; HC, 9”x 12”
$29.99
Yesterday I headed on down to my LCS (the Source Comics & Games) to pick up my copy of The SAKAI Project. I have to say Darkhorse out did themselves on this book. The large 9×12 Hard Cover format is the perfect size and very nicely bound.
I opened the book and went right to the Forward, I wanted to read it before I even looked at the art work inside. Granted I had seen quite a few of the images on the CAPS auctions over the last few weeks, but I felt it might enhance my experience and enjoyment of the book if I read it first.
I have to say it definitely did, the forward was written by Mark Evanier, who works on Sergio Aragone’s Groo the wanderer comic. I wont spoil the forward which is titled SHARED SUFFERING, but I will tell you that it is more than worth your time to read. Mark does a great job detailing the kindness of the Sakais and all of the comic creators that contributed to this book.
Next we have a Preface letter written by Tone Rodriguez, Vice President of the Comic Art Professional Society. This is the man responsible for this project, not just this book but also the ebay auctions of the original pieces. He did all of this just to help out Stan and Sharons medical bills (for those of you that dont know, Sharon was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2004) and submissions flooded in from around the world.
This book has 157 pages of just art work, many of the pages have multiple images. It is by far the most beautiful tribute to a creator I think I have ever seen. I wanted to showcase a few of my favorite pieces but after only getting a quarter of the way through the book, I decided it would take me several hours to write up a list of creators and their submissions.
Rating: 5 out of 5
If you love Usagi Yojimbo you will love this book. If you dont know Usagi this is a great way to find out why so many people, fans and creators, love this character and mainly the man that created it. Stan Sakai
So please, contact your LCS, DCBS, book store, Darkhorse.com and order this book. You wont be disappointed and you will be helping a man and his family that have brought so many great adventures to the pages of comic for years.
Thank you Mr. SakaiUsagi Yojimbo Comic Art
My 2008 SDCC commission!

Episode 49 – Star Wars

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Episode 49 – A Star Wars Discussion

This week we discuss a lot of different Star Wars related topics, check out the links below for more details.

 

 

Animated series

 

COMICS

Chronological order

 

Items solicited for a October release date: – Darkhorse Comics

#1 for $1 Star Wars
Brian Wood (W), Carlos D’Anda (A), Gabe Eltaeb (C), and Alex Ross (Cover)
On sale Oct 2
FC, 32 pages
$1.00
One-shot
Relive the blockbuster first issue that launched Brian Wood’s Star Wars—for only $1! We take you back to those heady, adventure-filled days when the Empire ruled, the Rebels were on the run, and the galaxy was a dangerous place where anything might happen!
If you like this issue, pick up the trade paperback collection, currently on sale!
• First issue, value priced at $1.00!
• Look for more #1 for $1 issues in the coming months.

STAR WARS #10
Brian Wood (W), Carlos D’Anda (A), Gabe Eltaeb (C), and Hugh Fleming (Cover)
On sale Oct 9
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing
Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles have infiltrated an Imperial Destroyer. But now nine thousand stormtroopers are searching for them, and Darth Vader is aware of their presence. Completing their mission and escaping with their lives may be an either/or proposition!
Meanwhile, the Rebel fleet prepares for an Imperial assault!
• Artist Carlos D’Anda returns!
• Legendary Star Wars cover artist Hugh Fleming!

The “Death Star” battle you didn’t see!
The Star Wars #2 (of 8)
Jonathan Rinzler (W), Mike Mayhew (A), Rain Beredo (C), Nick Runge (Cover), and Ralph McQuarrie (Variant cover)
On sale Oct 2
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries
The Empire is poised for an attack on the peaceful world of Aquilae, and only Jedi General Luke Skywalker seems concerned. When King Kayos is killed, Jedi in training Annikin Starkiller is ordered to find Princess Leia, while Skywalker sends his only squadron against the Empire’s powerful new battle station!
• Official eight-issue adaptation of George Lucas’s original rough-draft screenplay for Star Wars!
what if george lucas had written another version of star wars?
he did!

STAR WARS: DARK TIMES—A SPARK REMAINS #4 (of 5)
Randy Stradley (W), Douglas Wheatley (A), Dan Jackson (C), and Benjamin Carré (Cover)
On sale Oct 16
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
Darth Vader is on the trail of one Jedi—little does he know that even more Jedi are aware of his search and his impending arrival on their planet. The Jedi and their friends are waiting with a trap to end Vader for good. But this is a dark lord of the Sith they will be battling—and nothing is certain!
Darth Vader is on the trail of one Jedi—little does he know that even more Jedi are aware of his search and his impending arrival on their planet. The Jedi and their friends are waiting with a trap to end Vader for good. But this is a dark lord of the Sith they will be battling—and nothing is certain!
A few of the last surviving Jedi plant a trap for Darth Vader!
“This Star Wars series puts me through the wringer like no other, and it never disappoints. May the Dark Times never end!”—SciFi Pulse

“Hardman’s artwork is drool worthy. Mix in some stunning color work by Rachelle Rosenberg and you have everything one could possibly want in a Star Wars book.”–IGN
STAR WARS: LEGACY #8
Corinna Bechko (W), Gabriel Hardman (W), Brian Thies (A), Rachelle Rosenberg (C), Augustin Alessio (Cover)
On sale Oct 23
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing
Ania Solo and Imperial Knight Jao’s search for Sith leads to the poisoned Mon Calamari homeworld of Dac—where their ship is boarded by pirates who have taken over the planet’s orbiting shipyards.
Jao senses the dark side at work—especially when he and Ania are marked for death!
• Sith, pirates, and the planet of the dead!
“Star Wars: Legacy is another excellent extension of this universe, as it does just enough right for both fanboys and fangirls to be worthy of the heritage it now represents. “ —Unleash the Fanboy

Star Wars Omnibus: Knights of the Old Republic Volume 2 TP
John Jackson Miller (W), Brian Ching (P), Bong Dazo (P), Scott Hepburn (P), Alan Robinson (P), Dustin Weaver (P), Dan Parsons (I), Joe Pimentel (I), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Colin Wilson (Cover)
On sale Dec 18
FC, 440 pages
$24.99
TP, 6” x 9”
After Zayne Carrick is framed for the murder of his fellow Jedi in training, his poor luck prevents him from clearing his name and throws him into dangerous situations all over the galaxy, leading to his final confrontation with the Jedi Masters who massacred their own Padawans!
• Expands the story of the smash-hit Knights of the Old Republic video games!
• From the New York Times best-selling novelist John Jackson Miller!

Episode 42 – DragonLance Chronicles Book II

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 Episode 42 – Dragons of Winter Night

 

On this episode of the Menagerie, The Rambler and Greenloontern discuss and review Dragons of Winter Night. Let us know what you love about Dragons of Winter Night! Keep an eye out for more Dragonlance review all summer!

Episode 37 – Dragons of Autumn Twilight

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Episode 37 – The Dragonlance Chronicles – Book I: Dragons of Autumn Twilight 

 

This week we continue our Dragonlance discussion with a look at the book that started it all – Dragons of Autumn Twilight!

 

 

Episode 36 – Dragonlance & the world of Krynn

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Episode 36 – Dragonlance

This week the Rambler and I discuss the world of Krynn, our favorite novels, characters and Authors. If you have never read a Dragonlance novel, here are a few links to information on the world and Authors.

List of Novels by author and website:

Tracy Hickman – Website

Margaret Weis  – Website

Douglas Niles  – Website

Richard A. Knaack  – Website

Jean Rabe    – Website

AD&D material and Fan sites

Dragonlance Nexus

Dragonlance RPG books

PDF downloads – DrivethruRPG

 

Larry Elmore’s web site!

The Dragonlance Nexus is the greatest community for Dragonlance fans! You need to check it out! Not only that but they also have their own PODCAST – The Dragonlance Canticle! Please check it out!