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Toronto's next generation of comic creators want to bring you a fresh anthology of stories set in the Tee-Dot!
Toronto's next generation of comic creators want to bring you a fresh anthology of stories set in the Tee-Dot!
Toronto's next generation of comic creators want to bring you a fresh anthology of stories set in the Tee-Dot!
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Toronto Comics: Volume 2

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We love comics and we love Toronto! We put out our first book last year, and we'd like your help launching Volume 2 at TCAF this May!

This 6"x9" perfect-bound softcover is 200+ pages of comics set in TO. Whether you're looking for a story about vampires and condos, weird tales of true history, giant robots, or romance at the world's final Nuit Blanche, we've got something for you!

Who we are

We're a mix of established Indy creators and new comic creators making our way into the comics industry. This book is a portfolio piece of talented novices and seasoned creators telling great stories one panel at a time.

We intend to make the Toronto Comics anthology an annual book, and with your help we'll be able to afford to make that happen!

Stretch Goals ( new! )

Thank you so much for your support! We're almost 800% funded, and we have a few awesome new stretch goals to offer!
Follow us on https://twitter.com/TorontoComix for the latest updates!

$2750 - Pins ( Unlocked! )

Thanks to your generosity, the talented Mandy James will be building five 1” buttons featuring characters from Volume 2! Mandy is a layout artist at Guru Studios, and will do a wonderful job bringing these characters to life.

A complete set of pins has been automatically added to all physical pledge packages! 

$3000 - Stickers ( Unlocked! )

Mandy will create a sheet of stickers featuring 5 characters from Volume 2! We’ll post sketches and previews as these are developed!

A complete set of stickers will automatically be added to all physical pledge packages!

$3500 - New Comic from David Oxley! ( Unlocked! )

Backer-only comic!
Backer-only comic!

David Oxley, writer and artist of Volume 2’s “Cool New Job” and artist of Volume 1’s “Brutal” will create a brand-new backer-only 3 page comic! David is a talented illustrator and storyteller, and is sure to create something unique and memorable.

This will automatically be added to all digital and physical pledge packages!

$4000 - New Comic from Miike Something and Todd Sullivan! ( Unlocked! )

Backer-only comic!
Backer-only comic!

Miike Something and Todd Sullivan, collaborators on Volume 2’s “The Black Spire of York” and Volume 1’s “Blackout” will create a brand-new backer-only 3 page comic!

Todd Sullivan is an instructor at Seneca, and has worked on Tiny Toons, Darkwing Duck, Goof Troop and many others. Character designer for The Mask, Mighty Max, Mumfie, Eckhart to name a few, and has storyboarded more than one hundred shows for 2D, 3D, Flash as well as live action throughout Canada and the U.S.

This will automatically be added to all digital and physical pledge packages!

$4500 - New Comic from Sam Noir and Emily Zelasko! ( Unlocked! )

At $4500, you’ll unlock a brand new 4 page backer-only comic from Sam Noir and Emily Zelasko, set in the whimsical Toronto of 2238!

"Like Clockwork."
"Like Clockwork."

Sam Noir is a maker of toys and comix, and an obsessive collector of things. He's written for Steampunk Originals from Aracana, Monstrosity from Alterna, and Cerebus: Low Society.

This will automatically be added to all digital and physical pledge packages!

$5,500 - New comic from Mark Foo and Ariane Laurence! ( Unlocked! )

At $5500, you’ll unlock a brand new 4 page backer-only comic from Mark Foo and Ariane Laurence! This is a tale of scifi survival in post-collapse Toronto.

Mark Foo has written “Brutal” for the first anthology, and “Home” and “Hero” for the second! This will be his fourth story for Toronto Comics, and I’m pretty pumped to see the finished product!

Ariane Laurence is a recent Sheridan College graduate with her BA in Animation! She’s dabbling in comics in addition to her day job in the gaming industry.

This will automatically be added to all digital and physical pledge packages!

$6,500 - Print the bonus comics in a companion book! ( Unlocked! )

We’ll print a 20-page companion book containing the backer-only comics, and mail them to physical pledges over $25! ( That’s the ‘BEST VALUE’ and all higher pledges. )

It’ll be 6”x9”, the same format as Volume 2, with all 4 bonus comics contained inside, and as much extra art as we can jam in!

Stories

Inside you'll find:

"Home." After a mutant apocalypse, a woman makes her way across Toronto trying to get home, driven by memories of her life in the city.
"Home." After a mutant apocalypse, a woman makes her way across Toronto trying to get home, driven by memories of her life in the city.
"Fire on the SS Noronic." Toronto’s own Titanic, the SS Noronic’s gentle cruise through Lake Ontario ended in grisly tragedy. What could have caused such a thing?
"Fire on the SS Noronic." Toronto’s own Titanic, the SS Noronic’s gentle cruise through Lake Ontario ended in grisly tragedy. What could have caused such a thing?
"We Were Here." With only a few months left before the world ends, a boy and girl meet on a blind date and take a tour of Toronto’s final Nuit Blanche.
"We Were Here." With only a few months left before the world ends, a boy and girl meet on a blind date and take a tour of Toronto’s final Nuit Blanche.
"Hero." A concerned citizen takes the law into his own hands. Criminals: fear the sting of the quills of justice!
"Hero." A concerned citizen takes the law into his own hands. Criminals: fear the sting of the quills of justice!
"Bloodsuckers." Two vampires with deep roots in the history of Toronto discuss gentrification, the condo boom, and who the bloodsuckers at City Hall really are.
"Bloodsuckers." Two vampires with deep roots in the history of Toronto discuss gentrification, the condo boom, and who the bloodsuckers at City Hall really are.
"Cool New Job." Ginger and Trina are catching up over coffee when an excited Trina reveals too much about her cool new job. There is only one way to rectify this breach in top-secret security...
"Cool New Job." Ginger and Trina are catching up over coffee when an excited Trina reveals too much about her cool new job. There is only one way to rectify this breach in top-secret security...
"Discount Demon of the West End!" A pair of Value Village failures accidentally summon a demon eager to do their bidding.
"Discount Demon of the West End!" A pair of Value Village failures accidentally summon a demon eager to do their bidding.
"Toronto the Rude." A short comic comparing the brusque but good-hearted masses of New York against the polite but cold Toronto crowd, as the author travels on a difficult TTC trip.
"Toronto the Rude." A short comic comparing the brusque but good-hearted masses of New York against the polite but cold Toronto crowd, as the author travels on a difficult TTC trip.
"Sandwich Boards and Salami." In the 80 and early 90s, Crad Kilodney was Toronto’s most eccentric writer. Can one really understand his genius, if all one has ever known are the suffocating stories of Sarnia, Ontario?
"Sandwich Boards and Salami." In the 80 and early 90s, Crad Kilodney was Toronto’s most eccentric writer. Can one really understand his genius, if all one has ever known are the suffocating stories of Sarnia, Ontario?
"The Keeper." The shocking events behind Toronto’s haunted lighthouse!
"The Keeper." The shocking events behind Toronto’s haunted lighthouse!
"The Black Spire of York." A vainglorious and lustful Governor conspires to hold a beautiful French maiden hostage – but his brash actions illicit retaliation from beyond the grave in this tale of gothic horror.
"The Black Spire of York." A vainglorious and lustful Governor conspires to hold a beautiful French maiden hostage – but his brash actions illicit retaliation from beyond the grave in this tale of gothic horror.
"The Icelandia Boycotts." The Icelandia Rink decided in 1945 that only certain kinds of skaters were welcome, and all Toronto rallied to set things right!
"The Icelandia Boycotts." The Icelandia Rink decided in 1945 that only certain kinds of skaters were welcome, and all Toronto rallied to set things right!
"Major North." Toronto has been transformed into a fascist state ... six strangers are imprisoned. Only one is a superhero.
"Major North." Toronto has been transformed into a fascist state ... six strangers are imprisoned. Only one is a superhero.
"Monster Artist." A child discovers a strange and sinister way to escape from her troubled home life.
"Monster Artist." A child discovers a strange and sinister way to escape from her troubled home life.
"Redevelopment and Reunion." After their second attempt goes wrong, a gang of crooks reunite one last time to crack a forgotten stash house safe in the West Queen West Triangle. But after ten years is it too late for them to claim the loot?
"Redevelopment and Reunion." After their second attempt goes wrong, a gang of crooks reunite one last time to crack a forgotten stash house safe in the West Queen West Triangle. But after ten years is it too late for them to claim the loot?
"Started From the Bottom." A pair of disgruntled teens decide to use a laser light projection to write a message in the Toronto sky. The only thing keeping them from doing so is the 1776-step climb to the top of the CN Tower.
"Started From the Bottom." A pair of disgruntled teens decide to use a laser light projection to write a message in the Toronto sky. The only thing keeping them from doing so is the 1776-step climb to the top of the CN Tower.
"The Toronto Patty Wars of 1985." A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but a Jamaican Beef Patty? That’ll need a government inspection!
"The Toronto Patty Wars of 1985." A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but a Jamaican Beef Patty? That’ll need a government inspection!
"Reflections." Come on, let’s go catch a few fish down at the lake! The ice should be thick enough by now, it’s been a cold winter...
"Reflections." Come on, let’s go catch a few fish down at the lake! The ice should be thick enough by now, it’s been a cold winter...
"Sultan of Hanlon Point." A young boy finds a baseball and is magically transported to 1914 Hanlan’s Point where he must return the baseball to it’s rightful owner ... Babe Ruth.
"Sultan of Hanlon Point." A young boy finds a baseball and is magically transported to 1914 Hanlan’s Point where he must return the baseball to it’s rightful owner ... Babe Ruth.
"We Still Got It." A retired super hero and his lifelong nemesis, swap stories of the good ‘ol days over a warm cup of coffee.
"We Still Got It." A retired super hero and his lifelong nemesis, swap stories of the good ‘ol days over a warm cup of coffee.

Prints

And more prints yet to come!
And more prints yet to come!

We have a collection of gorgeous 6" x 9" prints available from local artists! You can get a complete set of these with our $25 best value package. There are still a few more prints coming in, and they'll automatically be added to those pledges!

T-Shirts!

Wear your TO pride!
Wear your TO pride!

Thanks for your time, everyone!

We'll see you at TCAF.

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“The talent in Toronto is incredible, and this collection goes a long way to highlight the depth, ability, and diversity of emerging comic book storytellers in this city. Watch these names - if you don’t know them yet, you will soon!”

-Hope Nicholson, Bedside Press



“If you’re from Toronto, and you enjoy comics, than you have no excuse.  This book was created LITERALLY for you. What else are you going to read on the Queen Streetcar?”

-Ty Templeton, Comicbook Bootcamp



“The Toronto Comics Anthology is brimming with eclectic talent. Everyone should get this book and take notice of the newest voices making comics!”

-Phil McClorey, Monstrosity



“So refreshing to read a bunch of fun stories about Toronto that show readers that this city is more than just the CN Tower. Kudos to everyone involved in this book! Well done!”

-Jason Loo, The Pitiful Human-Lizard

Risks and challenges

We put together our first anthology last year, and you can find it at comicbook stores across TO. We've proven we can bring a book to market and provide a great product. We've taken what we learned and used it to make Volume 2 bigger and better in every way.

Volume 2 is undergoing final pre-press now, our TCAF table is confirmed, and we've already paid the printer. There is a small risk of books being delayed past the May deadline, but we should have plenty of buffer time.

Barring accident or injury, the book will be launched on May 9th at TCAF, and Kickstarter rewards will begin shipping shortly after.

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    TRUE TORONTO PACK and EVERYTHING!
    Brice Hall has made a series of unique poster prints available ( see update #3)! This series of 3 crowd scene prints showcase Toronto, new and old, in incredible contrast and detail.

    Each print is 36”x30”, and pledgers will receive all 3 prints from the series - "The Junction", "Oh No Toronto! #1" and "Oh No Toronto! #2."

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