I just received an email from Modiphius about the upcoming John Carter of Mars game and it's got lost of goodies. As I've mentioned, I'm completely Game Impaired ™ with only the occasional bamboozling because of beer and peer pressure. Okay sometimes it's fun… That said, my main interest in the VVV is with the figures since Disney only supplied the weird little dwarf ones that I don't remember the name of. Vinyl somethings. From looking at the Modiphius site it looks like they're might be single figures as well as packs. But who knows. The important thing is that they have WOOLA.

Here's the newsletter email –

Our journey will begin soon…

I want to thank you for your patience as we've worked away at the John Carter of Mars project with the Edgar Rice Burroughs Estate. It's been a long labour of love from the whole team and we've wanted to complete as much of the book and miniatures as possible before the forthcoming Kickstarter. 

Today I want to start sharing a taste of what's to come. The roleplaying game will be a gorgeous deluxe edition landscape book with stunning long artworks taking you across Barsoom whilst the miniatures will bring your favourite characters, villains and brave crews of their ships to life. Beyond that a boardgame will let you explore the adventures of John Carter and friends in new ways!

We're making a final push now before aiming to get the project live at the end of August but our goal is to be able to ship the book and miniatures soon after the project so this date will shift to ensure we're fully ready. Please bear with us, it's going to be worth your wait. 

Now on to Barsoom, with a first taste of some of the layout from the books to give you an idea of what to expect. 

The art is bringing to life our favourite desert world in new ways.

Meanwhile Woola will be appearing amongst the throng of miniatures on your tabletop…

John Carter & Dejah Thoris are often accompanied by brave crewman ready to sell their lives dearly for Helium. 

These women are expert shots with their radium rifles. 

Even the great Jeddak of Helium, Tardos Mors will be joining the action leading his trusted Helium soldiers, or perhaps crash-landed in a forgotten ruin…

Our John Carter of Mars miniatures each come with a scenic base and will be relatively easy to assemble. There will be several sets including Heroes of Helium, Villains of Zodanga, and more. We'll go in to more detail of what you can expect in the next update. 



No good books but old books ? 

This is sort of weird. ERB fans are reading in the past, but I never had the feeling that ERB was all they read. I read a comment yesterday on Facebook that stated “any new books that I’ve tried to read in the last 30 years has been a great disappointment.” This wasn’t said by some 110 years old, maybe 40-50 ? This sounds like a bad case of high anxiety to me. I didn’t respond in any way. I did think about how such a mindset would effect someone’s day to day. It must go beyond books. Food is always a hot topic. I could see being something like only 3 meals are allowed; Corn Flakes, Kraft Dinner, and Vanilla ice cream.  And I sure wouldn’t bring up music with them.

As young reader I was reading Charles Dickens and Mark Twain followed by Edgar Rice Burroughs ( I think that’s obvious ) and a need to read ALL of the Classic Science Fiction which lead me through most of the SF and Fantasy alphabet. Although I’m sure if you quizzed me I can still say, “nope not that one,” to many, ’cause there’s just so many.
So it was of interest that  John O’Niel of Black Gate with whom I had a short discussion on this New Book Anxiety ‘NBAX’ * ) had posted a link today to “Who still reads 1950’s Science Fiction ?”  https://auxiliarymemory.com/2016/07/12/who-still-reads-1950s-science-fiction/

I’m glad that some books of the 50’s are mentioned, I wouldn’t always know the when of some publications. I was would have started seriously reading SF around 1975, and would of their initial publishing date. I knew ERB was older as I did Dickens. Maybe ERB’s early archaic language didn’t phase me because of Dickens. As newbie, I wouldn’t know where Phillip Jose Farmer or Frank Herbert fell in that timeline until a little later. I was just little SF and Fantasy omnivore. I guess that was a good thing. I read up and down the spectrum, only judging by my enjoyment or not. It wasn’t until my ‘academic ‘ phase of reading about SF and its history that I sorted some of this out. I still read up and down the timeline. It’s fascinating, appalling, illuminating and informing. It’s sort of a form of time travel. Wait, it’s science fiction, it’s Space and Time !

This is what I’m taking with me this weekend for a camping trip, a bit of new a bit of old. I won’t get through one, but you need options right ? Lot’s of red there I know, but it’s going to be a hot weekend. * I added the X because of the National Basketball Association.

UPDATE. Well, that was interesting….  This post was picked up and fed into one of the Facebook Sword and Planet groups. I’ll keep it short. There are no Good Books but OLD BOOKS. That’s been settled.

Arrggh, its been a year and I’ve been makin’ stuff.

You know how  you can look back and say ‘what the hell did do all year ?’On one hand I did ( I’ll use shorthand) – dad/funeral/mom/hospital/senior’s home/funeral/clean condo/sell condo/estate estate estate/ crazy sibling/ curl into a ball under table.


And the other hand I have been arting and writing. I’ve been working with a publisher on a Space Colonists Crash on the WRONG Planet kind of project. (more…)

News on the upcoming John Carter Game from Modiphius 

Modiphius has a new online magazine covering their products, as well as the creative process of getting there.  Issue #1 of Modiphia has a detailed look at the sculpture of the John Carter figure from the upcoming game.   I’ve clipped a couple images from the article. You can see that they have cast their net wide in collecting reference material ( but none of my John Carter art, damn ! ) including the image of Thark rifles to the left from the John Carter Movie art book. I’ve also attached a look at Carter’s accessories. You can download the whole thing HERE at their home site. I’m really excited about the game, or the figures anyways ( I’m seriously ‘Game Impaired’)  but I really want a shelf full of John Carter characters. – Jeff 


Beautiful Burroughs Prints 

If you haven’t see these yet you’re in for a treat.  Matt Taylor 0f Black Dragon Press does a lot of literary themed art, and he does it well . The prints are large 18″ X  24″ and printed on fine stock. They are available through www.edgarriceburroughs.com.com or his own site at  http://blackdragonpress.bigcartel.com. – Jeff 

I’m a little late to the Jungle –

Tarzan Swing– but I got here. Life has been, involving….. I did see The Legend of Tarzan a couple of weeks ago. We did the big IMAX 3D nicey nice seats thing. Just trying to do it right. Right off the bat – I loved it. I was expecting it to be good up front (more…)

The new banner –

Since I’ll most certainly be asked – we all know the Taylor Kitsch preview poster. I discovered the Dejah one online a while ago, I think it’s part of the original promo package but sadly never used. Tars seems a given to me as a character poster so I faked one up. It’s far from perfect and I really shouldn’t be taking the time to do this. But I needed to. – Jeff