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Game Night For Grownups Tonight at 7PM!

Hello! This one kind of got by us, but we feel like it’s important to let you know that if you need something to do tonight you could do worse than playing board games and donating to a charity that helps treat Pediatric AIDS!

Sign up here!

From the description:

Come out and play with us- for charity! $5/person with proceeds going to benefit Pediatric AIDS. We will be playing board and card games, some oldies but goodies and some new ones! We will be providing some games to borrow, but PLEASE bring your favorite game(s) to share and play, also! There will be a door prize and raffles, a cash bar and TONS of fun!! Questions? Feel free to contact us via FB or by phone. Kris Culton-Cantanhede 413-519-3669 or Ana Culton-Cantanhede 413-636-5089
Sponsored by Modern Myths in Northampton

Get to it! It’s at Eagles Springfield MA, 530 St. James Ave, Springfield, MA 01109!

Check out The Other Son – A Comic Kickstarter from Local Creator Anna Leue!

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Well, that does explain his absence.

Local Creator Anna Leue and excellent artist Ron Joseph have just launched a short Kickstarter campaign to get a print run of the excellent-looking Western comic The Other Son. Art looks neat, story seems like a classic Western Tale, and the printing issues have apparently already been ironed out. All that’s left is to actually get the book into the hands of eager readers!

I’ll let the creator herself pitch it to you:

The Other Son tells the story of Billy, a young man estranged from his family. Billy heads home one day after years away, hoping to make amends. But when he gets there, he discovers that he is too late: his family is dead. They’ve been murdered. He doesn’t know by whom, and he doesn’t know why, but he does know that he’s the only one left now to see things put right. It’s up to him to give his family the memorial they deserve.

You can contribute to the effort and receive in exchange either just a comic for $10, a comic and a cool poster for $20, a comic with a star sticker on it and a poster and three print issues of Anna’s webcomic Half-Man for $50, and an Executive Producer credit for $300!

Valley Nerd Watch is Officially A Pretty Nice Site says Valley Advocate

This is just a small thing but hey whatever it is neat and we feel like sharing the fact that we were in the Valley Advocate, Local Paper Of Note And Fellow Valley Prefixer!

Just a teensy blurb in their annual Halos and Horns, but it was very much appreciated. It always makes us happy to see that we’re not just shouting event suggestions into an endless void!

HALO // Valley Nerd Watch — James Olchowski, the lone superhero behind the blog Valley Nerd Watch, is on a quest to cast light on all the nerd-centric happenings in the Pioneer Valley. His weekly digest is an indispensable source for all things nerdy: card games, comics, art, entertainment, to book clubs. Majqa, Valley Nerd Watch! That’s Klingon for “well done.” Check it out at ValleyNerdWatch.com. — Peter

Thank you very much for the mention, Peter! The Advocate is a pretty great paper and we’re flattered to be mentioned.

It’s Epimas Eve!

We need to draw your attention to the wonderful Worlds Without Master, the magazine curated by the excellent Local Creator Epidiah Ravachol!

Because it’s Epimas Eve! Tomorrow is Epimas, the holiday we all celebrate and understand implicitly! In order to celebrate Epimas, Epidiah put a bunch of awesome games and stories and comics on sale in convenient sale bundles large and small!

Here’s how it works:

  • Choose a bundle from below. When you add it to your cart, you will be prompted for your gift recipient’s email address and name.
  • You will be able to download your copy of the bundle immediately.
  • Your recipient will get an email from me on Epimas morn (Dec. 24th) with instructions for downloading their copy of the bundle.
  • If you buy $45 or more, use the coupon code “Abundance” to receive an additional 20% off.

You’ve got a little while left, buy a bunch of fun things!

Cookbooks for Causes at Odyssey Bookshop This Thursday

Just a quick update to the week’s events!

The Odyssey is having an evening to celebrate Palestinian and Syrian food! Publisher Interlink Book’s founder Michel S. Moushabeck will give a short presentation about the current situation in both countries.

Odyssey will be highlighting the new cookbooks Palestine on a Plate: Memoires from My Mother’s Kitchen by Joudie Kalla and The Aleppo Cookbook: Celebrating the Legendary Cuisine of Syria by Marlene Matar.

There will also be food samples available! Delicious.

It will be Thursday, December 1st at 6:30pm at The Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075]

Hack for Western MA!

Hey this is a thing we did a while back and it was a ton of fun and really useful for a bunch of folks. Now, they’ve changed the setup somewhat, but it seems equally fun and useful. Instead of doing a traditional kind of freewheeling hackathon, they’re going to work with a single organization to solve a problem and make sure it deploys well. Here, from the proverbial horse-mouth:

For those that are feeling dismayed and powerless after the election: We are organizing developers, UX designers, design thinkers, graphic designers, data scientists, project managers, NGO leaders, hackers, and others who want to be active in our community.

We are planning an ongoing initiative that works to deliver technical solutions to organizations we believe in. As an alternative to a traditional hackathon, we plan on working with one organization on a specific technical challenge and carry the project from design to deployment. Come to our first meeting to connect with other like-minded people, build consensus on shared values, and brainstorm project ideas.

Join us from 6:00pm – 7:30pm on Thursday, December 1, 2016. Childcare is available during the meeting. Dinner and drinks are on us!

It’s at Cultivate and Nest, 2 Bay Road Hadley, MA 01035.

So yeah this is a real opportunity to put skills you’ve got to use! They can probably figure out how you can contribute even if you feel like a rank amateur, but of course those of you who are dab hands at coding are extremely appreciated.

Shirts for your Body from Local Creator Joshua AC Newman

Just a quick note since this came up in one of our many feeds this week:

You can grab neat shirts from a local creator who does good work!

The first one is Roy Batty’s body/soul, which is a really cool design that super captures his “frigging intensely distressing eyeballs“.

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Then you can also grab this always-timely shirt about the REAL weapon to defeat fascists: enormous robots.

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If you’re into them, purchasing them would help a local creator buy food, and clothe you! There’s no part of that that isn’t useful.