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September/October 2016

Hello, Cicada Readers!

We’d like to take a moment to introduce new Associate Editor Autumn, a completely normal human person whose hobbies include breathing Earth oxygen with her human lungs and circulating blood with her four-chambered human heart. She looks forward to interfacing with you all in an amiable manner.

Because this is a time of change for Cicada, this issue is all about being in a state of flux—a strange fluid time when everything can change at any second. Read on for things that fluctuate, oscillate, vacillate, alternate, and maybe even pendulate.

In This Issue: Fiction by A. Merc Rustad and Nalo Hopkinson. Poetry by Judith Roney and Roanna Shebala. Comics
and art by Tim Beckhardt, Theo Ellsworth, Amrit Brar, and Faye Thomas. Plus interviews with Amrit Brar and Nalo Hopkinson!

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

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Art © 2016 by Tim Beckhardt

This Issue Excerpts

  • Boy of the Witch-Wood

    "In my witch-wood, / I will listen for you on windy / nights. I will think I hear you crying."

  • Two Free Tickets (Excerpt)

    In Theo Ellsworth's short comic, two friends encounter something strange in a dark alley.


  • Artist Allies: Amrit Brar

    "There’s a really consistent supernatural/horror theme across the board
    with everything I was interested in as a kid — I’ve never been too sure
    of why that was, but it stuck."

  • Cicada Census: Is Your Arachnophobia Affecting Your Love Life?

    We all have our little quirks, but is the fact that you run screaming from the room every time someone mentions the phrase "egg sac" starting to scare away potential romantic partners? Take this quiz to determine whether or not your fear of spiders is keeping you from your true love.

  • Comics Crush

    Anna Bongiovanni reviews comics by Joamette Gil, Aud Koch, Whit Taylor, and LeLand Goodman.

  • Submit to Cicada

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

  • Writer's Manifesto: Nalo Hopkinson

    "Storytelling is one of the ways in which human beings sort and make
    sense of the complexities that comprise existence. Science fiction and
    fantasy continue a tradition that’s found in every human culture, and
    that is as old as human language: telling fanciful tales."