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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.

The origins of the Klingon language, the ‘Axanar’ lawsuit and linguist Marc Okrand

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The Klingon language has been in the media spotlight due to the Axanar vs. CBS/Paramount lawsuit. I talked with the developer of the Klingon language, Marc Okrand, to see if some additional insight into the matter could be found.

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 04/27/2016

I’m teaching my students about the concept of transformative media. You know, when stories exist in one form of media and then get spun off into other forms? Well, you have to be selective about thematic elements when you transform media into other formats and, depending on the format, some …

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‘Houdini and Doyle’ inspired by real-life friendship between illusionist and author

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There’s a sense of mystery about Harry Houdini that isn’t easily dispelled. Even to this day, escape artists and stage magicians still revere his name and hold him as a benchmark figure in performing legerdemain and feats of, well,  magic; but few realize that he was as sceptical of the …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 04/20/2016

I’m a geek and I write about entertainment. This week I had a conversation with a PR specialist who was trying to categorize me for her company’s database. Admittedly, it does look like I mostly write about comics – I write a weekly column, after all. But I also write …

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‘Regression’ will make you remember to fear the past

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I have always been interested in seeing the way a storyteller crafts fear; the way it is customized in order to achieve the maximum amount of discomfort and terror. In a lot of successful cases, the creator will use relatable elements from childhood or growing up. That’s why seemingly harmless …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 04/14/2016

Ebbs and flows. Comics are cyclical, like everything under the sun. It’s important to remember that. Sometimes the writer has a good arc and then there are bad ones. Good reincarnations of titles occur and then are ones that force you to wonder just what the writer had for breakfast …

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INTERVIEW: Jonathan Frakes on librarians, gargoyles, comics and (of course) Star Trek

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What’s Jonathan Frakes up to these days? You know, we tend to lose sight of the fact that Trek actors are professionals. Their Trek-related roles are not their lives – they’re part of their careers. Trek actors aren’t limited to those iconic characters that we fanatics eternally see them as, …

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INTERVIEW: Learning from former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Jim Shooter

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I met former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Jim Shooter… and I shut up, I listened and I learned. I didn’t meet him the usual way that I normally meet comic book celebrities. I didn’t go to a con, approach his table, shake his hand and then get him to sign something. No, for this one …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 03/23/2016

Despite my frequent hand-washing, vitamins and hydration, I have been struck by the dreaded “con-crud” illness that is a perpetual danger coming off a comic convention. Of course, with my luck, it soon graduated into the flu. Oh, comic conventions. In this case, I’m talking about Fan Expo’s Toronto Comic-con …

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