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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

The Worst TCAF report on the internets

People, DO ride the train from Montreal to Toronto with D+Q production manager Tracy Hurren, Monastiraki owner Billy Mavreas, and Mid-Life ink-stud Joe Ollmann. What fun! People, DO NOT go get beers with Andy Brown, Billy Mavreas, and Joe Ollmann as soon as you get off the train in Toronto because you will have to count in the books and that will be awful.

And then you think, oh, I can get out of this place after 2 pints and here comes Tom Gauld, David Turgeon, Jimmy Beaulieu, and Pascal Girard.

And then there were like 20 people there. I lost count--of people and pints. Off to the library to count in the books. Good ole Joe Ollmann helped me out. But let's face it. We were not at our best. JOE'S SHIRT IS UNTUCKED FOR CRACKIN' ICE!

Eventually, I just went to Big Smoke Burger to wash away my drunk. Why did you change your name from Craft Burger, I wonder?

Oh, dear god, who do I run into right off the bat but Keith Jones eating a slice of pizza standing at the edge of an alley. He said, and I quote "Do you want a beer? I just stashed a couple in the alley for later but if you want one…" I offered to buy him one at The Pilot where everyone else was hanging. One beer and I was done for the evening.

MEANWHILE NEARBY AND COMPLETEY CIVILIZED there was the Friday night out-of-towner dinner for D+Q. Here's Seth, Guy, Emilie from Cornelius, and The Chief.

And Matt and Seth. When I said "Matt, do you know where the restaurant is?" He said, "Yes. I used to work there!!" So, he, um, knew.


Saturday was an early opening for the show and I mean early. Doors at 9am meant a bunch of hungover knuckleheads like myself were desperately downing coffee and counting in our books at 7am preparing for the soon-to-be clamoring fans.

Kate Beaton got going early and signed and signed until she couldn't feel her hand any more.

While many got sketches of their favourite characters, some adoring fans were turned away sadly.

Back upstairs, Emilie (right) and TCAF helper Genève sell the Cornelius books for the first time in North America.

Hey, let's take a look around, shall we? Here's Molly from Picturebox. Supposedly, Dan is "home" "taking care" of "his new baby." Oh, come on.

Here's the Road Hawgs!! {I'm trying to get that to stick. Help me out here.} John Porcellino, Zak Sally, and Noah Van Sciver.

Who has a new book? Sean Ford (Another greatest former intern for both Peg at DC and here at D+Q as well.) Open your peepers and look for his book Only Skin at your local comics emporium courtesy of the fine folks at Secret Acres.

Joe Lambert is struttin' like 1950s Jack Davis over heah. I swept the books off his table and pushed it over all Helen Keller stylee but he didn't find it funny at all. {Mendes stop with the photobombing.}

Satisfied, Tracy?! Here's the "over shot" you deserve. I wobbled around on Julia's shoulders for 20 minutes to get this.

Michael Cho signs his very popular new book, Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes. Michael sat next to us at his own table and was killing it! There were always lines of fans buying books, prints, and chit-chatting.

Seth and Joe get down to the good work of signing signing signing.

Chester joins in. Chet, I'm liking the new fringe there.

The new shift comes in (Tom Gauld left) and Chet stays the course for an epic five hour signing shift.

Tom's out, Matt and Guy are in and Chester is still signing (well, chatting with his French Paying For It publisher. People, did you know there's a new Quebec version of Louis Riel from our pals at Le Pasteque? Well, there is!!)

Saturday night dinner at our usual pre-Doug Wright Awards haunt. It was a little crowded and the restaurant messed up the reservation so while Julia, Ed, and I sat at the little kids table, the big table was (clockwise from the left) Matt, Kate, Chris, Chester, Tom G., Marc Bell, Tracy, Pascal, (out of frame) Hugues Micol from Cornelius, Emilie Lehin, (back in frame) Scott Campbell, Joe Ollmann (in blurry foreground). Whew.

DOUG WRIGHT AWARDS! I'm sure there will be more detailed wrap-ups. It was a fun awards show. The DWAs do a great job with hosts. Always funny and professional. This year's host Geoff Pevere was top notch!! Michael Comeau gave a hilarious speech ("Comics are garbage and if you're into garbage you'll make a lot of friends.") Ethan Rilly was very heartfelt (Emilie remarked that it was so cute how earnest and grateful he was because in France, the artist usually says "of course, I won.") And Kate Beaton took the Best Book honors over her labelmates Joe, Pascal, Seth, and Chester (and non-labelmate Michael Deforge). Montreal political cartoonist Terry "Aislin" Mosher was inducted into the Giants of the North and he had a couple star turns that I can't write about here because they are too filthy and hasn't Phyllis Wright been through enough? "Why was that bear so angry?"

Here's Chet talking to Terry while Seth chats with I DON'T REMEMBER WHO--maybe non-Canadian Dustin Harbin?

Oh, guess not. Here's Dustin talking to Tom Gauld and pointing out that he presented an award and he's not even Canadian so he totally jumped the line but I guess who am I to complain? {At least, I'm a Permanent Resident!}{Also, I didn't think I had any pictures of Julia but there she is to the left. SHE WAS ALWAYS ON THE MOVE!}

Surprise! We thought we were going to a bar and we ended up in a Greek Restaurant. Oh, the convention dinners. They get totally out of hand.

We only ordered beers which did not ingratiate us to the staff, no sir. Also we drew on the fancy tablecloths (come on, there was paper on there.)

Tracy snapped this Marc Bell doodle to "sell on youtube" which made sense at the time but now I'm just confused. Is that a thing? Supposedly. Brad Mackay grabbed the placemats and is putting them in the Doug Wright museum.

Pascal signs for a fan and says "How do you spell dat? C-A-I-T?"

Chris looks at Shigeru Mizuki's Hitler biography recently published by Cornelius while Emilie looks on.

Marc and his beleaguered French translator.

Quebeckers!! {It's true--Chester is from the Montreal suburbs and Guy is from Quebec City even if both have been away from our fair province for decades now.}

Jeet Heer shows off his greatest creation--little cutie, Bella. "I'm sleeping fine!!," says Jeet enthusiastically. Baby Mama Robin says, "It's true. He's sleeping fine…so, so tired."

People, TCAF is a great show!! Big crowds from all walks of life buying lots of books. Great volunteers and staff. Lots of great comics (I picked up some new Nobrow, something like 40 Michael Deforge minis, a Keith Jones mini, and the new Nick Maandag book called The Libertarian that did not disappoint. I forgot to pick up that new dirty book from Secret Acres, The Song of Roland by Michel Rabagliati (Conundrum), and the Rory Hayes collection by PictureBox. Too many comics, too many people, so much fun.)


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