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Kickstarter/Indiegogo of the Week: Monsters of the City (5E)

I don’t think it’s a big secret that I generally avoid Dungeons and Dragons. I have nothing specifically against it, but there are smaller companies with less ubiquitous systems that deserve to have some light turned onto them. But one thing that Wizards of the Coast have done very well with 5th Edition, is encouraging third parties to play in their sandbox. They are far from the only company that does this, but it’s definitely a big part of their success.

I’m starting with that statement to really frame what Spotlighting this campaign means. I almost never look at a project past seeing “5E” in the description, because I don’t play it...

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Usagi Yojimbo #6-7

Writer: Stan Sakai
Artist: Stan Sakai
Letterer: Stan Sakai
Colorist: Tom Luth

Earlier this year, Usagi Yojimbo made a big step towards his future and his new and more colorful home at IDW. Issues #1, 2, and 3 gave us Bunraku, and issues #4 and 5 gave us The Hero. Both are typical Usagi stories full of magic, mystery, and most importantly, well-researched-history.

While a great representation of Stan Sakai’s work, what they were not is any sort of “jumping on point” for the new readers that can come with a new publisher. That wasn’t unintentional. Issue #6 isn’t just any issue, it marks the 35th Anniversary of Usagi’s first appearance in Albedo #2 in November 1984.

To celebrate this occasion, Stan has gone back to his original 8-page story “The Goblin of Adachigahara” and rewritten it as th...

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Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor Holiday Special #1

Writer: Jody Houser

Artist: Roberta Ingranata

Colorist: Enrica Eren Angiolini

Flatter: Shari Chankhamma

Letterers: Comicraft’s Sarah Hedrick & Richard Starkings

Publisher: Titan Comics

For the first year in several years, Whovians around the world will not be gathering ’round their television set in their Christmas pajamas to watch another Doctor Who Christmas Special. They only have to wait a few more days for New Years Day, but still…

HOWEVER, there is a solution that does not involve real-life time travel. That solution is Titan Comics’ Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor Holiday Special #1!

The issue opens as The Doctor and her three companions realize they all have different memories of one particular planet, or even what that planet is called...

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Harleen Book 1

Written by Stjepan Sejic

Pencils Stjepan Sejic

Inks Stjepan Sejic

Colored by Stjepan Sejic

Cover by Stjepan Sejic

I think by this point, just about anyone with any idea about batman in the last decade or so knows the basics of Harley Quinn’s original story. Specifics vary, but she was a doctor in Arkham Asylum who eventually became entwined in Joker’s cult of personality. I looked at Harleen Book 1 and wondered to myself, do we really need another re telling of her origin story? I’m not going to rant and rave and say how I was totally wrong about that thought. But I will admit to enjoying it more than I expected.  

Book 1 focuses largely on Dr Quinn’s journey from pitching her research to investors, to an awkward funding offer from Lucius Fox on behalf of Wayne Enterprises, through to he...

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The Man Who Came Down the Attic Stairs

Created by Celine Loup

Written by Celine Loup

Art by Celine Loup

Cover by Celine Loup

Published by BOOM! – Archaia

The Man Who Came Down The Stair was created by acclaimed artist Celine Loup, as a way to deal with her own ticking biological clock and her incredible anxiety at the prospect of motherhood. I am obviously not a mother, but I can sympathize with her anxiety. There was a time when I very much wanted a child of my own, but my mental (and subsequently physical) health eventually made that prospect terrifying. It took several years to fully accept my decision not to father a child, and the emotional turmoil that lead to that decision.

At the same time I’ve watched more than one of my friends suffer from post-partum depression...

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