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Dark Matter: inspiration and fun

Comics Madness - Latest Posts - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 01:25
More comics, creativity, and role-playing intersection – it’s a fine day. This is about Abby Baldwin’s own graphic novel Dark Matter, serving as the conceptual jumping-off point for role-playing my alpha version of Champions Now with her dad Robert. Here’s my conversation with Robert about all sorts of concepts and angles on it. For quick […]

Doom it!

Comics Madness - Latest Posts - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 11:00
I’ve been doing this long enough for some productive recursion, both in content and real life. My very first post at this blog concerned the political context for Doctor Doom in the early 60s, once the creators bumped him up out of generic or improvised foe status into genuine villainy. Soon after that, I posted […]

The year of the comics

Comics Madness - Latest Posts - Tue, 09/04/2018 - 00:00
It’s Jerry Grayson’s fault. He knows all these people with opinions about comics and culture, and as the geek social fallacies would advise, said, “Hey, if I get all my friends together, they’ll be friends too!!” Which actually worked this time, for a jam let’s-all-try-it discussion for his own 1972 Project. It helps to have […]

Thingness

Comics Madness - Latest Posts - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 00:05
Death of the author, say the students of the Big D, it’s the text, stay with the text … yet in my experience, all too often, the text is abandoned along with the author. Instead, the eager young scholar is distracted by the cultural gestalt, a mélange of multiple derivatives, the shared “is” that “everyone […]

Killing rules, or does it

Comics Madness - Latest Posts - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 00:30
Designers of superhero role-playing games have suffered far more agonies over whether, why, who will and who won’t, how-to, do-or-don’t, and what-have-I-done, regarding killing, than any fictional superhero ever did. This is not about the ethics, not about what heroes do and don’t do, and not about what is or isn’t in the comics. I’ve […]

Knowing your Unnhh from your Arrghh

Comics Madness - Latest Posts - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 05:00
I do like it when creative comics talk and role-playing design talk can use the same words. Let’s narrow it down to one of my three current supers design projects, Champions Now, and talk about the fights. There are three interrelated points: what happens and knowing why; the damage, pain, hurtin’, including the two famous […]