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Issue 63-1

The future of comics in your hand

Digital comics are a growing industry, and an amazing way to keep up with comics new and old. It is as easy as downloading an app to iPhone, iPad, android, kindle fire, windows 8 or viewing it on their website.

How digital comics work is when you open the app you log into your account and it pulls up two tabs: downloads and store.

The store is where you buy your comics, buying comics is exactly like buying music on iTunes. When purchased, the comics download to your device. The store also keeps a record of your purchases so you can download them again later.

The download menu is where the comics downloaded to your device live. It is where you can view your purchased comics.

The price point for each digital comic is at parody with print comics. Price drops start about 6 months after publishing to $1.99 with frequent 99 cent sales.

Comixology is by far the biggest option; they have comics from marvel, DC Image and other independent publishers. Marvel, DC and Dark Horse all have their own app where you can buy their comics directly from them.

When you buy digital comics they are locked to the app they are bought on so if you don’t have the app you don’t have access to the comics.

With the Avengers and Batman making all the money last year, more people than in a long time are aware and interested in comic books. In the Fort Gratiot area it is hard to get your comics at a brick and mortar store but this is the future, comics have your back.

 

Zack penzien

Production Editor

Which is it? Third Reich or tentacle monsters and sideshow acts?

All of us have had that grandpa who told fantastical stories about their childhood. On the usual, your grandfather didn’t tell stories about glowing eyed, coal black monsters with tentacles spilling from their mouths. Nor the troupe of invisible boys and levitating girls, or a set of grotesque twins that ate ribbons, all presided over by a headmistress who was just as strange as the lot.

Jacob Portman’s grandpa did.

After the death of Jacob’s grandfather, the teen is desperate to break the hold those outlandish stories had on him for his whole life. He traveled to Wales in search of an orphanage that his grandfather sought refuge in during WWII German air raids, yanked back and forth from believing the logical explanation for his grandpa’s life or stranger set of events. Meanwhile searching to vindicate his grandfather from those who claimed the stories were a way of hiding what a cold, distant man he really was.

Ransom Riggs has a beautiful grip on the english language, with arousing descriptors such as “…would turn out to have been home to some ancient recluse who’d been surviving on ramen and toenail clippings since time immemorial…” and “The kitchen was a science experiment gone terribly wrong – entire shelves of jarred food had exploded from sixty seasons of freezing and thawing, splattering the wall with evil-looking stains…” Paired with jarring photographs, this book made my veins course with anxiety. It was thrilling.

A fine read for a Young Adult literature fan who is tired of always having an undead romance sponge up all the glory. The characters and settings are believable and an all-around intriguing story.

For the record, my grandpa was a Polish farmer who magically made his teeth appear in a lunch box, ate a plate full of tomato slices daily, and while in the Army drove over an anaconda.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” 2011

Ransom Rigs

Rebecca Kelly

Webmistress

RIPD: An enjoyable and easy watch

RIPD” stars Ryan Reynolds as Nick Walker, Jeff Bridges as Roy Pulsipher and Kevin Bacon as Bobby Hayes. “RIPD” is a movie about a detective Nick Walker who was murdered by his partner Bobby Hayes. Ryan Reynolds character ends up going through a portal where he is given the choice between working for the RIPD or face judgment for his crimes in during his lifetime. He chooses the RIPD. RIPD stands for the Rest In Peace Department. “The RIPD are detectives who catch those who are dead known as the Deados and who have escaped judgment, have returned to earth and bring them in for justice,” exclaimed by, Mildred Proctor played by Mary Louise Parker.

When Nick Walker meets his new partner Roy Pulsipher tensions start to rise. “RIPD” provides both a science fiction twist with a bold sense of humor. One of the interesting concepts of “RIPD” is that the identities and physical appearances of Nick Walker and Roy Pulsipher change when living people see them. Even when the dead see them they take on another appearance. For example when a living person sees Nick Walker in the movie while he is a part of the RIPD he takes the appearance of an older, Asian man. In Roy Pulsipher’s case he takes the appearance of a young and attractive woman. Nick Walker, Roy Pulsipher and everyone else at the RIPD are the only ones that can see them in their past life appearance.

RIPD” does a good job with visual effects. One of Nick Walker and Roy Pulsipher’s cases bring out a major event in the plot slowly revealing what the major story is about. The ending was somewhat bitter-sweet. “RIPD” shows what happens when one is given a second choice. Hints are given in the beginning of the movie how the movie is going to go, and how the movie is going to end. The characters have a lot of depth and have reasons for the way that they are. Everything ends up coming together and every character is connected in one way or another. The plot is extremely easy to follow without insulting the viewer’s intelligence.

Mairead Warner

Staff Writer

Certainly isn’t the first

The latest zombie-action adventure video game titled “The Last of Us” is fun, but is beating a dead horse on a post-apocalyptic trope whose glory days have long since passed.

The game follows Joel and Elli, two survivors of a cataclysmic apocalypse in which the majority of the human population has been infected by a mysterious fungi that turns everyone into walking mushroom monsters with a craving for human flesh.

Joel and Elli’s adventures take you across a ravaged America in the year 2033, and are filled with the typical post-apocalyptic layout: looted buildings and toppled sky scrapers, an oppressive government subjugating survivors with force, a mysterious organization of freedom fighters, cannibals, and Mad-Max style raiders who drive around in armored vehicles shooting everything that moves.

Let’s not forget the mushroom men, whose inspiration comes from an actual species of fungi known to infect and control ants and other arthropods.

Despite and possibly because of all of those elements, the game was a tough sell for me.

The gameplay was not the issue. Beyond some of the more generic linear gameplay issues that included obvious combat zones and watered down crafting and looting features, I was actually quite satisfied with the challenges the game presented.

The weakness of this game lies in the plot, which is the most recycled zombie apocalypse storyline I have ever seen. If you’ve read Cormac MacArthur’s “The Road” or participate in “The Walking Dead” fandom, can easily predict everything that will happen in this game.

The Last of Us” won critical acclaim by the majority of reviewers. IGN rated the game 10/10 and Game Informer gave the game a 9.5/10. Many major reviewers followed suit. I stand relatively alone with my analysis.

I suppose the critic’s response makes sense when taken into account that the game does what it intended to do: provide a quality post-apocalyptic third person shooter with decent combat and gameplay. It just doesn’t really contain much original plot.

For the casual gamer who is not a regular to the zombie fandom, I would happily recommend the game. Veterans may walk away disappointed.

But when we get to the nuts of the matter, my verdict is this: save yourself money and just rent it.

 

Erick Fredendall

Editor-in-Chief

Setting the tone

The Lady Skippers thickened the air with tension as they stepped into the Steve Schmidt Gymnasium to face division rivals, and defending champions – The Mott CC Bears.

On Thursday, Sept. 5, the Lady Skippers Volleyball Team was scheduled to travel to the home of The Bears in Flint, MI.

After coming off of a two game win streak against Cuyahoga and Kishwaukee, the ladies were looking for a third straight win to set the pace for their 2013 season.

I feel that the team to beat is Mott,” said Head Coach, Chuck Weisner. “It’s going to be a dog fight.”

The Skippers defeated Mott in 4 games (25-18, 22-25, 19-25, 22-25) to take the lead in the MCCAA Eastern Conference.

With only 8 errors total for the entire match, the team gave an outstanding collective effort.

Taylor Hornbacher and Katie Bearse led the team with 14 and 12 kills, respectively. Rachel Cooper topped the charts with 21 assists, and Heather Griffis dominated with 19 digs.

The game ball was awarded to Alex Shell with her 3 solo blocks, including the game ending stuff, which cemented the victory.

Coach Weisner is confident that what makes the girls so successful is the competition for spots, saying, “They know that on any given night it can be somebody else.”

The Skippers went on to win the coming weekend in the Alpena double header not once, but twice.

They lead the Eastern Conference with a current record of 7-2, with a 5 game hot streak.

The Skippers first home game is Tuesday, Sept. 17.

 

Brendan Buffa

Sports Editor

Won’t get fooled again

Being one game shy of the playoffs in the spring of 2012 season, the Skippers Baseball team has no plans of missing their shot of glory this coming spring.

With a record of 15-27-0, the team had walked out last spring hanging their heads and missing the post season by the skin of their teeth.

This year not only are the spirits high and renewed, but a new head coach by the name of Scott Tesluck takes control.

Due to the late signing of Tesluck, the Skippers missed out on recruiting opportunities which led to the open tryouts that were held on Sept. 3-6.

Those trying out worked with the team at Sanborn Park in Port Huron.

Cameron Ciaciuch, a former player for the Skippers and volunteer assistant coach for the coming season, says, “Just by watching these guys play, there’s obviously talent.”

Returning players consist of Mitch Houle and Jake Hornbacher on 1st base, and left-handed pitcher, Austin Ames.

 

Brendan Buffa

Sports Editor

Video games not to blame

Video games always seem to be the butt of controversy when a new, violent game is released, but is the game really to blame, I say no.

The heavily anticipated video game “Grand Theft Auto V” is set to be released on Sept 17, and already has a huge amount of controversy surrounding it. The game’s developer Rockstar Games is use to controversy though, this being just another installment of the wildly successful Grand Theft Auto series, which includes releases on everything from PCs to mobile devices.

The game carries an “M” or Mature rating as put in place by the Entertainment Software Rating Board or ESRB, this rating warns that only players over the age of 17 should play the game. This isn’t a law, just a suggestion, but most video game retail chains will honor the ratings suggestion and have the consumer provide valid I.D. showing they are over the age of 17 in order to purchase the game. This prevents players deemed too young from playing the mature rated game.

But then why do I still hear 10-13 year-old kids yelling at me through my headset while playing GTA multiplayer, Halo, Call of Duty, or really anything given the “M” rating?

Because someone bought that kid the game.

When any news outlet outlandishly claims that these games are to blame for a recent tragedy, I can’t help but think that the video game development companies did everything they could to ensure no one under the age of 17 played the games, short of pulling games from the shelves or flat out making it illegal to play it.

It’s simple nature vs. nurture. If a parent sees the “M” rating and simply doesn’t care and purchases it for their impressionable child, they simply cannot blame the development company for a child re-enacting events from said game. The parent allowed that child to play that game, same would be the case for movies carrying an “R” rating, or TV shows with an “MA” rating, if the parent allows it they cannot use the company that creates the game as a scapegoat.

The blame won’t stop anytime soon though. Having a big company to blame is just so much easier than proper parenting of a child, and with no end in sight I hope that parents start to make an informed decision by themselves rather than letting a major news outlet make one for them.

 

Nicholas Wedyke

Managing Editor

Waitressing woes

Servant, the help, the waiter, bringer of food and beverage; that is, your typical server working hard to make ends meet.

Workers in the restaurant industry work long hours, deal with complaints all day, work most holidays, and live in a nightmare world where weekends off don’t actually exist.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, servers in Michigan are allotted a maximum hourly wage to be $4.75 an hour in addition to tips. The minimum is $2.65 an hour, though if servers were not able to make at least minimum wage per hour with the addition of tips, then they are given minimum wage.

Essentially most servers rely solely on tips.

Some restaurants add gratuity to checks to ensure servers get tips. This additional amount can go toward any number of things. One, there could be a tip pool. This means that the gratuity from all checks during a shift would be split between all front-of-house staff, with varying percentages from servers, bartenders, and server assistants generally.

Another possibility is it could go toward paying servers an hourly fee. An advantage is that wait staff is guaranteed a decent hourly wage, even during a dead shift. The disadvantage is that guaranteed wage almost encourages laziness and the motivation to up-sell and increase the check average is not as prominent.

Food for thought.

 

Liz’s shout outs:

Parents: Family restaurant or not, please do not let your child run around the restaurant. They are likely to get burned or tripped over, usually while I am carrying a heavy tray. Also, I am not their mother; please do not let them call me momma, repeatedly.

If I am at another table and you need me: Please catch my eye, I will be over to see you as soon as I am done addressing an issue or taking an order. They are equally important.

Phones at the table: “Are you talking to me? No you didn’t want fries with that? Wait, yes you do? Sorry, what?” My time is valuable too.

People who walk out without paying: You do realize that most restaurants make the server cover that amount right? I hate you.

People who tip in Kohls cash: If I am working three jobs and serving at a restaurant trying to pay my way through school, what makes you think I have time to go to Kohls and get some miniscule item? I need money for textbooks, not shoes.

 

Liz Whittemore

Photo Editor

lizphotosesg@gmail.com

BWFF returns for its fifth year

The Blue Water Film Festival will be returning to the McMorran Place Theatre September 27 and 28 for its fifth year of film, comedy, and culture in Port Huron.

Twenty films will be screened at this year’s BWFF, each of which was shot either in Michigan or Ontario, Canada. The screenings will take place September 28 from 10am-11:30pm in the McMorran Place Theatre.

This year the BWFF welcomes comedian J. Chris Newberg as the festival’s 2013 headline entertainer who will perform stand-up comedy on the McMorran Place stage on September 27. Newberg is originally from Royal Oak, Michigan and has performed with such acts as Dane Cook.

Accompanying Newberg is special guest performer Chris Gore.

Gore, a native of Big Rapids, Michigan, is a longtime friend of the BWFF, and has appeared on television and stage, with his stand-up as well as his segments on the “G4” program, “Attack of the Show”.

For more information about the festival as well as tickets for both days of the BWFF, visit http://BlueWaterFilmFestival.com

Nicholas Wedyke

Managing Editor

 

E.S.G. editor featured in Spiral Gallery

Erie Square Gazette Copy Editor Emily Mainguy recently opened her gallery entitled “A Splash of Color” in the SC4 Spiral Gallery at Studio 1219.

Mainguy, a second year student at SC4 was approached about the possibility of opening a gallery featuring her work in photography, drawing and chainmaille at the end of the winter semester.

From an early age Mainguy took an interest in art, being a Girl Scout, Mainguy participated in arts and crafts nearly every meeting, building a foundation for her artistic future.

I grew up doing crafts, and I was always trying to find my medium, so I was trying a little bit of everything” said Mainguy.

Mainguy uses selective color in her photographs to highlight exactly what she deems most important in a photo. The gallery is entitled “A Splash of Color” partly because of the selective color method she uses in which she brings out a single color in an otherwise all black and white photo.

I named [the gallery] because a lot of the photos I do are selective color or black and white so I was like, A Splash of Color, and the room is all white, so I wanted to add a splash of color.” Mainguy explained.

Another medium Mainguy showcases in her gallery is the art of Chainmaille. Chainmaille is made with a series of metal rings that, when linked form a mesh and ultimately a design, piece of jewelry or apparel.

Mainguy first started making chainmaille just before she was approached about having her own gallery opening.

I learned because there was a chainmaille artist at [Studio 1219] and I said that’s cool I’ll take a class, so I did and got hooked on it,” said Mainguy.

A Splash of Color” is open now through September 28 in the Spiral Gallery at Studio 1219.

For more information about Studio 1219 visit Studio1219.com.

 

Nicholas Wedyke

Managing Editor