Comics Lowdown: Satire comic gets Warsaw Comics Festival in trouble

Plus: profiles on ‘Black’ creator Kwanza Osajyefo and ‘Top Ten’ artist Gene Ha, the Ledger Awards shortlist, and Montreal’s AstroBooks turns to crowdfunding to pay its tax bills.

The Warsaw (Poland) Comics Festival will lose three years’ worth of city subsidies, totaling $44,500, because a comic ridiculing Polish nationalists was distributed at this year’s event. Tomasz Lesniak and Rafal Skarzycki’s Poland: The Champion of Poland, lampooned nationalists, racists and anti-Semites, and that didn’t sit well with the local nationalists, who complained to the city council. The council released a statement saying, “After reviewing the comic we explicitly declare that we do not accept its content,” and announced it would sanction the festival.

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TCAF: Translator stopped at Canadian border

While en route to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF), translator and agent Anne Ishii was detained at Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto for over two hours yesterday as Canadian customs officers questioned her and went through every book in her luggage to determine whether she was bringing comics illegally into the country.

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Prairie Comics Festival – (Canada)

Prairie Comics Festival is a free to attend weekend festival in Winnipeg celebrating the best in comics creation on the prairies!

Festival Info at-a-glance:
251 Donald Street
MILLENNIUM LIBRARY, second floor
Winnipeg, MB
Saturday, May 6: 10:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday, May 7: 1 – 5 pm

This festival will feature a market that will provide a space for creators of comic content, including artists, writers, and publishers, to interact with fans, promote their material, sell their wares, and meet other creators. Eligible content includes webcomics, print comics, graphic novels, zines, comics in non-traditional formats, and cartoons. The focus of this content is on original comic content, along with content created by the artists under license from the copyright holder.
In order to ensure this as best as we are able, the table selection is juried rather than first come, first served.

More than just a space to promote the creation of comics and discover new stories (many of which are unlikely to be found anywhere outside of this festival!), this weekend is intended to be a community experience to share your love of the comics medium! Panels will be held in an adjoining room where you can volunteer to share your passion and knowledge with fans and creators.

Admission and table space is free in order to encourage all to attend!

The event will take place in Winnipeg’s Millennium Library, the venue is accessible.

Have any questions about the festival? Visit the website at prairiecomics.com

Prairie Comics Festival is the initiative of Hope Nicholson, comics editor and owner of Winnipeg comic publisher Bedside Press.

Prairie Comics Festival (Canada)

Prairie Comics Festival is a free to attend weekend festival in Winnipeg celebrating the best in comics creation on the prairies!

Festival Info at-a-glance:
251 Donald Street
MILLENNIUM LIBRARY, second floor
Winnipeg, MB
Saturday, May 6: 10:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday, May 7: 1 – 5 pm

This festival will feature a market that will provide a space for creators of comic content, including artists, writers, and publishers, to interact with fans, promote their material, sell their wares, and meet other creators. Eligible content includes webcomics, print comics, graphic novels, zines, comics in non-traditional formats, and cartoons. The focus of this content is on original comic content, along with content created by the artists under license from the copyright holder.
In order to ensure this as best as we are able, the table selection is juried rather than first come, first served.

More than just a space to promote the creation of comics and discover new stories (many of which are unlikely to be found anywhere outside of this festival!), this weekend is intended to be a community experience to share your love of the comics medium! Panels will be held in an adjoining room where you can volunteer to share your passion and knowledge with fans and creators.

Admission and table space is free in order to encourage all to attend!

The event will take place in Winnipeg’s Millennium Library, the venue is accessible.

Have any questions about the festival? Visit the website at prairiecomics.com

Prairie Comics Festival is the initiative of Hope Nicholson, comics editor and owner of Winnipeg comic publisher Bedside Press.

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.

Lights announces new album and comic series

Skin & Earth #1
Skin & Earth #1 by Lights
Canadian electropop queen Lights has announced her fourth studio album in conjunction with a comic series. The project, called Skin&Earth, is entirely written and drawn by Lights and published by Dynamite Entertainment.

In the official press release, Lights commented, “I feel my whole life has lead up to a project like this. It’s a complete convergence of everything I love – music, comics, post-apocalyptic romance, crystals, wine and powerful ladies, all perfectly entwined. It’ll be by far my most care-free and fierce album yet. I think now, more than ever, people need a reason to listen to a whole record, and this is mine.”

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