Curious, Creative and Fear.


My next guest is Janine Vangool of Uppercase Magazine.

I first met Janine at Art Central where we both had Studio & Galleries. This was a fantastic place in downtown Calgary with three floors of creativity!! This is where Uppercase Magazine started.

Janine actually started her career at a very young age….I used to make pretend notebooks, put them in my carrying cases that I made for them. I then had people sign out books from my library and my magazine was called “Kraft.”

“Fortunately people like what I do”

Janine has been publishing books since 2007. Her first book was the Shatner Show. 76 illustrations about William Shatner. Seriously!!

Uppercase Magazine was started just before Janine was pregnant in 2009….Finley was born in 2010 and Uppercase was well on its way. Luckily Janine has an amazing husband, Glen Dresser, who became a stay at home Dad. And so Uppercase became a family affair.

“Is Glen your rock?” I asked Janine, “I wouldn't use that description. I'm the rock, Uppercase is the rock, we tend the rock. His involvement is part time. Or we try…”

Glen is a writer and board game designer. His board game Palooka Precinct was 2017 Winner of the Ion Award for best strategy game at the Salt Con board game convention. Cool!!!

Janine is building a book and magazine empire!! Or at least a little cool niche empire. It’s full of tangible wonderful books and magazines that will make you feel good all over. My favourite is the Encyclopedia of Inspiration!

We had a whole conversation about artistic fear and how to manage it, I'm sure you will love it! Please welcome Janine Vangool to Awesome People.


I hope you enjoyed this interview with another amazing community hero!

My goal is to change the way art is sold and experienced.


Music for the Podcast provided by Jarred Nicklen. You can find more on him at TwitterFacebookInstagram. Etc.

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