Author: Ardo Omer

A Guide to Free Comic Book Day 2017

Two years ago, I read all of the Free Comic Book Day offerings in one day and listed the titles you definitely needed to pick up. I did it again with a new crop of comics! There were some great titles and hopefully, they’ll get reluctant readers to dive into the world of sequential storytelling. The event takes place at a participating comic shops on Saturday, May 6th. Top Picks Malika: Warrior Queen (Youneek Studios) I really enjoyed this comic about a warrior queen caught between a rebellion and foreign pressures. It’s set in 15th-century Africa and it’s awesome. I...

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Canada Reads 2017: The Defence

It’s that time of year again! Canada Reads is back with five new books and the Canadian celebrities who plan to defend them. Every year, Canada tunes into CBC to watch four days of painstaking debate on the book that Canadians should be reading right now. We’ve assembled three of our Canadian book lovers to defend their chosen titles and to participate in our very own WWAC Reads Canada Reads. In 2015, Angel won defending Ru by Kim Thuy and Ardo won last year defending The Illegal by Lawrence Hill. Who will win this year? We’ll find out! Angel Cruz...

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GIFing and Riffing with John Wick: Chapter 2

In February, the sequel to the fantastic film, John Wick, was released and John Wick: Chapter 2 was dope. Now before we continue to give praise to this film, I would like to take a moment of silence for Daisy who made an impact in the limited screen time she had in the first film. With that out of the way, let’s talk about why this sequel is the best. Beware of spoilers, because there will be plenty. The movie starts up two weeks after the first one and after getting his revenge for the death of Daisy, John gets back...

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Dogears: Inverting Tropes in Storytelling

Becoming Unbecoming Una Arsenal Pulp Press December 1, 2015 Una simultaneously explores the terror of living through her own sexual abuses and the entirely-too-geographically-close Yorkshire Ripper’s serial killings in 1977 Northern England. There is an amazing amount of thoughtful material about abuser’s tactics, survivor’s coping mechanisms, the commonplace attitudes that breed violence against women, and the widespread fascination/exaltation of male serial killers and abusers. Additionally, the mostly black and white art combines simple line drawing, sketches, and dreamy landscapes as a powerful mirror to the trauma Una survives and witnesses. Becoming Unbecoming is a painfully beautiful and thought-provoking addition...

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Snowy Days With Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber: Part One

Welcome to The Bloody Chamber roundtable; a collection of short stories by speculative author Angela Carter. We’ll be discussing the short stories — their themes, the craft and the feelings they’ve elicited — in a four-parted series for every season starting with cold, frosty winter.  We broke up the collection and have started with wolves: The Werewolves, The Company of Wolves and Wolf-Alice. Join us in our discussion and if you have questions you’d like us to address in the upcoming parts, comment below! We’ll list the next set of stories we’ll be tackling in part two at the...

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