Hey Chris, how you doing?
Oh, not bad. A little stressed. Got a lot going on this weekend.
Really? Like what?
Well, Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, for starters. This year I published a book for FCBD. It’s called Comics Festival! 2007,Â and it’s chock-full of Canadian creators doing brand new comics.
That sounds pretty cool.
Oh it is, it is. It’s got covers by Darwyn and Mal, which are both awesome, and I’m super-proud of the content too. I think we did a great job on it.
Sounds good, can I check it out online anywhere?
Actually, funny you should ask. I just completed a website for the book. If you point your browser to http://www.torontocomics.com/tcaf/fcbd/Â you can find out all about the book, including contributor biographies, information on selected stores that are guaranteed to have the book in stock, and some general info on Free Comic Book Day.
Cool! Hey, I just checked and it says you’ve got a different book online for free…
Yes, we do. See, we did another Comics Festival back in 2005, and I decided the time was finally right to put the whole thing up online. If you head to http://www.torontocomics.com/tcaf/fcbd/2007/05/comics-festival-2005-part-0.htmlÂ you can now read 2005′s Comics Festival completely free of charge, just the way God intended. It’s a Free Comic Book Day, even for people that can’t make it out to a comic book store tomorrow.
That’s really great, I’m glad you could do that.
Me too, I just wish it didn’t take two years. Still, I think the material in there is really strong, and holds up well. Kagan McLeod’s strip in particular is one of his best.
So what’s The Beguiling doing for Free Comic Book Day?
Actually, we’re having a little mini festival out in front of the store. 16 different comics creators will be dropping by throughout the day to sign comics, including many of the creators in Comics Festival! like Cameron Stewart, Ryan North, and Kean Soo. Oh, and J. Torres, the writer of Legion of Superheroes in the 31st Century will be there too. You can find out more about it at The Beguiling’s website, http://www.beguiling.com/ .
Isn’t Scott McCloud coming soon, too?
Actually, Scott McCloud is droping by Toronto on Sunday night! He’ll be doing his lecture for Making Comics, and signing. Tickets are $10. Oh, and he’s dropping by The Beguiling Monday night as well, for a signing at 6pm, which is free, but 2 hours less lecturey.
Let me guess, all of this info is at http://www.beguiling.com as well?
You’re getting good at this!
I’ve had a lot of practice. What’s up after that?
I’ll probably sleep for a couple of days, and then start worrying about Anime North.
I was kind of hoping that maybe you’d start blogging again. Something other than a press release, or a shipping list.
Hey, me too pal. That’s just the way it goes. Hopefully I’ll see everybody with meaningful content next week. Until then, thanks for hanging out for a little while.