This year celebrates the five year anniversary of the Breakdown Comic Jam, a once-a-month open drawing session.

The comic jam is a gathering of local artists and takes place at the Anna Templeton Centre on the first Friday of every month.

All-ages and all skill levels are welcome… and bonus, it’s free!

The event is hosted by Wallace Ryan and Paul Tucker, both working artists who have had their share of successes recently. Ryan just finished the first issue of his new self-published series “Titus Mysterious” and Tucker has a comic coming out in July with IDW. “Drawing is usually such a solitary activitiy. It’s nice to get out once in a while and spend time with other like-minded people” says Tucker.

To mix things up, the comic jam occassionally has monthly themes and has been known to host special guests – something they hope to continue doing this year. In addition to quality drawing time, the session is also a great opportunity to network, have work critiqued, show off your latest projects, and exchange comics.

Breakdown Comic Jam is made possible with sponsorship and support from the Anna Templeton Centre and Downtown Comics.


Favourite comic of all time?

Paul: It’s kind of a downer, but I will never stop looking at Bernard Krigstein’s 12 page EC Comics story “Master Race.”
Wallace: Most of them!

Favourite artist?

Paul: The above mentioned Bernard Krigstein is my current favourite.
Wallace: Jack Kirby!

Currently reading?

Paul: “Zero” by Ales Kot, “Pop” by Curt Pires and Jason Copland and “Seconds” by Bryan Lee O’Malley.
Wallace: I’m currently reading “Space Detectives,” “Creeping Death from Neptune,” “Run like Crazy, Run
like Hell” and “Ditko’s Shorts.”

Dream collaboration?

Paul: I’d love to work with my childhood hero Erik Larsen.
Wallace: It would have to be with Alan Moore.

Hours spent drawing per week?

Paul: 16-25 Probably in the middle of that on average.
Wallace: Anywhere from 12 to 30!