XTRA TCAF Feature

Was interviewed a couple of weeks ago for the following feature in XTRA, Toronto’s GLBT Bi-Weekly. Click through here.

Got into Toronto yesterday afternoon, after getting up at 3:30 AM < !!!!!!!> to make my flight. After eating, Todd and I crashed and slept for about 12 hours, so didn’t see much of the city. Spending today more or less walking around and having relax time.

I FINALLY saw copies of SHIRTLIFTER #2 this morning, thanks to FedEx overnight, and after worrying that they would be the print equivilant of a two-headed baby, I can see only one thing wrong, on the inside back cover, and it turns out to be my fault, something went wonky between the second and third proof that I didn’t catch. Other than that, and some slightly too-tight binding on one of the stories, they look exactly as intended. So I can actually relax and have fun now.

Just a reminder that TCAF begins tomorrow, and the Queer Voices in Comics panel is at 5:30

SHIRTLIFTER 2 PREVIEW



Just in case it got buried in the text from yesterday, I have overhauled the comics section of the website, which now features previews of each of the stories in the new issue of SHIRTLIFTER, as well as four complete stories: “Mantras”, “Making A Scene” “In Plain Sight”, and “You Can Tell Us Anything”. Although none of these stories are new to the site, all of the stories in the book have been somewhat updated, and in the case of “In Plain Sight” and “You Can Tell Us Anything”, substantially revised. There are also preview pages for two brand spanking new stories: “Border Crossings” and “You Do The Math”, which at 10 and 8 pages respectively total up to 1/3 of the new issue, so you can get a taste for them here.

I’ve added an entry for the second issue to the webstore. It’s being printed next week, be able to ship them out by the end of the month. It should also be more widely available than the first — I’ll have the details on retail in the coming weeks as well.

TCAF next week!

Next week I will be debuting the second issue of SHIRTLIFTER at next week’s Toronto Comics Art Festival, which will take place on August 18th and 19th at Victoria College on the University of Toronto campus. The second issue, funded by a grant from the Xeric Foundation, is 56 pages, full color, and perfect bound. You can see a preview of the book here.

I will be exhibiting at the show, so in addition to SHIRTLIFTER #2 I’ll also be selling copies of my various other comics, and greeting cards and art prints. Finally, I will be one of the 5 cartoonists appearing on the “Queer Voices in Comics” panel on Saturday, August 18 at 5:30pm. Here’s the panel description from the TCAF website:

5pm: Queer Voices In Comics & Graphic Novels
The burgeoning field of graphic novels has given a voice and a potential audience to creators who may have been stymied by direct market comic book stores. With Alison Bechdel’s riveting queer coming-of-age story Fun Home taking Time Magazine’s honours for ‘Best Book of 2006’, the field looks to be wide open. Creators J. Bone (The Spirit), Becky Cloonan (American Virgin), Tim Fish (Cavalcade of Boys), Steve MacIsaac (Shirtlifter), Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim), Jose Villarrubia (Mirror of Love), and moderator Ed Mathews (Popimage.com)discuss the landscape for queer comics in 2007.
Chapel, Second Floor

It promises to be an interesting show. There’s a great guest list lined up — in addition to the panelists listed above, the guest list includes Joe Matt, Seth, Chester Brown, Dave Sim, Paul Gravett, Maurice Vellekoop, Paul Pope, and lots of others. Please come by if you’re a Toronto resident and at least say hi.