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Wed, May 03


TAP Centre for Creativity

Connect on TAP: Ting Edition

Connect on TAP, the "TING Edition", is a networking event for creatives working in all disciplines, art enthusiasts, and those interested in learning more about comic and graphic arts.

Connect on TAP: Ting Edition
Connect on TAP: Ting Edition

Time & Location

May 03, 2023, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas St, London, ON N6A 1G4, Canada

About The Event

Connect on TAP is a networking event for creatives working in all disciplines and art enthusiasts. In this special “Ting edition”, Dan Brown, former columnist of the London Free Press will moderate a conversation with two Ting Artist Alumni – DS Barrick and Derek Laufman. Brown will talk to both about creating, self-publishing and crowdfunding comics!

Barrick has a brand-new graphic novel that he is currently crowdfunding on Fundrazr called Murgatroyd & Nepenthe, the project is already fully funded. The book is inspired by a love of classic cartoons and comic strips, and Barrick’s fascination with random processes like the cut-up technique, Eno Schmidt’s Oblique Strategies, and Noah Wall’s Grotesque Tables. The result is a cohesive narrative, but one that’s constantly twisting and turning in surprising, comical, and uncanny directions. Laufman is currently working on a new fantasy adventure comic called Crimsonfall: Lambs of God, to debut at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival this Spring. He’s the creator of the graphic novels Bot-9 and the Witch of Wickerson, which were both successfully fully funded on Kickstarter. He also has a regular Patreon.

And as part of every Connect on TAP, this is another opportunity to learn about our creative hub, meet our staff, and participate in an Ask/Give/Announce.


About D.S. Barrick

D. S. Barrick is a London-based cartoonist, illustrator, designer, educator and the author or co-author of over 20 mini comics, including Skulsi Thatcher, The Day I Wrote Watermelon and Lucky Unlucky (a comic book series written and created by Scott MacDougall). His latest project is Murgatroyd & Nepenthe, and if you like your adventures weird, this book is for you.

You'll follow Murgatroyd, an overwhelmed everyman, and Nepenthe, a mysterious oracle, as they traverse the Hinterlands of the imagination and meet many bizarre beings along the way. Murgatroyd &  Nepenthe is recommended for ages 12+.

About Derek Laufman

Derek Laufman has been a professional comic artist and illustrator for over 20 years and resides In London, Ontario. He studied Classical animation at Sheridan College, and For Several years now Derek has been drawing and creating his own comics and Graphic Novels including Ruinworld, Bot-9 and the Witch of Wickerson. Derek is also a freelance illustrator who has worked with Marvel, Dreamworks, TOPPS, Hasbro and Mattel. He is the designer of Marvel’s Super-Hero Adventure line as well as DC’s Super Friends.

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