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.
Nina Bunjevac was born in Canada in 1973. Having started her art training in Yugoslavia she moved to Toronto in 1990, where she continued her studies. Her first book, Heartless, was published in 2012. Her latest work is Fatherland, a story that won the 2015 Doug Wright Award for best Canadian graphic novel.
Michael DeForge was born in 1987 and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. His one-person anthology series Lose has received great critical and commercial success, and has been nominated for or won every major comics award, including the Ignatz and Eisner awards. His illustrations have been published in The New York Times and Bloomberg View; and his comics have appeared in The Believer, Maisonneuve, and the Adventure Time comic book series. This year Michael released Big Kids.
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 the cartoonist behind the comic book series Palookaville, which started as a pamphlet and is now a semi-annual hardcover. His comics have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Best American Comics, and McSweeneys Quarterly. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including the cover of the New Yorker, the Walrus, and Canadian Notes & Queries. He was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, which showcased the first public display of his model city Dominion. He is now a part of the Gallery's permanent collection. This year Seth designed the poster for the 37th edition of the IFOA and is curating the Five Ways exhibit.