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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 – 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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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 06/20/2018

It’s getting to the end of the school year. I tell my students that the biggest detriment to a successful year is a negative attitude. But, attitude can be divided into so many different layers that it’s important to recognize them in order to remove them from one’s mindset. There …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 06/13/2018

New beginnings are always important in life. I’m not really one for change though, so I’m probably running the risk of sounding hypocritical here, yet I see the dividends in my friends’ lives when they decide upon this course of action. However, it has to be carefully planned out; It’s …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 06/06/2018

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It’s a short list this week, which is fitting, given that I’m looking for titles that have straightforward stories. Sometimes, I’m not very sophisticated and sometimes I just want a story that’s got in- your-face attitude. Which makes sense, as this has been a week when everyone has been in …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 05/30/2018

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You know, I’ve always been fascinated by betrayal. Okay – it’s not like I’m actively looking to screw someone over, but the whole concept of disavowing a friend, stabbing an acquaintance in the back or even just talking crap about someone in order to minimalize their position and maximize yours …

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Captain Kirk’s Weekly Comic Review – 05/23/2018

You ever worry about taking the next step? I do. Some times the next stage of your career, your hobby, your whatever is rationally the obvious thing to do. Yet there are issues like: moving out of your comfort zone, the amount of effort involved, or even just downright anxiety …

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