Leah took a book out of the library called ‘How To Draw Warriors’ – we’re pretty excited to see her first drawing!
Our lovely black cat passes on. A sketch of her sleeping on our chair from earlier this year.
The family has been hit by, we’ve been struck by, a smooth criminal. It is Glee. Wednesday nights we gather around the laptop, sit in folding chairs with blankets, get our dinners, and watch the latest episode of Glee on globaltv.com. What is it that makes it so appealing?
Certainly, blogs are dead, replaced for the most part by Facebook, and so I admit a kind of personal blog like this can seem redundant. What exactly am I going to post – and why – when most of the people whom I would be reaching out to are already connected to me through “socialContinue reading “Welcome the new year, 2012”
Please sign the petition to stop the mega-quarry in the Niagara Escarpment http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_quarry/?rc=fb&pv=35
Jillian Tamaki is my newest superhero, but my the real hero in my life is my daughter Leah. Every day she tries something new, embraces life, and creates something. She blows my mind.
Master master master comics artist (Skim), illustrator, artist, humourist, web-cartooist (SuperMutant Magic Acadamy) and blogger (Jillian Tamaki sketchblog), Jillian Tamaki’s art just lifts me up. I freaking love it. I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to interview her – and I can’t help feeing that every question I ask is just not going to measure up.
Somehow, Al’s comic Funny Forest captures so perfectly the joyousness and exuberance of spontaneous comic creation. I love all the visual gags, the irreverence for reality, for plot – smart in all the ways of all great meta-web-comics – it sort of reminds me of Krazy Kat in it’s way. It’s just so much damn fun. Read itContinue reading “Alan Bunce’s Funny Forest webcomic is fantastic”
Our cat Misty lazes in the grass, outside our shed
Line Gamache is a Quebec comics artist whose work is being reprinted in English by Conundrum Press – here’s a look at Hello, Me Pretty, her autobiographic work about growing up with a developmentally delayed sister – http://books.torontoist.com/2010/06/a-review-of-line-gamaches-hello-me-pretty/
I had the pleasure of interviewing the great Canadian Kate Beaton for books.torontoist.com in 2010. She is one of my very favourite cartoonists – very smart, very funny, unpretentious, literary, down to earth. At the time her webcomic Hark! A Vagrant was at the height of it’s popularity, and she was gaining wider fame, winningContinue reading “Hark! An Interview with Kate Beaton”
Here’s an interview with Marc Bell that originally appeared at books.torontoist.com (since defunct), about his new book Hot Potatoe, his style, and a bit about his move into fine art. [*Edit – this post originally appeared in May 2010 as a link to the interview on the books.torontoist.com site, but as of Oct 7 2019Continue reading “Interview with Canadian cartoonist Marc Bell”
Here’s an interview with James Sturm that originally appeared at books.torontoist.com (since defunct) when he visited Toronto for TCAF. [*Edit – this post originally appeared in May 2010 as a link to the interview on the books.torontoist.com site, but as of Oct 26 2019 has been updated to include the interview itself] Originally Published: MayContinue reading “An Interview with James Sturm”
[Reposting this in Oct 2019, originally published in April 2010 for books.torontoist.com] By Dave Howard Published: April 22, 2010 Toronto cartoonist Adam Bourret was recently nominated for a Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent. He also won the 2009 Best Comic award at Expozine, Montreal’s popular small-press fair. His graphic novel, I’m Crazy, documents his experiences with obsessiveContinue reading “An Interview with Doug Wright Awards Nominee Adam Bourret”
This new wave of Canadian patriotism has bred a new hero – behold, the great Kate Beaton! Canadian Cartoonist! http://www.harkavagrant.com/
Lots of dancing ensues when this comes on the stereo. I love each time Leah says the words They’re comin’
[Interview originally published 2010 for books.torontoist.com, republished here Oct 2019] By Dave Howard Published: February 17, 2010 Brad Mackay is a freelance journalist who, along with Canadian cartoonist Seth, is the co-founder of the Doug Wright Awards, which recognize and celebrate English-language comics and graphic novels in Canada. I spoke to Mr. Mackay earlier this week about the origins of the awards,Continue reading “Interview with Brad Mackay, Doug Wright Awards Co-Founder”
I happened to see the conversation between Seth and R.O. Blechman at the International Festival of Authors this year here in Toronto — very encouraging! During the afternoon talk, I had the audacity to doodle Mr. Blechman. Certainly not a true likenes, but here it is nonetheless.
Here our 8 year old daughter is passed out in bed, tired from a long day of fun at John and Marina’s. One of our three cats, Misty, sleeps beside her