Author: Rick Clapper

5 Reasons I’m a Supergirl TV Show Fan

I’ve always been a fan of Superman and I’ve enjoyed the mythology of the House of El. I appreciated Supergirl as a fitting supporting character to that mythology. Until now. Presenting Supergirl: A Protagonist Supergirl has opened my eyes to the possibilities regarding her role as a protagonist – not just a support character – in the DC Universe. I’d previously encountered her in minor roles compared to Superman (except for that movie in the ’80s). She’s served as merely a plot device to expand Superman’s world. I’ve grown to recognize that DC’s Universe is beyond comics now. The...

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Nanu Nanu: Goodbye To A Legend

The moment I heard of his death I was shocked. I was thinking it was a hoax. But by that time it had already been confirmed that Robin McLaurin Williams had passed away. Throughout my life I have experienced the passing of many of my beloved celebrities and I was saddened – but mainly because I was selfish and wished to see more of their work. This time it’s just a little bit different. Robin Williams’ work has been a major part of my family, in such a way that it felt like he was part of the family....

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Review: Dungeons & Dragons

When the latest “Dungeons & Dragons” game was first announced, it was titled by Wizards of the Coast as “D&D Next.” Fans of the old editions called it ‘fifth edition.’ Now Wizards officially calls it “Dungeons & Dragons.” I see why the folks at Wizards of the Coast are taking this approach. This current edition takes a lot of things from older versions and cleans up the rules a bit. I did worry about being biased against this edition of the system until I found out about a group of players at my local comic shop that have either never experienced D&D before, or...

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A Five Year Journey Into The Future (Happy Anniversary Tara Clapper)

July 25, 2014 marks a milestone of my life: five years with my wife Tara Clapper. If someone were to compare us on paper they probably wouldn’t see how it would work. Tara is an intelligent, emotional, feminist, Democrat – and a college graduate. I come from a traditional 50s era nuclear family of Republicans, military, introspective, and often self-absorbed. My parents laid the groundwork for the the adult I grew into, but my wife Tara is what makes me the man I am today (in spite of me kicking and screaming about it). We met because I described myself in one sentence, “Looks damn good in a kilt.” So she messaged me. For those of you who regularly follow my wife on social media you know why. I want to fast forward to what’s important. How do we make it work? Personally I’ve only seen two successful marriages in my lifetime thus far.  My grandmother and grandfather and my father and stepmother.  My grandmother told me the secret to their marriage was to never go to bed angry. In other words get it all out and done with so you don’t stew on it til morning.   My father told me “Treat your woman like a queen, but she better treat you like a king in turn.” In other words respect your wife, and expect the same. This...

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Review: Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set

I finally got my hands on the new Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set for review. When I first learned of this new edition of  D&D that Wizards of the Coast would be producing for the summer of 2014, I was a bit cool to the idea. I have been a long time player and dungeon master (DM) who has collected rule books and supplements from Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition through 3rd and 3.5 and even 4th edition systems. Why would I want to pay for something new and unnecessary? Wizards of the Coast then surprised me by rerunning previous editions for...

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Review: Dynamite’s The Shadow #0

What lurks within The Shadow? Published in July of 2014 “The Shadow” #0 a one-shot comic written by Cullen Bunn and drawn by Colton Worley with cover art by Gabriel Hardman. From Dynamite.com: “Secrets of The Shadow’s past are revealed as he meets Houdini! The Shadow infiltrates the sanctum of an esoteric society of murderous magicians who are hellbent on escaping the ultimate trap-death itself! in order to thwart their plans, though, he must evade twisted traps and solve spellbinding puzzles. A good-or-evil magician never reveals his secrets…but The Shadow knows.” From radio serials, movies, and comics, the character of The Shadow...

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Ultimate Sci-Fi Robot Review: Robocop vs. Terminator

When I was given the opportunity to review the newly restored edition of Dark Horse Comics “Robocop vs. Terminator” written by Frank Miller and artist Walter Simonson, I was rather excited. Frank Miller wrote the screenplays of “Robocop 2” and “Robocop 3,” as well as the graphic novels “300” and “300: Rise of an Empire.” I was excited to read about the kick ass cyborgs I grew up watching on the big screen and televised – locked in combat with the fate of mankind’s future the prize. Before reading the comic, I also found others have compared our ultimate machines...

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Contemporary Chivalry: A Modern Paladin’s Perspective

A couple of weeks ago my wife posted a question on Facebook regarding chivalry. From what I recall of the question would it be a term used for men only. It reminded me of my first extensive history report from my sophomore year of high school: a subject I hold close to my heart. When I wrote this paper, I had begun delving into Dungeons & Dragons and playing my favorite archetype, the paladin. The post allowed for a brief discussion among friends regarding the topic and I thought nothing more of it until my wife posted a blog article...

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