Tuesday, May 21, 2013

TCAF 2013

So. TCAF happened this month. TCAF happened, and it was absolutely glorious.

For those of you who have been reading my blog for awhile, you'll know that I'm a huge fan of comics. A huge fan of zines. A huge, huge fan of TCAF. It's my absolutely favorite festival in Toronto, and it gets bigger and better every year. It showcases indie and smaller comic publishers from around the world (this year I met a graphic novelist from Australia!), its held in a library, its two days long, and its free to get in. Exactly how a comic festival or convention should be run (Fan Expo and your ridiculously expensive tickets, I'm looking at you).

My haul from TCAF was pretty big. I spent more than I had anticipated. And even though I went on a Saturday - the busiest day of the event - the lines moved quickly, and everything was beautifully organized. Alright, I'll stop gushing now.

Here's this year's TCAF haul. I managed to get 90% of my comics signed. I feel so accomplished!

Bikini Cowboy, by L Frank Weber. The aforementioned Australian! Really nice guy, and his comic is amazing. I even got him to sign the book for me:

He also had the nicest business cards at the show. We're talking double sided, hot-press gloss, super thick. They must have cost a fortune to print  - I was surprised they were available to the public. But damn, they were nice:

My next comic was a graphic novel called Far Arden, by cartoonist Kevin Cannon. His comic is about a man exploring Nunavut - so basically an American writing about the Canadian Artic. Should be fun!

But no, seriously, the book looks amazing. Hardcover, professionally bound. And it has a map! A MAP! Who can say no to a map?

I also got him to sign his graphic novel for me. Because I need doodles from everyone.

And below, his business card. I love collecting them, but I've got so many now that I'm going to need a separate filing box just to put them all in.

My third graphic novel find was from fellow Torontonian Benjamin Rivers, former prof of mine and totally awesome dude. He does comics and games. And teaches web design. Its pretty sweet.

Snow is a graphic novel set in Toronto, about a woman called Dana.

And yes, I got him to sign his comic for me, too.

This next one... oh, this next one. It was just too good to pass up.

Alone Forever, by Liz Prince. The cover reminded me SO much of a good friend of mine, I just had to pick it up. And when I picked it up, I just had to buy it, because its filled with things like this:

Naturally, I got her to sign it. Very entertaining.

Also, I like her business cards. 

One of the things I picked up from TCAF was this absolutely gorgeous zine from Roman Muradov. I'm not sure if I've figured out what's going on in the comic yet, but its utterly beautiful to look at.

I also made a stop by the table of fellow illustrator Selena Wong, and picked up a few things. Like always, her booth is adorable, so naturally I took a couple shots of it.

This year I only picked up a couple pins, but they came in this super cute bunny bag, and her business cards (once again) look amazing.

I was handed this random sheet of paper from an old school press machine run by a pair of Steampunks on the second floor. I'm not really sure what to say about it, or what it is, other than "awesome"?

The final comic that I managed to pick up was another mini zine from another former prof and local illustrator, Chris Kuzma - Top 5 Boardroom Techniques.

The last thing I picked up, and the last item to post about on this ridiculously long review of TCAF, was all the business cards I managed to snag from amazing artists, because I was out of funds and unable to buy their stuff.

You can check out their work here:

Afu Chan
Kyla Vanderklugt
Jess Worby
Josh Tierney
Robyn Ng
Seo Kim

And that's it for this year's TCAF round up. Can't wait for the next!


  1. that Yellow Zine looks so pretty! another thing I missed at TCAF -_-

  2. No! You missed it?

    The yellow zine is the best! Absolutely hilarious. I'm hoping she comes to TCAF again next year.