Join William Gibson and Johnnie Christmas for a special launch of their book Alien 3!

In the mid-1980s, producers Walter Hill and David Giler commissioned Vancouver-based science fiction author William Gibson to write a sequel to Aliens. The screenplay was never produced, but last year Dark Horse Comics began publishing William Gibson’s Alien 3, a comic-book adaptation by Vancouver comic artist Johnnie Christmas.

To celebrate the release of the series in book form, both Gibson and Christmas will discuss the adaptation and sign copies of their work Aug. 15 at VFS Café (390 W. Hastings St.) from 7 – 9 p.m. Find out more about the event and the book below.

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Join William Gibson and Johnnie Christmas for a special launch of their book Alien 3!

Nerd slam poets and more at East Van alternative literary festival

Portland slam poet Julia Gaskill co-hosts Spoken Nerd as part of Verses Festival of Words.

Billed by organizers as “Canada’s largest alternative literary festival,” Verses Festival of Words returns for another celebration of spoken word, poetry, graphic novels and marginalized voices. From April 25 to May 5, in venues across East Vancouver, the festival features writers, spoken-word performers and more.

See below for some highlights.

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Nerd slam poets and more at East Van alternative literary festival

Look who’s coming to this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival!

Lewis Trondheim, the French writer/illustrator of The Spiffy Adventures of McConey, is a guest at this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (May 19-20).

VanCAF, Vancouver’s annual celebration of small-press and independently-published comics and graphic novels, grows every year. With more people attending, there is also an ever-increasing number of creators taking part in panels, talks, and the exhibition halls. In fact, it can get kind of overwhelming.

Of the dozens of guests coming to this year’s two-day event (May 19-20 at the Roundhouse, 181 Roundhouse Mews, in Yaletown), we’ve selected a few to check out. But there are so many that we advise setting aside at least a couple of hours to see and chat with as many cartoonists, illustrators, and writers as possible. And don’t forget your wallet—there’ll be plenty of cool merchandise to pick up.

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Look who’s coming to this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival!

Literary thrillers, song-and-dance cartoons, East Van gangs at this weekend’s Word Vancouver

Katherine Collins will talk about her groundbreaking Canadian comics creation, Neil the Horse, at this year’s Word Vancouver.

From the 1900 salmon strike to the 2017 women’s march, Vancouver boasts a long history of activism. This history is the subject of City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes, a new book by Kate Bird.

Bird is one of many authors featured at this year’s Word Vancouver Festival. The festival gets underway today (Tues. Sept 19) and features (free!) readings and events throughout the week.

But the whole thing culminates on Sunday, Sept 24 with a full, multi-author day of activities in and around the downtown branch of the Vancouver Public Library (350 W. Georgia). Events include readings, presentations, workshops, kids books, and even poetry (poetry! in this day and age!). Below, we’ve listed a few of Sunday’s authors and presentations we think might be worth checking out.

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Literary thrillers, song-and-dance cartoons, East Van gangs at this weekend’s Word Vancouver

Sex Criminals and a horse named Neil are stars of this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

A cover for the adult comic Sex Criminals. Artist Chip Zdarsky is among the guests at this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival.

One of the weirdest and wistfully strange comics ever published in Canada, Neil the Horse developed a cult following during its 1983-88 publication. The comic was written and produced by Katherine Collins, who was born in Vancouver and known as Arn Saba until 1993 when she came out as a trans woman.

This year, those 15 classic, family-friendly comics have been collected in book form, in The Collected Neil the Horse. To mark the event and the renewed interest in Neil and his pals, Collins is appearing at this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (May 20-21 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews) – along with a number of other special guests, including the artist behind Sex Criminals, one of the most acclaimed adult comics of recent years.

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Sex Criminals and a horse named Neil are stars of this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

Opening this week – a cartoonist’s work comes to musical life in new collaboration

A small-scale model of CKCK, the television station depicted in George Sprott. Model by Seth.

In what promises to be one of the top visual arts events of the season in Metro Vancouver, Omnis Temporalis opens this week at Richmond Art Gallery.

The new, multi-media work, which runs from April 8 – June 25, is based on George Sprott: 1894-1975, by Guelph artist Seth. Vancouver musician/composer Mark Haney has written and recorded a full album’s worth of material inspired by the graphic novella. Seth himself has designed an immersive installation, which includes an entire cartoon space devoted to the construction of a television station that is the setting for much of the story, including a large-scale 3D cardboard model of the station, and drawings and enlargements from the book itself.

As well, eight live performances are scheduled during the exhibits run. These performances feature actors as characters from the book and live performances of Haney’s compositions by a group of musicians, including the composer.

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Opening this week – a cartoonist’s work comes to musical life in new collaboration

Vancouver artist to illustrate Margaret Atwood’s first graphic novel

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Dark Horse Comics has announced that it will publish the first graphic novel by Margaret Atwood. Helping the author of The Handmaid’s Tale and the Oryx and Crake trilogy, among many other celebrated works, realize her vision is Vancouver artist/illustrator Johnnie Christmas.

The book, Angel Catbird, is scheduled for release in the fall of 2016, and concerns what Atwood is calling an “unusual superhero.”

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Vancouver artist to illustrate Margaret Atwood’s first graphic novel