Tingley, now 92, was the guest of honour at the opening party, and many fans of his work asked him to autograph copies of his cartoons.
The exhibit of cartoon art included a section devoted to Ting's work that included pieces from Western University's "Ting" archive. The cartoon above was done at the time of the May 1987 garbage strike. Ting always incorporated his mascot, "Luke Worm" into his cartoons.
The above cartoon commented on the government's 1968 anti-smoking crusade
The above piece, titled "Thinking/Speaking" is by Mark Laliberte
A piece by Jeff Lemire, an award-winning cartoonist and writer, author of The Nobody, Sweet Tooth (from which the above image is taken), and The Essex County Trilogy, and more.
London printmaker Jessica Desparois had two lino-cut prints in the show which I loved: (l) the retro-inspired All In the Hair (r) Timeless Beauty
The cover of Scott Chantler's graphic memoir Two Generals, based on his grandfather's experiences in WWII.
I ran into Linda, the woman with the fabulous clock purse from my Museum MakerBus Event post, and she was carrying yet another cool purse, this one featuring one of my favourite Country musicians.
I was excited to meet cartoonist Seth and his wife Tania Van Spyk. Seth's work is characterized by an affection for the past, particularly the early to middle 20th Century, and lonely characters searching for meaning in their lives. Van Spyk is a barber, and owner of the Crown Barber Shop in Guelph, which was designed by her husband. You can read about the barber shop (and see photos) here. I love their personal style, which in Seth's case, is inspired by the era he feels most connected to. They were easily the coolest couple in the room.
One of the panels of Seth's story of the Jocko gumball machine
One of the reasons I enjoy Seth's work is the feeling of nostalgia that permeates his stories. Seth was quoted in an interview as saying, "The modern world is very ugly...and the pop culture so mind-numbingly dumb that you have to make an effort to shut it out....I just like things from the past better. I don't want to live in 1932, but I sure wish that some of the elements of that time survived into this time." I would have to say that I share many of those feelings. You can read the full interview here.
The cover image from Seth's story, featuring Jocko, the Scotsman
The festival, which ran for two weeks and finished on Saturday (which was also Free Comic Book Day), included other events such as workshops, talks and panel discussions.