‘Pass Me By’ is a beautifully illustrated queer Canadian tragedy on Kickstarter

The risograph-printed series follows an Alberta man dealing with dementia and revisiting his past life with a glam rock band

Although there are only two days left to this Kickstarter project, this gorgeous new comic series is one worth checking out! Newcomer Kyle Simmers dove head first into comic self-publishing. The writer and illustrator, known for their larger than life murals across the city of Calgary, is teaming up with visual artist Ryan Danny Owen, to put out this little gem in Kickstarter called Pass Me By.  The series is an inverted coming of age story about understanding queer identity and what happens to the stories you never tell.

The first book, Pass Me By: Gone Fishin’ is currently available for pledges by backers. The video to promote the Kickstarter is incredibly well constructed. In this eye-catching campaign video, Simmers selectively animated certain panels to bring the story alive.

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Not Safe for Con explores the darker side of comics and fandom

Comics, cosplay, and burlesque comes together for a ‘nerd culture festival’ with an adult twist.

Today is Not Safe For Con, also known as NSFCon, a festival that brings together comics with 18+ nerd culture. The festival’s purpose is to create a space that allows for the greatest freedom of expression that still remains within legal limits. The festival boasts a comfortable and safe atmosphere for vendors and creators of more adult-themed comics and artwork, mixed with workshops, live music and burlesque.

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Celebrating local comic creators is the best thing to do today

From Eisner winning heavyweight Fiona Staples to industry newbie H.C. Gislason, Panel One’s Comic Creator Festival spotlights local talent.

In the age of Hollywood-driven mega-cons, the Panel One Comic Creator Festival promises to bring the spotlight of comic conventions back to (gasp!) comics! Now in its third year, the Festival, which is held in Calgary, seems small and humble, but truly packs a punch for local creators, that feel lost and forgotten at the big shows. In its short life, the Panel One Comic Creator Festival has been renowned as “THE” place for creators to sell comics, some noting they have larger sales at this tiny festival as opposed to the 100,000 people attended monolith cons. This isn’t Artist Alley, so you won’t find fanart here, but this is the perfect market for the curious and the diehard comic fan to discover and buy new comic books.

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Panel One Comic Creator Festival (Canada)

The Panel One Comic Creator Festival is back for 2017!

After the success of 2016, Panel One Comics Society is bringing back the Panel One Comic Creators Festival this summer! The event will feature Canadian comic creators, workshops and panels throughout the day.

Event Details:

When: Saturday, June 03, 2017 from 11:00 – 7:00
Where: Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association
Entry: $5.00*

We will also be accepting donations to the Calgary Food Bank!

More details about panels, workshops and participating creators will be announced leading up to the festival.

*For each entry, Panel One will donate $1.00 to the Calgary Food Bank

Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo

The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (AKA: Calgary Expo) is a four-day pop-culture convention held in annually each spring Calgary, Alberta at Stampede Park. Attendees can shop hundreds of vendors and exhibitors, check out panels and workshops, meet their favourite stars and creators, and celebrate what makes them geeky with thousands of other fans in cosplay. There is something for every fan at Calgary Expo.

Our 2016 convention was the greatest yet, with over 105,000 attendees celebrating all that pop culture has to offer. As we head into our twelfth year you can expect to see all kinds of celebrity guests, comic book artists, writers, and creators, toy vendors, cosplayers – the list goes on…

We can hardly wait to celebrate four days of science fiction, comic books, film, television, horror, fantasy, animation, pop culture, and so much more. Join us April 27-30 2017.

More information, guest lists, single day tickets, passes and more are available at the Calgary Expo website.

Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo

The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (AKA: Calgary Expo) is a four-day pop-culture convention held in annually each spring Calgary, Alberta at Stampede Park. Attendees can shop hundreds of vendors and exhibitors, check out panels and workshops, meet their favourite stars and creators, and celebrate what makes them geeky with thousands of other fans in cosplay. There is something for every fan at Calgary Expo.

Our 2016 convention was the greatest yet, with over 105,000 attendees celebrating all that pop culture has to offer. As we head into our twelfth year you can expect to see all kinds of celebrity guests, comic book artists, writers, and creators, toy vendors, cosplayers – the list goes on…

We can hardly wait to celebrate four days of science fiction, comic books, film, television, horror, fantasy, animation, pop culture, and so much more. Join us April 27-30 2017.

More information, guest lists, single day tickets, passes and more are available at the Calgary Expo website.

Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo

The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (AKA: Calgary Expo) is a four-day pop-culture convention held in annually each spring Calgary, Alberta at Stampede Park. Attendees can shop hundreds of vendors and exhibitors, check out panels and workshops, meet their favourite stars and creators, and celebrate what makes them geeky with thousands of other fans in cosplay. There is something for every fan at Calgary Expo.

Our 2016 convention was the greatest yet, with over 105,000 attendees celebrating all that pop culture has to offer. As we head into our twelfth year you can expect to see all kinds of celebrity guests, comic book artists, writers, and creators, toy vendors, cosplayers – the list goes on…

We can hardly wait to celebrate four days of science fiction, comic books, film, television, horror, fantasy, animation, pop culture, and so much more. Join us April 27-30 2017.

More information, guest lists, single day tickets, passes and more are available at the Calgary Expo website.

Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo

The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (AKA: Calgary Expo) is a four-day pop-culture convention held in annually each spring Calgary, Alberta at Stampede Park. Attendees can shop hundreds of vendors and exhibitors, check out panels and workshops, meet their favourite stars and creators, and celebrate what makes them geeky with thousands of other fans in cosplay. There is something for every fan at Calgary Expo.

Our 2016 convention was the greatest yet, with over 105,000 attendees celebrating all that pop culture has to offer. As we head into our twelfth year you can expect to see all kinds of celebrity guests, comic book artists, writers, and creators, toy vendors, cosplayers – the list goes on…

We can hardly wait to celebrate four days of science fiction, comic books, film, television, horror, fantasy, animation, pop culture, and so much more. Join us April 27-30 2017.

More information, guest lists, single day tickets, passes and more are available at the Calgary Expo website.