I’m in a whirlwind of prep and programming (I’m speaking on a panel at TCAF Librarian & Educators Day this afternoon on non-fiction comics!), so here’s just a quick peek of what I’ll have at the fest:
All me loot (clockwise from left): wordless linocut novel Back + Forth, stack of various zines and prints, 24 hour comic book day comic made in one week Good Morning!, my *NEW* mini comic Homeache, and wordless relief print erotic story anthology Boom Boom Boom.
Newsflash! Tomorrow, from 11am-6pm, I will be taking part in The Word on the Street Festival in Toronto. I’ll be joining comics pals Ethan Rilly and Jason Kieffer at table FB6 in the Fringe Beats section (south of Wellesely on Queen’s Park Crescent). Ethan launched his latest issue of Pope Hats this week at the Central; be sure to pick up a copy! If that isn’t enough of a draw for you, King David Suzuki and John Raulston Saul will be there as well! Geeking out over Canadian intellectuals! What better way to spend a lazy Sunday??
This weekend is Zine Dream 5 in Toronto! Zine Dream is an awesome event that has been put together for the past 5 years by my pal Jesjit Gill (the same genius who printed Boom Boom Boom at his Colour Code print shop).
Each year this event gets bigger and better. There was a really great friendly vibe to the fest last year and I especially loved the standup comediennes. This year will feature more DJs, more musical acts and, for the first time, will include satellite events: a launch party at Art Metropole tonight and a workshop and panel discussion at XPACE on Saturday.
Come out, listen to some tunes, make new friends and buy some zines. Smiles are free.
TCAF is only a few days away and I am hustling to prepare my latest project for the viewing (and purchasing) pleasure of Toronto’s comic-loving masses. Here’s a preview of what is to come:
Boom Boom Boom is an anthology of woodcut and linocut stories about SEX. The artists involved are Stefan Berg, Dmitry Bondarenko, Colin Rogers, Megan Speers, Rihkee Strap, George Walker and myself. I am also the editor and bookbinder of the anthology. The book was printed on the risograph by Colour Code Printing. I am so happy with the results! It has been such a pleasure watching this book come together. I can’t wait to see it completed and in the hands of readers!
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is this weekend at the Reference Library and is totally free to attend. Come visit me on the second floor at booth 258!