- TCAF 2009
- 01 May 2009
Do you like comics? Do you live in the Toronto area? If so, come on down to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival being held May 9th and 10th at the Toronto Reference Library, a few steps north of Yonge and Bloor. Not only will I be at a table with my buddies from Trio Magnus and Koyama Press, but there will be piles of amazing comics to spend your hard earned cash on!
- Year of the Ox?
- 09 January 2009
Happy new year everyone! Most of you probably know that according to the Chinese zodiac, 2009 is the year of the ox. But did you know 2009 is also apparently the year of the gorilla, the year of the hacker, the year of the Linux Revolution, the year of the credit thaw, the year of the travel deal, the year of the filibuster, the year of the electric car and the international year of astronomy? It's going to be a busy year...
- 05 November 2008
I don't usually wax political on this blog, but after watching Barack Obama's historic victory last night I couldn't help but get caught up in what was a truly remarkable moment for both America and the world as a whole. Congratulations USA! If only our Prime Minister was as inspiring a figure instead of being a cold-eyed automotan with a penchant for breaking his own laws, bloated cabinets and bad sweaters. I guess we got the government we deserved though, seeing as voter turnout in the Canadian election last month was at a record low. Sheez...
- Area Zinc
- 20 October 2008
Just a quick pre-Halloween note to mention that I have a couple of pieces featured in a cool on-line mag titled Area Zinc. It's produced by Zinc Studio in Madrid, and the theme of this issue is "fiction". Graçias to Andrés for the kind invitation!
- Cheap Date
- 28 May 2008
Wanna go out? Five of Toronto's sexiest illustrators want to know. Join Clayton Hanmer, Steve Wilson, Steve Manale, Brandon Steen and yours truly in the back seat for Cheap Date, a hot and heavy show about the stickier side of romance. The show opens next Wednesday at the Steam Whistle Gallery, from 6 - 11 pm. So come on out and get lucky! More info here.
- Magic bears
- 25 March 2008
If you happen to be hanging around Toronto this Friday night (March 28) and happen to have nothing to do, why not swing by Keep Six Contemporary Gallery, 938 Bathurst Street, from 6 - 10 pm for the opening of the Bax Bear World Tour? You'll be treated to a sumptuous visual feast of over 100 Do-It-Yourself Bax Bears customized by artists and illustrators from across the country, including one from yours truly. My bear (pictured) was inspired by "nkisi" figures, protective sculptures created by the Kongo people of the Democratic Republic Congo, which served a variety of purposes, from protection against evil spirits or bad luck to cementing oaths and resolving arguments. More info here on this fascinating and visually arresting blend of art and spirituality.
- 21 December 2007
OK, I'm being melodramatic - it's not really that cold. Just call it a delayed response to the huge blizzard that swept through Toronto last weekend and featured not only piles of snow and freezing winds but also thunder and lightning. Lightning! Lucky for us, the storm waited to wreak havoc until after our book launch last Friday, so a big thanks from Trio Magnus to the gods of the tempest. Thanks also to all our friends and family who came out and bought a copy of Equally Superior, as well as to everyone who helped with the event, particularly Anne Koyama and Scott Mackenzie.
Anyhow, the show was a big success, and it was so much fun that we're going to be doing it again - this time in Calgary! The opening will be happening at Uppercase Gallery, owned and operated by my friend Janine Vangool (as previously blogged about in the "Shatner Show" entry), on Saturday, January 5th from 2 - 5 pm. Click here for the address and info. Unfortunately, Wilson and Cton won't be able to make it out to Calgary with me, but Janine and I plan to honour them by doing a huge collaborative drawing during the opening. I can't think of a better way to start 2008. Happy holidays!
- Trio Magnus in the Land of the Rising Sun
- 19 November 2007
Konnichiwa from Tokyo, the city with the best vending machines on earth! I've been over here since November 5th and along with my friends Steve Wilson and CTON, have recently wrapped up a huge tradeshow called Design Festa where we launched a collaborative book project (titled "Equally Superior") which the three of us created under the banner our illustrative collective, Trio Magnus (see a few blogs back for more about that) and which was published by our dear friend Anne Koyama. The show, the biggest of its kind in Asia, was fantastic and we had a great time meeting new friends and spending our hard-earned yen on a variety of delightful items being sold our the fellow exhibitors who, for the record, numbered in the thousands.
To see a sample of the good stuff between the covers, take a peek at the Trio Magnus website, triomagnus.com, where we'll soon be offering the book for sale. We'll also be having a big "Equally Superior" launch party in Toronto on December 14th, so stay tuned for more details on that. Back to the present, the highlight of today was seeing a tiny temple dedicated to the tanuki, critters more commonly known as racoon dogs which are apparently hedonistic shape-shifters and are often depicted with huge testicles. What a great country!
- Happy Halloween!
- 29 October 2007
It's that special time of year again, so throw on your devil horns (or sexy nurse costume) and have fun partying with the pagans. Happy Halloween!
- Trio Magnus!
- 14 September 2007
Since travelling to the Pictoplasma Conference in Berlin last October, myself and two talented illustrator pals, CTON and Steve Wilson, have gotten together a couple of times a month here in Toronto for a fun event which has become known as "Pen Club". Joined by a rogues gallery of other illustrators, cronies and long-suffering girlfriends, we get together at Future Bakery on Bloor Street to drink beer, eat cake and draw. The heady mix of talent and booze/sugar tends to create an environment of unlimited inspiration and ridiculous, stream-of-consciousness artwork, such as the two pieces currently gracing my home page.
In an attempt to take this sketchbooky gold mine to the next level, the three of us decided to form a core collective from our Pen Club nights called Trio Magnus. Now, with the support of some very special friends and family, we are super excited to be starting production on our first collaborative book which will be launched in Tokyo, Japan at Design Festa in November and then here in Toronto on December 14. Stay tuned for more details about the launch party as well as more sketchy goodness!