Back where it all began. Back at Whitby Library for WhitCAF, the first ever comics event to feature Group of 7. Since that special Saturday in November of ‘17, we’ve taken part in comics events and festivals in Peterborough, Markham, Guelph and Mississauga but Whitby will always hold a special place in our hearts.
Always fun seeing old friends and making new ones. We were humbled the Library chose to feature us in their display case sandwiched between a Green Lantern power battery and a seminal Batman book.
MET A FREAKIN’ JAWA!
At WhitCAF, Jason and I met John Swinimer, the main guy over at True North Country Comics. John’s a big fan and supporter of Canadian comics, creators and publishers and asked us for an interview. Hear the results here.
This past weekend we exhibited at our first comics-specific event – WhitCAF, the Whitby Comic Arts Festival. Sponsored and hosted by the Whitby Public Library, this happened to be the inaugural edition of the event and featured a number of comics and art creators, both local and from across the Greater Toronto Area.
We had a great time talking Group of 7 (and comics in general) and I managed to get a bunch of my Christmas shopping done (there was an abundance of amazing products on offer and I scored awesome comics from creators J. Torres and Meaghan Carter for my niece and nephew, I also picked up Dan Collins’ Auroraman for myself).
Best of all, I was asked to participate in Saturday Afternoon Comic-toons alongside Torres (Teen Titans Go!) and Collins (Adventures of Lil’ Auroraman) in which we read our comics with help from an audience of kids and parents. Seeing Group of 7 turned into a live script reading was something else. I really hope to do it again in future.
Oh and I met an entire troop of Star Wars pilots and stormtroopers which was, of course, incredible. The costume detail was insane!
WhitCAF marked the end of our 2017 exhibiting but we plan to be at more events in 2018! Turns out there are CAFs across southern Ontario and we’re more than willing and able.
Until the next one – Chris