Comics-related Events in Toronto!

Yeah, they are kind of a regular thing here. Below are a few updates and reminders on those we’ve previously mentioned but are still upcoming, and a few new ones! Hold onto your capes.

What: Word On The Street
When: This Sunday, September 25th, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Where: Queen’s Park

This literacy/literary festival has readings, presentations, contests, a marketplace, independent spotlight, and kids activities. The Word On The Street is a non profit, “that celebrates Canadian reading and writing, and champions literacy, primarily through a free, annual outdoor festival.”

Here’s some comics people and programming to check out:

  • Cartoonist/illustrator/author Evan Munday is participating in the “Mastering the Mystery – How to Keep Readers Guessing” panel from 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm at the “This is Not the Shakespeare Stage” area
  • “How to Create Your Own Comic” runs from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm at “This is Not the Shakespeare Stage” with Kill Shakespeare comic creators Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery, and Andy Belanger.
  • At the Children’s Activity Tent, the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop hosts “Draw Your Own Comics” from 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm with David Lapp.
  • Comics and visual arts exhibitors to see include: Border Crossings, Broken Pencil Magazine, Drawn & Quarterly, Hairy Tarantula, The Labyrinth, Powie Studios, and more.

According to their program guide, there is even bicycle valet parking, which sounds kind of awesome.

What: TCW Industry Night with Francis Manapul – DC: The New 52: The Flash #1 Release Party & Gallery Show
When: Friday, September 30th, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Where: Toronto Cartoonists Workshop, 587A College St (near Clinton)
Admission is Pay What You Can, with a suggested amount of $4 (proceeds go to the Joe Shuster Awards). There will be art from The Flash on display and for sale, along with copies of the comic and original art by Francis Manapul for sale. You can also enter to win a DC New 52 prize pack. Hosted by the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop.

What: Little Island Comics Grand Opening
When: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm on Saturday October 1st, and 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sunday October 2nd
Where: 742 Bathurst St
Little Island Comics is a brand new store exclusively selling kids’ comics (apparently the only such store in North America). On Saturday special activities include an appearance from Fiona Smyth (The Never Weres) at 1:00 pm, and at 3:00 pm the launch of Claudia Dávila’s Luz Sees the Light. Comics creator appearances on Sunday include Clayton Hanmer (Cton’s Super A-Maze-Ing Year of Crazy Comics!) at 12:00 pm, Jeremy Tankard (Boo-hoo Bird) at 2:00 pm, and at 4:00 pm Kean Soo (Jellaby) and Tory Woollcott (Mirror Mind).

What: Star Trek Day
When: Sunday October 2
Where:Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Ave
Star Trek Day TO is a fan run event that aims to “cater [to]both to the casual fan and the hardcore Trekker with trivia, a costume contest, musical performances, comedy, the screening of to-be-announced Star Trek feature films and a 19+ after party for mature Star Trek fans.” It seems to be on a smaller scale than big conventions, so it might be good fit for folks just exploring the magnitude of their geekiness. And it’s kid friendly! Tickets ( are on sale now.

What: Toronto After Dark Film Festival
When: October 20 – 27
Where:Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Ave
After Dark is what it says on the label: “8 days of horror, sci-fi, action and cult movies!” One of the best parts of After Dark is that it, like Midnight Madness, premiers new genre features and shorts. And like Midnight Madness, screenings are attended by a great and geeky crowd, and often by the writers, stars, and directors of the films. But take note, screenings and after parties are all 19+.

What: Toronto Zombie Walk
When: October 22, 3:00 pm
Where: Trinity Bellwoods Park
Why dress up like a zombie and shamble through the streets of Toronto? Why not? Register now.

And that just about wraps it up, for now. Have fun!


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