We've all seen them, and at one time or another must have read one or two. Comic books have been woven into society since The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck in 1837. They've been used for everything from keeping children occupied and encouraging them to read to delivering anti-drug messages and wartime propaganda. Today, our beloved comic book heroes and villains are big business! Self-publishing and new technology have allowed virtually anyone to realize their dream of sketching out their own idea for the newest super hero or astonishing story. MASKED The Art and Design of Comic Books explores the ways comic book culture has grown and evolved. We'll also expose you to a trio of local artists who each has found comic books to be their avenue of artistic expression.
Michael Morton holds a diploma in Illustration from Sheridan College in Toronto, Ontario. With more than a decade of Art Direction. He has played key roles in garnering top design awards for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC), Leo Burnett Toronto, and Canadian Agency of the Decade, Taxi, among others.
Besides illustration and design, Michael’s other passion is music. Known by his alias Displacer, he’s released his distinctive brand of electronic music on international record labels and his own Crime League label since 2003. He’s thrilled audiences at world-leading music festivals in Europe and Canada, including NXNE.
As in independent artist with a passion for comic book art I've had the good fortune of being commissioned regularly to produce comic book art and sequentials for clients.
I consider myself a "hobbyist" with a vision to one day "Live the dream" of being a full-time comic book artist.