Posts by Jessica Wagar

About Jessica Wagar

Abandoned by wolves, rescued by Comic Book People. Enjoys stories of monsters & horror, and urban fantasy. Artist, Writer, Moderator.



Put a Little Hope Punk in your Life with The Goblin Emperor

[rwp_box_recap id="0"] The past several weeks feel like I've been inundated by horror. Tales of people catching ill, and dying horribly, by a pandemic that continues even as I type. Some times I've become overwhelmed by the horror around me, and felt like hope was the dream of the deluded. Hope is not that. And […]

[REVIEW] Fallout 76 Glitch Makes My Clothes Fall Off

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] I've been waiting for Fallout 76 to arrive, downloaded it to my trusty PC, and have been enjoying playing it the past few days. It was a bit of a long download; my folder clocks in at 49.4 gigs at the time of writing. I thought for sure the negative reviews were overrated, […]

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A Song Of Crumbling Castles – The Mongoliad Book 1, Reviewed

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] The Mongoliad by Neal Stephenson, Erik Bear, Greg Bear, Joseph Brassey, Nicole Galland, Cooper Moo and Mark Teppo is a three-part series set in a fictionalized past, and it is deliciously massive epic tale of historical fantasy. We've got sweeping plains and deep, dark forests, crypts and the crumbling remains of castles, and an absolutely diverse […]

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D&D Without the Scariness – Adventure Zone: Here There be Gerblins, Reviewed

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] The Adventure Zone: Here There be Gerblins is a graphic novel based on the first storyline in the McElroy's Adventure Zone podcast, where the family (Clint, Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy) play D&D (and later, other tabletop RPGs), and you get to enjoy their antics. This is a humorous, brightly-colored and colorful tale […]

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Worldcon Commits to Changes After Complaints of Guest Misgendering and More

Worldcon, the World Sci-Fi and Fantasy Convention, removed its original program last month after concerns of incorrect information. It was found that the original program had referred to guest and Hugo Award nominee Bogi Takács as "he", ignoring eir unambiguous preference for agender pronouns. E displays very clearly on Patreon, Twitter, and other forms of social media […]

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Ghoulish: The Art of Gary Pullin, a Must-Have for Horror Aficionados [Review]

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] Ghoulish: The Art of Gary Pullin by April Snellings is a massive hardcover tome of classic and pop-culture horror art. The works are masterclasses in cinematic and magazine art, done in a variety of formats and styles with crisp linework, texture, and shading. The illustrations are large and lush with vivid colors, crisp […]

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Struberville: Consequences of Isolation, a Haunting, Sorrowful True Crime Story [Book Review]

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] Struberville: Consequences of Isolation is Monte Dwyer's Independent Publishers Book Award-winning novel about the true-crime murder of Bruce Schuler. Bruce went hunting for gold in the Australian outback with his friends, expecting a weekend of prospecting and enjoying the company of his friends. While they returned home with tales of terror… he never […]

What the Dog Knows by Cat Warren, Softcover

What the Dog Knows: An Engrossing Study of Cadaver Dogs [Book Review]

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] What the Dog Knows by Cat Warren is an excellent tale of working dogs — and of cadaver dogs in the United States in particular. Cadaver dogs, unlike most search and rescue dogs, are trained to find the remains of humans. These can be lost people on hikes, missing persons, parts of criminal cases, or […]

Stephen King Outsider Hardcover

Stephen King's The Outsider Review: An Engaging and Engrossing Horror Delight

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] Stephen King's The Outsider is an utterly engrossing horror novel. I listened to it via Audible, and I stayed up until 7 a.m. one night because I was totally wrapped up in the story and had to know what happened next and how it ended — sleep schedule be damned. The plotting was […]

Dark Souls Remastered

Dark Souls Remastered (PC) Review: Challenging with Decent Visuals

[rwp-review-ratings id="0"] Dark Souls Remastered is a higher-resolution remake of the original game, geared towards modern consoles and PCs, with 60fps and HD to 4k resolution, depending on your particular system. It has a reputation of being a very challenging game. I played it on PC with a keyboard and mouse; though I also fiddled […]

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Hardware Review: Astro A10 Gaming Headset (PC)

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] The Astro A10 is a new budget-friendly gaming headset. It is solidly built, with stereo sound, a flip-to-mute microphone, and over-ear earpads. It is adjustable, sturdy, and lighter than the A40 but still has very clear sound and some directionality. The bass wasn't as strong as I would prefer, but the sound wasn't […]

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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor is a Delightful Take on Urban Fantasy [Book Review]

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor is a story about a young albino girl named Sunny, of American-Nigerian ancestry, who currently lives in Nigeria. Dealing with bullying due to looking different from her peers, lifeways differences from the america she grew up in, and very strict parents, she finds she is a "Leopard Person" […]

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Cartoon County by Cullen Murphy, a Lush Artistic History [Book Review]

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] Cartoon County by Cullen Murphy is a lush artistic history of the author's father, John Cullen Murphy, the artist who drew such comic strips as Prince Valiant. The book is filled with photos, reference drawings, finished comics, and paintings. The book describes the life of a cartoonist of the era, as well as […]

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Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists [Book Review]

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists by Martha Kennedy is a hefty tome of ladies and their works — works often left out of historical art books. While women have toiled to create art since the beginning, for some time they were left out of European art, or had to paint […]

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Level Up Your Costuming Skills with Humble Cosplay Bundle 2.0

This week, Humble Bundle is highlighting the Humble Cosplay 2.0 bundle. This book bundle contains a variety of books on sewing, mold-making, 3d printing, body-painting, and other basic and advanced techniques used to make imaginative costumes that come to life. Whatever your skill level, there's something new to learn in this bundle. The books are […]

Outsider Hardcover Stephen King

Read a Sneak Peek Excerpt of Stephen King's The Outsider

Stephen King's new novel, The Outsider, comes out on May 22nd. If you can't wait that long, here's an excerpt courtesy of Entertainment Weekly for you to wet your whistles with.   He was prepared for another of those accusing stares, but Terry only glanced at him briefly, and with no expression at all, before turning […]

Traitor Born, Softcover

Amy Bartol's Traitor Born is an Adventurous Sci-fi Romance [Book Review]

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] Traitor Born by Amy Bartol is a futuristic sci-fi novel, set in a world where your birth order informs everything about your life, as children are limited to two — a heir and a spare, as it were. Society is divided into strata based on your birth order, with the firstborns of influential […]

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Book Review: Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer is a Lovely Read

[rwp-review-recap id="0"] Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer is the first book of the Southern Reach Trilogy and is the basis for the recent film. Entering a world cut off from modern society due to mysterious contamination, a biologist finds herself on a mission with several other women to find out what happened to the previous explorers […]

Conan Exiles

Conan Exiles: Launched and Ready to Hack, Slash, and Craft

After a long 15 months in early access, Conan Exiles has officially launched. Now you, too, can chop up your enemies, make homes, craft weapons and run around naked (or not) in the world of Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian. The Tutorial helps you quickly get a handle on the already fairly intuitive game […]