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THE NEXT DAY - Meet up and Discussion with artists, Book Launch & Exhibition



May Incubator/Animator Meet-up with special guests John Porcellino and Mathew den Boer

Please join us on Wednesday, May 4th For this special edition of the monthly Incubator/Animator Meet-up!

Acclaimed cartoonist John Porcellino and animator Mathew den Boer will appear along with the creative team behind THE NEXT DAY to give a short presentation on this fascinating project and to discuss their collaborative creative process.

THE NEXT DAY is both a ground-breaking print graphic novella and separate online interactive animated documentary, each constructed from intimate interviews with survivors of near-fatal suicide attempts.

Porcellino is Illustrator for THE NEXT DAY graphic novella, which releases in early May, while den Boer has created all animations for the interactive experience (which will release later in May). den Boer and Porcellino will discuss the process and challenges in creating original animations inspired by Porcellino's drawings.

John and Mathew's discussion will be followed by the usual monthly shenanigans of showing off completed animations or works in progress, sharing animation knowledge and networking with other animators. Feel free to bring your recent or in-progress projects and sketchbooks!

Animator Meet Up and Discussion w/John Porcellino and Mathew den Boer
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
60 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 102
FREE

About The Next Day:
The Next Day is a ground-breaking print graphic novella and separate interactive animated documentary online, both constructed from intimate interviews with survivors of near-fatal suicide attempts. In this poetic and profound philosophical exploration, four seemingly ordinary people each offer haunting insight into life, the decision to end it, and what comes after...

About John Porcellino:
John Porcellino has been writing, drawing, and publishing minicomics, comics, and graphic novels in America for over 25 years. He is best known for his self-published, predominantly autobiographical minicomics series, King-Cat Comics, which he began as a teenager in 1989 and continues to produce today. Porcellino’s poetic representations of the everyday, his masterful storytelling, and his minimalist drawing style have won him critical acclaim and influenced a generation of alternative comics creators. According to cartoonist Chris Ware (Jimmy Corrigan and The Acme Novelty Library), "John Porcellino's comics distill, in just a few lines and words, the feeling of simply being alive," while Time Magazine has proclaimed that "Porcellino creates some of the most thoughtful, intelligent and beautiful comix in America." Porcellino has struggled with chronic depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder the majority of his life.

About Mathew den Boer:
Mathew den Boer is a classically trained 2D animator with a background in sign typography. After working in children's television for several years doing key animation and layouts, he formed Trouble Design Inc. to serve as a base for motion graphics, video game animation, graphic design and illustration. In 2008 den Boer worked as art director, storyboard artist and lead concept designer on the BBC kids show Big & Small. Since then, projects have increasingly focused on development and storytelling.


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THE NEXT DAY BOOK LAUNCH & EXHIBITION OPENING



Tuesday, May 3, 2011
The National Film Board of Canada Mediatheque
150 John St. (at Richmond St. W), Toronto
Doors open at 7:00; Event starts at 7:30
Admission is FREE

This Is Not A Reading Series hosts a free intimate discussion with the entire creative team behind The Next Day, including indie-comics star John Porcellino ("Porcellino creates some of the most thoughtful, intelligent and beautiful comix in America" - TIME). The hour long discussion will be followed by a reception, and will also mark the opening of an ongoing immersive exhibition of original artwork from the graphic novella as well as animations, soundscapes, projections and more from the upcoming interactive experience at the NFB Mediatheque in Toronto through late May.

This event is Co-Presented by: The National Film Board, TVO, This Is Not A Reading Series, Pop Sandbox Productions, Hot Docs Documentary Festival, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, The Canadian Mental Health Association, Raincoast Books and The Toronto Animated Image Society.

The Next Day graphic novella is an exciting hybrid of animation, documentary film and comic book, co-written by former social worker Paul Peterson and filmmaker Jason Gilmore, and illustrated by acclaimed cartoonist John Porcellino ("Porcellino creates some of the most thoughtful, intelligent and beautiful comix in America" – TIME).

The initial idea for The Next Day originated with Paul Peterson over ten years ago, after witnessing firsthand the devastating impact of suicide on a family. According to the World Health Organization, suicide rates have increased by sixty percent worldwide in the last forty-five years; an estimated one million people die from suicide every year, and more than twenty times that number try. Acclaimed cartoonist, John Porcellino was attracted to the project based on his own lifelong struggles with depression.

The Next Day graphic novella will be available in Canadian bookstores and comic shops across North America in early May. It is distributed by Raincoast Books.

The Next Day is produced and published by Pop Sandbox, the award-winning company behind KENK: A Graphic Portrait. The Next Day interactive experience is a co-production with the National Film Board of Canada in association with TVO as part of the NFB-TVO Calling Card Program. It will launch in late May at nfb.ca/thenextday and tvo.org/thenextday

For more information on The Next Day, visit www.thenextday.ca