This Issue

November/December 2016

Hello, Cicada Readers!

This issue is all about duality--doubles, division, dyads, and
dichotomies. Read on for shape shifters, soul mates, evil doppelgangers
from the shadow dimension, and all manner of things that come in twos.

In This Issue: Fiction by Phy Tran and Debbie Urbanski. Poetry by Jeanann
Verlee, Salma Deera, Joy Priest, and Sierra DeMulder. Comics
and art by Josh Holinaty, Kelsey Wroten, and Kat Fajardo. Plus
interviews with Debbie Urbanski and Kat Fajardo!

Join us! Writers, artists, and comic artists of all ages: Submit to Cicada!

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Art © 2016 by Josh Holinaty

This Issue Excerpts

  • The Paradox

    In this short comic by Kelsey Wroten, a teacher and pupil discuss life-forces, paradoxes, and humanity.

  • The Thread (Excerpt)

    by Debbie Urbanski

     

    “What does a long thread even mean?” I asked, wincing each time the needle entered my side. It didn’t hurt but I hated the tugging. My mom wrapped some of the thread around my wrist. The rest she slipped into my pocket. “It means you’re growing up,” she said, weepy-eyed.  

Features

  • Artist Allies: Kat Fajardo

    "I think the most important methods for fighting gentrification are acknowledging the reality of it and for transplants to understand their privilege."

  • Cicada Census: Are You Human?

    Ever feel like you don’t fit in with everyone else? This quiz will reveal whether you’re an actual member of the human species or a mere impostor.

  • Comics Crush

    Anna Bongiovanni reviews comics by Anna Sellheim; Jenn St-Onge, Justine Prado, and Carey Pietsch; Line
 Høj 
Høstrup; and Akvile Magicdust.

  • Submit to Cicada

    The new Call for Creative Endeavors theme is Shape Shifters (contest open to ages 14-23)!

  • Submit to Cicada

    The new Call for Creative Endeavors theme is Shape Shifters (contest open to ages 14-23)!

  • Writer's Manifesto: Debbie Urbanski

    "I imagine we all could be really good friends to ourselves."