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!