toronto comics and art festival

☆TCAF 2017☆

Guys! I’ll be at TCAF next weekend as a featured guest and ready to sign Check, Please: Year Two!

I’ll be signing copies of Year One and Year Two, speaking on two panels, and will give a one hour talk at the TCAF Word Balloon Academy. (Check here for scheduling!)

  • 12:00 PM – Spotlight: Ngozi Ukazu – Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu has taken the comics world by storm. Its giant readership and successful crowd-funding campaigns show how the series has tapped into an audience that is hugely underserved by mainstream publishing. Come and hear Ngozi talk about her life in comics thus far, her plans for the series’ future, and what it like to have a small side project suddenly turn into a huge hit!
  • 12:15 PM – Sports! – Comics and…sports?!?! This pairing isn’t as strange as you might think! From diehard sportos to secret jocks, come and hear what these creators love about the wide world of sports!Panelists: Michael Nybrandt, Sonam Wangyal, Ngozi Ukazu, Jarrett Williams. Moderator: RJ Casey.

When I’m not signing or in panels, I’ll likely be wandering the show floor and hanging out around @mynameismad‘s table being a nuisance. But otherwise, I’m psyched! I can’t wait to see all of you guys! TCAF 2016 was an amazing convention and being welcomed back is an honor.

During this year’s TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival), the gang managed to meet up! It was tons of fun, but this is pretty much how we’re all feeling after the festival.

I hope we can meet up again another time!

- @adriana-likes-tea

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TCAF was a+! Thanks to all of you who stopped to have a chat and buy my books. Very thankful i won’t have to drag two boxes of comics back home. I do wish I had more time to walk around though, so many great panels I’d like to go to!

Huge thanks to Jenn and Ty, the creative team behind the gorgeous @therisingsand for watching my table, letting me crash in Toronto and hang out with their cats. Don’t know if i could even afford to stay in Toronto without these guys!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival was great but also very dichotomous? Seeing the amazing work was inspiring; realizing how much even “successful” people are struggling was not.  Let me try to summarize the big things I took away from TCAF:

  1. Comics and Games are actually very good, and you can see that as soon as you create a space outside the influence of WB/Disney/AAA/&c 
  2. Comics and Games are queer as hell, see above. In fact, it feels like the field is incredibly diverse right now? 
  3. Most of the people creating the indie stuff you love have day/part time jobs, because patreon/ad revenue (ha ha ha) don’t pay enough 
  4. The web is increasingly hostile to small creators as FB, Twitter, Tumblr & Reddit design their systems to bury unsponsored content and bury or simply blacklist outright external links. These sites want everything to be sponsored, and hosted on THEIR servers. (Reminder: if you’re reblogging my articles, thank you for doing so because you are literally the only way my stuff is getting seen by anyone at this point. Tumblr blacklists external links now.)
  5. The fandom spaces that should be supporting this diverse work are actually a maelstrom of doxxing, identity policing, callouts, &c. 

So in summary, comics and games have a flood of diverse experimental creators who go unsupported by the market, government, or fans. I don’t know how to quite square how dire yet how inspiring/hopeful this is simultaneously. But that’s life in 2017 generally I guess.

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Some of the books I’ll have at TCAF this weekend. I’ll be debuting the second issue of GEL and the re-print of issue one. Gel mythos, collected stories from the world of GEL, and The Winds of Winter- a storybook about a lost little girl, braving the cold winter night!