Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Whazamo! The TCAF Artist Series, with Mary Huang

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Every May, Open Book celebrates the outstanding graphic novels and comics published here in Ontario and throughout the country with Whazamo! Check out Open Book's Whazamo! page all month long for interviews, news and original comics.

This spring, we teamed up with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) to ask Canadian comic creators about their work. The artists, who were at TCAF earlier this month, each submitted an image that answered one of our three questions: Why should everyone read comics? Who is your audience? What inspired you to start making comics?

With her vibrant and beautifully detailed comic, Maiji/Mary Huang explains how her upbringing and her love of magic and drama inspired her to draw comics.

Mary is a Taiwanese-Canadian squirrel — I mean, artist/writer — based in Toronto. She loves many things, including book arts, words, mythology, fairy tales and small fat animals. Her self-published works include an illustrated book of poetry titled Pieces Before Dishes and the storybook/comic zine Hello Orange/Hello Squirrel. Her newest book, murmur nation, is a comic featuring four stories about stories and it debuted at TCAF 2012.

Read more about Mary and her work at her website,

Click on Mary's comic to enlarge. The image can be further enlarged by clicking on the icon with four arrows in the right-hand corner.

Check back throughout May for new comics in the TCAF Artist Series.

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