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Run from your houses! TCAF is coming!!!

Yep, TCAF (the Toronto Comic Arts Festival) is happening this weekend (Saturday May 11 9-5 and Sunday May 12 11-5) at the Toronto Reference Library. Already happening, in fact! 

I’m in a whirlwind of prep and programming (I’m speaking on a panel at TCAF Librarian & Educators Day this afternoon on non-fiction comics!), so here’s just a quick peek of what I’ll have at the fest: 

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All me loot (clockwise from left): wordless linocut novel Back + Forth, stack of various zines and prints, 24 hour comic book day comic made in one week Good Morning!, my *NEW* mini comic Homeache, and wordless relief print erotic story anthology Boom Boom Boom

ImageHomeache, silkscreen cover on Stonehenge, 24 pages, 4.25 x 5.5″

ImageHomeache is a memorial to an old Toronto apartment and the ways that a place comes to shape us as we fill it with experience. 

Binding Boom in new studio

Being an artist with another job means that time to make things is always precious and passes too fast. I just finished an intense (as in, very focused) and awesome bookbinding session in preparation for Canzine next Sunday. I managed to also force myself to take many process shots. I get so detail oriented and INTO IT when I’m working that it can be hard to remember to stop and pick up my camera.

Doesn’t my chair look so welcoming? “Sit down, let’s make some books!”

Drilling holes in the text block… no way was I going to use an awl for all those pages! I usually drill the covers and text block before cutting the spine piece, but here I muddled it up and had to do if after.

Folding creases as guides for cutting the corners.

Corners cut. It takes some practice to get this right so your corners are not lumpy or do not show the board beneath.

Folding in the edges of the bookcloth. The long side is recut so that it lines up with the front when glued down (keeping in mind the 1/16th of an inch you’ll lose in the crease).

Bookbinder’s tools. I love this shape of bone folder, very useful for creasing paper and bookcloth for smooth edges. The sturdy awl was an awesome investment for this project.

Cursory snack shot. Water, dark chocolate with espresso, ginger spice cookies (vegan and wheat free).

Almost halfway done with the bookcloth step

More than halfway done. Hope dawns on the horizon!

In this batch I got the idea to mark the spine pieces in pencil so that I could keep track of which cover they go with, in which direction. This really helps in making sure the covers line up nicely in the end.

Little “favours to your future self” like these really help in being able to work faster and achieve crisp execution every time.

Such a happy sight! Only the sewing step left and that is the fastest and easiest part. Another day; for now, to bed!

Total progress: 60 books of an edition of 200. Next up: a batch for contributor Megan Speers to have available at Canzine West (Vancouver) in November.

Cut.Ink.Press Show and B+F Review

I’m back from Alaskaland and ready to share some news with you!

Poster by Justin Labine of Free North Press

For the month of August, I will have some prints from my books on display as part of an excellent printmaking exhibition called Cut.Ink.Press. There’s a great group of artists involved so if you’re in Toronto, make sure to check it out. The show will be at Jetfuel Coffee, 519 Parliament St, from August 2nd to 31st. The opening is tomorrow, August 2nd, at 9pm. Come out for a beer or a snack or just to eyeball some fine prints (if the first two are not motivation enough). I will also have some copies of Back + Forth and Boom Boom Boom available for sale during the exhibition.

In other news, Kate from the Porcupine’s Quill did a wonderful review of Back + Forth and my pal Megan’s book Wanderlust on the PQL blog. I really enjoyed reading her interpretation and I hope you will too! Leave a comment on her post and you have a chance to win a copy of one of the books! Sweet!

What’s up summertime?

A little update from my studio:

  • I’m still in the process of binding books. Who would have thought that binding 200 books by hand would take a long time? Ha! I have completed almost 40 books, have another 10 close to done and another 150 to go after that. Last night I finished collating all the books!!! Collating means putting the pages in order. Maybe it doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a dull process which requires a lot of space to lay out all the pages and a lot of time to put them all together. I also made headway on trimming the text blocks (the term for the stack of pages before they are bound). Only 130 blocks left to trim. Ha! It sounds like a lot, but with the beautiful ancient paper trimmer at my studio, it should only take a couple hours of work.
  • I’m still eating great snacks! This is a picture from last week. I neglected to photograph last night’s snack repertoire, which consisted of salt and pepper chips, salt and vinegar chips and dark chocolate with hazelnuts. Yes, two kinds of chips. I had a lot of work to do!
  • At the end of this week, I am leaving for Alaska for a month!! This means that production of books will slow down a bit (meaning they won’t be available online for at least another 6 weeks) but hopefully creative production overall will increase by a million. I’m so excited to hike, kayak, see special people and NOT WORK 40hrs/week!! Wooooo!!!!
  • I spent some time updating my website. Hope you like it! There’s some new content in the Comics, Drawings and Books sections. Check ‘er out!

Boom Boom Boom binding

Here is a little look at a copy of Boom Boom Boom. I sold out of the copies I had ready for TCAF but there are many left to bind. I’m going to have busy hands for the next few weeks!

Japanese Stab Binding with a hinged hardcover

Title and endpages

An image from my story Wild Seed

Back cover 🙂

Meanwhile, in the studio…

Studio work is always made happier with a robust selection of snacks!