Friday, August 21, 2009  
Comics and Graphic Novels @ The Word On The Street

:: Posted by max @ 8/21/2009 09:49:00 PM

We're proud at Sequential, to be participating in some small way to this years events in Toronto! At the invitation of TCAF, we're co-sponsoring two panels on the program...
Link- The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to once-again be partnering with Canada's national book festival, The Word On The Street, to provide a full day of programming for fans and practitioners of comics and graphic novels. Designed to provide material for the comics neophyte AND the comics hardcore, the comics and graphic novel tent will feature something for everyone!

The Beguiling will once-again be exhibiting at WOTS, and a number of other graphic novel creators will be set up around the Festival and at The Beguiling, Drawn & Quarterly, and Comics & Graphic Novels tents. Look for more details closer to the date!

I've got a bit more reading up to do myself to bone up for this. Also wanted to post my own reading list soon and make sure I've read all the panelists work myself!

There's a really full list of events centered around this blog's favorite bound media, the full WOTS event schedule is on the site here. But Chris from The Bugiling has fuller descriptions posted for the comic's events here, if i may highlight two of them in particular....
3:00 - 4:00 :: Sequential Presents: Oh, Canada. Surveying the Landscape of Canadian Comics
What does it mean to be a Canadian graphic novelist?
What is the state of Canadian comics & graphic novels,
and what is its future?
Just what makes a comic Canadian anyway?*
Join Bryan Munn and Salgood Sam, editors of Sequential, the Canadian comics, news and culture blog as they discusses the state of Canadian comics. Joining them will be representatives of Canada's dual national cartooning awards, Brad Mackay and Jeet Heer from The Doug Wright Awards and Kevin Boyd from The Joe Shuster Awards, as well as a few as yet unnamed award-winning Canadian comics creators.
Sure to be a lively discussion!
*{ed: probably taking the middle two Q: more seriously as topics - lots there to discuss - and have a laugh at the other two topic's expense, yeah?}

4:00 - 5:00 :: Sequential Presents: Three New Comics Set in Canada
Following the discussion of the state of Canadian graphic novels, Sequential - who thinks repeating full tittles get's a bit winded :) - will be presenting readings featuring three new graphic novels set in Canada! New books, woot!
One story is published on the Internet, one published by an American publisher and even one published in Canada! Uh...yeah...psst, what's that mean exactly guys? Anyways i do know these folks and we're talking about some great work. Top drawer panelologists, paneling about their panels, they is! I've been watching too much Mighty Boosh this summer....
Willow Dawson, 100 Mile House; Jeff Lemire, Essex County; and Evan Munday, Quarter-Life Crisis. All three will be giving readings of their work and if there's time talk a bit about it. Should be a nice round.
That's really just a small part of what's planed for the day, there are 8 presentations for the whole. Here's hoping i don't play the total burk. :) Bryan and I will be moderating these two. I'll attempt to record them as well for posting here the same day if i can.

For the other WOTS events it seems not as much had been planed specifically for Comics, The Halifax WOTS Graphic Novel listing's are not up yet but they say
"We promise to entertain adults and youth alike with panel discussions by graphic novelists. Aimed primarily at 12 years and older."
So that sounds promising. I'll check up with some folks i know there and see what's happening.

In BC the Vancover fest will be holding the comix portion of the events undergrount, at The Word Under The Street. "Local alternative comic book artists and 'zines. Including exhibitors, events, readings, and presentations. Inside the Library, Alice McKay Room downstairs"


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