A new Games Workshop boxed set is something that should bring joy and cheer to hobbyists and gamers everywhere. Yet, it rarely seems to be that way. Time and again there isn’t enough stock to meet demand. Come the preorder day, if you don’t log on at 10 am sharp to place your order, then there’s a good chance you might miss out altogether. Surely, things would be different for their latest hot release, Warhammer Quest: Cursed City?

Unfortunately not.

I should start by cutting GW some slack. 2020/21 has been unprecedented in its logistical difficulties. In the UK (where…


April is International Guitar Month!

Created in 1987 by the Guitar and Accessories Marketing Association (GAMA) and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the month is dedicated to the appreciation of the guitar and its significance to the world of music, from classical to heavy metal and everything in between.

The guitar is such a visible instrument in music; guitars and guitarists are often key elements in pop culture storytelling, including some comics.

In celebration of this versatile and beautiful instrument, here are 11-because 11 is one louder than 10-completely random and sometimes geeky facts about fictional guitars, basses…


Flash Forward: An Illustrated Guide to Possible (And Not So Possible) Tomorrows Rose Eveleth (Author), Sophie Goldstein (Contribution by), Matt Lubchansky (Contribution by), & Multiple Artists

This book comes after the podcast by the same name, and you will want to know about both of them.

I love speculative fiction, the genre that thinks about the future and establishes possible scenarios based on the way the world is currently going. This book will take you through interesting enactments of possible futures, all in comic form, and then will open up a discussion about them.

Rose Eveleth, the author, producer, and host of the podcast Flash Forward, takes 12 provocative questions about our future, and then lets the artists do the work.

One of the questions refers…


Our daughter has a game at school-though she would say it’s totally serious-where she’s started a detective agency. To the casual observer, it would seem like a complex storyline: she’s recruited other classmates who have code words and secret handshakes, she has plans to recruit agents in other schools, and there is even a rival detective agency with double agents.

But my daughter sighs and says the agency hasn’t really gotten off the ground yet. “We need a murder, a theft, or a poisoning.”

Thanks, Robin Stevens.

I don’t remember how I first learned of the middle-grade mystery series (published…


Follow ancient pathways into the unknown, surrounded by colorful flowers.

What Is Umbra Via?

Umbra Via is a tile-laying game (with bidding and area control) for 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, and takes about 30 to 45 minutes to play. It was released this week and retails for $39.95; it’s available directly from Pandasaurus or check in with your local game store. The theme is pretty abstract, so there’s nothing inappropriate for younger kids.

Umbra Via was designed by Connor Wake and published by Pandasaurus Games, with artwork by Eddie Schillo and Stevo Torres.


Last fall, ELEGOO sent me their Mars Pro MSLA 3D printer to take a look at. I was very impressed with that affordable little printer’s capabilities, as my review can attest to. While ELEGOO is best known for their resin printers, they also have an FDM printer, the Neptune 2. If you’re unfamiliar with the two types of 3D printing, here’s a quick primer again on SLA and FDM:

SLA vs. FDM: The Two Types of 3D Printing

Briefly, for our readers who aren’t that familiar with 3D printers but are thinking about dipping their toes in the water:

There are essentially two types of printers available: stereolithographic (SLA)…


Today’s stack is all about comics for kids: a few are new or upcoming, and a few are a little older, and there are even a couple that are somehow both at the same time. Let’s dive in! These are arranged roughly in order of target audience age.


This post forms part of the blog tour to help promote the forthcoming novel The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne by Jonathan Stroud.

Jonathan has kindly shared with us 5 tips for better writing. They’re so good, I’m tempted to stop what I’m doing and start writing a novel right now. Don’t forget to check out my full review of The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne. The book really is excellent.

Jonathan Stroud’s 5 Writing Tips

Every writer may have more or less the same objective-to create an interesting and readable text-but each one approaches the job in their own unique way. This means that any tips…


Recently, my wife turned me on to the music video for “Something About You” by Elderbrook and Rudimental. She just said she thought I’d like it. Neither of us were prepared for the tears that came when I watched it. “It’s just so beautiful and complex.” That’s all I could say. I watched the video another half-dozen times before realizing that the video didn’t affect her the same way it affected me because it is so clearly targeting toxic masculinity, and the struggles men have with being vulnerable in what I call “Western Male Culture.” Below, I have broken the…


Welcome to the Playmobil Playland, where we take a peek inside those impressive blue boxes and see what treasures await within. Sometimes we’ll have step-by-step photos walking you through assembly, maybe we’ll discuss and review a particular set or theme, or maybe we’ll have an unboxing video.

Playmobil’s latest officially licensed line-up is definitely going to be a hit with most grown-ups of a certain age (around my age and older) as they introduce both the Volkswagen Beetle and T1 Camping Bus in glorious ’60s styled sets! I’ll start off immediately by stating that these two sets are all mine…

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