Words & Pictures: Comic & Graphic Artists of Southwestern Ontario

November 3, 2018 at 6:00pm

Words Festival is pleased to present, "Words & Pictures: Comic & Graphic Artists of Southwestern Ontario," in collaboration with the feature exhibition at Museum London, guest curated by Diana Tamblyn. 

"Words & Pictures: Comic & Graphic Artists of Southwestern Ontario," featuring Willow Dawson, Joe Ollmann, Jesse Jacobs, and Diana Tamblyn.

Saturday, 3 November, 6pm

Museum London, Lecture Theatre

This event is free and open to everyone!

Southwestern Ontario has produced some of the world’s most celebrated and innovative of these artists, of which twelve are featured in this exhibition: Marc Bell, Scott Chantler, David Collier, Michael Cho, Willow Dawson, Jesse Jacobs, Mark Laliberte, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Jeff Lemire, Joe Ollmann, Seth, and Jay Stephens. 

These individuals work in diverse styles, some using the more traditional grid format, and others playing with and challenging the conventions of the comics form. Words and Pictures also examines how the region of Southwestern Ontario has informed and shaped their work, as it has for other creators like authors Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, and James Reaney, or visual artists such as Jack Chambers and Greg Curnoe. Although comics are popular, the process of creating and producing them is mysterious to many. Traditionally, comic books have been created by teams of people, such as a writer, a penciller, an inker, a colourist, a letterer, and an editor. A cartoonist, however, is someone who for the most part takes on all of these roles. Words and Pictures reveals the steps involved in producing sequential art. Selected works—Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim, Jeff Lemire’s Essex County, Seth’s Palookaville, and many more—showcase original, finished comic book pages, thumbnails, preparatory drawings, printer’s proofs, and three-dimensional objects. Together, they offer insights into each cartoonist’s methods and approach, and show the care, detail, and artistry in each project.


Authors & Presenters


Jesse Jacobs


Jesse Jacobs is a cartoonist from London

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Joe Ollmann


Joe Ollmann is a cartoonist and graphic novelist

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Jay Stephens


Jay Stephens is a cartoonist

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Willow Dawson


Willow Dawson is an author, illustrator and graphic novelist.

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