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    Erica Friedman, Agnes Czaja, Audrey Chase, JD Glass, Jude McLaughlin, Claire Monserrat Jackson, Mari Kurisato, A. Merc Rustad, Emily Singer, Susan Smith, Tristan J. Tarwater, Leia Weathington, Barbara Ann Wright, Missouri Vaun,

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ISBN: 9781943890385

Absolute Power: Tales of Queer Villainy!

by: Erica Friedman, Agnes Czaja, Audrey Chase, JD Glass, Jude McLaughlin, Claire Monserrat Jackson, Mari Kurisato, A. Merc Rustad, Emily Singer, Susan Smith, Tristan J. Tarwater, Leia Weathington, Barbara Ann Wright, Missouri Vaun,

So what is evil? What makes a person a “villain?” Is it intent to harm…or is it something deeper than that? Each one of the thirteen authors in this amazing collection has taken a completely different approach to answering this question. They have gone above and beyond expressing the idea of evil and supervillainy. They get to the bottom of why villains are the way they are, and what they hope to gain from it. These are dangerous women wielding Absolute Power… and they’ll be glad to let you know exactly why you should fear them.

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Erica Friedman is a professional psychopomp, author, speaker and blogger. She writes the world's oldest and most comprehensive blog on lesbian-themed Japanese cartoons, comics and related media at Okazu.yuricon.com. Erica has written about Yuri for Japanese literary journal Eureka, Animerica magazine, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Dark Horse, and contributed to Forbes, Slate, Huffington Post, Hooded Utilitarian, The Mary Sue and Afterellen online.
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Agnes Czaja graduated with a BFA in illustration in 2006 and has been making comics ever since. Her work ranges from serious narrative fiction to horror camp to autobiographical. She lives in San Francisco, draws dirty things, loves cats, and watches a lot of RuPaul's Drag Race. Find her at agentagnes.com.
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Audrey Chase is a caseworker by day, and a borderline lunatic obsessed with dystopias, gaming and shipping all the things by night. Her usual haunts include Fanfiction.net, Archive of Our Own, and WordPress, where she makes it a point to torture the characters she loves most before ductaping them back together. Though writing is a passion for Audrey, it is only recently that the hermit shuffled out of her cabin in the woods to submit original writing to the masses.
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JD Glass is the author of American Library Association (Stonewall) and Lambda Literary Award (Literature) Finalist Punk Like Me (currently being illustrated by Kris Dresen for graphic novel adaptation), followed by Punk And Zen, then Lambda Literary Finalist and Ben Franklin Award Finalist for Red Light. She also penned GCLS Finalist American Goth, and the critically acclaimed X. Selection editor (and contributor) for the GCLS Award winning anthology Outsiders, and was listed on The Advocate's Top 100 for CORE, Volume 1 Issue 1, GCLS Award Finalist for the anthology Nocturnes. Her work can be found in various bookstores, online retailers, and at dresenglass.com
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Jude McLaughlin is an author of speculative fiction web serials, novels, and short fiction who lives and writes in Massachusetts. Her work includes the ongoing web serial Wonder City Stories with its accompanying interludes—short fiction outside the main story arcs—and spinoff series. Her first series of novels is derived from this serial. In addition to her fiction writing, she is a technical, medical, and science writer, and her work has also been known to appear in tabletop game books from White Wolf Studios and Guardians of Order, as well as videogames published by Electronic Arts.
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Claire Monserrat Jackson has been writing since she learned to put the pointy end of the pencil to the paper. A published poet, novelist, and illustrator with a deep commitment to LGBT equality and Trans* rights (and a slight obsession with gaming and general geekery), Claire is usually either writing or asleep. On occasion, she can be found scouring local book stalls, planning her latest expedition, or stomping around the woods near her Ohio home, startling the wildlife. She can be found online at ClaireDeLunacy.com.
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Mari Kurisato is not actually Asian, though her pseudonym suggests otherwise. Sheis actually a Ojibwe Nakawe Native whose native-given name is too long to print here. She's a queer, disabled mother, artist, MMO gamer and Japanese Culture cyborg. She's also a writer with one self published novel (Guns of Penance), a collection of goofy erotica stories, and three stories published with M-BRANE Press, including one published in the Things We Are Not anthology. She is hard at work on her second novel. She lives with her wife and son in the Denver Metro region. Her work can be found at polychromantium.com.
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A. Merc Rustad is a queer non-binary author and filmmaker living in the Midwest U.S. Their stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Lightspeed, Fireside Fiction, Daily Science Fiction, Escape Pod, Inscription Magazine and Scigentasy, as well as the anthology The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 (ed. John Joseph Adams and Joe Hill). You can find Merc on their website amercrustad.com.
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Emily Singer began writing when she realized she didn't love math enough to become a paleontologist. When she's not writing or reading, she's likely at the comic shop, or studying world mythology. Then again, she might just be watching more Elementary, Castle, and Firefly than is probably healthy. Find her at emilykaysinger.com or on the Beyond the Trope podcast at beyondthetrope.com.
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Susan Smith is a writer and librarian. Smith's work is steeped in mythology, identity, gender, art and sexuality. Novels Of Drag Kings and the Wheel of Fate, Burning Dreams, and Put Away Wet were published by Bold Strokes Books, the novella "Billy Boy" in the Outsiders anthology by Brisk Press.
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Tristan J. Tarwater is a writer of fantasy, comics and RPG bits. Her titles include The Valley of Ten Crescents series, Shamsee: A Fistful of Lunars, and Reality Makes the Best Fantasy. She has also worked for both Pelgrane Press and Onyx Path. Born and raised in NYC, she now considers Portland, Oregon her home. When she's not making stuff up, she is usually reading a comic book, cooking delicious meals for her Spouse and Small Boss or petting one of her two cats. Her next RPG character will most definitely be an elf.
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Leia Weathington is a writer and artist living in Portland, Oregon. She writes comics and cooks dinner in a little treehouse where she lives with her husband. The Legend of Bold Riley is her first book. You can find more information at boldriley.com.
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Barbara Ann Wright writes fantasy and science fiction novels and short stories when not adding to her enormous book collection or ranting on her blog. Her works have been Tor.com's Reviewer's Choice, finalist for Foreword Book of the Year, Golden Crown and has won the Rainbow Award for Best Lesbian Fantasy.
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Missouri Vaun hails from rural, southern Mississippi. She spent twelve years finding her voice working as a journalist in places as disparate as Chicago and Jackson, Mississippi, all along filing away characters and concepts until they seemed to rise up, fully formed. Her stories are heartfelt, earthy; speak of loyalty and our responsibility to others. She and her wife celebrated their sixth anniversary this summer. They live in northern California. You can visit her site at missourivaun.com.
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So what is evil? What makes a person a “villain?” Is it intent to harm…or is it something deeper than that?

Each one of the thirteen authors in this amazing collection has taken a completely different approach to answering this question. They have gone above and beyond expressing the idea of evil and supervillainy. They get to the bottom of why villains are the way they are, and what they hope to gain from it. These are dangerous women wielding Absolute Power… and they’ll be glad to let you know exactly why you should fear them.

Cover by Agnes Czaja, introduction by lesbian comics tastemaker Erica Friedman.

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ISBN: 9781943890385
Publisher: Northwest Press
Publish Date: 2016
Page Count: 221

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