Archive for the ‘Appearances’ Category


Friday, October 25th, 2013

New True Loves 3 is up. Almost to the end now. As always, you should go buy things in the store. Go buy all of True Loves, why not?

On the weekend my older brother was in town, and my younger brother came over and we all hung around with Manien all weekend. We did lots of stuff, going to a movie, for walks, hikes, and drinks. Played Carcassonne. It was a great time.

On Sunday we all headed out to Deep Cove for the Bio/Graphic autobiographical comic art show. I was part of a panel discussion with Colin Upton and Sarah Leavitt. It was interesting to chat about the differences of our comic lives and approaches to drawing and so on. I should have gotten a photo of the panel! Then there was a reception afterwards. And then my posse and I went for a stroll. I am going to have draw some of those crazy steep houses of Deep Cove! Here are a couple of photos.

Seymour Art Gallery

Seymour Art Gallery Reception

Here is picture from a hike on the Lynn Headwater trails. It was ridiculously beautiful.

Lynn Headwater

Mid October

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Okay. What is happening? Let’s see.

New True Loves 3 is up. Ever closer to the end. This weekend is the Bio/Graphic art show reception and panel discussion on Sunday in Deep Cove. The show is on for the next month, so if you are feeling like an adventure into the wilds of the north shore, check it out.

Bio Graphic

I read the second part of Patrick Farley’s Steve and Steve. Quite enjoyed it. I’m rereading Scott Pilgrim and in addition to being an absolute delight, it captures being young and living in the Annex in Toronto so well.

I have pencilled a few pages of my new comic The Adulation. I guess at some point I will have to figure out what to do with it. I have been trying to do a warm up drawing to get myself rolling here are a couple. The first one is a house I saw in Lynn Valley a while back. The second one is from this crazy page of Google Street View pictures.

North Vancouver House 9


The Music of Comics

Friday, September 20th, 2013

There is a new True Loves 3 up. We are nearing the end of the online True Loves. Why not go buy the book? I was going through old boxes and came across the original notes Manien and I made when we conceived of the comic. Interesting to see what made it into the final books. Maybe I will scan those when the book is finished online. Or when I don’t have anything else to post with my weekly update here. Not like this week…

I am going to be at Word on the Street on September 29. Come buy stuff. Apparently the comics people are going to be up the surface this year, so hopefully it will be nice weather.

I follow Welcome to Twin Peaks on Tumblr, and they are having a character homage week, starting with Phillip Jeffries, the elusive character played by David Bowie in Fire Walk with Me. So I drew him.

Phillip Jeffries

And it was so much fun, I thought I would draw him some off on an FBI mission in some kind of exotic bar.

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Which is actually from this, with Jeffries dropped in.

As I walk around listening to music the past couple of weeks, I have been trying to find music that would fit the mood for a comic I’m hoping to do next year. When I was thinking up Farm School, I found A Silver Mount Zion was good for getting my mind in the right place. The past few days I finally hit some songs that are in the right direction for my Fir Valley project. Here are a few

Coming Back to Earth

Friday, June 7th, 2013

I feel like I have just finally come back to earth. Getting the True Loves 3 book done, going to TCAF and VanCAF getting a new store set up. It took a lot out of me.

Speaking of True Loves 3, still updating that online. Are you curious how it is all going to end? You can buy the book NOW, check out the new store I set up.

I had a sketchbook that was almost finished so I didn’t take it to TCAF. It took me until this weekend to finally get back to it and fill up the last pages. I did my traditional self-portrait as the last drawing.

I did this drawing from this video from VanCAF. Now I notice myself sitting with my hands this way strangely often.

Speaking of VanCAF, here are a few photos.

VanCAF 3

Look at that crowd! Look at Colin Upton! Look at Amancay! I hardly talked to Amancay all day Saturday, but then ended up sitting with him at the Storm Crow, which was great because he is an awesome guy and we had a great chat.

VanCAF 1

Ah the Storm Crow. I had heard all the local nerds talking about this magical nerd bar, but had never quite made it out to check it out for myself. It did not disappoint. D&D themed menus. Medieval weapons on the wall. Never sports on the TVs. So beautiful! And a Game of Thrones map in the washroom.

VanCAF 2

It was not until Tuesday night that I finally felt grounded after months of focusing on getting True Loves 3 together and shows and so on. I was colouring this week’s True Loves, and still had time to go in the podcast I was enjoying so I found a photo to draw on Julia Wertz‘s website. The podcast was this episode of the Duncan Trussel Family Hour, which featured the return of Pete Holmes. Another of my favourite podcasts is his You Made it Weird. I really enjoyed their conversation, and just spaced out doing the drawing. And the next morning I felt AWESOME. Alive again. Roaring and punching the air. So that was good.

Run Down Kitchen

VanCAF 2013

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

I don’t think I mentioned that I will be at the second annual Vancouver Comic Arts Festival tomorrow. You can find me over in the corner at table C5. I will have my new books Farm School and True Loves 3 on hand. BUY THEM.

VanCAF Where I am

TCAF Comics

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Here are the comics I drew in and around TCAF 2013.















TCAF 2013 Photos

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Back from Ontario and TCAF, which was all a great time. Good to see the family, good to see all the comic people at the show. Nice to have some people come by specifically to pick up True Loves 3!

While I think of it, I am still updating the colour online version. New one up today. Oh and while I’m thinking of it, this Big Planet Comics podcast has a nice discussion of Farm School in around the 20 minute mark.

I am still finishing up comics about my Ontario trip, but here is a quick little photo trip through it. True Loves 3 did arrive in time for TCAF which was a relief.

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Manien booked me a room at Victoria’s Mansion House and it was cute. My room was… cozy. And it was in the basement! But I was just sleeping there between selling comics and whooping it up with comics people, so it was fine!

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I met up with former Vancouverite and old Crown Commission comrade Ben Woo for a bite on Friday night. Good to see him and hear about all the crazy nerd studies his doing with his PHD in nerdic matters. He was also nice enough to help me carry boxes to the reference library in the pouring rain.

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We eventually got to the Pilot for the opening party and had a table with various guests, including Inkstud Robin.

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And Tyler J Hutchinson who told us how his We Draw Comics site is going.

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My TCAF table was upstairs again which was nice. Look at those True Loveses! The place was hopping. I had lovely neighbours Blue and Andy.

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After the show on Sunday I met up with old Toronto pals, Dave and Dawn for a bite and a beer. Dave also stopped off at the Green Room with me for another as I was on my way to the TCAF closing party. The Green Room just may be a location in an upcoming story I want to do.

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The closing party was a blast. Managed to talk to a bunch of people and eventually found Dave Lapp, Doug Wright Award winner Nina Bunjevac and Jordan to hang out. Dancing ensued and eventually Nina, Salgood Sam and I were the only ones left dancing. As we left I took a picture and then a second later TCAF organizers Chris and Miles were leaving too, so they got in for a pic too.

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Rainy Day People

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

New True Loves 3 is up!

I feel like there were many things I wanted to tell you, but can I think now what they were? Okay:

1. I’m reading this sci fi book Spin by Robert Charles Wilson. It is kind of blowing my mind to a degree that I find pleasantly surprising.

2. Manien and I watched Mission Impossible one day and the Descendants the next and found Clooney’s greying dad-hair looked so much better on him than Cruise’s desperate dye-job.

3. I got Tom Gauld’s Goliath recently. So good! Funny, beautiful and sad. And thought provoking even!

4. A couple of VanCAF videos. Some nice photos here too. Oh yeah, and this comic Grade Eight that I got at the show was great too.

5. It has been a fairly wet summer so far here in Vancouver Town. A lot of people are bellyaching, but I don’t mind. It means less watering of the garden, and less of Jason bursting into flames as he walks to and from the Dayjob. Today I was enjoying some music that was good for a drizzly day. Sparklehorse. The National. And my soothing music in general these days, Grimes.

6. And hey a new Die Antwoord video! It is a classic family drama in the vein of Twisted Sister’s We’re Not Gonna Take It!

Okay I better stop or I’ll go all night.

VanCAF 2012 Report

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Spent the weekend at the first ever Vancouver Comic Arts Festival. It was a great show! Shannon the show organizer and her team of noble volunteers did a great job of making everything run smoothly, and making all the attendees feel loved and pampered. It is creates such a different atmosphere being at a show where you feel like they appreciate you being there, rather than just being another person who paid for a table.

VanCAF Setup

Speaking of tables, here I am setting up mine. Manien and I were a little on the late side, and there were already customers wandering through as we stocked the table.

VanCAF Table

All this space felt quite decadent after the tighter quarters at TCAF. Quite a few people admired the colourful table cover. It came from Manien’s Cabinet of Fabric.

VanCAF Roundhouse

Pictured here Battle Kittens’ Rebecca Dart talking to the Silly Kingdom team, with Much the Miller’s Son’s Steve LeCouilliard behind them and Savage Chicken’s Doug Savage in the distance. The 4geeksmedia crew in the foreground recording.

Having the show at the Roundhouse in Yaletown was fantastic. The room was beautiful bright and airy with a high ceiling and thick wooden beams. It also managed to stay cool even though the day was quite sunny and warm outside. I never had to compromise my suit by taking off the jacket.

There was steady traffic all day Saturday, and a different mix of people than you get at a lot of shows. Non-comic people as well as comic people. Since it was free to get in, people could come and have a look around with no pressure. I talked to a lot of different non-comic people who were just interested and curious. The Roundhouse is a community centre, and so you would also get folks wandering in after their yoga class or whatever. There was also nice mix of exhibitors, with quite a number up from Portland and even further afield.

By the end of the first day every exhibitor I talked to was loving the show. It had a great upbeat vibe and I think most people enjoyed good sales. The organizers decided to keep the doors open until 6:00 (rather than the scheduled 5), but Manien and I were about to pass out with hunger so we closed shop at 5:00.

VanCAF Dinner

We zipped over to Subeez to eat. Manien and I used to go there to write True Loves, back when we lived in the West End. Over dinner we realized that was ten years ago! Subeez has whittled their menu down to quite a spare selection since we used to go there. The VanCAF event for the evening was a pub crawl in Yaletown, but the Vancouver Comic Jam also coincided with the show, so we headed to the Wallflower on Main Street, as it seemed like that would be a more relaxing bet for the evening. Manien had never been to the jam or the Wallflower either, so she wanted to see what I was always going on about.

VCJ May 2012

There was still sunlight outside as jam started. How novel! The Wallflower had blocked off quite a few tables for us, so the place was a little empty for the first while. In addition to the pub crawl there was also an art show opening at Lucky’s further up Main, so many locals were dropping by there first.

VCJ May 2012

In no time at all the place filled up though, and soon the jam had taken over the whole restaurant. It was quite amazing, and the injection of new faces and visitors from out of town really added extra energy to the proceedings. You can see the pages from the jam here.

VCJ May 2012

Manien and I closed the place down, then poured ourselves into a cab home. That was a full day of comics for Manien, so she stayed home on Sunday to do some gardening and pull up a rose bush. I dragged my hazy butt back to Yaletown for day two. Sunday’s traffic started off a little slower, but that worked fine for me and my hangover.

VanCAF Patrons

Things did pick up though. This kid had the most awesomely mis-matched socks. He was really fascinated by my Bird Comics, and his dad was kind enough to buy it for him. (I would have given it for free though, really)

VanCAF Lineup

VanCAF Finale

I had an unexpected run on True Loves through the afternoon and ended up with quite the depleted stack by the end of the day. When I tallied up my earnings from the day I was surprised to see that I did considerably better than I did at TCAF – and I had been happy with the results there! So the show was quite the success, for me and for anyone else I talked to. It was smiles all around and a big cheer for Shannon as things came to a close. I hope this will lead to many more VanCAFs in the future.

VanCAF and Letters

Friday, May 25th, 2012

VanCAF is this weekend! The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival’s first year! An exciting independent-oriented show that’s free to attend! I’ll be there, so come on out and say hi, buy some comics.

I am not quite back on my drawing track with True Loves, but here are a couple of little comics about Manien and my post TCAF adventures.

Zen Garden