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Tolmie Night Market this Thursday the 20th: Featuring Shaye Nielsen

An evening of delights celebrating local art and artists!



Tolmie Ln Night Markets

My name is Matthew Lopez, and I'm calling all lovers of the discerning arts! I’m excited to share that we’re hosting a weekly summer night market every Thursday, with the dream of creating a vibrant and collaborative space. Get ready for an unforgettable experience filled with art, food, live music, and so much more!



The Lopez weekly night market is every Thursday of the summer, starting from July 6th, 6.30pm onwards till late. Join us at our workshop, #3-676 Alpha St, which is accessed through Tolmie Ln.


We’ve also curated featured artists for the upcoming weeks, and we’re excited to have our third featured artist, Shaye Nielsen, a local comic book artist and cartoonist with a brilliant hand and penchant for storytelling. His remarkable artistic skill, knee-slapping sense of humor, and beautifully inspired retro charm is sure to add much colour (pun intended) to his familiar stories, which themselves draw from day to day life here on Vancouver Island. Local musical act CoffinHill will be playing a delightful set and there will be bites and refreshments such as the old Lopez lemonade stand run by the Lopez kids! I hope to see you on this Thursday the 20th for what is looking to be a precious evening, and a great continuation to our night market season! 


Shaye Nielsen: Local Comic Book Artist and Cartoonist 

Featured Artist for July 20th


For our upcoming featured artist spot, we’re excited to host Shaye Nielsen this July the 20th! Shaye is a local comic book artist and cartoonist born and raised in Victoria. Shaye’s tryst with the form began whilst in childhood. While in elementary, Shaye read Captain Underpants and it sparked a lifelong creative passion. He’s been fully engrossed in comic book art and cartoons ever since.


Shaye started making his own comics in high school, and he’s never looked back since. Shaye studied the form through private courses at Camosun college and under the tutelage of Ken Stacey, a comic industry professional. Through Ken Stacey, Shaye befriended Garreth Gaudin, a Victoria based comic bookstore owner and teacher. Today, Shaye works with Garreth at Legends Comics. Shaye followed in Garreth’s footsteps and practices his art by producing one comic a day. In fact, Shaye has been on that commitment for almost four years!


Today, Shaye self publishes and sells his amazing comics at Legends Comics and Cavity Curiosity shop in downtown Victoria. His feature comic, Plant Head, has been running for a thousand days.  It’s a modern take on the classic Mikey Mouse feel, with a theme of day to day life that is both rousing and sincere. Lately Shaye has been inspired by old rubber horse cartoons such as Popeyes and Betty Boop, and it has brought a lot of retro richness and charm into his contemporary storytelling.




For Shaye, storytelling comes across naturally. Many editions of his daily comics feature amusing scenarios and off-the cuff jokes inspired by day-to-day life. “Sometimes I’ll be inspired by something and make a story one page at time” Shaye told me, “I love seeing where it goes, I also improvise when making visual art." Comics are certainly an exciting medium for storytelling, as Shaye says himself, “You don’t have to hire a caste or get cameras. You don’t need a big budget, you can do it all yourself.”


Shaye’s art also allows him to empower his friends. For example, Shaye often works with his friends’ bands on design ideas for mediums such as graphics and T-shirts. Shaye uses his art to express his ideas in a way that is truly bespoke, as he shared, “It lets me relate to my influences, like my favorite music and movies.”



Shaye is a highly skilled cartoonist, though his art also extends to many styles such as anime. “As my friend says, anime eyes just work” Shaye is also broadening into animation. In fact, Shaye is soon going to be taking off to the Kubert School in New Jersey, where he is going to be pursuing a comprehensive education and training in animation.


On July 20th, Shaye is going to be bringing down 1-7 zines of Plant Head and two types of prints, one of a painting of Howe’s Moving Castle and a print of Bart and Lisa in the style of Akira. There may even be copies of a few comics Shaye made in college called Mental Slime. Prints available for sale are glossy and in a cellophane sleeve.

Thank you so much for your time, Friend. We deeply appreciate your support of our friendly neighbourhood one-stop workshop! We're always glad to be of service, and on behalf of our team we wish you a very happy summer!


About Lopez Contracting & Design Ltd:

Lopez Contracting & Design Ltd is a local and emerging artisanal contracting company that specializes in highly custom projects, ranging from renovations to bespoke commissions such as live-edge furniture. Our one-stop shop strongly values our community, and we strive to operate within a 100% local network of partnered suppliers, sub-trades, artisans, and specialists. Our wood supply network, for example, sources largely from local ethical arborists.

We host a beautiful and diverse display of Vancouver Island’s finest lumber specimen, ready to be kilned, milled, sanded, edged, finished, or otherwise prepared right here in our shop for any discerning patron or project. Our one-stop shop offers singularly rare and unique services right here in the heart of Victoria, including one of downtown’s only kiln, lathe, and CNC services.


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