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ECCC 2019: Explore the World of Minecraft with Minecraft: Stories from the Overworld

From blocks to panels, Minecraft returns to comics in this wonderful new anthology collection, Minecraft: Stories from the Overworld! Dark Horse, Mojang AB, and Microsoft have revealed the newest addition in their publishing partnership with more stories to come!

With tales of Witch and Pillager rivals finding common ground, a heartless griefer who bit off more than they could chew, and valiant heroes new (or not!) to the Overworld, Minecraft: Stories from the Overworld tells tales that span the world of the beloved game. Featuring stories from star writers Hope Larson, Kevin Panetta, Rafer Roberts, and Ryan North and exciting artists Meredith Gran, Jenn St-Onge, Stephen McCranie and more, this collection brings together stories from all Realms, leaving no block unturned!

Minecraft: Stories from the Overworld is set to go on sale October 15, 2019. The 88-page anthology retails for $14.99.

Dark Horse, Mojang AB, and Microsoft will also release a Free Comic Book Day offering with a Minecraft story on May 4, 2019. On June 4, 2019, the partners will release Minecraft Volume One by Sfé R. Monster, Sarah Graley, and John J. Hill.

Minecraft: Stories from the Overworld

Dark Horse Delivers Minecraft and Disney• Pixar’s Incredibles 2 for Free Comic Book Day

Are you ready for two stories that are fun for all ages? Dark Horse will feature stories from Mojang AB and Microsoft’s Minecraft and Disney• Pixar’s Incredibles 2 for their Free Comic Book Day Silver offering on May 4, 2019! The comic features a gorgeous cover from artist Cassie Anderson

First, in the world of Minecraft, a heartless griefer runs rampant, but she discovers her actions end up having real world consequences. Writer Hope Larson and artist Meredith Gran bring the world of Minecraft to life in this exciting new story based on the worldwide gaming phenomenon.

Then, in Disney• Pixar’s Incredibles 2, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl are ready for a date night, but when someone is up to no good, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack are determined that this villain will not ruin their parents’ night off! Writer Cavan Scott, artists from Kawaii Creative Studio, colorist Dan Jackson, and Comicraft join forces to give fans a real treat with this new story based on the highest grossing animated feature of all time in North America!

Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. Dark Horse encourages its fans to visit their local comic shops on May 4, 2019 to participate in this wonderful event!

Minecraft and Disney• Pixar’s Incredibles 2

Ground Control To Major Anxiety: Escapism Through Gaming

 

4D2BAED0-6A96-4C63-947E-2CA68F1A6862Like many people in the world, I have anxiety. Some days it is better than others, but it is always there. If I dare to forget about it, it reminds me that it’s there. It’s a dreadful tap on the shoulder by a ghost. When you turn and look for the source, nothing is there, but just out of sight, and just out of reach, you can feel it’s presence. It may be worrying about something, like did I turn off the stove before I left the house (you did by the way, you checked it four times), or letting my mind do cardio while my body is trying to rest in the middle of the night.

Thankfully, there are things that can help with my closest invisible friend and enemy. Meditation and mindfulness in general are very important, as are walking, getting enough sleep, therapy, and being positive, but there’s something else that helps me fill in between those moments, and it’s playing video games. Now to be clear, please understand I am not saying that video games will fix your troubles, because they won’t. You should get help for your issues, talk to people, and take care of your physical and mental being first and foremost, but there is a connection to playing games for me, and finding a sense of peace.

 

The games I find most helpful when I feel anxious, are ironically survival games on other worlds like No Man’s Sky, Subnautica, Astroneer, and Minecraft to name a few. In these games you are constantly trying to survive (unless you’re playing a creative mode where there isn’t much or any punishment to the player), while also being able to control so much about the world. At times, it feels like I am a God, and at others, I feel like I am the weakest and smallest form of life. I can reshape the terrain on a planet in Astroneer like I’m a character out of X-men, but if I dig in the wrong spot, I can fall to my death. If I wander too far from my oxygen tethers, I suffocate. In Minecraft, I can build a castle, use magic, and build entire railway systems, but I need to cook a pork chop or eat an apple once in awhile, or I’ll die.

It’s these kind of systems that seem close to our own lives, and represent the control that someone with anxiety wishes they had. I can control so much of my fate in these worlds with a click of a mouse, or the press of a button, but I have to rest sometimes. I can be a brilliant aquatic engineer and build complex breathing apparatuses and technology in Subnautica, but one second too long in a cave, and I can drown. This can an be a reminder for our own mortality. You can achieve so many great things if you put your mind to it, but if you don’t take care of yourself, or are careless, it could mean getting sicker, or even worse, dying.

Video games can get a bad rap. The World Health Organization classified gaming disorder as a disease. I’m certainly not discrediting their research, or saying that a gaming disorder or an addiction is a not real thing. People can become addicted to many things, but I think the negativity for the medium can confuse the mainstream people who don’t play games regularly. I have people that I know personally who think that gaming is bad for children and people in general. They may see their child get on Fortnite, and not want to do anything else. When they were younger, they were outside more, so they look at life through only their own perspective, when in reality children can do both quite easily. We see memes shared about topics like having kids do farm work instead of playing Pokémon Go and other forced comparisons. We’ve all heard and seen the constant claims of violence in gaming being connected to mass shootings and other crimes. Gaming, much like comics, and other geek culture, I feel fall into that misunderstood area. Gaming is just another form of art and escapism. Some people read books, watch tv, listen to music, or do all of these, and some people also play video games, read comics, or play dungeons and dragons, and more. Many of us will binge watch hours on end of a Netflix show, so I believe the criticism to gaming can be hypocritical at times when it is just a different form of entertainment.

The other thing that sometimes I feel can get missed is the beauty inside of games. There are artists, composers, actors, programmers, and so many more talented people that are working to create new experiences everyday. There are both narrative and open world experiences to be had. You can travel to different worlds and explore things and for a moment, escape from reality and explore a new fantastic experience. It’s a more realized version of using your imagination as a child. I used to pretend I was an astronaut on an alien world, and I only had a toy gun, a stick, and a net from my mothers pool. Now, there are people creating worlds for me, and some of them seemingly infinite. I can take off in my ship and fly practically anywhere in No Man’s Sky. I can see new species, discover new minerals, and disconnect from everything for a few minutes or hours. That isn’t a bad thing, that’s a beautiful thing. Perhaps if gaming seems alien to you, have your child or a young family member show you the wonderful things they can hold in them, and maybe even challenge yourself to try something new and fun with them.

Thank you for reading. If you are feeling anxious, remember to breathe, and most importantly, be nice to yourself, and take care of yourself. Maybe I’ll see you among the stars. Live long, and prosper 🖖.

No Man’s Sky is available on Steam, PS4, and is coming to Xbox with it’s new massive NEXT update July 24th. Astroneer is available in Early Access and Game Preview on Steam and Xbox. Subnautica is available on Steam, Game Preview on Xbox, and is coming to PS4 this year. Minecraft is available on practically everything! 

Minecraft Pop! in February

Funko has announced the blocky video game Minecraft is coming to Pop!

Minecraft is all about building and exploring. The series of Pop! features characters Steve and Alex, an adorable Ocelot, and watch out – enemies Skeleton and Creeper.

Collect them all this Winter! Pop! Games: Minecraft is out in February from Funko.



Check out these exclusives! A glow version of Creeper can be found at FYE.

Look for Charged Creeper, Only at GameStop.

At Walmart find a Steve in Gold Armor and Alex in Enchanted Armor.

Skeleton with Fire, available at Target.

Steve with Enchant Armor and crossbow at Toys“R”Us.

Alex in Diamond Armor can be found at Best Buy.

New York Toy Fair 2017: LEGO Delivers Guardians of the Galaxy, Batman, Spider-Man, Star Wars and More

With numerous blockbuster films coming out this year, LEGO is delivering sets for fans who want to continue adventures in the tiny scale. But beyond, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, The LEGO Batman Movie, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the company also had lots of new other sets on display for their popular DC Super Hero Girls, NEXO Knights, Minecraft lines, and more.

Check out the photos of what you’ll be able to get this coming year.

Fashion Spotlight: A Link to the Craft, Black Knight is My Champion, and Born in the Eighties

Ript Apparel has three new designs! 1UP, A Not Snow White Widow, and Dead Fiction, by AtomicRocket, Legendary Phoenix, and Skullpy, are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

A Link to the Craft

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Black Knight is My Champion

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Born in the Eighties

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Fashion Spotlight: INFINUT, Explosive Inside, and Big Bad Mutant Ninja

Ript Apparel has three new designs today. INFINUT, Explosive Inside, and Big Bad Mutant Ninja from Raffiti, Naolito, and ES427 will be for sale on July 5, 2015 only!

INFINUT by Raffiti

INFINUT

Explosive Inside by Naolito

Explosive Inside

Big Bad Mutant Ninja by ES427

Big Bad Mutant Ninja

 

 

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Around the Tubes

It’s the weekend, yay! It’s a long weekend for me, double yay!  Here’s the news to keep you busy.

SOPA/PIPA News:

GamePolitics – Minecraft to Go Dark in Protest of SOPA, PIPA

GamePolitics – Six Senators Urge Harry Reid to Slow Down on PIPA Vote Plans

GamePolitics – Good Old Games Comes Out Against SOPA, PIPA

GamePolitics – Anti-SOPA Petition Aimed at EA Hits 120K Signatures

GamePolitics – Firefall Maker Plans SOPA Blackout Protest Jan. 18

Kotaku – PC Game Cancels E3 Appearance as SOPA Protest, Shutting Down Beta for 24 Hours

Kotaku – Sega Responds to SOPA Question Like a Heartless Robot, Apologises Like Funny Human

Mashable – Victory for SOPA Opponents: DNS Blocking Struck From Bill

TechCrunch – Victory for SOPA Opponents: DNS Blocking Struck From Bill

 

Around the Blogs:

CBLDF – Japanese Censors Discuss Banning Comics for “Making Kids Gay” – Bring this fight.

Kotaku – Get a Glimpse at an Elseworlds Batman in the Cancelled Gotham by Gaslight Game – Looks pretty cool.