Expozine Wrap-up

Well I need to get this down before the week rambles on and it’s on to other things, like the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival this weekend, which will feature Philippe Girard at the Conundrum Table. But last weekend was Montreal’s Expozine and I drove 13 hours straight through a snowstorm to be there. I wouldn’t miss this one since it was the 10th anniversary. Things kicked off with a panel discussion with the founders of the festival (including myself) at the Drawn and Quarterly store. Ah, to remember fondly the old days, before we knew what “perfect bound” even meant. I stayed with cartoonist Joe Ollmann in little India and ate well, including a lovely dinner with future conundrumite Pascal Girard. But the festival itself was the main attraction and what attractions! Every year it gets better. This year I think the French comics were peaking and I picked up a bunch of potential BDANG titles. Dave Collier came from Hamilton to launch his new book Collier’s Popular Press. Below is his sketch from his point of view at the conundrum table. This guy never stops drawing folks! Old friends kept showing up and I kept taking their picture. Sherwin was selling You Are a Cat! like crazy and Shannon Gerard was launching Unspent Love. Good times. Thanks Montreal. Thanks everyone for helping at the table. Just like Arnie, I will be back.

Expozine panel: Billy, Andy, Louis, Pascal, and Kevin










Dave Collier's sketch







Joe Ollmann never stops working. Taien is not amused.







Benoit Chaput and crowd







Every year it's the same thing







Joe and Maya Merrick doing the pose







Jimmy Beaulieu signs at the Collosse table







Billy Mavreas, co-founder, and blur...







Collier launching his Popular Press book







Geoff Agombar and Georgia Webber, ELAN and Matrix







(l-r) Sherwin Tjia, Shannon Gerard, Scott Waters, and Willy







You Are A Cat!







Collier signs in his own way...






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