Kickstart Canadian Comics with the Toronto Comics Anthology’s Volume 4!
TORONTO, March 1st, 2017 – After two successful crowdfunding campaigns, the Toronto Comics Anthology is launching a new Kickstarter for Volume 4, called “Toronto Comics: Yonge at Heart”. This 210-page book features 21 new stories set in and about Toronto, all created by local comic writers and artists.
The Kickstarter campaign will launch March 1, 2017, and run for the rest of the month. Funds raised will go toward printing and shipping costs as well as paying the anthology’s contributors.
The editors, Steven Andrews, Aaron Feldman, and Allison O’Toole, brought together a team of 39 local artist and writers. According to Jim Zub (“Thunderbolts”, “Samurai Jack”), “Toronto is a wellspring of creative talent and this anthology is a perfect way to introduce people to the next generation of Canadian comic creators.”
Hope Nicholson (“Secret Loves of Geek Girls”, “Nelvana”) says “The talent in Toronto is incredible, and this collection goes a long way to highlight the depth, ability, and diversity of emerging comic book storytellers in this city. Watch these names – if you don’t know them yet, you will soon!”
Both the first two crowdfunding campaigns vastly exceeded their goals, proving that Toronto audiences are hungry for stories starring the city they love.
Volume 4 features a foreword by Jeff Lemire (“Essex County”, “Moon Knight”) and a new cover by Adam Gorham (“Rocket!”, “The Violent”).
The book will be debuting at TCAF on May 13-14, 2017
The Good Ship Pigeon
Script: Fred Kennedy
Art: Alex Rodway
As the Good Ship Pigeon investigates a distress signal in deep space, they come across a fleet of their hated enemy – the Raccoons!
Script: Phil McClorey
Pencils: Xan Grey
Inks: Mathew Tavares
Colourist: Meaghan Carter
Outnumbered and betrayed, the Argonaut Legion must endure a cruel siege from rampaging rough riders. Let those who covet the Gray Grail pay for it with blood!
The Great Clown Brothel
Script: Miike Something
Art: Michael Tuck
In a bizarre but true Toronto tale, we revisit that time the TO police burnt down a circus and started a clown riot in a brothel.
Break and Enter
Script and Art: Derrick Chow
Two lonely strangers meet at a bar, and find that they share a painful history – and maybe even a hopeful future.
Script: Safiyya Hosein
Art: Gina Basora
Two women enlist the help of a rookie genie in a desperate bid to keep the Beit Zatoun cultural center open.
Script and Art: Saffron Aurora
In this Tarot-inspired piece, we see some of the strange cards fate has dealt to Toronto over the years.
Roll for Initiative
Script: Aaron Feldman
Art: James Riehl
A gang of fantasy monsters roleplaying as humans try to battle the streetcar system!
A Work in Progress: The Bathroom
Script: Gwen Howarth and Sam Noir
There’s no relief when trying to relieve yourself as a trans woman.
No Hit Wonder
Script: Dino Caruso
Art: Meagan Moynagh
Colourist: Meaghan Carter
A true tale of the greatest Blue Jay and his famous no-hitter achievement.
My First Slice
Script: Tuhin Giri
Art: Kelvin Sue
A recent immigrant boy becomes obsessed with the foreign food of pizza, and must try some!
Script: Jeff Estrella
Art: Cleopatria Peterson
An initiation hazing ritual sees two friends attempt to steal a local landmark. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems…
Art: David Namisato
We’ve all experienced delays because of “signal problems” on the TTC. But what if these delays were really caused by something much more monstrous?
Home and Country
Script: Stephanie Cooke
Art: Shawn Daley
A dramatic tale of two immigrants falling for each in the middle of the worst of circumstances.
Script: Allison O’Toole
Art: Rodrigo Bravo
Four urban explorer teens find only terror and alien mystery below the tunnels of Lower Bloor!
Script: Aaron Broverman
Art: Colton Gilson
A true Toronto tale of our cities’ first gangster murder, a case never solved!
The Honest Minotaur
Script: Steven Andrews
Art: Ally Rom Colthoff
There’s something lurking within the bowels of Honest’s Ed. Something, two siblings discover, that isn’t willing to give up its home just yet.
Script: BC Holmes
Art: Brenna Baines
In a near future, the photogenically poor middle-class battle in giant mecha for the ultimate prize – a 1bedroom condo!
Art: Emma Burkeitt
There are days the subway seems like a portal to another world.
The Magical Raccoon of Riverdale
Script and Art: Marcia Iwasaki
Can true love bloom between a young pizza-scented man and a half-Tanuki Trash Panda?
Script: Sam Ruano
Art: Jason Song Quinn
A pair of lovers have a terrifying Cabbagetown encounter with a potbelly troll of infinite bitterness.
Script: Lorena Torres Loaiza
Art: Rebecca Slack
A grandma’s last wish is that her easily-embarrassed daughter should bury her ashes near Hanlan’s nude beach.