Another year, another FanExpo! This was probably my sixteenth (?) time attending the convention, but only the second time attending as a plain ol’ fan. I went with my best friend to soak in the sights, sounds and (ugh) smells of Canada’s largest comic convention.
Highlights: having comic legend Neal Adams randomly strike up a conversation with us about pulled pork, meeting Geof Darrow, seeing the Twin Peaks reunion panel, and then being freaked the shit out by Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me at a special screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. (It was my first time seeing the film; holy moley!)
Over two days I did a lot of bin-digging, and my friend and I cruised every aisle and every comic retailer multiple times, looking for hidden gems and random works. This is always my favourite part—I’m one of those weirdos who actually attends comic book conventions to buy comic books. Crazy, I know.
I made sure to hit up Artists Alley and get some indie books from the few people who still soldier on with that, as well as meet some students of mine. All in all, good times!
As of today (27/08/2014), you can purchase Errol Dynamic digitally on Comixology and read it on your handheld devices. Give some of the other great reads at cXSubmit a look while you’re there. Go go go! http://cmxl.gy/1BKyM38
Good pals plierpants have released their new book, Errol Dynamic, on Comixology! Beautiful, full-colour, and wholly original; get it!
TOWERKIND has been nominated for a 2014 Ignatz Award for outstanding series. I always find incredible new creators through the Ignatz nominations, so please check out that list!
I’m also exceptionally pleased to announce that TOWERKIND will be collected as a complete book, published through Conundrum Press, to debut at TCAF 2015.
My thanks go to the judges: Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor.
Ignatz Awards are voted for by the attendees of SPX on Saturday, September the 13th. Towerkind is a 160 page story about the kids of St. James Town, a hamlet of high-rises within the city of Toronto, their subtle powers, and the oppressive warning hinted at by birds and bugs, felt in their bones.
You can buy the collected issues of Towerkind on my storenvy - there’s only a few of these single issue collections left, and I won’t be reprinting.
If you’re an SPX exhibitor interested in reading TOWERKIND please send me an email and I will send you a PDF! email@example.com
Kat used to be a student of mine so I was tinkled pink to hear her collected series, Towerkind, got nominated for an Ignatz award! She’ll be debuting the collected book at TCAF 2015 with conundrumpresscanada as her publisher. Exciting stuff!