Almost a month after the fact, I am finally here to assert that TCAF was nothing short of amazing. Three weeks after getting home I’m still buzzing off the great energy, and that’s saying something. I’ve been going to conventions for about a decade now, and TCAF reminded me of those first few golden years when everything was inspirational and exciting, before it became just exhausting and anxiety inducing. Being next to the entrance I had a direct view of the folks coming in, and I was moved by the constant flow of people here just for comics. Nothing against cosplayers and people interested in peeping celebrities, but it’s standard nowadays for comics to take a back seat to Hollywood spectacle at comic conventions and TCAF was all comics. Instead of Johnny Depp and J.J. Abrams, the biggest stars of TCAF were Chris Ware, Chester Brown, Kate Beaton, and the like.
I met a ton of great people and discovered so much amazing stuff. The North American comics scene is so small and underexposed, it’s easy to miss things and think nothing’s happening. But I came back from TCAF feeling like we’re really on to something. There’s no money in comics (contrary to myth), but people have ideas and they have guts. Cartoonists, you are the coolest. I’m proud to be one of you.
It was also my first time in Toronto, and I had fun walking around a city again after living in LA for a year. I brought my Olympus and took a couple snapshots of us hanging out outside the con. You can check them out here.
Our table did great! I sold a ton of books and signed a bunch of KOKO’s people brought from home. I even got some fanart in person! I was happy to hear from so many Canadian and American readers. Hope to see more of you next year.
p.s. I just redid the store, and you can buy paper dolls now! Each one is $10 and comes signed. Check it out!