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Fort Richmond-based writer and graphic artist Scott A. Ford will be giving audiences a glimpse at his latest experiment at Winnipeg’s first Prairie Comics Festival.
The 24-year-old Fort Richmond-based writer and graphic artist will be at the inaugural festival promoting his upcoming full-length graphic novel Ark Land. He’ll also be speaking on a panel for comic colouring, and debuting his new experimental comic, Giants’ Well.
The Prairie Comics Festival, which will run July 30 at the Millennium Library, will host a juried selection of independent artists, writers, craft-makers, and publishers for a full day of fan interaction, tabling, and panels.
"It’s exciting to see this kind of event come to Winnipeg, because I’m familiar with events similar to this in the states but the biggest event I can think of (in Canada) is the Toronto Comics Arts Festival," Ford said, adding that the festival’s format, free cover, and juried artists shares similarities with the popular Ontario event.
"I think it’s great to have that friendly competition and it encourages people to improve their work and aim higher and make the festival the best it can be," he said.
Ford, 24, has been working in comics for about seven years but his passion for storytelling began with the written word at a much earlier age.
"I always liked creative writing and I loved making up stories and characters and worlds, and so I was into that for a good part of my youth," Ford explained. "I was struggling with my writing and I wanted to tell stories, but I didn’t feel like I was a good enough writer. When I discovered a variety of different comics, different than just superheroes, I realized that I could tell the stories I wanted to tell with pictures instead of words."
Ford’s latest work Giants’ Well is an experimental comic (coming out in digital first, and later in a printed "accordion" format) that features characters in a continuous landscape and is inspired by side-scrolling video games.
"I wanted to make something that also worked as web comic," Ford explained. "It’s an idea I’ve been sitting on for a couple of years and within the last year or so I’ve locked in to how I wanted to use that format."
A University of Manitoba Fine Arts grad, Ford is also currently plugging away at his largest project to date, Ark Land. Ford describes the 200-page sci-fi fantasy graphic novel as a cross between the popular video game series The Legend of Zelda and alien-drama movie District 9.
Set in vibrant, industrialized landscapes, Ark Land tells the story of an invading alien species interacting with the planet’s native inhabitants and the conflict that can arise.
"I’ve always liked sci-fi and fantasy so I wanted to mash them together in a very jolly, sort of whimsical world," Ford said.
A release date for Ark Land has yet to be announced.
Ford’s work, including past publications and standalone illustrations, can be viewed at scottaford.wordpress.com
More information about the Prairie Comics Festival, scheduled speakers and a full event listing is available at prairiecomics.com
Danielle Da Silva
Community journalist — The Sou'wester
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