Last weekend was the annual Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and what a weekend it was! For the uninitiated, TCAF is a free celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, which culminates in a two-day exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of comics creators from around the world, held at Toronto Reference Library in Toronto, Canada. This year’s festival featured such luminaries as Jeff Smith, Kate Beaton, Konami Kanata, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Alison Bechdel and more. My fellow SketchKrieg! members and I were stationed on the second floor, selling books and meeting new people. If you’ve never been, you should really attend – it’s a wonderful festival!
The TCAF weekend was doubly exciting this year as two members of TCAF – Brian Hoang (Medicine) and Gillian Newland (A Chanukah Noel) – were married on the Saturday night! SketchKrieg! now features two married members. It’s only a matter of time before Jason Loo (Loo Harvest) and I announce our engagement.
TCAF was a truly amazing celebration of comics. Not only did I sell a surprising (to me) number of copies of Quarter-Life Crisis, The Dead Kid Detective Agency and the brand-new DOOM: Love Poems for Supervillains, I met a number of creators I really admire and discovered several new ones! Congratulations and major thanks to all the TCAF organizers and the army of volunteers. (TCAF is also one of the best run comic festivals ever – they’ve thought of everything!)
Books purchased at TCAF: