2019 Guest: Ciaran Strange


Much to his amusement, he’s been compared to David Bowie, Tony Stark, Haruko Haruhara, Ramona Flowers, Captain America, and Tank Girl — but I.R.L., he’s Ciarán “C.J.” Strange, an eccentric and powerful LGBTQ+ author and artist best known for blending pop sensibilities, dynamic rock guitars, and high-energy live shows into his own brand of geeky pop-punk. At seventeen, he left his family, friends, and little English fishing village behind in order to chase his dreams to Vancouver, BC. He now resides in the nerd and hipster haven of Portland, OR indulging in his passions for many different facets of art and performance including music, writing, voice-acting, acting, and pro-wrestling!

The bed-headed redhead has become a familiar face in the geek scene, on most parts due to his music. He has toured multiple countries in the past half-decade including the US, UK, Canada, and Japan, performing at hundreds of shows, conventions, and festivals. Sometime in the summer of 2016, Ciarán joined forces with kindred artistic spirit Dave Kitsberg; the two are now delving into the world of geeky covers and parodies, as well as writing fresh original concept material in all sub-genres of pop-rock influenced by many of their collaborative fandom inspirations. This cache of new music the pair are working tirelessly on is set to be released in 2019 under the band name We Are The Chaos. The band’s debut single, LEGACY, is available on all music streaming services, along with some of C.J.’s older tunes.

Musical ventures aside, this multi-media artist has been swept up in the launch of three series of books over the past few years, all of which take place on different sides of the same earth in the #Flareborne universe! The first, “Black Tie” by Ciarán Strange, is a M/M paranormal romance series of action thriller novels he’s pitched as “gay James Bond in a world of superheroes”. The second, The Renegade Archives, are a gritty RH romance set in deliciously dystopian 2028 Britain. And the third, The Baker Street Archives, is a genderbent Sherlock Holmes retelling, a darker RH romance with an edge of paranormal suspense.