About Sylvia Douglas

I like a lot of things that involve but are not limited to: space ships, time travel, magic, robots, trains, history, and dragons. @elunanuv on just about everything.

LGN Comics Cubby – March 2018

Welcome to the LGN Comics Cubby! Each month we will share two comic recommendations with you that can be found on the shelf at Happy Harbor Comics.

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Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine

Eisner Award-nominated writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel) and Valentine De Landro (X-Factor) team up to bring you the premiere volume of Bitch Planet, a deliciously vicious riff on women-in-prison sci-fi exploitation.

In a future just a few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman’s failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords will result in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. When the newest crop of fresh femmes arrive, can they work together to stay alive or will hidden agendas, crooked guards, and the deadliest sport on (or off!) Earth take them to their maker?

If you like this: keep reading the series in trade paper back! We also recommend much of Kelly-Sue DeConnick’s writing work such as CAPTAIN MARVEL with David López (Illustrator) and Lee Loughridge (color art) for a superhero story and PRETTY DEADLY by Kelly-Sue and Emma Ríos (Illustrator) for a supernatural trip that is beautiful and bewildering.

MIND MGMT, Volume One: The Manager

Reporting on a commercial flight where everyone aboard lost their memories, a young journalist stumbles onto a much bigger story – the top-secret Mind Management program. Her ensuing journey involves weaponized psychics, hypnotic advertising, talking dolphins, and seemingly immortal pursuers, as she attempts to find the flight’s missing passenger, the man who was MIND MGMT’s greatest success – and its most devastating failure. But in a world where people can rewrite reality itself, can she trust anything she sees?

If you like this: there is much more mystery to explore in Matt Kindt’s world of MIND MGMT. You may also enjoy THE MASSIVE by by Brian Wood (Goodreads Author), Kristian Donaldson (Illustrator), Garry Brown (Illustrator) and COPPERHEAD by Jay Faerber (Writer), Scott Godlewski (Artist), Ron Riley (Colourist), Thomas Mauer (Letterer)

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LGN Presents: Femmes in Tech & Gaming

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Thursday March 22nd – 7pm at Happy Harbor Comics

Who’s behind the games we play? Who’s powering that website you’re visiting? With guests from Canada Learning Code, Beamdog, and BioWare we will be discussing the world of technology and video games. This will be a moderated panel with a Q&A to follow.

Everyone is welcome to attend. LGN supports and inclusive community. Please RSVP on Facebook, Twitter, or email: lgnyeg@gmail.com

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/915485595285515/

 

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Canada Learning Code: Bree Emmerson
A  lifelong video gamer, owns BE3Designs (a freelance web design and development business), started and continues to run the Edmonton Chapter of Canada Learning Code. If you need any additional info about me, you can find more here: https://www.be3designs.ca/about#breeemmerson

Beamdog: Robyn Theberge
Robyn Theberge is an RPG development veteran with eight years in the industry and production credits on Dragon Age 2, Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Mass Effect: Andromeda. She joined Beamdog last summer as Project Manager and Director of Production for the studio and helps bring as much new and exciting content to the fan community as possible.

Self-Employed: Kris Schoneberg
Kris Schoneberg started her career in the video game industry 12 years ago as a Design Intern at BioWare.  After completing her Computer Science degree at the University of Alberta, Kris returned to BioWare where she worked as a Designer on the Mass Effect Trilogy, Dragon Age Inquisition, and finally Anthem.  In July 2016 Kris left the AAA industry to pursue her own independent project. If you enjoy romance novels, she wants to talk to you!

BioWare: Kristen Schanche:
I have worked at BioWare since 2009, working on titles such as Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age Inquisition, and currently, Anthem.  I started in a Quality Assurance role, developing as a gameplay analyst, before becoming a Creature Designer on Anthem. Games have always been an important part of my life, helping me find my identity, explore who I am, and engage in fantastical worlds.  Outside of work I have a love of roleplay, running Tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons, and Blades in the Dark. I do collaborative story writing with friends made across the internet on a variety of topics. Gaming, and the ability to provide people the opportunity to step in and explore the world from someone else’s perspective is my passion.

BioWare: Brianne Battye:
Brianne Battye has been a writer at BioWare for over five years. In that time, she’s worked on such projects as Mass Effect 3: Citadel, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and The World of Thedas, Vol. 2, among others, and once spent several months masquerading as a space admiral on the BioWare blog. Books, movies, or games – Brianne has always loved spending time in fictional worlds and enjoys helping create those worlds for others. Like many writers, she never knows how to finish these bios and wishes you a nice day.

BioWare: Åsa Roo
Åsa Roos is a veteran game developer from Sweden. She started in the games industry about 18 years ago as a game designer for mobile games. From these humble and very restrictive beginnings, she’s carved out a career that spans everything from small simulation type games on the N-Gage, to a movement based console and triple-A console titles. Her latest release is the open world game Mad Max by Avalanche Studios. She’s currently working as Principal UX designer at BioWare, on a the game Anthem. In 2016 she was awarded an honorary doctorate in informatics at the University of Skövde for her work to create an inclusive and diverse gaming industry and culture in Sweden, and in 2017 she was awarded Gamer of the Year by the Swedish organisation Sverok.

Details at a glance:
Happy Harbor Comics (10729 104 Avenue)
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

LGN Comics Cubby – February 2018

Welcome to the LGN Comics Cubby! Each month we will share two comic recommendations with you that can be found on the shelf at Happy Harbor Comics.

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Black Magick, Vol. 1: Awakening, Part One
by Greg RuckaNicola Scott (Illustrator)

Collecting the first five issues of the critically-acclaimed new series from creators GREG RUCKA (Lazarus, Star Wars: Shattered Empire) and NICOLA SCOTT (Secret Six, Earth-2). Rowan Black is a detective with the Portsmouth PD… and a witch, two aspects of her life she has struggled to keep separate. Now someone is targeting Rowan, someone who knows her secrets and means to expose her… or worse.

INSEXTS Vol. 1: Chrysalis
by Marguerite BennettAriela Kristantina (Illustrator)

Collecting the first seven issues of the hit series INSEXTS, from writer Marguerite Bennett and artist Ariela Kristantina. At the dusk of a century, a pair of vengeful Victorian vixens discover a horrifying power that transforms them into rich and strange new creatures. Armed with their dark, evolving forms, they descend into a world of the cultured and occult, with new senses and new sensuality, to forge a life for themselves and the child of their love

LGN Games: Jan 25th

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Join us for an evening of gaming! At Board N Brew cafe from 6:30pm-9pm we will be rolling dice, playing cards, and strategizing over the tabletop. It’s a flat $5 per person to play. Check in at the front and then settle your bill at the end (there’s snacks and beverages too!)

If you’re interested in playing to please RSVP. To do so let us know in the Facebook event or DM us on Twitter @LGNYEG and please arrive on time, or let us know you’ll be late to save your spot.

If you just want to show up and casually play one of the many games that the cafe provides, please do so! Everyone is welcome to attend LGN events but for this one we prefer that it’s ladies and non-binary folks signing up for the games we’re running. The cafe is of course open for business to everyone.

Board N Brew Cafe: 9929 103 St NW, Edmonton
6:30pm till 9:00pm
Thursday, January 25th, 2018

 

LGN Comics Cubby – January 2018

Welcome to the LGN Comics Cubby! Each month we will share two comic recommendations with you that can be found on the shelf at Happy Harbor Comics.

Thor, Volume 1: The Goddess of Thunder
by Jason Aaron (Writer), Russell Dauterman (Illustrator), Jorge Molina(Illustrator)

The secrets of Original Sin have laid low one of Marvel’s greatest heroes. The God of Thunder is unworthy, and Mjolnir lies on the moon, unable to be lifted! But when Frost Giants invade Earth, a new hand will grasp the hammer–and a mysterious woman will take up the mantle of the mighty Thor! Her identity is secret to even Odin, but she may be Earth’s only hope against the Frost Giants. Get ready for a Thor like you’ve never seen before as this all-new heroine takes Midgard by storm! Plus: The Odinson clearly doesn’t like that someone else is holding his hammer–it’s Thor vs. Thor! And Odin, desperate to see Mjolnir returned, will call on some very dangerous, very unexpected allies. It’s a bold new chapter in the storied history of Thor! – from Goodreads

Awards: Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Nominee for Best Writer (for Jason Aaron) & Best Coloring (for Matthew Wilson) (2015),

If you like this also read: Captain Marvel, Mrs. Marvel, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, She-Hulk, Black Widow

 

Spider-Gwen, Vol. 1: Greater Power
by Jason Latour (Writer), Robbi Rodriguez (Artist)

GWEN STACY IS BACK IN THE WEBS AND HAS AN ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT MYSTERY TO SOLVE!

THE SPIDER-WOMAN of Earth-65 was convinced that the Lizard’s threat died in her arms along with Peter Parker. But a new reptilian rampage leaves her with doubts not only about Peter’s life, but also his death. While her father, Captain George Stacy, struggles with Gwen’s double life, troubles mount as the Osborns make their debut — and Gwen finds herself on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most-wanted list! Perhaps Jessica Drew, the Spider-Woman of Earth-616, can offer some wise lessons about power and responsibility that might come in handy when Gwen battles the Goblins! Plus: Discover who wields the shield as Earth-65’s Captain America joins the fray — but will she be on Gwen’s side? – from Goodreads 

If you like this also read: Spider-Verse, Spider-Woman, Batgirl, Black Canary

LGN Holiday Craft Fair 2017

Happy Harbor Comics, in partnership with LADY GEEKs uNITE is proud to host 12 local, nerdy, craft makers for an awesome, festive craft sale!

Be a hero this holiday season by selecting from tons of amazing, geeky gift ideas that will easily bring a smile to people’s faces!

We’ll post our 12 guests soon but for now, mark the date and be ready to #SupportLocal on Sunday, Dec 3!

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Vendors! We got them!
As a note, we did not charge vendors for their spaces so 100% of the sale goes directly to them!

GrumpyBoobs Art – http://grumpyboobsart.tumblr.com/

LGN Presents: Writing Panel

Attempting National Novel Writing Month or continuing slow steady work on that novel keeping you up nights? This is the panel for you! We will talk about books, publishing, editing, and all manner of tips and thoughts on writing.

With special guests:
– Cassandra Weir, National Novel Writing Month Municipal Liaison for the Edmonton Region as well as an avid writer of fiction.
– Susan MacGregor author of the history inspired fantasy “The Tattooed Witch” novels
– Taryn Leigh Taylor author of steamy Harlequin Blaze novel “Kiss And Makeup”

Who: local authors as well as a NaNoWriMo representative
What: A moderated panel/Q&A on the craft of writing
When: Thursday November 2nd at 7pm
Where: Happy Harbor Comics 10729 104 Avenue

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More about our guests:

– National Novel Writing Month
NaNoWriMo is an annual challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. It takes place each November with participants around the world. The focus is quantity over quality (that’s for the editing stage!) and seeks to encourage people to tell the story that is inside them. Local municipal liaisons (MLs) provide support and run events to help people meet their goal. Cassandra is a long time participant of over a decade and this is her second year as the Edmonton Region ML.

Edmonton Region NaNoWriMo Social:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/edmowrimos
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/edmowrimos


– Susan MacGregor
My debut novel, ‘The Tattooed Witch’ (Five Rivers Publishing) was released in July, 2013 and was short-listed for a 2014 Aurora Award. The second book in the trilogy, ‘The Tattooed Seer’, was released in August, 2014, also through Five Rivers. ‘The Tattooed Queen’ the final book in the series, was released December 1st, 2016. I’ve also been an editor with On Spec magazine for 20+ years, although I haven’t edited with them for the last few, choosing instead to focus on my writing

Common themes in the trilogy include tattoo magic, gypsies, flamenco, the Spanish Inquisition, and psychic abilities. All three books are historical fantasies (with paranormal and romantic leanings) set in an alternate medieval Spain during her colonial expansion into the New World. Currently, I am working on a new Historical Fantasy series set in England during its Golden Age (the Edwardian Period, 1901-1914). Think witches in a small town who don’t want to be discovered by the British government, an unfortunate accident involving a motorcar, and a nosy detective arriving from Scotland Yard, bent on discovering all of their secrets. There might also be an inter-dimensional war involving Faerie combatants, and old dragons who should stay dead but don’t. A bit much for my poor protagonist to deal with. I’m having a lot of fun writing it. Stay tuned. 🙂

The Tattooed Witch series: https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B01N9EAF6I/ref=dp_st_1988274176
Susan’s blog: https://suzenyms.blogspot.ca/ 


– Taryn Leigh Taylor
She likes dinosaurs, bridges, and space, both personal and of the final frontier variety. She shamelessly indulges in cliches, most notably her Starbucks addiction (grande-six-pump-whole-milk-no-water chai tea latte, aka: the usual), her shoe hoard (I can stop anytime I…ooh! These are pretty!), and her penchant for falling in lust with fictional men with great abs (yum!) Her first book, Kiss and Makeup, was shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer prize.

Taryn’s Social:
Website: http://www.tarynleightaylor.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tarynltaylor1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tarynltaylor
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tarynltaylor/

LGN Presents: Women In Horror

BEWARE! We have some spooky sisters joining us for a special halloween inspired LGN meeting!

What: Women in Horror Panel
When: Thursday October 5th at 7PM
Who: Organizer of Dedfemme & writer, a local horror filmmaker/writer, & a horror model
What: hosted by Sylvia and Been at Happy Harbor Comics we want to discuss the horror genre from these ladies points of view in varying disciplines both creative and critical.

More about our guests:

Meagan Schirrmacher

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Meagan is a model with a flair for the macabre, a horror enthusiast, and a lipstick connoisseur. Meagan began corset modelling in 2013 for Dark Knits Boutique and quickly found common ground with then bourgeoning makeup artist Corinne Simpson in the realms of gore and fantasy. Together Meagan and Corinne have created several memorable looks, including editorial spreads in dragon.haus and Lipstick and Lashes magazines, and personal favorites such as the zipper face, a Beetlejuice cosplay, and an homage to Dario Argento’s Suspiria. Meagan’s interest in horror started with R.L Stine’s Goosebumps and at a party when she was nine and caught her first viewing of A Nightmare on Elm Street. After an evening spent sick in the bathroom – she had never seen effects like Tina’s death scene – she proclaimed “It. Was. Awesome.”. Today Meagan considers herself to be a genius in Freddy culture and regularly cosplays as a gender bent version, appearing in several calendars, promos, and sometimes as an Expo booth model.

Lindsey McNeill

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Lindsey McNeill is an AMPIA nominated Screenwriter and Actor and the creator of Codependent Ghost Girl, Truckstop Bloodsuckers and Hot Death. A lover of monsters, vamps and the supernatural, she is also the winner of the national From Our Dark Side genre contest for women who write horror (WIFTV). She hosts a Blog “Scream Queen B: The Blood, Guts & Glory of Creativity” for aspiring creatives and also casts monthly Tarotscopes for fans of tarot and astrology. You can follow her on Twitter & Instagram @ScreamQueenB.  

Lacey Paige

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Is the curator of the Dedfemme film series at Metro Cinema at the Historic Garneau Theatre. DEDfemme aims to celebrate and promote the unique cinematic visions of women in genre film. Women are sorely undervalued in the filmmaking industry, but more so within the realm of genre. The unfortunate truth is that people don’t often equate great horror, action, sci-fi, western, psychological thriller and quirky comedy with the filmmaking efforts of women, but DEDfemme is here to prove that women are indeed out there, kicking ass and producing some of the most remarkable and offbeat stuff genre cinema has to offer.

LGN Presents: Board Games

September 9th at Happy Harbor Comics from 2pm-5pm

Join us for an afternoon of gaming! Ever wanted to explore a haunted house with unexpected twists, turns, and *gasps* betrayal?! Want to travel through time and save the future with experts from Board N Brew Cafe? At Happy Harbor from 2pm-5pm we will be rolling dice, playing cards, and strategizing over the tabletop.
A couple of savvy ladies will be hosting the games Betrayal At the House On The Hill and T.I.M.E. Stories.

All we ask for this event is that those interested in playing Betrayal At the House On The Hill and/or T.I.M.E. Stories to RSVP and sign up to play. To RSVP let us know in the Facebook event or DM us on Twitter @LGNYEG.

We will also have a collection of quick games available for free play. Board N Brew Cafe will be in attendance to help host games and join in the fun. If you just want to show up and casually play games such as Gloom, Star Trek Catan, Splendor and more, please do so! Everyone is welcome to attend LGN events but for this one we prefer that men attend as a guest of a lady friend or non-binary buddy.

LGN Presents: Sex, Gender, & Robots

Why are robots gendered and should we be having sex with them? Join Dr. Kristen Hutchinson to discuss the prevalence of female robots in popular culture & society.

Join us for Lady Geek Night to discuss this controversial subject (good time to mention some mature subject matter will be discussed) in a respectful environment with geeky cohorts.

When: Thursday August 3rd, 7PM

Where: Happy Harbor Comics (10748 104 Avenue)

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Tatsuya Ishida, Sinfest, 2016

This meeting will also be a good primer for anyone interesting in exploring geekery with an academic lens. Kristen teaches in-person seminars in her living room and coming this fall is her course on Feminism and Popular Culture! Read more here

About Dr. Kristen Hutchinson:

I am an art historian, visual artist, curator, art consultant &  writer.

In 2012, I taught my first independent seminar in my living room. Fueled by homemade baking and great discussions, the salon style atmosphere in that Themes in Contemporary Art and Television seminar was magical.

After many years of working as an adjunct professor, I realized that I really enjoy teaching outside of the confines of academia. I have since gone on to teach many independent seminars in my living room focused on learning and talking about a shared fascination with art, television, film, and pop culture. I have also created a virtual living room with my live, participatory online seminars.

I am currently writing a book about supernatural creatures in contemporary art, film and television from 2000 to the present. The book is inspired by a seminar that I teach online and in my living room: Vampires to Zombies: The Supernatural in Art, Film & TV .