The zine scene of Hamilton Five people, five perspectives on finding a voice in an inclusive community
Jun01

The zine scene of Hamilton Five people, five perspectives on finding a voice in an inclusive community

By: Adrianna Michell The city of Hamilton is often associated with art, growth and income disparity, and all of these are reflected in the self-publishing scene. Specifically, zines offer local artists, writers and creatives not only a venue for expression, but a community as well. Zines grew from the basements of outcast punk rockers to the photo clipping scattered floors of underrepresented creatives everywhere. Self-published works...

Searching for Petronius Totem novel Humorous and absurd, Unwin’s newest work adds Hamilton flair to ridiculous situations
Jun01

Searching for Petronius Totem novel Humorous and absurd, Unwin’s newest work adds Hamilton flair to ridiculous situations

In humour, the want to stay fresh and unique should always be present. If you steal jokes or concepts, you are deemed a plagiarist. If your topics lack originality, you are uninspired. What separates a good comedian from a great comedian is how well they can make relatable events extraordinary and how they communicate its amusement and uniqueness without losing what the audience identifies with. Peter Unwin’s newest novel, Searching...

Self-publishing has led to much needed diversity With more writers of diverse literature opting to self-publish for lack of traditional opportunies, we have to examine why their narratives are being cast aside
Mar31

Self-publishing has led to much needed diversity With more writers of diverse literature opting to self-publish for lack of traditional opportunies, we have to examine why their narratives are being cast aside

At the recommendation of a friend, I started 2016 with a series called All For The Game. The first book was free on iBooks, and the other two books in the trilogy were less than a dollar each. Although I was confused why they were so cheap, I didn’t pay much thought to it. It wasn’t until I was halfway through the second book in the trilogy that I found out it was self-published, and at that point the occasional typos and the...

Four books by and about women of colour
Mar03

Four books by and about women of colour

Growing up, I always found it difficult to fully empathize with the leading characters in young adult novels. Often starring an ambiguously White female lead with a token Black or Latina BFF, the books of my childhood didn’t mirror my coming of age experiences. While most of these stories were set in some North American city or town, and I could often relate to that element, the plot lines were portrayed through White eyes and never...

ANDY’s winter reading syllabus  Andy lists off what to read for pleasure after spending an entire term following a professor’s bidding
Dec03

ANDY’s winter reading syllabus Andy lists off what to read for pleasure after spending an entire term following a professor’s bidding

A Partial List of People to Bleach – Gary Lutz Paperback: $15.77 Kindle: $4.10 Length: 109 pages Enjoy a colourful collection of short stories – we know you’ll need it after the snow starts to settle in. One of Lutz’s more recent collections, A Partial List of People to Bleach, is an assortment of stories, ranging from time spent with ex-husbands to a nameless narrator’s analysis of their aunt’s relationship. This one will be...

Uncanny X-Men ends with a bang The Brian Michael Bendis-written series concludes with an important revelation on the part of one of its main characters, Iceman. The significance of it will be felt across the LGBTQ+ comics-reading community and beyond
Nov12

Uncanny X-Men ends with a bang The Brian Michael Bendis-written series concludes with an important revelation on the part of one of its main characters, Iceman. The significance of it will be felt across the LGBTQ+ comics-reading community and beyond

By: Trisha Gregorio/Andy Writer Last Wednesday, Nov. 5, right in the middle of our very own Mac Pride week, Uncanny X-Men No. 600 came out with an important reveal nestled in its pages: character Bobby Drake, better known as Iceman, is gay. As one of the X-Men franchise’s oldest and most beloved mutants, the Iceman’s sexuality has been a contested topic since the release of All-New X-Men No. 40 on April 22 of this year. Time travel...