Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Metro News Interview and Video

When I got the Joe Shuster Award nomination back in the summer for the "Gene Day Self-Publishing" Award, I was interviewed by Metro News. It was a nice piece and they even video-taped me while I explained my cartooning process, which was a bit nerve-wracking but fun too.

I was pretty happy with how it came out. Here's the video and a link to the article. Thanks to Mike Donachie for the interview!

Also, I didn't win the Award, Steven Gilbert did for his "The Journal of the Main Street Secret Lodge" - which was a wonderful book.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Goodbye 2014

I've been a bit frustrated lately with how slow it's going with Book 2 of Gerald Bull (though it's going, I've been working on it quite a bit the past few months). Part of the reason for the slow pace is because of how tight and controlled my drawing is - as well as the amount of research and photo reference is involved (which I enjoy but is time-consuming).

Inspired by Kate Beaton's holiday cartoons - which are awesome, fresh and funny, but also so loose, I thought why don't I give it a try?

My daughter Rosie provides a lot of comic fodder and I share a lot of stories with friends and family of her antics. I also did a mini-comic of her years ago called "The Rosie Stories", so this seemed like a good place to start. Doing fast loose comics that still capture human essence is really easier to be said than done - it's also hard for me to loosen up on the control (clearly seen by the title below which was a big fail in terms of doing something quickly). It was all I could do not to spot in some greys.

I'm happy with the result and I think I'll try to do more in 2015 - it's good for my cartooning chops! Enjoy.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Project Play - November 23, 2014

Project Play

Called London's biggest and best gaming event, Project Play is a one-day show focused around gaming - video games, board games and card games. It also includes cool comics-related exhibitors like LA Mood Comics & Games, Uber Cool Stuff, Worlds Away, Eric Vedder Illustration and ME!

Gaming for Good
Best of all, Project Play is also a non-profit organization. 100% of funds raised go towards providing children in community and family crisis centres with games so they can play for themselves! Last year they won a Pillar Community Innovation Award and everything. See the video below.

I'm super happy to be participating. I'll have lots of items available for sale including t-shirts, mini-comics, prints, holiday greeting cards, my Gerald Bull graphic novel and more!

  • Takes place Sunday, November 23, 2014 
  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Carousel Room at the Western Fair District
  • Tickets $10 each, children under 10 FREE.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Words Literary and Creative Arts Festival

I'm excited to be appearing at Words, London Ontario's inaugural festival of creativity taking place October 24 - 26, 2014.

An Afternoon with London Cartoonist Diana Tamblyn
I'll be in speaking at 1:00 PM at Museum London on Saturday, October 24th.Come by - it's free!

The festival will feature emerging as well as established artists and creative thinkers from Southwestern Ontario and beyond - showcasing new works and world-leading ideas to spark debate and ignite the imagination. The festival will also feature a range of activities for audience members to immerse themselves in the process of creativity, such as lectures, performances, public interviews and debates, workshops, readings, makerspaces, and masterclasses.

The Opening reception takes place at Museum London, 24th of October, 7pm, and features Vincent Lam, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Joan Barfoot, James Bartleman, Joe Sacco, Jeramy Dodds, Mark Kingwell, Gary Barwin, and more. Reception tickets are $20.

All other events are free.

Word Play - London Free Press article
Three local heroes will grace the first Words fest muse and enthuse about its importance to London

Great article about the fest that included interviews with me and local poets Penn Kemp and Laurie Graham.

Fest Recommendation
The fest will also feature a conversation with one of my favourite cartoonists - Joe Sacco! If you're in the area, I recommend you checking out his session.

Joe Sacco in conversation with Donnie Calabrese
Museum London Community Gallery, Saturday, October 25th, 3:15 PM. Free!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Strip in Canadian Notes & Queries

The Summer issue of Canadian Notes & Queries is out and it features a 2-pager by me. This was a really special project for me. Canadian cartoonist Seth is the Art Director of the magazine (and he does all of the covers too - check out his amazing wrap-around cover here), and he personally asked me to contribute (thrill #1).

I got to adapt any piece of Canadian fiction I wanted to in comic form. I chose Barbara Gowdy's short story "Flesh of my Flesh". I've always wanted to do a comic of one of her works - I finally go to do it and get paid for it (thrill #2)! The magazine is available at finer book and magazine stores everywhere!