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Event: WILD INK, a Boston Comics Roundtable fundraiser! August 20 at P.A.'s Lounge

Come and support your local cartoonists!

My comics group, Boston Comics Roundtable, is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the fourth issue of our comics anthology, Inbound. This issue will be devoted to Boston history stories, and I'm excited as hell about it.

The fundraiser is on Thursday, August 20, at P.A.'s Lounge in Somerville, MA, and will include caricatures, sketch battles, raffle prizes, and live music from the band Rotary.

The event starts at 9pm (doors open at 8), tickets are $12 at the door. Come have a drink with us, enjoy music and cartoons, and hang out with the comics crowd!

[ press release with full details ]
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Boston Zine Fair - this weekend!

The Boston Zine Fair is this weekend!

Come on over and check out a wide array of zines, comics, crafts, and all sorts of indy media! We're going to have dozens of tablers and a great selection of workshops on a variety of topics (both hands-on and talky subjects).

You'll also get a chance to pick up the second issue - fresh off the press! - of Boston Comics Roundtable's anthology comic Inbound, with a nine-page story by me! Between BCR and the Trees and Hills gang, this place is going to be loaded with New England comics-creating talent.

Where: 601 Newbury Street, Boston, MA (around the corner from Kenmore Square)
When: Sept. 20-21, 2008 10am-6pm both days
Web: www.bostonzinefair.org
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Crafty question: Grommet pliers?

Question for all the crafters reading this:

A pal of mine wants to buy a pair of grommet pliers, and the only craft-use pair she's found are made by Dritz.

Does anyone know if this pair is any good or if there is another (maybe better) brand that she hasn't found?

Thanks!
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Wednesday Sept 5: Queen tribute show at Milky Way in Jamaica Plain

Next Wednesday night, Milky Way in JP is hosting a pretty jam-packed and crazy-sounding Queen tribute show. I love crazy and I love Queen, so I'm planning on being there.

If anyone wants to join me, let me know! Details below from the Big Moves calendar listing.

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Queen for a Day
September 5th, 2007
9:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Milky Way Lounge & Lanes, Jamaica Plain

$8 in advance, $10/door

Description: On the solemn yet rockin' occasion of Freddie Mercury's birthday, Big Moves rolls out a star-studded Queen tribute show that’s gonna blow your hair back and leave you begging for more.

Big Moves has become known in Boston for its exciting, mixed-genre dance and performance revues. In Queen for a Day, we go beyond exciting into manic, with new numbers from Thick (Big Moves’ burlesque troupe) and Caravan of Curves (our belly dance ensemble). After all, no Queen show would be complete without a bunch of fat-bottom girls! And the celebration is loaded with guest artists whose on-stage bravado matches our own:

- Gunpowder Gelatine, an all-girl Queen cover band whose members have rocked an impressively long list of local groups, including the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra, Mercury Charm Offensive, Commodore Vic, Mood Swings Orchestra
- Babes in Boinkland, a burlesque troupe whose faces are as fresh as their stage antics are frisky. Yes, this no-holds-barred babefest is related to the notorious Boink magazine.
- Becca d’Bus, one of Boston’s glammest, trashiest drag queens, taking a break from her spots at TraniWreck and Jaded for a star turn with Bohemian Rhapsody … in Chinese.

Bring your one-dollar bills, because tipping will be encouraged!

Proceeds from the rock ‘n’ roll raffle will benefit Community Servings, a nonprofit organization serving good food to people who are homebound with HIV/AIDS and other acute life-threatening illness (visit www.servings.org for more info). And yes, there will be cake.
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German-speakers?

Does anyone reading this speak German?

I'm working on a comic with two very short German phrases in it, and I'd like to double-check them with a German speaker or student to make sure they're proper and correct.

Thanks!
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This Band is So Awesome: Harry and the Potters on Friday night in Harvard Square, free

Tomorrow night: Free Harry and the Potters concert in Harvard Yard as part of the Book 7 celebrations! Me and some friends, we'll be out there dancing along - let me know if you'd like to join us.

DETAILS (from their mailing list):

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July 20th, Friday
Cambridge, MA
Harvard Square
7:00-10:00pm, FREE!
Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA

This will be THE PLACE TO BE on July 20th. The show will take place on
the Harvard Campus. We urge you to decline all other invites and come
join us for the best BOOK RELEASE PARTY in HISTORY! Draco and the Malfoys
will probably try to crash this party, but there's no way we'll let them
spoil our fun. Plus our favorite dragons, the Hungarian Horntails, will
be there too! Did I mention this is totally FREE! BE THERE!
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There is also a book release party at Harvard Book Shop starting at 9pm which I'm planning to hit.

Edited to add: Here is their website: http://www.eskimolabs.com/hp/
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Political: Help stop the gay marriage amendment

The Massachusetts legislature is scheduled to vote next Thursday, June 14, on the gay marriage amendment. If it passes, the issue of whether or not it should be legal will go to the public vote, which could result in same-sex marriage being banned in Massachusetts (not to mention a nasty political campaign leading up to that ballot). More background info is available at the MassEquality website.

Civil rights shouldn't be up for majority vote. If you're a Mass. resident, please contact your legislators (see links below) right away. Let them know that you support marriage equality and that this amendment should not be put on the ballot.

All of the state reps have phone numbers and email addresses - just a quick phone call or email can make a difference. This is especially helpful if you live outside the Boston area - the more constituents contacting different legislators, the better.

Here are some links from MassEquality to help:

* Find out who your legislators are and get their contact info

* Interactive maps that show how your legislators have voted on marriage equality

* MassEquality's action page with further suggestions (letters to the editor, donations, volunteering, etc.)

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Seriously, I don't know if I've ever felt prouder of Massachusetts than that first night of same-sex marriage licenses, out by the City Hall, watching happy couples leave the building gleeful and arm-in-arm. I will never forget the one hand-held sign that proclaimed "Yay!"