…ENDURANCE CONTEST OF WILLS is now over and we’re in recovery mode over here!

24 hour comic day logo_header

logo designed by COMIC BOOK EMBASSY’S Brice Hall

On Saturday, January 5 2013, more than thirty creators showed up at The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery and Guerilla Printing for an event hosted by us (Comic Book Bootcamp!), and our studio-mates,Comic Book Embassy.

And So It Begins...JoePhoto

(photo by Kevin Boyd) This was from the first few minutes; people continued to stream in over that first hour. A couple turned up in the late afternoon!

Our event was inspired obviously as a take off on Scott McCloud’s 24 Hour Comic Day, which was held back on October 20. As Ty said over on ART LAND!!, at that time, we were still getting our class space organised, and there were still many comics-related events taking place, keeping a lot of creators fairly busy. So, we decided to run our own in January as a great start to the new year–a chance for one last fun holiday event before everyone is “officially” back at work and school, a chance to jump in and do the comic book you’ve always wanted to do.


(photo by Tyrone McCarthy)

I said in an email to participants,

“The original intention of Scott McCloud’s 24 Hour Comic was to win a bet with a fellow creator and show him that it was possible for a single person to make a comic, from start to finish, in a single 24 hour period. My hope for this event was a little different–I wanted everyone to find out that it was possible for ANYONE to make a comic if they wanted.”

The participants’ list for the event fluctuated quite a bit–we kept it restricted to 30 figuring people would turn up at the last minute hoping to join in. So, even though three people didn’t turn up and three more cancelled, we still ended up with 34 people participating during the entire event…although that number is low as there were some who came in throughout the 24 hours and sat down and joined in for anywhere from thirty minutes to several hours. A couple creators had to leave unexpectedly, and a few came in knowing that they wouldn’t be able to stay the entire time-period but still wanting to participate–one actually finished her 24 page comic in the first seven hours, having carefully planned it out at the beginning of the day. But all in all, we were pretty amazed to see the turnout–with creators from all across the GTA, from as far afield as Hamilton, St. Catherines, and Barrie.

Ty at 24comicjam_Joephoto

(photo by Kevin Boyd) Ty turned up to join the participants, “to show solidarity” said he. He finished pencilling and inking that day’s Bun Toon, then headed for home to digitally colour and post it.

We’re listing as many of the participants here as we can, with a link to where you can find them online. I’ll put asterisks by those who have posted their comics online. (If they post their finished comic on a different site, we’ll post that link as well.) We had originally hoped to have everyone work on the same size paper and to scan the all so we could post ALL the finished work–but the success of the event quickly put an end to that idea.

Last Stand

(photo by Darwin Santos) Many people finished their pages but left earlier. This was the crew that decided they were hanging in for the full 24 hours no matter what! Even after having finished his 24 pages AND a cover for SAD ROBOT, Chris Yao had been valiantly sketching just before time was called.

We were thrilled to host this event…and to see the comics that came out of it. I hope everyone who participated came away feeling inspired and ready to create comics–after a good night’s sleep, of course.


           **work in progress:  GIMP

Aaron Feldman (worked as a team with Rebecca Slack)Isn’t it Aaronic?

           **finished comic:  UNTITLED


            **work in progress:  UNTITLED

Adira Rotstein– Adira Rotstein

Ali Morbi (worked as a team with Shane Kirshenblatt) Morbi Design

Anthony Smerek–anthony smerek’s DEVIOUS DRAWINGS

             **finished comic: UNTITLED

Brian Evinou–Brian Evinou Comics!


            **finished comic:  TWO HAPLESS CHAPS

Christopher Yao (worked as a team with writer James Cooper)— yaoza graphics studio!

             **finished comic:  SAD ROBOT

Daniel Reynolds– THE SAME PAGE

Dylan Kloepfer– Dyl’s Blog for iPod

James Cooper (worked as a team with artist Christopher Yao)— JAMES COOPER. write. direct. create.

              **finished comic:  SAD ROBOT

Jason Roussel

              **finished comic:  My 24 Hour Comic Book (on Facebook)

(also posted on deviantART) My 24 Hour Comic Book

Jeff Longstreet–Black Dot Comics

        **finished comic: BLACK DOT ISSUE 000


Jessika Koeslag

Joe Kilmartin

Kawai Shen– cute juice comics

**finished comic:  LEGACIES

Mansoor Siddiqui

Mark Paraiso– southpaw dragon 

         **finished comic:  UNTITLED (on Facebook)

Megan Kearney– the quietly:  the secret online home of Megan Kearney

Pierce Desrochers-O’Sullivan

Rachael Wells– Rachael Wells

**Rachael joined us to work in solidarity with her fellow creators (many fellow Bootcampers/Holmes Inc. contributors), but worked on her upcoming book STEAMPUNK VIXENS. Keep an eye out for news on it’s publication.


Rain Infinity– Studio Octan

**finished comic:  ALLOY

Rebecca Slack (worked as a team with Aaron Feldman)Rebecca Slack’s Illustration

                    **finished comic:  UNTITLED

Ricky Lima– KingKRule

                    **finished comic:  HUMA AM

Rob Oakman–


                **finished comic:  THE LAST DAY

Sam Noir–

Sanya Anwar– art by sanya

 **Sanya was working on a story that she thinks will end up as a prequel of sorts to an ongoing comic. Keep an eye on her site for information about future publication.

Savannah MacIntosh– Savannah MacIntosh

Sari Kirshenblatt (Sari accompanied her husband Shane, but soon produced TWO different flipbooks which she then animated!)

Shane Kirshenblatt (worked as a team with Ali Morbi)

**Shane and Ali’s comic is being lettered, and undergoing production. When it’s available for reading, he’ll let us know!

Ty Templeton– Ty Templeton’s ART LAND!!

**Ty stopped in for a couple hours to work, in solidarity, with the creators. He pencilled/inked his Bun Toon, then went home to digitally colour and post it:  New Years Bun Toons. YAY!!

Tyrone McCarthy– Tyrone McCarthy’s ART BLOG



Me at 3am

(photo by Kevin Boyd) Me, attempting to fake consciousness while Debra Shelly does her best to keep me upright…

Bootcampers Assemble!

It’s a busy day for some Bootcampers

The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery is hosting an UNCANNY AVENGERS #1 LAUNCH PARTY today, 12-9pm. Owner Kevin Boyd writes, “The first customers who purchase the book will receive a limited edition print and other goodies, and there will be other surprises and bonuses for those who try out the new book.”

To help launch the book, Kevin and Lounge manager Joe Kilmartin are hosting a mini Artists Alley. Ty will be there 3ish-6:30ish. There’s an impressive list of Bootcampers scheduled to sketch as well…

Swamp Thing by David J. Cutler

David J. Cutler (The Northern Guard, Heroes of the North), Christopher Yao (Heroes of the North, Holmes Incorporated, The Adventures of Y Guy),

Con sketch by Christopher Yao








Rachael Wells gathered up the stories she drew for all three Holmes Inc. and put them out as a collected issue.

Rachael Wells (Holmes Incorporated, Steampunk Vixens),

Selena Goulding (Cobble Hill),

Cover for the upcoming Cobble Hill mini-series, published by 215Ink, by Selena Goulding









from Megan Kearney’s webcomic adaptation of Beauty and The Beast

Megan Kearney (Holmes Incorporated, Megan Kearney’s Beauty and The Beastwebcomic),

and Brice Hall (Holmes Incorporated, The Adventures of Adam Brochu).

A comic by Brice Hall










Stop by and check out the Launch Party!!



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


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).


“…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.”