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Taking a Winter Break

Be right back. Image: Tim Gouw

Chris here. Just a quick heads-up: There will be no updates over the holidays. Normal activity will resume in January. Until then, merry Christmas and a happy new year to all who need it!

“Closure #3: Stuff Matters” is out now!

 

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Do bears dream of teddy humans? Illustration: Sandro Esquivel for Closure.

The third issue of Closure, the German-language comic studies journal, is out now.

Subtitled “Stuff matters”, Closure #3 examines thing and “thingness” in comic books, tackling en vogue terms such as New Materialism, New Realism, Speculative Realism or Object Oriented Ontology.

The new issue contains 7 essays, 17 reviews and 2 special articles, fully available online and for free.

As an editor, I am seriously proud of everyone behind Closure and their ability to put together such a scientific marvel.

Business Magic, Part Four: Mastering the Metagame

When I sit down for a game of Magic, I usually already know whether I’m about to win or to lose. This is not because I’m an incredibly good or bad player (I am, in fact, incredibly average)1. It’s because of the metagame.

What is Business Magic?
With an estimated player base of 20 million, Magic: The Gathering is the most popular trading card game in the world. Playing Magic requires careful evaluation and good strategy. If you don’t know anything about Magic, but want to inject a little knowledge from left field into your business strategy, “Business Magic” is for you.

Knowing what to expect is a very useful skill. It helps to temper your expectations and prepare yourself for when you’re about to win big.

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MKM Series Prague: An interview with the organizers

 

From November 25-27, the MKM series visited Prague for the second year in a row. At the event, I sat down with one of the tournament organizers, Marko Schädlich, to talk about Prague, the MKM series as a whole, and the 2017 tournament schedule.


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Marko Schädlich, Managing Director, magiccardmarket. Photo: Marko Schädlich

I arrive in Prague on day two of the MKM series tournament. The weekend-long event is in full swing: in addition to the Modern competition, there are Vintage and Commander side events, as well as trials for Sunday’s Legacy tournament. The convention center is bursting with players, most engaged in matches, others trading, browsing the shops, or just talking. Every few minutes, the PA system comes to life and announces the start of another round or event.

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Strategy is Undervalued: An Interview with Julian Knab

 

Julian Knab is a friendly fellow. Even when you’re literally walking in off the street and asking if he has time for an interview, he will sit down with you and tell you all about his journey to the top of the mountain.

Julian Knab in 2013. Photo: Julian Knab.

Julian Knab in 2013. Photo: Julian Knab.

I catch the Magic champion in Prague, where he is playing in the magiccardmarket (MKM) series. I myself am there as a player and a journalist, trying to have a little fun while also getting some serious reporting done.

It’s Saturday, day two of the weekend-long event. Julian is done playing for the day, having dropped out of the Modern tournament and preferring to prepare for Sunday’s big Legacy event.

“In 2016, I’ve actually been more successful in Modern than in Legacy, although I certainly prefer Legacy as a format,” Julian says. In Prague, he’s registered for both events. “I want to get the most out of the tournament. The more I can play, the better.”

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Looking back at Closure’s launch.

Every creative idea needs someone who believes in it. In the case of Closure, we had the backing of PerLe, the Kiel University Project Successful Teaching and Learning, for the launch of our very first issue. A year later, we were able to present our concept at the Kiel University 2014 Teaching Day.

Now, shortly before Closure#3 launches, the new PerLe project brochure is mentioning us as a good example for a successful project. As always, I’m immensely impressed with all the beautiful and hard-working people behind Closure.

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Closure’s first project plan, dating from 2013. Photo: Closurejournal via Facebook

 

Business Magic, Part Three: Under Pressure

“I’m under a lot of pressure right now, so I couldn’t yet look at [whatever you asked me to do]” is a popular excuse. It also completely misunderstands what pressure is.

What is Business Magic?
With an estimated player base of 20 million, Magic: The Gathering is the most popular trading card game in the world. Playing Magic at the tournament level, where winners can earn up to 50,000$ US, requires careful evaluation and good strategy. If you don’t know anything about Magic, but want to inject a little knowledge from left field into your business strategy, “Business Magic” is for you.

In Magic, the word “pressure” is thrown around  as carelessly as it is in a business environment. It is often used to indicate a player is losing, or to indicate someone has gained a competitive advantage.

Both in Magic and in business, one thing is certain: If you don’t want to be put under pressure, you should first try to understand what pressure is.

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Business Magic, Part Two: Holding all the cards

In a game of high stakes, you never want to run out of options.

What is Business Magic?
With an estimated player base of 20 million, Magic: The Gathering is the most popular trading card game in the world. Playing Magic at the tournament level, where winners can earn up to 50,000$ US, requires careful evaluation and good strategy. If you don’t know anything about Magic, but want to inject a little knowledge from left field into your business strategy, “Business Magic” is for you.

Magic is a card game. It’s also a game of competitive advantage. It’s no wonder the two are closely linked.

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Good Comics and Why You Should Buy Them

If you want good comic books, you should buy them. Don’t worry, you’re still allowed to talk about them after you bought them.

White Yellow and Red Tulips Bouquets

As a customer, it’s nice to have a diversity of choices available to you. Use it wisely.

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Business Magic, Part One: Life lessons

Whether in business or at the gaming table, learning how to correctly assess your key performance indicators can keep you from a ruinous error in judgment.

What is Business Magic?

With an estimated player base of 20 million, Magic: The Gathering is the most popular trading card game in the world. Playing Magic at the tournament level, where winners can earn up to 50,000$ US, requires careful evaluation and good strategy. If you don’t know anything about Magic, but want to inject a little knowledge from left field into your business strategy, “Business Magic” is for you.

You start a game of Magic with 20 life and win by reducing your opponent to zero life. It should logically follow that your life total is the most important measure of success in the game, right?

Wrong.

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