The full schedule for our 5th annual Ting Comic & Graphic Arts Festival has been announced! We’ve got animation, artist talks, book signings, family activities and more. Take a look below, fill up your calendars, and get ready to binge all things comic and graphic arts over the next three weeks!
This schedule of events and activities complement the Tingfest exhibition and comic pop-up shop in The ARTS Project’s gallery, where everyone can visit at any time during operating hours (Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.).
Kids Reading & Creation Zone
Our Kid’s Zone features a selection of graphic novels to read and enjoy, provided by the London Public Library. A creation station will keep the little ones busy with fun, comic-related activities they can create, colour and post on our comic wall.
Families can drop in any time during our operating hours to participate!
This is where 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.
Saturday April 21, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Free event.
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!
Monday April 23, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Free Event.
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.
Tuesday April 24, 7:00 p.m. Panel Talk followed by book signing with new release authors. Free event.
Couplets: The Ting Edition
**UPDATE: For this special edition of Couplets, poet Jim Johnstone and Ting alumnus Megan Arnold are no longer able to participate. However, the event will still go on! Poetry and comic lovers can still come out and see Couplets Founder Andy Verboom and Couplets Alumnus Angie Quick perform.
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.
Thursday April 26, 6:00 p.m. Free event. Parental advisory – Mature content.
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 for this event is Jason Dickson, writer and co-owner of Brown & Dickson.
Friday April 27, 6:00 p.m. Q&A to follow. Free Event. Parental advisory – Mature content.
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.
Saturday April 28, 3:00 p.m. Artist talk with Q&A and book signing to follow. Free Event.
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.
Saturday April 28, 6:00 p.m. Artist Talk, followed by a Q&A and signing. Free event.
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.
Tuesday May 1, 6:00pm. Free workshop with materials included. Registration required (spaces are limited!): https://bit.ly/2IF7Slh
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.
Friday May 4, 6:00 p.m. Q&A to follow. Free Event.
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!
Saturday May 5, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. All ages welcome (that includes moms and dads!). Free creative activities.