Next week I will be debuting the second issue of SHIRTLIFTER at next week’s Toronto Comics Art Festival, which will take place on August 18th and 19th at Victoria College on the University of Toronto campus. The second issue, funded by a grant from the Xeric Foundation, is 56 pages, full color, and perfect bound. You can see a preview of the book here.
I will be exhibiting at the show, so in addition to SHIRTLIFTER #2 I’ll also be selling copies of my various other comics, and greeting cards and art prints. Finally, I will be one of the 5 cartoonists appearing on the “Queer Voices in Comics” panel on Saturday, August 18 at 5:30pm. Here’s the panel description from the TCAF website:
5pm: Queer Voices In Comics & Graphic Novels
The burgeoning field of graphic novels has given a voice and a potential audience to creators who may have been stymied by direct market comic book stores. With Alison Bechdel’s riveting queer coming-of-age story Fun Home taking Time Magazine’s honours for ‘Best Book of 2006’, the field looks to be wide open. Creators J. Bone (The Spirit), Becky Cloonan (American Virgin), Tim Fish (Cavalcade of Boys), Steve MacIsaac (Shirtlifter), Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim), Jose Villarrubia (Mirror of Love), and moderator Ed Mathews (Popimage.com)discuss the landscape for queer comics in 2007.
Chapel, Second Floor
It promises to be an interesting show. There’s a great guest list lined up — in addition to the panelists listed above, the guest list includes Joe Matt, Seth, Chester Brown, Dave Sim, Paul Gravett, Maurice Vellekoop, Paul Pope, and lots of others. Please come by if you’re a Toronto resident and at least say hi.