White Wolf: The Dirge

Aaron Dembski-Bowden

WhiteWolfLogo A moment of silence for the fallen.

Chuck already said this better than most – and certainly better than I’m about to – but it’s a big deal in my crackly-crunchy brainjunk and I wanted to get some words onto a screen about it before it’s just a memory. I’ve not worked for White Wolf for a long time, but it still feels bizarrely personal. I found myself starting and stopping posts about it yesterday, and essentially getting nowhere. Now, I want to take Chuck’s words on all of this and use them to help frame my context for it all, because we’re coming from the same place.

As you may have heard, CCP axed the World of Darkness MMO.

Take it away, Chuck:

I don’t know what this means for the larger WOD brand, or what happens to the ragged tatters of the company that has been frayed…

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Exclusion As Default: Female Geeks

shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows

A couple of years ago, while attending an SFF convention, I made the mistake of participating in a geek trivia contest. Normally, I love this sort of thing, even when I lose badly: I spent a not inconsiderable portion of my tweens and teens playing the original edition of Trivial Pursuit for fun, despite the fact that even the most “recent” events on the cards were all older than me by more than a decade. My parents used to beat me hollow, but I loved it, because I always felt like I learned something. So, understandably, I embarked on this particular quiz with a feeling of optimism. I didn’t care that it was billed as “ridiculously hard” – I just wanted to have a good time, and maybe learn some cool, obscure facts about the history of SFF. Instead, the whole thing quickly became the single worst experience I’ve ever had at…

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Chicago actor, writer and director Harold Ramis dies at 69


Mark Caro, Tribune reporter

Harold Ramis was one of Hollywood’s most successful comedy filmmakers when he moved his family from Los Angeles back to the Chicago area in 1996. His career was still thriving, with “Groundhog Day” acquiring almost instant classic status upon its 1993 release and 1984’s “Ghostbusters” ranking among the highest-grossing comedies of all time, but the writer-director wanted to return to the city where he’d launched his career as a Second City performer.

haroldramis Director Harold Ramis works on the Woodstock, Ill. location of “Groundhog Day,” in 1993. (Columbia Pictures photo)

“There’s a pride in what I do that other people share because I’m local, which in L.A. is meaningless; no one’s local,” Ramis said upon the launch of the first movie he directed after his move, the 1999 mobster-in-therapy comedy “Analyze This,” another hit. “It’s a good thing. I feel like I represent the city in a…

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Contribution to Irish Gaming Award

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So, I was minding my own business, taking a selfie with Karen in the Old Bar at Warpcon…


…and two seconds after this picture was taken, I realised that Eoin was saying nice things about me and that I was being pulled up on stage to receive the Contribution to Irish Gaming Award.

Clearly, my friends are far more tricksy than I had realised, and had me convinced that they knew who was going to win and that it was somebody else. Here’s the thing – I was so surprised that I was left, literally, speechless. If I had had time to think, this is what I would have liked to have said:

I’ve been very involved in the Irish gaming scene for the past ten years. I’ve been on organising committees for a bunch of conventions in various roles, Warpcon, Itzacon, Gaelcon, I’ve convinced groups from different areas to…

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Octocon 2013

This weekend I am staffing at Octocon. Octocon is the National Irish Science Fiction Convention which has been running for the last 23 years. http://www.octocon.com/

I am looking forward to seeing the guests of honor this year, they are Richard K. Morgan, who wrote the most interesting scifi trilogy I have read this year the first of which Altered Carbon won the Philp K Dick award; and Gail Simone who’s work on Wonder Woman and Bat Girl at DC comics has been nothing short of legendary.

Also the panels have a very interesting range of discussions and panelists. This will be another busy but awesome weekend.

September meeting

Laydeez do Comics - Dublin

Laydeez do Comics - DublinThe second meeting of Laydeez do Comics – Dublin, will take place from 7pm – 9.30pm on Wednesday, 11 September, 2013 in the Rooftop Bar, 3rd floor, of the Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2.

Laydeez do Comics is an international network of meetings celebrating the diverse expressions of the comic book medium. Started in 2009 in London, it now has groups across the UK, America, and Ireland. The Dublin meeting is organised by writers Lynda Rucker and Maura McHugh.

Our guests for the first meeting will be Sarah Bracken, Paddy Lynch, and Arja Kajermo.

popSarah Bracken will discuss her work, her publishing imprint, and her love for the Irish Zine scene.

popPaddy Lynch will talk about ‘alternatives’: influences and career paths that are outside the mainstream.

popLynda Rucker will interview Arja Kajermo about Arja’s long career as a jobbing cartoonist both in Ireland…

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Mark Millar’s rape comments, ‘Superheroes’ TCA panel: The comics world responds

Hero Complex - movies, comics, pop culture - Los Angeles Times


It’s been a rough week for women in comics.

First, Wonder Woman was (once again) relegated to the back burner, while a TV series for the Flash is being fast-tracked in her place. Then, during Wednesday’s Television Critics Assn. press tour panel for the new PBS docu-series  “Superheroes: The Never-Ending Battle,” several comics creators said of the dearth of women and people of color in their pages, that readers are “not interested” in those characters.

Today comes a New Republic story that quotes “Kick-Ass” creator Mark Millar defending his comic book depictions of rape and sexual violence, saying “I don’t really think it matters.”

Comics creators, journalists and others of the comics community took to Twitter to respond to what they saw as blatant sexism, both in the TCA panel and in Millar’s comments.

Millar, the boundary-pushing comics writer who in recent years has become a Hollywood heavyweight thanks…

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The list: 100 Great Science Fiction Stories by Women

It Doesn't Have To Be Right...

Now let the arguing begin…

The list below contains 100 pieces of short fiction – short stories, novelettes and novellas – by women writers, published between 1927 and 2012. Each author appears only once. The stories are by no means the best by each writer. In most cases, I’m simply not familiar enough with an oeuvre to choose the best; in other cases, I’ve picked a story I’ve read and thought good, and yes, there are a few of my favourite stories in the list too. I’ve not read them all – some came from suggestions on Twitter or on an earlier post on this blog (many thanks to all who contributed), others I took from various award lists or Year’s Best TOCs. One or two fantasy stories might have sneaked through the net, because I couldn’t find copies to read and check. However, the list should all be science…

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Pacific Rim: The Story of the Irish Jaeger

Luke Writes What You Read

The movie doesn’t tell the story of the monster portal which opened in the Atlantic, because Ireland dealt with it single-handedly. It turns out that “being invaded from other lands” is pretty much our entire history, cultural legacy, and best way to get us to kick your arse if you try it now we have a tech sector. On the grounds that it was how we defeat all our existing demons, we built our jaeger out of a distillery.


40% fuel ensured the pilots didn’t feel any pain, fatigue, or need to ask pointed questions about the feasibility of a 100 meter tall bipedal robot. But the real breakthrough was when it turned out that the best way to check advanced psychological compatibility for direct neural linkage was “fighting with sticks.”

We immediately drafted the Kilkenny hurling team.

Fifteen championship trained violencies of pure speed. Hurling is one of the fastest…

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The spice must flow.


The best cinema in Dublin The Light House Cinema  in Smithfield, is having a late showing of DUNE. The wonderful epic Scifi movie with a sound track by Toto. Did you know that Star wars started of as Dune Fanfic?

Saturday August 17th, doors open at 9:30pm, The Spice must flow!