Agalloch- Black Lake Nidstång
a curse to those who corrupt these sacred woods
a curse to those who taste this solemn water
Back from TCAF- what a great convention, not only at the show but after-hours too! I had some advance copies of DEMETER available at the show (the book comes out in June- more info later!) so thank you to everyone who stopped by and picked up a copy!
I always have so many starstruck moments of meeting artists I am totally in awe of, and then having like, conversations where I’m wiping the dribble off my chin. Bought hundreds of dollars of comics, and swapped books with a few people! Got my copies of SPERA signed by Josh Tierney, Afu Chan (omg!) Kyla Vanderklugn (OMG OMG!) Aaah! I met Yuko Ota and Rebecca Mock and Sam Hiti and and and got my Tiny Kitten Teeth signed by Becky and Frank, and I can’t wait to wear the leggings that Dani Vulnavia made and gave to me! AAAaaaahh!! So much awesome. So little time.
Highlights includes a dinner/interview (dinterview- you’re welcome!) with Jimmy Aquino, Monica Gallagher, Glyn Dillon and Paul Pope- it took all of my nerves to be cool! (BE COOL BITCH!) Also got to have a coffee break with Hamlet_Machine (of Starfighter Fame!) and her lovely friends- she is so sweet, and so talented- really glad that happened. Also went to the First Second breakfast with Mark, Gina, Calista and so many others! Psyched to be a part of their publishing family soon.
I’m also so glad Clark Burscough, Mark Ellerby and Adam Cadwell (and a surprise visit from Jamie McKelvie himself! Hell yeah!) came over from England and we got some solid hangouts in. Ran into Hope Larson and despite suffering what might have been the same con flu as me, was as lovely as ever! Sat upstairs, near to Jim Rugg, Cecil Castellucci, my hunky fiance Andy Belanger, Karl Kerschl, Murilo, Ross Campbell— This was also Ivan Brandon’s first TCAF and how I hope he comes every year because it is awesome!!! We even managed to continue our tradition of haunted steak dinners at the Keg Mansion- our group grows every year and so does our wait time, but whatever it was awesome.
Thanks to Chris Butcher and everybody who helps out at TCAF and the Beguiling for not only supporting comics like mine for so long, but also constantly raising the bar for comic conventions and making it not just a great event for professionals, but for fans and attendees! Boasting guests from all over the world- Europe, Japan, South America, and always having such substantial and sometimes esoteric panels and discussions happening not only at the con but all over Toronto, it really is a cartoonist’s convention, a love letter for comic books in convention form. I always come away from that show feeling wicked psyched about the future of comic books, and I’m already looking forward to next year!!!
This was just an awesome weekend. I know I am neglecting to mention a ton of people, but don’t be upset- the memory of TCAF 2013 lives on in my heart as a golden treasure I will relive over and over in my dreams. Now I gotta get some dinner in me, sorry dudes I’m hungry.
(Oh and thanks to Steve Manale, the Loki of Karaoke, who made me thought I was going to die from laughter. I guess if you’re gonna go, go with a smile!)
Thank you Toronto, you were awesome. Here’s a picture of me and Hamlet <3
PS: Now I can finally say it without being thrown overboard: YAY BOSTON!
PPS: Sorry this is a bit long, but I don’t usually do con write-ups and TCAF is such a great show I thought it deserved more than a paragraph. Yay!
I’ve got a Talos statue that watches over me while I work. <3
I’ve said this before on here, but Harryhausen was truly one of the first influences on my art that I can remember. And I’ll never forget the time I met him at San Diego Comic Con: I told him how much of an inspiration his films have been for me, and he told me that my tattoos will never come off.
RIP Ray Harryhausen.
RIP Ray Harryhausen. An absolute visionary who populated the imagination of generations.
If I had to choose a single creature, I suspect I’d choose Talos who I’m amazed I’ve never tried to write into any of my comics. I could have made GIFs of the whole scene, but I’ll go for this gloriously creepy moment.
WHOA— my super talented buddy Brian Ewing is in “Just Like Being There”- a documentary which is now on NETFLIX!! Looks like I know what I’m watching tonight. Awesome! Hey wait, does this mean with his new-found fame and popularity, watching him on Netflix is the only way I’ll get to hang out with him from now on?
Brian, your beard feels a lot like my computer screen.
Hey guys I just found out the @justlikebeing Just Like Being There documentary I was interviewed for is finally on netflix. I haven’t even seen it until today! It’s kinda weird to see myself talking….on netflix! So weird…freaking out. But I’m very proud to see all my friends and colleagues get a chance to be seen and heard. Now we’re all gonna be rich…right?
If you dig rock posters, movie posters and art prints then this flick is for you! It’s a pretty decent and covers what was going on in rock posters over the past few years. The doc centers on three artists Kevin Tong, Jay Ryan and Daniel Danger… all super-rad guys and artists… so I’m happy to have even made it in. I sound all smart and junk. Not an easy feat!
Check it out if you have time. Let Scout know what you think of this film. I for one want to do another gig poster after watching it. What’s it gonna make you want to do? Maybe they’ll do a sequel and call it “Just Like Ewing There”?!?!