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Comic and Graphic Arts Festival


Ting is a FREE 2-week festival, April 22-May 3, showcasing the work of 14 talented comic and graphic artists and graphic novel illustrators, from London and the greater Southwestern Ontario area, past, present and future. Named after Merle Tingley, (Ting) the editorial cartoonist for the London Free Press from 1948 – 1986, the festival is a homage to his work and his influence on this generation of artists who revere his mascot ‘Luke Worm’ and his incredible body of work.

Centering around a gallery show at The ARTS Project, the festival will also feature comics for sale, workshops, panel discussions and more. The dual purpose of the festival is to provide a forum for artists to present their work to the public not normally accessible through normal commercial channels and to raise awareness of The ARTS Project, a non-profit arts incubator based in London, Ontario.

Opening Reception Saturday April 26, 4-6pm There will be a book signing after the reception with artists in attendance. FREE ADMISSION, EVERYONE WELCOME!!

Special extended hours for the duration of Ting 12-8pm until Saturday May 3

Enter our kids Ting Colouring contest and our Adult Selfie Contest and win prizes!

Have a look at the Ting Tumblr!

What the media is saying about Ting: London Festival Salutes Ting / Ting Returns to the Scene / Koyama Press / Comics Reporter

Check out the Ting display at The London Central Library, London Room: greeTINGS: the art of Merle Tingley. April 2nd- May 12, 2014 Link here Central Library located at 251 Dundas St. (downtown)


Special thanks to Western Archives for generously providing us with original Ting artwork.


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Programs, Presentations and Workshops

KA-POW! Register here for KA-POW
Do the kids in your life love comics? Designed for ages 8 to 14, KA-POW!: Creating Comic Strips is the essential workshop for kids who want to build their own comic strip from the bottom up. Taught by storyboard artist and cartoonist J.R Faulkner (Promises Promises this workshop will cover the basics of story, characters, and drawing techniques. Faulkner has been an instructor of animation basics at Sheridan College and conducted workshops at the Toronto Public Library and the London Public Library.
Saturday April 26, noon, here at The ARTS Project, 203 Dundas St.

Visual Storytelling Workshop Register here for Visual Story Telling
Comics aren’t simply heavily-illustrated books, but a unique visual storytelling language in their own right. But what does that mean? Award-winning cartoonist Scott Chantler pulls back the curtain to reveal the secrets of how the medium really works, breaking down his thought process when composing panels and pages right before the audience’s eyes. Perfect for aspiring cartoonists, or those who want to read and enjoy graphic narratives with a more informed eye. Ages 10 to adult.
Tuesday April 29, 5pm, here at The ARTS Project, 203 Dundas St.

The Genesis of Two Generals
Award-winning cartoonist Scott Chantler takes you through the creation of his best-selling graphic memoir TWO GENERALS, which is based on his own grandfather’s experiences in the Second World War. With an emphasis on primary-source research, including old diaries, letters, and photographs, it will be an illuminating hour for history buffs, WWII enthusiasts, or anyone curious about how a history-based graphic story comes together. For adults and teens.
Tuesday April 29, 7pm, here at The ARTS Project, 203 Dundas St.

Comic Jam
Join us for the Comic Jam hosted by Brahm Wiseman of Heroes. An event for all ages, the comic jam is a creative event where artists can get together and collaborate on a single comic – For example, one artist will create the first panel, and then another artist creates the second, and so on. With no script or specific storylines, the results of the collaborative works are completely unique. Bring your favourite pencils and prepare to improvise! Brahm Wiseman is the owner of Heroes (, and was the recipient of the 2013 Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer at the Joe Shuster Awards.
Wednesday April 30, 6-10pm, here at The ARTS Project, 203 Dundas St.

Editing the Canadian Trilogyla mood_logo_small3
In “Editing the ‘Canadian Trilogy”: Conversations and Canadian Graphic Novelists” Dominick Grace will delve into the ‘Canadian Trilogy’ of Conversations books–collections of interviews with Dave Sim, Chester Brown, and Seth (edited by Eric Hoffman and Dominick Grace as part of the Conversations series published by the University Press of Mississippi). This talk will provide the background for the collections, accounts of the sometimes complicated processes necessary to secure and edit the interviews, and other stories from the editorial trenches (including encounters with the cartoonists). Dominick is an Associate Professor of English at Brescia University College, and a self-confessed comics enthusiast. He’s taught courses in comics, including a recent seminar on Canadian Graphic novels, in which several of the artists represented here (at Ting) were studied.Thursday May 1, 7pm, here at The ARTS Project, 203 Dundas St.

Unsatisfied with spiralling side-projects, illustrator Antony Hare conceived a self-sustaining art vehicle that could contain his broad aesthetic and philosophical interests. The result: Truly Gently Presents Theatorium. Join us as Hare screens his last theatrical trailer for Theatorium and talks about his comics that inspired the project, his process, Kickstarter, and what lies ahead for Theatorium. Antony Hare runs his illustration business, Antony Hare Private Illustration (, from his London, Ontario home. Antony has illustrated for Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Esquire, The New York Times and The Globe and Mail. Antony was featured in the Luerzer’s Archive 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide (07/08) and he’s been recognized by American Illustration, Creative Quarterly, Society of Illustrators, and the Society of News Design.
Friday May 2, 7pm, here at The ARTS Project, 203 Dundas St.


Featured Artists Bios:

Aaron Costain
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Aaron is a cartoonist and architect in based in Toronto. He is the author of numerous minicomics, including the ongoing long-format series Entropy, and the Expozine Award-nominated comics Good Neighbours and Calamity Coach. He is also a member of the disreputable jam comics collective Team Society League; their latest book, The Big Team Society League Book of Answers, is published by Koyama Press. Aaron was nominated for a 2011 Doug Wright Award (Best Emerging Talent) for Entropy, Part 5. (urban sketching) (jam comics)
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Antony Hare
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Antony was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Antony lives and works in London, Ontario with his wife Pauline, and their children Loretta and Frank. He primarily credits drawing every day (which was made possible by countless heroes) with the development of his illustration practice to which he is professionally dedicated to.
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David Poolman
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David depicts the generic–baseballs, cinder blocks, hot dogs, empty buckets and figures that one might see standing on a street corner waiting for a bus. Everything seems out of context, overlapping, bundled, and balanced precariously as if trying to maintain equilibrium. The tangled, odd circumstances combined with a certain familiarity incites intrigue, and it all seems to make sense for a while within that space. But, these intricate scenarios are frozen moments, emblematic of the uneasiness that forced intimacy brings, and situations where a step in any direction would prove fatal, upsetting the fine balance that they must maintain to simply exist.
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Diana Tamblyn
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Diana is an Ignatz-nominated cartoonist and artist. She’s exhibited her comics at small press fairs and comic book shows in both Canada and the US, and has had artwork displayed in various group and solo shows. Her latest comic project is ”From Earth to Babylon: The Story of Gerald Bull and the Supergun”. This is a historical based work on the life of Canadian Gerald Bull – considered to be one of the most brilliant artillery scientists of the 20th century. Diana has been awarded a Canada Council Grant to assist in the production of this work in progress.

She graduated from Concordia University in Montreal with a BFA in Film Animation, and now lives in London, Ontario with her family.
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Gabrielle Nowicki
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Gabrielle was born in Enfield UK, but raised in London, Ontario and Komoka, Ontario. She earned her BFA from Western University and has exhibited, sold and published her work internationally. In 2003, she attended Fanshawe College, and received a certificate in “Web Stuff.” Upon graduation, she landed knee deep into co-owning a community newspaper where she did everything from building the website, ads and subscriber database to writing two regular columns and reporting. Gabrielle now uses those skills as a freelancer in graphic and web design while also creating paper toys and making comics. She tries to draw daily and has been working on a new body of drawings.
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Jay Stephens
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Jay is an award-winning cartoonist, best recognized around the world for his animated television series’ Tutenstein (which had a float in the legendary Macy*s Parade) and The Secret Saturdays (which had spin-off video games and a Mattel toy line). Jay created the popular Chick and Dee characters for chickaDEE Magazine, as well as co-creating the Eat It Up! Cookbook for Kids and You Crack Me Up! Big Book of Fun featuring those characters. He has produced many comic books and strips over the years, including The Land Of Nod, Jetcat Clubhouse, Oddville!, and Oh, Brother!, and has authored several how-to-draw books for kids. Jay is currently working on stories featuring his All-Canadian superhero, Arrowhead.

Jay resides in Guelph, Ontario, where he draws comics, teaches cartoon classes and manages the local art store, Wyndham Art Supplies.
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Jeff Lemire
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Jeff is the multiple award-winning cartoonist of the Trillium, Essex County, The Underwater Welder and Sweet Tooth graphic novels. He also writes Green Arrow and Animal Man for DC Comics. Jeff received the Joe Shuster award for Outstanding Cartoonist in 2008 and had his work Essex County selected as one of five works for Canada Reads in 2011. Jeff currently resides in Toronto, Ontario.
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Jesse Jacobs
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Jesse was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, and currently works out of his home in London, Ontario. He studied fine arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, with a focus on drawing and printmaking. His comics work has appeared in many anthologies, including the 2012 and 2013 editions of The Best American Comics. His first published work, Even the Giants, was released in 2010 by AdHouse Books. His graphic novels By This shall You Know Him (2012) and Safari Honeymoon (2014) were published by Koyama Press. His books have been translated in German by Rotopol Press and in French by Éditions Tanibis.
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Jessica Desparois
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Jessica is a visual artist who has been cranking out prints of all types since a teacher at Beal Art put a plate and press in front of her 16 years ago. Using lino-cut prints Jessica creates works that combine retro styling, graphic imagery and quirky subject matter often using her own possessions as inspiration. Jessica studied art at NSCAD University in Halifax NS and returned to London in 2004 where she opened Pretty in Ink Printshop and Gallery (2005-2010). Along with numerous gallery shows Jessica recently designed menus and a 10′x40′ mural for The Palasad in London. Currently Jessica works days at UWO as the printmaking technician in visual arts and spends her nights carving lino and pulling wicked prints.
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Marc Bell
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Mark is a Canadian cartoonist and artist known for creating comic strips such as Shrimpy and Paul. Bell has also created several exhibitions of his mixed media work and watercoloured drawings. Hot Potatoe [sic], a monograph of his work, was released in 2009. He has also been published in numerous anthologies, such as Kramers Ergot and The Ganzfeld.
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Mark Laliberte
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Mark is an artist-writer-designer-curator with an MFA from the University of Guelph. He has exhibited extensively in galleries across Canada and the USA, curates the online experimental comics site, and edits the hybrid art/lit mag CAROUSEL. He was most recently included in the group show One, and Two, and More Than Two curated by Micah Lexier at the Power Plant, Toronto. Books include: Angry Black Bang (2013, Popnoir Editions), BRICKBRICKBRICK (2010, Bookthug), Grey Supreme 1 (2010, Koyama Press).
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Merle Tingley
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Merle Tingley (Ting) was editorial cartoonist for the London Free Press for almost forty years (1948-1986). He won national and international awards for his art, and is regarded as the dean of Canadian newspaper cartoonists. Ting’s attention to detail and craftsmanship characterize his work. Over the years, his whimsical, down-to-earth humour attracted a loyal following among thousands of readers, not only in the London Free Press but across Canada in more than 60 weeklies and dailies which carried his syndicated material. His famous cartoon mascot, Luke Worm, is immediately recognizable. The Merle Tingley Collection includes original drawings, printing plates, photographs, scrapbooks and correspondence. Not only do the drawings have substantial intrinsic value as original art, but they also form a rich primary source of social comment and criticism on a local, provincial, national and international level.

Western Archives is located in the Archives and Research Collections Centre (ARCC) accessible via the main floor of The D.B. Weldon Library at Western University.

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Scott Chantler
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Scott is the acclaimed cartoonist of the graphic novels Two Generals (which was long-listed for CBC’s Canada Reads: True Stories and named one of Chapters-Indigo’s Best Books of 2010), Northwest Passage (nominated for Eisner, Harvey, Shuster and Doug Wright awards) and the Three Thieves series (winner of Joe Shuster Award for Best Comic for Kids). He also teachers Writing for Graphic Novels at Max the Mutt Animation School in Toronto, Ontario.
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Seth is the cartoonist behind the long running comic book series Palookaville.. His Books include, Wimbledon Green, George Sprott, Clyde Fans and It’s a Good Life if you Don’t Weaken. He is the designer for The Complete Peanuts, The John Stanley Library, The Portable Dorothy Parker and The collected Doug Wright. A deluxe edition, designed and illustrated by Seth of Stephen Leacock’s “Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town” has just been published. He was recently awarded the 2011 Harbourfront Festival Prize.

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