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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 – 11/13/2019

Adversity is the theme for this week’s review. It’s in everyone’s lives, to be sure. We all handle it in different ways, But the great things about reading other accounts – even fictional ones – help us to deal with them by seeing other people’s solutions. The visual nature of …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 11/06/2019

I’m all about completion. While I admire quality in pursuing one’s craft, I am also about getting the job done. Depending upon the situation, sometimes I would settle for just getting the job done to a level of acceptability than to a point of perfection. That happens in writing. Creators …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 10/16/2019

Okay, it’s Thanksgiving weekend in Canada as I’m writing this, so it’s no stretch of the imagination that the focus for this review has to be on what I’m thankful for! So, without a further delay, let’s look at comics that I’m thankful for! DC Comics Sadly, I wasn’t able …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 10/02/2019

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Dealing with adversity is a good topic for this week’s review. DC’s Greg Capullo is a real motivational guy on the subject and I think he and I share a similar philosophy. It doesn’t matter what life throws at you; it matters what you throw back. Adversity and my family …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 09/18/2019

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Fear can be so powerful but it can also be a subtle influencer. The little, every-day fears in our lives can be pervasive and persuasive in our lives and decision-making. It’s the subtle type of choice-affecting fear that guides our emotions and actions that drives characters or even us that …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 09/11/2019

I’ve been struggling with a theme for this week. I think it’s because I’m after that initial stage of transition – where everything begins again. I think the stage after you’ve started something new is a comfort stage. So, that seems like a good area to place my comic-reading for …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 09/04/2019

It’s the end of the summer and September is often a month associated with new beginnings. For a lot of people, me included, I think the beginning of the school year has a lot to do with that. We’re looking at new beginnings this week, so without any delay, let’s get to …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 08/27/2019

I’ve been talking comics all weekend … so why should the rest of the week be any different? I just finished moderating panels at Fan Expo Canada this weekend, and my particular vantage point gives me a lot of insight into the way that comic creators not only regard their …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 08/21/2019

Here’s a common theme that you might find in comics: being what you are but knowing you aren’t worthy of it. It’s not one that’s restricted to just comic characters however. Many creators feel that way as well as their audience. It’s probably a very common thread that audience, writers …

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