|I'll Never be a Celebrity Cartoonist, Megan Arnold|
|Photo by Mr. Tristan Clark, from LondonFuse|
2016 TingFest Programming
Kids Reading & Creation Zone - Open to all during the FestivalDrop in during our regular hours with the kids and visit our Reading & Creation space. The space featured a selection of graphic novels to read and enjoy provided by the London Public Library. A colouring station kept the little ones busy with fun, comics-related activities they can create, colour and post on our comic wall.
Opening Reception - FREE. April 30 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
About 200 people attended the opening reception of the festival this year to check out the artwork, mix and mingle with some of our Ting artists, and enjoy our signature “Tingley” martini at our cash bar.
Animation Night - FREE. May 6, 7:00pm
|Janine White, Vincent Marcone, Sarah Legault, Bob Klanac|
Q&A was hosted by music and film journalist Bob Klanac.
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! Free. May 7, 11:00am to 4:00pm
|The City of London shut down the a block of the main street downtown for Free Comic Book Day.|
Comic Jam and Mixer - Free. Tuesday May 10, 6:00 – 9:00pm
A Comic Jam and Mixer was hosted by Brahm Wiseman of Heroes. An event for all ages, this was a creative event where artists and comic enthusiasts can socialize, have a drink and collaborate on a single comic. Brahm Wiseman is the owner of Heroes, and was the recipient of the 2013 Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer at the Joe Shuster Awards.
4-Colour Inspiration – In Conversation about Comics and Art - Free. May 13, 7:00pm
|Josh Lambier, Maureen Riley, James Kirkpatrick, Aidan Urquhart|
We were fortunate to have Western University tape the talk in its entirety. You can view it below. You may need to turn up the volume on your speaker as the ARTS Project is a beautiful spot, but does have some creaky floors!
Graphic Novel Book Buzz - Free. May 14, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Have you read all of Jeff Smith’s Bone series? Wondering what to read next? Linda Ludke, Collections Management Librarian at London Public Library spoke about some great graphic novel picks for ages 7 to 12. Get the inside scoop on upcoming releases.
KA-POW! Creating Comic Strips - Free. May 14, 2:30 – 3:30pm
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 coverrd 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.
Small Press Spotlight - Free. May 17, 7:00pm
|Sandra DaSalvo, Executive Director of the ARTS Project introduces Moderator Dan Brown, and guests Mark Victor Young, Scott MacDougall, DS Barrick and Chris Runciman|
Bryan Lee O’Malley Signing - Free. May 20, 4:00 – 6:00pm
|Moderator Brian Garside Interviews Bryan Lee O'Malley|
|The line-up for the book signing went all the way to the door. Bryan stayed until every last book was signed and took selfies with those who wanted one with him.|