May 8th, 2012 Spark Comic #37 - TCAF 2012
Last weekend, I went to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) at the Toronto Reference Library. I've been volunteering there for 3 years now and it's still pretty fun. I love helping people so I got to do quite a bit of that. It's a free weekend convention and it's a pretty huge event that centers mainly around independent comic artists and webcomic creators rather than the traditional Marvel/DC stuff. Even if you know a lot of indie and web comics there's about a million and one things there that you'll discover for the first time. It's really awesome and if you're in Toronto I highly reccommend checking it out next year.
Back to the comic, I recenltly made my own business cards and got them printed out at Staples (Don't print business cards at Staples, by the way. It looks crappy and getting it printed is a nightmare) and started handing them out to artists and random people that I met (and Ninjaing them, if you know what I mean). The three artist I listed in this comic, Angela Melick, Meredith Gran, and Christopher Hastings make Wasted Talent
, Octopus Pie
, and The Adventures of Dr. McNinja
respectively. They were all there and are some of my greatest inspirations to becoming a webcomic artist. I met them and gave them my business cards as well. I wasn't that desperate/deranged when I gave it to them (at least, I hope not), just casually bringing it up in conversation. I met a lot of awesome artists there. There was even this random person I met at TCAF who I gave my business card to that I ran into 3 times over the course of 2 days, which is unexpectedly cool. Hopefully the people who got my business cards checked out my site and enjoy my work, as well as you, the viewer.
See you next comic!