Deshi Deng for Vice

March 29, 2016

Our illustrator Deshi Deng was recently commissioned by Vice to illustrate Ranbir Singh Sidhu’s article depicting the Jihadist war on bloggers in Bangladesh.

Check out the Vice article here:







The Museum of the Street: 50 Years of Toronto Illustration

January 12, 2016

The Museum of the Street: 50 Years of Toronto Illustration


The Museum Of The Street: 50 Years of Toronto Illustration

Show Dates: January 12 to February 5, 2016
Opening reception: from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, January 14, 2016

The exhibition will be open to the public, Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Museum Of The Street will be a exhibition of the 50 years of illustration featuring the work of 38 Toronto illustrators who began their careers in the years between the 1960’s and the mid 1980’s.

Here’s the list of artists in the show…

Jamie Bennett
Huntley Brown
Tak Bui
David Chestnutt
Julius Ciss
Mike Constable
Sylvie Daigneault
Ken Dallison
Will Davis
Sandra Dionisi
Blair Drawson
Bob Fortier
Gail Geltner
James Hill
Roger Hill
Jeff Jackson
Barbara Klunder
Jerzy Kolacz
Anita Kunz
Ted Larson
Ross MacDonald
Doug Martin
Tom McNeely
Joe Morse
Simon Ng
Tomio Nitto
Dennis Noble
Doug Panton
Maureen Paxton
Joe Salina
Gerry Sevier
Peter Swan
James Sweetland
Mark Thurman
Maurice Vellekoop
Richard Whyte
Muriel Wood
Rene Zamic

(Painting by James Hill for the Canadian Opera Company’s 1979/1980 season poster)

Time Past

June 30, 2015

These are a couple of old SX-70 Polaroids of the original Reactor second floor studio at 51 Camden Street. These were taken in 1983. That’s Jeff Jackson in the fourth picture.






R.I.P. – 51 Camden Street

June 26, 2015

Posted by Louis Fishauf

51 Camden Street – home of Reactor Art + Design from 1982 to 2014. And for 19 years before that, home to Camden Cooper Garments, my dad Nathan’s schmatta business in the old garment district. Nathan and his partner Sam Warner bought the building in April 1963 for $53,500.

Throughout my teenage years, I spent summers and weekends working for my dad, hauling rolls of textiles up to the third floor, and helping to lay down hundreds of layers of cloth on the long cutting table, to be cut into the pattern pieces for the stretchy slacks and ski jackets that were the mainstay of the business.

In 1982, upon my dad’s retirement, I took over the second floor space where Bill Grigsby and I started Reactor Art + Design. I was Reactor’s creative director for 13 years until 1995 when I decided to pursue life as a freelance designer/art director/illustrator. Through up-sizing and down-sizing, Reactor was a tenant in the building for over 32 years until it was sold in 2014.

51 Camden_then+now

The Juggler of Our Lady: Forbear of the Graphic Novel

June 10, 2015

Originally released in 1953, R.O. Blechman’s picture book, The Juggler of Our Lady will be reprinted by Dover Graphic Novels this summer with an introduction by Maurice Sendak. The Juggler of Our Lady is one of the great examples of the graphic novel form. In the book, Blechman gives us a satirical, visual retelling of a classic medieval Christmas tale of the same name. The story is simple: An innocent juggler named Cantalbert sets out to save the world with his talent but is scorned and ignored by everyone he meets until an encounter with a statue of the Virgin Mary changes his life.


The first edition was published by Henry Holt in 1953.

Alëna Skarina’s Music For Memory

June 9, 2015


Alëna was commissioned by Denise Cole of JWT to create a poster for the Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s “Music and Memory iPod Project”. The project program is based on the effects of music and stimulation on people with dementia. The poster encourages the donations of old iPods, which are then loaded with personalized music for patients with dementia.

Carolyn Gowdy’s Warm wishes for a season of sunshine and splendour.

June 8, 2015

These are two of Carolyn’s recent handcoloured etchings.


Dream Boat


Girl with Eye and Seashell

Carolyn is presenting a solo exhibition of her ongoing project ‘pOeM pEoPle at the Seaside’ during her residency at the Aldeburgh Beach Lookout & Arthouse in Aldburgh, Suffolk, UK from 6 June to 20 June, 2015.

The Winds of Change are blowing bringing Spring weather. Enjoy the earth today.

April 22, 2015

Art by Alexandra Iorgu.

Designing for Wine Country

January 6, 2015

Our esteemed designer Jess Keefer recently completed the CD-DVD-Booklet for Bill Russell’s Wine Country Tales.


Reactor’s new location.

May 5, 2014

After 32 years at 51 Camden Street, Reactor has moved to a new location at 340 Westmoreland Avenue North on the corner of Geary Avenue and Westmoreland Avenue North just north of Dupont. The telephone number is the same and the coffee is always fresh. We are here, it’s business as usual, so drop on by!