TCAF 2010 - big, lots and lots of books and i hardly got to see any of them, that's a little disappointing.
I was solo this year, so maned the table most of the time. Had thought i'd try to find time to got walkabout and make trades with the new Dream Life book, but never got it together to do it. Mostly due probably to being a bit frazzled from all the preparations getting ready this year.
Sequential Pulp 2 was a hit, though if we keep it up i'm going to have to double the run next time. I was down to just a 100 copies of the 500 run by day two, and those last ones went pretty fast, leaving me short of comps for some of the contributors. Will have to print up a handful for them to mail off! Nothing for it but to add a few more ads and expand the run some.
Did my bit it seems in making the case for Canadian cultural protectionism with Dustin Harbin, hah! Great post there by him. More good round up posts collected by Bryan on Sequential here too.
Sat on a crazy early 9:30am panel on day one with Dave Roman, Jim Rugg, Abby Denson & James Turner, moderated by Walter Dickinson.
James and Walter I've known for a while, and Abby too, met her years ago in NY, after a comic jam she led me to one of the best little pastry shops in Manhattan while telling my girlfriend at the time how to make home made pepper spray.
Was the first time meeting Jim and Dave. Later at the final wrap party Jim and i geaked out on Noir films and comics stuff to the point of driving Cecil Castellucci away :P :) And yes Jim, feel free to write with odd questions about tools and stuff. :)
Also had the pleasure of a long chin wag with Chris Pitzer, something about the southern pace makes for a relaxing conversation. Just the thing when your so run down you feel like a noodle.
Also spent a long time catching up with big Tom Fowler, met Kwanza from DC and gained a little insight into the possible fate of a project i submitted to them just before things changed there [there is indeed hope i think] - he seems like a cool guy too. Talked tons as always with the TX guys, spent a lot of my spare time with Kalman, Torie, Eric, and Andrew Wheeler, who I've met a few times now, and ended our night out Monday with an excellent impromptu reading of one of my fathers bit's of prose over dinner [audio clip is my laptop, not Andrew]. He plans to do podcast novels some time, i look forward to it.
Was able to pass several hero's copies of my new book, including Evan Dorkin and Jim Woodring, both of whom traded me back something of theirs in return.
Spent a dinner with Dave Howard, Ed Brisson, Shannon Gerard, and other Toronto friends [sorry, blanking on who else was there - there were several of you!]. Despite my faulty neurons, that was a nice wind down before the Awards.
After the Doug Wrights, I found myself invited along by Tania Gallant, and joining Jim Woodring and James Strumm for supper, along with Seth and Bryan, Dan Clowes and Peggy Burns. When not just being a Fly on the wall, spent much of the night again talking Nior films, prosses, and metaphysics with James and Jim. Really interesting evening.
To top it off, had a nice short catch up talks on the TCAF floor over the table with Don McKellar, who i met at the first Wright Awards. And Ron Mann who i think i had not talked to since he made Dream Towner, and used some of my fathers photos for the film. Both are quite pleasant guys, nice to see them wandering around diggin' on comics.
There's more to mention but i really can't keep track of it all, a bit amazed just to see all that written down now. What a weekend.
Also met with a possible client while in town, gig is not for sure yet but sounds pretty cool, video related stuff. hope it pans out. And there's other news, but that i'll save for next month!
And, i sold a good number of books. Not crazy, but i'm in the black. Really really good show. kind of amazing really in terms of time spent with other creators. Wish i could do this sort of thing all the time. TCAF is kind of like Burning man. I went to that in 1999, and as i walked around the desert i thought it would be totality impractical, but i wish life could be like this every day.
Along the way i heard Frank Frazetta passed away, great talent lost there. But if nothing else TCAF illustrates just how healthy the medium is these days. As Seth said in his awards speech, it was not that long ago that people were sure comics were going to die. Hah! no chance dude.
posted by max at 5/13/2010 06:10:00 AM