Sarah van Sloten at TRUCK Gallery
16 November 2010

I recently discovered that one of my favourite upcoming artists (and fellow ACAD grad), Sarah van Sloten, is part of a collaborative show called Hugly Mangry Killdren in Calgary's TRUCK Gallery. Sarah's work is at once whacked-out and delicate (imagine Basquiat and Rauschenberg having a baby), with a killer sense of colour and plenty of tongue-in-cheek humour. She's also a talented sketchbook artist and photographer, so check out the goodness on her blog, and catch the show at TRUCK until November 25 if you're in Calgary. Here's a review from FFWD Weekly.

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Trio Magnus in da house
10 November 2010

Last Friday, myself and the two other members of Trio Magnus, Steve Wilson and Clayton Hanmer, had the honour of doing some on–the–spot drawing at the first round of the Canadian Beatbox Championships in downtown Toronto. Yes, we ripped it up, and yes it was as fun as it sounds. See the results below (actual size: six by nine feet).

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Happy Halloween 2010!
29 October 2010

It's the most wonderful time of the year, when bonfires blaze and illustrators far and wide dance naked in the woods to ensure another year of plentiful work. Well, maybe only I do that. Anyhow, I love Halloween and thought I'd post a few images from a group show I was part of a few years ago. While the title of the show was actually Cheap Date and had nothing to do with Halloween, my collages ended up being a variety of monsters, albeit of the high school variety. Happy Halloween everyone!

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State of Fame
30 September 2010

My pal Rafi Ghanaghounian, a fixture in Toronto's art community, is currently the Artist In Residence for Broken Pencil. His project for the magazine is titled State of Fame and investigates the meaning of what "celebrity" means today. He asked me to contribute, so my entry (below) is a twisted take on Canuck teen heartthrob du jour, Justin Bieber. Hopefully the real Justin isn't plagued by existential angst like my guy is.

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Word On The Street + new painting
24 September 2010

If you're in Toronto this coming Sunday (September 26) check out the always enjoyable Word On The Street literature festival, from 11 am until 6 pm at Queen's Park. I will be at the Koyama Press booth, #245, from 11 am – 1 pm, signing copies of Spirit City Toronto. Also present will be Pat and Marek of Tin Can Forest and Patrick Kyle of Wowee Zonk, with cameos by Nick DiGenova, Michael DeForge and Steve Wilson. And of course, Anne Koyama herself will be there. Come on out, and get yer lit on!

In other news, I was part of a show that opened last night at Resistor Gallery here in Toronto. It was a launch party for the new film Never Let Me Go which is based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, and the theme of show was "What Does It Mean To Be Human?". I did a painting (see below) titled Chiromantic Puzzle which featured a high-contrast mix of found paper and a decayed palmistry diagram. Thanks to Kim at Resistor, and to everyone who came out!

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Huffington Post
14 September 2010

This is exciting: my book was just featured in the Books section of the Huffington Post! Have a look here. Thanks to Sammy Perlmutter and Koyama Press.

Interview on the torontoist.com
10 September 2010

I was recently interviewed by the torontoist.com regarding my book, Spirit City Toronto. Read part 1 of the interview here and part 2 here. Thanks to Dalton Sharp and Koyama Press.

Spirit City Toronto featured on drawn.ca
05 September 2010

Big thanks to John Martz for recently posting about my book on pretty much my favourite illustration blog, drawn.ca. It's an honour! In other news, I've just updated the sketchbook and gallery sections of the site with new stuff (and by "new", I mean old stuff I haven't got around to posting). Enjoy.

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Avoid the Future interviews Koyama Press
16 August 2010

This just in: the good folks at the comic blog Avoid the Future recently interviewed the mighty Anne Koyama of Koyama Press. Check it out here!

DIY Munny workshop
10 August 2010

I was recently the guest artist, along with Steve Manale and Diana McNally, at a Do-It-Yourself Munny workshop at Narwhal Art Projects, hosted by Magic Pony. It was a super fun night, and everyone left with a uniquely decorated Munny doll (mine is below). Take a peek at the other creations here. Additionally, Magic Pony now carries my book, Spirit City Toronto (published by Koyama Press), which you can purchase on-line here. Thanks to Cober and Kristin for everything!

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