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 Essential Pop Culture Mom – Interview with Jean Yoon of ‘Kim’s Convenience’

jean yoon - kims convenience

How cool would it be if your mom was the captain of a space battleship? Mothers have had such an integral role in fandom. From Lost in Space’s Maureen Robinson to Harry Potter’s Molly Weasely, moms have not only played important characters in pop culture but have represented its best …

Read More »

Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 01/02/2020

Resolve – it’s the dominant mindset after Christmas and leading up to New Year. We resolve to change ourselves, establish new habits and make a decision that things are going to be different next year. Well, that’s the mindset that we’re looking for in this week’s comic review! Let’s get …

Read More »

Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 12/26/2019

I was teaching about what resonates in communicating a message to an audience to my students this week and one of the points they glommed onto was emotion. At this time of year, emotions run high. Eliciting an emotional response from a viewer, reader – whatever the medium, is the …

Read More »

Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 12/11/2019

This week’s theme is taking care of business. Yep – pretty simple, isn’t it? Sometimes it’s best to boil life down to its essential elements and so it is in life, as it is reflected in comics. There’s a great deal of comfort in getting things done and this week, …

Read More »

Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 12/04/2019

Ever felt overwhelmed by life’s many challenges? I think that’s a common experience we comic readers can relate to. Sometimes it feels like there’s too much daily stuff on our plates and too hard to make sense of it all. In our weekly devotional comic fixes, we read about compelling …

Read More »

Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 11/20/2019

star trek discovery - aftermath 3

Before I begin, I want to acknowledge and mourn the passing of comic artist, Tom Lyle. For me, his Scarlet Spider will always stand out as one of the most recognizable character designs in comic history. Rest in peace, Mr. Lyle, and for your work, we are thankful. The theme …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 10/23/2019

Biting off more than we can chew is the theme we’re looking at this week. It happens. I mean, there’s something to be said for striving for a goal: that’s admirable and something we teach our kids to do, right? Shoot for the stars and you’ll hit the moon, remember …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »