‘Group of 7’ creators reflect on the meaning of Remembrance Day in Canada

Jason and I were interviewed by John Swinimer of True North Country Comics at the Mississauga Comic Expo and shared our thoughts on the latest issue of Group of 7 as well as personal insights into Remembrance Day. Listen to the interview here (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

Vocamus Press 5th Annual Book Bash (Guelph, ON) – October 14, 2018

This was our second Book Bash go-around and this show is always a great time. I get to walk from my house and talk comics with locals on a leisurely Sunday accompanied by Wellington Brew and shawarma. Can’t go wrong. For two years running we’ve been the only comic book on offer amongst a sea of local releases. Some repeat customers came by to pick up Issue #2 while I had the opportunity to support the creative endeavours of others who have supported our book. Good people. Good event.

The Dragon 20th Anniversary mini-con (Guelph, ON) – September 15, 2018

Jason took the reins solo at this event to help celebrate The Dragon, it’s excellent employees and amazing owners, Jenn and Robert Haines. Perhaps the highlight was hanging out with new friends (and incredibly talented local illustrators and creators) Scott Chantler, Jay Stephens, Nick Craine and Scott Mooney. Good eggs, all of them and you should buy their stuff. Jason also sold two posters (our first!) to local Group of 7 fan Robert and found time to ink (with a brush assist from Chantler) A few pages of Group of 7 #3.

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.

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.

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… 😁