|I'll Never be a Celebrity Cartoonist, Megan Arnold|
The festival also has a rich stream of workshops and programs that are held on-site at The ARTS Project, and are FREE and open to all ages. Here's the programming that was presented this year. Planning is already underway for next year!
|Photo by Mr. Tristan Clark, from LondonFuse|
2016 TingFest ProgrammingKids Reading & Creation Zone
Drop in during our regular hours with the kids and visit our Reading & Creation space. The space will feature a selection of graphic novels to read and enjoy provided by the London Public Library. A colouring station will keep the little ones busy with fun, comics-related activities they can create, colour and post on our comic wall. Drop in any time during our operating hours to participate!
Join us for the opening reception of the festival! Check out the artwork, mix and mingle with some of our Ting artists, and enjoy our signature “Tingley” martini at our cash bar. FREE admission, everyone is welcome to attend. Saturday, April 30 from 6:00 – 8:00pm
An evening of film shorts directed by Sarah Legault and Vincent Marcone. Sarah is an award winning filmmaker whose stop-motion animation Dear Love was awarded Best Animated Short Film at the 2014 Toronto Independent Film Festival. Vincent is a graphic artist, film director, and musician with the band Johnny Hollow. Firefly, a stop-motion animated short explores isolation and unsoundness of mind, and The Lady ParaNorma is a digital animated short about an eccentric lady, narrated by the godfather of goth music, Peter Murphy. Enjoy the screening and then stay for the Q & A with Sarah, Vincent and Janine White, the composer for both films and the lead singer of Johnny Hollow.
Friday May 6, 7:00pm, Q&A to follow hosted by music and film journalist Bob Klanac. FREE Event.
This was an amazing night. The guests showed behind the scenes footage and stories including what it was like to work with Peter Murphy. Here's their short film The Lady ParaNorma below, which is also a beautiful book.
Free Comic Book Day – Meet the Artists!
Dundas Street will be closed to traffic between Richmond and Clarence for the 15th Annual Free Comic Book Day, and the ARTS Project is in the middle of the comic book action! Many of the our Ting artists will have their comics, prints and art for sale at the Ting Pop-Up Shop, some are even showcasing brand new work that day! So come by and meet the artists in person and talk comics. On hand will be: Megan Arnold, D.S. Barrick, Doug Rogers, Erin Elston, James Kirkpatrick, Sarah Legault, Tim Levins, Vincent Marcone, Scott MacDougall, Maureen Riley, Aidan Urquhart and Mark Victor Young. Saturday May 7, 11:00am to 4:00pm. FREE Event.
Comic Jam and Mixer
Join us for the Comic Jam and Mixer hosted by Brahm Wiseman of Heroes. An event for all ages, this is a creative event where artists and comic enthusiasts can socialize, have a drink and collaborate on a single comic. Bring your favourite pencils and prepare to improvise! Brahm Wiseman is the owner of Heroes (http://www.heroescomics.ca/), and was the recipient of the 2013 Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer at the Joe Shuster Awards.
Tuesday May 10, 6:00 – 9:00pm. FREE Event.
4-Colour Inspiration – In Conversation about Comics and Art
Comic books used to be considered disposable, low-brow entertainment. Today though, artwork by cartoonists such as Robert Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware and Seth are featured in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney, the MoMA, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Join us as we talk with Aidan Urquhart, Maureen Riley and James Kirkpatrick to discuss how comic books inspire or contribute to their work, and the boundaries (if any) between “fine art” and comics. Our chat will be moderated by Josh Lambier from Arts & Humanities, Western University.
Friday May 13, 7:00pm. FREE Event.
Graphic Novel Book Buzz
Have you read all of Jeff Smith’s Bone series? Wondering what to read next? Linda Ludke, Collections Management Librarian at London Public Library, will talk about some great graphic novel picks for ages 7 to 12. Get the inside scoop on upcoming releases, tell us about your favourites, and make some comic creations of your own. Saturday May 14, 1:00 – 2:00pm. FREE Event.
KA-POW! Creating Comic Strips
Do the kids in your life love comics? Designed for ages 8 and up, KA-POW! Creating Comic Strips is the essential workshop for kids who want to build their own comic strip from the bottom up. Taught by storyboard artist and cartoonist J.R Faulkner (Knight & Dave, Promises Promises) this workshop will cover the basics of story, characters, and drawing techniques. Faulkner has been an instructor of animation basics at Sheridan College and conducted workshops at the Toronto Public Library the London Public Library. Saturday May 14, 2:30 – 3:30pm. FREE Workshop.
Small Press Spotlight
Do you have a comic or graphic novel you want to publish? Join us for an in-depth discussion on publishing with Christopher from Runciman Press, Mark Victor Young from Levins and Young and the team from Lucky Unlucky. Hosted by Dan Brown of the London Free Press where he writes frequently about graphic novels, pop culture and local personalities.
Tuesday May 17, 7:00pm, Q&A to follow. FREE Event.
Bryan Lee O’Malley Signing
Straight from Los Angeles, former Londoner Bryan Lee O’Malley will be making a special visit to the ARTS Project to help close out the Ting Comic and Graphic Arts Festival. The event will begin with a Q&A moderated by Brian Garside, producer of the podcast Sequential Fiction. It will then be followed by a signing hosted by Brahm Wiseman of Heroes. Don’t miss out on this chance to hear from this award-winning cartoonist best known for his Scott Pilgrim series, adapted for film by Universal Pictures as well as his graphic novels Seconds and Lost at Sea. Friday May 20, 4:00 – 6:00pm. FREE Event.