The Comics Studies Society

COMICS/POLITICS
Plenary Panels

“COMICS ARTISTS IN DIALOGUE”

PLENARY SPEAKERS: JILLIAN TAMAKI & HO CHE ANDERSON

Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator and comics artist living in Toronto, Canada. A professional artist since 2003, she has worked for publications around the world and taught extensively in New York City at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is the co-creator, with her cousin Mariko Tamaki, of Skim and This One Summer, the latter of which won a Caldecott Honor and Printz Award in 2015. Her first picture book, They Say Blue, which explores our perception and experience of the natural world, was released in the Spring of 2018. www.jilliantamaki.com
Born in London, England, Ho Che Anderson was named after the Vietnamese and Cuban revolutionaries Ho Chi Minh and Che Guevara. Anderson is the author of numerous graphic novels, including King, a biography of Martin Luther King, and the recently released science-fiction action-adventure, Godhead. He is also a former Toronto Star reporter, and CBC radio producer. He turned to filmmaking in 2009 with the short film The Salesman. He studied film production at the Toronto Film School and Sheridan College and went on to be the writer/director/camera operator/editor on more than 40 short films before joining IATSE 667 as a camera assistant in 2014. Anderson is currently in pre-production on his first feature film, Le Corbeau, to be released in 2020, and frantically developing a television show for Time Warner called 1033.

“INDIGENOUS COMICS CREATORS & PRACTITIONERS”

PLENARY SPEAKERS: CAMILLE CALLISON, JAY ODJICK, & TARA AUDIBERT

Camille Callison is from the Tahltan Nation Tsesk iye (Crow) Clan located in northern British Columbia, Canada. She was the Indigenous Services Librarian/Liaison Librarian at the University of Manitoba for almost seven years, where she is  now the Learning & Organizational Development Librarian. Camille was the founding librarian of the first Indigenous graphic novel collection in an academic institution, Mazinbiige Indigenous Graphic Novel Collection, located in Elizabeth Dafoe Library at the University of Manitoba. Together with Dr. Niigaanwewidam Sinclair, they collaborated to found this innovative collection and were fortunate that Jay Odjick, a Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg writer, artist and television producer graciously agreed to let them use ‘Kagagi’ to represent this landmark collection. Camille is the past Vice-Chair, Indigenous Representative, Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA-FCAB) & Past Chair, Indigenous Matters Committee (IMC-CQA). She is a member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Indigenous Matters Section Standing Committee and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO Memory of the World Committee and Sector Commission on Culture, Communications & Information. For more: https://libguides.lib.umanitoba.ca/mazinbiige
Jay Odjick is an artist, writer and television producer from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg community located in Quebec and Ontario, Canada. Jay created, wrote and illustrated the graphic novel Kagagi: The Raven and later served as Executive Producer, Showrunner and Lead Writer on the animated series adaptation that aired internationally. He illustrated the national bestseller, Blackflies by renowned children’s book author Robert Munsch. Jay has worked in comics for nearly two decades, creating the webcomic Power Hour for filmmaker Kevin Smith’s website, contributing to the anthologies Graphic American Classics: Native American Classics and Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection, providing illustrations for Clive Barker’s The Midnight Meat Train, and serving as a National Writing Juror for the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.Jay’s work has been featured in museum exhibits across Canada and the United States, from Phoenix Arizona’s Heard Museum to Canada’s National Library and Archives as part of Alter Ego: Canadian Comics and Identity. His work leads off the new signature Gallery of Canada’s largest museum, the History Hall at the Museum of History. For more: http://kagagi.squarespace.com/
Tara Audibert is a Wolastoqey artist and the owner of Moxy Fox Studio, an independent animation, comics and illustration studio located in New Brunswick, Canada. Tara produced her 1st animated film, "The importance of Dreaming" (2017), appearing in film festivals worldwide, winning several awards including the UNICEF Best Children's Film Award at the Indianer Inuit Film Festival in Germany. She is a founder of the Ni’gweg Collective, an Aboriginal owned and female led group, they recently launched the Storytelling Game App- “Nitap: Legends of the First Nations”. Tara has spent over 15 years illustrating comics based on Aboriginal Issues & Residential Schools (Lost Innocence) which has been added to the Archives of Canada, and over 20 years working in TV animation on shows like Teletoon’s Olliver's Adventures, Delilah & Julius, WB Johnny Test & Zoom TV. Tara also co-hosts a weekly comedy motivational podcast called “No Such Thing as Grown Ups”. For more: www.MoxyFox.ca