Comics x Games fosters collaboration between the independent game and comic communities through a variety of projects, partnerships and events. Every year with our partners during the Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF), we present unique, game-focused content — from original games and gallery shows, to panels and talks.


COMICS x GAMES 2018

Once again, the Hand Eye Society is holding an open call for videogames to showcase on-site at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival (May 12th and 13th) as part of this year’s Comics X Games 7! Send any questions to the Comics X Games Team at cxg@handeyesociety.com (Sagan Yee, Ken Cho, Amanda Wong).

Please click here for the 2018 Submission Form, FAQ and other important information before applying.

Click here for the 2018 Exhibitor Application Form

Submissions end January 31 2018 at midnight EST. 

 

ARCADE/TCAF HOURS:

Saturday, May 12th, 9am-5pm
Sunday May 13th, 10am-5pm

 

 


 Previous Years


 

Comics vs Games (2012)

Co-organized with TCAF,  TIFF Nexus, Magic Pony & Attract Mode
Sponsored by TIFF Nexus
Presenting Sponsor: Ontario Media Development Corporation

Showcase

Inspired by the artxgame projects in Los Angeles and San Francisco, we put together five pairs of comic and game creators and asked them to create original games for Comics vs Games. The resulting creations were exhibited as part of the Comics vs Games gallery show at Magic Pony and on site at TCAF.

Also included were two additional games that while not created specifically for the show combined aspects of comics and interactivity in interesting and meaningful ways:

 

Storyteller (Daniel Benmergui) – Meanwhile (Jason Shiga, Andrew Plotkin)

Gallery

Magic Pony hosted a selection of game inspired illustrations from the Attract Mode collective.

 

Art From

Lamar Abrams • Georgina Chacón • Lindsay Collins • Ashley Davis • Jacob Ferguson • Kyle Fewell • Chris Furniss • Zac Gorman • Olly Jones, HamletMachine • Kris Mukai • Maré Odomo • Cory Schmitz • Jovan Velkoski

Curated by Matt Hawkins of Attract Mode

 

Check out these photos from the show on Matt Hawkins’ blog.

Panel

On this TCAF panel several of the showcase participants discuss creating their games and the intersection of the two mediums.

 

Panelists

Christine Love, Damian Sommer, Andy Belanger, Steve Manale, John Martz
with moderator Miguel Sternberg.




Comics vs Games 2 (2013)

Co-organized with TCAF,  Bento Miso & Attract Mode
Sponsored by Bento Miso

Showcase

Playable onsite at TCAF, four existing independent games from around the world that borrow structural elements from comics and sequential art in their game design and presentation.

Framed

Loveshack Entertainment
Australia

Where is My Heart

Die Gute Fabrik
Denmark / Germany

Storyteller

Daniel Benmergui
Argentina

Gorogoa

Jason Roberts
United States

Gallery

Attract Mode returned once again with a selection of game inspired illustrations  displayed on site at Bento Miso’s gallery space.

 

Art From

Natasha Allegri •  Lindsay Collins • Ashely Davis • Daniel Dussault • Jacob Ferguson • Kyle Fewell, Chris Furniss • Zac Gorman • Corey Lewis • Giannis Milonogiannis • Kris Mukai • Maré Odomo, John Pham • Aleth Romanillos • Asif Siddiky • Jacob Smiley • Jovo Ve

Curated by Matt Hawkins of Attract Mode

 

Attract Mode have some great photos of the show here and here.

Bit Bazaar

Bento Miso’s video game craft fair and marketplace. One-of-a-kind, limited-edition and handmade/DIY items—zines, boxed games, art prints, comics, t-shirts, mixtapes, papercraft and toys—direct from your favorite Toronto independent game makers!

 

Gallery of past and present Bit Bazaars

Panel

Narrative Intersections

A discussion on the intersection between comics and games and how they borrow from each other to tell stories.

 

Panelists

 Scott C. (Doublefine, The Art of Brutal Legend), Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim), Benjamin Rivers (Snow, Home), Jim Zub (Skullkickers, Street Fighter HD Remix)
with moderator Miguel Sternberg.







Comics vs Games 3 (2014)

Co-organized with TCAF,  Bento Miso & Attract Mode
Sponsored by Bento Miso

Showcase

Playable onsite at TCAF, four existing independent games from around the world that borrow structural elements from comics and sequential art in their game design and presentation.

From Comics vs Games

Black Church Brigandage – Miguel Sternberg & Andy Belanger
Cumulo Nimblers – John Martz & Farbs
We’re no Angels – Steve Manale & Jamie Fristrom
The Yawhg – Emily Carroll & Damian Sommer

Special Guest (Sunday only):

Framed – with developer Joshua Boggs from Love Shack Entertainment.

From ARTXGAME

Calvin and Hellen’s Bogus Journey – Hellen Jo X Derek Yu
Jottobots – J. Otto Seibold X Kyle Pulver
Untitled – Deth P Sun X Cactus
Untitled – Souther Salazar X Petri Purho
Return of the Quack – Matt Furie X Chevy Ray Johnston
Catburger – Beau Blyth X Jeni Yang

Gallery

Attract Mode returns once again with a selection of game inspired illustrations. This time in glorious Anaglyph 3D!  Displayed on site at Bento Miso’s gallery space.

 

Art From

Lamar Abrams Mariel Cartwright Ashley Davis Kyle Fewell Jovo Ve Kris Mukai John Pham Asif Siddiky Kelly Smith Babs Tarr Ventla Mikko Walamies Steve Courtney Jesse Tise

 

Attract Mode have some great photos of the show here.

Bit Bazaar

Bento Miso’s video game craft fair and marketplace. One-of-a-kind, limited-edition and handmade/DIY items—zines, boxed games, art prints, comics, t-shirts, mixtapes, papercraft and toys—direct from your favorite Toronto independent game makers!

 

Gallery of past and present Bit Bazaars

Panels

A full day of talks and panels, featuring comic and game creators discussing their work and the intersection of the two art forms. A diverse line up ranging from Faith Erin Hicks talking about creating The Last of Us: American Dreams to a panel discussion on autobiographical comics and games and an on stage interview with Randall Munroe (XKCD) on his more experimental interactive web comics.

Comics and Crowds: The Experimental, Massively Multiplayer Comics of XKCD  – A Conversation With Randall Munroe

Randall Munroe with interviewer Miguel Sternberg

 

The Last of Us – Making American Dreams

Faith Erin Hicks

 

Play My Life – Autobiographical Comics and Games

David S Gallant, merritt kopas, Annie Mok, Kelly Phillips with moderator Soha El-Sabaawi

 

Putting Pixels on Paper – Game Zine Revolution

Elizabeth Simins, Ashley Davis, Mathew Kumar, Matt Hawkins with moderator Adam Hines

 

Furnishing Gone Home – Creating a House That Tells a Story

Kate Craig

 

The Yawhg Post Mortem – Crafting A Multiplayer Choose Your Own Adventure

Damian Sommer and Emily Carroll

Out of Order – Playing with Sequential Art in Framed

Joshua Boggs







Comics vs Games 2015

Co-organized with TCAF

Panels

 

Comics vs Games Microtalks

David Calvo, Alfe Clemencio, AM Cosmos, David Hellman, Andrew Hlynka, Kim Hoang, Rachel Kahn,  Xin Ran Liu, Matthew Ritter,  Jason Shiga, Miguel Sternberg.

 

Introduction to Game Making For Artists

Chris De Castro, Paloma Dawkins, Matt Hammill, Kim Hoang, Archie Wisco, Sagan Yee.

 


 

Comics vs Games 2016

Co-organized with TCAF, sponsored by the OMDC

Click here for the full recap and testimonials!

Full list of exhibitors and descriptions

Digital Games

A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build • Aces Over Eights • Alea • An/Other • Auto Age: Standoff • Balloon Buoyancy • Bravery Network • Cryptark • Cupkins • Dodge Club Party • Don’t Fall In The Hole • Endlight-Outside • GalaCollider • Hackers Versus BankstersLast Fight • LongStory • LOUD on Planet X • MANDATORY UPGRADE: X MARKS THE SPOT • No Holds Billiards • Project Grand Vault •  Quick Drop • Real Army Simulator • Runbow • SHNIPERS • Shuyan • Sky Rogue • Sokobond •Super Hero VR • Those Without Shadows • Visual Novel Chill Zone • Wits & Warfare • Za Vas (To You)  

Panels

The Bizarro Land Between Comics to Games

Benjamin Rivers

Comics vs Games Microtalks

Keith Makse – Dreaming of Superman: The Top 5 Intersecting Points between Comic Books and Virtual Reality
Yifat Shaik – Subversive Humor and The Absurdity of Real Life Experience
Derek Quenneville – Taking Things for Granted: The Origin of Pausing
Kalervo A. Sinervo – Playing/with Comics: Some Excursions into Digital Hybridity
Alex Rushdy – Colors of the Runbow – Working Around Art Limitations
Andrew Baillie – Visual Novels 101

Comics VS. Games on Twitch – Creative and Game Streams

Nic ter Horst, Rosemary Brennan, Shawn Mcgrath, Rachel Kahn, Leisha-Marie Riddel


Comics vs Games 2017

Co-organized with TCAF, sponsored by the OMDC

Full list of exhibitors and speakers

Panels

 

The Hand Eye Society was proud to announce the return of the Comics x Games Jam, which pairs comic artists with game designers to create unique works of interactive digital art. For the first time since 2012, three teams once again collaborated on unique interactive projects to be showcased as part of the arcade exhibit at TCAF!

ARTISTS:

HEY GRAB ME SOME-: GINETTE LAPALME X TAYLOR BAI-WOO

Dispirited: JESSE DENOBREGA X MARISHKA ZACHARIAH

Battle Zine Turbo V: JENN WOODALL X ALTOPUNK/LIESL A.

 

How does a video game studio manage to develop narrative-rich, beautifully illustrated visual novels, while managing to be financially sustainable, radically collaborative, inclusive, diverse, AND manage to pay everyone fairly? We welcome Pillow Fight (We Know the Devil, Rose of Winter, Ghosts of Miami) to TCAF to help us answer some of these burning questions!

Jo FuMagnolia PorterKim NguyenPriya Huq. Moderated by Gabriela Aveiro-Ojeda

Digital Games

Rose of Winter • Tiny Swords SMAAASH! • We Used To Be Friends  • Arrow Heads • King of the Hat • Monumental Failure • Riverbond • Runbow  Pirate Pop Plus • Code Romantic • Dead Winter • Detective Madson in Drop Dead Gorgeous Fish Fly Fever • Floor Kids • Forgotten • GEMETON Holoscope • I Get This Call Every Day • Jigsaw Story • Monster Girls Gaynerations: Ghoulfriends For Life • Oniri Islands: Children of the River • Palmystery • PURITY & DECAY • Russian Subway Dogs • The Shrouded Isle • This is My Memory of First Heartbreak, Which I Can’t Quite Piece Back Together • Tram-Panic! • Unspokin


Current and past partners

Comics vs Games logo design by Cory Schmitz.   Photos by Matt Hawkins, Henry Faber, N Maxwell Lander, Ken Cho.