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Kung Fu Comic Madness Kagan this Wednesday

August 19, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (1)

Infinite kung fuDon't forget!

This Wednesday is your chance to comic it up with super-artist Kagan McLeod at the Parkdale Library. So bring your pencils and stop on by!

Parkdale Branch (1303 Queen Street W.)
Wednesday, August 22
4:00-5:30 pm

Come to a Comics Jam With Kagan McLeod!

August 8, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (0)

Infinite kung fu Kagan

Meet Kagan McLeod, the author of this massive graphic mashup of kung fu, zombie, and blaxploitation film styles will be coming to Parkdale to talk about his inspirations, his process for creating his artwork and storylines, and how Infinite Kung Fu came to print.


Parkdale Branch (1303 Queen Street W.)
Wednesday, August 22
4-5:30 pm

Barry Lyga Speaks! Meet the author of Mangaman

August 8, 2012 | Lamb | Comments (0)

Barry Lyga is the authorBarrylyga of a number of Young Adult and teen novels (The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, Boy Toy, & Goth Girl Rising to name a few). Manga Man is his debut graphic novel. His books are exciting, fun and creative and we thank him for taking the time to answer a few questions for Word Out!

Was there any part of Mangaman that got edited out that you will like to share with us? 

I Manga Man wish there were! I wish I could tell you that there was something so awesomely cool and/or disturbingly depraved that we just couldn't let it go into print… But, alas, there's nothing. In retrospect, there are things I wish I'd ADDED to the book, but nothing was cut.


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Hot Summer Read: Mangaman

August 7, 2012 | Lamb | Comments (2)


Mangaman, by Barry Lyga

What would happen if a manga character found himself in the world of Western-style comics? 

In Mangaman,  Ryoko Kiyama, a manga character with big eyes and an amazingly small waistline, falls through a mysterious rift into a North American comic-book drama. Ryoko seems like a freak to the more “realistic” characters, who wonder at first if he’s even alive. But if he can’t get home, he needs to find a way to fit in to this new world—whether it is “real” or not. 

 Check out Barry Lyga's website here


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Webcomics = The Best.

July 21, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (5)

Bad MachineryOK, so as I already stated, I Thombrarian am a huge comix nerd. I just can't get enough of those multi-panelled narratives.

Up until recently, I read my comics pretty strictly on paper. Recently though, I've discovered a whole pile of really amazing comics on the web that I just can't get enough of.

KATEBEATONOne of the first that I totally fell in love with is Kate Beaton's Hark a Vagrant. Beaton's an ex-history student who manages to make Canadian history one of the funniest things I've ever read about. Since her site came out, she's published two anthologies on actual mashed-up tree product (1, 2), but I still love checking out her site for new content all the time.

Kate's really great at giving shout outs to other fantastic webcomic artists, and so another that I've recently discovered through her site (and have been reading voraciously) is John Allison's Bad Machinery. BM is about Songsmiths heartlandhigh school, dating, sea monsters, yetis, ghosts, parents, football, and about a million other things, all awesome.

Finally, I recently stumbled upon this truly strange but pretty wonderful webcomic, The Songsmith's Heartland by Nick Thornbarrow. Based on an album by one of my favourite musicians, Owen Pallett (did I mention I'm a huge music nerd too?), The Songsmith's Heartland turns the songs of Pallet's record Heartland into a moving fantasy adventure, in which the protagonist Lewis becomes the hero in the strange world of Spectrum.

Do you have any webcomics that you can't get enough of? Share some below, and maybe we'll even profile them on the site!

Hot Summer Read: Blue Exorcist Volume 1

July 11, 2012 | Catnip | Comments (4)

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by  Kazue Kato

Fifteen year old Rin is having a really bad day.  First he discovers that he is the son of Satan and then the man who raised both Rin and his twin brother, Yukio, dies in the aftermath of a dreadful argument. Rin vows that despite his demonic power, no one will ever suffer or die because of him.  He will become an exorcist.  Immediately upon starting his intensive training at the True Cross Academy, a demon unexpectedly appears and the struggle begins!

Check out an interview with the author!

Want more? Visit Blue Exorcist's website!


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Meet J. Torres this Wednesday!

July 8, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (0)

Lolas ghostMJinxake sure to keep your Wednesday morning free! Stop by the Cedarbrae branch of the Library for your chance to meet the supremely talented J. Torres!

Cedarbrae Branch (545 Markham Road)
Wed Jul 11, 2012
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Meet the Amazing J. Torres at Cedarbrae!

June 27, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (1)

J TorresGot a serious hankering to check out some comics? Want to meet an internationally published comics superstar who lives RIGHT HERE IN TORONTO?

Grab a coffee and join writer J. Torres in a live reading of JINX, his graphic novel series for Archie Comics. Then ask him questions about writing, working in the comic book industry, and whether he likes Betty or Veronica best.


Cedarbrae Branch (545 Markham Road)
Wed Jul 11, 2012
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.




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Word Out gets Festive, Comics Style!

June 26, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (0)

TCAF-posterEarlier this year, some of the Word Out crew crashed TCAF - the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. TCAF is one of the biggest and best alternative comic book festivals in the world, and draws a huge range of talent; this year's festival featured such amazing artists as Kate Beaton (Hark a Vagrant), Andrew Hussie (MS Paint Adventures), and Bryan Lee O'Malley (Scott Pilgrim).

The best part is its free, and hosted right downtown at the Library's own central branch!


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