“Canada Comic Arts”
Date: 11.15 – 12.02
We are proud to present “Canada Comics Arts” curated by TCAF of Canada.
In trying to give us a chance to glimpse the presently expanding exciting comics and arts scene in Canada, TCAF has selected and brought over original artworks by amazing artists, Maurice Vellekoop and Love Love Hill, and also books by Canadian artists of their choice.
The TCAF crew, artists, and publishers will be in store on November 18th from 19:00 to discuss what’s going on now in the Canadian comics/art/publishing scene. Don’t miss out on this rare chance!
TCAF has welcomed more than 1000 exhibiting cartoonists from 18 different countries since its inception in 2003.
This exhibition of work expresses the diversity of theme, media, and background of TCAF, with participating artists from across Canada,specifically Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal. The common theme is a commitment to personal expression, and a uniquely Canadian merging of influences and styles from classic and contemporary illustration,western comics, manga and anime, and fan-produced Japanese doujinshi.
Maurice Vellekoop was born in 1964 in suburban Toronto. His mother created bullet-proof hairdos for the local ladies in her salon in the family’s basement. His father was an avid art lover who blasted the
neighbourhood with his opera records on Saturday afternoons. A true child of the TV age, Maurice grew up on a steady diet of supernatural sitcoms, variety shows, Japanese monster movies and Ross Hunter
melodramas. Inspired by his sister Ingrid he became interested in commercial art from an early age, eventually attending the Ontario College of Art from 1982 to 1986. He joined Reactor Art and Design
soon after graduating and has been illustrating for major magazines, book publishers and ad agencies ever since.
Editorial clients include The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Glamour, Wallpaper, Out, Entertainment Weekly, Mother Jones, Saturday Night, Cosmetics and Fashion. Advertising clients range from Spotco, LVMH, Abercrombie and Fitch, Smart Car and Pink Triangle Press to, most recently, Murale, a brand new chain of cosmetics Stores. Maurice’s book publishing clients include Running Press, Harper Collins and Universe/Rizzoli. His work has appeared in American Illustration and was included in “Stylishly Drawn” by Laird Borrelli, a book on contemporary fashion Illustration published by Harry N. Abrams.
Maurice is the author/illustrator of 4 books of his own work with Drawn and Quarterly and Green Candy Press. His work has been shown numerous times at the Reactor Gallery in Toronto, the Mayor gallery in
London and in a traveling group show called “New Pop” that stopped at the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice.
Love Love Hill is a Canadian collective of comic artists, founded and led by Wai Au in Vancouver, Kim Hoang in Montréal, and Julie Man in Toronto. Since its realization ten years ago, they have been
independently self-publishing anthologies of short comics, art zines, and minis, all lovingly bound in handmade volumes. Thematically centered around the little whimsical charms in life, they draw and
write stories based on elements that they enjoy, and they hope will be enjoyed by the reader as well.
Their latest collaborative project is “Knight Life”, a varied anthology of medieval-themed tales that range from serious to light-hearted. In 84 pages of teal risograph-printed glory, we explore
the individual worlds of each fantastical character as they struggle with foes, rivals, protegés, and their own honour.
CANADIAN ARTISTS PARTICIPATING IN BOOK SALES: