The 2011 Toronto Comics Art Festival, or TCAF, wrapped up a few weeks ago and I'm still bummed that I missed out -- it seemed like a terrific show featuring a ridiculous amount of comics talent (Darwyn Cooke, Chester Brown, Chris Ware, Adrian Tomine, Michael Cho and many, many more) and some really compelling sessions. Photographer Sam Javanrouh has some great photos up; you should check them out.
As fate would have it, that weekend was the single busiest weekend I've had all year with various personal and professional obligations. Oh, and, uh, Mother's Day. Good luck sneaking out of the house for a comics show on Mother's Day. I would have returned to a neat stack of divorce papers in an otherwise empty house.
It's probably best that I didn't make it out. I tallied up the cost of picking up every title I wanted and to came to nearly $200. Once there, I have no doubt at all that figure would have increased by at least 50 percent.
The list of titles to pick up included:
- Paying for It, by Chester Brown (written up in the New York Times today, BTW)
- Lucille, by Ludovic Debeurme
- The Band and Home and Away by Mawil
- The Next Day, by Porcellino, et al
- Wolves, by Becky Cloonan
- Chester 5000, by Jess Fink
- Island Brat, by C. Frakes
... well, here I go again, just mindlessly listing things. Suffice it to say I could have added a half-dozen more titles to that lineup.
Boy, writing about this missed show is really depressing me. Maybe next year.
Still, I managed to make it to the Motor City Comic Con for a short while, and snagged this beauty (among other things):
I'm not entirely certain what it says about me, but I'm really looking forward to reading this one.
The Motor City show was fine, but boasted fewer artist alley denizens than it has in the past, and that's where I've been spending the majority of my time at these events now. I even missed Art Baltazar, one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet at a comic con.
Looks like I'll have to circle the first weekend in May and make sure I keep obligations away from that weekend so I can hit TCAF 2012. Of course, it'd help if I confirmed when the 2012 event will be held. I wonder if these guys know?