Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Fiona Smyth:March 2014

This March is busy with three Toronto events: 

Wednesday night, March 13th- Sab Meynert, Fiona Smyth, Kinki Texas, Francesca Vivenza in "Paper Affection":


Saturday afternoon, March 15th- Fifty artist group show:

Saturday night,March 15th- Comics related panel at the Pages Festival:
 from the Pages site:

An Evening with Seth and Friends: the Art of the Graphic Novel  

Graphic novels are not just a growing phenomenon in North America, they are key to the digital publishing revolution in many countries around the world particularly in Asia and Latin America. Incorporating a variety of new media options into one of the oldest media around (think of petroglyphs and hieroglyphs) the Canadian graphic novel is becoming increasingly influential here and abroad.

Jeet Heer, hosts a special evening on the graphic novel with Seth, Fiona Smyth and Michael DeForge presenting their work on screen, followed by a lively conversation.
Jeet Heer is a cultural journalist and academic who divides his time between Toronto and Regina. He's the author of In Love With Art: Francoise Mouly's Adventures in Comics with Art Spiegelman. He has written for many publications including the Globe and Mail,, the Boston Globe, the Walrus, the American Prospect, the Comics Journal, the Virginia Quarterly Review and the Guardian of London. He has co-edited eight books and been a contributing editor to another eight volumes. With Kent Worcester, Jeet co-edited A Comics Studies Reader (University Press of Mississippi), which won the Peter C. Rollins Book Award given annually to the best book in American Studies or Cultural Studies. He's been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. His articles have been anthologized in both The Best American Comics Criticism (Fantagraphics) and The Best Canadian Essays collection for 2012. With Chris Ware, Jeet continues to edit the Walt and Skeezix series from Drawn and Quarterly, which is now entering its sixth volume.
Seth is the award-winning author and illustrator of Palookaville, Clyde Fans and It's a Good life If You Don't Weaken. He has designed covers for books by Dorothy Parker and Stuart McLean.
Fiona Smyth is a Toronto painter, illustrator, and cartoonist. Her comic Cheez ran in Exclaim Magazine for almost ten years, and Fazooza in Vice Magazine for eight years. Cheez 100, a collection of 100 strips from Exclaim, was published by Pedlar Press in 2001. Fiona's first graphic novel The Never Weres was published by Annick Press in 2011. She illustrated Cory Silverberg's Kickstarter funded picture book What Makes A Baby in 2012, re-released by Seven Stories Press in May 2013. Fiona teaches illustration and cartooning at OCADU.
Michael DeForge — Sean Rogers in the Globe and Mail recently wrote, “Add Michael DeForge's Ant Colony to the canon of great funny animal comics. The Toronto cartoonist's first full-length graphic novel depicts the mundane existence of a handful of black ants, and their aimless wandering once war with the red ants shatters their lives. In DeForge's strangely abstract rendering, the ants become mutant cartoon Barbapapas, googly-eyed piles of globular lumps, with visible innards and too many legs, while their queen is a human-sized abomination, whose day-glo perversity owes much to both Hieronymus Bosch and Peter Max.”

Wednesday, 2 October 2013


Collective XX

Opening Oct. 3rd, 2013
7pm – 10pm
Exhibition Dates: Oct. 3rd - 18th

Any time women come together with a collective intention, it's a powerful thing.[1]

Collective XX consists of artists Myfanwy Ashmore, Elizabeth Fearon, Fiona Smyth, Marie de Sousa and K.D. Thornton. The collective did not start out with the intention of only including female artists but it is something that still, in these days, invites comments. Immediate questions are about the collective's intentionality – is its mandate feminist? Why are there no males involved? Questions that likely wouldn't be asked if the collective consisted only of male artists. The intentionality around the members of the collective consisted of considerations about mutual support, shared ideas and skills. Is there a feminist mandate? Yes. But only in so far as feminism should really be considered humanism – it is about support for men and women of all races, creeds, colours and sexual orientation. Feminism is about being concerned with universal issues that are often experienced or expressed through personal examples. That is the tie that links these artists and their works together.

An excerpt of the text Collective XX: Powerful Things by Virginia Eichhorn, Director & Chief Curator, Tom Thomson Art Gallery
1 Phylicia Rashad

Beaver Hall

29 McCaul, Toronto
ON M5T 1V7
Info: 416 654 3232 or 416 995 2022

Gallery Hours: Thurs. – Sun. 11 am – 6pm or by appointment

Saturday, 14 September 2013

The Maul

Currently working on/wrapping up Toronto Arts Council funded project The Maul, teen zombies in a mall. About consumerism and cannibalizing youth and youth culture.

Monday, 3 June 2013

What Makes A Baby Toronto Book launch

Sunday, June 9, 2013  3:00pm until 5:00pm

Come by to meet Cory and Fiona, do some coloring (pulled from the pages of What Makes a Baby), and check out our new book sharing the true story about what makes a baby in a way that works for everyone.

We're excited to be having the event at The Academy of the Impossible
and happy that neighborhood book mavens from Another Story Bookshop will be on hand.

There will be themed (but tasteful and tasty) snacks.

The Academy of the Impossible is wheelchair accessible (with an accessible washroom).

ASL interpretation will be provided.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Comics and Graphic Novels Course at OCAD U this June!

I will be teaching Comics and Graphic Novels at OCAD U through Continuing Studies from June 4th to July 9th, a six week long cartoon book camp- comics samples, cartooning tips, and a mini zine produced by the end!