Here’s a little one-pager I drew on the plane back from GDC this year.
Written by: Benjamin Rivers
Art by: Benjamin Rivers
What do you do when your whole world turns upside down?
Dana is a woman who doesn’t deal well with confrontation. She likes her job, her friends, and the cozy comfort of her neighbourhood — Toronto’s own Queen Street West. But when the world forces her to stand up, will she be able to handle it?
SNOW is a unique graphic novel entirely set in Toronto’s Queen Street West neighbourhood. It was nominated for a 2010 Gene Day Award and was awarded a Xeric Foundation grant in 2011.
Got this sketch-cover (featuring Batgirl, naturally) for Batman: Black & White #1 by Toronto illustrator Michael Cho.
An entirely true rendition of Matt Daley's transformation from comic artist to superstar comic artist.
For the first time in 13 years, I attended FanExpo Toronto as a regular fan instead of as an exhibitor. My cousin Curtis—who was the only cousin on my dad’s side who would play videogames with me when I was a child—came to Toronto to visit, stay with us and partake in this crazy, crazy convention.
To be honest, it felt really weird being at a comic convention and not selling books. I’m not sure I’d want to repeat the experience (at least not on FanExpo’s busiest, most human-packed day), but it was almost like a market research expedition. I trolled the entirety of Artist Alley, looking at what people were selling, paying attention to who was busy and who wasn’t.
Here, visiting with friends and ex-students was the highlight. It was nice to see people energetic, busy and having fun.
Most interesting at the show, however, was the inclusion of a series of indie game booths, which looked like a lot of fun. Local coworking space and indie game dev super-friend Bento Miso hosted a block of tables for small outfits like Spooky Squid Games and Christine Love to show off their wares. Even indie superstars Capy Games had a booth, demonstrating a new build of their anticipated Super T.I.M.E. Force to con-goers. If it makes sense, I’d definitely like to do this next year.
SpookySquid Games hates you
But my cousin’s visit was also to catch up and hang out, and so my wife and I showed him and some friends the sights—meaning restaurants, restaurants and more restaurants. We ate crepes, funnel cake, dim sum (even duck feet! That was a new one), fusion food, Chinese buns—you name it. Then we burned it all off with 5+ hours of foot-destroying tramping around at the convention.
To top it all off, we actually attended the Silver Snail’s annual “Midnight Madness” sale—there were well over 200 people in line (we were thankfully right at the front), and it was hilarious to see lines of people in the store, clearly already exhausted from being at the convention, carrying 12-high stacks of humongous figures and books to the cash.
I didn’t buy anything. I couldn’t find anything I wanted! What a waste!
And this was the FRONT of the line
In the end, the weekend was a unique experience, and a great way to spend time with long-lost family. Also, did I mention Batgirl?
Nana nana nananana nana na
I injured my foot recently, so I was seriously in a lot of pain afterward