Althea Balmes of Kwentong Bayan Collective will be teaching an Introduction to Comics course at the Art Gallery of Ontario this summer!
Have fun with comics and cartooning. Inspired by comic genres ranging from surreal psychedelic to autobiographic graphic medicine, you’ll enjoy a variety of exercises and create a mini-zine by the workshop's end.
Materials for the first class are provided.
You’ll receive a list of materials required for subsequent classes.
Thanks to Ysh Cabana for writing about the Komiks Zine Fair in The Philippine Canadian News. Read article
"Toronto-based artists Jo SiMalaya Alcampo and Althea Balmes have been hosting pulp fiction weekly meet-ups since July 2017. Participants have been encouraged to network, to create and bring their comics/komiks to completion..Zines, tiny photocopied and stapled books that are often with political text and images, deck the Lillian H. Smith Library branch. Kwentong Bayan Collective believes that a new model for komiks and pop culture events will take shape over time."
We're celebrating the 1 year anniversary of our weekly Comics / Komiks Meet-Up at the library with a Kwentong Bayan - Komiks Zine Fair!!
All-ages activities include short films about comics, button-making station, merch tables, a Filipino Komiks reading corner, & raffle prizes.
Saturday July 21, 2018
1 PM - 4:30 PM
Lillian H. Smith Branch - Toronto Public Library
239 College St. (at Spadina), Meeting Room A, Lower Level
Thanks to our community partners, the Toronto Public Library -Lillian H. Smith Branch, The Beguiling Books & Art, and Comics/Komiks Meet-up artists. Please join us!
Kwentong Bayan Collective is pleased to announce our new partnership with the Toronto Public Library! Please join us for Comics / Komiks Meet-Up - a regular workspace for those wishing to network, create and bring their comics/komiks to completion.
"Filipino 'komiks' have always been a political act - a form of resistance against our colonizers." - Althea Balmes, Kwentong Bayan Collective
Thank you to Amanda Parris, the host of Exhibitionists on CBC Television and Marvin's Room on CBC Radio, for featuring our work in her weekly column for CBC Arts.
Read: The newest comic-book heroes are real-life Filipino caregivers
Althea Balmes is facilitating a new comic-making program for Asian* youth, newcomer youth, new generation, 1.5, LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer/questioning, intersexual) and/or with disability between 16-29 who: