Photo by Phil Mills taken at FKO
|Birth name||Kari Maaren|
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. She has co-written a musical, Cross Purposes, for the Calgary Fringe Festival. Otherwise, she spends her time marking papers about irony and playing bad-tempered music on the accordion.