TCAF 2017 was an excellent event. Thanks to the Beguiling and the volunteers that made it a really great event. I managed to get along to a few events before the weekend, which involved me rarely leaving my table on the second floor. Friday was a busy day that involved going along to 3 panels and then later in the evening Dave Mckeans performance of Black Dog at the Masonic Temple. Saturday was a busy day. Joe Decie saved me from a Saturday lonely dinner by inviting me along with Jon Martzs’ party. After dinner we all went along the Doug Wright awards, that was very interesting. Amongst all the nominations was recognition of 10 years of Koyama press. Annie would demonstrate on Sunday why she Is (rightly) considered one of the best ( was very kind to me at my table ). After the awards I drifted off to The Pilot ( Sorry, Joe ) and hung out with Avery Hill and my hostel buddy, Gareth.
Sunday was a gentler day, still busy, but more of an opportunity to get round and see a few people. Managed to find Joe Kessler and buy all his new stuff, including his excellent model zine. I was in good company throughout the weekend, I had Top Shelf on one side and spent a lot of time talking James Albon, and with my table pal Aron Navrady.
The weekend passed quickly, there was a fun after party on the Sunday evening, then it was all over.
Monday was gallery day in which myself and Gareth visited a shoe museum by mistake.
Then it was time to leave Toronto and an excellent TCAF 2017.
In conclusion TCAF is an amazing event. It has grown since my last visit ( 2013) but has maintained the friendly, welcoming atmosphere that makes this such a go-to event.
I’m getting really excited now. I will be flying to Toronto on Thursday for TCAF 2017. The last time I was at this show was in 2013. TCAF is an awesome event run by people that really care for everyone taking part. I have aways had a good time and I expect this trip will be no different. Soon as I have table details I will update this blog.
A new comic from Douglas Noble and Sean Azzopardi.
After the sessions is the fourth collaborations between Douglas and Sean, the creators of Sightings of Wallace Sendek, Pirouette and Built of Blood and Bricks.
Over the course of a day, images return unbidden to therapist Karen Quinlan’s memory, brought on by the messy stories and everday complaints of her clients. A key, or a beach, or a sunset. The things that she thought she had left behind. In after the
sesions, Karen will discover that the things she thought were gone are still very much with her.
It’s been a while, but Phatcomics has a new publication.
50 is the new comic and follows the 2015 smash hit, Tracks.
Boldly printed at A4 size, this comic weighs in at 50 pages. Currently available here, 50 will be in all good comic shops soon, and debuting at TCAF next month.
( Skull sketch – brush and ink on paper. Previously blogged from a rubbish photo )
It’s been a bit of a break on this blog, I’m sure my exciting and interesting posts have been missed.I have recently had a trip to Chicago, then attended Comiket followed by a trip to Toronto. So it’s taken me a while to catch up with myself. I was going to write a long post about these events but it was so exciting I decided to just live it rather than blog it. I did write a report about TCAF for the Forbidden Planet blog, but I’m not sure I did the event justice as I spent most of the event behind my table. I have to give a nod and a thank you to Crystal For being a wonderful table buddy during the weekend. TCAF has had a massive impact on my festival/convention going experience. In the UK we have Thought Bubble which I’d say is the best event now, it has many many, plus points. Comiket is getting there, but the last one had serious venue space issues, that made it uncomfortable for exhibitors and punters. But is there too many now? Too many or just idiocy in trying clash against a ‘rival’ event. Having now entered the (Well) Seasoned festival exhibitor stage, I’ll be selective about events to attend and use the time saved elsewhere. I guess it’s a positive to have that choice. Waffle, waffle.
The important stuff is the work, and making the work though. I did plan to take a complete year away from all the festival stuff,to make masses of comics. Due to random events it hasn’t quite worked out that way. But so far this year i have been involved in an anthology, a book and making a sketchbook. There is a new issue of a diary comic that has been lettered and roughed out, similarly for Black Leather (I know, I keep saying this). Both these comics will be ready for Leeds. The diary comics will be collected into a book called ‘Three years gone’, it will be about 150 pages.
the main news for me is that the Chicago trip gave me and Daniel some time to talk about projects. We decided that maybe it was time to make another volume of Necessary Monsters.
A sketchbook page from yesterday. I have been slack on the blog updates. Have been too busy. There was a trip to Chicago and then Comiket. Two events that I should have written about. Next week is Toronto for TCAF. I will blog about this.
This is a sketch for a new Wallace Sendek page. Sendek was a collaboration between myself and Douglas. We then followed this up with Built of Blood and Bricks. At the moment Douglas is working on our new project called Pirouette. We are trying to get the work completed and collected for my trip to TCAF.
Wish Douglas well as I’m rushing him into finishing the third part.
It took me three years to finish Sendek.
Right back to the posting after the birthday weekend. Another sketchbook page that will be part of my mini comic for Angouleme, if i can get it together in time. A colour sketchbook, will be interesting to see how my work looks in glorious colour. In other news i was accepted for TCAF 2012, which is really exciting stuff. More later.