/nest/ Call For Submissions

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Friday, March 29, 2019 - 10:30am to Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 12:00am

Call for Submissions
/nest/

/nest/ is a platform for OCAD U undergraduate students to showcase diverse forms of critical essays, studio and process writing, creative writing and text-based works. We welcome works which express linguistic diversity and are inclusive of a range of student abilities, year levels and disciplines. 
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/nest/ is currently seeking written work and text-related artworks to feature in an upcoming exhibition based on the theme of TEXTURE. Process writing and works that have been submitted as a class assignment are welcomed. 

If you are unsure about submissions, please do not hesitate to contact us for clarification at wac@ocadu.ca.

Only digital submissions will be accepted via the submission form: bit.ly/nestcall

Please submit a maximum of three works in any of the following categories:
Text & Image
Critical Writing (essays, reviews)
Creative Writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry)
Studio Writing (artist’s statements, precedent analyses, research documentation, reflection)
Process Writing (sketch/process books; works in progress, drafts)
Other forms of writing and creative work will be considered.

Submission Deadline:
Saturday, April 20th by 11:59pm

Opening Reception:
May 2nd, 2pm-4pm

Exhibition Dates: 
May 1st - June 28th, 2019

Selected artists are responsible for their own materials. Installation assistance will be provided. 
This exhibition will be installed in the display cases on the 5th Floor at 113 McCaul St. from May 1st to June 28th, 2019.  

Check https://www.ocadu.ca/academics/writing-across-the-curriculum/nest.htm for updates.

/nest/ is a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Initiative. The editorial board acknowledges the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe and the Huron-Wendat, who are the original owners and custodians of the land on which we stand.

Venue & Address: 
bit.ly/ocadu-nest
Website: 
https://www.ocadu.ca/academics/writing-across-the-curriculum/nest.htm
Email: 
wac@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 ext. 2662
Cost: 
FREE

Shannon Gerard

My work spans a variety of media. I write and draw books, crochet (a lot), make prints, and produce large-scale installations incorporating stop-motion animation and wheat paste. As a professional mischief maker, my work with public/pedagogical projects such as The Carl Wagan BookmobileMountain School Bookhouse and Doctor Tomorrow emphasizes the materials and ethos of independent publishing as social-political engagements. 

Five trends in comics and graphic novels

In recent years, the media have rung the death knell of publishing but, surprisingly, there is a wealth of graphic novels being published.

The biggest trends in comics

  • Digital platforms are looking for creators of compelling content.
  • Comics are being used as an accessible and engaging literacy tool.
  • Universities are finally recognizing the merits of the comics medium as literature, and as research and educational tool.

How to start your own comic or graphic novel

An emerging cartoonist doesn’t have to rely on a large publisher to have their work printed these days.

  • You can begin a blog and use social media to create an audience.  
  • Crowd funding can be used to publish your work (e.g., Kickstarter, Indiegogo).

The comics medium is flourishing because of self-publishing, smaller publishers, and an insatiable reading audience’s search for stories told by creators outside the mainstream media.

 

Fiona Smyth teaches a Comics and Graphic Novels course at OCAD U's Continuing Studies. She is also a Toronto-based painter, illustrator and cartoonist. Smyth's first graphic novel, The Never Weres, was published by Annick Press in 2011. A collection of her Exclaim comics, Cheez 100, was published by Pedlar Press in 2001. She illustrated Cory Silverberg's Kickstarter-funded picture book What Makes A Baby in 2012, re-released by Seven Stories Press in 2013.

Five biggest trends in comics and graphic novels (and how to start your own)

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 4:00am

By Fiona Smyth, painter, illustrator, and cartoonist

In the Comics and Graphic Novels course in OCAD U's Continuing Studies, I explore and share information about the exciting contemporary comics scene. In recent years the media has rung the death knell of publishing but surprisingly there is a wealth of graphic novels being published.

The biggest trends in comics:

An emerging cartoonist doesn’t have to rely on a large publisher to have their work printed these days:

The comics medium is currently flourishing through self-publishing, smaller publishers, and an insatiable reading audience’s search for stories told by creators outside the mainstream media.

You can learn more by registering for Fiona Smyth’s Comics and Graphic Novels course this summer at OCAD University.

Fiona Smyth is a Toronto based painter, illustrator, and cartoonist. Smyth's first graphic novel, The Never Weres, was published by Annick Press in 2011. A collection of her Exclaim comics, Cheez 100, was published by Pedlar Press in 2001. She illustrated writer Cory Silverberg's Kickstarter funded picture book What Makes A Baby in 2012, re-released by Seven Stories Press in 2013.