Official Opening and Launch Party…and an introduction to COMIC BOOK EMBASSY!!

for COMIC BOOK EMBASSY and COMIC BOOK BOOTCAMP!

The members of the Comic Book Embassy, who share 392 Spadina Avenue (Second Floor) with us, are having a party THIS SATURDAY September 29, to officially open the space, and to celebrate the launch of Megan Kearney’s Beauty and The Beast webcomic and Brice Hall’s first self-published comic, The Adventures of Adam Brochu. The party is at our shared location, 392 Spadina Avenue, Second Floor, Toronto, and will run 7:30ish to midnight-ish.

The current page for Megan Kearney’s Beauty and The Beast

The Comic Book Embassy currently has four full-time members. Megan Kearney is a graduate of Sheridan College’s prestigious animation program. She works in animation, advertising, comics and more. Beauty and The Beast is her first webcomic, but not her first comic work–Meg was a creator on Holmes Inc. #3 this year. She provided the artwork to Daniel Reynold’s story, Flight Lessons.

Flight Lessons by Daniel Reynolds and Megan Kearney

Sam Noir was also a contributor to this year’s Holmes Incorporated–that’s where this group of skilled illustrators and writers met. After Wednesday meetings, the creators would go out for coffee and pizza cones (yep, it’s a thing!), and talk about their work, and what they hoped to accomplish. Eventually, one of them talked about how great it would be if they could work together and keep that “Wednesday night meeting feeling” going…and thus, the Embassy was born! Sam Noir is the writer for Artie is Dead, drawn and inked by Rachael Wells.

Artie is Dead by Sam Noir and Rachael Wells

Artie is Dead, by Sam Noir and Rachael Wells, pg 3

 

Savannah MacIntosh has an interesting resume–she’s a mechanic AND an illustrator! As part of the Embassy, she’s hoping to spend more and more time working in the creative fields. Savannah is also a writer–she wrote Analysis Paralysis for Holmes Incorporated #3, which was illustrated by Tuhin Giri. Then she and Tuhin switched jobs and she illustrated his story, Drinking Buddies.

Analysis Paralysis by Savannah MacIntosh and Tuhin Giri

Drinking Buddies by Tuhin Giri and Savannah MacIntosh

Brice Hall joined the Embassy, officially starting off his career as a freelancer. Brice was the artist for James Cooper’s (author of Kickstarter for Filmmakers)  story, Night of the Living in Holmes Incorporated #3. He will be selling copies of his first self-published book, The Adventures of Adam Brochu at the party.

Night of the Living by James Cooper and Brice Hall, pg 1

Night of the Living by James Cooper and Brice Hall, pg 2

Ty and I will be at the party-Ty is hoping that many, many Bootcampers will join us. He’s really looking forward to introducing new Bootcampers to old, and to having people show off their work as well. If you’ve been working on new stuff, if you have interesting projects underway, bring them with you and tell us all about them! We’d love to see ’em and Ty will be available for feedback.

After the party…we’ll be heading over to Guerilla Printing, 587A College Street West Second Floor (all the best creators hang out on the second floor!). Guerilla Printing is taking place in ScotiaBank’s Nuit Blanche, (co-sponsored by The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery which shares space with Guerilla, just as we do with the Embassy).

As Ty wrote on his Tumblr,

“THIS SATURDAY is Scotia Bank Nuit Blanche Toronto, when

“For one sleepless night, experience the city transformed by artists for Toronto’s seventh annual sunset-to-sunrise celebration of contemporary art. One night only. All night long.”

There are over 150 possible projects to check out—and one of them isStripArt by our very good friends at GUERILLA PRINTING (and sponsored by THE COMIC BOOK LOUNGE AND GALLERY).

StripArt

“…will give you the opportunity to participate directly with the medium of the comic book. StripArt will remind people that comics were once drawings, illustrations, thought bubbles of exposition, paper, and panels of art and narrative.

With the assistance of artists, StripArt will give people the experience of making a comic book:  of thinking about character and their visual representation; dialogue and characters; of narrative arcs and punchy anecdotes.

So come bring a comic book to life. Artists draw content sourced from your imagination, continuing plot from panels created from other participants, to create a strip of collaborative comic art.”

The project runs from Saturday at 7:05pm to Sunday at 6:05am.

During the entire event, The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery will be open so after watching artists create comics in front of your eyes, you can buy new comics! And make sure you check out Guerilla Printingand the services that are available to artists and comics creators.

At 587A College Street West (at Clinton) Second Floor, Saturday September 29 7:05pm to Sunday September 30 6:05am.

StripArt on ScotiaBank Nuit Blanche Toronto website

StripArt on Facebook

All Nuit Blanche events are FREE.”

Keiren

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New Classes for November Announced

THE NEW CLASSES ARE ANNOUNCED.

WRITING FOR COMICS – PART 2

LAYOUT AND STORY TELLING

INKING

 CLICK THE UPCOMING CLASSES BUTTON (above), OR CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE!

Please note–when we say that space is limited and so, we’re limiting the enrolment, we really do mean that! Part of the enjoyment of the classes is having students share their work and get feedback and reaction from classmates–classes are kept to a size which facilitates that.

Bootcampers and Holmes Inc. creators at FAN EXPO CANADA 2012

Deadpool by Gibson Quarter

Four days of FanExpo Canada 2012 is a lot to deal with–after, we want to put our feet up and take a few days off, but we immediately have to get back to deadlines and getting tables for the classroom. Which is why it’s taken this long to talk about all the Bootcampers and Holmes Inc. creators we saw at the con. Manystopped by the table to say hi to Ty, and catch up, and Ty and I were pleased to see how many were there as artists exhibiting at the show. Always great to see someone getting a chance to do the thing that makes them happy (–and to make money off of it as well!)

We didn’t get a chance to go ’round and see everyone–Ty was either glued to the table area signing books, doing sketches, and looking at portfolios. I was showing off some of my own work, promoting the school, selling Ty’s sketchbooks etc., or acting as a “runner” trying to find the shortest line to stand in to get a can of cold Coke. Next year–we’re definitely packing a cooler with ice packs! (Only did it one day this year and forgot to take it home for refills!)

Garrus Vakarian by Selena Goulding

Selena Goulding who was there sharing a table with Meghan Carter to sell prints of their art (we heard that Selena couldn’t keep prints of Garrus in her booth, they were selling so fast!).

I’m kicking myself that I didn’t stop by Meaghan’s table to get a copy of this–one of my faves!

Daniel Wong and Gerard de la Costa were both there with Spent Pencils. We were sitting beside Bootcamper Gibson Quarter who was selling prints, copies of his latest comic Undertow #2, and showing off pages from his upcoming Heroes of the North story (Daniel Wong’s 12-pager for HoTN, The Canadian:  The Man I Think I Am, written by Ty,  had gone live the first day of the con!).

Poison Ivy print by Daniel Wong

Harley Quinn print by Gerard de la Costa

 

Adam Gorham was sharing a table with his Teuton writer/creator Fred Kennedy. They were both thrilled to be sitting beside Tony Moore (The Walking Dead) who they reported was the nicest, most helpful creator, giving them lots of advice on the industry.

Grant Howarth had a table in Artists Alley for the first time, and shared a portion of it with fellow Holmes Inc. alum Adira Rotstein. Rachael Wells had a table at March’s Toronto Comicon, but this was her first time at “the big one”.

Christopher Yao was at the show, spending some of his time at the booth for The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery/TCW promoting his upcoming classes. Although that kept him busy, he still found time to head over to the AutoDesk Sketchbook Pro booth and drew on their Cintiq monitor. Christopher ended up doing several sketches in the booth; an entranced audience asked for prints from the Epson printers AutoDesk had in their booth, and got him to sign their copies.

Ty was watching Christopher draw this; if you look closely, you can still see a bit of the “Hi Ty!” Christopher wrote at the bottom to get Ty’s attention.

But all in all, we hope it was a great convention for everyone! Lots of fans, friends and family to talk to, a chance to mix with the comic book community.

Keiren

Check out the ALUMNI list for other Bootcampers and what they’ve been working on…(it’s constantly being update; if you’re a Bootcamper, and you’ve got some work we haven’t listed yet, send us an email at comicbookbootcamp AT gmail DOT com.)