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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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

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/