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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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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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 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 – 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.