The Toronto Comic Arts Festival was last weekend, and Mike and myself were there doing free sketches and selling comic books. The venue was great. It was on the University of Toronto campus, in a nice old building with lots of different rooms filled with artists and exhibitors to explore. Unfortunately we were kind of stuck in a corner, but that didn’t stop us from doing lots of free sketches.
(click on most of the images to see a larger version of the sketch)
Look at that! We’re starting to brainwash them young! (They told me that they didn’t even know the convention was today. They just dress like that everyday).
Spy Guy is drawn courtesy of Mike Kitchen
Next Post: TCAF Sunday!
Last weekend was Paradise Comic’s Cottage Comicon. We didn’t know what to expect of this Convention, but seeing as it was in cottage country, not far from my grandparent’s cottage, we figured “What the heck?”. How often do you get to wake up and take a bath in the lake, the morning before a comic convention?
After a good scrub in Lake Simcoe, we headed off to the convention! This is the life. We weren’t too sure what to expect from this convention, but seeing as tables were free for artists, it would be pretty tough to not come out ahead.
Before we were even set up, we had already sold a Value Pack, and we each had a sketch request for Wonder Woman!
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The convention consisted mainly of exhibitors looking at other exhibitor’s stuff. It was actually pretty hard to tell who were exhibitors and who were fans. I saw a couple familiar faces from past Toronto conventions, which was really nice, and made some cool trades (Possum comics for older 70’s DC comics!). This convention reminded me of the first convention that I had ever attended back when I was 11 or 12. It was in Burlington, at a Holiday Inn, and the highlight was buying mini comics for a quarter from the Lethargic Comics crew. Each comic came with a free sketch. I remember there was quite a crowd of kids around that table, and I think me and Mike walked away with 4 or 5 comics (with sketches) each. That table is the benchmark for what I think a table at a comic convention should be. It was a fun table to be around, and the price was something that a kid could afford. (best $1.25 I’ve ever spent)
The family even showed up!
I even made my grandma buy a comic for a free sketch! If you can’t get rich off of your family, then who can you get rich off of? All in all, it was a fun day. We sold 2 or 3 comics, enjoyed some sun, and did a few sketches. Hopefully they’ll do it again next year. (Although, I’m not sure if we made our gas money back).
Next weekend…….. TCAF
Update: Mike has his Cottage Con report posted here!
Sometimes you just have to draw whatever comes to mind. (I’m not too sure what that means).
Order your comics from the Possum Store and get your free sketch!! (Come on….. that could be as little as $3.50 Canadian, for a comic and a free sketch. How could you pass that up?) Yeah, I’m talking to you. I even take requests.
One of the highlights of this Comicon, for me was to get a chance to talk to Dave Sim, of Cerebus fame. For an evil misogynist, he was a really, really nice guy. He had original pages on display that made me feel like a total hack. His line work is unbelievable.
Here are some more photos from the Comicon:
click on any of these photos to see a larger image of the sketches.
Well, to start Sunday off, I did a sketch in Scott’s “Monkey” sketch book. At this point I wasn’t feeling too good, and the whole time I was doing this sketch, I was thinking to myself “don’t puke, don’t puke, don’t puke”. Luckily I had my bro, Mike beside me to explain to Scott, why all of a sudden, I got up (not being able to speak because I was holding back the urge to vomit) and with no apparent reason ran off in the direction of the washroom. Unfortunately, Mike’s explanation was a little off. (What was Mike’s explanation to my sudden urge to vomit, you ask??? Click here to see!!)….. That was a pretty bright shirt that Scott was wearing.
Here’s a couple familiar faces from the last con. They came back for issue #2 this time, and another Free Sketch!!
Here’s some more sketches done while fighting off the urge to puke.
I didn’t think I was going to make it through the day, because of how sick I was feeling. When I was ready to pack it in, in the afternoon, all of a sudden things started to get busy, and before I could get up to leave, I had a backlog of 2 or 3 sketches that I had to do. Everything worked out though, and all in all, it was a good con! Next up is the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) on August 18th and 19th, and then the Toronto Fan Expo on August 24-26th. And we are looking into the Paradise Cottage Comicon on August 5th on Lake Simcoe. I’ll keep you posted on that one.
Yeah, I know it’s been over a month since the Paradise Comicon (Holy smokes!!! It’s been a month??!!!!!!), but here it is: a post about the con!
There were a lot of “Death of Captain America” issues with sketch covers going around. This is one that I did.
This sketch was for Chris Miller (a returning Possum Press customer!). Chris likes to collect sketches of lame/obscure super heroes. Last con, it was Stilt-Man. This con, he gave us a few options. Mike chose Beta Ray Bill, and I chose Dazzler. After the fact, I noticed that if you squint your eyes this sketch looks quite phallic. I assure you, I didn’t plan it that way. (maybe I should have though)
Paul French (host of Poptopia) wanted the Possum being interviewed by him. Click on the image to see it larger.
Another “Death of Captain America” sketch comic. This one was divided into lots of panels so more artists could sketch on it. Mine is the lower one, and Mike’s is the top right one.
And here are some more happy customers! Just look at those excited faces!!
One of the great things that I have been noticing with these Toronto Cons, is that you see a lot of the same people in attendance. It feels great, because a lot of people who bought the first Possum comic at previous cons have come back, quit excitedly, to pick up the next comic, or a T-shirt. At the last con, a few people came by first thing on the first day to get the latest issue. It’s nice to know that people who take a chance on an independent comic enjoy it.
I did this sketch for my friend Faith Erin Hicks who was a guest at this con, to promote a graphic novel that she is working on called “Zombies Calling“. She came down from Halifax for this convention, and it was really nice seeing her there. Check out her stuff here. I think Zombies Calling is due out in November, and I’m going to look for it and pick me up a copy!
I’ll have some more pictures up soon. Click on some of the photos to see a larger view!
Here’s some photos from the APE festival in San Francisco. My stuff is the Possum shwag, and my bro Mike’s is the Spud and Harry, and Spy Guy stuff! It was a really fun weekend.Some happy Possum Press and Ultraist studios customers, with their free sketches that they got with every purchase!! (This offer is also good for internet orders as well folks!)A few Possum/Spy Guy jam drawings by me and Mike.More happy customers. (Just look at that face!)