Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Toronto Writer and Illustrator in International Comics Competition

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Toronto residents Ian Daffern and John Lang are in an online competition from DC Comics. Daffern and Lang's comic, Shock Effect, is about an eleven-year-old girl and her mom trying to survive an alien invasion and eventually learning the truth behind the invasion. Check out Shock Effect online. Lang's artwork is outstanding and Daffern's plot is gripping.

From the press release:

It's American Idol for comic book fans and Toronto natives Ian Daffern and John Lang will enter the ring as Canadian competition in DC Comics (Batman, Superman) online search for new creative talent at

This August Ian Daffern and John Lang's comic book Shock Effect will be competing against 9 others for the big prize, an online publishing contract worth over $10,000 USD.

Shock Effect is about growing up during an alien invasion. Alice and her mom have been waiting for a rescue. When it arrives, they embark on a journey that could expose the invasion's truth-if it doesn't tear their family apart first. Shock and awe is just the beginning.

You can find Shock Effect online and vote during the month of August. The competition ends Friday, August 29th. Check out the development blog with news and updates.

John and Ian will be showcasing Shock Effect at the August 22-24 Hobbystar FanExpo when over 50,000 comic book and Sci-Fi fans take over Toronto's Metro Convention Centre. They will be working the floor, signing up fans, doing sketches and giving away promotional art.

Ian Daffern is a writer who lives in Toronto. He's covered comics for Book Television, Quill & Quire and The National Post, Dungeons and Dragons for the CBC and virtual worlds for the Globe and Mail. His first published comic, Ogre Hospital, appears in the anthology Drawing the Line Again. You can visit his website at

John Lang is a freelance illustrator living in Toronto. He has produced artwork for various magazines, newspapers, advertising agencies and production companies. Some past clients include Time Magazine, Billboard and Business Week. John's work has been recognized by American Illustration (AI27 Web Gallery) and CAPIC Toronto. You can check out his portfolio at:

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