Kari Maaren is a wandering English professor who has turned grumpiness into an art form. She has a completed webcomic, West of Bathurst, and an active one, It Never Rains. She writes and performs geeky ukulele music about Batman, genre literature, and various types of monsters, and in 2013, she won a Prix Aurora Award for doing so. She has produced two CDs, the solo album Beowulf Pulled My Arm Off and the compilation (with the band Copy Red Leader) Pirate Elves in Space; she also maintains a ridiculously active YouTube channel. Otherwise, she spends her time marking papers about irony and playing bad-tempered music on the accordion.
Debs & Errol
Debs & Errol is a Toronto-based musical comedy duo with a penchant for phở, cuddly tree spirits and starships.
After meeting through their local chapter of National Novel Writing Month, the two joined forces in 2011 after a mutual friend put out a call for geeky musical acts and have been entertaining audiences with nerdy showtunes and ridiculous on-stage banter ever since. Feedback from their shows has ranged from “cleverness and wit mixed with a healthy dose of cute” and “awesome music talent, fun artistry and accessible geek humor” to simply “adorable.”
They have one full-length album (Songs in the Key of Geek, 2012) and recently released an EP of parody songs called CTRL+ALT+DUETS. When they aren’t singing odes to Star Wars, Miyazaki, or nerd love, they’re chronicling their life with a daily web comic.
Check them out at http://debsanderrol.com.