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ETCH 2018 Book Launch (Guelph, ON) – June 2, 2018

We can’t seem to stay away from Vocamus Press OR the Guelph Public Library. Earlier this year, Jason and I ran a workshop through Vocamus for teen storytellers at the library, so to be invited to the launch of anthology of teen storytelling (which includes a submission from one of our workshopees!) was a lovely gesture and we were honoured to participate. The mere fact that these storytellers have started their work decades before us (we were clearly doing other things in high school) is so impressive and the packed library of family, friends and supporters was an inspiring sight.

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Meet the Makers: From Cartooning and Comic Books to Graphic Novels, A Catalyst for Change (Guelph, ON) – May 30, 2018

This was a real treat. An opportunity to take part on a panel with some of our favourite people (and creators) and share thoughts on our work and comics in general. Hosted by the Friends of the Guelph Public Library and moderated by Jenn Haines, owner of The Dragon, the panel included multiple Eisner nominee Scott Chantler, cartoonist Brian Fray and us. In front of a full house at the Guelph Public Library, we joked and swapped stories about what inspires us to work in comic books and cartooning, discussed our favourite examples of the medium and even lay bare some of our more embarrassing moments. It was an amazing night and we couldn’t have asked for better panel-mates. Post-panel beers (and further comic book conversations) at The Albion capped the event off beautifully.

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Peterborough Comic Arts Festival (Peterborough, ON) – May 5, 2018

The inaugural edition of PeteCAF (Peterborough Comic Arts Festival) brought us to the Electric City for the first time this past weekend. Hosted at the newly renovated (and gorgeous) Peterborough Public Library’s main branch, PeteCAF featured a plentiful mix of local comic book talent plus us and a couple other out-of-towners. Jason sketched and discussed his process while participating on the Artist panel while I repped Group of 7 on the Author and Publisher panels. We received a great reception from the comic book and non-comic book folk who strolled into the library. Our big red banner certainly helps in that regard. As does the name. “Group of 7? The artists right?” Er, not exactly… 😁

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Kazoo Print Expo (Guelph, ON) – April 14, 2018

Despite terrible weather (it snowed AND hailed), we had a wonderful time exhibiting at the Kazoo Print Expo. Apparently even the worst weather won’t keep Guelphites from checking out and supporting local arts (sidebar – I love this city). We met a whack of great folks, picked up some amazing product and drank some delicious Kazoo Fest beer (specially brewed by Wellington Brewery). We also debuted our new banner and signed Issue #2 for a fan who explicitly visited us (and the Print Expo) for that one specific reason. Made our day. At my request, Jason even drew Hourman for me! Hourman! The hero whose powers last for an hour! And only an hour!

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And Fourth Dimension makes 10!

Today Jason walked into Fourth Dimension Comics & Games in Newmarket and BOOM they decided to carry Issues #1 and #2. Just like that! Jason’s travelling salesman skills are really top-notch. More excitedly, Fourth Dimension becomes our 10th retail location. Huzzah!