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Launching a Skeptical-themed Manga Series

27 September 2013 by Sara E. Mayhew

Legend of the Ztarr is a sword-and-sandals skeptical-themed manga epic that I’ve been writing and illustrating as my main publishing project. Recently, the popular crowd-funding site, Kickstarter, made itself open to Canadian creators, making it possible for me to launch the Legend of the Ztarr Kickstarter, which aims to create a print edition of Volume […]

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Darwin Day Art

Darwin Day Art

13 February 2013 by Sara E. Mayhew

This week we celebrated the scientific contributions of Charles Darwin, born on February 12th, with Darwin Day. I put my manga skills to work to create hand-drawn ink illustrations of Drawin for those who support my work by making a donation of any amount they choose. It was really popular; I’m still drawing dozens of […]

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TAM2012 – A Life of Art and Skepticism

TAM2012 – A Life of Art and Skepticism

15 October 2012 by Sara E. Mayhew

This past July, skeptics gathered at the Jame Randi Educational Foundation’s annual conference, The Amaz!ng Meeting, in Las Vegas, NV. I spoke about how my life as an artist influences my interest in skepticism, and how being a skeptic has an impact on my work in the arts. Now, the talk is available in its […]

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Skepticism and Beauty

Skepticism and Beauty

08 May 2012 by Sara E. Mayhew

Browsing the aisle of a local retailer, recently, started me thinking about beauty products and how skeptical I am of some their claims. The shelves are stocked with dozens of different facial moisturizers alone, ranging in brand, size, and price. Actually, it’s surprising how wide the range of pricing is–from products that cost $5 for a large […]

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Secular Holiday Alternatives!

Secular Holiday Alternatives!

13 December 2011 by Sara E. Mayhew

Are you a skeptic, humanist, or atheist and worried about how to deal with the very controversial subject of celebrating Christmas? Do you need an excuse to eat, drink, and be merry but want to do so in a secular fashion? Well, here are some secular-friendly alternatives to be aware of! TREKMAS Trekmas is a […]

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Wiccans and Mystical Women: How New Age is Secretly Bad for Feminism

Wiccans and Mystical Women: How New Age is Secretly Bad for Feminism

30 May 2011 by Sara E. Mayhew

It’s not hard to argue how oppressive the Abrahamic religions are towards women. If you take a close look at most Eastern Asian religions as well, avoiding the cherry-picking found in the cliché “California-style” hodgepodge of Dharmic and Taoic practices, you’ll find an equally strong tradition of misogyny-inspiring credulity. I imagine most skeptics and humanists […]

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New Event: Virtual Science Pub

27 January 2011 by Sara E. Mayhew

The newly formed Northern Ontario Skeptics Society is holding its first event, a Virtual Science Pub. I’ll be hosting and all are welcome to join! The NOSS is holding a virtual science pub for those interested in a casual group chat, hosted by Sara E. Mayhew. Whether you live in a remote area or simply want to […]

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Celebrate Carl Sagan Day!

Celebrate Carl Sagan Day!

06 November 2010 by Sara E. Mayhew

The celebrations to honour astronomer and science popularizer, Carl Sagan, begin today with the 2nd Annual Carl Sagan Day. Many events have been organized by skeptic groups that run between now and Sagan’s birthday, November 9th. Click on the image above to check out my celebratory post over at my blog, There Are Four Lights.

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TED Fellow – Follow Our Bliss?

TED Fellow – Follow Our Bliss?

22 October 2010 by Sara E. Mayhew

In 2009, I was chosen to be a member of the TED Fellowship program and attend the TED conference in Long Beach, CA. As part of the inaugural class, I was the first Canadian TED Fellow. I continue to be a Fellow, which includes writing for the TED Fellows’ blog. TED’s vision is about ‘ideas […]

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Book Review: “The Varieties of Scientific Experience” by Carl Sagan

Book Review: “The Varieties of Scientific Experience” by Carl Sagan

08 October 2010 by Sara E. Mayhew

Ann Druyan gives the 21st century a much needed gift of another book by Carl Sagan. It is based on the talk he gave at the Gifford Lectures at the University of Glasgow, in 1985. Druyan’s introduction alone is a beautiful piece, and contains one of my favourite quotes: “My variation on James’s title is […]

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  • Sara E. Mayhew

    International award-winning mangaka and 2009 TED Fellowship member, Sara E. Mayhew is a Canadian writer and illustrator striving to produce manga that promotes skepticism and critical thinking. Canada's prestigious graphic arts magazine, Applied Arts, featured her in their Young Blood article on "new talent commanding our attention". She has spoken on the TED Fellows stage at the TED 2009 conference in Long Beach, CA, and more recently at TEDActive 2010 in Palm Springs, CA. Currently, Sara is working on producing a new series, Legend of the Ztarr, that aims to introduce manga readers to skeptical and humanist values through storytelling. Her blog, There Are Four Lights, combines art and skepticism, with occasional pepperings of general geekdom and random cuteness.