May 13th, 2016

News Around the Kingdom: The Toronto Comic Arts Festival!

by The King

Greetings Comics Royals!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is happening this weekend!  Sandra Bell Lundy (“Between Friends”), Rina Piccolo (“Tina’s Groove”), and Terri Libenson (“Pajama Diaries”) will make appearances!  The TCAF is a week-long 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! 

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is this weekend!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is this weekend!

 Sandra Bell Lundy (“Between Friends”) will appear on a panel Saturday (May 14) afternoon 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm at the Toronto Marriott (Bloor/Yorkville) Forest HIll Ballroom alongside Rina Piccolo (“Tina’s Groove”), and Terri Libenson (“Pajama Diaries”) to discuss “Newspaper Comics in a Digital World”!

 Rina Piccolo will also appear on another panel – “Non-Fiction Stream:  Illustrating STEM” – how reading comics can encourage interest in science and technology – on Friday (May 13) at 3 pm in the Bluma Appel Salon at The Toronto Reference Library!  She talks about her new book, “Quirky Quarks:  A Cartoon Guide to the Fascinating Realm of Physics,” to the Toronto Star! 

Rina PIccolo (

Rina PIccolo (“Tina’s Groove”) and her new book, “Quirky Quarks”!

 In other news…

John Rose (“Barney Google and Snuffy Smith”) will be in East Tennessee at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge promoting his new “Snuffy Smith” book, “Balls of Fire”!  On Friday, May 20, 2016, 1pm – 2pm, he’ll give the “Bodacious Cartooning For Kids Workshop”, and on Saturday, May 21, 2016, 4:40pm -5:30pm, he’ll give a “Bodacious Snuffy Smith Chalk Talk”!  He’ll sign copies of his new book both days!  The events are free and open to the public!

John Rose is heading to East Tennessee!

John Rose is heading to East Tennessee!

Brian Walker (“Hi and Lois”) gives some lessons in history!  He also looks back at Beetle Bailey sales in 1953! 

Lessons of history in

“Hi and Lois” contains lessons in history!

 David Reddick (“Intelligent Life”) is ready to see the new Captain America movie!

Captain America drawn

Captain America drawn “Intelligent Life” style by David Reddick!

June Brigman started drawing “Mary Worth” Sundays on May 8!

The first

The first “Mary Worth” Sunday drawn by June Brigman!

Patrick McDonnell (“Mutts”) will be at Book Expo America in New York City May 30-31, 2016!  You can also see Patrick speak on Monday, May 23, 2016 when he converses with Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, 30 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ  08542!

And this weekend the “May Adoption Event” is wrapping up (May 7-14) where “Mutts” is partnering with the Petco Foundation to bring homeless animals from local shelters and rescue groups to Petco stores so they can find their forever homes!

“Mutts” is partnering with Petco to help animals find forever homes!

Today is Friday the 13th!  Superstitious or not, good luck to us all!

 And finally…

 Dan Piraro (“Bizarro”) posts his hilarious comics for the week!

“Bizarro” by Dan Piraro!

Thanks for catching up on this week’s News Around the Kingdom!

 See you again next Friday! Have a great weekend.

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