About TingfestA celebration of comic and graphic arts
Ting Comic & Graphic Arts Festival (“Tingfest”)
Named after acclaimed cartoonist Merle “Ting” Tingley, Tingfest is an annual three-week celebration at TAP Centre for Creativity 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, which is not normally accessible through usual commercial channels.
Centering around a gallery show at TAP, the festival features a pop-up shop, workshops, artist talks, and more. All programming is free, open to all ages, and held on-site at TAP.
About Merle “Ting” Tingley
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.