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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.

HEXER DUSK: action-packed sci-fi comic kills it on Kickstarter

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You know, Jan Duursema and John Ostrander are names from the heady days of my youthful comic reading. Titles like Arion, Lord of Atlantis, Wonder Woman, Hawkworld, and then there are the Star Wars titles from Dark Horse Comics: Star Wars: Legacy or Star Wars: Republic. The high quality collaboration …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 06082016

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I try looking for the common threads in comics that I select for review. Sometimes it’s obvious but occasionally it’s a tough one to figure out. However, there’s always some subliminal element that I pick up on that determines my list. Life’s like that. The commonalities in life are always …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 06/01/2015

Slight list this week. Quality over quantity, right? Still, this slight list marks my contribution to the fandom of comics. I like to think of myself as restrained and politely critical but there are certain comics that I identify with on a personal level but that I also admire from …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 05/25/2016

There’s much that I’ve chosen to read this week. On top of my reading I’ve had to deal with the fact that this has been a week of geek developments that have unduly taken my attention away from comics. However, there was one announcement that caught my eye that doesn’t detract …

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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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