TCAF is The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, taking place in 2017 at Toronto Reference Library and the surrounding Bloor/Yonge neighborhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, which culminates in a two-day exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of comics creators from around the world. Other Festival events include readings, interviews, panels, workshops, gallery shows, art installations, and much more.
OOSA artists Alexis Ziritt, Andrew MacLean and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell will be there taking part in the festivities (although Rosemary won't be tabling). Be sure you catch Alexis and Andrew's panels on Saturday.
Learning Centre, Toronto Reference Library
- 10:00AM – Aesthetics of Sci-Fi – We can all agree that robots are the future…but what’s that going to look like? When we upload our consciouses into the cloud, what will we see? What about those trippy parts from 2001? Come and listen to some of the most stylish creators in sci-fi talk about not only the amazing advances that the future holds, but also what it’ll look like when we get there!Panelists: Wren McDonald, Ben Sears, Alexis Ziritt, Kelly Kwang, Beatrix Urkowitz. Moderator: Sloane Leong.
Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St
- 02:45 PM – Image 25th: Designing New Worlds – Magical Monsters! Terrific Technologies! Alien Alternatives! When the realy world isn’t big enough for your ideas, sometimes you’ve got to build your own! Join Jamie McKelvie, Sloane Leong, Simon Roy, and Andrew MacLean as they discuss what it takes to design a whole new world to contain your stories.
Catch the OOSA artists out and about at your favorite comics gatherings this spring!
FAN EXPO DALLAS - March 31 - April 2
MoCCA - April 1-2
Nathan Fox (MFAVN table)
DINK - April 8-9
C2E2 - April 21-23
Logan Faerber (w/ Fabian Rangel Jr.)
TCAF - May 13-14
Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (not tabling)
Andrew MacLean's HEAD LOPPER from Image Comics (colored by Mike Spicer) won a Diamond Gem Award for Indie Graphic Novel of the Year for 2016! A panel of Diamond product specialists selected the nominees for the Diamond Gem Awards based on each entry’s overall impact on the industry, while comics and related merchandise were chosen on the merits of their sales performance and quality from 2016. Members of the most critical segment that serves the comic book-buying public--comic book specialty retailers across the United States and worldwide--then selected the winners. (So it's kind of a big deal)
We've upgraded our printing capabilities for the OOSA Print Shop for 2017!! With our new Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-2000, we'll now be able to print images up to 24" wide. This will give us opportunities to make some really special and unique giclee prints that all of the artists in the Print Shop are really excited about. Of course, we'll still be offering the 8.5x11, 11x17 and 13x19 print sizes that you're used to getting from us, as well. Look for our first foray into the larger sizes in January.
The Print Shop will be transitioning over to the new printer during the next few weeks. As a result, we won't be printing any new prints until after January 1st. The shop will still be open for purchases, just be aware some orders may be delayed.
And don't forget that all of Chris Visions' prints will be wiped clean at the end of the year in order to make room for new work planned for the new year. Use the code "CLEAN SLATE" at checkout to get 10% off of all orders of $50 or more of Chris' prints. Click below to see what's available.
The Guest Artist program in the OOSA Print Shop is coming to an end this month... sort of. For the last couple of years, we've featured some truly amazing artists in the Print Shop on a monthly basis, and I couldn't be more grateful and appreciative to have worked with each and every one of them. I'm also grateful for all of you who purchased a print or helped spread the word. But, October's Guest Artist, Alison Sampson, will be the last of the era.
Starting in November, we will be doing something a little different. We will be opening up the OOSA Print Shop to a few select artists for them to use as an online storefront for their prints with no monthly rotations or time limits. I'll be handling all of the printing, order fulfillment and customer service for them. They'll have the opportunity to offer special edition prints, have choices of papers and sizes, or just print-on-demand open edition prints. It will be a unique opportunity for these artists to get their work out to the folks who want it and I'm excited to get to be a part in helping to make that happen.
The artists who will be offering prints through the OOSA Print Shop initially are as follows:
Sail already has a print available in the Print Shop, and Jeffrey Alan Love and Brandon Graham will have theirs available starting in November 1st. Other prints and maybe some new artists will be added in time after that. Be sure you are following OOSA on social media and have signed up for our mailing list to get the latest news!
We've added two new OOSA shirt designs to the shop for pre-order! "Sun Spot" By Rosemary Valero-O'Connell, and "Old VA II" by Liz Suburbia. These original designs are printed on premium fitted Next Level Apparel tees using a water-based discharge screen printing process so the shirts are super soft and the designs won't crack or flake over time. Men's and Women's style shirts are available. The pre-order process is important to help us figure out the sizes and quantity of the shirts we need to order, so please feel free to go ahead and get your's today. Shirts will debut at the Cincy Comic Con and SPX in limited quantities and will be sent out to online buyers in late September.
Click below to order!
Liz Suburbia will be continuing her award-winning Sacred Heart story in her new one-person anthology series called Egg Cream with Czap Books! Right now, you have an opportunity to help make this happen. Czap books is running a Kickstarter to fund their 2017 publishing schedule which includes Liz's "Egg Cream", "Witchlight" by Jessi Zabarsky and "Don't Tell Me Not To Worry (I'll Worry All I Want)" by Kelly Kwang. The good news is that the Kickstarter campaign blew the doors off the initial funding goal in the first two days, so it's gonna happen. The better news is that you still have a chance to get lots of great stuff! Click the link to read all about it and to back the project: http://kck.st/2atMYIz
And to show our support, OOSA is proud to be teaming up with Czap Books to bring you newly added reward level which will include Liz's new Old VA II t-shirt.
The "Old VA" - $300+
Attention Liz Suburbia super-fans! Starting today, pledge $300 or more and you'll get a super-charged version of our "Lelek" goodie bag tier, including our full 2017 collection, a handful of our previously-released titles, all the merch and the jackpot: print copies of every Liz Suburbia comic we've ever printed, including many that are now long out of print! We're bringing these out of print especially for this Kickstarter, and won't be available otherwise. Out of Step Arts is also donating a handful of their new t-shirts designed by Liz for backers. This is a very special, once in a lifetime opportunity!
Liz Suburbia Minis included:
- CYANIDE MILKSHAKE #2-7
- EAT OR BE MEATBALL
- THE CRUSHER
- TURBO MUTT
We've entered into the FedEx Small Business Grant competition for a chance to win either a $7,500, $15,000 or $25,000 grant to help grow Out of Step Arts. Imagine, that money can help us print our own comics, expand our print shop capabilities, start our own shirt line, and more. We need your help, though!!!! Click here to vote for us to help us get in the running and then tell all of your friends to vote for us, too. You can vote once a day until June 13th.
We're really excited to have London-based artist Dilraj Mann as our featured Guest Artist this month in the OOSA Print Shop. His print "King Nosmo" will be a timed/numbered edition print that will only be available until the end of the month. At just $30, it's a hell of a deal! Click here to get yours.
We're excited to announce that our friend Tyler "Tuck" Tucker has joined the OOSA Crew! For the past few years, Tuck has been photographing and videoing the OOSA artists at shows and putting together real quality promotional and marketing materials for us in order to support what Out of Step Arts is doing. We couldn't be more grateful for his knowledge and expertise, and we are super stoked that he's now officially part of the group! Go visit his page in the "Collective" section to see some of his pictures and videos, and be sure to say hello when you see him with us shows like TCAF, Heroes Con, SPX or NYCC this year.
Black Mask Studios just announced that a second volume of Space Riders titled "Galaxy of Brutality" from the creative team of Fabian Rangel Jr. and OOSA artist Alexis Ziritt will be coming soon. Get the "Galaxy of Brutality" giclee print right here while you wait!
Andrew MacLean also announced that not only will Image Comics be collecting the first four quarterly issues of Head Lopper into a single volume later this fall, but that they have picked the series up for another four issues to be published in 2017!
The future is looking bright.
As announced on The Villiage Voice's website, OOSA artist Rosemary Valero-O'Connell will be illustrating BOOM! Studios' first ever company crossover event! Rosemary has been working on the Lumberjanes comic for the last few issues, and with her style and talent, she was the perfect choice to provide the art for the Lumberjanes team-up with DC Comic's Gotham Academy. This 6-issue series will be out sometime this June.
From the start, the Guest Artist program for the OOSA Print Shop has brought in unbelievable talent. I've been humbled and honored to work with everyone who's been willing to participate, and this next batch of artists is no different. Of course, you already know that February is John Lee, March is Jen Lee, April is Chris Brunner and May is Dilraj Mann, but the newest artists who will be closing out 2016 will be:
(click on the images to find out more about each artist)
John Lee (johnleedraws.com) is an illustrator and teacher from Memphis, TN who is currently working on his MFA in the School of Visual Arts’ Illustration as Visual Essay program. Coupled with his illustration career really starting to take off with some big clients and the recent Warby Parker book 50 Ways to Lose Your Glasses, John is also becoming know for his discussions in regards to Asian diaspora artists and their experiences with racism, immigration, assimilation, cultural spaces, appropriation, and more. You can read about some of those topics here. In fact, John will be part of the panel discussing illustration’s role in the cultural conversation and the place of the illustrator within it in the Society of Illustrators' "Stories Matter" event later this month. (Moderated by Guest Artist alumnus Richie Pope)
In keeping with the theme, John's print "War Games" is part of an ongoing series about creating Asian American cultural mythology from family stories. This print is a limited timed, numbered release that will only be available for the month of February. The prints will be numbered based on the total number of prints sold during the month. Click below to find out more and to purchase the print.
We just added all of Alexis Ziritt's Space Riders pages to the store. Check out the "Newly Added" section to see everything.
We've added some new art to the store, folks. This includes the left over pieces from the Telegraph Gallery show, Ming Doyle's cover for the new John Constantine Hellblazer TPB How to Play With Fire, and some new variant covers by Chris Visions for Marvel's Star-Lord #3 and Power Man & Iron Fist #1.
To find all of the new and recent stuff, just click on the "Newly Added" category in the menu over on the left.
Sacred Heart by OOSA artist Liz Suburbia was just announced as a winner of a 2016 Alex Award by the American Library Association! Way to go Liz!
Buy your copy of Sacred Heart here:
About the Alex Awards
The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.
The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Edwards pioneered young adult library services and worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to many librarians who serve young adults. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.