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Jerome K Jerome Bloche - Aina: an okay comic with a confusing name...

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Another comic produced through Europe Comics, creator Alain Dodier’s Aina is a little confusing for a new reader.. but not bad confusing... Perspective based on a review copy supplied by the publisher

Aina is one issue in an ongoing series about Jerome K. Jerome Bloche, detective. Yes he has the name Jerome twice

In this graphic novel, Bloche and friends are searching for a woman named Aina who escapes an SUV street side and is chased by a bizarre cast of characters claiming to be her employer/bodyguard/fiance. Aina speaks no English (or French as this is a translated comic). Aina is experiencing some health issues and the people searching for her are just exasperating her difficulties. Bloche must determine the real story that is driving Aina’s problems and keep her safe.

Having no prior experience with him, I felt Bloche was a bit of a white bread sandwich. He is a detective and mooches rides off his friends. He wears a goofy detective ‘costume’ (hat, trench coat, and white sneakers) …

Millard Salter’s Last Day: a sad romanticism about life and ending it

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A few years back I read a collection of short stories by Jacob M Appel and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I get annoyed by short stories because they spit shine and pretty up a series of scenarios which end immediately after getting good, leaving me annoyed. So surprised enjoyment means job well done!

 Given the opportunity to read a full novel by Appel, I took the shot and accepted an ARC copy... which sat on my digital shelf.. for a couple months..

 When I finally picked  up Millard Salter’s Last Day and began reading it, I was super happy! It is an unusual story about a 75 year old man who had a wonderful life, and wants to end it on his terms while he is still strong and and respected.

 Unfortunately, this novel was very enjoyable but disjointed... Throughout Millard’s final day, he visits his work, finishes tying up loose ends, disparages his son over lunch, visits his ex-wife, and visits his burial plot next to another loved one . These normally mundane tasks are inter…

Must Read Comics- NSFW - Mission Nasaru

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This video is NSFW due to some artistic nudity-
The Mission Nasaru webcomic is absolutely unique. A human colony is awoken in solar cycle zero, finding a strange symbiotic relationship with a semi-sentient pink goo called the Nasaru. The Humans have no history, they know language and skills, but a blank spot exists where explanations of how/why are expected.

This web comic is super interesting, and visually reminds me of Logan's Run. Users should not try to read the comics by release date, instead, head to the ‘Archive’ as your frustration will increase due to the release cycles. Driven by artist desire and Patreon votes, no part of this story line is complete, though some sections have more ‘chapters’ than others.

Keep an eye on this comic. If it can get more completion and less randomness, it could really become a stunning long term scifi comic. Right now it seems to have a bit of a conflict in presentation.

La Casati, The Selfish Muse- How do people like this fade to obscurity rather than remain forever relevant?

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I gained access to an amazing Graphic Novel recently. Europe Comics and Vanna Vinci released a biography about Marchesa Casati. Casati was not a person I was familiar with before reading this work. I was mainly drawn to the artwork seen on the cover and the general premise. As the pages unfolded, I was astounded by how fascinating her story was.

This graphic novel is perfect for those as clueless as me on the subject- Marchesa Luisa Casati was an Italian heiress who squandered her fortune in a whirlwind lifetime of debauchery, extravagance, and artistry that set the stage for modern show women like Madonna and Lady Gaga. Casati was a muse for 100+ painters and artists with a desire to live opulently and without reserve. Live exotic animals, crazy technological and electrified  dresses plugged into the main power grid, expensive and vast housing.
It should be noted that this is probably not the best choice for children as it is filled with lots of nudity.

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Unboxing: Globenfeld - Automatic self-winding watch... mostly ;)

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Based on a free product delivered for review purposes, this review highlights a Globenfeld self-winding Automatic watch. Watch is Rose Gold which is surprisingly manly when worn with office attire. The color grew on me quickly. Is the same basic size and shape as the men’s Fossil watch I have worn for years.
Video was recorded the day the watch was received with a 30ish day later voice over.
This watch is self winding, but can be manually wound with a simple turn of the crown knob. Internal ‘skeleton’ view of the interior through rear panel. Watch dials- 24 hour clock, day by quarter.
Watch keeps time very well but may require periodic time checks if you do not walk enough to retain strong wind. I found it is just easier to give it a manual winding bump nightly when I remove the watch for the night.
After a solid review time frame, this device proves to be very high quality for the price point it is sold at.

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Europe Comic’s Clara: A beautiful but sad story

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This is a beautiful book.I was lucky to be allowed a digital review copy of Europe Comics’ Clara. . Have you read Clara? What was your take?
From my POV It is hard to say which was more impacting, the story by Christophe Lemoine or the beautiful art by Cécile. As described openly on the back of the book, Clara has a bitter/sweet story. Clara’s best friend is her mother, but her mother forgot her birthday. It wasn’t on purpose, their house was stressed because Clara’s mother has been diagnosed with a horrible illness and is dying.
The story of Clara follows her on a confused journey of pain and loss, shallow understanding of the universe and meddling emotional gymnastics.

Coming in at just about 56 pages, there is not a lot of room for spoilers, so we will refrain from full disclosure details. I would absolutely suggest hunting a copy of this down and reading it.

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Weaponized: I would say it is heavy handed, but that hand is a penis

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Let’s pretend Zac Thompson’s book ‘Weaponized’ = cookies. Based on the synopsis, I thought ‘these are going to be some pretty good cookies!’ But something went horribly wrong! What? Too many ingredients.

Flour, eggs, milk, salt, baking powder, water, oil, chocolate chips, raw beef, ketchup, chopped prunes, used contraception, snake venom, baby aspirin, cat vomit, and viagra. Under-baked on a open half dictionary covered in lard and spritzed lovingly with a potpourri essence of airbourne phallic juices..
These are not cookies I enjoyed.
Weaponized tried too hard. Here are it’s actual ingredients: Dysptopian universe, with the 1970’s recent enough to be mentioned; The Sexwars which caused trouble but are never explained; Outlawed fornication (but page 3 tells you it is a fraud); Skeleton warriors who fail to be interesting; Bone gun and their references always mentioning ‘bone bullets’; Biomechanical buildings which didn’t exist until after people go into veiny/anus/vagina subtunnels; Muta…

Must Read Comics - The Loneliest Astronauts - Church / Doyle

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New Youtube posted - continued series highlighting independent comic artists. .
In this video, focus is sent toward The Loneliest Astronauts - story by Kevin Church, art by Ming Doyle
Premise: Astronauts Steve and Dan are stranded on an airless moon. An accident that left them out of touch with humanity. The accident has killed the rest of the crew. steve and Dan are all that remain, and they hate each other.. but they are stuck with each other
The arc follows them over a period of time from the 1year anniversary of their accident to.. what happens? No spoilers here. . Just make sure to read from the beginning.

This comic was started in 2009 and ended in 2012. If you enjoy it, buy a hard copy or send them some coffee money. . . .

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Pay attention... to Harold and the Monster / Michael Snead

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HEY YOU! you like Independent comics? well web comics are the most indie you can get! they are produced and published for your pleasure, so are you reading them?

Lets start this off right with some props to Michael Snead for a refreshing new comic. This is seriously great. you should follow him on Instagram and get some looks under the covers as he works on his various projects... https://www.instagram.com/snead_doodles/

Harold and the Monster is pretty great. First page was published in October 2017, and is 26 pages deep as of this video post. Harold is a griping and depressed dude who owns his own struggling coffee shop. at the end of a busy work day, he finds himself excreted from the belly of a strange green mucus monster, which then slurps itself down his throat before passing out.

Harold wakes the next day confused with concerned family over his bed.

What will happen next? Dunno. but i will add this to my watch feed going forward and you should expect more update on Harold via …

Ndemic Creations, Plague Inc - Review and Gameplay

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This is a dark game but enjoyable.

What are your thoughts? Is this simply a crowd sourced scenario and statistics tool that someone is capitalizing on via big data?

A couple years back, I was introduced to this game on IOS.. it had a freemode and that was the only real requirement for me to download it and give it a shot. It turns out to be one of the longest running games to live on my phone, as well as one of the most disturbing.

Plague Inc is a simple premise. To be ‘Victorious’, you must murder all of mankind.

In this simulator, there is no evil mastermind.. it is simply a biological element go awry and spreading. Was it sourced in a lab or naturally virulent? Who knows.. it isnt really the point, though there is a definite Enders Game feel to this as you craft the strongest collective elements tigether and scenario the perfect ‘win’

There is some hope (for me at least). I have started playing the game with alternate ‘win’ rules. I destroy humanity to the point of seeming no ret…

Kill Creek: HEY NETFLIX buy the rights to make this a 10 ep series

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RAISE YOUR HAND if you have read Scott Thomas’s Kill Creek?? Finished reading yesterday and been digesting it.
It took me nearly a month to read this novel (no fault of the work itself). Sick family and company deadlines got in the way of my reading. By way of this slow throughput, I spent the month dwelling on the topics of ghosts and haunted houses (see all the comics i was posted).
For those unfamiliar, Kill Creek centers on a small house in Kansas, cursed from the day it was built when a loving couple was violently murdered for being northerner/freed slave. Since then, strange stories and rumors follow the house, and it has been featured several times as one of he most hanuted places in America.
Cue protagonists.. Four horror authors (of various genre staples) are brought to the house on Halloween to self promote their current projects in a live syndicated web broadcast. Whether they are believers in the supernatural or naysayers, they all sit in the sam…

The Ghost Fleet: Ass-kicking Trucker of the apocalypse

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Image comics release of The Ghost Fleet: The Whole Goddamned Thing. Review copy provided by the publisher, well to read and review of course...
Pages: 208ISBN: 1534304401ISBN-13: 9781534304406
The Ghost Fleet is a secret shipping system enacted by partnership with Andrew Jackson and Privateers. The Ghost Fleet transports sensitive material where ever and whenever it needs to go. They never know what cargo they carry and it is a violation to ever peek.
After being Hijacked, Trace wakes from a crash to find his Hijackers with their flesh boiled off. He breaks the code and looks in the popped open wreckage of his Semi-Truck and sees the Cargo with his own eyes. He is no longer part of the Fleet, he is hunted by them.
This is the trade paperback for(I believe) a 6 part comic run. Stellar art work, great plot. Feels a lot like Big Trouble in Little China which makes sense as it dedicated to Kurt Russell.
Great writing by Donny Cates, artwork by Daniel Warren Johnson, color by Lauren Affe.. Ther…

Unboxing- Coastal Brew Manual Coffee Grinder (ToastX2)

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So First- I got this for free to test.

Second- while accurate, this Amazon description was desperately grasping at SEO relevance.

“Coastal Brew
Non Electric Manual Coffee Grinder by Coastal Brew for Camping, Traveling, Home and Office- Easy Clean Use, Stainless Steel Portable Coffee Mill with Fully Adjustable Ceramic Burr Grinders”

All it needed to really say was “doesnt use electricity so you can stay drenched in hot black coffee nectar and joy even when the world is ending. Just because the end of the world is destroying everything you love... at least your coffee is safe!”

Easy to use, makes a good grind, solid device.
I wish it had a lid though for the grind receptical and a slot or somethng for the handle.






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Unboxing and Review: NuNet HD ATSC Receiver and Over Air TV Antenna (ToastX2)

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I really really want to cut my cord with cable tv.

Please note that this unboxing and review are based off a product supplied by OEM for review. I have too big an ego to let that influence my opinion and will call out all the flaws as applicable.
My wife and I have been watching our monthly cable costs skyrocket. What extra value are we getting out of it? more sports or spanish language channels we do not watch? another 30 versions of the Real housewives of southwestern nowheresville? Needless to say, I was excited to have a new product to test that supports my desire to untether from the cable tv empire. This unboxing doesn't focus on functionality, just product contents. 
Please ask questions in comments and I will answer them based on my experience 
key features - PVR receiver (personal video recorder), remote control, long corded Over the air HD antenna.


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This is a solid middle ground product. Introductory price and introductory features.

As discussed in the Unboxing video fo…

The Big Dairy Free Cookbook: a hard transition seems less painful.

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100% honest? I am addicted to the mere thought of dairy.
I was raised on milk and do not have any difficulties digesting it. It is hard for me to imagine anything more satisfying than a tooth-achingly cold glass of 2% milk and a peanut butter sandwich on 20-grain bread. Hard to beat that. Before I met my wife, I lived in a steady diet of no greater than ten food staples; three of which used flour tortillas and one I admit is just a plain bagel that I called a recipe because it used the toaster... Most everything was blanketed in a variety of milk products.

The universe doesn't care about my dream foods. My wife (Pigeon) recently found that many of her body aches and ailments are tied to her gluten and dairy consumption. She is not allergic, but it just doesn't sit well anymore and the side effects make her miserable. While not advised she should refrain from either entirely, the intolerance is causing a cascading shift in our household regarding the perception of both topics.…

Unboxing: NuCharger PB13- 13000 mAh Power Bank

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Demo product provided by OEM for review.

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The NuCharger PB13 Power Bank carries a whopping 13000mAh charge. This thing looks like a brick, is built like a brick, weighs less than a pound (though it feels like at least one)...

So far so good. I have been using this power bank for several days and it is simple as pie to use. If it has power stored, you plug something into it and it simply recharges it. It charges devices pretty fast. Has two usb outconnections, so two recharges can occur at once.

I was confused on how to turn on the display and check battery status until i found the blatant power sign with a hand image holding it down.. felt stupid after that.

Shoooooooort USB cable supplied, just plan to replace it immediately.

Headset... takes some fiddling to get the rubber piece in the most comfy position. It rotates, but not easily. Once aligned, it is fairly comfortable, even long term. Acoustic music sounds great, bass is basically absent..…

Grimwood Crossing: paranormal western with a ton of bullets

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Well! 2018 continues to be a solid year for indie comics.

I stumbled across the official Grimwood Crossing Instagram account and was dragged knee deep into a mire of beautifully drawn black and white comics.

Supernatural Western! Grimwood Crossing, a frontier town overrun with undead, demons, and problems with the locals. Just like smalltown Mayberry, Grimwood has the law on its side, but this Sheriff is no Andy Griffith.

The Sherrif and his Deputy have crossed the wasteland late in the afternoon. With unholstered guns, they kick in the doors of a dilapidated house to slaughter some vampires holed up there. Vamps are mot the only menace around. The folks living in Grimwood Crossing feel concerned that there is an overall increase in dangerous entities roaming the area. It appears they are rightfully concerned. A vengeful ghost from the Sheriffs past is looming, using the lives of the town folk as leverage to punish.

Not quite ground floor for this comic as there are three full issue…
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