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Mare Swallow

Mare Swallow
Mare Swallow is the Founder of the Chicago Writers Conference and author of 21 Ways to Engage Your Audience. She is a professional speaker, and writes non-fiction. She is working on an in-depth project about subcultures. On most nights you can find her sharing her stories at one of Chicago's many Lit events. She has been named to New City’s (Chicago) Lit 50 list twice. She lives in Chicago and is a complete gin snob.

5 things I learned at M.A. Larson’s autograph table at Whinny City Pony Con 2018

Season 8 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is well underway, and the Brony fandom shows no signs of slowing down. At Whinny City Pony Con 2018, I chatted with screenwriter M.A. Larson as he signed autographs. Here’s what I learned about him, his fans, and the show. 1. …

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Ponyville Ciderfest 2017: Three days of MLP panels, cosplay and fun

The fourth annual Ponyville Ciderfest brought My Little Pony fans of all stripes together for three days of celebration, panels, and fun. I hung out with the Bronies, Pegasisters, and younger fans for a few days in Milwaukee. Check out some of my favorite highlights: 1. Two Fans Got Engaged! …

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For disabled veteran Ronald Seaman, cosplay is better than physical therapy

Name: Ronald “Spider” Seaman. “My friends call me ‘Spider.’” Why ‘Spider’? As a child, Seaman studied Tae Kwon Do and eventually competed. He used his legs more than his hands, and a bested opponent once described him as, “all feet…it’s like I was fighting a spider.” And the nickname stuck. Age: …

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5 things I’m looking forward to at C2E2 2017

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This year, as a newbie cosplayer, I jump both feet first into the joyous pool of C2E2. I’m excited to rub elbows with my fellow geeks next week. Aside from the FUNimation bar at the Hyatt, here’s what I’m looking forward to the most: 5. We Are Cosplay In addition …

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BlerDCon 2017 to celebrate diversity in geek culture

There’s hardly a shortage of cons in the geek fandom world, but if you look closely, you’ll see a newcomer that celebrates its entire fandom – including the minority members whose contributions are many. BlerDCon (blerdcon.com) will be the first convention of its kind highlighting and showcasing the significant contributions …

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REVIEW: ‘Our Lady of Birth Control’ is a timely, important tribute to Margaret Sanger

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Margaret Sanger’s life story, from child of Irish immigrants to birth control education crusader, is un-put-downable. 'Our Lady of Birth Control' is an important book, especially during today’s tumultuous political times when resources like Planned Parenthood are being threatened.

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