Toronto Comics Anthology
Based in Toronto, Ontario
6" x 9" Perfectbound Softcover
21 stories from 39 GTA creators.
May 1st 2017
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The Toronto Comics Anthology is launching "Toronto Comics: Yonge At Heart", the fourth volume in its annual showcase of upcoming comic creators.
Press ReleasesMarch 1st, 2017 - Kickstarter launches!
"After two successful crowdfunding campaigns, the Toronto Comics Anthology is launching a new Kickstarter for Volume 4, called “Toronto Comics: Yonge at Heart”. This 210-page book features 21 new stories set in and about Toronto, all created by local comic writers and artists. " ( cont'd )
History2017: Yonge At Heart
This full-colour anthology is ambitious and jammed full of incredible creators. This is our first project in colour, and is about taking our anthology project to the next level. The stories are great, the talent fierce, and we're really excited to share these unique and heartfelt stories with you!
2016: Volume 3
This 300 page mammoth was a who's who of upcoming TO talent, and we saw both the production quality and audience grow enormously from the previous projects. Our Kickstarter successfully funded for 12.4k CDN, and we launched at TCAF 2016.
2015: Volume 2
We decided to push forward with a second book, and tested crowdfunding through Kickstarter to help grow the project. It was an enormous success, earning 1440% of our goal, and we launched the book at TCAF 2015.
2014: Volume 1
Students from Ty Templeton's Comicbook Bootcamp decided to put our education to use, and started making comics. Writers covered print costs, while artists donated their work. Our first book was 90 pages long, and received an enthusiastic response at Toronto comic conventions.
There are far more images available for Toronto Comics Anthology, but these are the ones we felt would be most useful to you. If you have specific requests, please do contact us!
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Awards & Recognition
- Volume 1 nominated for Gene Day Award for excellence in Self-Publishing - 2015 Joe Shuster Awards
- Volume 2 nominated for Gene Day Award for excellence in Self-Publishing - 2016 Joe Shuster Awards
Reviews and Endorsements
- "More than just a CN Tower postcard, the series benefits from its gleefully geeky celebration of Toronto."
- Aidan Johnson, NOW Toronto
- "This pulpy publication is a who’s who of young comic talent in the country, bursting with eye-grabbing images and witty lines."
- Dan Brown, London Free Press
- "Toronto is considered a comic book mecca and if you didn’t know that before picking up this book, you’ll understand why after reading the eclectic, amusing, and diverse comics presented here by a collective of multi-talented creators living, creating, and being inspired by their city."
- J. Torres ( Teen Titans Go!, True Patriot ), J Torres Comics
- "Toronto is a wellspring of creative talent and this anthology is a perfect way to introduce people to the next generation of Canadian comic creators."
- Jim Zub ( Thunderbolts, Wayward, Samurai Jack ), Zub Tables
- "The talent in Toronto is incredible, and this collection goes a long way to highlight the depth, ability, and diversity of emerging comic book storytellers in this city. Watch these names - if you don’t know them yet, you will soon!"
- Hope Nicholson ( Secret Loves of Geek Girls, Brok Windsor ), Bedside Press
- "If you’re from Toronto, and you enjoy comics, then you have no excuse. This book was created LITERALLY for you. What else are you going to read on the Queen streetcar?"
- Ty Templeton ( Batman 66, The Simpsons ), Ty Templeton's Art Land
Table of Contents
- The Good Ship PigeonScifiTrash PandasAs the Good Ship Pigeon investigates a distress signal in deep space, they come across a fleet of their hated enemy - the Raccoons!
- The ArgonautsFantasySportsOutnumbered and betrayed, the Argonaut Legion must endure a cruel siege from rampaging rough riders. Let those who covet the Gray Grail pay for it with blood!
- The Great Clown Brothel RiotHistoryIn a bizarre but true Toronto tale, we revisit that time the TO police burnt down a circus and started a clown riot in a brothel.
- Break and EnterLGBTTransRomanceScript and art:Derrick ChowTwo lonely strangers meet at a bar, and find that they share a painful history - and maybe even a hopeful future.
- 1,001 Torontonian NightsFantasyTwo women enlist the help of a rookie genie in a desperate bid to keep the Beit Zatoun cultural center open.
- TorontarotFantasyScript and art:Saffron AuroraIn this Tarot-inspired piece, we see some of the strange cards fate has dealt to Toronto over the years.
- Roll for InitiativeFantasyA gang of fantasy monsters roleplaying as humans try to battle the streetcar system!
- A Work in Progress: The BathroomTransAutobioThere’s no relief when trying to relieve yourself as a trans woman.
- No Hit WonderHistorySportsA true tale of one of the great Blue Jays and his famous no-hitter achievement.
- My First SliceImmigrantAutobioA recent immigrant boy becomes obsessed with the foreign food of pizza, and must try some!
- CaddyLGBTCrimeRomanceAn initiation hazing ritual sees two friends attempt to steal a local landmark. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems...
- Signal ProblemsFantasyScript and art:David NamisatoWe've all experienced delays because of "signal problems" on the TTC. But what if these delays were really caused by something much more monstrous?
- Home and CountryImmigrantAutobioRomanceA dramatic tale of two immigrants falling for each in the middle of the worst of circumstances.
- TrespassHorrorFour urban explorer teens find only terror and alien mystery below the tunnels of Lower Bloor!
- Jimmy WindsorHistoryCrimeA true Toronto tale of our cities' first gangster murder, a case never solved!
- The Honest MinotaurFantasyComedyThere's something lurking within the bowels of Honest's Ed. Something, two siblings discover, that isn't willing to give up its home just yet.
- Housing ChallengeScifiCondosIn a near future, the photogenically poor middle-class battle in giant mecha for the ultimate prize - a 1bedroom condo!
- Con-textFantasyScript and art:Emma BurkeittThere are days the subway seems like a portal to another world.
- The Magical Raccoon of RiverdaleTrash PandasRomanceScript and art:Marcia IwasakiCan true love bloom between a young pizza-scented man and a half-Tanuki Trash Panda?
- Cabbagetown CreepsHorrorComedyA pair of lovers have a terrifying Cabbagetown encounter with a potbelly troll of infinite bitterness.
- Dying WishComedyScript:Lorena Torres LoaizaArt:Rebecca SlackA grandma's last wish is that her easily-embarassed daughter should bury her ashes near Hanlan's nude beach.
Creators available for interview
Toronto Comics: Yonge at Heart Kickstarter ( 2017 )
The Kickstarter is now live!
Toronto Comics: Volume 3 Kickstarter ( 2016 )
Exceeded funding goal to a total of 12.4k CDN.
Toronto Comics: Volume 2 Kickstarter ( 2015 )
1448% funded, to a total of 7.2k CDN.