UysFaber is proud to present “Girls’ Day Out”, hosted by Paradise Comics.
This event is an opportunity for female comic fans to not only meet like-creators, but connect with each other. We invite you all to come out on Saturday August 20th, 2011 from 1pm to close, for an afternoon of fun and comics.
During the event, Paradise Comics will also have a section set up in the store for material highlighting the upcoming comic, geek, film, and fun events in Toronto over the next several months! If you don’t know yet, Toronto has a VERY active creative community and every weekend has a number of events for a range of tastes!
Paradise Comics will also have a display of Graphic Novels/TPBs that have been chosen by Andrew Uys, Lady J, & Merissa Aaron – and these staff/UysFaber picks will be 30% off US cover price for all event attendees! So drop by and join in!
The event kicks off with Jaclyn Armstrong hosting a signing for the launch of Totem Sacred #1. UysFaber’s Totem Sacred #1 arrived in stores on Wednesday August 17th!. This collection will feature Jaclyn’s comic Salt Road; as well as the first half of the short story Totem Test by Andrew Uys.
Jaclyn, a.k.a. Lady J, is a 17 year old Torontonian and a great example of never letting age deter you from pursuing a career in comics. She will be accompanied by UysFaber artists Rob Vellone and Matt Salonen. All money raised through sketches done by these artist is being donated to Andrew Uys’ favourite comic organization The Hero Initiative
At 3pm, we will be joined by even more female creators and special guests who are here to meet fans and share their experiences. These guests include:
Liana K. has been called “Canada’s Ultimate Fangirl” by the Edmonton Journal, is a prominent voice in the world of all things geeky. She has also written for the Accidental Comics series Ed and Red’s Comic Strip. Liana was the “Red” half of Ed & Red’s Night Party!, Canada’s longest running comedy series, she co-hosts a talk radio show on Toronto’s CFRB, and writes feature articles for www.gamingexcellence.com. She is also an avid cosplayer.
Katherine “Kat” Curtis is an anchor, segment producer, and writer with the internet news program Naked News. She is the creator, writer and anchor for a new segment of the Naked News called The Naked Nerd. The segment focuses on areas of interest to geeks and nerds, such as comic books, computer games, science fiction, and role playing games. Curtis is also part of the g33kpron.com team, a Toronto- based nerd culture blog.
Adira Rotstein is the Toronto based author of Little Jane Silver, the first in series of two novels, (so far), featuring the granddaughter of Long John Silver from Treasure Island. She was also an intern at Platinum Studios, the company that owns the rights to many Image Comics and Top Cow properties. As part of her internship she edited original Platinum Studios comic book scripts and developed Image properties into film treatments. As a journalist, she has been a contributor to the online comic journal ComicAddiction.com. Currently, she has a feature length screenplay for children called Odd Star in development at Stephanie Epstein Productions.
Fiona Smyth is a Montreal native who has called Toronto home since 1978. Her first graphic novel, The Never Weres, was published this spring by Annick Press. Set “late in the next century”, the plot deals with the human race as it teeters on the edge of extinction. “A mysterious virus has resulted in no births in almost a generation. Despite the impending doom, three urban teenagers try to live their lives with hope.” A collection of her Exclaim comics Cheez 100 was published by Pedlar Press in 2001.
Alice Quinn creator of TdotComics is a nerd in the Toronto comic scene – covering events, reviewing books, and interviewing comic creators. Alice has annually attended Fan Expo, Anime North and TCAF for years and has started throwing her own events. Last May Alice was one of the organizers of Star Wars Day TO, and this month TdotComics is holding people choice Comic Shop Awards TdotComics’s The BEST online. Alice Quinn is a proud member of TO Nerd Mafia.
You are invited to hang out, meet the creators and talk comics, sci-fi and fantasy with fellow female comic fans. Lucky attendees will be entered for the chance to win passes to Futurecon- the 3-Day New Year’s Eve extravaganza. This upscale, non-profit event is in support of Epilepsy Toronto, and features some of the biggest TV personalities, authors, comic book artists, and comedians in Canada! The Futurecon organisation also does year-round education and outreach, including participating in Purple Day – World Epilepsy Awareness Day, March 26th. Liana K., the founder of Futurecon, is especially passionate about their fight against the stigma and isolation suffered by the 1 in 100 children and adults living with epilepsy, including her 8-year old nephew, Iain. For more information, please visit Futurecon.org.
Dads, significant others, sons, etc are all welcome to come out for “Girls’ Day Out” and see how women are making an impact in what is generally viewed as a male-dominated industry.
We hope to see you all at Paradise Comics on August 20th!
3278 Yonge Street
(4 ½ blocks north of Lawrence Ave.)