Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Canzine 2011

Canzine 2011 was a success!

The night before I spent hours and hours fussing over a mock up of my table in an attempt to set up a booth. A professional display wasn't in the budget this year, so I improvised when it came to magazine stands and made some out of bread baskets, napkin holders and Easter netting. Yes, I know it's random.

The venue for this year's Canzine was great. I got there nice and early, and managed to snag a decent table in the main hall. I was seated in a row of booths alongside several other OCAD comrades - Jenn Liv, Tabban Soleimani and Ness Leee - and all of them had amazing set-ups. After looking over the local tables, I grabbed a coffee from the Underground Food Market and snapped a couple pictures of my table before the patrons started to arrive.

The event itself was really busy. I sold out of all my sticker packs, and the Red Queen was a hit; I'm really inspired to keep working on the series, and I can't wait to get the first chapter of the graphic novel done and out of the way. I wish I had taken pictures of my sticker packs before they sold out, but I'll definitely be making more to sell at the next event.

I spent most of Canzine behind the table, but later on I managed to sneak away to buy some zines and see what else was out there. Here's my haul!

I picked up both copies of the Spontaneous Combustion magazine, as well Hoot, by Emily Taylor, The Shitty Guru series by Spaz, How the West was Won't First, by Fake Injury Party, and You can't get There from Here, by Martin Hazelblower, whose story Where Punk Names Come From I picked up during the summer. I also bought a bunch of pins from Selena Wong and Ness Leee, featuring bunny rabbits and noodle grannies, respectively.

I'll definitely be back at Canzine next year, and I'm hoping to have a booth at other zine fairs in and around the city in the coming months, so I'll keep everyone posted!

Also, big thank you to everyone who attended Canzine and for those who ran the event. And to all the other illustrators who had tables at Canzine - your work was amazing. Can't wait to see what you create next.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Canzine Prep 2011

My merchandise for Canzine is all prepped and ready!

As this will be my first time participating in a vendor's fair my display won't be that big, but I've managed to put together a decent collection of zines and stickers to sell for the event. I'll be selling the Fingerbiter zine, as well as copies of my zine project from last year, Seven Things.

I'll also be selling stickers, both individually and in small sticker packs. To my great chagrin my Red Queen comic and The Flesh Beneath zine will be unavailable (neither are complete), but as part of my ongoing Red Queen promo I will be selling Red Queen sticker heads. These stickers are limited, so if you want one, make sure to show up early!

A final reminder for those thinking of attending: Canzine is being held this Sunday, October 23rd at 918 Bathurst Street just south of Bloor from 1 - 7pm. Tickets are $5 at the door, and more info can be found here, but if you're in the area I definitely recommend attending. Next to TCAF, its one of my favorite local events.

This will be my last post before the big show Sunday: so excited and nervous!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fingerbiter Zine

It's finished! The Fingerbiter zine is finally here.

I'll admit, I was worried this project wasn't going to work out. I tend to be kind of anxious when faced with my own inexperience in certain fields of work, but everything turned out better than I had hoped for. Far better. And I'm so, so glad that the zine is done and out of the way. 

I posted my Fingerbiter illustration back in August, and I wasn't too pleased with it at the time. There are still plenty of things that I'd love to change, but it looks better than I thought it would in printed form, so I'm satisfied with my first time results.

Part of my job in organizing the zine included illustrating the back and laying out the cover as a whole. Below is my contribution to the cover: I wanted to do an illustration that played upon the idea of 'finger food'. Literally.

I also had to design an illustrative number set for the credit page: I had a really fun time making them. I've never designed any type beyond a basic title, so it was interesting to experiment with numbers and create a standardized font. 

I'll be selling Fingerbiter at this year's Canzine, so if you're in the Toronto area stop by and pick up a copy from myself or one of the other illustrators included in the zine! I'll also be selling exclusive Fingerbiter stickers in various sizes and colors, so if zines aren't your thing, stickers are always a good way to go.

Before I end this post: I'd like to say a big thank you to Lorr Aragon for illustrating the front cover and to Marta Ryczko for doing an amazing job on the layout and typography. I'm so grateful for all the time and effort you guys sunk into the zine. See you both at Canzine!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Currently Working on...

Yes, yes, I know I've been MIA and haven't posted anything in a couple weeks, and I apologize for my tardiness.

Honestly, I didn't mean to slack off (this time around). I've been beyond busy these past couple weeks  finishing up my zines and managing school, and I probably won't get back to regular posting until I've completed all my prep work for Canzine. (October 23rd, everyone!) Until then, here are a couple previews as to what I'm working on.

More illustrations for my Flesh Beneath zine:

Also helping to put the final finishing touches on the Fingerbiter zine, which is almost, almost done:

More to come in the following weeks: stay tuned for updates!