Torontonia, by Maia Machen

Maia Machèn (Maia Matches) was born in Toronto, Canada, and moved to the Netherlands in 1999. She graduated from the Academy of Art & Design in Den Bosch in 2003. She majored in sculpting, and additionally self-published a series of zines, called 'Crap*'. In 2004, she worked on her graphic novel 'Torontonia', a project that was awarded a subsidy by De Nieuwe Brabantse Kunst Stichting (The New Brabants Art Society) in Breda. Maia drew a comic in the 24 Hour Comics Day event in Amsterdam in 2007.

She was one of the driving forces behind the free comics papers Orient X Press (2012) and Wat Wil West (2014), that were distributed free in the Amsterdam quarters Oost and Oud-West, respectively. The papers featured art by Maia and other upcoming comic artists based in Amsterdam. In 2014 she participated in 'De kraker, de agent, de jurist en de stad', a journalistic graphic novel collaboration between three journalists and three comic artists about the squatting prohibition of 2010.

De kraker, de agent, de jurist en de stad by Maia Matches
De kraker, de agent, de jurist en de stad

Last updated: 2014-07-11

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