Toronto Comics Art Festival

Man, I had no clue that this had grown as large as it has. I’d heard a little about the festival here and there, but a 5 day comic book extravaganza is way impressive. If you’re in the Toronto area this weekend, it definitely sounds well worth checking out.

The festival places more than 120 comic artists from around the world at booths where they can meet and greet comic readers. Two tents erected in Mirvish Village comprise the focal point of the festival, but comic-related readings and parties are scattered throughout the city.

One of the artists featured at TCAF this year is Bryan Lee O’Malley, a London, Ont., native who now lives in Halifax. His Scott Pilgrim series, based on the artist’s three years in Toronto, has been optioned by Universal Pictures for a possible film adaptation to be directed by Edgar Wright of Shaun of the Dead fame. In the series, Scott Pilgrim’s life is of this city but not of this world. An unemployed 23-year-old with a go-nowhere rock band, Pilgrim fights supernatural martial arts battles with seven evil ex-boyfriends of the delivery girl on whom he has a crush.

In spite of the attention O’Malley has been receiving (he’s also nominated for an award as the best emerging talent at the festival), his aspirations at the TCAF are modest: He hopes to chat with fans and interested browsers at his table, and, perhaps, “make a bit of money — try to make back the cost of the trip at least.”

Read the full article here. Though I’m not sure about their assertion that Darwin Cooke is one of comics’ “elder statesmen”, it’s still a decent read and good press for the industry.

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One Response to Toronto Comics Art Festival
  1. Murray Roach
    May 29, 2005 | 9:29 pm

    Dropped in for a couple of hours today – got to talk to Jeff Smith for a few minutes, spent about 10 minutes with Andy Runton, and also chewed the fat with Jim Mahfood. Looked like a great turnout and I managed to get a couple of quick sketches to boot!

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