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Hoping to get a celebrity’s autograph, he hedges his bets with some artists whom he doesn’t know beforehand. He hopes to get a famed author in the field. Often, he cannot trust that someone from his own country can possibly be good.
(And, yes, it is a real rejection letter that is on the character’s mind…)
I remember a Comic Festival long ago where the organisators rolled the red carpet for the American guests of honor, while all the local artists were relegated at a 3rd story corridor. (A dark corridor, at that).
This endless quest for celebrities pervades every aspect of society. Journals or magazines, broadcasts, all need a scattering of big-names to pique the interest of a readership. The same goes for television variety programs striving to reach a larger audience. Most of my writer friends lament that their opus don’t even get a coverage from the medias, and it always seems that only three or four stars get all the reviews.
And for each of us. I have my own celeb’s quest. But I discovered and appreciated most of my favorites authors long before finding out about their fame.
There are insecurities dwelling inside each of us, and getting acknowledged by others kind of validates our work. For a “groupie”, getting the attention of a celebrity, even for a few moments, is the next best thing to fame and fortune.
So, if you meet a fan looking for stars, be understanding while reaching your inner groupie but point out all those in the sky.
For this Halloween special, a comic originally published in a Zombie Commandos from Hell, a comic series by Stéphane Dumais. Zombies are really popular, there are various zombie races, and there’s even a training application for runners!
It is a rather amoral comic, because the poor zombie guy actually bought a comic book, so he was nicer than most straight fans!
Happy Halloween everyone!
From my new imprint Sunday Artist Studio, here comes the brand new Otaku Ladies comic book, in time for the Toronto Fan Expo!
Sample of interior art.
Sunday Artist Studio will publish YA and all-ages stories.
As this comic, Negotiations (a silent SF short 8 pages story, originally published in ZIdara9). Rémi Paradis did this nice cover formatting. I will have a few there as well.
Excerpt from The General’s Garden, 24 pages, B&W, SF.
My YA novel Mica, fille de Transyl is a 2013 Trillium Award finalist!
Organised by the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Trillium awards reward literary excellency in Ontario.
The OMDC supports the province’s creative economy by providing innovative programs, services and funding for the film & television; book & magazine publishing; interactive digital media & music industries.
Moreover, this year, two of the three YA novels belong to the spec-fic genre (outright science fiction for me, anticipation for my colleague Daniel Marchildon). The third novel is in a more familiar crime story genre.
So, as I predicted, SF is finally rising as an acceptable literary genre. It has taken a long undergroung toil and 14 SF novels from my part, to get to see this.
From left to right: Daniel Marchildon, Claude Forand, Michèle Laframboise, happily signing together!
Hitch-hiking may be cool, but somewhat not without dangers. A sketch I did a few years ago, featuring my best friend and I, upgraded. The two troopers boarding the AT-AT are our husbands (and die hard SW fans).
When you feel a dull pain in the chest, you go see your doctor, then you heed his or her advice. You don’t protest, saying: Balance my diet? Exercise? Well my fortune-teller says I can do as I please, so don’t bother me with your “facts”!
But what if a whole government chooses to follow the fortune-teller’s advice? And if it closed all the medicine faculties of Canada, listening to the singsong voice of the fortune-teller… or the fortune makers?
The federal government has decided without consulting any scientific authority, to close the ELA, among other government-supported research programs in Canada.
Like a tree, it has grown into a world -renowned scientific facility on freshwater ecology. It has served diligently to protect the public and the environment, putting in light the role of phosphorus in the eutrophication of lakes (to know more about the subject, read The Algal Bowl, by Vallentyne and Schindler, 2008, or my account, here).
A few of the subjects tackled by research teams:
nutrient pollution and noxious algae (the photo here)
impacts of “acid rain” on lakes
recovery of lakes from acidification
impacts of reservoir flooding
sources of toxic mercury in fish
impacts of “climate change” on lakes
removal of nearshore vegetation
impacts of hormonal mimics
impacts of cage aquaculture
As I explained in an older post, the work of scientifics faces a huge perception challenge by the “I want simple answers NOW“ crowd. Scientists toil endlessly to collect data, to accept errors, pursuing the course regardless of the difficulties. They strive to understand the natural processes and the impact of humans activities on our freshwaters and their myriad of lifes.
The ELA is a collective book that must stay open for all to consult.
To build this 58-bead necklace of knowledge took years. The Experimental Lakes Area, nurtured by students, teachers, citizens, embodies the strong human desire to learn.
We should create a movement called Ignorant no More.
— A few links
The Experimental Lakes Research Area website
List of federal MPS - find your own MP!
Save ELA: http://saveela.org/what-can-you-do-to-help/
Facebook group for ELA. https://www.facebook.com/groups/saveela/