Wednesday, May 27, 2009

L.A Mood, TCAF Wrap-Up & The Paris Guns

I think May 2009 will go down as one of my busiest months ever. I'm going to start from the top with what's still coming up, then work my way backwards through the month...

L.A. Mood Comic Signing with Willow Dawson
This Saturday, May 30th I will be signing with the wonderfully talented cartoonist Willow Dawson at L.A. Mood Comics & Games. I will be brining copies of all my comics for sale, some original artwork to view, as well as my new t-shirts I did up for TCAF (kazoo shirt, and Silver Surfer Kirby-style shirt) for purchase.

Willow will have her comic work on hand, as well as limited edition prints and buttons. We will be a captive audience from 12:00 - 4:00 PM at the store, so please come on by, say hello and feel free to ask us any comic questions you may have. The event is free and totally family friendly!

TCAF Wrap Up
So another TCAF has been and gone and as ususal lived up to they hype. Big kudos to Chris Butcher and the Beguiling for putting on such a great event. I have been a guest at every TCAF, and I have to say that this year was bigger and better in almost every way.

Especially impressive was the amount of media coverage the fest received this year. It totally paid off as the crowds were massive (as you can see from the photo above - I'm in the pink t-shirt). I think this video on (that even got Boing Boing'ed) really captures the feel of the weekend:

Highlights of the weekend for many, but here are just some:

  • Sharing a table with good friend and huge talent Frank Cammuso. My husband and I first met Frank and his wife Ngoc at SPX way back in 2003 I think, and we soon became fast friends. Since then we've hung out at many a con, and it's always a pleasure to chat with him, get his opinions on the industry and just generally to catch up.

  • Attending the Doug Wright Awards and seeing the surprise and joy on the faces of the recipients Jillian and Mariko Tamaki for Skim, Kate Beaton for Hark a Vagrant!, and Matt Forsythe for Ojingogo - all WELL deserved. Since I was a juror this year, I knew who the winners would be, but I was still totally nervous for all of them as well as the other great nominees.

  • I have to hand it to the Doug Wright Committee for totally doing the evening up right at the Jackman Hall in the AGO with emcee Don McKellar. The Billy Crystal type opening video for the best book award was hilarious, and the Q&A with Seth and Brad McKay about the Collected Doug Wright book was really illuminating. I can honestly say that Seth's comments on how he designed the book have made me think differently about book design.

  • Party at The Pilot put on by Chip Zdarsky. This was a great time and it seemed like just about all the guests and their friends showed up!

  • Finally catching up with fellow cartoonists, friends and comic fans is really what it is all about. There are too many of you to mention here, so please take my thanks to everyone who came by and said hi.

The Paris Guns
Finished in time for the London Studio Art Tour, Chapter One of my longer Gerald Bull story is out! Called The Paris Guns, this chapter works as a complete story in and of itself and takes place in France during WWI. Below is the cover.

Monday, May 04, 2009

London Studio Tour Wrap-Up

The London Studio Tour just finished up yesterday, and I am still in recovery mode.

This is a free self-guided tour where local artists open up their studios to the public for a weekend. It takes every year in London and is a great opportunity to meet local artists. I have attended before in the past, but this is the first year I participated, so I wasn't sure just what to expect.

Crowds were quite steady each day (Friday night, all day Saturday, all day Sunday), and we were fortunate to have a great weekend weather-wise. I'd say there were hundreds of people who came through my studio stop. For a set-up I had 20 art pieces for sale that varied from comic panels, to full B&W illustrations, to landscapes both in colour and black and white (all framed and hung gallery-style by me and Dave). The landscapes were definitely the most popular. The one in particular that was in the brochure I think I could have sold a few times over.

It was a great experience, but also a lot of work in terms of producing new artwork, framing art, and tidying up and organizing studio. I heard from some other artists that traffic overall was a bit down this year - perhaps due to the recession? But all told I sold 4 pieces and 81 comics which I think is very decent!

Thanks to friends and family who helped out in shifts for crowd control, good company and support! Thanks also to those who came out!

See website for details on all participating artists. There was a great mix this year of different styles represented.