Sequential Offers a Great TCAF Collection For Free This Month

The Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF) was held last month, with its usual great success in bringing together a diverse array of comics creators from all over the world. Sequential, a free digital comics app for the iPad, assembled a free digital collection for the festival, including specially commissioned contributions from creators Noah Van Sciver, Hunt Emerson, Barbara Stok, Elaine M. Will, Joe Decie, Simon Moreton, Margreet de Heer and Kristyna Baczynski, with Charles Burns’ poster art as the cover. It’s quite an entertaining and colourful collection of short pieces, mostly about traveling to a convention, seeing a new city and interacting with other comics creators – in short, the experience of attending TCAF.

Barbarak Stok’s contribution, for example, contains no dialogue, just panels of her packing, traveling, returning home and unpacking (he very cute dog features prominently in the home scenes). Elaine Will uses her piece to disseminate some “Toronto Facts”, and includes a hilarious panel describing the three different types of pigeons to be found in the city. Joe Decie, in a very nice black and white pencil and ink technique, takes us on a tour of Toronto, including “Chateau DeFargo”, a faux castle made out of papier mache and fiberglass, something Terry Gilliam would no doubt appreciate. And Kristyna Baczynski creates her story as a sort of medieval fairy tale, of a shoemaker who toils to make a golden shoe for a famous horse.

The diversity and creativity of small-run and web-based comics artists is always great to see. And this charming collection is being given away for free until the end of June on Sequential. Furthermore, for each free download, Sequential will make a contribution to the TCAF, supporting the festival’s mission to promote great indie comics and creators and help advance the medium. That’s very close to the mission of Sequart, so we’re happy to endorse this collection.

Sequential can be downloaded from the iTunes store and from there it’s easy to find this and many other great comics.

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Independent scholar Ian Dawe has been writing for Sequart since November 2013. Before that, he had a mixed background, initially in science (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry), where he earned an MSc from Simon Fraser University and then an MA in Film from the University of Exeter in the UK. He spent a decade teaching at the college level, delivering courses in Genetics, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Biological Anthropology and Film History. His academic work includes peer-reviewed papers on the work of Alan Moore, Harvey Pekar for Studies in Comics and a dissertation on Terry Gilliam for the University of Exeter. He has presented papers at several major academic conferences including Slayage 2014, Magus: Transdisciplinary Approaches to the Work of Alan Moore in 2010 (in the wizard's hometown of Northampton), Comics Rock and the International Conference of the Humanities in 2012, and at the Southwest Popular Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2014 and 2015. He has contributed to several books, including a chapter about the TV show Archer in "James Bond and Popular Culture" and two chapters on Breaking Bad for "Breaking Bad and Masculinity", both now available from McFarland. At Sequart, he has authored a chapter for New Life and New Civiliations: Exploring Star Trek Comics, A Long Time Ago and two more upcoming books on Star Wars comics. He has also contributed to books on Alan Moore and 1970s Horror Comics. He is currently planning a full-length book on Better Call Saul. Ian currently lives in Vancouver, BC.

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Also by Ian Dawe:

The Cyberpunk Nexus: Exploring the Blade Runner Universe


A More Civilized Age: Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe


A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Exploring Star Wars Comics


A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe


New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics


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