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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.



Comic update! – Heading to TCAF

May 4, 2011

It’s been a while since I wrote about my comic-related adventures so now I’ll give you the goods.

Ages ago I participated in Timothy Winchester’s Jessica Fletcher Week– you can see my contribution below:

I also helped out my friend Lizz Lunney’s boyfriend create a very unique Christmas present for her. You can read a bit more about that here and see my contribution to that project below:

I also discussed my favorite things from 2010 on We Are Words + Pictures radio earlier this year. Please have a listen. It also includes Mr. Adam Cadwell and Mr. Joe List.

Finally, as most of you know- I completed my webcomic Galavant a few months ago and since have received high praise via Matthew Sheret. Really chuffed about this. *blush*

But this all leads me to remind you that I will be attending TCAF this weekend :D and there I will be releasing the very first 50 copies of the 100 page printed collection of Galavant.

I haven’t even held this beauty in my hands yet as it’s currently waiting for me in Canada- but these are a few photos that my friend Arthur took for me- it looks like it turned out alright

I will be selling it for $10 CAD

I’ll also have about 20 copies of the first Galavant collection for January- this is a 52 page zine. This sucker will go for $5.

And of course I’ll have other bits and bobs- My badge collection

Galavant stickers

annnd Isolated Moments stickers

Sunday I’ll also be part of a panel- here’s the scoop:

Sunday, Learning Center 1, Toronto Reference Library, first floor

U11: Her Majesty’s Comics
Panelists: Adam Cadwell, Joe Decie, Kayla Hiller, Tom Humberstone, Phillipa Rice, and Sam Arthur
Moderated by Box Brown
Location: Learning Center 1
Time: 11:15 – 12:00

There’s an explosion of comics talent that’s been coming out of the UK lately; new artists, new formats, and new publishers. We’ll get you up to speed with the landscape of the changing UK comics scene.

This will be my very first comics panel so I’m pretty excited about it. I’ll be giving a bit of a different perspective as I’m a Canadian creating comics in the UK scene while working for a UK publisher.

I’m also really happy about the Q&A I did with the National Post about my first time exhibiting at TCAF. You can read the whole thing here.

And finally, in case you’re wondering- I will be really easy to find at the festival itself- Just walk straight through the doors when you get there- I’m sandwiched between Jamie McKelvie and Blank Slate Books- and of course I’ll be sharing my table with Adam Cadwell.

Hope to see you there!