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toronto comics arts festival

August 20, 2007

this past weekend, TCAF ( Toronto Comic Arts Festival) rolled into town, welcomed by warm weather, a nice venue and a great turnout.

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thats my good friend pat , it was great seeing him and a few other pals, i’ve missed you all tons! we thought it was amusing to have these wonderfully rendered paintings looking lovingly at comics bakery. we live in interesting times!

there were tons of super talented folks there – to be honest it was all a bit overwhelming! i said hello to james jean as he was drawing away at his table. seeing his work in person was pretty thrilling!

paul pope was there too. incidentally, if you pick up the latest issue of ‘eye weekly’ (a free newspaper in toronto) you’ll see see him on the cover. i managed to grab his newly released artbook, ‘pulp hope’. i haven’t had a chance to throughly look it over, but it’s a pretty handsome package. maybe i’ll give it a review at some point.

the pp’s and the jj’s of TCAF might have been the big draws, but the real fire and spirit came from everyone who was showing work there. i’m in such awe of everyone who was exhibiting at TCAF. i don’t know how to really explain it more than that. creative people doing their thing, what more could you want?

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answer: a rock concert!

later that night – brian lee o’malley (he of scott pilgrim fame) as well as other creative folk played a few diddys at Sneaky Dees. a small group of us sat on the floor, right in front of the stage since there weren’t alot of tables, and also because standing is for chumps.

heres the best part about TCAF though:

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cooomics!

i haven’t even gone through all of this stuff just yet – but heres a short rundown (starting clockwise from the left):

‘great stuff!’ by ginette lapalme

‘sno sute…’ by chris kuzma

‘thb’ by paul pope

‘optic nerve’ by adrian tomine

‘pulp hope’ by pope

‘blar’ by drew weing

‘action satisfaction supreme’ by zen rankin

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2007 10:21 am

    its too bad that i went on sunday instead of saturday. and i wish i bought stuff, i really wanted too. but my monetary funds are practically non-existent right now.

  2. August 20, 2007 11:14 am

    heyhey, Craig and I were at that on Saturday too. We should have met up! Oh well. Man, it was so hard to choose what to BUY at that thing. There was so much awesome stuff!

  3. August 20, 2007 4:50 pm

    j-d – yeah i got your facebook msg! i would have loved to have gone to the pope/jean thingy but other things popped up. i bet it was really informative and inspiring.

    rosemary – i was keeping a keen ear tuned for the trademarked rosemary travale giggle (chortle?chuckle?gufffaw?)but i alas, nothing. did you end up nabbing something?

  4. August 20, 2007 8:18 pm

    Yeah I picked up a bunch of stuffs! I’m gonna post about it over at the old elljay, so keep an eye out for that

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