If you want to see all the great moments of this year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival, I recommend scrolling back through Deb Aoki’s twitter feed. My roommate for the fest seemed to know where all the action was. She captured in a retweet from Japan this epic moment when Taiyo Matsumoto and Gengoroh Tagame exchanged books. Tagame’s is a collection of explicit, often brutal gay BDSM comics. Matsumoto’s is about some lonely orphans who sit in a car and dream.
The Matsomoto/Tagame meeting is kind of like what would happen if a Japanese con invited only two Americans and it was, oh say, Greg Capullo and Blaise Larmee. An unlikely friendship would bloom. Comics are like that.
On Friday, cartoonists from all over the world jumped in a bus and went to Niagara Falls. Aoki was on the scene to capture them with a friendly black squirrel:
— Deb Aoki (@debaoki) May 10, 2013
Later on she and I witnessed the epic line for the Andrew “Homestuck” Hussie signing that would all the way through the Marriott Bloor halls.
— Deb Aoki (@debaoki) May 11, 2013
I didn’t not at first know why so many young teens were on hand laughing and giggling like they were about to meet Justin Bieber. And then I realized: Homestuck. I do not understand this phenomenon at all, but I guess that’s why it’s a phenomenon.
Anyway more to come when I wake up…
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.