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.
( 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.