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2017 Tingfest Programming
All programming is held on-site at The ARTS Project (203 Dundas St., London ON). These events and workshops complement the exhibition and comic pop-up shop in The ARTS Project’s gallery, where everyone can attend at any time during operating hours (Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.).
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Kids Reading & Creation Zone
The space will feature a selection of graphic novels to read and enjoy, provided by the London Public Library. A colouring station will keep the little ones busy with fun, comics-related activities they can create, colour and post on our comic wall.
Families can drop in any time during our operating hours to participate!
Kids Maker Station
This will be an afternoon of creativity, comics and fun. In this workshop hosted by London Public Library, kids will get inspired by some great new graphic novels and then create, make and play with a variety of activities including button making and animation.
Saturday April 29, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. All ages welcome (that includes moms and dads!). Free activities. Registration Required.
This is where everyone can check out the exhibition of comic and graphic art work we have on display, mix and mingle with some of our featured Ting artists, and enjoy our signature “Tingley” martini at the cash bar. Some of our Ting Alumni will also be returning to share their new releases with us in which you can find their books at our pop-up shop and get them signed in person!
Saturday April 29, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Free event.
After our reception, head over to 121 Studios (211 King St.) for a Tingfest-themed Kangaroo Variety, hosted by Brown & Dickson!
Small Press Spotlight
Runciman Press’s new imprint, RP, is for creator-owned publications featuring full projects of up-and-coming talented creators from London and area. Come out and celebrate the premiering RP publications by Dustin Parkes, Jill Clair, Anthony Wallace, David Sisson/Chris Parr, Christopher Runciman and D. L. Mabbot/Lowell Isaac/David C.Hopkins. Runciman Press publishes locally-created independent material from the London Ontario area. Since April 2015, over 30 books with over 70 creators have been published – many for the first time.
Wednesday May 3, 7:00 p.m. Panel Talk with book signing to follow. Free event.
Theatre and graphic arts colliding!
Talk & Gawk is The ARTS Project’s theatre speaker series in which professionals from the industry are interviewed in front of an audience. This time, our featured guest is one of our Ting artists, Andrew Lewis, who has been an art director-designer for various theatre companies and productions in addition to his other internationally-acclaimed graphic artwork. Andrew will be interviewed by Josh Lambier -the Founding Director of the Public Humanities at Western and the Artistic Director of the Words Literary & Creative Arts Festival. This program is generously supported by Public Humanities at Western.
Friday May 5, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Artist Talk with Q&A to follow. Free event.
Panel to Panel: Sequential Storytelling Workshop
Have you ever wanted to make your own comic book?! Designed for ages 8 and up, Panel to Panel is the essential workshop for kids who not only want to draw a comic, but also learn about all aspects in creating sequential art from story and pacing, panels, word balloons and loads of action! Taught by comic artist Anthony Wallace (7eventh Blues, Apartments Anthology) this workshop will cover drawing, inking and using a script to create a comic. Anthony Wallace is an illustrator and Artist in Residence for the city of London where he has taught workshops for the TVDSB and the TVDCSB.
Saturday May 6 at 1:30 p.m. Free Workshop. Registration required.
Superhero Photo Booth
Capture the fun you’re having at Free Comic Book Day and get a photo taken at the superhero-themed Photo Booth at The ARTS Project. Whether you want to show off your cosplay or get in the superhero spirit with the gear we have available, a professional photographer will get the perfect shot. Drop in any time during the day to step into our booth!
Saturday May 6, all day. Free Event.
The Abominable Joe Ollmann
One of our past artists, Joe Ollmann, is returning to Tingfest this year to talk about his new graphic novel, The Abominable Mr. Seabrook, which has been receiving several stellar reviews. Hosted by Diana Tamblyn, an Ignatz-nominated cartoonist and artist (in addition to being a go-getter on our Tingfest Committee!), this event includes a live interview as well as a visual presentation from Ollmann on the development of his novel, followed by a Q&A and book signing.
Saturday May 6, 6:00 p.m. Artist talk with book signing to follow. Free Event.
London Comic Jam and Mixer
Join us for a special Ting edition of the London Comic Jam hosted by Runciman Press, Heroes Comics and London Comic Con. An event for all ages, this is a creative event where artists and comic enthusiasts can socialize, have a drink and collaborate on a single comic. You start by drawing the first panel and then slide it across the table and see what the next person adds to the story. The results are always amazing and many times downright hilarious. Bring your favourite pencils and prepare to improvise!
Monday May 8, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Free Event.
Beyond the Pencil: A Multimedia Tools Demonstration
Not all cartoonists start their work with pencil and paper. Past and current Ting artists, Doug Rogers and Cailen Dye, are teaming up for a multimedia seminar to demonstrate how they use different tools and open-sourced software to create work digitally.
Wednesday May 10, 6:00 p.m. Free demonstration. Registration required.
Canvas & Cocktails (Tingfest Edition): Animating Robots
Reach back into your childhood and play with generous brush strokes and industrial colors in this one night event with returning Tingfest artist, Jamie Jardine. Inspired by Jamie’s Sci-Fi work, we will be painting robots in our final event for Tingfest 2017. This exciting workshop will allow you to use your imagination and indulge in fantasy and sci-fi in a fresh way. This is guaranteed to be a fun evening! At the end of the night, take home your completed painting and show it off.
Friday May 12, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Special Tingfest price: $40 each or $75 per couple. Registration required (spaces are limited!).