Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2012 Questionnaire: Eugene Zhilinsky and Tatyana Yuditskaya | Afterword | Arts | National Post

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Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2012 Questionnaire: Eugene Zhilinsky and Tatyana Yuditskaya

via Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2012 Questionnaire: Eugene Zhilinsky and Tatyana Yuditskaya | Afterword | Arts | National Post.

Q: Who are you?

A: We are Eugene Zhilinsky and Tatyana Yuditskaya – a husband and wife team. We do stories based on personal memoirs. We publish them on our label Editions Tchai. It’s our creative name.

Q: I hear you’ve never attended TCAF before? What gives? Explain yourself!

A: We were busy with the other projects including our newborn daughter, traveling and fashion design

Q: Have you ever been to Toronto before? To Canada? If not, what’s your favourite Canadian stereotype?

A: Actually we live in Toronto. Just near the lake Ontario. It’s across the street from our new home. Next year we are going to tell a bit about Canadian stereotype in our upcoming book “Toronto Grafiti”.

Q: What’s the coolest thing you’ve heard about the festival?

A: The coolest thing is growing public and creators interest to peace movement on Middle East. Last year the was Miriam Libicki with her amazing hot spotted Jobnik.This year will be Guy Delisle’s Jerusalem and our Rock Testament. We have even more novels set up in modern and ancient Jerusalem. This is really cool!

Q: How many comic festivals/fairs/conventions do you attend each year? Why are they so important?

A: We don’t do it mush in general (see second question). Last convention we were attending as invited artists was Biennale de Carnet de Voyages in Town of Clermont-Ferrand, France. It was in 2008. 4 years from now. Lets see what’s going on in the next 4 years.

Q: What’s the weirdest experience you’ve ever had with a fellow cartoonist?

A: Look, we are married and we do comic books and graphic novels. Sometimes there are the stories about each other. What’d be weirder?

Q: Which artist at the festival would you pick to write/draw your biography? Why?

A: Kate Beaton. We just love her brief views at world history and literature. But you’ve got to be at least Lester Pearson to have a chance to be cartooned by her. It’d never happened.

Q: If TCAF had a competition for best costume, who/what would you come dressed as?

A: Superadam and Wondereve (chuckles) Oh, no! We just OK what we are

Q: What was your favourite comic as a kid? What’s your favourite comic now?

A: Our first ever comics were The Frankenstein Story by Classic Comics and Pif. It was somewhere in the mid seventieth. We like Joan Sfar now

Q: What’s your favourite thing to draw?

A: As it was recently said we do stories based on personal memoirs. So scribbling storyboards and travel sketches upon our journeys with intention to convert sometimes our sketchbooks storytelling into book of memoirs that’s probably a key

Q: Quick — name the best member of The Avengers? The worst?

A: We not much into superheroes. Did you mean The Avengers  – British TV series from 60-s?

Q: What’s the one comic book you’d love to see adapted into a movie?

A: There are two books – Danger Girls and Adventures of Rocco Vargas.

Killer comics, part two: Editions Tchai, Top Shelf, and Jeff Lemire | Quillblog | Quill & Quire

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Editions Tchai’s Eugene Zhilinsky interviewed with Kimberley Whitchurch by Natalie Samson for Quill & Quire’s great article on small-press comics at TCAF. Check it out!

“It’s been a hard-knock education in publishing, but the pair has figured it out on the fly. “It was easy,” Zhilinsky deadpans. “We just bought a printing machine.”

via Killer comics, part two: Editions Tchai, Top Shelf, and Jeff Lemire | Quillblog | Quill & Quire.


TCAF this weekend!

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We are introducing Editions Tchai at TCAF this very weekend – May 5-6!!!

I will be at table #250 upstairs. Jess Fink is next to us on 252! Kimberley Whitchurch will also join me to sign our book.
We will have copies of “Rock Testament”,  and Tchai’s fancy collection of Tanya’s novels- “Oh, Gilgamesh” and “Hungry Heart”.

Rock Testament

Oh Gilgamesh!

Hungry Heart

Plus “Toronto Graffiti Postcards” and all sort of silly things.

Toronto Graffiti Postcards

Come say hello!

Tchai bookmarks

This year at TCAF | The Toronto Comics Art Festival

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 Check out the TCAF new web site – we’re among participants under “Z”. And Rock Testament going to be our debut book. Well, we did it for last TCAF but we were late. Now when we “IN” – it’s better late than sorrow, eh?

What we going to present at TCAF this year? Well, it’s Rock Testament, of course. Then it’s Hungry Hart, the reprint and Toronto Graffiti postcards. We may bring Tanya’s Oh, Gilgamesh as well, why not – it’s an excellent book for young adults. If we lucky we may also print some copies of carnet de voyages but only if we lucky! Hey, it’s in 3 months! We gotta be very lucky to do all that – hurry!

TCAF | The Toronto Comics Art Festival | Tatyana and Eugene Zhilinsky.

Quinntessential Comix #1 – YouTube

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So earlier this week Kimberley Whitchurch and Eugene Zhilinsky @ Editions Tchai were interviewed by Alice Quinn at Tdotcomics. There were told many great words regarding  Rock Testament book and the work Eugene and Kimberly performed during their creation process. You can read about Alice’s show and check out the video if you like.

via Quinntessential Comix #1 – YouTube.


Quinntessential Comix | TdotComics

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Quinntessential Comix | TdotComics.


The show will be taped on Wednesdays and released on Thursdays, here is the schedule for the next month:
Wednesday November 16 – Eugene Zhilinsky Kimberley Whitchurch creators of Rock Testament
Wednesday November 23 – Maurice Vellekoop‘s creator of (to be released Nov.29) The World of Gloria Badcock
Wednesday November 30 – The Kill Shakespeare guys (still have to confirm who will be in attendance)
Wednesday December 7 – Book Club Episode!



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Rock Testament at Another Story Book Shop display

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Dropping by Another Story Book Shop last week and guess what – our latest book Rock Testament on display! Just next to Scott Pilgrim no less! Hooray!

Sequential | Canadian Comics News & Culture

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 “you never know if he really believes what he’s talking about, but when you start to believe him he unexpectedly makes some sharp twists…and he’s gone.” 

Rock Testament. The cover

Thus how I described David Ro – the main character of our book Rock Testament we published this May. Well… they all real, my characters. They even have their own life.  Like David himself who moved to India just like it’s been written. And he was staying there a pretty long time. He was saying that he wouldn’t leave India, he was feeling pretty happy there, but once when he was sleeping in a jungle he woke up because elephants were looking at him…and that made him decide to come back. Anyway I just put together all those whom I knew in this city and just drew the story.

Dalton Sharp interviewed Eugene Zhilinsky and Kimberley Whitchurch about their book (our book!) Rock Testament at Sequential | Canadian Comics News & Culture.


Some books still available in our shop on ETSY.

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Sequential | Canadian Comics News & Culture.

Kate Beaton is the cover feature of the latest issue of Quill and Quire, the magazine of Canadian books and publishing news.  

Just the image too small and the interview unavailable online 🙂

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