Monthly Archives: October 2007

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Being Spread Thin.


Have you ever tried working 2 or 3 jobs, making a comic book in your spare time, and trying to spend time with your family all at once? I’m sure all of those freelance artists out there know what I mean.
Sometimes I dream of just being able to concentrate 100% on one thing, instead of having 4 or 5 things on the go at all times. I like being productive, but this is getting a little rediculous……

……There. That’s out of my system……… Right! back to work then.

By |2007-10-26T16:04:07-04:00October 26th, 2007|Autobiographical, rants|6 Comments

Comics stenography at Fort York’s barracks: October 22, 2007

Confused? Me too, a little bit.

On October 22, the Trampoline Hall lecture series is temporarily uprooting itself and moving to Fort York’s barracks – and they’re going to try something unprecedented with a bunch of comics artists (including me and Mike).

Sean Craig tells me “Trampoline Hall is a very famous literary salon where non-experts talk about subjects they are obsessed with. It was created by Sheila Heti, who is a very famous author. In trying to find new ways to document these lectures, we’re going to make the first ever attempt at comics stenography— having a bunch of cartoonists and comics artists in our audience trying to capture the event literally or figuratively in comics form as it happens. Whether they go straight to comics, take notes, do sketches and work from there, use speech bubbles or not is totally up to them. No one, our research tells us, has ever done this before. You can go narrative, you can go documentary, you can go experimental, you can go anywhere. Wherever you go, Maissoneuve in Canada and McSweeneys in the United States are going to help us publish the results of the experiment for our own fun and for the artists’ benefit.”

Leah Buckareff will be talking about Hyperbolic Crochet.

Waylen Miki will be talking about Robotism.

Jacob Zimmer will be talking about Diverse Curiosity.

Becky Johnson, the show’s curator, will be turning our comics into a little zine in time for Canzine, which happens six days after the show. The Beguiling will stock this print for the rest of the world’s eyes, and Valerie Howes at Maissoneuve is going to push for publication in the comics-friendly Montreal-based mag.

The event is October 22nd at Fort York at 8pm sharp. I’m going to show up with pencil, pens, and paper, and see what happens. I have no idea what to expect, but what the heck.

Some of the other artists who will be attending, are: Zach Worton, Arthur de la Cruz, Ben Shannon, Steve Manale, Emily Holton, Shannon Gerard, Kagan McLeod, Roxanne Bielskis, Diana Tamblyn, Reverend Aitor, Stuart Immonen, Kathryn Immonen, Blair Kitchen, Mike Kitchen and Jeff Lemire.

Read more here, here, here and here.

UPDATE (Oct 25): Here’s some reports about this event, here, and here.

By |2007-10-21T13:27:42-04:00October 21st, 2007|news|1 Comment

Small Press Expo Report: part 2


Here’s some more photos from SPX. (click on them to see a better photo of the sketch)
We did a lot of SPY GUY/POSSUM team-up sketches, which are always fun. I drew the Possum, and Mike drew Spy Guy.

I found that a lot of people asked for a sketch with the midget wrestlers in it at this show. Those are always fun ones to do.

..and last but not least, we had great neighbours at this year’s show. On the left is John Bintz who draws “A Moment of Clarity” and to the right is Kevin McShane, with his comic “Toupydoops”. (and in the middle…… that’s Mike, with our stuff).

It’s been a busy year for conventions. (8 of them in total for Mike and I). As of now, we don’t have anymore booked, so we have to start making our list for the upcoming year. I’ll keep you posted. Which ones are your favourites? Let us know, so we can hopefully make it out to them.

For more on our SPX trip, check out Mike’s Ultraist Studio Blog post here. (He’s got lots of photos, and a good portion of the weekend documented).

By |2007-10-18T06:58:11-04:00October 18th, 2007|convention pics, free sketches, photos|2 Comments

Small Press Expo Report: part 1


Mike and I hopped into the Possum Press Van at 4:30AM on Friday, to make the 8.5 hour drive to Maryland from Toronto, for the Small Press Expo (SPX). The Expo started at 2PM, and we arrived at the convention center at 1PM, joking how we can’t show up to the local cons on time, yet we somehow managed to arrive in Maryland at the perfect time. 1 hour to eat some lunch, sign in and set up our table. By 2PM, we were ready to go.

To keep costs down on this trip, we decided to do away with the hotel room, and sleep in the Possum Press van. Surprisingly, we saved a couple of hundred dollars (which we wouldn’t have made up with sales), and had 2 really good night sleeps.
Now for some pics of happy customers! (click on the image for a better view of the sketches)

I’ll have more pictures tomorrow.

By |2018-05-25T03:50:53-04:00October 17th, 2007|convention pics, free sketches, photos|0 Comments

Small Press Expo is this weekend!


If any of you Possum Press Blog readers are going to be in or around Maryland this weekend, you really should stop on by the Small Press Expo (SPX). Once again, Possum Press and Ultraist studios are teaming up, and we will be doing sketches and selling comics all weekend! The Possum van is leaving at 5AM on Friday, to make the 9.5 hour drive. We haven’t booked a hotel, or anywhere to stay, so we’re bringing some air mattresses to put in the back of the ol’ van. (Should be interesting). I think I’ll bring a colman stove, so I can have some soft boiled eggs for breakfast!! mmmm mmmm.

This weekend at SPX is also the debut of the Awesome anthology, that I contributed a two page Possum comic to. I can’t wait to get my copy! (I mentioned it here earlier).

By |2018-05-25T03:50:54-04:00October 10th, 2007|news|7 Comments

The Possum #3 is here!!

Look what showed up at my door this morning!



My basement is now the proud owner of 25 boxes of the Possum #3!

Continuing where we left off in The Possum #2, Stuart, A.K.A. the Possum, must go undercover to infiltrate the Happy Mexican Bar, and take down the Seven Deadly Dwarfs!! Stuart’s plan gets side-tracked, as the plot thickens!!

This comic is now available to buy from the Possum Press Store! Click here to order one today!

By |2007-10-03T12:42:54-04:00October 3rd, 2007|news, The Possum|6 Comments