Welcome to issue forty-three of Lightspeed! We’ve got another great issue for you this month; read the editorial to see what we have on tap.
Ryan North is the creator of the popular webcomic Dinosaur Comics, which has run for over two thousand issues using the exact same art and panel layout for each strip. A Kickstarter he launched for his book To Be or Not To Be, a choose-your-own-adventure-style version of Hamlet, raised well over half a million dollars, making it the most successful publishing-related Kickstarter ever. He also co-edited the short story anthology Machine of Death, which hit number one on Amazon.com the day of its release. A sequel, This is How You Die, is out now.
Chris Kluwe is an NFL punter who played eight seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. He made national headlines last year for a colorful, profanity-laden letter he wrote to Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns taking him to task for his opposition to gay marriage. Kluwe is also a hardcore geek who enjoys science fiction novels, video games, and pen-and-paper role-playing games. His new book, Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies, is a collection of highly opinionated essays on subjects ranging from football to humanity’s future in space.
Marius “Noistromo” Siergiejew is a graphic designer, illustrator, and concept artist living in Cracow, Poland. He has worked on projects for clients in the comics, games, advertising, and music industries, including X-Men cover art for Marvel Publications. His work has been published by Lightspeed Magazine, Ballistic Publishing, Sirens Call Publications, and Bloody Disgusting. His website is www.noistromo.com.