Torontoist attended the Toronto Comic Arts Festival last weekend and was astounded by how much talent could be crammed into one building. Despite wanting to obtain nearly every giclée print and minicomic we saw, it was more economical to take photographs instead.
Check out over twenty photos of your favourite writers and illustrators at TCAF behind the cut.
Meet some of the crew (and friends) from Transmission X, a new webcomic network that publishes an ongoing comic series for every day of the week. In the back from left to right: Scott Hepburn, Cameron Stewart, Karl Kerschl and Ramón Pérez . Seated: Michael Cho and Rob Coughler.
Joe Ollman poses with his Doug Wright Award-winning book, This Will All End in Tears.
Rebecca Kraatz (House of Sugar) also won a Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent on Friday night.
Our favourite powercouples of TCAF were Marion Vitus & John Green and Dave Roman & Raina Telgemeier of The Comics Bakery. Raina debuted her third Babysitters Club graphic novel, Mary Anne Saves the Day, at the festival, and Torontoist highly enjoyed reading it.
Torontoist’s “Best Baked Goods of TCAF” award goes to Katie Goodfellow, who made these delectable cupcakes featuring Red Robot from Diesel Sweeties.
Diesel Sweeties creator R. Stevens was also impressed by the Red Robot cupcakes.
Ryan North claims that Augusten Burroughs reads Dinosaur Comics, but this has not been confirmed by our news team.
A camera crew from the National Film Board hung around on Saturday to film a documentary about Seth.
Seth, looking just as anachronistic as we always imagined he would. His signing queue was a long wait, but worth every minute.
Home from Hollywood, Joe Matt signed autographs for a predominantly male fan base.
Chester Brown was impressed that this fan had a first edition copy of Ed the Happy Clown. Seconds after this photo was taken, former MuchMusic VJ and Shortbus actress Sook-Yin Lee popped over to say hello to Chester (they used to date). We were momentarily starstruck.
J. Bone and Darwyn Cooke, currently collaborating on The Spirit for DC Comics.
A fan gets his book signed by Paul Pope, this week’s Eye coverboy and a certified hottie. The fan is also pretty cute, actually.
This is John Martz: illustrator, editor of Drawn!, and the guy who made that TTC anagram map.
We met Steve Wilson after falling in love with his “Monster of the Day” Masonite square paintings.
They looked like this…
This is what it looks like when Joe Bluhm is sketching your unflattering-yet-accurate caricature. Everyone we know went home with one of Joe’s drawings, but nobody is rushing to hang them on their walls.
Fellow caricaturist Sam Gorrie made an awesome portrait button for Joe Bluhm.
Scott Chantler of Northwest Passage and Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen in Alpha Squad 7 has a pose-off with a bonneted lady.
Miss Lasko-Gross, Cheese Hasselburger and Kevin Colden represent the House of Twelve collective, an evil organization that hosts comics jams and exploits well-meaning cartoonists around the world.
All photos by Karen Whaley.