Monday, May 30, 2005

Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) Report - May 29th, 2005

I'll keep it quick.

Got my Flight Volume One signed by Hope Larson, Derek Kirk Kim and Vera Brosgol today. Kazu Kibuishi and Kean Soo signed the book yesterday. I'm loving the little remarks that the Flight crew does when they sign Flight. From left-to-right, top-to-bottom, here's who signed and remarked my Flight Volume One: Derek Kirk Kim, Kean Soo, Vera Brosgol, Kazu Kibuishi, Hope Larson.

Hit up J. Bone again. Such a nice and friendly person. He was selling stuff today, so I picked up the "Gotham Girls" series. Five issues, which he did the inking for. Great covers. Turns out, he only signed the first issue, so the other four I gotta get signed the next time I see him. Ahh well, not a big deal. He did do a very nice Wonder Woman sketch for me.

Darwyn Cooke was there for a bit, signing and sketching. Wanted to get my Catwoman signed, but he had to leave for his little lecture. Should've gotten my books signed before he took off, and skipped the sketch. I held off on the signing, because I thought he would've been back before I took off. It was looking unlikely he was going to return before I left (3:15pm).

Had to take off early, because my little sister came along today. She was so happy that she met Andy Runton, the creator of Owly. She loves the book, and the character. By the end of the day, my bro bought her a t-shirt, with Owly on it.

Also, before I took off, picked up a Spider-Man print by Andy Lee and a Captain America print by Andy Lee. Ended up selling them both to my brother. I regret not getting a painting of what I really wanted. I was curious to see how it would've turned out. Ahh well, Andy Lee is usually at Toronto conventions. Hope to meet him another day.

TCAF was such a great event. I can't wait until 2007, the next time TCAF takes place.

- Jason

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) Report - May 28th, 2005

Wow! It was a lot smaller than I expected, and the turnout was incredible. It sucked that there wasn't too much room to walk around inside the tents, but the event was great! Lots of great guests. Jeff Smith (Bone), Darwyn Cooke (DC: The New Frontier, upcoming The Flash), J. Bone (Alison Dare, Spider-Man's Tangled Web), Jim Mahfood (Felt, upcoming Wha?... Huh?). The list just goes on.

Got there pretty early. Not when it opened, but around 10:30am. Most of the booths were set up in the main tent, with some that were still getting ready. The man I wanted to meet, Darwyn Cooke, did not show up yet. Just kept walking around. Didn't want to walk around in a small area, so I went to get some coffee. Came back around 11:15am-11:30am. Hit up James Jean first. The guy was booked for commission sketches. Ahh well, probably saved myself a pretty penny there.

Continuing to walk around, stopped by Andy Runton's table. Picked up the first Owly graphic novel, and got that signed for my little brother. Andy was nice enough to do an Owly sketch inside the book for my little bro. Also, got my Owly: Splashin' Around signed, with a little quick sketch inside of that. Really wasn't expecting that. I had originally asked for one inside my sketch book, which he was really nice enough to do. I got nothing but good words about Andy Runton. His artwork is fantastic. The Owly stories are fantastic. The fact that he did little sketches in my books, as well as one in my sketchbook, I was not expecting. View that sketch here.

Next, I hit up Ramon Perez. You can check out his web-comic, Butternut Squash. It's a great read. Anyways, I didn't really have anything for him to sign, so I paid for a commission sketch. Originally wanted Mr. Incredible, but had no reference for it. Decided on Wolverine. Couldn't think of anything on the spot, and I don't have a Wolverine sketch. Why the hell not?

By the time that sketch was finished, most of the people seated at the Hacienda, were moved into the main tent area. Which was great for them, as well as myself. Met Jim Mahfood, because he was moved. Got my Batman: Gotham Knights #35, which he remarked the cover. Also, got my Spider-Man's Tangled Web TPB Vol. 4 signed, and with a quick Spider-Man head sketch on the inside. With Jim Mahfood appearing in Toronto for the first time (so I've been told), I decided to spend my money on a commission sketch. Got myself a Batman sketch. Great piece, that reflects his style.

Now, just killing time until Darwyn Cooke, J. Bone and Jeff Smith appear and finish their little lectures/readings, I dropped by the Flight booth. Picked up the first volume of Flight. Got it signed by Kazu Kibuishi and Kean Soo. Also, got Kazu Kibuishi to sketch me Fred & Copper, from his short comics starring them. If you want to check out some of the online comics, here is the link to Kazu Kibuishi's Copper.

Once Darwyn Cooke and J. Bone finished their lecture, J. Bone was the first to make it back to the tables. Luckily for me, I was already there. J. Bone was nice enough to sketch me on of my best sketches to date. This Spider-Man sketch looks Amazing!

Went into Darwyn Cooke's line right after. It was just getting longer, so I had to get in. To make a long story short, nice guy, will be doing a four-issue arc on "The Flash" I think starting with issue 227. I could be wrong there. Got a Hal Jordan Green Lantern sketch from him. Looks great!

Got into the Jeff Smith line right after. It was already forming, and Jeff was speaking about him book. It truly sucked for those people sitting down for the presentation, and then having to line up towards the end of the line. Anyways, I got a sketch of Phoney Bone, but I think Jeff was choosing the characters. Ahh well, it's all good. This man is a legend!

Next up was Corey Lewis (aka: The Rey). He's been doing these little mini comic pages in the back of the Street Fighter and Darkstalkers books, published by Udon Comics. Also, he recently released his graphic novel, Sharknife. Got the graphic novel, and a sketch of Sharknife. The sketch is great! It's upside down in my sketchbook, but still great! The graphic novel was a good one. Not much words, and lots of action. Check out the website for more information.

Last stop for the day was Karl Kerschl. He recently just started his run on the Adventures of Superman comic. Got the first issue of that, and looking forward to the rest of them. He's done other work on Majestic, Outsides, New Warriors. Lots of others. I got a Nightwing sketch. Gotta love the mullet!

Alright, that's it for today. I'll be back tomorrow with another report from TCAF.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Paradise Comics Toronto Comicon Convention Report (Condensed version)

Day 1 (Friday April 29th, 2005)
- Got all my books signed by Brian Michael Bendis
- Got all my books signed by Warren Ellis
- Got all my books signed by Adi Granov
- Got a sketch of Iron Man by Adi Granov
- Got all my books signed by Phil Jimenez
- Got a sketch of Emma Frost by Phil Jimenez

Day 2 (Saturday April 30th, 2005
- Got all my books signed by Tom Grummett
- Got a sketch of Green Arrow by Tom Grummett for $20.
- Got my 1 books (as well as some of my brother's) signed by Kaare Andrews
- Got a sketch of Black Cat by Kaare Andrews
- Got my 1 books (as well as some of my brother's) signed by Phil Jimenez.
- Got a sketch of Phoenix by Phil Jimenez
- Got my books (as well as some of my brother's) signed by Alvin Lee
- Got a sketch of Chun-Li by Alvin Lee for $5
- Got a sketch of Wonder Woman by James Raiz for $35 donation to ACTOR Comic Fund
- Got my books signed by Dave Ross
- Got a sketch of Daredevil by Dave Ross for $30.
- Bought a Ultimate Invisible Woman: Sue Storm Mini-Bust for $30

Day 3 (Sunday May 1st, 2005)
- Got my bro's books signed by Adi Granov
- Got a sketch of Spider-Woman by Adi Granov
- Got my bro's books signed by Warren Ellis
- Got my books signed by Top Cow's Dale Keown and Francis Manapul.
- Got a sketch of Captain America by Dale Keown
- Picked up a shitload of books
- Went Home

Did more at this convention than I did last summer at the Canadian National Comic Book Expo. Hopefully I can do more this summer.

Day 3 - Paradise Comics Toronto Comicon (Sunday May 1st, 2005)

So it was the last day of the convention. Kinda had my itinerary planned out for today. Of course, that all depended on the creators. Started with Adi Granov. Got my bro's books signed, and got myself a Spider-Woman sketch.

Spider-Woman by Adi Granov

Then lined up for Dale Keown and Francis Manapul. Got in line just before 11am. Dale nad Francis were scheduled to show up at 11:30am. Dale didn't get there until 12:15pm. Francis didn't show until just after 1pm. And with 8 people ahead of me, I was going to wait a very long time just to get my Dale Keown sketch. So, because most of the other people in the line of 15 ppl were leaving the line to do something else, I did as well, with my bro holding my spot in line.

Went to Tom Grummett (around 12:30pm) to try to get a sketch, but he wasn't going to start sketching, mainly because he didn't want a line forming. I totally understood and was cool with it. He did feel bad that I couldn't get the sketch I wanted (Hal Jordan Green Lantern), along with my brother's Superman, he just gave me a sketch he did before. It was a Superman sketch. So my brother got his sketch. I gotta wait until the next time Tom Grummett comes to Toronto.

I was also able to head to the Warren Ellis line to get my bro's books signed around 1pm.

Got back to the Top Cow line (Dale Keown and Francis Manapul), with like 5 ppl infront of me, and Francis Manapul just showed up. Around 2pm was when Dale Keown started on my sketch. Originally wanted to get a Hulk sketch, but I changed my mind to Captain America. It's pretty good, but the Hulk sketches are very detailed.

Captain America by Dale Keown

Once I finished with Dale Keown, the rest of the day was going through bins looking for books. J. Michael Straczynski was finished signing, so I had nothing else to do. Here are some of my pick-ups (all for $1 each):

- The Ultimates (vol. 1) #1
- Daredevil (vol. 2) #50 (Daredevil declares himself the new Kingpin)
- Trouble #1 (Frank Cho cover)
- Green Arrow (vol. 3) #9-13 (Kevin Smith)
- Uncanny X-Men #269 (the return of Rogue)
- Batman and the Outsiders #22 (1st Alan Davis work)
- New X-Men #134 (sick Phoenix cover by Ethan Van Sciver)
- Batgirl #46 (James Jean cover)
- Superman: The Man of Steel #119 (Jim Lee cover)
- Teen Titans #4, 5, 18

Took off after I found these books.

Just cause I didn't post them before, here are my two sketches from Friday.

Iron Man by Adi Granov

Emma Frost by Phil Jimenez

Anyways, I'm off to bed. G'night!