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Interview with Peter S. Beagle – Author of the Last Unicorn

Books & Writing, Heroes of the Living Myth, Interviews, Short Fictions, Showcase

March 10, 2015

Interview with Peter S. Beagle

Date: April 21, 2014

(Back in April of 2014, Aaron Golden and Gregory Milne were lucky enough to get a chance to sit down with legendary writer, Peter S. Beagle, and his agent, Conner Cochran. They sat down and talked for a couple of hours about everything surrounding the creation, loss, and claiming of the Last Unicorn, but, sadly, the sound file of the interview was damaged. A lot of effort was put into saving that file, and we finally managed to get it transcribed a couple of months ago. At the time, we sat down and wondered about when the best time to release it was, now that we’d had to delay the interview so long, and considering what a gift we thought this interview was, it made sense to us, for us to release it as a gift to you. So, without further ado…)   

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Fifty Shades of Do Not Want

Books & Writing, Fail, Lifestyle, Showcase, The Truth

February 13, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey is a textbook for abuse. It terrifies me that people are going to read this book or see this movie and think that this is an okay way to act, that any of the things that Christian Grey does are even the slightest shade of okay. They aren’t. As a fantasy, it’s alright – but this isn’t being portrayed as fantasy, it’s being portrayed as a blueprint and a relationship to aspire to.

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Book Review – MYTHS ARE F***ING GREAT

Books & Writing, Reviews

January 20, 2015

Someone once described me as a “myth-head.” I’m not sure how I feel about that, but I am a massive fan of mythology in general. I’ve got a pretty good grasp of some obscure mythologies and a lot of the more popular ones, and I like hunting down new translations and new legends and stories. There are some fascinating things to be learned about the people that built those myths and about how they still resonate with us today. (more…)

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Book Review – Cat’s Maw

Books & Writing, Reviews

November 18, 2014

Fourteen years ago, three kids living in the wilds of North Vancouver came together and changed the world. One of their number, Brooke Burgess, had a vision that he called Broken Saints, and with the help of the other two he fashioned one of the first online animated graphic novels. It was beautifully rendered and lovingly told, the final chapter released online twelve years ago with two subsequent DVD releases. (more…)

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Outlander: Why Should We Be Watching?

Books & Writing, Showcase

October 13, 2014

Last night marked the Canadian airing of the mid-season finale of Outlander – a full two weeks and a day behind the US airdate (Seriously Showcase, what is up? You need to rectify that situation. We can’t avoid social media for two weeks.) And in a case of WTF programming, Starz isn’t bringing it back for the second half of the season until April, making for a tortuous six month wait – because Outlander has quickly become my favourite show on television. And everyone out there who hasn’t seen it should take the opportunity to catch up on anything and everything relating to this beautiful production… so that I’m not enduring the pain of separation alone. (more…)

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Fan Expo Vancouver 2014 – Artists’ Alley Walkthrough

Books & Writing

April 19, 2014

One of the highlights of any geek convention is the Artists’ Alley, a place where the creatives can strut their stuff. Fan Expo Vancouver is no exception to this, featuring a bustling sea of people teeming from one port of call to the next. Here’s a brief sampling of what’s on hand. (more…)

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Vampire Academy Doesn’t Suck

Books & Writing, film, Reviews, Showcase

February 28, 2014

new-trailer-for-vampire-academyIf there was one film that trailers and posters made me determined not to see this year, it was Vampire Academy. The slogan “They Suck At School” was mincing for sexual innuendo while making a horrible pun about vampires eating and suffering academically. Throw this on top of a neon single coloured poster with the image of two scantily clad teen girls, and I figure there is absolutely no substance to this. The trailers purposely exclude plot, opting to show clips of one-liners void of context, campus partying, and shots of sexual biting.

Convinced by someone more informed about the storyline itself, I agreed to see the film. All expectations provided by the marketing “dumb-down” strategy were promptly turned on their heads. Vampire Academy was one of the most enjoyable films I’ve seen in a long time. With the talents of Daniel Waters as the screenwriter (Heathers), and director Mark Waters (Mean Girls), the movie gives us characters that are realistic and well developed and churns some of the bitchiest dialogue in fantastic verbal sparring. The dialogue is reminiscent of Joss Whedon’s “Buffy-speak” in that while still being witty and sharp it manages to remain natural and modern. Speaking of sparring, the hand-to-hand combat scenes are beautifully choreographed. (more…)

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