Back from TCAF

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I’ve just this minute landed back in France after a glorrrrious week in Toronto and an incredibly fun weekend at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Met loads of really nice people and bought hundreds of wonderful books!

The picture above is from a live drawing session I did, so everyone could watch my trembling hands as I scribbled in front of the audience.

I also did as much sketchbook drawing as I could in between all of the running around: here’s a selection of the best of them!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere are a couple from the airport. I hate airports and I hate flying. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

But when I finally arrived in Toronto, everyone was wonderful. And Canadians are so friendly. I showed my ticket to the metro inspector and she said “awesome!” – as though even the ticket inspired awe in her. Here is a really funny building – a now-closed-down bargain shop called Honest Ed’s (which I imagine will be familiar to anyone from Toronto), which is enormous and covered in all these hilarious puns about how cheap it is.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s a little sketch of the street at Palmerston and College, which was a lovely place to stroll around.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere are some old ladies in a park.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd here’s my lunch. In chinatown. Yum! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I also went to a few museums – and spent about six hours in the art museum! – but the place where I saw the funniest things was the Gardiner museum, a museum of ceramics (ceramics are my secret love!) Here are a few Olmec figures from around 3,000 years ago! They’re so characterful and lifelike!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And then, almost as characterful and lifelike were the real human beings I met at TCAF! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

So the whole time was wonderful! And I very much hope it be there next year. Until then –

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3 responses to “Back from TCAF

  1. Hi James. It’s great seeing your sketches of Toronto. I’m happy to have met you at TCAF and to have bought your great book. I love it–your artwork is terrific and the story is wild! Lily

  2. These are beautiful drawings, it looks like you had a wonderful time 🙂

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