As part of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, the British Council is celebrating his enduring legacy as one of the UK’s greatest cultural icons with a unique graphic novel exchange programme at the International Festival of Authors. Shakespeare’s sonnets cross and challenge boundaries of love, friendship, gender, literary form and question what it means to be human. Contemporary artists Jonathan McNaught from the UK and Toronto-based John Martz will create their own responses to a Shakespearean Sonnet in the graphic novel form. They will develop new narrative interpretations and find new insights into Shakespeare’s mysterious poem. All audience members will receive a copy of the graphic novel!
John Martz is a cartoonist and illustrator in Toronto. His comics have appeared in the Globe and Mail, Lucky Peach, MAD Magazine, and The Nib. His book A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories from Koyama Press was shortlisted in 2015 for the Governor General’s Literary Awards and nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Early Readers. His latest book is Burt’s Way Home from Koyama Press.
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.
A Toronto bookseller for two decades, Andrew Woodrow-Butcher divides his time between The Beguiling Books & Art, where he consults on graphic novel collection development for school, public, and academic libraries, and Little Island Comics, where he manages North America's first and only comic shop just for kids! A part of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival since 2007, and he now serves both as a Programming Co-ordinator for the Festival and a buyer for TCAF's year-round shop, Page & Panel. As a critic, Woodrow-Butcher's writing has appeared in Xtra!, Broken Pencil, and The Winnipeg Review, and in 2016 he served as a juror for the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids' Comics.
Jessica Wyman is a professor in the faculties of Art, Liberal Arts & Sciences and Graduate Studies at OCAD University in Toronto. She has worked as an art critic for more than 20 years, publishing in international art magazines and journals, and has an occasional curatorial practice.