Liana K

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Liana K
Liana K at 2008 ComicCon cropped.jpg
Liana K in 2008, cosplaying as Dawn
Born (1978-02-15) 15 February 1978 (age 41)
OccupationFormer television entertainer and video game journalist
Spouse(s)Steven Kerzner

Liana Kerzner (born (1978-02-15)15 February 1978), also known by her stage name Liana K, is a Canadian YouTuber. She is also a former television writer, producer, and host. She co-hosted the final season of the variety show Ed's Night Party with her husband Steven Joel Kerzner (Ed the Sock). She is also a video game journalist and hobbyist cosplayer.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Liana Kerzner was born in 1978[3] in Toronto, Ontario. When her parents divorced she moved with her mother to Knoxville, Tennessee then Athens, Georgia before returning to Toronto.[4] She briefly studied English literature and anthropology at York University.

Career[edit]

She began dating Steven Kerzner in 1995, when she was 17 and he was 25, after meeting in a bar through her boyfriend.[5] In 1997 she abandoned her academic studies, when she was hired for behind-the-scenes work on Ed's Night Party with Kerzner, whom she married in 1999.[6] He named her his co-producer and co-head writer of Night Party and by 2004 she joined Ed the Sock, voiced by her husband, to become the first female co-host on the show, which was renamed Ed & Red's Night Party for what would become its final season.[6] Kerzner was also involved in many of Ed the Sock's other media projects, including the annual Fromage specials and Smartass: The Ed the Sock Report, both shown on the Canadian cable television music and variety show television channel MuchMusic.[6]

She wrote the Accidental Comics series Ed and Red's Comic Strip (in which she appears in both photographs and art),[7] and has appeared at a number of comic book and science fiction fan conventions to promote the comic and Ed's Night Party. From the fall of 2009 to September 2010, Liana and Steven Kerzner were the hosts of the weekly radio show Sunday Nights with Liana and Steven (also known as Steven & Liana) on Newstalk 1010 in Toronto.[6] After two years off the air, Ed the Sock returned to TV on CHCH-DT with a new show This Movie Sucks! which is similar to his old show on Citytv, Ed's Nite In, which is once again co-hosted by Liana K and features comedian Ron Sparks. The show lasted two seasons and a total of 15 episodes. In 2012, Ed the Sock and Liana K returned on CHCH with the short-lived series I Hate Hollywood. They have not had another series on network TV since this series was cancelled by CHCH.

Liana K wrote about video games and the video game industry for Metaleater,[8] and has written as a video game critic for 411MANIA[9] and GamingExcellence, also writing about tabletop and live-action role-playing games.[10] She has also been a contributor for other gaming outlets, such as Gameranx[11] and Polygon.[3]

In 2014, Kerzner faced criticism after admitting at an International Game Developers Association event in Toronto that she inflated game scores in her reviews so those developers could receive certain bonuses and rewards.[12] Liana K later attributed her statements to her "comedic technique."[13] [14]

According to Kerzner she also previously worked as a convention "booth babe".[15] She co-edited science fiction and fantasy short story collection Wrestling with Gods: Tesseracts Anthology #18 with Jerome Stueart in 2014.[16]

Fandom activities and private life[edit]

Kerzner has been a guest and presenter at several comic book and science fiction events across Canada, usually appearing dressed in character-based cosplay costumes.[2][17][18] She and Ed the Sock were named co-hosts of the 2007 Constellation Awards, which they also sponsored. She also organized and hosted the Aurora Awards ceremony at the 67th World Science Fiction Convention in 2009.[19] She was a co-founder of Toronto's annual science fiction convention Futurecon in 2010 and chaired it until it ceased to exist in 2012. It was also sponsored by her husband's company Kerzner MediArts.[20][21]

The Secret Six comic book character Liana Kerzner, a red-headed stripper and lover of Scandal Savage, was named after her.[22]

Liana K identifies as a sex-positive feminist,[23] and her hobbies include collecting action figures and other toys.[6] She has also criticized Anita Sarkeesian's Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series in her own series called Why Feminist Frequency Almost Made Me Quit Writing.[24] Other series include A Gamer's Guide to Feminism,[25] and Lady Bits. [26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ TYT Nation (25 October 2014). "On #GamerGate With Games Journalist Liana Kerzner". YouTube. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b Heath McCoy (26 April 2008). "Geek girls gone wild!". Calgary Herald. Archived from the original on 27 April 2008. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Some of gaming's greatest heroes are mentally ill, and that's a great thing". Polygon. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  4. ^ "A Few Words with... Liana K". Progsheet.net. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Sock it to me, baby!". Post City Magazine. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e Rita Zekas (4 April 2009). "Sock it to me! At home with Ed The Sock's creator". Toronto Star. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  7. ^ "GCD :: Issue :: Ed & Red's Comic Strip #1". Comics.org. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  8. ^ "About". metaleater.com. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  9. ^ "411MANIA - LianaKerzner". 411mania.com. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  10. ^ "About Liana Kerzner". GamingExcellence. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  11. ^ Liana Kerzner (7 July 2014). "Lindsay Lohan Sues GTA V. Can Rockstar Claim Parody Protection?". Gameranx. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  12. ^ Ethan Ralph (7 October 2014). "Liana K Allegedly Changed Game Scores Because of Metacritic". The Ralph Retort. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  13. ^ Liana Kerzner (9 October 2014). "My response to the recent Ralph Retort challenge". Liana's Tumblr of Wordz. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  14. ^ IGDA Toronto (18 September 2014). "IGDA Rant and Rave Night 2014". IGDA Toronto. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Liana K on Twitter". Twitter.com. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  16. ^ "Wrestling with Gods by Liana Kerzner — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  17. ^ "Liana Kerzner Biography @ AnimeCons.com". AnimeCons. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  18. ^ Liana Kerzner (23 August 2009). "Costumes: Create a facsimile for Fan Expo". Toronto Star. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  19. ^ Robert J. Sawyer (17 August 2009). "Thank you, Liana K!". Sfwriter.com. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  20. ^ Sam Tweedle (19 December 2012). "This Week at PCA: Liana K Talks Futurecon". Pop Culture Addict. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  21. ^ "CNSE Liana". Futurecon. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  22. ^ "Liana Kerzner". Comic Vine. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  23. ^ David Pakman Show (8 November 2014). "#GamerGate: Liana Kerzner Says Sexism IS an Issue, BUT..." YouTube. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  24. ^ "Why Feminist Frequency Almost Made Me Quit Writing". YouTube.com. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  25. ^ Liana K (19 January 2016), A gamer's guide to feminism introduction, retrieved 6 February 2018
  26. ^ Liana K (4 October 2017), LADY BITS EPISODE 0 -- Core Principles of the Series, retrieved 6 February 2018

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