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(By Sophie Vaillancourt)

I don’t know if most of you guys are aware, but I work for the biggest book company in Canada: Indigo books & music. At the beginning of the month of June, our CEO, Heather Reisman, went on tour and stopped in each major area of the country. The last stop, but in no way the least, was Montreal. So last week of June, we were gathered at the Scotiabank Theatre on Saint Catherine Street for an official meeting with our CEO. How many of you can say that they’ve met theirs? Not many, right? That’s what I thought.

Anyways. We’re sitting in the theatre, eager to know what this meeting’s all about. And then she appears on the stage, in a cute lilac dress, high heels on, perfect blonde hair. Heather Reisman is really a beautiful woman. And the more I look at her, the more I see it. She is the Indigo brand.

So we’re listening to this woman who has her face everywhere within the company. I’m sitting in the back row thinking : that’s the woman who built the most profitable book company in the country. She is, from now on, my idol. I will do whatever I can to resemble her, professionally speaking that is. That’s when it became clear in my mind that I wanted to be a businesswoman and not an employee anymore. It became clear that I wanted to be a leader, to be someone people look up to.

Mrs. Reisman showed a leadership that was so contagious that I’m sure every person in the room that day thought the same way I did. Everything that woman said made all of it sound so easy. I guess when you have the right team, it is easy.

Truth is, it is not a simple thing to start, or even take back, a company. I’m not telling you anything new here. But listening to that woman was inspiring in a way I didn’t think was possible. Her speech raised my hopes. Hope that, one day, I’ll have my own publishing company. Hope that I’ll be able to help emerging authors be published.

I’m quite far from that objective, though. I’m only 23, no experience in editing, no contacts, no money to invest… How could that possibly work out for me? I have no idea if my dream will come true one day, but I’ll do everything I can to make it happen.

I will probably need your help at one point, people. I’ll need your honesty, your needs, your desires. You will probably be the readers that will buy the books I’ll publish. I want to listen to my readers as much as my writers. Will you be there to help? I hope so.
Till then, wait for me.

By the way, I rode down the escalator with her and talked to her a little. She really is a lovely person!

Review : Sentinels of the Multiverse (Board game)

(By Alexandre Poirier)

Hell, it’s about time!

I’ve been writing for Jestermind since last November. The last time I wrote anything board game-related, it was snowing outside. Well, this doesn’t mean much since we still had snow a month ago. To be a little more specific, I published my top 10 english board games just before Christmas. It’s both a pity and a shame because, as of January, I’m supposed to be the coordinator of the comic book and board game departments. To repay my debts towards you, dear readers, I shall kill two birds with one stone. You heard me right : tonight’s review is about a board game set in the world of comic book superheroes. Got your attention, my fellow sidekicks? In that case, welcome to astonishing macrocosm of Sentinels of the Multiverse! Continuer la lecture de Review : Sentinels of the Multiverse (Board game)

Review : Roadside Picnic (Novel)

(By Samuel Bourassa)

People whom I see daily pretty much all know that I deeply enjoy science-fiction and specifically one of its sub-genres, post-apocalyptic. As recent video games like Metro 2033, the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise and everything that relates to slavic science-fiction captivates me, this genre is also present in all shapes of art. It is very interesting to investigate the genealogy of literature’s genres and sub-genres. Continuer la lecture de Review : Roadside Picnic (Novel)

One of a kind

(By Mimi)

My name is Thomas. I am 8 years old.

I go to school every day of the week. In my class, I tend to jump around and spin because I like it. My teacher believes I have the potential to write, talk, play and do beautiful things like every other kid.  I like to do puzzles. I like to sort objects by their shape and color. I can actually do that all day long and I get mad when my teacher takes them away. My favorite color is blue. Continuer la lecture de One of a kind

News : FTL : Faster Than Light expansion announced (Video Game).

(By Samuel Bourassa)

The surprisingly successful indie game from Subset Games, Faster than Light, has been played by thousands of players from the world since its release in September 2012. No doubt that the total number of hours spent on the game is overwhelming, although Subset Games doesn’t seem to care as they just released some details for the Faster than Light expansion pack they announced a few months ago. Continuer la lecture de News : FTL : Faster Than Light expansion announced (Video Game).

Review : Thief (Video game)

(By Joannie Leblanc)

I am a big fan of the Thief/Dark Project franchise. Those games are part the reasons why I’m studying video game creation. Everything in those games are amazing: the dark ambiance they put you in, like if you are a master of the shadow, the greed you have by trying to get 100% of the loot, the fun you have by creating a diversion to escape from the guards… They force you to think about every possible strategy to enter a building and discover every secret. So far I’ve finished the Thief series a multiple of times, a 100% complete without getting spotted or having to knock out anyone, and I was very happy when I learned that Thief 3 would have a sequel. Thief 4 was very fun to play, and the graphics were amazing, but a few things were missing, and I hope to see those things in a Thief 5. Here is my full review of Thief 4, playing on Master difficulty, ghost gameplay… Continuer la lecture de Review : Thief (Video game)

Lindsay Lohan: The Fighter

(By Alexandre Lacas)

Last night marked the series premiere of Lindsay on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network). This docu-series produced by media queen Oprah Winfrey and directed by Emmy award winner Amy Rice follows the footsteps of recovering alcoholic, actress, and singer Lindsay Lohan as she tries to rebuild what she once upon a time had: a career, a stable life and her sanity. Continuer la lecture de Lindsay Lohan: The Fighter

Game of Thrones is coming back – Finally!

(By Patricia Leblanc)

After almost a year of waiting, the epic battle over the iron throne will return April 6th on HBO. After months of silence following season three’s shocking finale, news, trailers, featurettes and interviews are popping up everywhere, getting us pumped to see our favourite characters battle up on screen again. Continuer la lecture de Game of Thrones is coming back – Finally!

Review : The Lego Movie (Cinema)

(By Patricia Leblanc)

Whatever you do, don’t mindlessly scoff at the idea of a 100-minute long film about Legos, as I did when I first saw the trailer. “Great” I thought, “Another spin-off hour-long commercial filled with dumb, immature comedy just to be able to sell more toys to boys.” Continuer la lecture de Review : The Lego Movie (Cinema)

Critique : BBC Atlantis (Television)

(By Arianne Lapierre)

English television broadcasters seem to have an unhealthy fondness for dramas that are bound to end in tragedy. It seems especially true (but not exclusively) when it concerns original British dramas produced by the BBC. That is the first reason why I was very dubious when the BBC announced the new show that was going to fill in the hole left  in the Saturday programming by Merlin, which ended (tragically) on Christmas Eve (nonetheless!) 2012. Continuer la lecture de Critique : BBC Atlantis (Television)

Review : Doctor Who Christmas special – The time of the Doctor.

(Written by Arianne Lapierre)

I have to say it; one of the things I hate the most about reviews is the need to rate and categorize a story as good or bad. Truth is, I firmly believe that stories which are inherently great or stupidly poor are rare pearls, and The Time of the Doctor is neither of those. Continuer la lecture de Review : Doctor Who Christmas special – The time of the Doctor.

My top 10 most talked about stories and people of 2013

(Written by Alexandre Lacas, foreword by Marc-Olivier Lalonde)

Every year is full of shocking and unbelievable stories that include our favorite celebrities. They allow us to gossip around the water cooler for hours. It seems however that 2013 was a special year because there were so many major stories published in the tabloids almost every single week! Here is Alexandre Laca’s take on the people who had the biggest impact of them all. Continuer la lecture de My top 10 most talked about stories and people of 2013

Reality TV : our obsession with the fast track to fame

(Written by Alexandre Lacas)

These days, it’s simply impossible to watch television without being exposed to, in some form or another, reality TV shows.  Whether you like fashion, hopeless people fighting over love, teen drama, food, music, dancing or you name it; the big networks have found a way to target us directly through our likes and dislikes.  We need to question ourselves for a second and think about how and why the reality TV phenomenon has managed to take over our screens while building a solid and extremely lucrative empire.  And why, sweet heavens, are we so taken up with it? Continuer la lecture de Reality TV : our obsession with the fast track to fame

All I want for christmas… is a well-written rulebook : 10 english boardgames you should play because it’s (mostly) the only choice you have

(Written by Alexandre Poirier)

At the turn of the 21st century, we have witnessed a certain regain of interest regarding the board game industry, the latter being mostly invisible for the last 25 years because of the video game industry. This led to numerous localization of European board games, like The Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne, to name a few, on our side of the Atlantic Ocean and, thus, to various translations in French and English. However, these translations often cost a lot of money and some independent game developers cannot afford these costs, leading to the publishing of these games exclusively in English and making them more accessible because the retail price of the English versions if often lower than the French version. Fortunately for some of us that are bilingual, we can speak both languages and we have the chance to experience these games that are WAY better in Shakespeare’s tongue. Continuer la lecture de All I want for christmas… is a well-written rulebook : 10 english boardgames you should play because it’s (mostly) the only choice you have

Come on ladies…

(Written by Patricia Leblanc)

I recently read a great article where a father, incidentally a therapist, writes a letter to his young daughter describing her future husband ( Feel free to read it yourself, but essentially he is explaining that he is repulsed by the popular idea that a woman’s job is to keep her man “interested” and that magazine articles and online blurbs are what give woman tricks and tips to give him the “right blowjob” or when and how to make him a sandwich. Continuer la lecture de Come on ladies…

The curse of the child star gone wrong

(Written by Alexandre Lacas)

If you haven’t paid attention to what’s been going on with former child star Miley Cyrus in the last few months then you might be in for a little surprise. The once sweet and innocent good girl who got her fame debut on the popular Disney television show Hannah Montana is clearly letting the world know that she’s not a little child anymore and she doesn’t care what the world thinks of her transformation as an artist. Continuer la lecture de The curse of the child star gone wrong

Review : Don Jon (Movie)

(Written by Patricia Leblanc)

After seeing the preview for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut film Don Jon (2013) I was more or less unimpressed. I’m a fan of his starting from his days with long hair in Third Rock from the Sun but I found that his film resembled a film student’s graduation project. Let me explain what this means because I see this all the time as a film school senior and I despise the pretentious, artistic for art sake style of filmmaking that it entails. Continuer la lecture de Review : Don Jon (Movie)

Local Review : The Chrysalide Project – Myth of the Capullo

(Written by Jérémie Bernard)

After being introduced to the world of The Chrysalide Project when I wrote a french review of the EP, A Place for Silence, I couldn’t wait to hear the entire album. Myth of the Capullo is the completion of that musical EP. Twelve mystical songs now upgraded with lyrics for a journey into the unknown. Let’s see how the story unfolds with this album. Continuer la lecture de Local Review : The Chrysalide Project – Myth of the Capullo

The Kardashians : Why do we hate loving them?

(Written by Alexandre Lacas)

Unless you’re from another planet or you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, everyone knows who the Kardashian family is.  Whether it’s because of their 4 different but pretty similar reality TV shows or countless tabloid covers, they seem to have made a place in our lives.  Last week, I came across a cover page of Us weekly (okay, yes, I admit that I read this type of trash every now and then; blame it on my guilty pleasures I guess?) and it was advertising ‘The latest Kardashian event…’ where Kris, the mom, manager and the one responsible for turning her family into a multimillion dollar industry was now officially separated from her husband Bruce Jenner after 22 years of marriage. As I was reading the article I thought to myself, who cares?  What makes this family so special that we like to feel involved in every step of their life?  Whether it’s Kim Kardashian’s new baby with hip hop superstar Kanye West or 72-day union to Kris Humphries or Khloe Kardashian’s troubled marriage with NBA player Lamar Odom; we all love to hate, talk and secretly wish we lived their lifestyle.  But really, why is that?  How this controversial family made its way to the top of popular culture and into our lives. Continuer la lecture de The Kardashians : Why do we hate loving them?