LGN Presents: Crafty Krampus Game Night

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When? Thursday December 6th at 7pm!

Where? Happy Harbor Comics (10729 104 Avenue) 

What? A Krampus-Themed game of Werewolf hosted by Alexa Thompson!

Join LGN at Happy Harbor Comics for a fun-filled and festive evening of holiday mayhem! We’re tailoring the game Werewolf to suit a Krampus theme and it’s a game everyone can play! All you need is to show up and be willing to sell out your village neighbors to Krampus to save your own skin. So festive!

We encourage you to bring your knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching, card-making projects to work on while we play, too. Think of it as a Krampus Craft and Kill adventure. But festive! Wear a Santa hat. Bring baking.

Alexa Thompson will be our Krampus hostess with the mostest. The fun starts at 7pm and will wind down by 8:30 at Happy Harbor Comics on 10729 104 Avenue downtown. Bring friends! Bring family! See you there.

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The Monthly Read – November 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 Ramona Fradon, Medusa the victorious, girls are starved for heroes, Pokémon at 20, and Victoria Beckham forever.

1. The Woman Who Made Aquaman a Star | Vulture
“As I sit down at Joshua’s Cafe in Woodstock with Eisner Award-winning artist Ramona Fradon, 91, I can see her sizing up our surroundings. The small, gray-haired comics legend is dressed in the relaxed, Bohemian-looking layers favored by Hudson Valley residents, but her eyes are on high alert, watching the patrons and passersby. As a server pours water, she clocks three women in maxi dresses standing outside, settling their lunch plans. “Wherever you go in Woodstock,” Fradon tells me with a conspiratorial smirk, “you see clusters of women talking intently.””

Sharp as a tack. A great interview.

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The Monthly Read – October 1st

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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, Michelle Yeoh still kicks ass, there’s no such thing as a feminist brand, and the Valkyries close shop.

1. Kelly Marie Tran: I Won’t Be Marginalized by Online Harassment | New York Times
“Their words reinforced a narrative I had heard my whole life: that I was “other,” that I didn’t belong, that I wasn’t good enough, simply because I wasn’t like them. And that feeling, I realize now, was, and is, shame, a shame for the things that made me different, a shame for the culture from which I came from. And to me, the most disappointing thing was that I felt it at all.”

I see you, Loan Tran.

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The Monthly Read – September 3rd

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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 we are all public figures now, have you seen Into The Badlands yet, the history of Haida manga, and the importance of Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette special.

1. WE ARE ALL PUBLIC FIGURES NOW | ella dawson blog
“The woman on the plane is unaware that the woman sitting in the row behind her is watching and recording her every move. Rosey Blair, the stranger she helped sit beside her boyfriend, is projecting a story on top of her interactions that soon takes the internet by storm. Her detailed breakdown of their conversation and body language racks up hundreds of thousands of likes and retweets. Blair herself begins to accumulate thousands of new Twitter followers.

Not long after the plane touches down in Texas, the hordes of strangers following Blair’s tweets are eager to discover the identities of the personal trainers from Dallas. A hunt begins to find her Instagram account. Later the man, her seatmate Euan Holden, participates in the growing media circus because he also gains a ton of twitter followers, or because it helps his career, or because it’s fun, or because it’s just too late to go back to the anonymity of before.”

Don’t play around with stranger’s anonymity. They have the right to theirs as you have the right to yours.

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LGN Presents: Life After Workplace Harassment

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Our next meeting is a little different but we think it’s important to make space for these conversations and we have the community and support to do so. The discussion may have distressing content though we do want to focus on positive actions moving forward.

An evening of discussion, honesty, and supportive talk about what workplace harassment looks like, what it takes to speak out, what support networks are available, and how to survive.

Brittany Rudyck will speak about her recent experience with workplace harassment and how she has risen up and survived the aftermath. LGN has been in conversations with both the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton and the University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre and the panel will include female speakers from those organizations to offer practical, encouraging discussion on how to move forward from harassment and assault. The panel will be moderated by Meagan Schirrmacher who works as a Resiliency Development Manager – Youth Specialist for Alta Care Resources.

It’s a topic nobody likes to address but an important subject that we all need to know we’re not alone in. You’re not alone. Come out to LGN on September 6th and enter a safe space where we can support each other.

September 6th at 7pm at Happy Harbor Comics.

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Helpful links:

Sexual Assault Center of Edmonton

Canadian Mental Health Association

The Monthly Read – August 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 queerbaiting, YouTube burnout, why did we leave Mr. Roger’s neighbourhood, Indigenous Comic Con, and Bao isn’t about you.

1. There’s a new type of queerbaiting in empty promises | lwl magazine
“For anyone unfamiliar with the term, ‘queerbaiting’ is defined as ‘the practice of hinting at, but then not actually depicting, a same-sex romantic relationship between characters in a work of fiction, mainly in film or television’. Recently a new type of queerbaiting has emerged, where LGBT representation is promised but not delivered within the content itself.”

Its problematic when inclusion after the fact feels empty on delivery.

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The Monthly Read – July 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 how women see male authors see them, Cowboy Bebop at 20, women who watch X-Files, and the brain behind the twitter handle @Dogrates.

Because they’re all good dogs.

1. How Women See How Male Authors See Them | The New Yorker
“On Easter Sunday, the writer and podcaster Whit Reynolds ripped open a Pandora’s box of secondary sex characteristics when she challenged her Twitter followers to “describe yourself like a male author would.” The responses—of which there are now thousands—don’t so much display a unifying theme as a unifying shape or curvature”

Break the cisgender male gaze streak. Break it by reading more books by Women authors.

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The Monthly Read – June 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 women are allowed to be angry, first female director of a Pixar short is Canadian, ending the cycle of abuse in Guardians of the Galaxy, and another reason to love Kiki’s Delivery Service.

Stay mad, LGNers.

1. What If Girls Knew They Were Allowed to Be Angry? | Elle Magazine
“None of the girls I knew yelled at teachers or ripped up a rude classmate’s homework paper or fought with boys on the playground. None of them had the fire, or if they did, they didn’t show it. They could be sad, or they could be mean, but I only ever saw boys getting angry the way I did. Which is perhaps why I saved my greatest anger for myself, furious with myself for being furious. Anger might have felt easy, but it didn’t feel good. It was lonely.”

Penned by the great Mara Wilson, it’s time women get in touch with their angrier side.

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LGN Presents: Klassic Mario Kart

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Are you ready? Get set! GO!

We are hosting an “old skool” Mario Kart tournament! Join us as we dust off the old Nintendo 64 to play some KLASSIC Mario Kart together! We intend this event to be fun and easy going and there will be prizes for our tournament champions thanks to Happy Harbor Comics and Board and Brew Cafe! Everyone is welcome to attend if you’re a seasoned Mushroom Cup racer or an enthusiastic spectator cheering on Peach as she goes for gold!

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Happy Harbor Comics
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Prizes:

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The Monthly Read – May 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 modern words in Lakota, the subtle racism of orientalism, comics culture wars, learning about the male glance, and Cherry Picks.

Have you all read your Free Comic Book Day freebies yet?

1. How do you say “smartphone” in Lakota? | The Outline
“Over the past six years, Hill and other Lakota speakers have hashed original phrases to encompass newly English concepts such as “smartphone,” “methamphetamines” and “same-sex marriage.”

For Hill, the effort to craft neologisms is key to revitalizing a marginalized language — a tongue the federal government took pains to suppress. Today, the words developed by Hill and other native speakers provide a look into how languages evolve and shape themselves. At Hill’s immersion school, everyone — from teachers to students — tries to speak Lakota 100 percent of the time. Children ages 1 to 5 run through classrooms, and play in areas filled with Lakota picture books. Hill opened the school in 2012 via online fundraising with the mission of reviving the Lakota language, which had only about 2000 speakers left as of 2016, according to the nonprofit Lakota Language Consortium.”

Updating a language, one word at a time.

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