ToonSeum Director to be Artist Guest of Honor in Edmonton Canada

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The ToonSeum’s executive director, Joe Wos, will be an international geek ambassador of sorts as the “Artist Guest of Honour” during the Pure Speculation Festival in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The fan convention will take place Nov. 18-20 at Grant MacEwan Centre.

Wos is one of several guests of “honour” at the popular sci-fi, comics and pop culture festival.

While Wos and the ToonSeum, Pittsburgh’s museum of comic and cartoon art, have presented workshops and lectures at comic conventions across the United States, this is his first venture to Canada.

Wos will speak about the history of Saturday morning animation and sit in on several panels covering a variety of topics. He also will present his nationally acclaimed program “Once Upon a Toon” — a unique blend of storytelling and live cartoon illustration — and sign prints of his illustrated mazes, dubbed the world’s most difficult by Ripley’s Believe it or Not! museums.

“I am deeply honored. Or, honoured, as I found out they say in Canada,” Wos said. “As a cartoonist and director of a museum dedicated to cartoons and comics, I think it is important that the United States and Canada set aside their differences about the metric system and the definition of bacon to come together at Pure Speculation and realize that no matter where we are from, we are all a bunch of geeks.”

Other (more famous and likely more popular) guests include actress Rebecca Staab, actor Will deVry and Jason Kapalka, co-founder and chief game designer of PopCap Games.

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