LGN 4th Anniversary – We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby!

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We’ve come a long way, baby.

It’s been 4 years since we started this endeavor but here we are, 4 years old and not looking to shabby. We’ve had screenings, guest speakers, cosplayers, gaming nights, craft markets, and much more and we couldn’t have done it without you LGNers.

So here’s to the LGN family and volunteers that have made these last 4 years special.

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The Monthly Read – April 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 Ava DuVernay, how video games demonize “fat” people, teachable trans history, and Nakia is the real revolutionary in Black Panther.

Stay hydrated, LGNers.

1. THE AVA EFFECT | Washington Post
“Forgive us for starting this by focusing on race. But race, fairly or not, is one of the major story lines as DuVernay, 45, readies her big budget adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s young adult classic. She is a black woman in an industry long ruled by white men. “Wrinkle,” which opens March 9, stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling, but its heroine is Meg Murry, a character transformed by actress Storm Reid. In the book, Meg is white, 14 and lives in Connecticut. In the movie, she’s an African American teenager from South Central L.A.”

Did you catch “A Wrinkle In Time” yet?

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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)

The Monthly Read – March 5th

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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 BLACK PANTHER everything, why teens love reading dystopic novels, and where are the literary prizes for Female writers.

1. The Revolutionary Power Of Black Panther | Time
“If you are reading this and you are white, seeing people who look like you in mass media probably isn’t something you think about often. Every day, the culture reflects not only you but nearly infinite versions of you—executives, poets, garbage collectors, soldiers, nurses and so on. The world shows you that your possibilities are boundless. Now, after a brief respite, you again have a President.

Those of us who are not white have considerably more trouble not only finding representation of ourselves in mass media and other arenas of public life, but also finding representation that indicates that our humanity is multi­faceted. Relating to characters onscreen is necessary not merely for us to feel seen and understood, but also for others who need to see and understand us. When it doesn’t happen, we are all the poorer for it.”

A must read, no spoilers for the movie are in the article. It is only about impact.

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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

The Monthly Read – Black Panther Edition

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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.

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It’s Black Panther day!

Here’s your Special Edition/Long Weekend Monthly Read featuring articles about black excellence and the mold breaking movie Black Panther.

We are holding off on any formal reviews for later Monthly Reads but we can’t stop any article holding some mild spoilers so this your only warning.

1. The Revolutionary Power Of Black Panther | Time
“If you are reading this and you are white, seeing people who look like you in mass media probably isn’t something you think about often. Every day, the culture reflects not only you but nearly infinite versions of you—executives, poets, garbage collectors, soldiers, nurses and so on. The world shows you that your possibilities are boundless. Now, after a brief respite, you again have a President.

Those of us who are not white have considerably more trouble not only finding representation of ourselves in mass media and other arenas of public life, but also finding representation that indicates that our humanity is multi­faceted. Relating to characters onscreen is necessary not merely for us to feel seen and understood, but also for others who need to see and understand us. When it doesn’t happen, we are all the poorer for it.”

A must read, no spoilers for the movie are in the article. It is only about impact.

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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

The Monthly Read – February 5th

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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 a year without Carrie Fisher, the history of hidden tracks, board games that fight bias, and the Serial Killer Detector.

WAKANDA FOREVER! Black Panther is out in Canada and the world on February 16th. Hope you got tickets ahead of time.

1. A YEAR WITHOUT CARRIE FISHER | Book Riot
“Although I have vague memories of Princess Leia as a child, I didn’t really appreciate Fisher until recently. She was outspoken, brash, and to be blunt, didn’t give a shit what you thought of her. She gave no fucks, and it was glorious. She battled weight issues and the accompanying criticism that comes with that, and was open about her struggles with drug use and sobriety. She was also very open about her diagnosis of bipolar disorder and treatment and their effects on her life, helping to break down the stigma and create public conversations about the illness.”

Long may she reign.

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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

 

The Monthly Read – January 8th

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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.

Happy New Year, Ladies! Woo! We are posting this the second Monday this month because we figured none of y’all gon read this on the first Recovery Day of 2018.

This month we have Thor’s postcolonial perspectives, 30 years of Frasier-verse, and can we just let the Stranger Thing’s kids BE kids!

1. “Thor: Ragnarok”: Marvel From a Postcolonial Perspective | The Village Voice
“Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, an auteur of Māori and Russian-Jewish descent, is one of New Zealand’s premier cinematic exporters, although unlike such Caucasian contemporaries as Jane Campion and Peter Jackson, his work bleeds the hues of indigeneity. Whether it’s as direct as a Māori Dennis the Menace–type kid (Julian Dennison) bonding with a reluctant white father (Sam Neill) in Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) or as abstract as the outsider experience of Wellington’s long-standing vampire society delineated in What We Do in the Shadows (2014), Waititi’s movies exist at the nexus of native and colonizer cultures, the dichotomy that forms the basis of modern postcolonial theory.”

Taika and his Thor: Ragnarok breaking some visual grounds.

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