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May 13, 2009

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.

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… except in Frank's collection everything was interesting.

Dan Nadel's portfolio full of amazing Yuichi Yokoyma originals.

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.

Josh Cotter's sketchbook.

• Realizing on the second day that Joe Ollmann was our table neighbor.

Alec Longstreth's amazing/terrifying beard!

Yoshihiro Tatsumi's hat.

Here are a few pictures from the event.

Posted by tomk at May 13, 2009 11:51 PM


Oh, man. I totally wish I could have been there instead of grading exams.

Posted by: Isaac at May 14, 2009 07:36 AM

There's always next time!

Posted by: Tom K at May 14, 2009 04:31 PM

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.

Posted by: Adrian at June 4, 2009 07:30 PM

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