I’m back from Alaskaland and ready to share some news with you!
For the month of August, I will have some prints from my books on display as part of an excellent printmaking exhibition called Cut.Ink.Press. There’s a great group of artists involved so if you’re in Toronto, make sure to check it out. The show will be at Jetfuel Coffee, 519 Parliament St, from August 2nd to 31st. The opening is tomorrow, August 2nd, at 9pm. Come out for a beer or a snack or just to eyeball some fine prints (if the first two are not motivation enough). I will also have some copies of Back + Forth and Boom Boom Boom available for sale during the exhibition.
In other news, Kate from the Porcupine’s Quill did a wonderful review of Back + Forth and my pal Megan’s book Wanderlust on the PQL blog. I really enjoyed reading her interpretation and I hope you will too! Leave a comment on her post and you have a chance to win a copy of one of the books! Sweet!
Suggested reading of the day: Shameless Magazine’s Money Issue!!
If you’ve never heard of it, Shameless is a fabulous feminist publication for girls and trans youth. I started reading it a number of years ago when I discovered it at the public library and I am so honoured to be a contributor for their latest issue!
My piece Art/Work consists of two pages of comics addressing the relationship of artists and money. It discusses conflicting feelings about money you may encounter as an artist and contains useful resources and information for anyone practicing art or hoping to get into art-making in a major (or minor) way. I also got to make a pull-out poster, which was extremely fun. I decided to do a paper cut for the poster. I have loved paper cut for a long time but had never found the incentive to try it before. Here’s a peek at the results:
I will definitely be using this technique again in the future. Though it was quite painstaking and occasionally frustrating, I am really happy with the results. There is a really interesting physical quality to a cut image that you just can’t get from drawing or painting. Relief printing, such as linocut, has a similar quality. Maybe part of the reason I found the paper cut process to be less frustrating than I expected is that even when you accidentally cut off a polar bear’s toe, you can do masking tape surgery on the back of the paper and no one’s the wiser; When you’re carving a linocut and you accidentally carve a piece you shouldn’t have, well…
I am a very lucky lady in that people often give me things for free. Recently I received a sweet gift of handmade paper from Ashley Readings! I will be working through it over the next few months. The paper I used for these drawings is a kozo-type affair but I also have chunky colourful pieces which I will probably use for book covers. I wanted to show the beautiful texture and transparency of these pieces so I scanned them on a kraft paper background.
Here are two pieces I made for the Toronto Draws Tintin show coming up next month at the Steamwhistle Brewery Gallery. All works in the show will be auctioned at the end of November to raise some cash for the Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund, an organization that protects the rights of comic artists and comic lovers against censorship. Check out the CLLDF website for information about their most recent case. Make sure to come out to the closing reception and silent auction on November 27th to bid on awesome art made by your favourite local comics artists and support a great cause!
“TORONTO DRAWS TINTIN is a month long art show that will occur at Steamwhistle Brewery’s gallery space, with an exciting opening-night party on Wednesday November 2nd. The show will hang for the month of November, and then close out with a a jam-packed celebration of comics, illustration, and art on Sunday November 27th.”
Infinite and uncontrollable thanks to everyone who made TCAF this weekend so incredibly amazing:
- Christopher Butcher, Peter Birkemoe and everyone at the Beguiling for making it all possible
- All of the awesome artists and publishers, I wish I could have seen more of you!
- Bill Kartalopoulos who invited me to speak on his panel “Building Visual Language” and had such interesting things to say about my book
- Edie Fake and Brecht Evens, my fellow panelists who were inspiring and though provoking
- Stefan Berg, Megan Speers and George Walker, my table mates and uber-talented PQL authors who kept the weekend hilarious. Love youse!
- Finally, to everyone who stopped by the Porcupine’s Quill‘s table with a kind word and an interested eye. I feel so inspired and am so grateful to have been a part of it all. Thank you!!!
I have two new comics up at Open Book Toronto. The panel above is a little preview. I’m quite happy with how they turned out, especially my first venture into colour comics!