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#TalkIsCheap Episode 13: Pipelines and Their P.R. Reptiles






ROADTRIP! Ad Astra Comix is [Back] on Tour!

Last year, we packed up our apartment in Toronto and hit the road from December 2015 to April 2016. From the American Southeast to the Pacific Northwest, we met with incredible people doing important work.

In 2017, we’ve decided to do it all again. Stay posted to our social media accounts for updates, photos, and event listings. And, for old time’s sake, here’s the comic we made from our tour last time…

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#ISA2014 Mixer and Launch of Journal for Narrative Politics

For the second time in a week, Ad Astra Comix was out and about meeting and discussing the power of political comics.

Here in Toronto the International Studies Association is wrapping up there annual convention, with hundreds of academics visiting internationally to deliver talks and share ideas on everything from global economic migration to the homogenization of Indigenous cultures and practices worldwide.  And we’re here to hell you… #TheresAComic4That .
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Event Report: The Ad Astra EQUINOX of COMIX

Friday, March 21
Ad Astra Comix / Soybomb HQ – Toronto

Amidst the clinking of glasses and the honking of Mario Karts, Ad Astra had its second seasonal shindig, aimed at building the radical comics community in Toronto.  The spread of comics available for acquisition was second only to the one on the kitchen island – a delicious selection of vegan and vegetarian delights made with love by Erica Podlowski (of Podlowski’s Traveling Emporium) and Emma Palumbo, author of the zine “CAN IT: A Collection of Stories, Recipes, and DIY Food Politics“)  Other vendors plying their exciting wares included Ohhh Canada, the JustSeeds Art Collective, and the poster campaign “Imaging Apartheid“.
The literary fortune telling booth was a a true highlight of the evening, with all kinds of people packing in behind a screen of diaphanous silk to hear Melina and Yasmine prophesize their book-loving prospects with tomes and tarot alike! Some eager fortune-seekers were so taken by the proceedings that they sat in on additional tellings just to take it all in.
Ad Astra Comix contributor and Comic Book Embassy ambassador Sam Noir made an appearance with his newly-crafted “Crack Smokin'” Mayoral action figure! Also to be available in a PG “Publically Inebriated” model… We hope he will be making many more, as it was incredibly popular!
If Mario Kart came to a crashing close when someone stumbled over the controller cords and sent the whole thing into scattered disarray, the circles of conversation that formed in the half-pipe were an ample substitute.  Several attendees discovered to their delight that the slick surface of the half-pipe is perfect for group sliding…
All in all it was an exciting night – food was served, perspectives were exchanged and a good time was had by all.  If we sold a few comics along the way, well, it’s in the service of expanding the city’s political horizons through the medium of the graphic narrative.  A big thank you to the 70+ people that came out to make the event a truly memorable one, and an extra special cheer of appreciation to everyone who poured their energy into putting it all together.
See you at the solstice!
With love,
The Ad Astra gang.

SAT, Dec 21st: Open House & Solstice Party

Hey Folks!

If you’re in the Toronto area you are cordially invited to Ad Astra Comix’ Open House and Solstice Party taking place Downtown on Saturday, December 21st. We think it’s probably the best way you could spend the darkest night of the year.

As many readers already know, Ad Astra doesn’t actually have a storefront, but we do have access to a local community space called Soybomb – which has, for the past decade, been a home for independent music and culture in Toronto. Food and drink will be available by donation – and all Ad Astra stock (comics, books, posters, etc.) will be 10%-20% off. So if you’re in the city, you probably shouldn’t miss it!

Here’s our poster. Please feel free to post and share with your social networks. A Facebook RSVP Page has been set up here.