Ting Comic & Graphic Arts FestivalTingfest
Named after Merle “Ting” Tingley, London Free Press’ editorial cartoonist from 1948 to 1986, Tingfest is an annual three-week celebration curated by The ARTS Project that showcases the work of past, present and future comic and graphic artists from Southwestern Ontario.
While this festival is an homage to Ting’s work and influence on generations of artists, Tingfest is a rare forum for emerging and established artists to present their work to the public through a gallery show that is complemented with free events and programs.
This year marks Tingfest’s fifth anniversary –celebrate with us from April 17 to May 5, 2018!
2018 Featured Artists
- Billy Bert Young
- Brad Biederman
- Christopher Dupon-Martinez
- Eric Cator
- Jacqui Oakley
- Jeremy Bruneel
- Lauren Degraaf
- Merle “Ting” Tingley
- Michael Cho
- Sara Froese
- Scott McKowen
- Willow Dawson
As a special 5th anniversary Tingfest feature, we are also bringing SHUFFLE -a 4PANEL Project curated by Ting alumnus Mark Laliberte- to our gallery. SHUFFLE is a collaborative animation that features the work of London-connected artists Heidi Berton, Meg Dearlove, Ben O’Neil, and another Ting alumnus Owen Marshall.
2018 Tingfest Schedule
These events and activities complement the exhibition and comic pop-up shop in The ARTS Project’s gallery, where everyone can attend anytime during operating hours (Tuesdays – Saturdays, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.).
Opening Night Event
Opening Night is when everyone can check out the exhibition of comic and graphic art work we have on display, mix and mingle with some of our featured Ting artists, and enjoy our signature “Tingley” martini at the cash bar. This is a great opportunity to connect with passionate readers, artists, and culture enthusiasts. This event is made possible with the generous support of our Exhibition Sponsor – Heroes Comics.
London Comic Jam and Mixer
Join us for a special Ting edition of the London Comic Jam hosted by Runciman Press and Heroes Comics and London Comic Con. An event for all ages, this is a creative event where artists and comic enthusiasts can socialize, have a drink and collaborate on a single comic. You start by drawing the first panel and then slide it across the table and see what the next person adds to the story. The results are always amazing and many times downright hilarious. Bring your favourite pencils and prepare to improvise!
Small Press Spotlight
This is an evening to highlight self-publishing and small press with our guests Christopher Runciman of RP Publishing and illustrator Doug Rogers. Christopher and Doug will share their new releases while discussing the ins and outs of publishing. Hosting the panel is Mike Donachie, a part-time columnist interested in comics. This program is sponsored by London Comic Con.
Couplets: The Ting Edition
This is a special edition of Couplets, where published poet Jim Johnstone collaborated with Ting alumnus Megan Arnold. Couplets is a blend of collaborative writing and performance between two artists who plot an evening of response poems, renga, duets, live interview, writing exercises, shouting matches, and utterly net-less poetic tennis. Join us for this special Ting edition hosted by poet and the brainchild of Couplets, Andy Verboom.
Animation Night returns!
Returning to Animation Night with their latest projects are artists Sarah Legault and Antony Hare. New to Animation Night is Mark Laliberte, curator of SHUFFLE –the latest animated 4PANEL Project, these artists will screen their work and share their insights and creative process with the audience. As a bonus, Mark will share his latest 4PANEL book with our animation audience. The host of this event is Jason Dickson, writer and co-owner of Brown & Dickson.
Wicked Book Illustration!
Meet award-winning illustrator Willow Dawson at this artist talk hosted by Linda Ludke, London Pubic Library’s Collections Management Librarian. London audiences will get a close up with Willow, who will chat about her career in book illustration including her highly anticipated project White as Milk, Red as Blood (Alfred A. Knopf, book release on April 24, 2018), the very first fully illustrated English edition of Franz Xaver von Schönwerth’s dark fairy tales. Q&A and book signing to follow.
Unscripted with Super-Illustrator Michael Cho
This is the Ting edition of Unscripted, The ARTS Project’s speaker series in which professionals from the creative industry are interviewed in front of an audience. This time, our featured guest is one of our Ting artists, Michael Cho, whose clients include Penguin, Random House, Marvel, DC, and The New Yorker. Michael will be interviewed by Diana Tamblyn, an Ignatz-nominated cartoonist and artist (in addition to being a go-getter on our Tingfest Committee!). This program is sponsored by the l.a. mood Comics and Games. Artist talk will be followed by a Q&A and signing.
Dang Zine Workshop!
From the 1930s to the 1990s, zines were a vehicle for fan collaboration, meaningful self-expression, and profound navel gazing. Zines were forever changed by the arrival of the internet, yet they are still influential today. Zines are deceptively simple to make and can be just about anything: everyone's a zinemaker just waiting to be noticed. Join Ting alumna Jill Clair for a workshop that includes a short history of zines, a discussion of why they are important, and a hands-on introduction to making your own dang zines. This program is sponsored by the Forest City Comic Con. Free Workshop but registration is required (spaces are limited!). Materials included.
Painting and Printing the Pulse of Indie
Sit down with the guys that drive the vibe! Billy Bert Young and Jeremy Bruneel will be here to chat about their art, posters, and all things that rock with host Josh Lambier -the Founding Director of the Public Humanities at Western and the Artistic Director of Wordsfest. Josh will lead a discussion that is sure to include insights into artistic collaboration, bands, and the pulse of London’s creative scene. This artist talk will be followed by a Q&A.
Kids Maker Station
To celebrate Free Comic Book Day, join us for a day of creativity, comics and fun with the Tingfest team, including Ting alumna Gabrielle Nowicki. From creating cartoons with paper and LED lights to building a giant fort out of cardboard on Dundas Street, there is something for both the young ones and the young at heart! Free creative activities. All ages welcome (that includes moms and dads!).
About The ARTS Project
Regular gallery hours are Tuesdays - Saturdays, from noon until 5 p.m.
The ARTS Project (TAP) is driven to transform the community by providing a creative hub that supports emerging artists in multiple disciplines. With a gallery, black-box theatre, multi-use workshop space, and ten resident artist studios, we provide quality facilities and innovative programs that nourish passions, mentor creators, and overcome barriers to creativity.
The Arts Project
Countdown to Tingfest
Ting Comic & Graphic Arts Festival (“Tingfest”) is a three-week celebration that showcases the artwork of several comic and graphic artists from London and the greater Southwestern Ontario area.
Merle Tingley was a famed editorial cartoonist for the London Free Press from 1948 to 1986, known for his iconic mascot ‘Luke Worm’ that he hid in every daily cartoon he drew for the newspaper. In 2014, Ting was inducted into the Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame, recognizing his extensive body of work and influence on several artists who grew up following his comics and searching for the Luke Worm trademark. The subjects he drew about decades ago are timeless and continue to be relevant to this day. Every year at Tingfest, we exhibit a selection of his editorial cartoons, creating excitement for visitors as they relive their childhood memories and search for Luke Worm again.
The ARTS Project would like to thank our festival funders and sponsors. Tingfest is made possible by their generous support and enthusiasm.
We would also like to acknowledge the support of our Community Partners:
News & Updates
Our full schedule for our 2018 Ting Comic & Graphic Arts Festival has been announced! We’ve got animation, artist talks, book signings, and more. Let’s call this your guide to binging all things comic and graphic arts for the next three weeks.
Interested in Tingfest? Having any questions or feedback? We'd love to hear your words!