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.

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maggiemayday

Wow, what a fantastic day! Love the posters.

sylvia
sylvia

Yes…posters are cool. They were always the mainstay of movies back in the day. Have been oblivious to the association with books and graphic novels, but these are WOW material.

baterista9 AKA gildermcc
baterista9 AKA gildermcc

I might plan to attend Toronto Fan Expo, too. Good way to escape the Texas summer.

PBMom

Indeed. How are you feeling?

shinyhula
shinyhula

I like those prints, though I expected to see three cool villains instead of three superheroes. So much beautiful art, tho for a sec I thought you’d written “we patted comic books and I picked up a few prints”… I have very tired eyes after a week long cold. Or maybe patting comic books may actually be some cool new thing.

MaggieL80
MaggieL80

Love the prints! I’ve always liked Judge Dredd. Loved Karl Urban’s take. Looks like a fun and fruitful day!

PBMom

I want to say I saw that but now I’m wondering if I did. My mind is a jumble lately. Too many things going on.

Bannister
Bannister

I’ve never been there. I hope to, someday. Numerous of my friends are at TCAF, every year.
Oh, and I’m a huge fan of Michael CHO ! Great choice ! wink