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Sunday, September 24, 2017

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For the past 26 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent at the 27th festival on September 25, 2016.

The 6ix in Four Colours

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Toronto is the crucible of some of the most interesting comic books today – both mainstream superhero epics and more personal independent work. The people behind three of the most exciting new indie comics take the stage to discuss sadsack Toronto vigilantes, homages to teen sleuths, and feminist superheroes.

The Pitiful Human-Lizard

Toronto’s got a new superhero!

And he’s pitiful!

Lucas Barrett is an office clerk by day and struggling superhero on evenings and weekends. Since costume repairs and his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes strain his tight budget, Lucas volunteers as a test subject for a pharmaceutical company’s trial painkiller. After a disgusting ordeal leaves Lucas with newfound powers, the Human-Lizard is ready to take on any challenge that awaits him—from a supervillain interrupting his first date to dealing with monster-related transit delays!

  • Comic Book
  • Fantasy/Sci-fi

Jason Loo

Jason Loo is a Toronto-based cartoonist behind the Pitiful Human-Lizard comic series. He has contributed short comics for the Monstrosity comic anthology by Alterna Press as well as the third volume to the Toronto Comics Anthology. He has also done freelance illustration work for This Magazine, National Post, Globe and Mail, and 24 magazine.

The Montague Twins

What begins as an idyllic summer’s day quickly devolves into a nightmare for twin sleuths Peter and Alastair Montague, who along with their step-sister, Charlie, are cast headlong into a terrible storm, at the centre of which lies their biggest mystery yet.

  • Comic Book
  • Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Nathan Page

Nathan Page was born in Kingston, Ontario, where he began writing and performing at an early age. He moved to Toronto in 2010 and now, in addition to writing The Montague Twins, he is a therapist for children who have autism. This is his first comic.

The Montague Twins

What begins as an idyllic summer’s day quickly devolves into a nightmare for twin sleuths Peter and Alastair Montague, who along with their step-sister, Charlie, are cast headlong into a terrible storm, at the centre of which lies their biggest mystery yet.

  • Comic Book
  • Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Drew Shannon

Drew Shannon is Toronto illustrator born in London, Ontario, who moved after graduating from Sheridan’s Illustration program in 2011. Some of his clients include the Globe and Mail, Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, NPR, Unicef, and more. His first children’s book Extreme Battlefields with author Tanya Lloyd Kyi was published this year by Annick Press

#PROJECTSOLACE

#PROJECTSOLACE follows the story of Alex Wolfe, an illustration student whose life is turned upside down by the spontaneous development of super powers in her life. She joins the ranks of Project Solace, and millions of women and nonbinary folks around the world who have also experienced this awakening.

She is brought to Project Solace to be “rehabilitated” – the government’s way of handling this outburst of super natural abilities. Though she soon learns she’s in for far more than she bargained for.

  • Comic Book
  • Fantasy/Sci-fi

Leisha Riddel

Leisha graduated from Sheridan College’s Animation program in 2010. After graduating, she completed work for such clients as Nickolodeon, Disney, Titmouse Inc., and Capcom. The majority of her work focuses on character design and visual development.

She is currently visual development on True and the Rainbow Kingdom with Netflix, Friends with You, and Guru Studio.

She is also a member of Dames Making Games Toronto, where she has worked on several independent games, and the creator of #PROJECTSOLACE, a feminist graphic novel initiative based out of Toronto.