Guelph was the place to be on Saturday for anyone interested in independent comics, webcomics and zines. The Kazoo Fest Zine and Comic Expo saw more than forty creators (including Gene Day Noms Jason Bradshaw and Nick Maandag!) gather in the Norfolk United Church for this free event that drew a steady crowd out of the cold, wet weather. Originally started in 2008, this was the first year the Dragon sponsored the event and helped draw in comic creators from across the greater Toronto area. The event was a fantastic showcase for small press and zine creators that would usually get lost in the artist alley of larger conventions.
The after party that followed included Dragon owner Jennifer Haines delivering an updated version of her Women in Comics paper and the introduction of the Kazoo Fest Zine and Comic Awards. The award winners were chosen from books and zines that were submitted at the Expo on Saturday afternoon and the jury was made up of myself (Amy Chop, manager of the Dragon), Sam Ack from Kazoo and Lindsay Gibb from Broken Pencil magazine. The jury was also joined by some volunteers from the Joe Shuster Awards who helped out at the Dragon’s table during the day.
The winners were presented with their awards by event emcee Robert Haines and were as follows:
- Best Debut: “Wich” Curated by Averill Smith
- Best Comic: “Summer Tears #1” by Harley R. Pageot and Andrea Manica
- Best Zine (written): “Team Dreams” by the Royal City Roller Girls
This was a great event and we hope to see everyone, and more, again next year!
Amy Chop, Manager
Old Quebec Street Mall
55 Wyndham St. N., Guelph, ON
Related article: Lindsay Gibb’s Kazoo report for Broken Pencil Magazine