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Home from Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Residency 163

Home from Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Residency 163


Flying home from ACA, inking Things comics I sketched while there. So much deep work. I found new capacity as a storyteller. I was inspired by great people who I got to talk to and listen to and exist in space with. I realized, again, ways I rob myself of my own power an watched myself repeat those behaviors. Compulsions that will take time to balance.

I found/remembered new ways of fun for my practice. New capacity to push into, the raw and muted. To feel and laugh and cry and share full throated Karaoke.

New projects are coming. New approaches are coming that should offer fun for you and me AND help me honor and value my time more!

Looking down at a river of lights. Landing soon and ready to come home, again and again and again.

Master Artist Jessica Abel with Liz Argall, Jenny Blair, Lacy Davis, Robin Ha, James Kettner (Kett), JD Lunt, Stacy Pigg and Keith Wilson.

Master Artist Natasha Barrett with Rebecka Ahvenniemi, Andrew Babcock, Brona Martin, Rob Seaback, Eli Stine, Robert Scott Thompson, Giulia Vismara and Benjamin Whiting.

Master Artist Sanford Biggers with, Jacob Broussard, Jen Everett, Katya Grokhovsky, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Catalina Ouyang, Victor Perez, Megan Reed and Oli Rodriguez.

Coming to an Orycon in Portland

Coming to an Orycon in Portland


I will be at Orycon in Portland, Nov 18-20.

If you see me at the con or in the bar you’re super welcome to come up and say hi. I have a hectic schedule, so the best way to make sure you see me is to come to a panel. I take programming prep pretty seriously, so I’ll often be hiding away between panels as I get ready for the next one.

Friday, November 18

Simplifying RPG Systems, Belmont (2), 2:00pm-3:00pm

Can’t remember all those rules? Combat too slow and too predictable? Players too smug and fearless? Spice up your role-playing campaign by streamlining the rules system and picking up the pace! Robert Plamondon, author of “Through Dungeons Deep: A Fantasy Gamers’ Handbook,” shares some easy techniques, and the audience will share plenty more. Rating: PG Robert Plamondon, Liz Argall

Buy Your Unconscious Mind a Drink Douglas Fir (3), 6:00pm-7:00pm

How to get your creative mind to talk to you. How writing prompts, mind maps, creative dates with yourself, tarot and story telling cards can help you tap the muse.

Mark Teppo, John Lovett, Sara Mueller, Liz Argall, Ann Gimpel, Patrick Swenson

Liz Argall Giving a Reading That Will Knock Your Socks off Hawthorne (2) 8:00pm-8:30pm

Nuff said. I give a great reading, and you’ll be the first to experience some new stuff.

Saturday, November 19

Autograph Session 3 Autograph Area (LL1), 2:00pm-3:00pm

I’ll be signing, drawing, and available to write letters from the Things that will be posted to a loved one with ACTUAL STAMPS.

Get your stuff signed by Phyllis Irene Radford, Alma Alexander, and John Pitts at the same time

Sunday, November 20

Local Food Sustainability & Community-Building Pearl (2),  11:00am-12:00pm

Whether your motivation is global warming, the terrifying decimation of the bee population, or being up too late at night reading dystopian futures, have you wondered, if it really all went down, how you could know whom to rely on, and how much you could fend for yourself? Have you tried being proactive, now, learning how to create networks; grow, raise, or glean, your own food sources; barter goods and services; build your own mobile shelters; pass local legislation supporting local food sustainability and rain catchment, etc.? Folks involved in such proactive individual, family, and community endeavors facilitate a discussion, ideally with avid audience participation, towards innovating ideas and sharing what works.

A.M. Brosius,Ellen Klowden, Guy Letourneau, Lupa, Karen Black, Liz Argall, Robert Plamondon, Chad Budrow

My five page backstory and your +5 to hit bonus Salon A (LL1), 1:00pm-2:00pm

Different gaming styles and how we can fit it all together at the same table.

Brian Hunt, Nick Dixon,Rhiannon Louve, Ari Goldstein, Liz Argall

Geeks Against Misogyny & Entitlement Belmont (2), 3:00pm-4:00pm

A safe-space, a meet-up, an opportunity for discussion, catharsis, problem-solving, creative expression, and community-building, around experiences of misogyny and entitlement in any aspect of geek experience, from school and work to conventions and fandoms. PG-13.

Ari Goldstein, Ellen Klowden, Greg Hallock, Arashi Young, Liz Argall, Rhiannon Louve

Communities of dreaming – love letters to Star Trek

Communities of dreaming – love letters to Star Trek

If you would like more Things in your diet please head over to Uncanny Magazine and check out Things React to Star Trek where we look at love as a tool we use to shape ourselves, and shape our communities. 

Thanks to Mary Anne Mohanraj and Una McCormack for being the muses on this one (go read their essays), and thanks as always to Uncanny Magazine and all the Uncanny backers for creating this space for the Things to come, play and be inspired by the great fiction, non-fiction, poetry and interviews.

Remembering Kate Yule

Remembering Kate Yule

A brain tumor took Kate Yule from us yesterday.

She was/is (for the quality of character can extend beyond time) an exemplar of so much of what I love about the community of science fiction and fantasy, and why I choose SFF author over author as a label.

The first time I met Kate I felt accepted, included and wrapped up in a community where squee was a normal state of being. Kate was kind, generous, lively, and infinitely curious. Her crafty projects filled me with awe. I loved how her eye lit up in the face of new adventure (be it organizing a convention, untangling yarn or pondering the nature of the cosmos).

The treatment for an aggressive glioblastoma is not a kind one. Last time I saw her the frustrations of aphasia brain fog and overloading were frustrating her, but she was holding up with a grace Olympians would admire. Her strength was remarkable, as was her ability to articulate her aphasia while having aphasia.

Kate was a community maker, an enthusiasm spreader, generous of heart, and with a strong spirit. I spent an hour or two trying to draw her today, so hard to capture a spirit, but it struck me that she only looks anything like herself when she is smiling. I ran out of good paper until I created one that captured a little of her something as I see it.

<3 to David, I’m so glad you had 25 years together, and gratitude for being so open about this difficult journey. <3 to all the people who stepped up to help with caring roles and kept community close.

Vale Kate.


End of August, Lightspeed, Uncanny, ACA, Things, oh my!

End of August, Lightspeed, Uncanny, ACA, Things, oh my!

So many fantastic things! Here’s a quick roundup in the life of Liz.


Kevin J. Anderson & Sherrilyn Kenyon rocked the Author Spotlight for “Trip Trap” in Lightspeed Magazine. I learn so much interviewing people.

Uncanny Magazine

Uncanny Magazine knocked it out of the park twice! They hit all their stretch goals for the Kickstarter AND won a Hugo award for Best Semi-Prozine! I’m so happy to be associated with them. Thanks to generous supporters on Kickstarters the Things will be returning for the next year of Uncanny. So much joy, so much good.

Atlantic Centre for the Arts

In glorious and wonderful news I will be an Associate Artist in Residence at ACA in August-November, with Jessica Abel as the Master Artist in Residence. I am so beyond excited about this. I found out a while ago, but I’ve been so busy with life that I haven’t had a chance to tell many folks. I’ve been working hard to get through various backlogs so that I can have something shiny and new to work on for ACA, not so new I flop around too much, but not so old that I can’t benefit from all the critiquing and workshopping of the concept.

I saw some photos of the place recently and my jaw kinda dropped. I was excited about working under Abel, but holey moley the grounds are gorgeous!

Somewhat secret project

I turned in the first drafts of a project that I’m so excited to be on. I am so curious about what the edits will be like, as it’s a kind of work for hire that is new to me. I hope to tell you all more in a few months, for now I get to be all excited and nervous and relieved.

Things turn 500!

The Things are now 500 comics old, and that’s not including a few side projects that ended up on the website! I’m trying to think of how to properly celebrate it and do some kind of belated birthday party. Maybe more magnets? Maybe custom M&Ms? I really like the idea of more Things magnets with words that you put on the fridge, so you can have hugs and I believe in you and stuff like that. But maybe stuff isn’t the answer, I already have a spoonflower store and a redbubble store. I need to think about it some more.


Writing the Other: Shiny Master Classes!

Writing the Other: Shiny Master Classes!

The fabulous Writing the Other folks have master class series starting soon, each independent class dives deeply into a specific topics! There’s the Sentient Squid Scholarship (<3 anonymous benefactors and the I Should Be Writing and Ditch Diggers podcasts) you can apply for if you need a hand.

They’re pretty fab, check em out!

Upcoming Writing the Other Master Classes:

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Interview with Merc Rustad on Lightspeed

Interview with Merc Rustad on Lightspeed

I recently interviewed the fabulous Merc Rustad for Lightspeed, then saw them looking totally swank at the Nebulas, but alas had no time to chat in person! Next time gadget!

In the meantime, here is their interview, full of a vision and a mission for more joy and happy endings for queer characters.

Finding Home is a great part of that mission, you can read it for free online and purchase it if you want to support folks to keep bringing the awesome to the world of spec fic. Go check it out!



Uncanny Magazine, year three… and check out one of the stretch goals!

Uncanny Magazine, year three… and check out one of the stretch goals!

Uncanny Magazine is raising funds for Year Three! They’ve done so much in two short years and I gotta say I really love working witKS_Year3_box_webV1h them. Their whole editorial team is pretty fab to say the least. Watching the video gave me little happy shivers to see so many creators I like waving and supporting the UNICORN DANCE PARTY!

Supporting Uncanny this year also creates the opportunity for the Things to continue hanging out with Uncanny and stretch themselves into new ways of imagining. It’s always such an interesting challenge, reading all the stories and essays, picking one (or several) and fitting them into the mind and world of the Things.

Check out this sweet sweet Kickstarter stretch goal ^_^

Increase Uncanny Blogging! Keep Liz Argall’s Things Without Arms And Things Without Legs reaction comic per issue, and add the new Max and Amal Go to the Moviescolumn, PLUS new columns by Michael Damian Thomas and Michi Trota!


2016 Locus Awards

2016 Locus Awards

I did some sketches during the Locus Awards, fun to practice working off prompts. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners ^_^



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The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the winners of the2016 Locus Awards. on Saturday, June 25, 2016 during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA.


  • Tor


  • Asimov’s


  • David G. Hartwell


  • Michael Whelan





  • Old Venus, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Bantam)








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