This is funnier then it has any right to be.

SMASH EM LADS!

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Its been 3 years since the last time I saw the NESkimos

And somehow, its still just as awesome.

Here for example is me, my friend Dan, and Wily, Dylan, and Bruce from the NESkimos. I am the guy with the glasses looking like an idiot.  Dan is the guy with long hair to the left.

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And here is Me, Dan, along with Wily and Dylan and the Bassist whose name is something I cannot recall because my ability to recall names is horrid lol  Sorry man!

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Somehow, I end up getting pointed at each time haha.  Dan is the guy in the Sombrero this time!

Liberty: Deception Chapter Zero by Travis Vengroff (A Comic Book) – A Review

Lets start with my usual disclaimer:

I was given this comic by the creator with the intent to provide an honest review.

And now I will add the following little EXTRA bit. I am a personal friend of the creator. In fact, I would consider him one of my two best friends. I got my wife, a gent named Dan, and Travis here. I have watched him work on this creation for a LONG time, provided some feedback here and there, played in the D20 Modern DND system he has been working on, hell even read part of the first draft of his script (which was so boring but he assures me he has changed it)

A Comic is a little outside my purview as it were. I am used to either video games, or books. And the occasional album. But a comic?

Lord of have mercy. Time to dive in.

Anyway, lets visit the Fringe, and delve deep into a world of lawlessness, gang rivalries, slavery, cannibalism, and the darker side of humanity.

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THE ART.

So this was the high point for me. The art is very nice, pops out and conveys the action. Everything is really colored well. Here is an example panel.

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Its all high quality! I cant really say much about it honestly, I enjoy it. And I hope that the art is just as solid in the upcoming series.

THE STORY.

This is a little issue, only 12 pages long and about 9-10 of it are actual story. And its very short. It basically tells about a group of gun runners going to do a gun run, an attempt at double crossing, and then quick violence. And some cannabilsm. Its ok, honestly. But very very short. I mean, I literally just summed it up right here, in these few sentences. Does it whet my appetite for more?

Well…kinda? I mean, its an interesting glimpse into the world of Atrius but its very very brief and all, but otherwise its kinda quick. It took me, even with examining the artwork and reading it twice, all of about 15 minutes to get through it.

This is my primary issue with single issue comics in general. I would much prefer a trade paperback book, and in general thats how I purchase comics when I do.

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Overall what makes this interesting is the glimpse it provides. There is actually more if you are interested at all in this sort of world.

First, there is an offical preview of Issue 1 – http://imgur.com/gallery/2NMfT

The preview is honestly more interesting, story wise, then this little Zero issue haha. And interestingly enough, it appears to be mostly what I read back when I checked out his script. Looks a lot better with art.

Next, you can visit the offical website: http://www.thelibertycomic.com/home.html

And finally, you can visit his Kickstarter, which as of this posting ends in about 6 days: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/randomencounter/liberty-deception-vol-1-a-sci-fi-comic-adventure

I hope you all check this out. The project itself is very cool, and while honestly the Zero issue is kinda dull, the overall presentation and style makes up for it.

Liberty Endures!

Storium Launched: Why should you care?

I know that the vast majority of my followers here on my blog are book lovers.  Readers, writers, ect.

Some cross over into my other passion, gaming, but for the most part, I got started here with my book reviews, and frankly I WILL be writing new ones in the coming weeks.  I just…need to get the inspiration to do so.

But I am here to talk about a game / site / thingy that combines the 2 passions I have, gaming and books, together.  And no, its not a choose your own adventure novel (although THOSE ARE MAKING A COMEBACK!) but something else.

Its called Storium.

Storium is hard to describe, really.  Its a Roleplay site, basically, but with some interesting twists.  Here is the official description from their help site.

“Storium is an online storytelling game, and that makes it different from most other games you’ve probably played. How so?

It turns writing into a game

In Storium you have the freedom to truly do anything that you can imagine. That’s because Storium is based around creative writing. As you play, the game helps you figure out what to write next and how to keep your story interesting.

Everyone gets a say

Storium lets every player share in the storytelling. Everyone gets their moment in the spotlight, their own chance to decide what happens next in the story.

Anyone can play

You don’t have to be a skilled writer to play Storium. The game gives you the kind of creative “leg up” that’s missing when you stare at a blank sheet of paper.”

You can check out the link I posted above for more info.

I have dabbled back in the closed beta, where the creators were nice enough to give me access when I was without a job.  I want to get back into it because, frankly, it was a blast to play.  Basically, its collaborative storytelling using mechanics.  I love the combination, and it can create some very cool stuff.  The whole system is free, but you can also subscribe, which I like.

I suggest everyone who has a passion for the written word check it out!  It can possibly help you become a better writer, maybe give you ideas, or hell, just create a really fun story that you yourself was a part of!

And no, this was not a sponsored post.  I am doing this because I want to.