Curated: Jason Loo’s Comics Reading List

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It's May, which means flowers are blooming and so is the imagination! This month, comic creators from all over the world will appear at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF). We've teamed up with comics creator and one of our 2018 Festival delegates, Jason Loo, to provide you with a curated list of comics worth exploring.

Distant Summer by Angela Poon

"Probably one of my favourite books I picked up in 2018, it's a stunning memoir of her trip to Hong Kong and Beijing as she reconnects with her relatives, especially her childhood cousins she hasn't seen in almost a decade." —Jason

Smashed by Junji Ito

"I enjoyed the heck out of all the short stories in Ito's Shiver, so I'm looking forward to his new horror manga collection. He has a fresh new bag of tricks to terrify the avid horror fan." —Jason

Called Into Being: A Celebration of Frankenstein by Allison O'Toole and Megan Purdy

"I may be biased since this zine anthology is put together by my editor friend Allison but she should earn a master's degree in her knowledge on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and her passion in Shelley's work shines through in this book." —Jason

Maria Nguyen

"Any horror zine Maria Nguyen has on her table. I picked up one of them at Canzine last year and every illustration looks eerie and beautiful at the same time. Each zine is a limited run, so make sure to stop at her table early or else you'll miss out!" —Jason

Verse by Sam Beck

"I love Sam's artwork in Songs For The Dead and I wish all my D&D escapades were illustrated in that fashion. Her solo work on Verse carries the essence of Moebius and is shot like a cinematic sci-fi masterpiece." —Jason



Jason Loo is a Toronto-based cartoonist who got his start freelancing illustration work for magazines, newspapers, and children's books. He currently writes and illustrates his own comic book series featuring Toronto's newest superhero, The Pitiful Human-Lizard. The series has garnered a lot of media attention including BlogTO, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Toronto Life, Metro, InnerSPACE, CBC News Toronto, and Fresh Air on CBC Radio. Jason was recently nominated for a prestigious Doug Wright Award for his work on PHL. He has also contributed to the Toronto Comic Anthology and the Kill Shakespeare series (IDW Publishing).