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Cartooning-Related Practices: Their Present and Future in Canada

Virtual
Tuesday May 11 2021 at 12PM

WATCH THE EVENT AT THE LINK ABOVE OR LINK HERE

“We hope to explore the present and future of cartooning, and ways in which illustration-based works can be used to create positive social change. Our discussion will address the use of comics, graphic novels, illustrated zines, and other related media to center minoritized voices. We will also discuss how these mediums can play a role in reshaping education and the ways in which these artistic tools can contribute to the articulation of agencies that have been and continue to be threatened and ignored in popular culture.”

TIFA Kids! Our Little Kitchen: Jillian Tamaki

Virtual
Sunday November 1 2020 at 11AM

A morning (Reading and Q&A) with illustrator, Canadian-cartoonist and winner of the Governor General’s Award and Caldecott Honour, Jillian Tamaki. Tamaki is the author of the lively food and community picture book, Our Little Kitchen. When a crew of neighbours come together to cook a meal, fun, adventure and new lessons are learned. Ages 4-8.

Interviewer: Ardo Omer

The Storyteller Tour

Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 2PM

Chapters Brampton

Join Ardo Omer as she welcomes bestselling YA authors, E.K. JohnstonKristen Ciccarelli, and L.L. McKinney to discuss their latest novels. Book signing to follow.

2018 Cybils: Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards

2019

I’m one of the round two judges for the graphic novels category. The finalists will be announced on January 1, 2019 and round two judges will be reading the shortlisted titles before submitting our winning choices (Elementary/Middle Grade and Young Adult) on February 12.

Check out the winners of the 2017 middle grade and young adult graphic novels here.

Canadian Comics Open Library’s Storytelling in Comics Panel

Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 12PM

I was invited to be on a panel as part of the Canadian Comics Open Library launch. It was about storytelling in comics and was moderated by Dr. Brooke Winterstein. It was the second time I’ve been on a panel and it was great especially because my fellow panelists were Ryan NorthJason LooGeorgia WebberStephanie Cooke and Hana Shafi. You can watch the panel in its two parts here.

It’s a great project and you can help them meet their funding goal on Indiegogo.

2018 Cybils: Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards

Chosen in 2019

I returned as a round two judge for the graphic novels category. As a judge for this category, you’re picking two winners: one for Elementary/Middle Grade and one for Young Adult. The winners for graphic novels published in 2018 were The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag (Elementary/Middle Grade) and Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Young Adult).

2018 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics

I had the pleasure of being a judge for the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics. I loved working with Edith DonnellDan Mishkin, and my fellow judges Alenka Figa and Shayauna Glover. It was an intense (I read almost 100 comics!) but great experience. I’m happy with the comics we had on our shortlist (image above) and really glad that Katie O’Neill‘s The Tea Dragon Society was declared the winner!

Word on the Street, Toronto

Great Books Marquee, Harbourfront Centre
Sunday September 22 2019 at 1PM

Stephanie CookeJason Loo and Andrew Stevenson discuss comic artistry in Toronto with moderator Ardo Omer.

Toronto Comic Arts Festival

I’ll be at TCAF again for the seventh year in a row and will be moderating 3 panels again. I’ve listed them below and they’re all free events with one of them needing advance registration. I’ll be there as a pro and will also help table at the Zine Terrace with Megan Purdy! (Table deets to come).

Creator Resource’s Short Stories & Zines Panel & Social

The Pilot (22 Cumberland Street)
Wednesday, May 8 2019
Panel: 6:30 – 8PM
Networking: 8 – 11:59PM

When trying to find your footing in comics and build a portfolio, the answer is often “just make comics!” but what does that entail? We dive into the world of short stories and zines to help teach you to hone your craft, try different genres, and create comics with no barriers.

Panelists: Jason Loo, Victor Martins and Cleopatria Peterson
Moderator: Ardo Omer

Been There Dundas: Fives Years of Toronto Comics

High Park Ballroom 2 & 3 at the Marriott Hotel (90 Bloor St E)
Saturday, May 11 2019 at 1:30PM

We’re used to seeing superheroes save New York, but what about the heroes (and wizards, robots, and monsters) right here in Toronto? In this panel, moderated by Ardo Omer, Pitiful Human-Lizard creator Jason Loo and Toronto Comic Anthology editors Steven AndrewsStephanie Cooke, and Allison O’Toole will discuss how Toronto has influenced their own work, and has fostered some of the best talent and stories in comics.

Queer YA Comics from First Second

Masonic Temple (888 Yonge St.)
Sunday, May 12 2019 at 12:30PM
All events at the Masonic Temple need advance registration. Click on panel name.

First Second have made a move this year, boasting four big books that centre young people exploring gender and sexuality for YA audiences. Featuring the creators behind Bloom (Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganuchaeu), The Breakaways (Cathy G Johnson), Kiss Number 8 (Ellen T Crenshaw & Colleen AF Venable), and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me (Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell), and moderated by Ardo Omer.

Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2018

Summer Camp Comics

Saturday, May 11 at 4PM

Summer! It’s almost everyone’s favourite season! It’s got sunburns, it’s got bugs, it’s got the endless sweating. Wait…why does everyone love summer? Oh right, SUMMER CAMP! Come and hear from some of the summer loving-est creators as they explain why summer camp is the perfect place for learning and adventure! Featuring Vera BrosgolMariko TamakiBrooklyn Allen, and Melanie Gillman. Moderated by Ardo Omer.

Adventure Teens!

Sunday, May 12 at 2PM

What do teens get up to when no adults or kids are around? If you ask these authors, a whole heck of a lot! Join Hope LarsonAlexander ForbesMolly Ostertag, and Dylan Edwards as they discuss the wild and amazing tests of courage they put their young characters through, and what it helps us learn about the most mysterious demographic. Moderated by Ardo Omer.

More Life: Coming of Age Comics

Sunday, May 12 at 3:30PM

Coming of Age stories work best when they connect readers to the eureka moments that come with growing up. So how do cartoonists learn these lessons for themselves? Have they? Featuring the stellar line-up of Michael DeForgeHope LarsonHartley LinMax de RadiguesMelanie Gillman and Kevin Czap, this panel will explore what it’s like to grow up in and with your comics. Moderated by Ardo Omer.

2017 Cybils: Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards

Chosen in 2018

I was one of the round two judges for the graphic novels category. As a judge for this category, you’re picking two winners: one for Elementary/Middle Grade and one for Young Adult. The winners for graphic novels published in 2017 were Where’s Halmoni? by Julie Kim (Elementary/Middle Grade) and Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland (Young Adult).