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 – 09/26/2018

I’m into mindless, blind rage this week. It’s been a bad week at work and I’ve lost my favourite fountain pen. So, I’m hoping there will be some stories for me to sink my teeth into and vicariously enjoy as I desperately need some vicious payback. Sometimes, I’m a petty, …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 09/19/2018

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We’re all creatures of habit in one way or another. Why should comic readers be any different? I’m back to my own habits now, settling into a familiar routine. But Wednesdays are forever though. New comic books come and go, but I find myself drawn to the same old patterns, …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 09/12/2018

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As in real life, it is in comics. A misconception of learning among students these days is that learning is a process that involves simply knowing something that they didn’t know five minutes ago. Immediate gratification reveals its ugly self in yet another domain as we continue our catapulted journey through …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 09/05/2018

The first day of school is a day of anxiety and discomfort; new routines, names, faces, a cessation of an extra couple hours of sleep in the morning and the feeling that the person in that desk sitting across from you doesn’t like you. … now imagine how the students …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 08/22/2018

The best thing I get to do in the convention season is sit on panels with some of the creators I write about, and there’s plenty more opportunities coming up. Last week in Boston (at Fan Expo Boston) I hosted a panel of indy creators featuring Andy Belanger, Rob Guillory …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 08/15/2018

It’s after Fan Expo Boston 2018 and I’m exhausted. Moderating talents like Terry Moore, David Finch, Ed McGuinness, Chad Hardin and Jonboy Meyers definitely takes it out of you. But Hosting Brent Spiner on stage and hanging out with the legendary John Byrne and William Shatner put it over the …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 08/08/2018

As I head to another comic convention (Fan Expo Boston), I forget how much of a business this all is. Sometimes, it’s an escape into Fantasyland, but there are real-life considerations that impact both fans and creators alike, and usually it falls in the grey area that lies between both …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 08/01/2018

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After a two-week hiatus, I’m back from San Diego Comic Con! Did ya miss me? Definitely the greatest show on Earth, plus you also get to run into celebrities, comic creators as they’re moving from point A to Point B. Some aren’t as accessible as you’d like, but at least …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 07/11/2018

As comic characters grow older, it can be very challenging to keep their stories fresh. Especially with flagship characters like Spider-man, Superman and the like. I’m interested in looking at this this week. After all, SDCC looms around the corner and it’s a time of celebrating the work of creators …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 07/04/2018

Hope keeps us going, but it’s a double-edged sword. While the promise of success is a tantalizing reason, it’s also frustrating because what we want, still isn’t guaranteed. I guess that’s a ‘glass-is-half-empty” approach but that’s what I’m working with this week as we go through the list of comic …

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