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

by 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

by 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...

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

by 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 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...

Young Adult fiction needs a revamp While the literary genre is burgeoning in popularity, its depiction of women certainly begs further development
Nov12

Young Adult fiction needs a revamp While the literary genre is burgeoning in popularity, its depiction of women certainly begs further development

by By: Mitali Chaudhary Recently, the market for the Young Adult literary genre has ballooned. Geared mostly towards the mid-teen to early adult demographic, their popularity is attested by the large number of movie adaptations, which become widely successful due to the huge fan base that the books amass. Unfortunately, publishers know that any book labelled “YA” will sell well, regardless of the quality of the story. This has yielded...

Archie isn’t what it once was
Nov12

Archie isn’t what it once was

by By: Hess Sahlollbey Four issues in and this new Archie series hasn’t simply gotten rid of the old familiar status-quo, it has ripped it apart and there’s no going back. While this fresh new direction for an iconic character may seem strange at first, reading it is one decision you won’t regret. The last time I read an Archie comic, I was in the sixth grade. My secret Santa gave me an Archie digest, the same kind that you’d see at...