Learn more about the complex work of contemporary graphic novelists, combining words and images. Meet cartoonists Michael DeForge, Nick Drnaso, Jon McNaught, and Chris Oliveros as they discuss the art of the graphic novel, from inspiration to the story strip, with Seth.
Do not miss the Five Ways exhibit that spotlights their diverse work, including work by Nina Bujevac. Each with a unique approach to the comics medium. From fiction to memoir, from slice of life to the absurd, from tightly realistic to the expressionistic–five artists, five ways. Guest-curated by Seth. The exhibit runs from September 24th to December 22nd, 2016 in the Harbourfront Centre’s Artport Gallery.
Michael DeForge was born in 1987 and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. He has published the books Very Casual, Dressing, A Body Beneath, Big Kids, Ant Colony, First Year Healthy and Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero. His strip Leaving Richards Valley is serialized daily, and his illustrations have been published in the New York Times, Bloomberg View, The Believer and Maisonneuve.
Nick Drnaso was born in 1989 in Palos Hills, Illinois. He has contributed to several comics anthologies, self-published a handful of comics, been nominated for three Ignatz Awards, and coedited the second and third issue of Linework, Columbia College's annual comic anthology. Drnaso lives in Chicago, where he works as a cartoonist and illustrator. Beverly is his debut graphic novel.
Jon McNaught is a British comic artist and printmaker based in Bristol, where he teaches Printmaking and Illustration at the University of the West of England. His comics and prints explore the landscape of England, from quiet suburbs to bustling cities. Often atmospheric studies, they are attempts to capture a sense of time and place, and search for beauty in the ordinary. He has published 3 comic books with Nobrow including Dockwood which won the ‘Prix Revelation’ award at Angouleme in 2013. He is currently working on a new comic book, set fro release with Nobrow in 2017.
Chris Oliveros was born in 1966 in Montreal. He is the founder of Drawn & Quarterly and was the publisher for more than twenty-five years, from 1989 to 2015. He lives with his wife and three sons in Montreal, where he continues to work with D+Q as a consulting editor. He will be presenting The Envelope Manufacturer.
Seth is a Canadian cartoonist who has been producing comic art for over twenty years. His books include It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken; Wimbledon Green; George Sprott, and his ongoing series, Palookaville. Apart from comics, he is the illustrator for Lemony Snicket’s All the Wrong Questions series. He is the designer for several classic comics reprint series, notably collections of work by Charles Schulz, John Stanley, and Doug Wright. Seth has exhibited throughout the world in a variety of group and solo shows, including a touring show of his model city of Dominion. From his home in Guelph, Ontario, he does illustrations for numerous magazines, including The New Yorker.