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Sketchbook!

This past Autumn I launched a new illustration magazine! Twice each year, subscribers of Sketchbook will receive a collection of all-new unpublished illustrations, developed from my sketchbooks.

Cover: Fire and Ice Cream. Gelato and Engine 55, a streetscape in New York City’s Little Italy neighborhood.

Issue 1: Fire and Ice Cream. Gelato and Engine 55, in New York’s Little Italy neighborhood.

Summer in Italy is my first issue’s theme. My actual summer in Italy was over a decade ago, so this publication is a sort of nostalgic daydream Atlas of Italy.

Here I am in New York City, looking at Sketchbook, in front of the fire station depicted on the cover.

Here I am in New York, looking at Sketchbook, in front of the fire station depicted on the cover.

You can see more of the first issue here.

There are still a few copies of issue 1 left. Issue 2 will ship in 2017. If you are an art buyer or art director, you can subscribe for FREE here.

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H.A.M.S. – The Holiday Arts Mail-order School

A Brief Timeline for H.A.M.S.

March 2008

FLY Gallery
Month long exhibit promoting the founding of H.A.M.S., the Holiday Arts Mail-order School.
A Correspondence Art Project by noted Hallowe’enologist Professor Derek McCormack, Ian Phillips, an artist, and Miss Candy Cackle of the Ladies Institute.

The launch of H.A.M.S. successfully enrolls painters, sculptors, authors and librarians into it’s Hallowe’en Arts program for the 1936-37 year.

Fly Window

H.A.M.S. recruitment window inviting passersby to sign-up for a correspondence course on the topic of Hallowe’en

 

H.A.M.S. promotion

H.A.M.S. promotion

 

YORK logo

October 2011

AGYU, The Art Gallery at York University presents:
the Holiday Art Mail-order School
at the Toronto International Arts Fair

Three years into our project, we invited the public into our open house at The Toronto International Arts Fair. Patrons experienced a replica of our haunted Peterborough classroom and were treated to a display of completed student projects and related ephemera.

Haunted Peterborough, Ont., map

Haunted Peterborough, Ont., map

 

H.A.M.S. Ouija Board

H.A.M.S. ouija board and planchette

 

Student projects at H.A.M.S.

Student projects in the H.A.M.S. haunted school house

 

Ectoplasmom at H.A.M.S.

Ectoplasmom in the entrance to the H.A.M.S. Haunted School House

 

H.A.M.S. souvenirs

H.A.M.S. souvenirs and multiples

 

H.A.M.S. student conduct

H.A.M.S. classroom

 

H.A.M.S. souvenirs and multiples

H.A.M.S. souvenirs and multiples

 

H.A.M.S. student awards and bone china Jack-o-Lantern clock by student Alexx Boisjoli

H.A.M.S. Haunter of The Year award and glow-in-the-dark bone china Jack-o-Lantern clock by student Alexx Boisjoli

 

Haunted Peterborough, Ont., map

Haunted Peterborough, Ont., map

2016

The H.A.M.S. correspondence course for the year 1937 is complete. We are very excited to announce the Fall 2016 launch of our H.A.M.S. yearbook,
The Jack o’ Lantern!

H.A.M.S. correspondence lesson books

H.A.M.S. correspondence lesson books

A number of events are planned just in time for Hallowe’en 2016, including a H.A.M.S. yearbook launch party and graduation ceremony. We are also working on plans to attend art book fairs in the Toronto and Peterborough region, where the public can obtain yearbooks and H.A.M.S. multiples. Here is a sneak peek at our soon to be released yearbook:

Faculty of the Holiday Arts Mail-order School, of Peterborough, Ont.

Faculty of the Holiday Arts Mail-order School, of Peterborough, Ont.

 

A sneak peek at our student gallery

A sneak peek at our student gallery

 

H.A.M.S. achievement awards

H.A.M.S. achievement awards

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Thank-you to everyone who helped us with H.A.M.S. Special thanks to Darryl Bank, Alexx Boisjoli, Emelie Chhangur, Joey Comeau, Grant Heaps, Jacob Korczynski, Michael Maranda, Jason McBride, Mr. and Mrs. McCormack of Peterborough, Ontario, Melissa McCormack, Philip Monk, Christopher Paulin, AGYU The Art Gallery at York University, and Fly Gallery. A very special thank-you to the graduates for all their enthusiasm and hard work — to you the upcoming edition of The Jack o’ Lantern is dedicated!
— Dr. Derek McCormack, Prof. Ian Phillips, Miss Candy Cackle


Pigeon Party!!!

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Pas de chance press presents a new book
by Chris Chambers!

PIGEON POEMS!

This Wednesday, at Supermarket
268 August Avenue, in Kensington Market

Doors 7
Reading 8
Drinks & Pigeon Tunes till 11

Chris Chambers is the author of Lake Where No One Swims, Wild Mouse (with Derek McCormack) and, to be published in 2015, Thrillows & Despairos.

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For more about pigeon collecting culture, visit The Wardens Today.


Pas de chance LAUNCH PARTY Nov 26th 7pm at Supermarket

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Sally Fatarms reads Elissa Joy

Miss the book launch in July?

Watch Sally Fatarms read Elissa Joy’s Tightrope (07:38)


A few remaining copies of Niagara File are available for purchase here.

Niagara File, a new title from pas de chance


Niagara File

Here are some pictures of Erin McMichael, who read last night at the Niagara File launch party. Photos courtesy the fabulous Stephanie Power! You can see more of her photography here.

Erin getting ready to read Elissa Joy's Tightrope

Thank-you Erin! Thank-you Stephanie! Thank-you Type Books! And thank-you to everyone who came to the event! More photos from the event here.


The Niagara File — Launch Party

Type Books and pas de chance present

NIAGARA FILE
A book, and an exhibition

July 1st – 31st, 2011
Opening reception and book launch, July 14th, 6 – 8pm at
Type Books, 883 Queen Street West, across from Trinity Bellwoods Park.

Niagara Falls Fence, by Thomas Blanchard

In the window, an enormous Niagara Falls quilted by Grant Heaps, with porcelain barrels by Alexx Boisjoli, and bunnies by Sonja Ahlers.

In the gallery, a Tour Under The Falls by Thomas Blanchard and Ian Phillips.

And, a new title from pas de chance — Niagara File, the catalog for this show, will be available at the reception. This hand printed and bound book features work by Thomas Blanchard (on the cover), a short story, TIGHTROPE, by Mexican/American author Elissa Joy, a selection of found photos from the collection of Grant Heaps, and additional art by Ian Phillips.

Elissa’s story will be read by Erin McMichael.


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