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TCAF17 post mortem
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TCAF17 post mortem

Before I write this year’s recap, I thought I’d reflect on TCAF’s success in light of heightening tensions regarding diversity in creative fields. TCAF was one of my first introductions to comics and because of it, I operated under the blithe assumption that indie comics was largely free of the systemic forms of discrimination that … Continue reading

Toronto International Porn Festival
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Toronto International Porn Festival

Went to the Toronto Intl Porn Festival (fka the Feminist Porn Festival) last weekend and was pleasantly surprised. My chief criticism of some films from earlier years was how much of the porn was shot using the cinematic style of mainstream porn, i.e., low angle shots, constant closeups of genital penetration, framing that decapitates heads, … Continue reading

Class and taboo
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Class and taboo

In the pursuit of transparency, I’m gonna share some numbers with y’all about money in Comic Freelancing — Rian Sygh 🏳️‍🌈 (@RianSygh) March 25, 2017 @RianSygh I worked my ass off last year, to sickness and burnout, and am still only scraping by. I think this transparency is important — Rian Sygh 🏳️‍🌈 (@RianSygh) March … Continue reading

Kawai’s Guide to finding the best underground art, nightlife and alternative events in another city with ZERO connections
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Kawai’s Guide to finding the best underground art, nightlife and alternative events in another city with ZERO connections

So last year at TCAF, there was a cartoonist from abroad (who shall remain unnamed) who was like, “so where do we go to party and get drugs around here?” Since this is probably a common query for people out of town, I thought I’d share my time-tested-and-true strategies for finding the nightlife you want … Continue reading

Five comics for trying times
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Five comics for trying times

I usually write posts reviewing or analyzing comics – and more often than not, they’re rather naughty. Given recent events south of the border, I thought I’d change gears and write about some comics that I thought would be suitable reads for trying times. I’ve avoided what I think are obvious suspects like Maus or … Continue reading