Captain John K. Kirk

Captain John K. Kirk
John Kirk is an English and History teacher and librarian in Toronto, Canada. In addition to the traditional curriculum, John tries to teach his students to make sense of geek culture. And with the name "J. Kirk," it's hard for him to not inject "Star Trek" into his lessons. Comics, RPGs and the usual fanboy gear make up his classroom resources.

Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 04/28/2021

As I continue to teach online, the paradigm of the student weighs most pressingly on my mind. You see, most kids don’t realize that the word ‘student’ is not just a descriptor, but a title. It’s a title that historically used to hold great weight in society. When individuals identified …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 04/21/2021

Did a significant historical event occur when you could say: you were there? Hell, the last year has been one elongated example of that, I suppose. But there are moments that you know matter. The dominant part of the word ‘history’ is ‘story’ and there are so many stories in …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 04/14/2021

Every once in a while, it’s reassuring to know that what’s important to you sometimes shows up in the media you enjoy reading. Simply put: the comics for the list this week definitely resonate with me for the things that I value in my life. Whether that’s family, principle, or …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 03/31/2021

If you’ve ever gone through part of your day and wondered what’s missing today, then you’re not alone. I think we’ve all experienced that sort of absence at some point in our lives. Absences open the door for all sorts of stories: lost things to find, creating friendships or to …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 03/24/2021

Monsters come in all shapes and sizes, circumstances can make them hidden and stealthy or blatantly obvious and overpowering. They are twisted in a variety of ways. Sometimes they have been affected that way by time or some are that way by design. The one thing they all have in …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 03/09/2021

These days, life seems like a grind. With a limited range of opportunities available (no movies, no restaurants, no social gatherings) to us all, a firm sense of resolve to see this thing through is what we need to cultivate. Who better than Conan the Barbarian? Marvel Comics Conan the …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 02/17/2021

the influence of the 70’s four-colour heroes is a power that instilled a genuine sense of the power of justice in a lot of people my age who grew up reading them. There was nothing a true crusader borne of the spot-colour process couldn’t do. They could absorb damage, push …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 02/10/2021

It’s independence week for me this time around! I love stories with an individual hero/villain breaking ground and proving their worth, but gotta be true to myself. You see, lucky for me, I get sent a wide array of comics to preview, and to be honest, it’s such a massively …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 01/20/2021

I find that looking fondly back at the past helps me to look forward to the hopes of the future. That’s the province of comics in my opinion. Comics are the rightful successor to the pulp literature of yesteryear. These were stories that captivated the imagination but were set in …

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