April 18th, 2014

kelseyatnowhereplace:

Drawing badass girls for @hoodieripper Oh and it’s only three weeks til TCAF. #holyshit #illustration #girlgang #1950s

This is a real thing that’s really happening and a real project that I’m working on and writing and I’m not procrastinating by watching Game of Thrones Season 3 when I need to be working on the other million things that need my immediate attention. I swear. (No, but seriously, Switchblade Queens is debuting at Kelsey Short’s table at TCAF. Come by and pick one up!)

Reblogged from Nowhere Place
April 7th, 2014
So, I’ve been working on a serialized fiction series called ‘Switchblade Queens’ about a 1950s girl gang, and Kelsey Short has been developing some concept art for it. I don’t think it’s unfair to say she’s fucking killing it.

So, I’ve been working on a serialized fiction series called ‘Switchblade Queens’ about a 1950s girl gang, and Kelsey Short has been developing some concept art for it. I don’t think it’s unfair to say she’s fucking killing it.

April 7th, 2014
Act Your Age, Episode 7
No witty banter this episode. No old radio commercials. Only music. The lineup for Fest 13 was announced last week and in order to fit in songs from all the bands I’m stoked are playing I needed to cut out EVERYTHING else. So here’s 19 of my favourite bands who’ll be making the trip to Florida this October. Consider it a sampler. A sampler of radness.

Caves - I Don’t Care, I Don’t CareSomos - Dead WrongSelf Defense Family - Pop Song Written on the AutomallLaura Stevenson - L-DOPACircle Takes the Square - Singing Vengeance Into BeingLemuria - IrregularCandy Hearts - Sick of ItLipstick Homicide - Like This ForeverChixdiggit - Henry Rollins Is No FunNight Birds - New CultsDescendents - WeSave Ends - We Are the Only OnesMuncie Girls - Car Crashcayetana - Hot Dad CalendarGateway District - Run AwayBoys - Sundae Skoolall dogs - Love SongChumped - EleanorAllison Weiss - Wait for Me This podcast is also available for direct download or on Soundcloud. If you want to subscribe, there’s a feedburner link.

Act Your Age, Episode 7

No witty banter this episode. No old radio commercials. Only music. The lineup for Fest 13 was announced last week and in order to fit in songs from all the bands I’m stoked are playing I needed to cut out EVERYTHING else. So here’s 19 of my favourite bands who’ll be making the trip to Florida this October. Consider it a sampler. A sampler of radness.

Caves - I Don’t Care, I Don’t Care
Somos - Dead Wrong
Self Defense Family - Pop Song Written on the Automall
Laura Stevenson - L-DOPA
Circle Takes the Square - Singing Vengeance Into Being
Lemuria - Irregular
Candy Hearts - Sick of It
Lipstick Homicide - Like This Forever
Chixdiggit - Henry Rollins Is No Fun
Night Birds - New Cults
Descendents - We
Save Ends - We Are the Only Ones
Muncie Girls - Car Crash
cayetana - Hot Dad Calendar
Gateway District - Run Away
Boys - Sundae Skool
all dogs - Love Song
Chumped - Eleanor
Allison Weiss - Wait for Me

This podcast is also available for direct download or on Soundcloud. If you want to subscribe, there’s a feedburner link.

April 6th, 2014

Thank You, Alison

Dear Alison,

It was awesome seeing you at the Julie Ruin show last night. They were just as good as I thought they would be (and so much witty banter!). I had a revelation during their set though and it hit me like a hammer: I’ve never thanked you.

Before I met you in the early ’90s I was just average dude in a patriarchal society with average shitty dude attitudes and emotions. You were the friend (and later, girlfriend) who opened my eyes to the larger world with larger problems. You were the one who played Bikini Kill and Heavens to Betsy for me. You were the one who showed me issues of Jigsaw and Girl Germs. You were the one who introduced me to third-wave feminism.

But more than that, you were the one who took the time to explain to me why things like women-only spaces were essential. It happened so slowly and gradually (really, across the entirety of the ’90s) that I didn’t see it happening at the time, but looking back, it was a full education. And because of that education I am the man I am today. Not a perfect man—still learning, still changing as he sees the problems within himself—but one who acknowledges those imperfections and wants to wage war on them, both in his personality and in society. I am a better romantic partner because of that education and, I think, a better person in general.

There is literally no facet of my life that feminism hasn’t touched, and all of it stems back to riot grrrl and the knowledge you shared with me.

I never thanked you because I didn’t realize what had been imparted to me at the time, but I’ll thank you here, now, and publicly because everyone deserves to know the difference you made in my life.

Thanks, Alison.

With love,
Chris

March 19th, 2014

Sitting in Burger King and getting sad and sadder as The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald plays over the PA is a singular Canadian experience.

March 6th, 2014

I commissioned my friend Circle to silkscreen me the misandrist patch of my dreams and it turned out even better than I’d hoped. Vest Phase One: COMPLETE.

March 3rd, 2014
Act Your Age, Episode 6
It’s cold outside. Holy crap, are we ever gonna make it out of the Polar Vortex? I mean, at this point I’m pretty sure this is the onset of the Fimbulwinter. The White Walkers are hanging back, but they’ll be dropping by in a couple of months. INSERT HOTH JOKE HERE. Anyway, Episode 6 of Act Your Age features some peppy, upbeat songs as well as some music that reminds me of the frigid landscape outside my warm apartment. So, warm up with some hot music or cool down with some chill tracks or whatever bullshit DJs like to say.

Squirrels - Seasons in the Sun / The HustleHappy Fangs - Lion Inside YouThe Two Funerals - Boy’s ClubBeyond Pink - Thanx to All the BoysSummer Cannibals - Hey / I Was SavedVelocity Girl - Sorry AgainNight Manager - AlienChelsea Wolfe - Destruction Makes the World Burn BrighterEsben and the Witch  - DespairQueen Adreena - Pretty PollyButter the Children - Spit It OutPerturbator - I Am the NightYamantaka // Sonic Titan - Crystal Fortress Over the Sea of Trees2NE1 - MTBD (CL solo) This podcast is also available for direct download or on Soundcloud. If you want to subscribe, there’s a feedburner link.

Act Your Age, Episode 6

It’s cold outside. Holy crap, are we ever gonna make it out of the Polar Vortex? I mean, at this point I’m pretty sure this is the onset of the Fimbulwinter. The White Walkers are hanging back, but they’ll be dropping by in a couple of months. INSERT HOTH JOKE HERE. Anyway, Episode 6 of Act Your Age features some peppy, upbeat songs as well as some music that reminds me of the frigid landscape outside my warm apartment. So, warm up with some hot music or cool down with some chill tracks or whatever bullshit DJs like to say.

Squirrels - Seasons in the Sun / The Hustle
Happy Fangs - Lion Inside You
The Two Funerals - Boy’s Club
Beyond Pink - Thanx to All the Boys
Summer Cannibals - Hey / I Was Saved
Velocity Girl - Sorry Again
Night Manager - Alien
Chelsea Wolfe - Destruction Makes the World Burn Brighter
Esben and the Witch  - Despair
Queen Adreena - Pretty Polly
Butter the Children - Spit It Out
Perturbator - I Am the Night
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan - Crystal Fortress Over the Sea of Trees
2NE1 - MTBD (CL solo)

This podcast is also available for direct download or on Soundcloud. If you want to subscribe, there’s a feedburner link.

February 15th, 2014

Anniversary

One year ago today, I got on a plane with two pieces of checked luggage and two pieces of carry-on and left my life in Vancouver for a future of unknown variables in Toronto. I’d like to thank everyone who’s been a part of my life since I arrived for making Toronto a home and not just a pit stop, way-station or footnote. Friends, coworkers and collaborators, you’re all amazing. I don’t know how things keep managing to get better, but they do and you’re all at the heart of it.

Nothing but gratitude, nothing but love.

February 13th, 2014

ALL THE NEWS

There’s a lot of news to tell you, so let’s just start at the top and work our way down.

First off, there’s a huge excerpt from Molotov Hearts in the new issue (#62) of Broken Pencil! Four pages! Almost an entire chapter! On newsstands now! No kissing, but a buttload of dumpstering and running from the cops! Plus an amazing illustration from Kat Verhoeven (who took the picture above for her Instagram)!

Second, you can finally buy digital copies of Molotov Hearts online! It’s available in physical copies and for the Kindle through Amazon, and you can get copies of the PDF through Gumroad. If you want to try before you buy (or can’t/don’t want to pay—whatever, I’m not judging you), you can also download the MOBI and PDF for free. No EPUBs yet, but they’re coming. Click here for a comprehensive list of places you can grab a copy.

Also coming? PDFs/MOBIs/EPUBs of my HoodieRipper short fiction collection, Singles. The PDF should be arriving soon. Like, in-the-next-couple-of-days soon. The MOBI and EPUB will be trailing behind.

Third, if you haven’t checked out the HoodieRipper twitter feed lately (or ever), you might want to. I handed responsibility for it over to Becky (from my books) and she’s updating it with scene reports and gossip, as well as other news.

That’s it for now. There’s more stuff in the works and I’m excited about it, but it’s not at the stage where I can spill beans yet. More news soon!

Writing and life reports and stuff from Chris Eng. He's the one responsible for the HoodieRipper punk romance stories.

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