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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 – 04/19/2017

Conflict is inevitable – in fiction and in life. In fact, conflict is often the great accelerator in good fiction but there has to be a balance. As in cooking, there has to be the right balance of ingredients. Conflict is tempered by motivation and good characters need authenticity to …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 04/12/2017

There’s a distinct human theme in this week’s pulls. Humanity in all its various incarnations reflected in art makes for a joyous theme of discovery when reading; so why should comics be any different? Fantasy makes us take a real look at ourselves and our dreams. Without fiction, how would …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 04/05/2017

Back from a two-week stint on a whirlwind trip that saw a lot of adventure and excitement. Comics are great for vicariously living adventures, but there’s nothing that can replace the real thing. But life inspires art and sure enough, experiencing real adventure allows one to fully appreciate the adventure that …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 03/01/2017

How do you measure commitment in a comic? To me, it’s a reflection of the level of detail in the character-creation, the word-building or the story’s intricacy. Comic story-telling has a greater level of commitment because of its visual dimension and sometimes the teamwork needed, unless you’re a writer/artist. But, …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 02/01/2017

Surprises can make or break a comic. It’s all part of good storytelling, of course, but in order for surprise to work as a story development device, it has to be based in the proper context of characterization, backgrounds and established history of the comic. If these things aren’t arranged …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 01/25/2017

The theme this week is dynamic creativism. That’s just a fancy term I’ve made up to, quite simply, describe the relative levels of creativity that I’ve seen this week – and there are some really good examples. Image Comics Wayward #20 Wayward is a comic that really taps into the …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 01/04/2017

The first review of the New Year! Why isn’t there a band around when you need one? Seriously … too much to celebrate this holiday season, yet every new comic review is a chance for celebration. I’m extremely pleased with the selection I’ve managed to assemble tonight. There’s some epic …

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