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Bold Directions are in Store for Van Isle Con Year Two on June 10th!

17 May

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Van Isle Comic Con is back, and it promises to be bigger than last year’s. This event takes place on June 10th, 2018 and will take over the Mary Winspear Center up in Sidney, BC. This venue is not too far from the town core and this location is beautiful during a warm summer’s day. This event goes beyond simply comic books. It’s a look at popular culture in many of its forms, and this year it gets behind the scenes than in front of with the talent pool who is coming over to interact with fans. Plenty of activities will be offered not only on site but also off. For a quick bite, plenty of terrific eateries are nearby.

I talked to Josh Kully about what’s in store in Year Two. Support for island events is needed. Not everyone can afford to hit up the big shows on the mainland. These intimate events on Vancouver Island provide for a great change of pace, and who knows, maybe a celebrity can be spotted taking a break from filming. Getting to this township is easier for those coming from the mainland. It’s right next to the airport and ferry terminal. There’s a rumour one very loved Doctor Who star takes his breaks at Sidney by the Sea.

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Exploring the Talent of Dan Schoening, Artist at Large

4 Mar

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Dan Schoening is a talented artist based out of Victoria, British Columbia who has progressed far since graduating from Camosun College‘s Visual Arts program. Not only is the main artist for IDW’s Ghostbusters, but also he does work for InLight Entertainment, a local indie video game developer. But his resume does not end there. He’s done illustrations for (to name a few) Random House, DC Comics and APE Entertainment.

He’s also very active in the social media front, posting new pictures on deviantART and Twitter. But this is a man who simply loves to draw and to see him pursue his dream and make convention appearances is one of simple pleasure. Business is good for him, and it is a place for him to meet and interact with his fans. He has appeared at many shows, including Emerald City Comicon in the past and will be attending Capital City Comic Con, taking place March 16-18th, 2018! As I predicted way before this event made any official news, any resident artists of this city will be present for this inaugural show.

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[Victoria Film Festival 2018] Cory Bowles, From Music, Trailer Park Boys to Black Cop

29 Jan

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Making the journey West, fellow Trailer Park Boy, Cory Bowles will appear on Vancouver Island for the 2018 Victoria Film Festival to answer questions about his debut film, Black Cop. This multi-talented performer turned director is not looking to change the world, but he has a lot to say in this drama he wrote. It is filled with sociological concerns and his interest in examining his ethnic roots. For younger audiences interested in his other projects, he can be heard narrating the CBC stop-motion children’s animated series Poko. This show can be found in syndication.

Before he appeared on screen, he was performing on stage. He’s a professional dancer and choreographer. He trained in Africa, Brazil, States, and Canada. Much about what he’s learned hails from his heritage and he’s polymorphed it into the products he’s created since.

He’s worked for Halifax-based Contemporary Dance Company Verve Mwendo and Calgary-based Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. “I studied since I was 18. What I learned was a backward trajectory which started with breakdancing, and that developed into what we know as modern street dance. In addition to appearing in Trailer Park Boys, I’m a musician and teacher.”

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Talking to Shanon Sinn on the writing of “The Haunting of Vancouver Island”

14 Sep

Sinn_Shanon_CreditSarahPackwood.jpgBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest) 

Release Date:
Oct 10, 2017

Reading / signing:
Oct 23, 2017
7:00 pm at Bolen Books
1644 Hillside Ave #111
Victoria, BC

Oct 27, 2017
5:30 pm at Arbutus Room B300
(above Cafeteria)
Vancouver Island University (map)
900 Fifth St
Nanaimo, BC

Octobere 28, 2017
12:00pm (reading at 12:30pm)
Chapters
6670 Mary Ellen Drive
Nanaimo, BC

Summer is over, and people are planning their itineraries for the All Hallow’s Eve season. The Haunting of Vancouver Island by Shanon Sinn will be released on October 10th by TouchWood Editions and later in the month will be a presentation at Bolen Books. This collection of stories shows how some spooky legends persist year-round. If you are not careful when exploring those forbidden trails or handling forgotten relics unearthed while spelunking about, those spirits can get you! Well, that’s only if you are superstitious.

Sinn offers a grounded approach to understanding how the folklore developed. He is also out to bust some myths. That is, to distinguish fact from fiction and not be afraid to hurt some feelings along the way. He is a member of the British Columbia Ghosts & Hauntings Research Society (BCGHRS) and Paranormal Studies and Inquiries Canada (PSICAN) where using a realistic approach at examining the lore is paramount. Both value obtaining accurate information through library archive digging and talking to those who experienced a supernatural encounter first-hand. When he is not busy with work for these organizations, he maintains the Living Library website and is the author of Way of the Wraith, a work of paranormal fiction. This novel is of particular interest since he’s crafting short stories in this shared universe. He is currently in the Creative Writing & Journalism program at Vancouver Island University to further develop his skills. And with this background, he’s the perfect investigative reporter to delve into the mysteries on this island located West of Canada.

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