This also happened at TCAF! Lynn Johnston is the legend from For Better or For Worse, and she is funny and honest and very easy to talk to, it was great being on a discussion panel with her. She has a great sense of humor about her work and life. Raina Telgemeier, our moderator, is the another genius behind Smile, which just passed 100 weeks on the NYT bestseller list! That’s huge. You tell that to someone who believes commercial success in comics is a pipe dream, you tell ‘em.
TCAF was really fun! I had a great weekend! Thanks to everyone that came to say hi or buy a book or saw the panel I was on with my pals (picture above, from left to right: moderator Robin Brenner, Tom McHenry, Meredith Gran, KC Green, ME, Jess Fink, Kate Beaton, Ryan Pequin. Thanks to Emma DeMilta for the photo!).
I love them! Best times.
These are my official signing times at TCAF this weekend:
KICK OFF EVENT
Friday May 9: doors at 7, event at 7:30 pm
Reference Library’s Bram & Bluma Appel Salon on the second floor – this is a conversation between Kate Beaton and Lynn Johnston. D+Q has a row of reserved seating set aside for us. Q&A followed by a half hour signing.
COMING OF AGE ON THE INTERNET
Saturday May 10th
Round about ten years ago, the internet radically altered how comics creators worked, discovered new work, and made friends with their contemporaries. “Webcomics,” once a ubiquitous term, has now splintered into a dozen different methods of digital comics, and socializing is more omnipresent than ever! We check in with six cartoonists who started making comics online at about the same time, to see where they’re at, the avenues open to cartoonists, and how the next generation might be able to follow in their footsteps. Featuring Kate Beaton (Hark A Vagrant), Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie), Tom McHenry (noncanon), Phil McAndrew (Crying In Front Of Your Dog), Jess Fink (We Can Fix It), and KC Green (Gunshow). Moderated by Robin Brenner (No Flying, No Tights).
11 am to 12 pm, The Marriott – High Park II & III
See you there! TCAF is the best.
I was asked to write a little piece on my home county of Inverness, in anticipation of the upcoming County Expo in Halifax this weekend. Happy to do my best.
KATE BEATON is a Featured Guest at TCAF!
Kate Beaton is a Canadian cartoonist who appeared in the comics scene in 2007 with her online work “Hark! A Vagrant!”. Since then, she has become a fan favorite and has gathered a significant following, with illustrations appearing in places like The New Yorker, Harper’s and Marvel’s Strange Tales anthology. Praised for their expression, intelligence and comic timing, her cartoons often display a wonderfully light touch on historical and literary topics. Her first strip collection, Never Learn Anything From History, has been a bestseller for Publisher Topatoco since its release in 2009, and her 2012 release, published by Drawn & Quarterly also called Hark! A Vagrant, was a New York Times Best Seller.
Kate Beaton at Topatoco: www.topatoco.com
TCAF is The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, taking place May 9-11, 2014, in Toronto, Canada. More at http://torontocomics.com/
In response to my latest comics, someone has linked this podcast, which I am listening to now as I work! From a site that is new to me called Stuff Mom Never Told You, but at first glance I am impressed with, because of the lengthy bibliography posted under the podcast.
See you May 17-18, Stockholm!
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is delighted to announce its official ‘Kick-off’ event for the 2014 Festival,“Lynn Johnston and Kate Beaton, In Conversation”. The event will feature two Canadian cartooning dynamos discussing their art and craft, and the changes the industry and medium has been changed over the past three decades and with the advent of new technologies. TCAF is also happy to official unveil our 3rd poster for 2014, by Lynn Johnston herself!
“Lynn Johnston and Kate Beaton, In Conversation” will take place Friday, May 9th, 2014, at Toronto Reference Library in The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge Street, 2nd floor. The event runs from 7:30pm-8:30pm (doors open to the public at 7:00pm), and a signing with both creators will follow. The event is free to attend, and tickets are available now at http://tcaf2014kickoff.eventbrite.com
Did you know that there are no public monuments to Ida B. Wells? Aside from building projects named after her.
From what I gather, the Ida B. Wells monument has been in planning a long time. Click on the link to take you to the fundraising page, or see their facebook page for recent activity. Look, most of us don’t deserve a statue. Ida isn’t most of us.
I made some comics about Ida B. Wells, and then I talk about her for a while, because I am #1 teen fan and I wish I had a poster of her on my wall with hearts all over it.
An Elegy for Allen Ginsberg
I met Alistair at my cousin’s wedding, he was always very gracious, definitely nice enough to read teen writing at a mother’s request.