Report on the Hockey Noir Panel at TCAF 2018

Here’s my report on a panel at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2018 about ‘Hockey Noir’. It’s an opera with a comic book setting and it’s been described as “set in the 1950s, the classic hockey rivalry between Toronto and Montreal takes centre stage with a side of organized crime. Love, lust, scandal, blood, betrayal – in sudden death, who wins and who loses is determined not by fate but by the final shot.”


Moderated by Ian Boothby, the YA author of ‘Sparks’, the panel included comic book writer Cecil Castelucci¬† and illustrator Kymberlyn Porter.

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The panel focused on the how Cecil collaborated with Kymberlyn as well as composer André Ristic to create the unique opera experience. The discussion included insights into the making of the visually compelling opera with details about how the elements of hockey, comic books and opera joined forces to come together for this endeavour.


Thanks to Cecil, Kymberlyn and Ian for the panel presentation.

You can discover more about Hockey Noir online at

You can find Cecil on Twitter at @misscecil, Kymberlyn is online at and Ian is on Twitter at @IanBoothby

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  1. […] The first is the panel about ‘Hockey Noir’ with Cecil Castelluci and Kymerlyn Porter moderated by Ian Boothby. The report included a panel discussion about the opera with a comic booth setting set in the 1950s that centres on a fictional rivalry between two great hockey teams from Toronto and Montreal. […]

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