Asian Skincare Update: What I Use, One Year In

Asian Skincare Update: What I Use, One Year In

Just over one full year ago, I started a journey that would change both my life and my wallet forever. Not my new job and cross-county move; no, I’m talking about my decision to wade into the deep and deeply-confusing waters (and oils and essences and emulsions and ampoules and gels) of Asian Skincare.

My first post about my journey has been read by a shocking number of people, so I would definitely like to remind everyone that I have no idea what I’m talking about. I’m still incredibly new at this and also still terrified – but that post outlines the basics of Asian Skincare as I understand them. There are about one hundred trillion steps; they have to occur in a particular order; and it can take a not-insignificant amount of time.

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Before I get into the specifics of what weird shit I’m consistently putting on my face these days, I’d like to share a few gems of knowledge that I’ve learned about K-beauty over the past 14 months.

  1. I am as moist as I thought I would be. Just… so fuckin’ moist all the time.
  2. Whenever you think you have put the weirdest thing on your face (see: ethically-harvested snail goo), there will be something weirder. Where did that placenta come from? Isn’t bee venom toxic? What is Donkey Milk, exactly? Who knows, but I’ll probably slap it on my face eventually!
  3. Try new things one at a time. It was so tempting for me to just open all those shiny Korean packages simultaneously, but this is a mistake that you will regret.
  4. Japanese sunscreen!!!!!
  5. Snail Goo will Change You. No joke. Someone will definitely judge you for putting snail shit on your face, but you will laugh at them when you look flawless in ten years and they are jealous. Because snails.
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put me directly on your face!

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Whenever I’m confused about where in the routine order a new product should go, I refer to this guide, or to the geniuses over on r/AsianBeauty. That amazing subreddit also posts a seasonal “Holy Grail” list of everyone’s favorite products of the moment, and is a great place to find new things to try. I check ingredients over at CosDNA to make sure I’m not sensitive to anything before I order a new product. I usually order all of my products through RoseRoseShop and Amazon. I have watched this Lisa Eldridge Facial Massage video approximately one thousand times.

Alright, onwards to

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Like I said in my original post, the whole point of this adventure was that I wanted to wean myself off Proactiv (particularly, the main ingredient in both the cleanser and cream, Benzoyl Peroxide). Most people in K-beauty suggest using combination of acids called BHAs and AHAs to prevent breakouts. I was technically already using an AHA – the Proavtiv Toner is made of Glycolic Acid, which is an AHA (so are Lactic and Mandelic acids). Most people use Salicylic Acid as their BHA, though I’ve never found it to have any effect on my skin at all (MY ACNE IS TOO POWERFUL FOR SUCH MORTAL NONSENSE).

Unfortunately, a few months into my attempt to wean myself of facial bleach, I moved from humid, temperate Toronto to the bone-dry arid tundra of Edmonton, Alberta (RIP my entire body). It’s so dry I was in Edmonton for two straight months before I stopped waking up to daily nosebleeds. The drastic change in climate wreaked some serious havok on my skin. Despite still using Proactiv once a day, I was subject to almost-constant breakouts (even those horrible under-the-skin cysty things that feel like punishment for something you didn’t even know you did) all over my cheeks and chin. Finally beaten down and sick of looking like a disease-ridden teenager circa the Black Plague-era, I relented and went back to Proactiv twice a day. Please don’t judge me.

Despite my weak will, Asian Skincare has actually still managed to mitigate my major issue, which was the intense dryness that resulted from using Benzoyl Peroxide twice daily. I used to get the grossest, scaliest skin all over my face, and it was so noticeable as the day went on. By using all these AB products, I’ve finally managed to keep my skin as moisturized as possible (while still staying pimple-free thanks to the BP). Eventually, perhaps when I’m making less public appearances for work, I’d like to try transitioning off the Proactiv again by trying BHAs, AHAs, and retinols – but, you know. Later.

For now, these are the AB skincare and makeup products I’m using and loving!

SKINCARE

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Oil Cleanse – DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (Canada/US)

If there was one thing I could truly call a “Holy Grail” product in my routine, it would be this. Every other makeup remover I’ve ever tried has either left a weird residue, burned my eyes, been ineffectual, or pulled at my skin with cotton pads. You only use this at night, and just one pump of this stuff is enough to take off your sunscreen, makeup, the whole shebang, because the olive oil bonds right to all the gunk on your face. It’s also great to for facial massage (see above video, preferably several times before bed if you’re having trouble sleeping).

On a day where I’ve worn a particularly stubborn red matte lip or something, you can bust out the MISSHA The Style Green Tea Lip & Eye Makeup Remover first. The lid is shaped like a heart!!

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Second Cleanse – Hada Labo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Foam (Canada/US)

Here’s where I’m still using my garbage Proactiv cleanser, but if I was a better person I would go back to using this awesome Japanese foaming cleanser. You need to use a second cleanser to take all that oil off your face, and you want a cleanser that has a pH close to your natural skin level (4.2-5.6). This one is 5.5.

I normally wouldn’t recommend using hyaluronic acid in a dry environment (it’s a humectant, so it attracts water from the air into your skin – but if there is no water in the air, it will draw the water from your skin out in the air, what the fuck), but this stuff has *deep breath* hydroxypropyltrimonium hyaluronate all up in it. That’s film-forming, which stops your skin from releasing water while creating more space on your face to store water. Dang!!!!! That is some science shit!!!!

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Exfoliators

  1. SkinFood Black Sugar Wash-Off Mask
  2. Cure Natural Aqua Gel (Canada/US)

Get all that dead skin off your face okay!! It’s important! I use the Black Sugar mask 2-3 times a week. A lot of people dig the Strawberry version, but I haven’t tried it yet. I use the Cure product probably twice a month in place of the Black Sugar scrub. Basically, you take a pump of this and rub it onto a portion of your face and you’ll start to see little white balls appear and SURPRISE, THAT SHIT IS LITERAL BALLS OF YOUR OWN CHEMICALLY-EXFOLIATED DEAD-ASS SKIN HOLY SHIT

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Actives 

Okay, this is where the AHA/BHA party would happen if I could get my act together. Right now I’m using Proactiv Toner as an AHA, but I would love to eventually start trying my COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A SolCOSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, and COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid (more info on these in my first post). Many people use a Vitamin C product in here as well for the L-Ascorbic Acid, but you have to like, keep it in the fridge and it stings and stuff???? I’m scared of it and have avoided it honestly, it seems like A Lot.

Also, I’m going to tell you this now, since no one ever told me, but AHAs are photosensitive, which means the sun will fuck your shit right up y’all!!! If you use an AHA, you have to use a sunscreen, no kidding, unless you dig looking like Kerrysue Convoy by the time you’re 35.

 

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Toner 

Unlike alcohol-based hecka-drying US toners, AB toners basically just prep your face for all the goodness you’re about to slap onto them. I haven’t started adding these to my routine yet, but when I do I’m going to try Etude House Wonder Pore Freshener (people like it even though it apparently is very alcohol-y?) and SkinFood Peach Sake Toner (apparently it’s good for acne-prone skin).

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Essences and Ampoules

Finallyyyyy it’s time for the fun stuff!! You apply these from lightest to heaviest in texture. They’re usually really watery – I just drop a blob onto my palm, rub it between my hands, and then smooth it onto my face. This feels weird for me, as someone who was told never to touch your face with your hands for fear of more pimples, but it’s actually good in this instance! You can even tap it into your skin for extra absorption. Right now I’m using:

  • CosRx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence – SNAILS, MY BEST FRIENDS. Don’t you worry: the snails are fed and treated well; their goo is ethically harvested without harm to the snails; and all the goo is purified before going into a bottle. What does it do, exactly? Uh, scientifically… they’re not, like, super sure? It retains water and softens skin, is antimicrobial, and full of anti-oxidants, collagen, elastin, and more. It might heal wounds or reverse sun damage. Whatever it does, it’s wicked rad and I highly recommend it. This stuff in particular is 96% (!!!!) snail goo and hydrates the living heck out of my face. Holy Grail for sure.
  • Tosowoong Propolis Sparkle Ampoule – Mmm, propolis. Bees harvest it from tree buds to varnish honeycombs, and now you too can benefit from bee glue all over your dang face. This ampoule is 80% propolis and makes your skin nice and shiny. Plus, there’s honey extract in it, which is nice for people with sensitive skin.
  • Nature Republic Real Nature Rose Ampoule – I would be lying if I didn’t admit that most of the reason I love this stuff is because it just smells so dang good. It’s quite thick and good at getting rid of dry, rough patches, but honestly it’s like putting rose petals directly on your face, and that’s enough to make me re-buy.

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Masks

A few times a week, in the evenings when you have some down time and there’s no one else home to make fun of the fact that you look like a) Jason Voorhees or b) like your own faceskin is melting off, you can slap on some good good face masks at this point in your routine! For regular-ass, paper sheet masks, I really like the Japanese LuLuLun masks (Canada/US), which are designed to be used daily (check here for an explanation of the different colors). My favorite masks are the Hydrogel kind, which are made of a heavy gel and a little fancier than the sheet type – I usually use the Nature Republic ones, but I’m going to try the new line from Etude House. I try to use under-eye patches a few times a week too – the Petitfee Black Pearl & Gold Hydrogel Eye Patches are A++++.

People lose their shit over these Freeset Donkey Milk Healing masks but honestly?? Donkey Milk?????? I gotta draw the fuckin’ line somewhere, folks.

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Emulsions and Creams

Alright, it’s moisturizin’ time (just now????????? wait what the hell is the rest of this stuff then oh god someone please send help). Emulsions are lighter, creams are heavier, and you use them in that order. I use my Proactiv Benzoyl Peroxide cream here too. OKAY HERE WE GO:

  • Innisfree Olive Real Lotion -I figured since my skin seemed to like the olive oil in the DHC cleanser I would give ‘er a little more here. This bottle is fucking impossible to wrangle, it’s like a damn ketchup bottle, but the olive and camellia oil added a little extra moisture to my skin to keep it from getting dry in the winter. I’ll probably leave it off in summer.
  • Mizon Black Snail All-in-One Cream – Another Holy Grail! Not only is it 90% snails (snails!!), but this cream is also packed with niacinamide (Vitamin B3) which is so good for your skin. This shit instantly cured my dry and scaly patches. Also, when you touch it, it’s so gooey it pulls up in strings like hot cheese. Can’t live without it.

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Eye Cream – Etude House Moistfull Collagen Eye Cream

The internet’s favorite Moistfull product has become my favorite Moistfull product (say moist again, eh??). It’s 30%  hydrolyzed marine collagen straight from fish scales (mmm, perfect for my eye skin), plus some baobab mucus and, I don’t know man, make-up artists used to yell at me for my scaly eyeballs and eyebrows and now they don’t. I rub it under my eye right up to the water line, and then from the crease into my eyebrows. Holy Grail.

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FINISH HIM 

Your final move(s) will depend on whether it’s morning or evening. You gotta wear sunscreen every day I know I’m sorry!! I don’t make the rules!! That’s just the way it is!! Especially if you’re using an AHA or anything else that’s photosensitive (that includes anything with citrus in, which includes a lot of the above products). At night, you use an occlusive, which seals in all the good good shit you just put on your face. If you have any pimples, lance those suckers (or pop them, I know you’re gonna do it anyways, I do too), then slap on a miraculous CosRX Acne Pimple Master Patch and watch it suck all the gross stuff out of the wound so your face is flat again by morning. Otherwise, I dig:

  • Tony Moly Intense Care Dual Effect Sleeping Pack -I love this as a final step before bed. It’s really thick and makes me feel like I’m gluing all that previous nonsense into my pores, but not so heavy that it makes me break out. Plus, it has adenosine for anti-aging and arbutin for brightening. Lots of people like the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, but I haven’t tried it.
  • Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask – This one, however, I have tried, and WHOA PLEASE BUY THIS IMMEDIATELY. My lips are chronically dry (ew, I know) and nothing has ever really worked for them (the closest I ever came to anything helping was Bite’s Agave Lip Mask). This overnight mask has legitimately changed my life – I wake up with perfectly moisturized lips every single day. It goes on thick but never leaves a mark on your pillow and is completely absorbed by morning. If I’m in bed ready to go to sleep and I’ve forgotten this, I will get my ass up out of my warm bed to put this on that’s how much I love it. Holy Grail.
  • Shiseido SENKA Aging Care UV Suncreen (Canada/US) – If you gotta wear sunscreen every day, you better make it Japanese sunscreen, which is pretty much the exact opposite of the white gloop we get here that always makes me break out. It’s nice and thin and leaves you with a little bit of a glow instead of drying matte, like other Japanese sunscreens. It’s got SPF50+ (UVB protection against sunburns), and is rated PA++++ (UVA protection against aging and cancer). Korean sunscreens can only be rated up to PA+++, so that’s why a lot of people prefer to stick with Japanese brands. You can also find this product listed some places as Shiseido SENKA Mineral Water UV Essence.

So that’s the whole thing. It looks overwhelming like that, but really my routines look something like this:

AM: Cleanser, Toner, Essence, Gel, Black Snail All-in-One, Eye Cream, Sunscreen
PM: Double Cleanse, Toner, Essence, Ampoules, Gel, Creams, Eye Cream, Sleeping Pack

Totally manageable, and makes for a nice time in front of the TV where I get to feel like I’m engaging in ~*self care*~, which is pretty important as of late.

MAKE-UP

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  • CLIO Waterproof Pen Liner in Kill Black – Cult status, better even than Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner IMHO.
  • The Face Shop Designing Eyebrow Pencil in Brown – Y’all wanna know how I get my brows to do that thing? This is how.
  • Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara (Canada/US) – Never curl your lashes again (not that I ever would anyways, those things are medieval torture devices). Good volume, great curl, and fucking bonds to your lashes so hard it takes a herculean effort to remove, which is what I like.

OKAY THAT WAS A LOT BUT THAT’S THE WHOLE THING. This ended up being way longer than I thought it would be again, but hey. Everybody needs a hobby – I don’t give a shit about shoes, but I’ll get fucked up over some snail creams. As always, this is just what I think I’ve learned on the internet this past year – if I’m fucking up hard or if you want to share your own, better knowledge with me, please hit me up on the ol’ Tweet machine @SamMaggs. NOW GO FORTH AND BE MOIST.

New York Comic Con 2016 Schedule

New York Comic Con 2016 Schedule

It’s that time of year again – the time where I forgo delicious turkey and napping in favor of a weekend with all of my favorite nerds, and it’s totally worth it.

Here’s where you can find me at New York Comic Con this year, with my brand-new book, WONDER WOMEN!

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Thursday, Oct. 63

1:30-2:30pm, Room 1A21
Girl the Hell Up! Exclusive First-Look and Q&A with Carmilla Cast and Crew
I’ll be joining Natasha Negovanlis, Elise Bauman, Steph Ouaknine, Jordan Hall, and a whole lot of Creampuffs for this discussion of the webseries’ finale season!

Friday, Oct. 7

2:30-3:30pm, Booth 2236
Signing at Quirk Books
Wonder Women comes out on October 4th, so come grab a shiny new copy and then let me deface it for you!

4:15-5:15pm, Room 1A18
Women Warriors: An Homage to Strong Female Characters in SFF
The great Margaret Stohl is moderating this fun panel featuring Amy S. Foster, E.K. Johnston, Holly Jennings, and me!

5:30-6:30, Autographing Table 22
Women Warriors Signing
And then we’ll all sign your books after.

6:45-7:45pm, Room 1A18
Moving Beyond The Strong Female Character
Join me for a discussion about complex women protagonists with Jody Houser, Amy Chu, Jill Pantozzi, and Jen Bartel.

Saturday, Oct. 8

11:00-12:00pm, Room 1A18
Be Your Own Superhero: Intersectional Feminism in Comics
For this one, I’ll be chatting with Wendy Xu, Sam Riedel, Susana Polo, Robbie Thompson, and Steenz.

2:00-3:00pm, Booth 2236
Signing at Quirk Books
Aww yiss.

See you there!!

Edmonton Expo 2016 Schedule

Edmonton Expo 2016 Schedule

So excited to be joining the Expo gang this weekend in Edmonton to speak on and moderate some panels!

For the rest of the weekend, I’ll be hanging out at the BioWare Base, so if you want anything signed, stop by there!

Otherwise, here’s where you can find me:

Saturday
1:30pm, Hall D – Stranger Things
I’ll be chatting with the incredibly talented Shannon Purser (Barb) and Natalia Dyer (Nancy) about their cult Netflix hit.

4:45pm, Room 107 – Doctor Who: The Steven Moffat Era
Come talk NuWho with me, Steven Schapansky, Erika Ensign, and Mark Meer.

Sunday
1:45pm, Room 105-106 – The Status of Women in Fandom and Industry
Honored to be joining the Alberta Minister of the Status of Women, the Honorable Stephanie McLean, along with Hope Nicholson, Lindsay Thomas, and Angela Mash for this panel.

2:30pm, Hall D – Spotlight on Elizabeth Henstridge
Chattin’ with your favorite scientist from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

See you there!!

FanExpo Canada 2016 Schedule

FanExpo Canada 2016 Schedule

Toronto, I’m coming back to you!! It’s FanExpo time again, and I’ll be around the con all weekend. Here’s where you can find me:

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Friday

12:00pm – Signing, Area CC
Come grab a copy of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy or some free Wonder Women posters! Or bring me anything else to sign. I’m not picky.

5:00pm – First Look at Carmilla Season 3, 701A
I’ll be moderating a chat with the cast of the fantastic Carmilla – and you’ll get an early look at the upcoming season!

Saturday

12:00pm – ZDARSCON, ???????????
No ticket to FanExpo? No problem! I’m going to be set up at Chip Zdarsky’s ZDARSCON, which will be totally free to enter in a secret location to be revealed soon. Also, there just might be advanced copies of Wonder Women at ZDARSCON…

5:00pm – Signing, Area CC
Let’s chat for a while and I’ll sign stuff for you! Anything.

Sunday

11:00am – Signing, Area CC
Anything.

2:45pm – Q&A with Danielle Panabaker, 206
I’ll be moderating this panel with my fave gal from The Flash!

 

Can’t wait to see you guys!! I LOVE U XOXOX

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My SDCC Schedule 2016!

My SDCC Schedule 2016!

Can you believe it’s that time of year again, friends? San Diego Comic-Con is right around the corner, and I’d love to see you there!

Exciting, secret news: we’ll be selling the first-ever finished copies of Wonder Women right there at Quirk Books booth 1636. Even though it’s not out until October 18th! I know!

I also have quite a few signings and panels, so here’s where you can find me:

Thursday, July 21

4-5pm: Retellings and Remixes
Room 32AB
I’m moderating this panel, featuring Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles, Heartless), Renee Ahdieh (The Rose and the Dagger), Colleen Houck (Recreated), Anna Todd (Imagines), Jodi Meadows (My Lady Jane), and Colleen Oakes (Queen of Hearts)!

Friday, July 22

12-1pm: The Secret Loves of Geek Girls signing 
Dark Horse booth 2615
Come say hi to me, Hope Nicholson, Katie West, and Jen Aprahamian as we sign the brand-new Dark Horse edition of The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, not out until October!

2-3pm: Fangirl’s Guide and Wonder Women signing
Quirk Books booth 1636
Swing by the Quirk booth and grab a super-early copy of Wonder Womenor Fangirl’s Guide, or a poster, or… anything! I’ll sign anything. Anything. 

630-730pm: Fangirls Lead the Way: She Made Me Do It
Room 26AB
Join me, Jamie Broadnax (Black Girl Nerds), Rose Del Vecchio (Fanmail), and Constance Gibbs (Black Girls Nerds) and moderator Ed Catto as we chat about the impact that lady fans have on the current comics industry and more.

Saturday, July 23

11-12pm: Rise of the Fangirls: Women in Recent Geek Culture
Room 25ABC
Andrea Letamendi (Pop Culture Hero Association), Jamie Broadax (Black Girl Nerds), Kristin Rielly (Geek Girls Network), Suzanne Scott (UT-Austin), Marie Poole (Lone Shark Games), and moderator Jennifer K. Stuller (GeekGirlCon, Ink-Stained Amazon) and I will be talking about the progress we’ve seen for gals in geek culture in the last six years.

1-2pm: Fangirl’s Guide and Wonder Women signing
Quirk Books booth 1636
Anything.

3-4pm: Signing at the Nerdist Conival
Nerdist Conival, Petco Park, Meadows Stage
No Comic-Con badge? No problem! I’m going to be doing a signing at the Nerdist signing booth at their wicked-awesome Conival in Petco Park. Yay!

530-630pm: Fangirling Live!
Nerdist Conival, Petco Park, Main Stage
I’m lucky enough to be guest co-hosting a live episode of Fangirling, with Nerdist EIC Rachel Heine and Managing Editor Alicia Lutes! Swing by the Conival Main Stage to hear us fangirl out over the best parts of SDCC, and what we’re looking forward to on the final day of the show.

So that’s it! Remember to wear comfy shoes, bring lots of energy-packed snacks and water bottles, and please don’t forget your sunscreen. See you there!

Mr. Robot Summer Streaming Club!

 

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Hey guys! Super excited to let you know that I’m partnering with shomi for their brand-new Streaming Club! It’s basically like book clubs, but for TV. The show I’m going to be watching and talking about with you guys?

Mr. Robot!

One of the shows on shomi’s Summer Streaming List, Mr. Robot is about a vigilante hacker who gets caught up in the dangerous world of cybercrime. It won the Golden Globe for Best TV Drama and Season Two premieres this week on Showcase, so I really want to catch up on Season One (exclusively available to stream on shomi) as quick as I can.

Watch along with me using #shomiSummer so that we can talk about Mr. Robot together! I’ve heard nothing but good things about it so I’m super stoked to hear all of your thoughts, too.

BONUS PRIZE – THINGS OF INTEREST TO YOU, FRIENDS: If you join the Facebook Event Page and tweet with me about the show using #shomiSummer, you could win the best Hosting Package to throw your own finale party (which includes a Chromecast, Bose Mini Speakers, décor, snacks, and a paid 6-month subscription to shomi).

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If that wasn’t cool enough, by joining the conversation using #shomiSummer on the Streaming Club Facebook event page you’ll also be entered to win the Ultimate Streaming Experience prize pack, which includes Apple TV, a 60” Samsung TV, a Samsung Curved Sound Bar, and a one-year subscription to shomi. Dang!!

I’ll be hosting my own Mr. Robot finale party the week of July 25th, so look out for more details on when I’ll be streaming it live from the Facebook Streaming Club event page so you can join in. We can hang out together!

So what are you waiting for!! Join me in the Mr. Robot Streaming Club and share with me all your Mr. Robot feels. Let’s get this going!

It’s National Best Friends Day!

It’s National Best Friends Day today, and the good folks over at shomi were curious about your best friend behaviour! In honor of their new exclusive series Playing House (about childhood besties raising a baby together), they surveyed over 3,000 people to see how BFFs like to stream together and what they like to watch together. Check it out:

 

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Who’s your TV BFF? What do you stream with your IRL BFF? Let us know on Twitter @SamMaggs and @shomicanada using #NationalBestFriendsDay!

Calgary Expo Schedule 2016

Calgary Expo, the very best con in Canada (in my humble opinion) is this week, and I’m going to be doing a whole lot of things there. I’ll also likely have a signing time on Sunday with ARCs of Wonder Women to give away, but that’s still TBD.

Meanwhile, here’s a list of everything I’ll be hosting this weekend! Please come up and say hi if you see me!

Wednesday, April 27

I’m going to be on City TV’s Breakfast TV at 8:20am, and CTV’s Noon News at 12:30pm, heck yeah.

7:00pm – Sam Maggs: Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy
John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library Main Brance,616 Macleod Trail SE
I have my very own event with WordFest before the Expo! Come see me talk with Shelley Youngblut and ask me any of your questions about writing and geekery and then I’ll sign your book after and we can be friends and I’m just really excited about this!! You can get tickets here.

Friday, April 29

7:00pm – Battlestar Galactica, Corral
Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck), Grace Park (Boomer), and Tamoh Penikett (Helo) are totally going to be on stage with me, dang.

8:00pm – Geek Girl Gathering, Palomino E
Come and hang out for the evening with me and some excellent local geeky gals, including Kara Swanson, Stephanie Chan, Malory Lyness, and Alexis Ly!

Saturday, April 30

11:45am – Spotlight on Charles Martinet, Boyce
It’s-a Mario!

2:30pm – Fangirl’s Guide signing
At the CCEE PR booth, right next to Weta in the BMO building!

3:30pm – Spotlight on Phil LaMarr, Boyce
If you’ve ever watched anything with a voice actor, you’ve heard him.

5:30pm – Kids’ Costume Showcase, Corral
There’s gonna be some cuties here.

6:00pm – Costume Contest, Corral
I’m going to chat with some folks on-stage during intermissions who will be creating costumes live on stage! So rad.

Sunday, April 31

11:00am – The Malfoys, Corral
Jason Isaacs and Tom Felton, you guys. For realsies.

12:45pm – Voice Acting in Gaming, Boyce
Let’s hang out with Nolan North and probably nerd out about Uncharted 4.

2:00pm – Spotlight on Steve Blum, Boyce
He’s Spike and Grunt, it’s a lot to handle.

See You in the Emerald City

Aww yiss, it’s Emerald City Comicon time! You can catch me at any of 5 panels, 2 signings, and an evening event, so definitely please come say hi and we can high-five and that will be pretty rad.

SCHEDULE’D:

Thursday, April 7

5-6pm: Book Signing
Quirk Books Booth #215
Signing with Hope Nicholson for Secret Loves of Geek Girls. Also signing The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy and ARCs of Wonder Women (it doesn’t come out til October, so come get your copy early!). 

Friday, April 8

12:30-1:30pm: Secret Loves of Geek Girls
Room T302
Secret Loves of Geek Girls is an anthology dedicated to sharing the stories of love, sex, and dating from women in the fandom industry. From comic creators to video-game developers, fangirls to sci-fi authors, the anthology is a new mix of prose and comic stories from established and up-and-coming creators. In this panel, contributors to the anthology discuss their stories and the process of developing the anthology.
With Hope Nicholson, Roberta Gregory, Irene Koh, Laura Neubert, and Megan Lavey-Heaton.

1:30-2:30pm: Moving Beyond the Strong Female Character
Room T303
Representation is important in all forms of media – so how do we go about making sure that creators continue to improve their work? It’s not enough to just make Strong Female Characters – we need well-written, fully-developed female character in our comics, video games, TV shows, and movies. Join our panelists as they chat about their favorite lady characters in media, what they think could be improved, and how we can go about making those changes.
With Hope Nicholson, Leila del Duca, Jen Bartel, and Babs Tarr.

6:30-7:30pm: Be Your Own Superhero: Intersectional Feminism in Comics
Room W603
Ms. Marvel and Bitch Planet are blowing up the world of comics; but being a good feminist isn’t just about getting as many female-led titles on the shelf as possible (though that doesn’t hurt). Representation matters to everyone, and diversity of all kinds both behind and on the page makes a huge difference in the stories we read and the ideas we internalize. Join our panel of comic pros to chat about all the different strides we’ve made in representation of race, gender, and sexuality in comics – and how we can strive to do better.
With Jody Houser, Irene Koh, Kristafer Anka, Fionna Adams, Amy Chu, and Chrystin Garland.

Saturday, April 9

2:45-3:45pm: Fangirls at the Forefront
Room W603
Creators are cool, but you know who makes the geek world go ’round? You, fangirl. With the massive growth of social media in the past five years, female fans have an unprecedented voice in the world of geek media. Fangirls – essentially 50% of the audience for all geek media – are changing comic books and video games from the ground up, from online campaigns to cosplay to cons, we’re everywhere. Join a panel of awesome fangirls with out-of the-box jobs in nerdery – from authors to community managers to entrepreneurs to event planners – who can advise you on how to be the best fan you can be.
With Sarah K. Fetter, Kristin Lindsay, Irene Bradish, Trin Garritano, and Marlene Bonnelly.

4:30-5:30pm: Book Signing
Quirk Books Booth #215
Signing The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy and ARCs of Wonder Women (it doesn’t come out til October, so come get your copy early!)

7pm: Worldbuilders Party
Come play table top games with me and a ton of people way more famous than I am – for charity!
Tickets available here.

Sunday, April 10

1:00pm: Not Just A Trend: Female Protagonists in Video Games
Twitch Stage (and broadcast live on Twitch)
For years, women who both play and work in video games have been demanding better representation. Not that we don’t all love Lara Croft, but women in games deserve to be as nuanced, strong, flawed, kick-butt, and even clothed as their male counterparts. With the industry finally trending in the right direction, join our panel of industry professionals to discuss the future of female protagonists in gaming, which games they love for representation, and what they’re looking forward to playing the most in 2016.
With Amy Swank, Asia al-Massari, Cara McGee, and Trin Garritano.