Happenings: TONIGHT – Speakeasy’s Annual Comic Book Show – Thurs., Nov. 5, 2009

Dave Sim's contribution to the Visions of an Icon: Wolverine art show will be on display with ~50 additional pieces by comic book creators
Dave Sim's contribution to the Visions of an Icon: Wolverine art show will be on display with over 40 additional pieces donated by comic book creators

This will be a display of the complete VISIONS OF AN ICON: WOLVERINE art exhibit featuring different creative interpretations of the popular Canadian X-Men character Wolverine.

This is the only full public display of all of the pieces donated for this exhibit by Canadian (and some American) creators. After this show, the artwork will be scanned and posted in our Comic Art Fans Gallery and then made available for sale by public auction on eBay.

All funds raised from the sale of the artwork will go towards the 2010 Joe Shuster Awards – since the JSAs are run by the not-for-profit Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association, this is one of our primary fundraising initiatives and the more money raised the more we can give back to the community by holding the awards as well as purchasing books and providing bursaries like the one given with the Gene Day Award, as well as running our newsblog at http://www.joeshusterawards.com

We’ll also have some graphic novels and comics by Canadian creators available for sale in the exhibit display room.

We had a great time at this event last year when we displayed the Superman artwork and we know you’ll enjoy checking out all the full Speakeasy Comic Book Show – details and participants listed below:

SpeakEasy’s Annual Comic Book Show

Toronto is home to some of the best known comics artists in North America. We have an active and vibrant community putting out some of the highest quality comics to be found anywhere. The SpeakEasy Comics Show features an eclectic mix of Toronto’s talented comic book artists – from those who do newspaper strips and political cartoons, to underground comix and mainstream superhero comic books! The event promises to display an exciting cross-section of the comics community here in Toronto, as well as a glimpse into how good comics are made. As the old cliché goes, there really will be something for everyone.

Time & Space: Thursday November 5th, 8pm-Midnight The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen West Second Floor Lobby
Cover: Pay What You Can ($4.00 Donation Suggested)

2009 Participating Artists (in the Speakeasy show – please note that this is not the list of artists who donated Wolverine artwork):

Matthew Daley
Ian Daffern, Freelance Blues
DMF Comics & Elsewhere Media, Chris Hatzopoulos & George Todorovski
George Michael Faust
Craig Sisson – ‘Gibson Quarter illustration’
Lamin Martin
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Awesome Marcus Ninja, Joel Buxton & Shane Heron
rutz (a.k.a. Ruth Tait), Talking Pictures
Gavin McCarthy, Blots
David James
Ben Rivers
Dale Camus
Greg Dunford, Cyberpunkcomics.com
Shane Kirshenblatt, Freefall Entertainment
The Joe Shuster Awards – Visions of an Icon: Wolverine art show

For more information contact:David Brown email: david@blttogo.com telephone: 416.533.1374 \


Also, Christopher Butcher from Toronto’s The Beguiling has sent out the following:

Hey folks! Myself and a few TCAF staffers will be exhibiting at The SpeakEasy Comics Show, a monthly themed exhibition of arts industry professionals, this Thursday November 6th at 7pm, at The Gladstone Hotel. We’re going to be exhibiting the various TCAF posters, as well as the art for them… plus some rarely seen promo art too.

If you’re in the Toronto area, come on out and say hi! Full info below.

– Chris

TCAF @ SpeakEasy’s Annual Comic Book Show

Thursday November 5th, 8pm-Midnight
The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen West
Second Floor Lobby
PWYC/$4 Suggested
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival will be among the exhibitors at SpeakEasy’s Comics Show this week, in advance of the next Festival May 8th and 9th 2010. The SpeakEasy show is an eclectic mix of Toronto comics artists and organizations displaying original comics work. TCAF will be exhibiting (and selling) it’s posters from 2003-2009, and will have a gallery of original poster and promotional art from esteemed artists including Marc Bell, Darwyn Cooke, Evan Dorkin, James Jean, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Seth and more…!