Apologies in advance for all the DEMETER spam coming up in the next few weeks! I’m mostly sorry about it ;)
If you are at all curious about DEMETER, Stephanie Cooke over at Talking Comics has written up a great advance review of it! Don’t worry, there aren’t any spoilers!
Demeter is a simple story that makes its mark and stays with you after you’ve finished it. The story won’t take you more than 15-20 minutes to get through but that allows you so much more time to go back and read it through again and again.
DEMETER at the printer! Behind the scenes with the fine gentlemen at P an L printing in Denver,CO. They do such a beautiful job with my books, and since they’ve been sending me some production photos during this process I just had to share them!
Freezing ink! File under: things i learned at TCAF, and I’m sorry for drawing Paul Pope so poorly.
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.
(From this scene)
Lots of people asking so i tracked this down: the Killjoys FCBD issue is up on Dark Horse digital! (It’s the one with the Mass Effect Cover!) :D