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Canzine Toronto Vendors: Peiwei Li

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“Psuedo” images provided by the artist

We’re excited to welcome talented illustrator Peiwei Li to Canzine Toronto this year!

She will be selling Pseudo, a graphic novel series that explores the pitfalls of self righteousness, and contains a mix of Eastern and Western mythology and fantasy with plenty of action fight scenes. She says it’s a mix of manga, super-hero comics, fantasy and “observations of real life struggles which everyone can relate to.”

Peiwei says: “Kain is the spirit of a 17-year-old boy who took himself too seriously and believed himself to be the perfect hero. Unfortunately, when he died he was rejected from Heaven. Ashamed, he is determined to become the perfect angel to prove Heaven wrong, and has to perform a series of missions for Heaven for a chance to change their mind.”

“Pseudo is a complex continuous story that takes place in our world, except it is also populated by hidden-in-plain-sigh individuals who can control nature called “Naturalists”. The name Pseudo describe Kain’s current condition; in his full power state, he looks like and has the powers of an angel, but he isn’t — he is an imitation angel. It is ultimately about being honest with oneself and accepting yourself without approval.”

Pseudo will be a weekly updated webcomic, however Canzine attendees will be the first to read the limited edition book!

Canzine Toronto Vendors: From The Root Zine

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It’s no secret that we at Broken Pencil are huge fans of Whitney French and her project, From The Root Zine. The goal of the project is to bring together stories, poetry, articles, testimonies and images of Black women and other women of colour in Canada. The first issue — themed and titled Hair — is an absolute triumph, and we were lucky enough to have Whitney read from it at our International Zine Month event in July at OCAD Zine Library. Whitney will be tabling at Canzine, most likely with her typewriter and a jar full of “warm n fuzziez”— wanna know what that means? You’ll have to come find out!

FTR is also accepting submissions for their next issue, themed Body, but they’re due Monday! Check out the submissions guidelines after the jump.

Book Review: Chloes

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Chloes
Dean Garlick, illustrated by Nicole Legault,80 pgs, Lodge Press, deangarlick.com, $14

When we first encounter Chloe Fortin,the titular character in Dean Garlick’s latest novella, things aren’t particularly terrific. She’s mourning a recent breakup and seems to have lapsed into a severe depression, moping around her Montreal apartment, avoiding friends and work. A parakeet mysteriously lands on her windowsill; she names it Viktor. She starts finding cigarette packs and opened bottles of wine around the house, with no recollection of buying either. Later, she slouches past the bank where she works, and sees herself working at the counter, serving customers as normal. Are there really two Chloes? Or has she truly lost it once and for all?

Chloes is alternately funny, disturbing, surreal and tragic — Dostoyevsky’s The Double with a distinctly acerbic and feminine touch. Garlick’s Chloe is an unreliable narrator to be sure, but there’s a lot of fun in this uncertainty, and she is beautifully realized. Anyone who’s suffered through a particularly haunting breakup — and the resultant bout of depression — will relate to the dregs of Chloe’s existence.

Her flaky ex, Anson, is particularly well drawn — he’s the Kombucha-swilling,underemployed, accordion-playing type of Montrealer who’s almost immediately recognizable. Still, as Chloe’s memories of their relationship play through the narrative, his presence (and lack thereof) represents a darker burden, one that she ultimately has to claw away from in order to reclaim a singular existence. Nicole Legault’s delicate, evocative B & W illustrations deepen the book’s strange tone. (Alison Lang)

Nina Bunjevac and Andrew Hunter at Canzine Toronto!

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Fatherland images from ninabunjevac.com

We’re pleased to announce that comic artist Nina Bunjevac (Heartless, Fatherland) and Andrew Hunter, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario will be at the Art Gallery of Ontario table at Canzine Toronto on Saturday. Nina and Andrew will be at the table (located in the main lobby area of 918 Bathurst) from 2-4pm as special guests of the AGO, who are one of our official Canzine Toronto sponsors!. They will be free to chat, sign books and are also happy to review portfolios. More info about these two guests below. Please come and say hello to them and thanks to the AGO for supporting Canzine!

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Nina Bunjevac’s debut collection of comics titled Heartless came out in September 2012 with the Nova Scotia-based publisher Conundrum Press, and was translated and published in France in 2013 by Ici-même Editions. Nina’s second book Fatherland was published in September 2014 with Cape Graphic/Random House in UK and Canada; the book has been translated and published in Germany, France, Czech Republic, Spain and Croatia.
In 2011 Nina received The Golden Pen of Belgrade at the 11th International Biennale of Illustration in Belgrade for the cover image of Balkan Women in Comics (Fibra/Croatia); in 2013 she received The Doug Wright Award in the Spotlight category, also known as The Nipper, for Heartless. She was featured in The Best American Comics 2014 anthology and also illustrated our beautiful Canzine poster!

Born in Hamilton and a graduate of Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (NSCAD), Andrew Hunter has held many curatorial positions, including roles at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Kamloops Art Gallery, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and Charlottetown’s Confederation Centre Art Gallery to name a few. He has taught at OCAD University, the University of Waterloo (Faculty of Arts and School of Architecture) and lectured on curatorial practice across Canada, the United States, England, China and Croatia. As an artist and independent curator, Hunter has exhibited widely, including solo projects at the National Gallery of Canada, Dubrovnik Museum of Modern Art (Croatia), The Rooms Art Gallery (Newfoundland) and many others. Andrew is also the co-founder and co-principal of DodoLab, an international program of community collaboration and interdisciplinary creative research

 

Zine Review: Static Zine #9

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Static Zine

Zine, Issue 9, March 2014, staticzine.com, $2

Gather ‘round the table friends and behold the Torontonian feast that is the ninth issue of Static Zine. Over 20 contributors make their mark on this food-themed issue, with contents ranging from recipes, perzine-style entries, fiction and notated music for ukulele.

Like any compilation zine, the pieces vary in quality. Standouts include Jordon R A’s beautifully illustrated “Pumpkin Island” comic, Emily Craske’s illustration “When is it a good time to eat pizza?” (the answer: sad, drunk, high, happy, etc.), the collaborative piece “What would your last meal be?  and another illustration, Tom Lowery’s “Mom Art” featuring diagrams for cutting toast.

Even if the content is uneven, it’s still fun and it seems like everyone involved had fun contributing. Most contributions are single-pagers; so if you get bored, skip it! To top it all off, the Static crew gives a link to an online mixtape to accompany #9, chock full of food-titled songs (Bob Wills’s “Tater Pie”, Hank Williams’s “Jambalaya”) – all pre-1970! Pick this one up, hungry old-music aficionados! (Joshua Barton)

Canzine Toronto Vendors: Musterni

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[image via amritbrarillustation.com]

 

We’ve been following Amrit Brar’s Musterni zines since we ran into her at the Toronto Queer Zine Fair last year, and again t TCAF, TQZF 2014, and of course on her websites musterni-illustrates.tumblr.com and amritbrarillustration.com

We reviewed her first zine online in July for Zine Month, and are overjoyed to have her tabling at Canzine Toronto this year! Rumour has it she’ll be launching Musterni volume two. Since the first volume, she’s made other beautiful publications such as Baat Sana and Shitty Horoscopes (don’t believe the name, they’re beautiful and fun). See you at Canzine, this Saturday at the 918 Bathurst Centre!