The Toronto Comic Arts Festival was on last weekend. I missed the exhibitors as I wasn't feeling so hot but I did make it to the Dan Clowes event on Friday night (check out this interview he did recently with Eye Weekly).
Dan Clowes is an American author and cartoonist. Most people (myself included) know him as the author of Ghost World, that deliciously snarky graphic novel about high school outcasts Enid and Rebecca (it was made into the film that gave Scarlett Johnansson her big breakthrough). Many chicks who possess my level of attitude say the book got them through high school. Unfortunately, I was too painfully uncool to know anything about popular fiction. However, since Dan Clowes tours NEVER and my resourceful partner in crime was successful in scoring us (free! thank you TCAF!) tickets, I wanted to be there. Please excuse my crappy iPhone photos:
Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library. Nice, eh? It's a huge events space, a little warehouse-like but modern and it gets lots of light. Lots of people packed in to see Dan. The nerd quotient was extreme. I sat with the National Post's enterprising reporter, Ron, who tweeted his way through the session while his cohort, Mark Medley, interviewed Dan onstage.
More interesting: the chick on the far right doing the sign language translation (the facial expressions they use weird me out but also really fascinate me) and the chick in front of me with this incredible rats nest of fire engine hair. I couldn't tell whether it was in a bun or dreading. It was actually fairly awesome.
G (nice glasses!). We ducked out before the signing because we're lame like that.
Can't wait to read and review Wilson, his latest! Apparently it's about a creepy sociopath. Right up my ally.