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When Stranger Things and D&D’s Adventure Party Grows…

15 Jan

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Dark Horse Comics
Available Now

Spoiler Alert

Will, Mike, Dustin and Lucas think life is back to normal, but I suspect the Upside Down has other plans. We just don’t see it just yet, until a crack breaks reality. Just what lies beyond it could be anything, and as anyone knows–from season two to which this tale takes place after–someone has to seal the rift, that crack from one dimension to another. Thankfully it’s been closed, and now the boys bring in Eleven and Maxine to the game of Dungeons and Dragons. The artwork of Diego Galindo fantstically shows that the girls aren’t all that enthused.

The theme remains consistent with how everyone must back each other if they are to succeed. But this time, there are other forces who can hamper their progress. Hooper finally makes an appearance in this tale, and Eleven shows she’s not in full control of her psionic abilities.

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A Look into Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons #2

9 Dec

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Dark Horse Comics
Spoiler Alert

Available Now

A lot of time has passed between issues one and two of Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons comic. In the second chapter, the events of the live-action season one have passed. Will is not on equal footing anymore, and his only comfort zone is in escaping to the world of Dungeons and Dragons. No reference to the cartoon is made, but I’m betting this reference is coming.

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Stranger Things Halloween Special in Stores Now!

28 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Dark Horse Comics
Available Now

Netflix’s Stranger Things may well be part of your All Hallows’s Eve ritual with this one-off comic book special. This yarn written by Michael Moreci has all the hallmarks of a classic campfire story setup. The air is chilly, and Will’s idea is the type you’d expect to have a clever jump scare. Todor Hristov‘s art sets the tone for that, and Chris O’Halloran‘s colours draw you into the tale within a tale.

The lads are introduced to doing what they do best, goofing off and playing games. No, it’s not Dungeons and Dragons (that release is next week). They’re enjoying the night at the woods, trying to scare each other. Will’s story about the Child-Eater of Hawkins sounds genuine enough. I can hear Noah Schnapp’s voice as he tells this gently spooky legend. It doesn’t get too wildly nasty like the events leading up to their encounter with the Demogorgon–this story takes place before season one–but instead dulls the terror down to the level of Stephen King.

The terror takes place in the late 60s, when Beth Baker disappeared. Other kids–Alex, Bobby, Angela and a quickly taken fourth wheel are involved this time, and are trying to figure out why four children went missing over the years. The concept in this tale is well thought out, suggesting the entire town is in on some terrible secret.

I surmise the real world connections are just that. Specific folks in Hawkins know more than anyone else realizes. Maybe this Halloween special foreshadows an event still to come, but we’ll never know…

In Conversation w/ Finn Wolfhard at Fantasia Fest’s Free YouTube Broadcast

25 Aug

YouTube Link
Scheduled for 29 Aug 2020, 2pm EDT

Come join Fantasia Fest 2020 with a free to view YouTube broadcast with the talent of Finn Wolfhard at hand! He has a local connection as he’s from in British Columbia, and it’s super that he’s moving on to bigger and better things.

This actor and musician burst onto the world stage in the culture-shifting Netflix series Stranger Things. With subsequent performances in the IT films, The Goldfinch, The Turning and The Addams Family, among others, and forthcoming roles in Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Guillermo del Toro & Mark Gustafson’s recently announced Pinocchio, Wolfhard has solidified his standing as a major international talent.

Now, at the age of 17, he’s completed his debut as a writer/director, the clever character-driven comedy short Night Shifts, premiering in our lineup this year. To celebrate the launch of his move into storytelling, Fantasia will be presenting a live virtual artist talk with Finn Wolfhard, in conversation with none other than How to Train Your Dragon/Popular Science for Kid‘s Jay Baruchel!

Six of One, Half a Dozen or Another with Netflix’s Stranger Things

30 May

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available: May 29, 2019

Plenty of side stories exist to expand the Stranger Things universe and Dark Horse Comics is at the forefront of the action! Last year, we had The Other Side which saw Will successfully evade the Demogorgon in The Upside Down (now available to purchase on Amazon) in a collected edition), and this year is a four-issue series focussing on Six (also the title of this latest release). She is one of at least a dozen human test subjects interred at Hawkins Laboratory.

Francine’s backstory reveals how she has come to not trust anyone. She’s always had psi abilities and unfortunately, she cannot read other people’s mind… yet. If she is able, she would not have gotten into the predicament she’s in. She can blame Ricky, a young man she took a liking to. The drama is just as good as the series, and Jody Houser‘s narrative offers plenty of perspective of a young girl infatuated with this boy and also trying to understand life as a teen. She pulls you in and I’m not talking about the darkness that Six keeps on seeing seeping through to this reality!

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