We’re Back!

The CBU Art Gallery is officially open again after the Holidays! We hope everyone enjoyed a great vacation and is looking forward to all the great things happening in the gallery during 2016. We have two workshops left before Old Trout Funnies leaves us and ProletariART 2016 gets underway. Be sure to come on out!

Zine Talk and Workshop

Thursday January 14, 2016
Zine Talk | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Workshop (Age 14+) | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Complementing our feature exhibition Old Trout Funnies Guest Speaker, Paula Cameron’s talk entitled Marginal Media – Grassroots Print Publications as Cultural Community Development will explore historical uses of grassroots publications toward political ends, providing several examples of newsletters, zines and comics. In particular she will focus on the unique way rural communities engage with alternative print media, an exciting and underdeveloped area of research.

Dr. Cameron’s workshop will provide a brief overview of zines as grassroots print media. Several examples of zines will be shared with participants, who will then be invited to create their own “mini-zine” on a local community issue of their choice. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of the process and sharing our zines with the group.

The workshop is free but space is limited. To reserve a spot for the workshop please call 902-563-1342 or email john_mathews@cbu.ca with your name and contact information.

Dr. Paula Cameron is a zine maker, researcher, educator, and community development worker. She has facilitated zine workshops with over 100 youth and adults. She has facilitated zine workshops with over 150 rural community members, including people living with mental illness, youth leaders, art for health practitioners, university students, and more. She is a faculty member in the Masters of Adult Education and Community Development program at St. Francis Xavier University.

Comic Book Creation – From Beginning to End

Saturday January 23, 2016 | Workshop (Age 14+): 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Learn how to create your very own comic book / graphic novel. This workshop will show participants the “how-to”s, comic terminology, creating storyboards and sequential art, plus other aspects of how graphic artists produce their work. Instructor Rob Parsons, owner of Artisync Technologies, will discuss script writing, character development and how to create sequential art focusing on chronology and storyboards. The workshop won’t focus on drawing but learning the dynamic anatomy of a comic book/graphic novel.

The workshop is free but space is limited. To reserve a spot for the workshop please call 902-563-1342 or email karie_liao@cbu.ca with your name and contact information.


Reminder: Old Trout Funnies Curator Talk and Tour

Next Wednesday December 2, from 12 PM – 1 PM at the CBU Art Gallery, join Curator Dr. Ian Brodie for an exhibition talk and tour about his new publication, Old Trout Funnies: The Comic Origins of the Cape Breton Liberation Army, co-authored with artist Paul “Moose” MacKinnon. The book is available for purchase at the CBU Art Gallery and will be available for signing at the Curator talk and tour.

Old Trout Funnies: Opening Reception


Just a reminder that the opening reception for Old Trout Funnies is tonight from 6-8PM!

The curator, artist, and even a few members of the Cape Breton Liberation Army who are featured throughout the comic book series will be at the opening tonight!

Remember that all of our events are free and open to the public, not to mention there will be free food, tea, and coffee. We hope to see you there!

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Governors Book Pub: Old Trout Funnies

If you want to get a sneak peak at what our next exhibition, Old Trout Funnies, this Tuesday at Governor’s Pub where Ian Brodie will be giving a talk on his research.

Opening: Old Trout Funnies


Old Trout Funnies

October 30-January 29, 2015

Opening Reception Friday October 30, 6-8pm

The Old Trout Funnies was an independently produced comic by Paul ‘Moose’ MacKinnon in the mid-1970s. Influenced by classic action comics, the underground comics of the late 1960s, and editorial cartooning, the issues are an esoteric presentation of MacKinnon and the circle of friends who populate this comic world and a depiction of Cape Breton culture at the ebb of its industrial glory.

Organized by Ian Brodie, Associate Professor of Folklore at CBU, this exhibition will present a selection of original archival material and will correspond with the release of an annotated reprint of the complete works, Old Trout Funnies: The Comic Origins of the Cape Breton Liberation Army.


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