TIFF Nexus Presents: Comics vs. Games

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Five comic artists + Five game developers = Five games!
Inspired by the artxgame projects in Los Angeles and San Francisco, TIFF Nexus’ Comics vs Gamescreative jam, led by Miguel Sternberg from the Hand Eye Society, has developed five inspiring game collaborations between nationally and internationally renowned independent comic and game creators. Each team is made up of one comic creator and one indie game developer, and the results are highly polished, multiplayer, jam-scale games along with limited edition prints for each game.
These innovative and unique games will be showcased at:
Magic Pony Gallery Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Magic Pony Gallery
680 Queen Street West, Toronto

Reception: May 3, 7pm – 10pm
Dates: April 29 – May 3
Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Toronto Reference Library
at 789 Yonge Street, Toronto

Date: May 5 – May 6

Cumulo Nimblers
by John Martz and Farbs
High above the Earth, then a smidgeon higher, a cast of colourful cloud-hoppers hop from cloud to cloud. Skipping ‘twixt rainbows, kites, and companions, they collect the many MacGuffins to unleash a magical joy. No thing could be finer, were it not for a competitive urge that hides in their little clopper hearts, or the perilous drop to the Earth, far, far below.
The Yawgh
by Emily Carroll and Damian Sommer
It is six weeks until The Yawhg returns. How will the town’s locals lead their lives in the meanwhile, and what will they do when the dreaded Yawhg finally arrives? The fate of a community hinges on the characters’ actions, and the decisions of their players.
Black Church Brigandage
by Andy Belanger and Miguel Sternberg
Play the most metal sport of all, battling over the life of the newborn antichrist! Pick your team: the disciples of the black church want to sacrifice him to the fires. His loving barbarian parents want to bundle him away and save him. Both will pass, throw and ricochet the bouncing baby prince of darkness while taking every opportunity to pummel their opponents into submission.
We’re no Angels
by Steve Manale and Jamie Fristrom
Horrified by the idea of being forced to play nightly private shows by God for all eternity, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse, And Tupac Shakur attempt a daring escape from Heaven. Using special skills and drug powerups, our heroes fight their way through hordes of sword-wielding angel guards in this two player twin stick shooter.
The Mysterious Aphroditus
by Christine Love and Kyla Vanderklugt
The Mysterious Aphroditus is the crown jewel of London theatre, capturing the hearts and imagination of audiences across the city. Equally skilled at taking on the role of prince or princess, no one knows the true identity of the epicene idol – but that won’t stop the high and low of Victorian society from battling it out, turn-based style, to win their favour in this sordid tale of petticoats and paramours.
  At Magic Pony, the TIFF Nexus’ Comics vs Games exhibition will be showcased along with the new unreleased version of Daniel Benmergui’s IGF Nuovo Award winnerStoryteller, a comic/game hybrid, as well as Jason Shiga’s and Andrew Plotkin’sMeanwhile, an interactive comic application for the iPad.

In addition, we are excited to announce that the Attract Mode collective will be showcasing a selection of artwork by artists 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
Comics vs Games logo design by Corey Schmitz
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