TCAF 2009: Highlights

Yoshihiro Tatsumi signing A Drifting Life at TCAF
TCAF is easily becoming the best event of it’s kind in North America. I shared a table with Mike Dawson and Brett Von Schlosser. The whole event was pretty much non-stop fun. Highlights:

• Even though I was exhausted from a 17 hour drive, the Concepts in Comics panel I was on with Dash Shaw, Jason Shiga and Scott McCloud (moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos) turned out to be a real pleasure and the discussion went off into interesting territory.
‚Ä¢ Frank Santoro‘s 3 boxes of back issues. Frank continues to champion great largely forgotten and under-appreciated comics. I picked-up some Brendan McCarthy and Shaky Kane comic-books. It’s a reminder of the pleasures of flipping through comics in short box and actually finding something interesting‚Ķ except in Frank’s collection everything was interesting.
‚Ä¢ Dan Nadel‘s portfolio full of amazing Yuichi Yokoyma originals.
‚Ä¢ The Doug Wright Awards were a refreshing change of pace from most award events. Only three prizes were awarded! The rest of the event was given over to a discussions of Doug Wright’s cartoon career, the new D&Q book on that subject and a tribute to Canadian great Jimmy Frise.
‚Ä¢ Josh Cotter’s sketchbook.
• Realizing on the second day that Joe Ollmann was our table neighbor.
‚Ä¢ Alec Longstreth’s amazing/terrifying beard!
‚Ä¢ Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s hat.

Here are a few pictures from the event.

3 Replies to “TCAF 2009: Highlights”

  1. Not if you are grading exams from Mexico…same burden all over the world, I guess, Isaac(just kidding around).
    This kind of events which take the comic medium seriously are just what I’d like to attend for a whole weekend or week. Damn the distance and the border.
    Well, at least a I got a hat JUST the same as Tatsumi’s. And a beard, which doesn’t even have half the attitude as Alec’s.

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