The first Whitby Comic Arts Festival is taking place at the Central Library – a day of activities designed for comic lovers of all ages. Stop by, take in a panel discussion, buy comics from emerging and established comic book creators, show off your cosplay costume and check out the latest comics from our major partner, Comic Book Addiction.
WhitCAF will take place on Saturday, November 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Whitby Central Library. This festival has a local, literary focus and is geared towards Whitby residents of all ages.
We've got a full roster of talented comic book creators who will be at WhitCAF. See below for details on all of our guests:
We're pleased to announce the following Special Guests attending WhitCAF 2017.
J. Torres is a comic book writer perhaps best known for his DC Comics' Teen Titans Go, the Eisner Award-nominated Alison Dare, and the TD Summer Reading Club title Bigfoot Boy. Winner of the Shuster Award for "Outstanding Writer," Torres has worked with characters from A (Archies) to Z (The Mighty Zodiac) and many more in between (Batman, Chirp, Ninja Scroll, The Simpsons, WALL-E, Wonder Woman, Yo Gabba Gabba, and X-Men to name a few). He has also written for animation and television (including a Degrassi webisode in which "Drake" ignored the script and ad-libbed his own lines). Torres was born in Manila and raised in Montreal where he was educated at McGill University (and pretty sure he took a lit class with Justin Trudeau). He is married with two sons and currently resides in Whitby, Ontario.
"Fearless" Fred Kennedy was raised in the wilds of northeast Edmonton where his love of comics began at the 7-11 while waiting to play Street Fighter 2. The day the convenience store removed the comic book spinner rack was a dark day for young Frederick and he was forced to take 3 buses to get to the closest comic shop.
That was a long time ago, now he's writing comics in his basement almost every day of the week. He's been writing for a few years now, the first published work being a 24 hour comic challenge story in 2006. That led to his indie series, Teuton, Mike Gorbsmith: The Only Good Looking Russian Ever, Helos, and countless shorts for anthologies. His most recent work is with Chapterhouse called The Fourth Planet. Fred is also a radio personality on 102.1 The Edge.
Valentine De Landro is a Canadian comic book artist, illustrator, and designer. His credits include titles from Marvel, DC Comics, IDW, Valiant, and Dark Horse. He’s known for Marvel Knights: 4 and X-Factor. He is the co-creator of BITCH PLANET with Kelly Sue DeConnick.
D.A. (David) Bishop is a Durham Region comics creator whose works include the zombie webcomic Stranger, the fantasy tale Of Stone, and Squirrels. He is also the artist on True Patriot Presents: Crude with writer Fred Kennedy. David has also created the art for Amazing Hockey Stories: Connor McDavid from Scholastic, Morte, with writer Kevin Joseph published by Source Point Press, and The Monster with writer Ben Rosenthal as part of an anthology from Alterna Press. Previously, he has successfully self-published Deep Sea: An Original Graphic Novel with writer Ricky Lima via Kickstarter. When David is not creating comics, he is spending time with his wife and two children in their humble abode in Pickering.
Ron Kasman created the first graphic novel on Canadian history called William Lyon Mackenzie and the Rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada. Ron wrote and drew stories for Image Comics and many other publishers. Many of the stories have been about comic book fans like him. His reoccurring stories featuring his character Kalabogie Jake are cautionary tales about what fanaticism can do to a person. His comic strip Bruce Barnaby, Master Pedagogue, the story of a useless and arrogant school teacher, won a province wide award for educational journalism, the Amie Award. Ron has recently completed a 216 page graphic novel, Tower of the Comic Book Freaks, which was published by Caliber Entertainment this year. Set in the New York of Midnight Cowboy and Taxi Driver, it is the story of five very young men from Toronto who cross the border in search of love, sex, art, comic books and a glimpse at New York’s wicked underbelly.