Toronto Comics & Arts Festival: Part 1
Sorry if it took so long to post my review about Toronto’s Comics & Arts Festival.
Right after I came back from this amazing weekend, I caught some kind of virus that made me stuck to bed for two days. But now I’m back and much better.
Me and Isa were lucky enough to grab some very cheap tickets airplane tickets. Usually, a roadtrip from Montreal to Toronto is about 7 hours. But it took us about only an hour to get there by airplane. Gotta love this miracle of science.
The plane that took us there was delayed for about an hour because of some big fluffy clouds. (Which were extremely pretty, seeing up in the air!) But it was okay since it gave our friends enough time to give us a lift from the airport.
We were staying at the Marriott Hotel, the convention’s official Hotel. Which ended up being very practical since everything we needed for the weekend was around it. Restaurants, the library where the convention was being held, commodities… I found it perfect for the event.
Since we arrived on Friday, we spent most of the day walking around Bloor & Queen street, setting things up for TCAF, talking and just taking our time.
Isa & Megan went to set up their fair table during the evening while I managed to get a good workout at the Marriott’s small but appreciated gym.
On Saturday, me and Isa went to a very interesting morning workshop: Making Successful Kids Comics by Scholastic.
It gave us lots of ideas and information about this specific market. Making comics for kids is something we both have a great interest in.
I was suprised to see that there weren’t that many people at the workshop. Around 20, maybe? Maybe because it was at the beginning of the convention and that it was on a morning?
After the workshop, we started looking at what the other artists were making. There were 2 floors with different artists, all around. The selection was amazing! It was great to see so many artists reunited under one roof. I was astonished by the talent and work of the people at the convention. -Lots- of original content and artwork.
We even bumped into the creator of Chi’s Sweet Home. The author is japanese and her novel is translated in many languages, including english & french. Isa got her picture taken with her, how awesome?
I also didn’t want to miss Guy Delisle’s conference, in the afternoon. He is the author of Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy city and many more autobiographical graphic novels. His books mostly talks about his travels to very different places from all around the world with his always witty notes. This year, he even won the Fauve d’or for best album at Angoulême’s comic festival. (The most important comic festival in Europe, in case you don’t know. )
Just like his books, his conference was funny, relevant and made you think. He also inspired me to draw even more outside and not being afraid to get my sketchbook out, in the public.
So, that’s it for now. I hope you enjoyed this first part of my review and, if you’ve been to TCAF, please let me know what you thought of it.