What Do You Get When You Mix Comics and Social Justice?

michael_deforge_tcaf_2014_poster_1000px1This weekend sees the Toronto Comics Arts Festival and there looks to be some fantastic panels that mix comics, politics, and social issues!

Political Cartoonist and Protest Artist Seth Tobocman in Toronto for TCAF!

Since 1979, cartoonist and protest artist Seth Tobocman has found unprecedented ways of combining art with social justice. Decades later, his work continues to recycled by activists worldwide in the form of political posters, pamphlets, album artwork, tattoos, jewelry, graffiti stencils, and more. He also co-founded (and continues to edit) “World War 3 Illustrated,” the longest-running anthology of political comic art available in the English language.

“Political Comix and the Art of Protest”

Saturday, May 10th | 6PM
A welcoming party, presentation by Seth, and social mixer. Food and drinks available for purchase | Non-alcoholic drinks available for free | Entry is PWYC
@ Ad Astra Comix | 156 Bathurst Street | 2nd Floor
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“35 Years of World War 3 Illustrated”

Sunday, May 11th | 1:30 PM
A presentation of the radical comics anthology by Seth Tobocman at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Organized as a workshop of TCAF | Entry is FREE.
@ Marriott Hotel | 90 Bloor Street East
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An Original Ad Astra Workshop:

“GRAPHIC ACTIVISM: Using & Making Comics for Social Change”
Sunday, May 11 | 3pm – 4pm
Toronto Reference Library | Learning Center
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What is a political comic? How have comics, cartoons, and other forms of narrative art been used historically for education– even social movements and political campaigns?

More importantly, how can YOU make a comic about an issue YOU care about? Join us for this crash-course workshop on how political comics may become this generation’s most powerful tool for social change.

I wish I could be at the show, because those sound like some great panels.