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On May 5 at 4pm CST/5pm EST, we will be having a live Q&A with Marnie Galloway in this space! Stay tuned.
Marnie Galloway is a cartoonist and illustrator working in Chicago. She is the author of "In the Sounds and Seas," "Burrow," "Particle/Wave," and a chaotic mountain of self-published mini-comics. She has worked for years, professionally and recreationally, as an advocate and cheerleader for cartoonists of all ages and skill levels, and is excited to talk with CICADA readers about art, comics, being deeply engaged readers & writers, and anything else that brings you joy.
Salutations, humans, lizard-folk, and otherwise,
This week is the launch of our March/April issue, and it’s all about monsters. This is our celebration of all things fanged and scaled and tentacled and other and different—from people on the periphery to literal monsters loving and embracing their own monstrousness.
A big part of our inspiration for this issue theme was our interview with Nino Cipri back in the September/October 2017 issue—it’s definitely worth revisiting. We discussed their piece, “A Silly Love Story," which you can view here.
While planning this issue, we really wanted to explore every facet of monstrousness. Some pieces are all about defiance and uncompromising self-love in spite of it all—see “Medusa” by Rita Feinstein and “Those Below” by Sarah Helen. Other pieces touch on the loneliness and sense of isolation that might come with otherness—check out “Man of Straw” by Russell Nichols and “Crop Circles” by Wynter Cox.
This issue is going to be released over the course of March and April, with some new stuff to check out every Monday. This is sort of a new way of structuring our issues, so please let us know what you think.
As always, thank you all for being part of this new phase of CICADA with us. You inspire us. Keep being loud and joyous and angry and monstrous and proud and ferocious.
All our love,
PS: For those of you that entered the Write the World competition, the winners will be announced on March 9 and the winner will be published in CICADA on March 16.
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Aries: Sure, all your friends and family have been replaced by poorly-concealed malevolent changelings, but all in all you’ve found the change refreshing.
Taurus: You have nothing to fear in the woods surrounding grandmother’s house—like many poisonous animals, your bright red hood is a warning.
Gemini: At this point, the entity haunting your bathroom is the least of your problems.
Cancer: Everyone agrees you have your mother’s eyes and your father’s nose, but nobody’s quite sure which side of the family the tentacles came from.
Leo: Someday, your efforts to bring the Tudor ruff back into fashion will be rewarded.
Virgo: When at odds with someone, be the bigger person. Be gigantic. Be monumental. Be a thing of planetary magnitude. Look down upon your cowering antagonist with divine indifference.
Libra: Feeding the birds is an investment in your future. The birds tally every seed and every slight, and they never, ever forget the score.
Scorpio: Your power color is Void.
Sagittarius: Nobody needs that many plastic lawn flamingos. Nobody. Honestly, what is wrong with you?
Capricorn: Good things come to those who wait. With that in mind, consider participating in a human cryopreservation trial.
Aquarius: You’ve spent so long dreaming about what you might find somewhere over the rainbow that you never stopped to consider that maybe there are some things human eyes were never meant to see.
Pisces: The stars advise you to learn how to build a fire using a couple sticks and a piece of string. Also, invest in a few dozen hand crank lanterns and a bullhorn. Just... trust them.
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