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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