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Q&A: How many projects do you have on the go at the moment?

The short answer is this: both too many and not enough because of imposter syndrome, and also anxiety. But the slightly longer answer is that I have: Three longform OGNs Five comic editing projects (two ongoing series) Two web sites (Creator Resource and Creator Advisor) Two volunteer organization projects (TCAF and The Canada Comics Open […]

“Man Of Steel” Costume Unveiling Shindigs

With the Man of Steel theatrical release coming up quickly, Warner Bros. have been quick to put out half a dozen full trailer and TV spots to help promote the film. Taking on a more “Nolan-ian” appearance from the outside, Zack Snyder’s upcoming piece has been gaining more and more attention both from fans and general movie-goers.

Apartment Hunting

I’ve been back from Prince Edward Island for almost a year now. That’s almost one whole year that I’ve been living with Oma, with all my stuff packed up in boxes in rooms we don’t go into. It really sucks. My clothes are in plastic drawers and not knowing where anything is, is kind of […]

Toronto is a great place to be a comic book lover

When I have friends visit Toronto for the first time, one of the first thing that strikes them as fellow book-lovers is that we have a remarkable number of small bookstores around the city. Over the years, they’ve dwindled down but comparable to many other cities, especially in the United States, there’s still a ton. The same can be said […]

2019 Movies Watched and Top 5

Like with my Books & Comics list, I’ve put together the films I’ve watched in a nice little graphic, courtesy of Letterboxd. I kind of wish that they had a feature like Goodreads where I could just compile the things I watched this year but OH WELL. I actually watched Midsommar and Brightburn on January 1, 2020 […]

Pirate Jim

In 2012, I broke up with my boyfriend of three years and we proceeded to return to the city of Toronto after spending a year on the East Coast in Prince Edward Island. I didn’t have anywhere to go so I moved in with my Oma while I got on my feet again. About a […]

Dating Diaries: First Dates

For a pretty good chunk of my life, I didn’t date. When I first started having interest in going out with boys, I went out on a few first dates but I was in high school and these don’t really count, at least for me. I mean, my parents dropped me off because I couldn’t […]

Last Night’s Event

I’m trying to get better about blogging again (we’ll see how long I can keep it up…) so I wanted to talk a bit about an event I ran last night. You may or may not know that I’ve been running a site called Creator Resource along with some other amazing people. We decided to […]

October Toronto Geek Trivia

Last night was the second Toronto Geek Trivia night. The first of these events at Tranzac Club in The Annex, hands down my favourite part of Toronto (conveniently located right beside Futures… my favourite place for all-day breakfast).

A Tale Of Saucy Word Vomit

I suspect that if I were to say that I’m shy to the people who know me, they would laugh in my face. But it’s seriously the truth. I can be painfully shy. I’m great with the people I know but outside of that, I clam up.

Landlord McCray-Cray

The first apartment I viewed was amazing. I found it online and I honestly had a lot of suspicions that it might be a scam of some sort. It was a loft with exposed brick walls. It was well within my budget with all utilities included and it was right downtown. Mind you, when I […]

No Rest For The Wicked

This week is full of Halloween shenanigans. Actually, this week AND next week… but mostly this week. Prepare for blogs of blog-worthy proportions. Ok. That might be a lie since I’m not entirely sure ANY of my blogs are really blog worthy, but whatever. Deal with it. First up this week is Toronto Geek Trivia, […]

What About Bob

Given how much Bob Reyer loves movies (almost as much as he loves comics), calling this piece What About Bob seemed apt. I don’t know everything about him, but I do know those things. And I know of his love for Audrey Hepburn because it’s a mutual love between the both of us and something […]

Hey There, Crazy Cat Ladydom

Ever since I got back from NYC, I’ve been in hibernation mode in my room. Today was the first day in a week that I decided to venture out into the world. Wednesday is my usual day to wander around downtown, so I met up with my pals Dani, Fred and ran into all the […]

Top 20 Comic Books

I was recently asked to share a list of my Top 20 Comic Books. It’s been a loooooooong time since I did any list like this so I started mulling things over in my head and decided to put something together. I feel as though I’m missing a million things and this list is in […]

31 Spooky Halloween Movie Recs

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s Halloween and that means that it’s a whole month of spookiness and costuming goodness. I’ve loved the month of October in all its haunted glory but previously it was for the costumes and parties, as opposed to the spookiness of the month. In the last few […]

Geek-O-Ween

Those of you who know me IRL know that my favourite comic book shop in the world is Toronto’s Silver Snail (now at 329 Yonge St beside the HMV Superstore).

Roasting in the City

I keep trying to tell people that I’m mostly introverted and like to hibernate at home, but the past few weeks have been busy as heck for me. I’ve still somehow managed to squeeze in a ton of reading time and time to play Dishonored (it is IMPOSSIBLE to play that game without killing people… IMPOSSIBLE!).

Friday Night Pub Crawl

I’m doing my blogging all kinds of backwards but whatever. I posted about the Nerd Mafia/DWSC party I crashed yesterday because it was fresh in my mind, but I didn’t get a chance to talk about the shenanigans I got into on the weekend. I do love me some shenanigans.

Punny Signs

A couple weeks ago I was walking through The Annex in Toronto and I stumbled across this sign by David’s Tea. I was already in love with this shop and their tea, but this just ensured my undying devotion to them. THEN as I was out for drinks in NYC with Frida Frag and was […]

Captain Marvel Reaches for the Stars

Carol Danvers has been using the moniker Captain Marvel since July 2012, a mere two years. With anyone else at the helm, the character might’ve flown under the radar and may not have reached the audiences that it could have, but Marvel entrusted Carol’s life to Kelly Sue DeConnick. Every few months, Marvel pops up […]

NYCC 2013 Wrap-Up

Thus far I’ve written out about five different versions of my NYCC wrap-up. Maybe I waited too long to write it, maybe I can’t quite find the words or maybe I’m suffering from PTSD due to the madness that was that show. Yes, let’s absolutely go to NYCC. It’ll be so much fun! I bet […]

Dating Diaries: I Can’t Be With You…

If you know me even the smallest bit about me, you probably know that I have a very strong weird magnet. A magnetar level weird magnet. Know why I know what a magnetar is? Did you guess so that I could make life to magnet comparisons accurately? Because that’s the answer. I swear to jeebus, […]

Mississauga Comic Expo 2019

Over the weekend, I had the privilege of attending MCX (Mississauga Comic Expo) at the Mississauga Central Library where I had a booth set up for Creator Resource, and I was the Noel Ryan Auditorium moderator for the day. My friend Tate came with me to help watch the Creator Resource booth and I spent […]

The Guide to the Animals in my Life

One can never have too many animals in their life, and truly over the last few months I have been blessed with a plethora of fantastic fur friends. So, I thought I’d compile a short guide to the amazing critters that I love. KAYLEE Kaylee is my #1. My ride or die cat. That’s a […]

Pay It Forward… to the Humane Society

My Nana (my great-grandma) was 99-years old when she passed away in September. She was never a rich lady, but she loved animals and she loved to help them out in any way that she could. My parents and I bought her a cat from the Humane Society, which she named Stardust. She loved that cat and she was so grateful that the Humane Society brought her that companion.

Nerdy Ladies Night

On Monday, I headed out to an event at Toronto’s Comic Book Lounge. An event put together by TDot Comics’ Alice Quinn. A night dedicated to the gals of Toronto (and surrounding area) who are into comics. But not before heading to the wonderful home of Fred. Who is Fred (@fred42) you might ask? Only […]

I’ve got an agent!

On Monday, I made an exciting announcement on social media that I’m coming here to share with you: I’ve signed on with Maria Vicente of PS Literary Agency. Maria will be representing me for all my writing projects going forward and I could not be more excited to be working with her. I’ve been following […]

In Defense of Batgirl

I’ve already read a couple of posts on Twitter that make me mad regarding the new Batgirl so I’ve decided to take the time to write something up to give my two cents. Of course, I’ll be discussing Batgirl on Talking Comics next week very probably but I want to address this stuff now. Fans […]

Where I’ll Be… at NYCC

Hey everyone! I don’t know if everyone is a particularly good word to use to start this off given that I don’t even know if anyone actually reads anything I post here, but you know, whatever. I’ll carry on now. I’ll be in New York for one whole week starting on Wednesday. I’m SO excited. […]

That Time I Tried Extreme Pillow Fighting

No, this is not a joke. Extreme pillow fighting is a very real thing and this week, I tried it. More accurately, I tried OUT for it at the Anchored Social Club in Toronto, which is kind of like where you’d expect a Canadian Fight Club to take place. A friend of mine, Brandy Dawley, […]

ANNOUNCEMENT: ParaNorthern Book Deal

I have been waiting for what feels like an eternity to finally be able to talk about this upcoming project of mine. It was the first story I ever really set out to really complete and make happen, and over the years it’s grown so much from what it originally was into this story that I’m […]

What I’m Watching – August 2019

For the last little while I’ve been bingeing TV in my spare time. I haven’t had an attention span for a lot of movies (except really cheesy and bad ones) so TV while I half-heartedly pay attention and doodle has been where I’m at. I thought I’d share a few of the things that I’ve […]

When Moths Attack

Last summer, Fred (who is really named Nicole) and I headed to Toronto Island for a day at the beach. We packed snacks, our bathing suits, towels, sunscreen and sangria, which is basically the greatest boozy summer drink to ever be invented.

Movie Night: Double Feature Extraordinaires

Movie nights are amazing – especially the kind where you’re at home or a friend’s place and you can get cozy with great company. My friends and I have recently started doing a monthly get together where we pick the ULTIMATE of double features, order comfort food, and watch them. I thought I’d share a […]

Life Finds A Way: Green Thumb, Stephanie Cooke Interview

From over on Cloudscape Comics’ site where I recently did an interview to promote our upcoming anthology, Life Finds A Way: This post is a part of a series of articles about Cloudscape’s Life Finds A Way anthology. Visit the landing page for more information on the project. What’s your name? Stephanie Cooke What’s your artistic background? […]

A Weekend of Family Fun

There’s a saying that everyone uses when someone complains about their family, “You can’t choose your family but you can choose your friends!” or something like that. That saying is obviously very true and I hear it a lot because my family tends to be a little bit on the, uh, quirky side. Yeah, let’s […]

Steps To Finding A Boyfriend

Step 1 – Never shave your legs. Guys love that. Especially if they can braid your leg hair. Trust me, I’m an expert. Step 2 – Shave your armpits. Just because you aren’t shaving your legs doesn’t mean you have to go full Neanderthal. Step 3 – Flail uncontrollably every time something remotely sexy or […]

Burger Hostage

I decided that after my crazy day wandering around the Pride Toronto events on Sunday that I wanted to grab a burger for dinner. I won a free hamburger at a Pride booth but instead of cashing in on that prize, I decided instead to go to a place a block away from my apartment. […]

A Civic Holiday Long Weekend

It’s been a bit hard to go out and enjoy the summer when a) it’s hot as hell out there and I hate it and b) my life has become a whole series of deadlines. Don’t get me wrong: I’m very happy and all the things that I’m on deadline for are amazing, and I […]

Am I In Love Yet?

I haven’t had the desire to date much over the past year or so (or as Oma has pointed out to me, over 15 months) with a few exceptions. I haven’t had the faintest clue what I was looking for and I was never really home, so it made sense to just not bother and to focus on me.

On a whim, last week at like 2am, I decided to sign up for two online dating sites. Well, one of them initially. And after a week, I’m confused as to why I’m not in love, living in a house, happily married with two kids and a dog. Isn’t that what the television ads tell me will happen?!

The Halloweekend

It’s no secret to those around me that I love Halloween. I definitely don’t go as all out as a lot of people that I know but it’s up there with my favourite times of year. Who doesn’t love getting the chance to dress up as whatever you want and go to parties and other […]

ANNOUNCEMENT: Oh My Gods Book Deal

I have been TERRIBLE with updating my blog over the last little while but I have very exciting news that I can finally share (and use to hopefully have you understand why I haven’t been online as much). I’m happy and RELIEVED to be able to talk about this!!!! Oh My Gods, a middle grade […]

It’s Been HOW Long?!

It’s been ages since I’ve blogged and I wish I had a really good excuse for that, but I don’t. Unfortunately when I travel, I wind up on my computer less and less and wind up sleeping as much as humanly possible when I can. I’m attempting to amend the whole lack of blogging thing […]

My Cat Is A Menace

I wound up staying in bed until late this morning. My night was filled with a lot of waking up and then going back to bed since my cat decided to be a menace. Thankfully she’s mostly pretty good at night but every now and again, she just gets so riled up and can’t stop […]

Pokémon Go Meet-Ups and Thoughts

On Monday evening for the debut of Pokémon Go in Canada, I went to the CN Tower for the Launch Party Meet-Up that was being thrown. Lures were sponsored and people were encouraged to come out to catch rare (and not so rare) Pokemon in the company of fellow trainers. More than 3000 people showed […]

A Few Of My Favourite (Comic) Things…

My first ever comics were Archie Comics. I used to read them all the time because it was something that my mom let me pick up at the grocery store. Even moreso than the Archie Comics themselves, I loved the back-up stories with Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Josie and the Pussycats (I would go on to watch the Sabrina TV series religiously and see Josie and the Pussycats in theaters more times than anyone should’ve).

Dating Is Stupid

It’s been a long time since I wrote anything on here. I meant to upload the latest Geek Trivia from June, but that got sidelined by my new “hobby”. I don’t really consider it a hobby, but my friend Amy says that it is. I’ve been doing the online dating thing for about a month now and while I don’t think that I’ve been going boy crazy, she seems to think so.

COSMIC BOWLING

If you follow my blog posts or tweets or whatever, you may know that I’ve been helping my best friend get ready for her wedding. This weekend is the weekend of her bachelorette and of course, the guys will be having their bachelor party. Amy wanted to do something together though, so on Friday night, […]

ANNOUNCEMENT: Tartarus coming soon from Image Comics

I have exciting news TWO DAYS IN A ROW! I’ve been given the go ahead to talk about a new upcoming series that I’ve had the absolute pleasure of working on as an editor. TARTARUS is a new series coming out from Image Comics. Written by Johnnie Christmas and with art by Jack T. Cole… […]

A Storytime Follow-Up To Us vs. Them

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, I wanted to tell you all a little story about my experience with playing sports. Let me give a little bit of a lead-in before I get started though… I think the media teaches us that we can only be one thing. We can be jocks, we can be […]

Reuniting With Old/New “Friends”

If you read my FanExpo wrap-up blog, you may know that I was working for the lovely Agnes Garbowska all weekend. She was kind enough to let me wander around for a little while though and during my wanderings, I wandered over to my pals at the Silver Snail. I’d been standing all afternoon, so I took the opportunity to sit down and chat with some of my amigos there while things were relatively slow.

Show Female Athletes The Respect They Deserve

To the women out there who are not only competing for Olympic medals but competing for the media to take them seriously: I’m with you. This is all absolute bullshit. It’s not even close to being fair that men, threatened by the success of a woman, need to strip it down and attribute to the […]

Live Train (and stuff) 2013

This weekend is a weekend of firsts. Not in a sexy way or anything, although I suppose that depends on what your definition of sexy is.

At this precise moment, I’m on the train back to my hometown, well, sort of. I kind of had a couple hometowns growing up. My parents and I lived in a small town called Lansdowne, which is about three hours east of Toronto. About 15 minutes west of Lansdowne is Gananoque, where I went to elementary school and where my “adopted” family live. I’ve known my “adopted” family since I was four and I’ve probably spent as much time at their house as my own.

Holy Crap, My BFF Is Getting Married

This weekend I spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday at my best friend Amy’s house. I stayed over on Friday since we were headed out for a day of dress shopping on the Saturday. Now, when I say dress shopping, I don’t mean in the sense that we wanted to go to Forever 21 or whatever. […]

I’m Learning to Play D&D!

After many years of almost starting in a D&D group and having it not pan out, I met up with some friends last night who had invited me to be a part of an upcoming campaign. I am very excited. I feel like D&D is such a massive part of geek fandom and even before it’s […]

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

We’re exactly a week away from the official Toronto launch of The Secret Loves of Geek Girls and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m admittedly also terrified for people to read my story when there are such incredible other contributors putting forth their work but overall, I’m hella proud. This is a humble brag post […]

The Us vs Them Mentality is NOT Okay

My name is Stephanie and I am a geek. I also happen to be a pretty big sports geek too… not in the sense that I always follow what’s going on but I get really into the World Cup. I get really into hockey and sometimes I really get into other sports too. Growing up, […]

Finding You Through Dating

For many years, I’ve been in a series of relationships, mostly going from one person to another. I liked to think that I gave myself time to breathe but I don’t think I ever really dated inbetween these 2-3 year relationships and I don’t know if that makes it count. For about a year after […]

Dating Diaries: Take Me To Degrassi

For most Canadians, a staple of growing up was watching episodes of our debatably most famous TV export, Degrassi Junior High. However, I didn’t grow up with a TV for the most part and thus I never really got the chance to see episodes of the beloved Canadian classic (later iterations would career launching platforms […]

Return From The Homelands

For those of you who for some reason or another keep up with things that I say, first of all, thank you and second, you may have heard that I was headed back to my homeland for the weekend. My homeland simply being about three hours east of Toronto, which is east of the next biggest city, Kingston and not some foreign faraway land. Even though it is very country.

It’s A Small World After All

For a good chunk of high school, I had a pretty steady boyfriend. Of course, when you’re young, having a boyfriend doesn’t necessarily stop you from having miscellaneous crushes here and there.

Underground Adventures

On Thursday, I literally had underground adventures with Liz. I forgot to bring a sweater along with me and it happened to be a particularly chilly day in Toronto. Once we met up, I was freezing and I asked Liz if she wouldn’t mind taking the Toronto PATH system. If you’re not familiar, this is […]

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019…Almost

2018 has been a rollercoaster of emotions for pretty much everyone. Politics especially have taken over a big chunk of our lives as we devote a ton of mental space to trying to fight the people who are taking away the rights of so many people. I’ve had a crazy year outside of the general world […]

Game of Thrones: The Exhibition in Toronto

Game of Thrones has become a worldwide phenomenon. Of course it all started with the books by George R.R. Martin but since HBO adapted the show, it’s become THE show. To put it in Lord of the Rings terms, if we were in Middle Earth then Game of Thrones would be the one ring to rule them all, but you know, not evil. Unless of course hours and hours of lost time due to watching and rewatching Game of Thrones is considered evil.

The Diecast Podcast: Dragon Heist and the Trollskull Trio

HELLO FRIENDS. Have I mentioned lately that I am very bad at updating my web site? WELL HERE I AM and I’m telling you that I have been very bad at updating my web site. Now that that’s out of the way, I mentioned forever ago that I was finally playing Dungeons & Dragons. What I think I failed to […]

Dating Diaries: The Herpes Bandit

I’ve been on and off dating for the last little while. Over the summer I chose to mostly be off of them to just focus on hanging out with my friends and working on projects etc. I was super ok with this and had a great summer without any dating drama of any sort (crazy […]

Double Valentine’s Day

I don’t typically do a lot for Valentine’s Day. I think for the most part, my past relationships have been pretty lackluster in the date department. Come to think of it, I don’t really recall ever truly DATING someone for any period of time. One minute I was on ONE date to the movies and […]

That Time I Learned To Dance The Charleston

Class #1: Charleston Dance Lessons by Frog Jump Swing Dance On Sept. 19, my best friend and I took our first class together. Her boyfriend ripped the tag off the ad for us as a joke and couldn’t have possibly known we would wind up going. As we walked there, there was quite a bit […]

Yay Weddings! (aka Weddings Are Friend Torture)

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This weekend my best friend got married. Since you don’t really know her and this will likely be boring to people who aren’t me, I’ll give you the Cliffnotes version of their romance and such…

Creator at Large Podcast: An Evolving Comics Career

Recently I was a guest on the wonderful Creator at Large podcast with Jeremy Melloul. The episode is live now and I wanted to share it with y’all! Below is the copy from the site: Stephanie Cooke is a comic book writer, editor, and ally to comic creators everywhere. She takes on a frankly stupefying amount of […]

Swimming with Sharks

Recently I took a trip to Belize scuba dive. I had never done any open water dives before and I spent a couple days getting my certification before I could attempt dives at further depths and such. The day after I got my open water certification, I was out on my second dive of the […]

Dating Diaries: Two Sentences or Less: A Series of Tinder Dates in Summary

“My middle name is legally Dracula” “You should do video game videos because of, you know, those!” *makes boobs gesture* “On the bright side, I think I’ve figured out what I’m allergic to!” “I play Ultimate Frisbee competitively and run a fantasy Ultimate league.” “I CAN’T WAIT FOR YOU TO MEET MY PARENTS!” Me: “I’m […]

On Writing: “Behind Enemy Linens”

“Behind Enemy Linens” was a story that I wrote for Little Red Bird Press’ anthology titled BLOCKED. The idea behind BLOCKED was to tell stories about the world of online dating through sites such as Tinder and OKCupid, and specifically, the horror stories. If anyone has followed me for any length of time, you may […]

February Geek Trivia

Yesterday marked the fifth (EDIT: it was actually our fourth… whoops!) Toronto Geek Trivia event. It had been two months since the last one and I was feeling antsy to get it going again. The holidays and work had prevented me from running one in January so I was so relieved when I was able […]

Birthday Shenanigans

Last weekend was my birthday weekend. I meant to write some stuff up about that, but never got around to it… because this week has been MENTAL. Seriously. More on that later. So again, last weekend was my birthday weekend and I decided to have a little get together at Pauper’s (on Bloor St. in […]

MCX 2018 is a Wrap

On Saturday I headed out to Mississauga with the lovely Tory Woollcott and Andrew Wheeler to attend MCX – the Mississauga Comic Expo. I had never attended before but one of the organizers is Jason Loo, who is a fabulous comics creator in the Toronto area. The con takes place in a library (the Mississauga […]

Toronto Trash Panda Raccoon Costume: Halloween 2019

I love Halloween dearly. I don’t remember it always being this way but somewhere along the way, the holiday turned into something delightful and magical for me. Maybe it was that when I was a kid, I was at the mercy of my mother’s costuming abilities (which were actually pretty great…) and as an adult, […]

Sauron and Witch King Brimping

I’ve largely been in hibernation mode since I got back from Seattle earlier this month, partially due to not being able to afford to go out and partially because I really like hibernating. Even the beary best hibernators (ha, get it, BEARY?! Because bears hibernate!) still need to go out and have some social interaction […]

Dating Diaries: Let Me Find Your Soulmate

A couple weeks ago, I was boothed at Word on the Street, selling copies of Secret Loves of Geek Girls on the cusp of the Dark Horse Expended Edition. Hope had asked me to take care of the booth while she was in Edmonton for the convention there. I showed up a few minutes before […]

On Writing: “Home Sweet Huck”

In September of 2016, I entered Mark Millar’s talent search competition for a chance to write a “Huck” story within the 2017 Millarworld Annual. I had written an original script and submitted that into the contest. The prize was a writer’s page rate (as per Marvel/DC), being paired up with an up and coming artist […]

What’s Next: MCX – Mississauga Comic Expo

I probably should’ve posted this earlier than the day before but I’ll be at MCX (the Mississauga Comic Expo) on Saturday October 20 (aka tomorrow). I’m moderating two panels as a part of Creator Resource and will be wandering around the show for the remainder of the day. I’m really excited to be a part […]

So You Got Dumped…

At the end of last week, right before I was set to take a class to learn how to scuba dive, my boyfriend decided to end things. It was one of those things where I half saw it coming (due to massive amounts of pessimism and emotional baggage and such) and then was also completely […]

Wayward Sisters: Interview with Stephanie Cooke (”Miss Monster”)

Q. What were your major influences or inspirations for Miss Monster? A. A while back now, I got obsessed with RuPaul’s Drag Race and I wanted to write a fun story that capture the essence of that but with monsters. The people, the puns, the pageantry, the cattiness – I wanted to write something that […]

Life Finds a Way Anthology: NOW ON KICKSTARTER

The Life Finds A Way anthology is now live on Kickstarter. It’s an anthology filled with post-apocalyptic stories that have a positive spin, and I am so happy and honoured to be a part of this book filled with so many talented creators. My story for the anthology is titled Green Thumb with art by the talented […]

DnD is happening after all my years!

Yeah so it has taken me a substantial number of years to get around to playing DnD. Not because I didn’t want to but more because every time I’ve gotten close to trying to play, the groups either never happened or just fell apart due to time and what not. A few months back, Miles […]

Cookies and Fire Alarms

Friday night is the night of the week where people get wild and go out and celebrate the end of the work week. They go to parties, throw BBQs, drink and do things that people do. Unless of course you’re a freelancer, in which case the word weekend has no meaning to you whatsoever.

Dating Diaries: A Weekend in Tinder

On a good day, I’d like to call the force that pulls interesting beings towards me my “weird magnet”, but sometimes that really doesn’t do any justice to what exactly I mean. There are a few people who’ve been privy to the crazy that surrounds me (Nikki, I’m looking at you… that day at the […]

How To Get Press For Your Indie Comic or Kickstarter Project

I’ve been doing freelancing for quite some time at this point. I run the successful entertainment web site, Rogues Portal, and I was previously the Managing Editor of Talking Comics for over four years. I’ve also run and/or been a part of several successful Kickstarter campaigns such as Toronto Comics Anthology (Vol. 4 & 5), […]

Favourite Reads of 2018 (so far)

I’ve been voraciously reading this year and trying my best to get through as many book books (as opposed to comic books) as possible. I’ve neglected books for a while in favourite of comics so it felt like a good year to shift my primary focus. I’ve missed reading and building a world put down […]

Monday Catch-Ups

This past weekend was TCAF. I recently wrote up a big post about the show for Dork Shelf, so you can keep your eyes peeled for that when it goes up. In the meantime, let me ramble on about other things.

Oh wait… what’s left to ramble about?

The First Geek Trivia

On Wednesday September 26, I put together and hosted the very first Toronto Geek Trivia night. The event was held at The Charlotte Room down at King and Spadina and I must admit, that I was FULL OF EMOTIONS. And by that, I mean I was full of nerves. SO MANY NERVES. After set up […]

Comics Are For Everybody: Talking with Stephanie Cooke About Creator Resource

Creator Resource is a tool to help comic creators navigate the industry. Stephanie Cooke talks about how the site came to be and her vision for its future. Disclaimer: Rosie Knight of WWAC helped Stephanie Cooke and some other folks put together Creator Resource. Anyone can make a comic, and anyone can enjoy a comic. […]

How To Tell If Your Esthetician Is Crazy

There are probably parts of this blog that will teeter on the line of TMI (“too much information” for all you non-initialing folks), but I’ll try not to go there. I honestly don’t think it’ll be bad at all… I don’t even know why I’m leading in with this warning. Ok, it involves me talking […]

I Love Nashville and I’m Not Apologizing

I watch things while I work during the day. It’s usually just as background noise, so I try to pick things that I don’t really want to watch so I don’t get distracted. It’s a bit silly to have something on that you’re not really watching or paying attention to, but hey, it’s my routine […]

Tips for Writers

Big fan of the show. was wondering what your experience has been like getting a story published. Any tips for aspiring writers? -Eric Gahagan First off, don’t ever call yourself an “aspiring writer”. If you write, you’re a writer. Whether you get paid for it or not is a completely different story, but you are […]

OH MY GODS Cover Reveal and HMH’s new imprint, Etch

A couple of cool things to share today! First of all, I can finally share the cover for Oh My Gods: Book One. The cover was done by the amazing Juliana Moon with design and logo by Andrea Miller. It’s perfect, and I love it SO DANG MUCH (you can see it on the right). Second, the […]

Q&A: Who was your biggest influence when getting into the comic industry?

When I was starting in the industry, Kelly Sue DeConnick was one of the first people stepping up for women (that I saw) and taking the time to really encourage them to tell the stories that they wanted to see in the world. She would frequently give out her personal email and information to any woman […]

TCAF 2013 Recap

This weekend marked the 10th anniversary of TCAF, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Every year, an exclusive number of comic creators and exhibitors gather to showcase their wares to enthusiastic crowds eager to check out what’s available. The show is put on at the Toronto Reference Library, which is easily one of the coolest venues in the city. Multiple floors filled with conference rooms and books at Yonge and Bloor creates the perfect atmosphere to check out new things.