The Toronto Comics Anthology is launching «Toronto Comics: Yonge At Heart», the fourth volume in its annual showcase of upcoming comic creators with a signing at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop! Meet over a dozen of the talented contributors to this full-colour anthology and enjoy a snack while you're at it!
Creators in attendance will include (in alphabetical order)
Steven Andrews works in the casual gaming industry, and has led the Toronto Comics Anthology since it began in 2014.
A native of Surrey, B.C., Aaron Broverman is a published freelance journalist for outlets such as Yahoo, Yellow Pages, Vice, NOW Magazine, TVO.org and BlogTO, he's also the host of a podcast called Speech Bubble where he interviews locals involved with comics. Aaron and Colton's particular work would not have been possible without Peter McSherry's book What Happened to Mickey? from Dundurn Press.
Derrick Chow is an illustrator and cartoonist who's appeared in many publications, including the Toronto Star, Briarpatch Magazine, and the Literary Review of Canada. His recent works include the short comic «Mooncake Madness» in Hogtown Horror and illustrating the picture book Come Play With Me for Norwood House Press. He lives in the West End of Toronto with his husband and coterie of teddy bears.
Ally is a Toronto-based artist and animator who's been writing stories since before she can remember. Illustrating those stories herself seemed like a natural next step! When she's not working as a texture artist or on comics, she also paints landscapes around Southern Ontario. She grew up in downtown Toronto, so she bikes pretty much everywhere.
Jeff Estrella, of the Toronto Estrellas, is a Pilipinas-born, Scarborough-raised, Toronto-based writer. He grew up on a steady diet of horror, fantasy, bad movies, and stories from his elders whom he hopes to make proud.
Aaron is a comic book writer and editor whose works have appeared in various anthologies and independent publications. When he's not busy writing, he runs writing workshops for children at the local non-profit Story Planet.
Marcia Iwasaki is an artist, author and designer who is always on the lookout for things that bring whimsy to life. She can often be found snapping a shot, studying the light, appreciating the single bloom of a flower, coaxing squirrels and greeting the neighbourhood cats.
Marcia works on a wide range of projects from illustration, design to comics and zines. She enjoys writing poetry, but this is her first foray into comic writing.
Shane Kirshenblatt is a Canadian comic book writer and artist. He is known for such projects as Dorothy Gale: Journey to Oz (Jack Lake Productions, 2005), Grave Conditions (Haunted Computer Books 2010), Anything Ghost Graphic Anthology (Kirshy Comics 2012), and the Jewish Comix Anthology (AH Comics, 2014). In addition to the Toronto Comix Anthology Vol. 3, his work is also featured in the Strange Romance Anthology (Phantasmic Tales, 2016), Mark Twain's Niagara Falls (AH Comics, 2016), as well as plans to launch two original web comics. When not working on projects, Shane visits schools in the GTA, running comic-themed workshops through the Ontario Art Council's Artist In The Classroom program.
Lorena Torres Loaiza loves stories that can get an idea across with the simplest language possible, and which show all kinds of different people. She also loves fantasy and science fiction, and anything that can get her to think of something new, or see a familiar experience in a new light. She recently completed a Creative Writing certificate.
David has worked on comics such as Zombies Vs Cheerleaders, and The Gutters, as well as contributing art for various comics related sketch card series for 5finity Productions and Cryptozoic Entertainment. David’s creator-owned comics include Life After the B.O.E., a webcomic and graphic novel about teaching English in Japan, and a fantasy adventure series, The Long Kingdom. David sings Jpop and Anime songs at karaoke.
Sam Noir is a writer, cartoonist, toymaker, and in the case of his collaborations with Gwen Howarth, a typist. His work includes the cover for Chapterhouse Comics Summer Special featuring Captain Canuck and the Pitiful Human Lizard, and he has contributed to Steampunk Originals from Arcana, Monstrosity from Alterna, Cerebus Low Society, Toronto Comics, Strange Romance, Hogtown Horror and is the co-creator of indie comics such as Munchsters, Victorian Four, Holmes vs Moriarty, Zip Kramer, and Major North. His web comic Sunny and Owl Girl is featured on the geek culture website Rogues Portal. He is also a product developer at Odeon Toys, including the official Captain Canuck and E-Man action figures.
Sam Ruano is a graduate of the CFC’s Prime Time Television Writing Program and an alumnus of the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program. His work for TV includes Little Mosque On The Prairie, Lost Girl, and Killjoys. Sam has worked as a videographer on Discovery Travel’s Exploring Horizons which toured the wilds of Central and South America. He is currently in development on a new kids' adventure as well as writing on the upcoming reboot of ReBoot. But like any sane person, what Sam really wants to do is write comic books and go surfing.
More to be confirmed? See you there!