The 2013 Toronto Comic Arts Festival is still days away and already I’m faced with a scheduling dilemma.
I picked up tickets to the official kick-off event, this year featuring the Hernandez brothers, Gilbert and Jaime. It’s a tradition I share with Derek Evernden, who created the cool banner on this blog. Last year, we heard from Jeff Smith and brothers Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon. Comics owe a lot to Gilbert and Jamie for raising the profile of this medium. There will be lots of material and stories to mine in the hour-plus conversation.
But over at The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery is The Political Cartoons of Matt Bors. I really love me some political cartoons. And while I’m not familiar with Bors, the material on his site is pretty funny. Also it’s being held at The Comic Book Lounge, which I’ve been meaning to check out for some time. We could sip a few beer while we listen to him talk about his work.
So if you like all kinds of comics, here are a couple of events worth checking out on Friday:
On the eve of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF 2013), join award-winning, nationally syndicated political cartoonist and comics editor Matt Bors as he cracks open the subject of political comics. From gun control to women’s rights, climate change to the War in Afghanistan (where he traveled as a comics journalist in 2010), Bors shows us how, in a world of controversy, political comics have become a surprisingly effective way to make a point.
Bar Opens at 7PM
Program Begins at 7:30PM
Come kick-off the 10th Anniversary of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival with us on the evening of Friday, May 10th! TCAF will welcome to the stage alt-comix legends Gilbert Hernandez and Jamie Hernandez, as they engage in a lively career-spanning conversation with The Comics Reporter’s Tom Spurgeon! Both artists will also sign autographs and meet with fans at the event. Selections from their complete comics library will be available for sale at the event.
Plus! A look back at ten years of TCAF with some very special guests.
Presented by Toronto Reference Library and The Beguiling Books & Art, with support from Drawn & Quarterly Books and Fantagraphics Books.
Please note: Reserved seating with Eventbrite ticket is only valid until 7:20pm. After that time, all tickets admission will be rush-line admission.
About the Authors:
Gilbert Hernandez was born in 1957 in Oxnard, California, the middle child in a family of six children. Alongside his brothers Jaime and Mario, Gilbert co-created and contributed to the acclaimed comic book series Love and Rockets, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012. Gilbert has won numerous awards for his stories, including the Kirby Award, Inkpot Award, Harvey Award, and the 2009 United States Artists Literature Fellowship.
Gilbert Hernandez will be at TCAF in support of his highly-anticipated, semiautobiographical new graphic novel, Marble Season. Marble Season is Gilbert Hernandez’s his first book with D&Q and one of the most anticipated books of 2013. It tells the untold stories from the American comics legends’ youth, but also portrays the reality of life in a large family in suburban 1960s California. Pop-culture references—TV shows, comic books, and music—saturate this evocative story of a young family navigating cultural and neighborhood norms set against the golden age of the American dream and the silver age of comics.
Jaime Hernandez is the co-creator of the independent comic book Love and Rockets (along with his brothers Gilbert and Mario). Jaime’s main contribution to Love and Rockets is the ongoing serial narrative Locas which follows the tangled lives of a group of primarily Latina characters, from their teenage years in the early days of the California punk scene to the present day. The two central characters of Jaime’s cast are Margarita Luisa “Maggie” Chascarrillo and Esperanza Leticia “Hopey” Glass, whose on-again, off-again, open romance is a focus for many Locas storylines.
In addition to his Locas stories, Henandez has also done occasional work for DC Comics and The New Yorker, and he has done many album covers for such artists as Michelle Shocked.