Issue 100

Review: Canada’s Place Names & How to Change Them

As Beck’s research shows, naming is a vital part of how we construct and interpret the world around us. Names can hold clues to the land and celebrate its people and stories; they can also be used to conceal what came before.

Review: Anxious

Anxiety, while a sometimes terrifying experience, can also be a place of self-discovery as it forces some into periods of self-reflection. There’s something wonderful that lurks in that space between our ears.

Art Holes: Rawdog

“I’m working on a big project I can crash for a few hours and then keep on banging out pages.” Real Deal Comix’ Lawrence Hubbard gives us a tour of his spartan digs.

Review: Biography of X

A tightrope walk of a novel, Catherine Lacey’s Biography of X deftly weaves speculative fiction and fact into a story about love and abuse, a relationship turned sour and the lengths one will go to for their art.

Review: Krello

A couple deal with an alien crash landing in their backyard in cartoonist Kanekiel’s debut effort.

A Day with Matt Farley, The World’s Most Prolific Artist

I admire Matt Farley and what he represents. I predict that he will one day be recognized as one of the emblematic creatives of his era. For this reason, I travelled to Peabody, Massachusetts for the Motern Extravaganza, an annual concert and fan event Farley holds in his own honour.

Thunderous Feminism: The Legacy of the Northern Woman Journal

On printing day of the famed Thunder Bay feminist publication, one woman would type on an electric typewriter while volunteers spread the issue’s pages on the counters and stools of what was formerly a Finnish restaurant — still smelling of the fryer oil.

Review: Grunge Tejana

Bonnie Cisneros’ zine is an all-inclusive haunting. A quintessential ’90s love letter, Grunge Tejana sheds light on the brown folks who made up a big part of the grunge scene down here in Texas.

Review: Tegan and Sara: Modern Heartthrobs

Unlike many other acts who saw the quality of their music degenerate in inverse proportion to their pocketbooks, Tegan and Sara’s art has only increased in its popularity and reach. Melody Lau does an excellent job of highlighting these tensions.

Review: Sleepy Hollow Motor Inn

Molly Young breathes life into her tale of homicide, hemophilia, Cape Cod motels and underwater exploration. She brings a love of language, rigorous research approaches and a jovial reportage style reminiscent of a This American Life episode.