Star Wars RPG

Modern Myths will be hosting sessions of the Fantasy Flight Star Wars roleplaying game, using rules from all of their published sourcebooks.  Our first session will be largely character creation and introductions, with a short adventure to get to know the rules.  We will also have pre-generated characters for those who just want to sit down & play.  The first two January sessions are a test, with the possibility for an ongoing campaign if interest is high enough.  Come join us on Saturday, January 10 at 3-6 PM and Saturday, January 31 at 3-6 PM for some exciting space adventures!  Details of our campaign setting are below.

The planet Kalee is a harsh world on the edge of the outer rim.  The reptilian natives are primitive hunters who keep mostly to their own temple-cities, but the the various terra-forming and colonization attempts by the Galactic Empire and other corporate interests have made pocket valleys of somewhat temperate flora, civilization, and (relative) modernity.  The recent discovery of precious metals, including silver and gold, deeper in the planet has made the International Banking Clan very interested in the planet, and the Empire allows them to run things mostly as they wish… so long as proper tariffs are paid.

Poor miner settlements abound on Kalee now, as the perception of jobs & riches far outweighed the reality of trying to dig in the harsh mountains.  It is here that your group of rag-tag group of spacers will gather and embark on adventures in this galaxy far, far away.  The Emperor has just dissolved the Galactic Senate, and while that has little effect on the outer rim, perhaps a great disturbance is beginning…

Admission is $5 that you get back in store credit!

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Celebrating the Dungeon Masters Guide!

Black Friday, November 28, Modern Myths is pleased to be one of the select few retailers that will have the new Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master’s Guide for sale, weeks before you’ll find it online!  To celebrate the release of this epic book, we’ll be holding a DM workshop for new and experienced dungeon masters in our upstairs Mythos space.  Want to see the cool things in the new book?  Want to get advice for problem players?  Want to learn to be a dungeon master yourself?

An early look at the table of contents shows that this book will include:
– hundreds of magic items
– intelligent items
– artifacts
– variant rules modules
– world-building tips
– random dungeon generation tools
– features and techniques for making adventures unique
– guidelines for adjusting monsters and creating your own enemies
– and much, much more

Come on by from 1 PM – 4PM to talk with veteran DM Joe Lastowski about the new book, the many options it presents, and the many ways you can transform your game into an epic story as a dungeon master!  $5 admission (which you can use as store credit later) will get you in to this event, but if you buy the DMG, you get in free!  We’ll have sample scenarios to act out, question-and-answer sessions, round table discussions, and handouts with good DMing tips.

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Heroine Addict: What’s Left Unsaid

More and more current comics are featuring a broad range of characters, with different genders, races, and sexualities becoming more prominently displayed. Increased representation is an amazing thing to see, especially in an industry so wrought with (ironically) archaic attitudes towards anything “different.”

But sometimes representation isn’t always as it seems.

Characters in pop media are usuallysappho assumed to be straight until proven otherwise. Even characters who are widely recognized as queer icons (like Wonder Woman) are editorially forced to not only deny those ties, but also to decry them as “weird” or “incorrect.”

One of the things that comes out of this attitude is the prevention of canon characters from being anything other than straight. When characters of non-straight sexualities are introduced, they tend to be new characters (with Alan Scott and Kate Kane as tenuous exceptions). Beyond that, characters who were always intended to be gay, like Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s Northstar, were editorially not allowed (rumor has it, due to former Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter policy against openly gay characters).

Instead of supportive representations of pre-existing characters coming out as queer, writers tend to rely on implications. But are these implied sexualities actually helping queer representation in comics, or are they causing harm?

I think a great example of this problem is Harley Quinn #2. Building off of the original relationship between Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, first introduced in Batman: The Animated Series, this issue offers a titillating piece of dialogue between Harley and Ivy:

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The dialogue is humorous, but has a huge implication that Ivy is interested in the double entendre meaning of the word “beaver.” Of course, in reality, Harley is just introducing Ivy to Bernie the stuffed beaver, but the silent implication of romance remains.

kissAs the issue continues, it also shows Harley and Ivy sleeping in the same bed, with Ivy even giving Harley a kiss on the cheek before she leaves. The problem with this is, titillation aside, nothing is outright stated. The characters exist in this ambiguous limbo of interpretation. While it’s easy to say that DC just isn’t ready for Harley to be portrayed as a queer character, or that it doesn’t make sense in canon, with her steadfast devotion to the Joker, this comic still teases at the possibility, no matter how slim, of an incredibly well-known and popular character being gay. But the issue does not provide that positive representation that is sought after, instead it offers up the comic equivalent of Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl.”

Per-New 52, Gotham City Sirens alsolove teased at the possibility of Ivy being a lesbian, with Harley cruelly mocking Ivy’s potential romantic interests in her. Again, the possibility of a queer character and perspective is instead skirted and, in its place, a mean joke about Poison Ivy trying to get with someone who is “clearly straight” is inserted.

HarleyQuinn_A_580_537e968fa7ed74.99374786In a recent interview, writer Jimmy Palmiotti teased that “issue #7 may have a page in it with Ivy and Harley that I think will keep people talking for a very long time…” but the interview then goes on to reveal that Harley and the Joker will be getting married in an upcoming issue, as well.

It’s unfortunate that all characters follow this unstated rule. Because the comic industry is dominated by straight, white men, that is the overwhelming perspective that is presented in comics. It’s not a bad thing that the perspective exists, it’s the fact that there are so few other perspectives represented. Diversity is important, but there seems to be very little room for characters, writers, artists, and other creators of different races, sexualities, and points of view.
One can only hope that indie comics will continue to offer alternative perspectives from the big two, and that maybe, one day, Marvel and DC will catch on as well.

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MythSpoken #42: “Kickstart My Life”

The MythSpoken Crew is back and talk DC weekly series, the Fall TV schedule, and the perils of KickStarter.

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Show Notes

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MythSpoken Special: Original Sin #1 Review (CSI:616)

Marvel Comics’ Original Sin #1 released this week and the MythSpoken crew delves into the identities of the mysterious figures behind the Watcher’s death and the investigation into his death.  We will be spoiling events in the first issue, so make sure you read it first!

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MythSpoken #41: Han Coughed First

The MythSpoken Crew is back and this week talk about geek privilige, geek elitism, and TV/movie adaptations.

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FCBD: Les Miserables: The Fall of Fantine

Free Comic Book Day is coming! Come celebrate FCBD with us on May 3rd starting at 11am. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be previewing some of the books that we’ll be giving away!

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Title: Les Miserables: The Fall of Fantine
Publisher: Udon
Synopsis: A sneak peak of the upcoming manga adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables
If You Like It: The full adaptation will be available in August!

Some Other FCBD Books
The New 52-Futures End
Bongo Comics Free-For-All 2014
Archie Digest 1st Issue 

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FCBD: Archie Comics Digest 1st Issue

Free Comic Book Day is coming! Come celebrate FCBD with us on May 3rd starting at 11am. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be previewing some of the books that we’ll be giving away!

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Title: Archie Comics Digest 1st Issue
Publisher: Archie Comics
Synopsis: A collection of tales from Riverdale High!
If You Like It: Check out the monthly exploits of Archie and the gang in Archie.
All Ages!

Some Other FCBD Books
The New 52-Futures End 
Bongo Comics Free-For-All 2014

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FCBD: Bongo Comics Free-For-All 2014

Free Comic Book Day is coming! Come celebrate FCBD with us on May 3rd starting at 11am. We’ll be previewing some of the books that we’ll be giving away!

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Title: Bongo Comics Free-For-All 2014
Publisher: Bongo Comics
Synopsis: A collection of Simpsons comic shorts.
If You Like It: You can check out the monthly Bart Simpson and Simpsons comics.
All Ages!

Some Other FCBD Books
The New 52-Futures End #0 

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FCBD: The New 52-Future’s End #0

Free Comic Book Day is coming! Come celebrate FCBD with us on May 3rd starting at 11am. We’ll be previewing some of the books that we’ll be giving away!

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Title: The New 52-Future’s End #0
Publisher: DC Comics
Synopsis: DC Comics kicks off it’s newest weekly series with a special zero issue.  35 years in the future, Bruce Wayne realizes that to save his present he needs to travel back our present to stop Brother Eye!
If You Like It: The New 52-Future’s End #1 launches May 7th.

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