Author: Catherine C.J. Baxley

Comic Review: “Moonshine” – Hillbilly Bootlegging & the Mob

When I read the premise of Moonshine Issue #1 by Brian Azzarello, I was entranced by Eduardo Risso’s artwork, throwing it back to older comic books. A prohibition story that takes place between New York and West Virginia, while one mob boss tries to form an alliance with an equivalent? Intriguing indeed. From Image Comics, “[s]et during Prohibition, and deep in the backwoods of Appalachia, MOONSHINE #1 tells the story of Lou Pirlo, a city-slick “torpedo” sent from New York City to negotiate a deal with the best moonshiner in West Virginia, one Hiram Holt.” Despite the traditional storyline of gangster stories...

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LARP Box Is Finally Here!

Surpassing its goal of $15,000 within only a few days of its campaign, The LARP Box has properly been the most anticipated subscription box within the community this year. Eastern Front Designs launched the campaign box on Sunday, November 2nd and has been promoting the product since the beginning of the year. What’s in the Box? Some pretty cool things are in the box! The current box that they’ve been using for their campaign features Beyond the Wall – A Game of Thrones–inspired LARP in Maine. 
From their Kickstarter campaign: “Every month we pick a new list of items centered around a common...

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Comic Reivew: Image’s “Green Valley” by Max Landis & Giuseppe Camunoli

It all began with one mistake – the cover reads of Issue #1 of Green Valley. Green Valley, written by Max Landis and Giuseppe Camuncoli and published by Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment is already on it’s second print order. Spoiler-Free Summary of Green Valley The medieval tale begins with two men on horses, with some of the most interesting comic artwork I’ve ever seen. The art style looks something like Japanese animation with watercolor and digital imprints (Sir Bertwald’s cowl is my favorite). While the two men wait on horseback, they each seem to be from different parts of the world. A long history together,...

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LARPer Profile: Nigel Peaks, a.k.a Mark Mensch

Name: Mark Mensch IG Name & Race: Nigel Peaks, Wayfinder & Plethora of others Age: 49 Number of Years LARPing: 26 Home Game: Alliance LARP With over twenty years of experience, Mark Mensch is certainty a LARP expert. Attending events worldwide, Mensch has participated in role-playing games and consulted for Hollywood films about LARP culture. He researches LARP gear and manufacturing from weapons to pewter casting for events. This isn’t Mensch’s first “LARPer Profile,” but we’re glad we had the opportunity to learn more about his experiences! Catherine C. J. Baxley: How did you learn about LARPing and where was your...

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TGI “LARPer Profiles” Are On Hold Until 2017

As the holiday season approaches, The Geek Initiative will not be reviewing anymore submissions for the remainder of 2016 for the LARPer Profiles. We encourage you to apply after December and an additional announcement will be made when submissions are to be accepted in 2017. To learn more about our LARPer Profile submissions, check out this list of guidelines. The Geek Initiative would like to thank all of our volunteers for kicking off a great start for the LARPer Profiles. To review, check out this past year’s volunteers: Birgitta Drexel, a.k.a. Leslie-Ann McCormack Giah Lannar, a.k.a. Stephen Stallkamp Devin Torkavian, a.k.a. Hazel Lavinia,...

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TGI’s “Project We Love” – Event Horizon, a Sci-Fi LARP

A galaxy on the edge of chaos. Ancient ruins to explore. Dark powers to confront. Featured on Kickstarter‘s Projects We Love, Event Horizon is the latest blockbuster LARP hitting the circuit. Launched on Monday, October 10th, the campaign surpassed their goal of $43,500 very quickly! Taking over just forty-five minutes north of San Francisco, the location of this Sci-Fi LARP will reside in the Marin Highlands – featuring World War II bunkers and gun encampments, towering cliffs, a lagoon, a lighthouse, and much more. The first event will take place Friday, April 7th to Monday, April 10th and has 150 tickets available. If they...

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November 1st: A LARPer’s Christmas

Disclosure: Reprinted with permission from AwesomeShit.Ninja If you go to, the definition of “Halloween” follows: “October 31st. While this holiday was meant for little kids to walk around and get candy, it is also used as an excuse for everyone else to get trashed and for girls to dress up in costumes that barely cover their bodies. In the real world, Halloween is when kids dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Girl World, Halloween is the one day a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut and no other girls can say anything...

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LARPer Profile: Lavinia, a.k.a. Jillian Waterhouse

Name: Jillian Waterhouse IG Name: Lavinia Age: 29 Number of Years LARPing: 12 Home Game: Mystic Realms In 2007, a young woman named Jillian Waterhouse started LARPing at the age of seventeen. She attended a game Mystic Realms where she engulfed herself into various genres, including a three-day long fantasy game. Today, she’s been LARPing twelve years and wants to talk about her experiences within the community and hopefully to inspire and persuade others to join. Catherine C. J. Baxley: How did you first learn about LARPing and where was your first event? Jillian Waterhouse: I originally learned about LARPing through a friend after...

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