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TCAF re-cap

August 10, 2011

This is a long time coming- but here’s my TCAF re-cap.

I wanted to write something a while back but other things became a priority and poor poor blogging got shoved onto the back burner for months.

TCAF is one of my favorite things ever.  I think anyone who enjoys art, literature, comics … art in general really, should at least make the trek out to the show once.  I was so bloody excited to be invited to exhibit- it felt so surreal being on the other side of the table after working the event so many times.

Adam and I got in a day or so prior to the show so here we are enjoying breakfast at Fran’s on the Friday morning.

Adam with his morning milkshake:

Arthur with his fake smile:

Philippa with her Canadian water:

We had a bit of an adventure around the city that afternoon- exploring Kensington market and china town. We saw these cakes with their gloopy horses.

The following morning of course was TCAF.  Here are some shots of my table. I think I made it quite attractive. Who doesn’t enjoy a bit of lime?

I was very, very, lucky and sold out of all of my copies of the Galavant collection before the show even closed on Sunday. I personally don’t even own a copy of the book. So, so kind of everyone who bought it- I will have more copies for Thought Bubble this November. I can’t wait to actually own one of those bad boys!

You can see Adam in this photo as well on our shared table :D

Adam’s table:


They had a slide show of all the books debuting at TCAF behind me and I kept trying to keep an eye out for Galavant to make an appearance and I was lucky enough to snap this shot. Proud moment-

I drank my weight in Tim Hortons hot chocolate while I was there. I love and miss the small takeaway cups-

Busy, busy show…

I love this shot that Paul Hillier took of me holding up the January collection. Sheer excitement. (frightening?)

On the Saturday night Adam and I attended the Doug Wright Awards. I’d persuaded him to go with me last year and we’d really enjoyed ourselves- I think it’s a must-do when in town for TCAF. I look forward to them every year.

They also had Don McKellar as an MC again. Total bonus! All Canadian film students learn to love the man.

Amusing Jack Layton joke illustrated by John Martz.

David Boswell was inducted into the Giants of the North-

Discussion with Seth:

Afterwards Adam and I roamed through part of the University of Toronto towards an after party to celebrate the first day.

Of course we ended up doing some karaoke- it didn’t feel as silly-good-times as it normally does but Becky Cloonan sure does throw down. Respect.

After the show on Sunday getting food with friends turned into a bit of a shenanigan (as it always does at a convention) so Adam and I ended up solo at this lovely Italian restaurant on Baldwin St. One of the best food streets. Mmm food street.

Afterwards we walked through china town – past amazingly named buildings to The Dakota Tavern where Jeffrey Lewis was playing a gig. I have to admit that all intelligent thoughts left my head while chatting with him for a bit. He bought a copy of Galavant which is slightly troubling as it’s my first comic-related dabbling… ramble ramble ramble

I love the Dakota. Great place for great music.


And there we have it- that was my TCAF experience… the coles notes.

Afterwards I went to visit my folks and ate home cooked meals (and BBQ)- went for a bike ride and showed Adam where I grew up. Relaxed- then back to Manchester I flew.



Beth and Liam got married! + Word on the Street

October 18, 2009

The last weekend of September was pretty spectacular. My friends Beth and Liam got married on the Saturday and then Sunday I worked The Word On The Street Festival for the Beguiling.

First- Beth and Liam’s wedding.
They are not conventional people, expecting that their wedding would be like one you’d been to before would have been completely silly. Everything from the decor to the choice of music and food reflected their personalities and creative quirks.
All of the decorations and boutonnieres were hand made, there wasn’t a typical wedding cake- guests were asked to bring their favorite pie instead. The meal was fancy and delicious mac’n’cheese with tasty ham and specialty ketchups along with a table filled with preserves, cheeses etc.

Sadly my photos didn’t turn out very well. When I used my flash there was a ton of red eye issues and whatnot and when I didn’t they were very dark. Dilemma!
But here’s a few that turned out kinda decent.

My saucy side-ponytail do- rock star?

Creme puff tower oh yes yes!

Decor- I’m a biiiiggg fan

Beth’s father beginning the ceremony

Getting ready to make their vows

Liam saying his vows

The happy couple dancing

Since so many of my photos are piss I thought I’d throw this lovely one on here which was taken by Beth’s uncle I believe

Next of course is Word on the Street. It’s a great fest that I’ve worked a few years now.

Peter, Jerry and Mike selling comics / arm gestures

Ben and Amanda (Commander) outside of the Graphic Novel tent

Christopher Butcher during a comic panel

This concludes my September 2009 re-cap.
On to October!