Thursday, August 16, 2007

TCAF is coming!

Its almost time for my favourite comics related show -- the Toronto Comic Arts Festival! TCAF, as its affectionately known, is a free event and takes place this weekend, August 18th and 19th. You can check out their website for all the details you need. I've always loved this show, especially since it was the first comic-con/event I ever attended as a professional. I really dig the focus of it, which is more geared toward the indie and alternative side of comics than the mainstream fare. Its an opportunity to see the sheer diversity of approaches that comics have to offer.

I'll be exhibiting again at this year's event, in a special room with the fine cartoonists and illustrators from R.A.I.D. and Transmission X where I'll be displaying and selling some new giclee prints I've had made for the occasion. I'll also be debuting a brand new sketchbook featuring a lot of the drawings, paintings and sketches I've done over the last year or so. It's almost 40 pages of black, white and grey goodness and I'll have it for sale starting this Saturday. Those of you who've visted my blog frequently will recognize some of the images in it, but there'll also be lots of previously unseen material, including pencil drawings and roughs. And since its got a bit of a super-hero theme this time around, I've posted a sample below of some of the pencil art you'll find between the covers!


chrishaley said...

You know I'm going to have to figure out a way to get one of those OMAC prints from you.

Kyu Shim said...


Bill Nolan said...

Looks good! But no Mary Marvel print yet? It will be your biggest seller! ;)

I seriously considered making another trip to Toronto for this show, but it just wasn't in the budget. Maybe next time.

Have fun!

Jason Chalker said...

Seeing as there's no way I'll be able to make it to Canada, is there any way that I can get hold of some of that sweet swag?

Michael Cho said...

Chris: Fear not, dude -- plans are afoot to put together a paypal system where I can ship out prints to people. I'm planning to get on it soon after TCAF.

Kyu: thanks, buddy -- hope you come down to the show!

Bill Nolan: Actually, I've made up a couple of MM prints -- they're just not in that photo :). Too bad you can't make it down to TCAF -- but I'm sure I'll see you at another con soon!

Jason: Like I was mentioning to Chris, I'll be setting up an online ordering system through paypal shortly, buddy. Hopefully, that'll help hook you up.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Mike! I'd like to buy one as well, but can't make the show. I love your stuff!


the doodlers said...

Hi again Michael! Nice seeing you on Thursday eve. We thought you'd be interested in this new Flickr group for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival... please feel free to join if you like, and spread the word. :)

the doodlers said...

It's got it's own URL now. :)

CosmicPencil said...


That's a nice looking cover you got on that there sketchbook! I hope the convention went well for you. are Michael FRICKIN' Cho, OF COURSE IT WENT WELL FOR YOU!

Some year TCAF will be on my list of conventions to go to. Saw the amazing guest list, and it sounds like a ton of fun.

E-mail me some time when you have some deadtime. That is 'if' you have any deadtime.


Rich Dannys said...

Thanks for the freebie copy of your trés-cool Sketchbook, amigo.. I enjoyed looking thru it a whole lot!!

Andy B. gave it to me, without any fuss.. Fortunately I'd say, 'cuz I didn't want you to have to cause any cruelty to his dog (Prince), as a result..

Otherwise, I woulda felt a whole lotta Guilt, every time I looked thru your book! haha

Thanks again, chum!

Geoff said...

Great sketchbook Mike, some really great pieces in there. I too have a soft spot for the heros with big heads!!
Just wanted to let you know that I put the Flintstone sketch that you did for me on my Hanna-Barbera Town blog! I am sure you are just thrilled. :)

Michael Cho said...

Anonymous: thanks very much! As I mentioned, that paypal ordering system will be set up by week's end so you can order prints and sketchbooks via the post.

doodlers: thank you! And thanks for coming out to Claudia's launch AND Tcaf -- its always a pleasure seeing you both!

cosmicpencil: hahah! Thanks, Matt! You're, like, my biggest supporter! The show did indeed go well, though I attribute that to TCAF and its organizers more than my presence. It really IS the best show in canada -- I wish it was annual instead of bi-annual. And I'll hit you up with an email today.

Rich: Glad you got your hands on a copy, buddy. It was great seeing you for that 10 seconds while I was running off to the panel. We GOTTA hang out more -- I wanna know what your'e up to these days!

Geoff: thanks for the link, buddy. Nice seeing you again too. Its always great seeing you and Joel at the shows -- you two have impeccable taste!

Brian Evinou said...

Hi Micheal!! I met you at the end of sunday and bought a print of the uncanney X men off of you, it looks great btw. Love your sketch blog and all your work! Anyway your ever going to reprint that cyclops one you had for the speak easy show last year, thats amazing!! Hes also my fav xmen as well, screw everyone who disses cyclops!

Chris Battle said...

DUDE!! Looking forward to the on-line sales. This looks awesome.

Michael Cho said...

Brian: thanks, Brian! And thanks for buying that print -- glad its going to a good home. I might print that cyclops one sometime -- hmmm...good idea.

Chris: thanks, dude! I always appreciate the big-ups from you.

rama hughes said...

thanks so much for sending your portraits to the portrait party, michael. they're up now.

do have any more of your Papercut comics available for sale or for trade?

RLS said...

Hey that's awesome, Mike! I hope you had an awesome TCAF. I wish I could've been there. I would have loved to meet Pope and James Jean.
Those sketches look awesome. I'd totally by a Hulk by you. It'd be tons better than this World War Hulk crap we have going on right now.

DeJarnette Designs said...

Looks good! Love your style.