The Monthly Read – December 4th

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Selecting interesting articles, exciting news from the world of comics and pop culture, important editorials, or unique perspective pieces; LGN presents a monthly round up of links to read.

This month we have Kelly Marie Tran, indigenous representation in Thor, Shania Twain is a queen, and video gaming’s Joyce Weisbecker.

1. Kelly Marie Tran: The Rise of Rose | Buzzfeed
“Two years ago, all of Kelly Marie Tran’s dreams came true: She got the career break of a lifetime and landed the new lead role of Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, she moved to London and got to work with some of her personal heroes (Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and actor Laura Dern, for starters), and she finally paid off her student loans. And then, once filming wrapped, she ran away.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is out this month. Look for Kelly’s Rose to play a big part.

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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/

The Monthly Read – November 6th

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Selecting interesting articles, exciting news from the world of comics and pop culture, important editorials, or unique perspective pieces; LGN presents a monthly round up of links to read.

This month we have Ed Skrein forfeit, “Carmilla” the Canadian short series that could, and why Sylvia Plath is allowed to smile.

1. On cultural appropriation and the importance of Ed Skrein forfeiting his ‘Hellboy’ role | Shadow and Act
“In his pursuit of what felt “right,” Skrein—a Hollywood actor, unburdened by the social responsibility inherited by a journalist—exercised a certain grasp on the concept of ownership and identity that Weiss has yet to obtain for himself, as the writer seems to suffer from an unfortunate misunderstanding of what cultural appropriation is. “

Props to Ed Skrein for recognizing his white privilege.

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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/

The Monthly Read – October 2nd

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Selecting interesting articles, exciting news from the world of comics and pop culture, important editorials, or unique perspective pieces; LGN presents a monthly round up of links to read.

This month we have the return of Patty Jenkins, Todd Chavez and Asexuality, and a cosplay to cancel all other cosplays.

1. Patty Jenkins Closes Deal to Direct ‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel | Variety
“Patty Jenkins has closed a deal to direct the sequel to the summer hit “Wonder Woman.”

Gal Gadot has already signed on to return in the title role. The film is slated for release on Dec. 13, 2019.”

Locked and loaded.

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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.

The Monthly Read – September 4th

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Selecting interesting articles, exciting news from the world of comics and pop culture, important editorials, or unique perspective pieces; LGN presents a monthly round up of links to read.

This month we have Michelle Yeoh looking badass, inmates that play D&D, and the limits of nostalgia.

1. MICHELLE YEOH LOOKS DAMN GOOD IN THE CAPTAIN’S CHAIR | Angry Asian Man
“In case missed it, fellow Trekkies, here’s the newest trailer for Star Trek: Discovery, straight outta San Diego Comic-Con. The latest foray into the final frontier takes place ten years before The Original Series, following the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new lifeforms. The new trailer includes several shots of Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou looking badass, doing badass stuff.”

Michelle Yeoh, Star Fleet Captain. Heck yes.

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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.

The Monthly Read – August 7th

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Selecting interesting articles, exciting news from the world of comics and pop culture, important editorials, or unique perspective pieces; LGN presents a monthly round up of links to read.

This month we have 90’s Captain Marvel, 100 years of Japanese Animation, Ghostbusters comic preview, and because linguistics.

1. Setting Captain Marvel in the ’90s hints at how much she matters | The Verge
“Captain Marvel isn’t due out in theaters until March 2019, but Marvel was quick to give the film its due during the studio’s Hall H panel at Comic-Con last night. One of the key details revealed during the presentation was that the movie will be a period piece set in the 1990s, a timeframe that will set it apart from most of the other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

A Secret Invasion 90’s type movie with Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, count us all in.

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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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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 .