Kazoo! Print Expo
The legendary Print Expo is back for another year filled with comics, zines, illustrations, letterpress, and so much more! This curated event brings together print makers of all kinds from all over the province. You’ll get to see what your favourite print makers have been working on — they’re sure to be there!
The Print Expo will take place at Mitchell Hall in St George’s Church (99 Woolwich St, Guelph) on Saturday, April 18th from 11am-4pm. Admission is free, but bring some $$ because you will for sure find something beautiful to take home.
Alicia Nauta is an artist based in Toronto. She makes screenprinted posters, prints, wallpaper, books, zines, printed textiles and other multiples. Her focus is on analog ways of making, using xerox material culled from older publications to create collaged compositions.
CAROUSEL is an exquisitely produced hybrid literary/arts magazine representing new & established artists, with a focus on positioning Canadian talent within an international context. From cover to cover, this innovative & beautifully designed journal highlights a comfortable merging of textual & visual content, presenting work across many genres … if it’s original & engaging, we aim to see it in print.
Carrot creates prints, patches, silkscreened shirts, and stickers. The subject of Carrot’s illustrations involve anthropomorphic “guys”, and themes of anxiety, fun, and other weird feelings.
Christine is a Toronto based printmaker who specializes in screen printed goods, predominantly limited edition art prints, small publications / book arts, stationery items and textiles.
Jade Zhang is a queer Chinese-Canadian Illustrator and comic artist based in Toronto. Jade is making illustrations and comics about queer love, found families, and the occasional misunderstood eldritch horror. She is very passionate about storytelling and self publishing. She can usually be found grazing at local zine markets. Jade’s dream is to publish a graphic novel full of magic and dogs.
False Knees will be bringing comics that are mostly vignettes of city animals (usually birds) having existential crises. Their comics are sometimes funny, sometimes cute, and usually very bird-y.
Feels: A zine about feelings. We strive to create a safe place for people to express their most honest and raw emotions and, in turn, foster an open dialogue about some of the most sensitive feelings. We accept all printable forms of submissions, including illustration, fiction, personal essay, poetry, photography, and any other medium a contributor can think of to best express their deepest emotions. We believe very strongly that the more we learn about each other, the more we learn about ourselves, and the more we can coexist in harmony. We are a feminist, sex-positive, LGBTQ+ friendly, anti-racist, anti-colonial publication. We print three times yearly along with special edition mini-zines periodically.
Gillian Elder is a Guelph-based artist who has been teaching childrens’ art classes and camps for the past several years. Prior to instructing art classes she completed degrees in Fine Arts at Georgian College and the University of Guelph. She also received graduate certificates in both Museum Management and Curatorship from Fleming College and Therapeutic Recreation from Georgian College. She enjoys working with a mixture of mediums including, painting, printing, drawing and ceramics. Her artwork deals with various themes including zany dogs, nudes, cubist faces, herself and more.
Screen printed goods that are kinda funny and a little bit dark. Gillian is an illustrator and screen printer living in Guelph, Ontario Canada. She received a BFA from Concordia University (Montreal) and since graduating, has developed her own line of hand-printed goods, available in select stores throughout North America.
GRUNK is Guelph-based zine of comix and music produced by the folks behind Royal Cat Records. First issue premiers April 2020 with a cover feature on cartoonist Marc Bell. Also: comics and writing by Josh Bayer, Nathan Campagnaro, Anya Davidson, Mark Connery, Betty Liang, Will Wellington, and Kara Meow.
Illustration, comics and zines with a focus on feminism and mental health. Jenn Woodall is an award-winning illustrator and comics creator who dwells in Toronto, Ontario. She has a Bachelor of Design from OCADU in Illustration as well as a BDes in Fashion Design.
Jess Hrycyk’s ink and watercolour illustrations invoke the verdant forests of fantasy, folklore, flora and fauna with a dark intricacy, reminiscent of old world beauty. Drawing upon the rich soils of old world ornamentation, engraving and medieval calligraphy, she exhumes an ancient aesthetic to give new life and meaning to her explorations of nature, as well as her understanding of undying, existential themes.
A childlike representation of natural shapes, movements and expressions of the body and face. With a newly found love for crayon, and still life scenes, her inspiration is sparked when trying to grasp and capture contours, facial features and organic lines. In keeping with this; she focuses not only on the lines that she sees but also on negative spaces.
Illustrator, one-page zine maker, trying really hard. Mariel is a graduate of the Bachelor of Illustration program at Sheridan College. She is interested in the relationship between traditional media and the human form. Previously she studied the arts in Brussels and London, but she lives in Hamilton, Ontario now.
Martina doom is an multidisciplinary artist from Niagara who’s work is heavily inspired by sci-fi and Japanese illustrations which often feel as though they exist in their own world. The use of pastel colours and attention to detail create a soft and unique body of work that comes through in her prints, handmade pins, stickers and more.
The illustrative comic works of Michael McGlennon explore narrative through drawing, printmaking, and self publishing. Building fantastical worlds to explore curiosities and phenomena found in the parallels of waking life, the work resides somewhere between fine art and novelty. Subjects revolve around an ongoing philosophical crisis expressed through a humorous pessimism and illustrated with an accessible pop surrealist style.
Nathan Campagnaro is a multi disciplinary artist residing in Guelph, Ontario. Nathan will have screen prints as well as other print mediums at the expo. You may recognize some of his work from the 2020 Kazoo! Fest poster!
Read More Comix! is an independent comics collective in Toronto. We have been self-publishing “funny” books since 2016. Our comics are in a similar vein as newspaper strips, MAD magazine and well whatever we feel like creating at that moment! The first show we ever tabled as a collective was Kazoo! in 2016. Issue 6 will be out in the spring for The Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF).
Ronnie is a thematic lowbrow arts and culture magazine dedicated to giving underground and underrated art a place to live! We’re based in Guelph, ON but support artists from the GTA and Southern Ontario. We’re published quarterly, or whenever we can get around to it!
Kelly K is an illustrator and cartoonist from Toronto. They are the proud founder of the Space Youth Cadets, a brand and ongoing series that explores identity, vulnerability, and the internet through fashion, comics, and zines.
Toadstool Illustrates creates magical feminist stickers, zines, and pins inspired by Gay Love, queer culture, and witchcraft. A lot of their art is centred around transgender pronouns and providing representation for Transgender folx with fun designs and LGBTQ+ puns.