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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 – 04/17/2019

The theme for this week is unlikely allies. Life takes you in weird directions sometimes and this week, we’re looking at the weird directions that some of our favourite comic heroes are sent. DC Comics Batman #69 We’re finally seeing the picture of Batman’s state of being coming together with …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 04/10/2019

The greatest adventure is life. We are the heroes of our own adventures and super-heroes, by contrast, are just people with extraordinary gifts and in unusual circumstances. How they make sense of the decisions in their lives is very much like the same way we do, just magnified larger for …

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INTERVIEW: ‘Critical Role’ actors discuss ‘Vox Machina’s massively successful Kickstarter

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The Critical Role phenomenon has taken the geek-world by storm. It’s gratifying to see that my childhood and adolescence … and university years … and latter adulthood gaming with other aging man-children have not gone to waste and that role-playing is still a viable way to spend time. The good …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 03/27/2019

Milestones are important in a person’s life. They are the historical markers that measure the passage of our lives, broken up into episodic achievements. We measure our lives by these achievements: the first kiss, the first job, whatever; these things help to shape our lives by punctuated moments of celebration …

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INTERVIEW: Colm Feore’s classical training serves him well in ‘The Umbrella Academy’

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Colm Feore has been long-regarded as one of Canada’s greatest acting talents. You could argue that the secret of his success rests in his versatility or his classical training. Or you could even make the case that his abundant enthusiasm provides the fuel for his performance. I, however, think it …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 03/20/2019

You ever have one of those weeks that’s just jam-packed with activity? Not annoying or menial tasks, but exciting things that, filled with joy and accomplishment, but still taxing and energy-consuming. I just came off FanExpo’s Toronto Comic-Con this weekend where I hosted every celebrity they had on the list. …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 03/13/2019

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In this day and age, we can be so pre-occupied with image; how we appear. Our self-conscientiousness gets in the way of just simply completing things; meeting deadlines and in essence, measuring up to our responsibilities. I can understand how the folks of my parents’ generation get so upset with …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 03/06/2019

There are some days when you feel like you’re being attacked on all fronts. It’s a legitimate feeling. We all wear many hats and have many different responsibilities. We can’t get everything right and sure enough, there are those days when it seems like everyone is out to get you. …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 02/27/2019

The mission. The task. The responsibility. The measure of a successful character is the dedication to the task he has either been given or has given himself. That’s what we are looking at this time around. So, let’s get to the list for this week! IDW Publishing Star Trek vs …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 02/20/2019

The greatest obstacle to a sense of fulfilment is an overwhelming sense of futility. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. Sometimes part of a good story is the examination of the motivation behind that process because life is complicated …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic List – 02/13/2019

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There’s a certain level of stress and annoyance that goes along with not completing things. Some people create lists at the start of the day that not only serve as an itinerary or a task list, but also serve as a source of satisfaction. It’s a mini-reward for me, to …

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REVIEW: ‘Uncanny X-Men’ #11 has one of the best reunions in recent comic history

Matthew Rosenberg just saw the printing of Uncanny X-Men #11 today. Reading it, it reminded me of reading of something I figured out when I was a kid. I’m a Mutant. Let me explain. When I was younger, I used to get an excited charge of anticipation opening the door …

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