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Getting the 3rd edition of Sequential Pulp together kept me pretty busy running up to TCAF – our special limited print edition of the Canadian comics blog Sequential. It was Available exclusively in the pulp at TCAF 2011.
A big thanks to all our sponsors, with their help we made our funding goals! Sequential Pulp is essentially not for profit, we give it away for free and pay for the printing with minimum number of sponsors we can get away with – leaving most of the 32 pages for content that way. This year thanks goes to The Dragon, The Beguiling, Squidface & The Meddler, THE LISTENER by David Lester, The Doug Wright Awards, who along with Koyama Press, AdHouse Books, & Conundrum Press helped us put this years issue to press with K6C POSTCARDS.
Unfortuatly there was a small problem with the printing, the dimensions got miscommunicated, and the local intermediary didn’t follow through on requests to see a proof of the printed book so this was not caught before the day of the festival. So the free print edition we presented was a diminished 5.5″x8.5″ mini format zine rather than a full size 8.5″x11″ mag as planed. I was to say the least, disappointed about this. But other than a couple of the cartoonists who’s lettering was made almost illegible most people were pretty cool about it, few seemed to care. But all the same for myself and any one who might be interested, i’ve uploaded a file to magcloud and in a couple of weeks you’ll be able to buy a full sized version of the 32 page magazine at about cost for $6.50 + shipping. In the mean time though it’s also on issuu, so you can enjoy it here/there!
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Back home now, after the show. Ange and I had a lovely week of time off bumbing around Toronto doing nothing to demanding, other than diner with my mother no running around to see family [sorry folks, next time] no working, nothing but having a vacation.
As for my TCAF reporting, check out this post we did on Sequential, and the special coverage in general for more about the show.
Had a great time, diner with the Sequential gang was nice, we need to do that more often – Also had my first sad go at karaoke – Ange and Kalman owned the night on that one.
I got to meet one of the producers behind SGU, a favorite show of mine and Ange’s, seems like a nice guy, sad to hear the studio’s are not going to continue the show. And i’ve got a big pile of new books to read, think i’ll try to post about them in a bit.
Jamie Coville got this nice shot of me, one of the better ones taken of me at a show in a while. I tend to hate photos of me so that’s an accomplishment. His full set of show photos are here
Posters sold really well, but i have lots left of them too, if you’re interested have a look at them here, and let me know.
UPDATE: You can read my TCAF reporting on Sequential here now, along with all our other special coverage! It was a pretty great show, but FYI i have lots of prints left and would be glad to sell you some and/or my books!
Well, that clearly didn’t work! Wow, a majority, crap. No wait, better, a majority on about 40% of the vote. Damn we really need to have Preferential voting.
OK, well enough of that, life goes ON! Tomorrow after I run about picking up my last minutes, me and the lady get on the bus and head off to my old home town for the best comic festival of them all, TCAF!
I will not have a new book, but I will have art to sell, be up for doing sketches, and I’ll have a pile of cool new posters–see samples in the slide show BELLOW--and copies of the best of my published books! Dream Life vol 1, RevolveЯ One, Ghostbusters, Wonder Woman, and Therefore Repent!
As part of Sequential’s TCAF 2011 special coverage I’ll also be giving out a FREE magazine. You’ll find it all over the place at the event hopefully, but if not come find me and get one, before they run out, ‘cus they do.
This year I’ll be in the TX room, here’s a map of the main floor –>> showing where our space is and a detail shot <<– showing where to find ME, and the all others as well. Going to be fun, my first year at TCAF with the gang, looking forward to it!
See you there, come by and say Hi!
Got in late/early today, sitting here as the sun comes up outside – travel always messes my sleep routine all up.
TCAF 2010 – big, lots and lots of books and i hardly got to see any of them, that’s a little disappointing.
I was solo this year, so maned the table most of the time. Had thought i’d try to find time to got walkabout and make trades with the new Dream Life book, but never got it together to do it. Mostly due probably to being a bit frazzled from all the preparations getting ready this year.
Sequential Pulp 2 was a hit, though if we keep it up i’m going to have to double the run next time. I was down to just a 100 copies of the 500 run by day two, and those last ones went pretty fast, leaving me short of comps for some of the contributors. Will have to print up a handful for them to mail off! Nothing for it but to add a few more ads and expand the run some.
Did my bit it seems in making the case for Canadian cultural protectionism with Dustin Harbin, hah! Great post there by him. More good round up posts collected by Bryan on Sequential here too.
Sat on a crazy early 9:30am panel on day one with Dave Roman, Jim Rugg, Abby Denson & James Turner, moderated by Walter Dickinson.
James and Walter I’ve known for a while, and Abby too, met her years ago in NY, after a comic jam she led me to one of the best little pastry shops in Manhattan while telling my girlfriend at the time how to make home made pepper spray.
Was the first time meeting Jim and Dave. Later at the final wrap party Jim and i geaked out on Noir films and comics stuff to the point of driving Cecil Castellucci away :P :) And yes Jim, feel free to write with odd questions about tools and stuff. :)
Also had the pleasure of a long chin wag with Chris Pitzer, something about the southern pace makes for a relaxing conversation. Just the thing when your so run down you feel like a noodle.
Also spent a long time catching up with big Tom Fowler, met Kwanza from DC and gained a little insight into the possible fate of a project i submitted to them just before things changed there [there is indeed hope i think] – he seems like a cool guy too. Talked tons as always with the TX guys, spent a lot of my spare time with Kalman, Torie, Eric, and Andrew Wheeler, who I’ve met a few times now, and ended our night out Monday with an excellent impromptu reading of one of my fathers bit’s of prose over dinner clip. He plans to do podcast novels some time, i look forward to it.
Was able to pass several hero’s copies of my new book, including Evan Dorkin and Jim Woodring, both of whom traded me back something of theirs in return.
Spent a dinner with Dave Howard, Ed Brisson, Shannon Gerard, and other Toronto friends [sorry, blanking on who else was there - there were several of you!]. Despite my faulty neurons, that was a nice wind down before the Awards.
After the Doug Wrights, I found myself invited along by Tania Gallant, and joining Jim Woodring and James Strumm for supper, along with Seth and Bryan, Dan Clowes and Peggy Burns. When not just being a Fly on the wall, spent much of the night again talking Nior films, prosses, and metaphysics with James and Jim. Really interesting evening.
To top it off, had a nice short catch up talks on the TCAF floor over the table with Don McKellar, who i met at the first Wright Awards. And Ron Mann who i think i had not talked to since he made Dream Towner, and used some of my fathers photos for the film. Both are quite pleasant guys, nice to see them wandering around diggin’ on comics.
There’s more to mention but i really can’t keep track of it all, a bit amazed just to see all that written down now. What a weekend.
Also met with a possible client while in town, gig is not for sure yet but sounds pretty cool, video related stuff. hope it pans out. And there’s other news, but that i’ll save for next month!
And, i sold a good number of books. Not crazy, but i’m in the black. Really really good show. kind of amazing really in terms of time spent with other creators. Wish i could do this sort of thing all the time. TCAF is kind of like Burning man. I went to that in 1999, and as i walked around the desert i thought it would be totality impractical, but i wish life could be like this every day.
Along the way i heard Frank Frazetta passed away, great talent lost there. But if nothing else TCAF illustrates just how healthy the medium is these days. As Seth said in his awards speech, it was not that long ago that people were sure comics were going to die. Hah! no chance dude.
Hard to put into words how it feels to have this printed. New books are always good feeling to have done. And this project is no where close to being totally done, just about 10% or so. And i’m finding little glitches already i’ll have to fix. But i’ve been working on this thing for a long long long time. So many things have gotten in the way of getting it done sooner, so to have anything completed now, oh man… I just hope i can sell as many of this edition as possible because, all my capital this month is tied up in it! :P So hey, come buy a copy! :)
By Salgood Sam
self published – spilt ink
First run of 100 to be made available at TCAF 2010
Dream Life is the story of five friends, Charlie, Lionel, Lucy, PJ, and Dan. Each coming to terms with lives unplanned; in danger of going off the rails, or peter paned.
A biker named Garry Greenberg, a big blue tarpaulin wrapped box, a dog and a red head with no hair will force them each to choose a new path.
Part coming of age, part pulp crime novel, part odd to Charles Schultz.
This 48 page booklet collects the first chapter of the ongoing web comic including pages not yet posted online.
Hey all! So did you have a good free comic book day?
I hope the local shops did well. I’m kind of trapped by work right now and had to stay in.
Not sure if it has anything to do with it, people looking at more comics today maybe – but a good turn from a friend was the main thing. About 1200 new readers from reddit clicked on Dream Life and did a fair bit of page turning, thanks to Keiren ‘MrsComics‘ Smith who first listed it! I suspect it might be that Mrs Comics. ;) Merci Keiren.
New page went up today by the way [as seen here].
Added the social network links to the site from it’s birth a few months ago. My Facebook Group
as been the work horse, 400 on it as of today, and a lot of daily visits through them. I have a fan page
too here if you’re looking for one. Digg has been anemic, i enjoy their vodcasts, but i think i can see maybe why a web comic hasn’t been to the site’s taste yet. More of a trailer and gag oriented scene i’m thinking. Stumble upon has been sending fair bit of trafic to me now and then, but i think reddit blew them away with one click. Clearly a superior web-comic listing is on Reddit! Looking at close to or more than 2500 page views in 48 hours. hope some translate to ongoing readers.
And a couple of days ago I added the first track in the ‘sound track’ of the comic, go to the cover, open the youtube link in a new page, hit play and give about 4 bars per page.
I also just wrapped up Sequential Pulp, sent it off to the printers – god speed! – 30 pages of awesome in the end, already spotted a few typos including the one the bottom of the cover. oh well. Hundreds of collective man hours in it, think we did good. Thanks to everyone who submitted both that got in, even just under the wire, and those that did not. There was a surplus of potential content which is pretty amazing news in of itself. And to our sponsors. We had a surplus there too. feels like people are feeling bullish about comics and TCAF, bodes well. :) It’s super tight on Dream Life, I’m optimistic but it’s a race to the line.
Something kind of interesting going on at Zuda. I just submitted something to them with Mark Sable, he sent me the link last night – this is big news for us. I kind of think it’s going to be good news. In general for creators.
The way i see it, this probably means you’ll be able to put more time into the work itself and a little less into anxiety expended in a pubic popularity contest. It sounds like maybe they will be moving towards an editorial board model or something? Which i have a lot of experience with. Used to those terms in general.
Well, i have a crap tone of inking to do this weekend so out and over!
Dream life continues afoot. Or no, it’s in the air. well, whatever, :)
There was a rewarding surge in traffic when the latest page dropped. Need to get the last few dream sequence pages uploaded tonight. I posted a clip of script that was cut out along with page 16 today.
Just completed a total renovation and conversion of Sequential to a word press site. Came out well i think. Lot of new functions possible now, Bryan Dave and I have been throwing round a lot of ideas. Need to catch up with TCAF things but so far everything seems to be coming together.
It’s a blink and you’ll miss it moment, but Therefore Repent! and Jim got a second on the screen in this cool WHAZAMO! Ontario Graphic Novel Month Video spot about TCAF. Got posted on boing boing and stuff :)
…yeah, i’m easily pleased, it’s true. Kind of also just like using that trick with the posting code :)
Posted this on P&P and then relized i should put it here…
And a day of rest – geeeeezzzzz, man, came back from TCAF the hard way, had to get a cover and BD done for Monday, and almost, but not quite made it. lettering on the BD is temporary, the publisher is going to use their font once they do final edit.
Last week : TCAF was pretty awesome, though i have some mightily cranky notions about the building we were in – not a fan of the architecture, looks good on camera but where i was sitting, it was not a very human feeling space too me, never was a big fan of that one – i sat right under where this was taken from.
But a lot of people loved it and I’m told the library is ecstatic about the festival and provides the space happily which is not how the last place treated them so that’s great for Peter and Christopher! Probably will grow on me, i just really loved the old Vic building we were in, had great feeling about it.
Saturday was insane! I mean packed! wow.
No one seemed to know were the ac controls were + i had been up pretty late Friday night being social as well as hulling 525 magazines clear across town and back again on foot [transit] Friday afternoon/evening to get to the Seth reading.
I had also chosen to wear something semi formal involving a jacket. = i was wrecked after day one.
Susi diner saved me and had a good time at Chips launch. His new book looks really sweet, hope to actually read a comic soon, it’s in the short stack.
Day two was more mellow, and cool enough i didn’t think about taking off my sweater, which it looks like i should have – this was all nice till later on when it was clear the sales were going to be slow.
Despite repeated attempts i was unable to crack the boredom by starting a rubber band war with Craig A. Taillefer, who just gave me funny looks. yes, that look exactly. Brian Evinou & Liz Baillie were grate neighbors, Brian did a lot of drawing. If i hadn’t been so burnt out both days i might have felt bad about not being into it!
Last minute scramble to spend money in the last half hour left me with a small profit i spent on mothers day dinner. I bet folks with brand new books to sell did well. Also moved I’d say about 450 of 525 copies of the free Sequential magazine which were well received for sure. Got a short list of people who want to be in the next one if there is one.
The After Party Sunday night was nice, and i had a good time hanging out with Eric Kim & Co. Monday. Met a whole bunch of cool people on this trip in fact.
Had a few days off to see family, and got some sketching done. Missed my buss, took 12 hours to get home in all and crashed hard.
I published the magazine, but didn’t really do any reporting of my own After the show, so instead check out the insane collection of links Bryan and I have been collecting on the blog from the show…
Hey gang, last minute posting! So it’s that time of every two years again, come on down to the Toronto Reference Library and find me in the pile of comix creators and cool going’s on at TCAF ’09.
I’ll have piles of my old and not so old art – some of these, those this and that to sell. And even cooler, a whole lot of THIS to give away totally free! Yep. And Buttons too, oh my!
See you there!
did it good, on the stairs to the bathroom. Top and left of left foot and lower calf are sore, very.
ice, rest and stretches are paying off, but it looks damn ugly.
I lurch like a zombie well right now.
Well, I didn’t end up taking too many photos at TCAF, planed to but on Saturday I twisted my ankle and it kind of slipped my mind. So I just got a few good ones at the Awards on Friday.
Had a blast at the show, and the launch went well. Not really in the mood to talk more about it all right now but I’ll try to find some time to go on latter.
For now, feed the need at Sequential.
So a quick report from the front. Had a bit of a nasty bus ride, but after a few hours sleep the launch went really well. Met up with Jim, Claudia Dávila, and her husband Michael at the tequila book worm, worked out how to use the space and hung our art. Went to reunite with my lovely lady friend after two weeks apart, then after a bit of a brake it was back to the bookworm and things picked up really fast after 8.
GREAT turn out, my only complaint is that I got kind of trapped in the corner of the room and didn’t really get to say hi to a lot of people I’d have liked to. There are a few shots here, taken by my mother so a bit biased in subject but…
Jim tells me we moved a very satisfying number of books, and everyone was really enthusiastic about it.
Friday the Doug Wright awards were not the most exciting presentation but more than saved by a hour or so long conversation between Chester Brown, Joe Matt, and Seth. The trio were reunited after not seeing each other for 4 years. Here’s where I’d have liked to link you to a recoding of the thing, but unfortunately I had a misshape with my mp3 recorder and so it’s lost to the ages. Although not really. The NFB was there, they are doing something involving Seth, and filmed the event. Brad tells me they might be about to provide the TCAF site with an audio copy of the proceedings. Breath baited?
So, then there was an odd after party that seemed, well, kind of high end for our lot. I don’t drink but even so, $6 beers and swanky surroundings is not the sort of thing you plop a bunch of cartoonists into and expect them to be laid back.
Day one of TCAF was great till late in the day. Old Victoria Collage is an Incredible space, classic and classy. The Shear number of interesting things to look at is overwhelming. At some point today I’ll try to take some photos.
At our table things motored along really well. Lots of copies sold, Jim even had to go home to restock midway through the day!
The caveat of the day was after a very refreshing energy drink full of vitamins and berry juice, I was feeling really energetic, and went down the stairs a bit too fast. Right foot slipped on the last few and my left paid the price. My ankles all swollen now, bit of a nasty sprain. But I can still hobble fairly well, and Im thinking a cheep cain might be just the thing.
So it’s off to the show again, if you haven’t gone yet I urge you to do so.
PS: For more Bryan has made a Day One post here on Sequential.
More press this week, there’s a whole lot of stuff in the Eye on TCAF, including an interview with Paul Pope. Right after that, is ours…
Arts Week Hipsters and hell spawn
According to novelist, filmmaker and all-around DIY maven Jim Munroe, the Book of Revelation isn’t just for religious wackos. “It’s a pretty amazing and wild read,” he says. “If you’re a fan of science fiction, like I am, or dark fantasy, it’s kind of the granddaddy of all that.”
A comic book launch featuring two very different visions of the end days, spanning the political spectrum:
Claudia Dávila’s spOILed is a peak oil parable about a world without petroleum. A peek at that here.
Salgood Sam and Jim Munroe’s THEREFORE REPENT! is a post-Rapture graphic novel about a world without God. preview here on comicspace
The creators will be in attendance, and their original artwork from the comics will be on display. Books, original artwork and silkscreened posters will be on sale. This event kicks off the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, which culminates in the weekend fair of international artists on the U of T campus.
16th, 8pm-10pm. Free.
Tequila Bookworm (512 Queen St. W., upstairs)
(The Bookworm’s new location is ten doors west of their old place, and the upstairs features lots of cozy rooms and an outdoor patio to enjoy their local brews.)
Born in Santiago, Chile, Claudia Dávila moved to Canada in 1973 and grew up in the culture-rich cities of Montreal and Toronto. She began drawing and painting at an early age, and was fortunate to attend art-focused public high school Wexford C.I., followed by York University for Visual Arts. She emerged to develop a multi-faceted career of graphic design, art direction, illustration, painting and cartooning. Five years were dedicated to the award-winning children’s magazines Chirp, Chickadee and Owl, first as Associate Art Director and subsequently as Art Director. She is presently creating a book-art piece relating to survival in Toronto after the end of petroleum energy, for which she received a Toronto Arts Council grant. Claudia’s art is informed by her various interests, such as the environment, social politics, yoga, vegetarian cuisine, ayurveda, and metaphysics, as well as the issue of the end of fossil fuels, and as such is a member of the Toronto Peak Oil Discussion Group.
Salgood Sam is Maxim Douglas backwards: Toronto-born, Montreal-based artist and author. Since the early ’90s he’s worked professionally for Marvel, DC and other commercial comic publishers as well as in the alternative world of zines and underground comix. In recent years his work has appeared in a variety of comics, such as Terminator 3: Before the Rise (Beckett Comics), the bloody swashbuckling Sea of Red (Image Comics), and Revolution on the Planet of the Apes (Mr Comics). In 2005 he was nominated for the Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent for his self-published book RevolveR, and in 2006 he received a grant from The Canada Council for the Arts to complete another graphic novel currently in the works. He’s also worked in animation and as an illustrator, but his first love has always been pictures that talk with balloons.
Jim Munroe had his first novel Flyboy Action Figure Comes With Gasmask published by HarperCollins. Despite their interest in his second book, he was uncomfortable with the corporate ownership and went back to his indie press roots. He founded No Media Kings, named in dishonour of right-wing media magnate Rupert Murdoch, and published his next book in Canada himself – it sold just as well, made him more money, and drew attention to the issues of media consolidation and the alternatives to it. His do-it-yourself publishing resource website created an international network of people through which he was able to found The Perpetual Motion Roadshow – a volunteer-run circuit that sent a hundred people on seven-city tours. He recently released a lo-fi sci-fi no-budget movie he wrote and co-produced called Infest Wisely.
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