Meet the artist: Clayton Hanmer
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My name is…

Clayton “CTON” Hanmer

I live in…

…the beautiful, friendly Parkdale hood of Toronto.

The best part of my city/town is…

…its bikeability. My family and I use bikes as our main mode of transportation to get around the city. I bike all year (I have special winter tires with spikes) but enjoy riding during the warmer months on one of the many awesome bike trails around Toronto.

My favourite thing about libraries is…

…that they are full of books. Seems obvious, but books are seriously amazing things—filled with an infinite amount of life, knowledge and adventure!

Some of my favourite things to read as a kid were…

…mostly comic related. I really enjoyed humour comic magazines (Mad and Cracked magazines), horror comics, comic anthologies (Calvin and Hobbs, Far Side, etc.). I also read a lot Hardy Boys novels.

I am most creative when…

…I’m the shower. I seem to always come up with my best ideas in there (although it’s quite hard to write them down).

My favourite art supply is…

…a pencil. Very simple device but has the incredible ability to draw or write ANYTHING!

My all-time favourite artist is…

…Chris Ware. His work made me realize that I wanted to draw professionally.

You would never catch me…

…skydiving. I’m terrified of a faulty parachute release.

If I could have one super power, I would choose…

…flying. Then I don’t have to worry about the last question.

If I could be any animal in the world, I would be…

…a farm dog. They always seem like the happiest beings around.

The thing I love most about the outdoors is…

…the fresh air. It’s something we take for granted here in Canada.

Clayton Hanmer's Books
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Meet the web comic author: Jo Rioux
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My name is…

Jo Rioux. I’m an author, an illustrator and a life-long space cadet who flies by the seat of her rocket pants.

I live in…

…Ottawa, our nation’s capital.

The best part of my city/town is…

…all the green space! From throwing a frisbee in Rockcliffe Park to dipping my toes at Britannia Beach.

My favourite thing about libraries is…

…the time travel. I can visit a hundred different eras in one spot.

Some of my favourite things to read as a kid were…

…comics. And comics. Did I mention comics? They were my favourite!

I am most creative when…

…I’m stuck doing something boring like the dishes. Then I have a dozen great ideas that I have to go draw right this second. The dishes will have to wait!

My favourite art supply is…

…my Col-Erase pencils—coloured pencils that you can erase. I bring them everywhere.

My all-time favourite artist is…

I have to pick just one?! Well, I love everything Matt Rockefeller does. He’s a huge inspiration.

You would never catch me…

…downhill skiing. Actually, you could easily “catch me” downhill skiing, because I’d be falling over all the time.

If I could have one superpower, I would choose…

…the power to discover the deep unknowable truths of the universe. Like where the spelling assignment I lost in 5th grade actually ended up.

If I could be any animal in the world, I would be…

My dog. She’s spoiled rotten.

The thing I love most about the outdoors is…

…the sense of freedom. It’s in the warm breeze, the smell of lilac and the songs of the birds.

Jo Rioux's Books
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