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In the process of doing these Indie Comics Fair teasers, I’m learning something about my fellow comic creators. When you ask them for a bio, they leave out a lot of the good stuff. Here’s what Canada Keck sent me:
“Canada Keck is a sociologist by intention and a cartoonist by accident. She started writing comics about three years ago, when she stayed up all night at wrote a 24-page comic in 24 hours. Since then she has self-published comics, had her comics in anthologies, edited anthologies for the Sunday Comix group, and curated two exhibits of comic art for Wild Goose Creative.”
Now, admittedly, I told people to keep it brief… But I don’t think that this blurb really does justice to how cool Canada is. So let me add some "good stuff."
Canada starting working in cartoons as a result of being strongly involved in her teenage daughter’s interest in comics. Her introduction to comics was chaperoning Kira to Sunday Comix group meetings. At those meetings Canada became an active participant as opposed to merely vigilant parent, culminating with her first 24 hour comic.
Edited Anthologies = Kicked Sunday Comix into gear
I love the people who regularly show up at the Sunday Comix meetings, but I get the impression that there hasn’t always been an emphasis on production as a group. That’s not to say that individuals in the group don’t publish their comics, more that there was a lack of regular collaborative efforts between the members. (Forgive if I’m wrong. That’s my impression.) Canada has taken the reins a bit and made sure that Sunday Comix meetings lead to actual printed and bound anthologies.
And not these anthologies aren’t frivolous things either. The “Bowl Full of Happiness” anthology was a made for charity book with all proceeds going the Hero Initiative, which aids comic artists who are uninsured or under-insured. Currently she is working on the Connections anthology which will benefit the American Suicide Prevention Fund.
OK… Bad friend admission. I only remember one of the exhibits Canada curated for a fact: Last year’s Panel’s in Pink show which featured work by women creators from central Ohio. It was a real eye opener, I think, for people who thought that comic book creators are all weird middle aged men like me.
(It’s gonna bother me. What was the second exhibit? I think she curated Max Ink’s Blink exhibit, maybe? I guess this goes to my point about leaving out the good stuff in bios.)