Sam Beck discusses digital tools for comic book creation at TCAF 2019

Here’s my chat with Sam Beck at Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Podcast available on Apple Podcasts and player.FM

Sam Beck
Sam is a Toronto-based artist who’s worked on a variety of comics and anthologies with a focus on myths and fantasy. Her recent published work includes the comics Songs for the Dead and Cadmus. Sam has an on-going webcomic called Verse.

During our chat, Sam talked about her latest work Verse and described it as world in decline and a girl who tries to find her place. She talked about her artistic influences including manga and fantasy. Sam discussed how she creates her digital artwork.

You can discover more about Sam on Twitter at @_twothirty and online at


Here’s some of the current news about Canadian comic book creators and supporters.

CBC Books wrote an article about Hartley Lin winning the 2019 Doug Wright Best Book Award for Young Frances. The Doug Wright Awards celebrate the best in Canadian cartooning each year. The article explained Young Frances as the story that “follows a young, talented law clerk named Frances Scarland who struggles with the idea of work-life balance as her career at a corporate Toronto firm accelerates at a rapid pace.”
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Publishers Weekly featured a photo essay about the Toronto Comic Arts Festival featuring a variety of Canadian comic book creators including Jillian Tamaki, David Robertson, Mariko Tamaki, Hartley Lin, Seth, and many more. The article described the event as “ an annual international showcase of independent and self-published comics and graphic novels…organized by an innovative partnership between the Toronto Public Library and Toronto’s The Beguiling comics store.”
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The Mitchell Advocate wrote about this weekend’s VanCAF taking place May 18 and 19 at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver. One of this year’s guests, Johnnie Christmas, who’s based in Vancouver was quoted as saying: “Of all the comic conventions I’ve been to, I think it’s my favourite. It’s free, and very inviting to the public…It’s a really inviting warm, open place. And the artists who are there year after year are incredible.”
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