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Word Vancouver Festival

A new writewithlightning post means I must be doing another convention!

The Word Vancouver festival is in full swing and I will be selling posters, postcards, and chapbooks in the Alice MacKay room of the Vancouver Public Library all day Sunday (September 27). I will also have lots of my friend Peter Chiykowski’s Rock, Paper, Cynic merchandise available too.

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I will be doing my awesome d20 dice game where I make up a random adventure for you when you spend $10 at the booth. Your roll on the over-sized, purple, twenty-sided die determines the treasure (free stuff!) that you find on your quest. Sound effects will be provided by my booth helper and Vancouver film-guru Terry Boake of Fractured Frames.

disk save haiku

I am also giving away the floppy disk in the haiku above to the first person to mention the disk to me! Innuendo based puns receive a high-five even if I’ve already given the disk away. Warning: high-fives in this transaction may be limp.

I hope you’ll come and visit my booth! It’s my first time running a booth at Word and I’m very excited about it.

Don’t forget you can follow my daily haiku on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Tumblr.

See you at the festival!

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Fan Expo Vancouver

Fan Expo Vancouver is almost here!

For the last few years at Fan Expo, I have helped my friend Peter Chiykowski sell merchandise for his amazing webcomic: Rock, Paper, Cynic. This year, I am going to be at his booth (A2 in Artist Alley) selling some of my own merch!

If you follow me on any type of social media, you have probably noticed my religious adherence to posting at least one photo-haiku every single day. I started around Hallowe’en last year and haven’t missed a day yet.

Even though a lot of my haiku use my own photography or stock photos for which I have usage rights, a lot of the geeky ones use images from my favourite films and TV shows.

To sell some of these poems at conventions I wanted original art to accompany them, so I reached out to artists from all over the world (thanks Internet!) and put together what I feel is a pretty wonderful set of 15 haiku (11 postcard prints and 4 posters).

I want some of them to be a surprise at the convention, but I thought I’d post a handful here to whet your appetite.

I’ll also be selling these online (store coming soon). I hope you like them!

Postcards 4×6

Firefly

Postcard. Image by Aaron Lenk

Aaron Lenk did the artwork for six of my prints! All of them are this perfect. The others are: Wolverine, Dr. Who, Greedo (below), The Walking Dead, and a Fan Expo Vancouver Exclusive of Leia fighting Kirk!!!

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Lego

Postcard. Photo: Macroworlder

Macroworlder – an online Star Wars, GI Joe, and LEGO photographer – collaborated with me on three prints. The other two are Star Wars related: a Biker Scout and Boba Fett. Check out his stuff on Flickr.

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Star Trek

Postcard. Image by ryanrybot

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Postcard. Image by The-Ez.deviantART.com.

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E-Book

Postcard. I always forget to charge my Kobo…

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T-Rex

Postcard. My photo at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta.

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Posters 13×19

The Lonely Dragon

Poster. Image by Robert Crescenzio.

Here is one of the big guns. Rob (Drawn to Fantasy) painted this for me, and whoa did he nail it!

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Poster. Image by Aaron Lenk.

Poster. Image by Aaron Lenk.

This poster would look great in my messy room so I don’t have to apologise to guests.

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My photo in Pacific Spirit Forest, taken from the bench my grandfather donated to be at this crossroads.

Poster. My photo in Pacific Spirit Forest, taken from the bench my grandfather donated to be at this crossroads.

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I’ll post the others during the convention.

For now I hope you’ll check out all the haiku I did for the Fan Expo Van celebrity guests!

All of them are here on Tumblr.

You can also connect with me on Twitter and Facebook to keep up-to-date.

 

 

 


Concert Review – Said the Whale: “Look at all those hipsteens!”

Yes, hipsteens. They’re certainly not old enough to grasp the true self-irony of hipsterism, but they’re dressed for the part: Star Wars comic book t-shirts, converses, plaid, thick rimmed glasses, and non-stop chatter about indie bands (worn on their sleeves – in the form of concert buttons). Add a 45 minute line-up for t-shirts (because they’re too young to buy alcohol), and you have Said the Whale’s concert at Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre on May 3rd. Continue reading


Surfacing

It’s almost November, so I am going to re-challenge everyone I know to go out of their way do a good deed for someone every day for the entire month. To read a description of my challenge from last year, click here! It turns out I’m not the only one trying to turn others into do-gooders. I’ve recently returned to Vancouver and am thrilled to see an advertising campaign on bus stop shelters for peopleforgood.ca. Their goal:

“to make the world a better place, one good deed at a time. It may sound ambitious but it’s easier than you’d think. In fact, you could help make the world a better place right now. Just by doing something nice for someone. Rest assured, we’re not asking for money, we just want you to donate a little generosity.”

Sounds good, eh?

In other news, I met an incredibly talented group of writers at the Carnegie Centre in the Downtown Eastside. The Fire-Writers gather together to write short prose or poetry pieces based on a spontaneously concocted prompt. I had the pleasure of joining them for one session and hope to be with them for more! They recently made a chapbook—that you’ll have a difficult time getting your hands on if you don’t live in Vancouver! But fret not—they post some of their work on their blog.

I’ll be updating again soon to talk about a comic—that I wrote and that Kelly Lynch illustrated—that will be appearing in a collection for the charity Free the Children!


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