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 – 05/27/2020

Because … science. Another week in quarantine and I can understand the frustration of those people who need to get back to work, or quite frankly, just get out of their home and be somewhere else, especially now in Toronto when the good weather has finally returned. What I can’t …

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REVIEW: ‘Half Truth’ is smart fun for the whole family while social distancing

During this time of imposed isolation, we’re all looking for ways to connect with each other as we wait for the pandemic to die down. Half Truth is an entertaining game with simple rules but enough tricks to make for a challenging evening of fun and sharing with the family.

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Distanced D&D: A chat with Jeff Cannata of ‘The Dungeon Run’

  Right now, distancing practices and school closures are presenting obstacles in traditional educational delivery models. Students are cut off from their friends, their teachers and the traditional social interaction of teaching has now been remanded to contact via the internet on platforms like Google Classroom or videoconferencing. Curriculum packaging …

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Hardcover and omnibus compilations for your COVID-19 comics binge reading

You know that mental list of comic book titles that you’ve been pining to read? Well, I’ve got a few meaty hardcover and omnibus compilation suggestions you can add to it, because, in this new day and age of challenges, I think we all need something to occupy the abundance …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 03/25/2020

I wish we had a more direct connection to the editors on the books we review. Not only would they provide greater insight into the machinations of the overall publishing direction of the stories that get printed, but clearly, they’d have greater insight into the inner workings of the creators. …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 03/04/2020

It feels like we could all use a little more hope these days. Corruption seems to reign supreme in the daily operation of our highest offices. The systems we have placed our faith in, ie: Science, Education, even the governments of the day are all either wantonly suffering from an …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 02/26/2020

I never used to have problems with faith. Then, I became an adult and found myself in situations where I was really in need of what faith promises to provide. Faith is a belief in the things unseen. It can take the form of believing in spirituality, ethical standards or …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 02/19/2020

Ego is a double-edged sword. In order to make something stand out, one needs to believe in oneself. In order for the work to have some merit, it requires someone with enough self-conviction for it to matter. However, there is also an amount of self-awareness required to promote the work …

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INTERVIEW: Oyin Oladejo on using sci-fi to explore humanity

Enjoying the genre of science fiction, whether you are an observer or a participant, means that there is a sense of childhood wonder that goes along with supporting the willful sense of disbelief. It’s integral to the genre. Science fiction may have a degree of scientific principles involved in order …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 02/12/2020

[Warning: spoilers] The complex nature of James T. Kirk’s personal relationships has always been a subject of fascination to me. The way Kirk pursues his love-life has always been in direct opposition to the way that he tracked his career. In his captaincy, Kirk has always been decisive, confident and …

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