I was lucky enough to be given a shared table with Becky Cloonan in the massive Toronto Reference Library to which TCAF had moved after 2007's UOT location. Becky was a lovely table mate and her work is definitely worth your time - I'm sure I caught a lot of secondary trade from the long queues waiting for her to sign their books.
The weekend went incredibly well and I met a lot of lovely people during the show and at the after-parties. Thanks to everyone who came and bought something or just said hello.
When it came to Sunday afternoon I realised I'd agreed to be a part of panel talking about studying comics at university. I was ridiculously nervous about it beforehand but by the time I settled into my seat in front of the audience, I managed to descend into my 'rambling bore' mode and somehow got through the hour by never shutting the hell up. Ross Campbell and Lucy Knisley joined me and I think/hope we managed to cover a wide spectrum of options, opinions and advice for prospective comic artists. I'm glad I did it and think I might even be less stressed if I ever agree to do another talk.
Among my favourite picks over the weekend were my Michael Cho print, Lucy Knisley's 'Pretty Little Book' (absolutely wonderful - make sure you pick up 'French Milk' as well), Taddle Creek's comic issue, pretty much all of Tom Kaczynski's comics, and... well... let's stop there shall we? I could write several blog posts about the amazing comics that were on display. Inspiring stuff.
A huge thanks to Chris Butcher for inviting me again this year and organising what is possibly the best alternative comics festival ever. Of course, a gentlemanly hat-tip to everyone else who made the event such a success, including all the delightful volunteers - some of whom I feel I should hire as my agents, such was the vigour with which they encouraged people to check out my stuff. It's possible they just felt a bit sorry for me...
Pen Club TO
I spent a few days after TCAF hanging out in Toronto with friends. As always, I had a wonderful time. Below are a few sketches I doodled in various patio bars, Future Bakery (which is where the Torontonian Pen Club is held), and wandering around High Park.
Here's a photo from Pen Club. Also pictured: the Oreo cheesecake I had. A foodstuff fit for gods.
Post TCAF press
My visit to TCAF is briefly mentioned on about.com (I was tired. It was early. Excuse the photo) and there's an interview with me conducted by Pen Club founders Cton, Steve Wilson, and Aaron Leighton on Open Book Toronto.