104: Super-Tusi Three by Scott Chantler

December 10, 2010


Superman by Scott Chantler

 Tusi #104

Artist: Scott Chantler
Date: November 22, 2010
Location: Toronto ComiCon, Metro Toronto Convention Centre North, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Note(s): Them there Londoners seem to love Supes


Blacksad 03: John Blacksad by Jamal Igle

December 7, 2010


John Blacksad by Jamal Igle

Artist: Jamal Igle
Subject: John Blacksad
Date: November 22, 2010
Location: Toronto ComiCon, MTCC North Building, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Note(s):  For me, at least, the most impressive part was watching Jamal draw this sketch of John Blacksad without any type of physical reference material.

2010 Lucca Comics And Games – The Italian Job Studios and UDraw

November 14, 2010

On November 1, 2010, I attended the Italian Job Studios (Riccardo Burchielli, Guiseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Caselli, Diego Malara and Francesco Mattina) demonstration of THQ’s UDraw for the Nintendo WII gaming system in advance of the launch date (Nov 14/10 in North America and Jan/11 in Europe).  Basically its like a starter version of a WACOM/Cintiq tablet but for the whole family.   On this day, it was the duo of Caselli and Mattina showing everyone how easy (for them?) it was to draw a simple Flash head sketch. 

It is amazing what a simple red blob can be turned into.


The final version of The Flash.

2010 Lucca Comics and Games – Let The Recovery Begin

November 2, 2010

Recovering today.  As are the 135,000 other festival-goers.  And sadly, as it turns out, a nation.

Attendance figures for the 4 day Festival were announced as 23,000 (Friday),  45,000 (Saturday), 43,000 (Sunday) and 24,000 (Monday).  Monday’s total was about 50% less than what I  was told to expect as it was a national holiday,  All Saints Day.  The 2009 Lucca Comics and Games Festival had almost 140,000 attendees.

Sunday: Wading through the masses

The Sunday figures are amazing.  The Festival is held outdoors and  many venues (tents) are not  within short walking distances of each other. It rained that entire day yet the streets were always jam-packed.  Not to mention the tents bursting to capacity, especially whenever a large downpour occurred and people rushed inside to stay dry(ish).  The fire marshalls must have shut down access to the tents 6-7 times throughout the day due to overcrowding.  Looking back on it, what could have been a bad situation wasn’t primarily because it was handled properly and efficiently.

Sunday: Crowd being temporarily kept out of the tent by fire marshalls

Unfortunately, as I found out near the Festival’s end, the rains of Sunday triggered mudslides and floods in Northern and Central Italy which killed at least 3 people.  Trains and roadways were blocked off and/or closed.  The trains that bring many of the people in had been delayed or cancelled. 

I believe that this news did not reach many of the exhibitors and guests on Monday until the late morning/early afternoon.   Many of whom had been wondering openly at the sparseness of the crowd in the morning were now somber.  Soon some were making plans to pack up early and drive back through the mountains before the situation became worse. 

I will be writing a recap of the Festival and providing numerous photo dumps of my experiences here (as well as my trip to Amsterdam and Belgium) over the next couple  of weeks so please check back regularly.

C2E2: The Day Before

April 15, 2010

I arrived in Chicago early this morning for C2E2.  We are staying at the McCormick Hyatt which is next door to the montrosity that is McCormick Place Convention Centre.

You have to walk under these colourful banners located near the east hall where the C2E2 show is located.  Little things that Reed is doing to make this a fun show.

078: Carnage-tusi by Kelly Tindall

April 14, 2010


Carnage by Kelly Tindall

‘Tusi #: 078

ArtistKelly Tindall
Subject: Carnage (Amazing Spider-Man)
Date: February 28, 2010
Location: Winter Toronto Comicon, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Note(s): Been wanting to get a Tindall contribution for a little while now but either missed his sketching times (TCAF) or just not being able to get away from my duties to enjoy myself (Fan Expo).  Of course when I finally get the opportunity I get busy at the con  and have no time to chat with him.  And I come of looking aloof or, worse, an ungrateful asshat.  So my apologies to Kelly.  I really do appreciate the Carnage piece.  And I especially dig the “hand coming out of the border” bit.

082 – Fiona-tusi by Julie Faulkner

April 13, 2010

Fiona by Tess Fowler

‘Tusi #: 082

ArtistJulie Faulkner
Subject: Fiona (from Promises, Promises)
Date: March 27, 2010
Location: WW Toronto, Direct Energy Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Note(s): This just might be my favourite DTB yet.  The smile infectious, no?