The almost daily subway sketchbook began in December 2003 here at this link, with the idea it would be interesting to chart the drawing process from a beginner's standpoint. It was switched to Blogger in September 2005.
Dave Howard is the founder of the Toronto Comic Jam, he writes occasional freelancereviews, is the co-publisher & co-editor of DTM, and sketches people occasionally on the subways to and from work. He lives in downtown Toronto with his partner Theresa and daughter Leah.
It is hard to have patience with people who say "There is no death" or "Death doesn't matter." There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesn't matter.
C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963)
At the time I was kind of distraught [over Fantagraphics canceling my first comic series Lloyd Llewellen]. But then I sort of retooled and started up again with the attitude of 'Well, I'm not going to try to please anybody except for myself. I'll just do what I feel like, and if it comes out good, then I'll at least be happy that I did something I like.'
Dan Clowes (1961 - )
Dave founded The Toronto Comic Jam in
November 1996 as a safe haven for the alternative comics community --
a place where artists could meet, exchange ideas, and find moral support,
using comics as a basis for social interaction. Inspired by Rupert Bottenberg's
comic jams in Montreal, regularly-held monthly comic jams in Toronto
have helped to build a sense of community and local history. About 50 people show up each month to draw comics together in a local artbar
in downtown Toronto. The work
is collected in a zine available for free the following month, thanks to the suport of NELVANA. Check
out the Monthly
Montreal Comix Jam as well.
Dave retired from the jam in Nov 2005 which is today co-ordinated by Dalton Sharp
Dave began Don't Touch Me Comics in 1994 as an alt comics anthology where artists could show their work, and included a long interview with a professional. He published 7 issues sporadially until 2002, when local artist and teacher Dave Lapp offered to team up editorially and finanacially to help keep it going. They dropped the interview and have been able to publish regularly, every 4 months with high production values, continuing to give artists the space they need to grow.