Yesterday, Akemi and I checked out one of my favorite events in the city – the annual Toronto Comics Art Festival.
It was quite a turn-out at the Toronto Reference Library for the free general admission event showcasing artists, creators and publishers, both mainstream and independent.
Well this was a pleasant surprise, coming across artist Cat Farris there to support her new book My Boyfriend is a Bear. I happened to read it last week and absolutely loved it. Coincidentally, I was recommending it to Akemi earlier that day, so I picked up a copy to compliment the digital version I already purchased.
Also in attendance,Karl Kerschl and Brenden Fletcher, who were there in support of their terrific new fantasy book, Isola.
I happened across uber-talented artist Jim Zub, a Toronto native, who has done work for Marvel, IDW, Image, and others. We talked Japan and I picked up the first volume of his creator-owned, Tokyo-set, supernatural series Wayward.
Fellow Torontonian and illustrious illustrator Michael Cho was also on hand. We chatted comic books and I picked up a few of his prints…
Perfect for the new place.
In addition, I also picked up a whack of titles from independent creators including All Of This by Suzanne Alyssa Andrew and Jonathan Kociuba, and Home by the Michaud Brothers…
My plan had been to go back today for a second and final sweep but, sadly, I never made it. Alas, looks like I’ll have to wait until Fan Expo in late August.