First off, I'd like to thank everyone who came to the book launch on Friday night.
I was my usual stressed bundle of nerves as expected. But I was genuinely touched by the amount of people who came and the night was incredibly successful, pleasant, and enjoyable. This is mainly thanks to the wonderful staff at Orbital Comics who kept everyone in drinks and stuck around after hours to help out.
At some point soon I'll find a bit of time to blog some photos from the evening and take copies of the comics to all the London comic shops.
For now, Orbital is the only place with copies. I've already restocked the sold out first batch of books for those who couldn't make it but want to pick up a copy. Those of you looking to order them online may, sadly, have to wait until I return from TCAF before I can focus on getting that side of things ready. But bear with me.
On the subject of TCAF - I'll be making my way to Toronto tomorrow morning in preparation for the weekend of comic book goodness. I honestly haven't seen such an amazing line-up of alternative and independent comic creators like this before. I am beyond excited.
Check out the current line-up here.
I've also been asked to be part of a panel discussing the pros and cons of studying comics at art school. This will be on the Sunday afternoon. Hopefully I won't embarrass myself:
1:30pm-2:30pm: Going to School For Comics
Are there benefits to going to an institute of higher educated in order to learn… comic books? We’ll meet several graduates of art, illustration, and comics-specific programs who do comics, as they talk about their experiences in art school, and how they’ve applied them to their comics career. Panelists include Lucy Knisely, Ross Campbell, Ginette LaPalme, Tom Humberstone. Moderated by Douglas Wolk.
Check out the rest of the impossibly impressive schedule of events here.
You can also read a short interview with me (and several other attending artists) via Toronto's National Post here.
I'll be hanging out in Toronto for a few days afterwards - hopefully catching a Toronto Pen Club and attempting to sneak into the Scott Pilgrim sets. If you happen to be in the area and want to say "hi" (and possibly other, preferably encouraging, words) during TCAF, please do!