For the first time ever I got the the chance to participate in two different geek ventures, both held at the same time! Would the immortal and undefeatable Scoop survive this challenge? Read on and find out!
Toronto Comics Arts Festival has been an annual pilgrimage for years and years, with me never making the journey downtown before. Housed in the Toronto Reference Library on Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th 2012, I graced the assembled with my presence on the first day. Which means that unfortunately @StrawberryFinn, who came on Sunday, missed crossing paths with moi. Next Year!
But back to my Saturday journeys! My wanderings lead me through the crowded floors, and eventually to the Beguiling booth where Scott Pilgrim volume 1 and the subsequent poster became mine. Next off, I found the talented Alex Serra, whom Murd from Comic Speak Geek had introduced me to at FanExpo 2012. My voyage of discovery was temporarily waylaid with blackberry battery problems. During this respite, I missed seeing the amazing book bloggers @JustALilLost (read her post here) and @ChristasBooks. After getting a quick charge, I was greeted by the ultimate Buffy fan @AinslieKeith. The second floor, all filled with comic goodness, had our paths cross with Canada’s Top Geek @tunegeek and Murray, and the Man With The Plan @WwxKev. Ask to see his portfolio next time you see the man!
Later in the day Ainslie and Natalia decided to drag my sorry behind to The Labyrinth for the annual Free Comic Book Day! Picking up The Smurfs (don’t judged me, I liked the movie), Firefly (still haven’t seen the show, and stop shouting at me!), Superman Family Adventures, and S.H.I.E.L.D. from Marvel. All great stuff! We all got back to TCAF just in time for the final panel discussion of the day. At this point, tired and exhausted, I grabbed a quick bite before heading back to the missus. My first TCAF and FCBD was an unqualified success! Next year shall be epic!
Great friends. Great comics. Great times.
P.S. Next year’s Free Comic Book Day is on Saturday, May 4, 2013! Hope you can make it!!
P.P.S. To see all my glorious pictures of TCAF, click here.