Editing Comics: From Concept to Publication with Steven Andrews, Allison O’Toole, and Megan Kearney

"Editing Comics: From Concept to Publication" October 22 program flyer

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Location: Viola Desmond Room (3rd floor) at the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), 192 Spadina Ave.
Map: goo.gl/maps/VRvEPVLumjmuHWbz8

On Tuesday, October 22, Steven Andrews, Allison O’Toole, and Megan Kearney, each a force in the Canadian comic publishing industry, join us for a panel discussion that will introduce us to how independent comics are created and the role an editor plays in the process.

Enter the world of comics in this deep-dive discussion on how editors work with text and images and find their way into this expanding field, and how newcomers can build their comic editing skills with award-winning freelance comics editor Allison O’Toole. Acclaimed cartoonist Megan Kearney will take us through an illustrator’s role and their relationship with editors, and Steven Andrews will provide insight into the production of self-published comic anthologies.

The evening will conclude with a Q&A session with our panellists.

More about our speakers

Photo of Steven AndrewsSteven Andrews works in the casual gaming industry and has run TO Comix Press since its inception in 2014. Books he’s produced have been featured in The Hollywood Reporter, Quill & Quire, CBC Books, and Rue Morgue.

Illustration of Allison O'TooleAllison O’Toole is a freelance comics editor and a lover of monsters and dogs. She has edited a number of anthologies, including the Joe Shuster Award–winning Wayward Sisters, its forthcoming sequel Wayward Kindred, two volumes of the Toronto Comics Anthology, and Called into Being: A Celebration of Frankenstein. Allison also edits a number of comic series including AFTERLIFT; The Pitiful Human-Lizard; Seeress; and Life, Death & Sorcery. You can learn more about her work at allisonotoole.com.

Illustration of Megan KearneyMegan Kearney is a multi-award-nominated writer and illustrator working in the fields of comics and animation. Notable works include properties such as Disney Princess, the Secret Loves series, and her award-winning adaptation of Beauty and The Beast (2016 winner, Excellence in Webcomics, Drama category, top three Judges’ Choice, Writing category). Her 2011 film, Once Upon A Winter Wood, was selected for showcase by DreamWorks Animation. She lives with her family in Toronto, where she manages Comic Book Embassy, a co-work studio serving the comics and animation community. Find out more about Megan at thequietly.com.

Program details for Tuesday, October 22

7:00 pm          Informal meet and greet; Q&A for new and prospective members with Editors Toronto executive committee members

7:30 pm          Program begins

8:30 pm          Q&A session with panellists and raffle draw

9:00 pm          Mix and mingle

Free for members; $10 for non-members; $5 for student non-members.

Directions, parking, accessibility, and other details about the venue are available here and here (for accessibility details, scroll down to item number nine within the second link).

Enter our raffle! All proceeds go into our programs budget to help pay our speakers and provide professional development opportunities for our members. Prizes will include books courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada and works from our panellists.

Cost: $2 per ticket; $5 for three tickets; or $10 for seven tickets.

Raffle tickets can be purchased in cash at the venue. Raffle winners must be present at the event or be represented by someone who holds their ticket to claim their prize.

Follow us on Twitter at @EditorsToronto for updates and pre-event news.


Please note that although the third floor of CSI Spadina is fully accessible, the building’s narrow elevator (30 inches wide) may not accommodate all mobility devices. Please contact the branch programs chair at [email protected] with any questions or concerns about accessibility at this meeting.

Thank you for your interest! We look forward to seeing you.

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