Short report from the Toronto Comicon
Blew off all my schoolwork today to go to the Toronto Comicon. I’ll be damned if I’m going to let a little thing like my education stand between me and picking up some cheap trade paperbacks.
Cheap trades, unfortunately, were few and far between. I’ve been to plenty of the little Heritage Hall cons in Vancouver, but this was my first “big” con, and I went with hopes of visiting a magical comics utopia.
I knew something was amiss, then, when I walked in and it looked like we were in a loading bay or a parking garage. Cement floors, exposed pipes, steel pillars. Nothing wrong with that, it was just a little more… industrial than I was expecting.
My main mission in going to cons is cheap tpb's, so it was more than a little disappointing that the best anyone was offering was 20% off. The cons back home may be tiny, but there's always a table or two where current trades are 40% off. I'd been expecting to pick up the latest 100 Bullets for cheap today, but nothin' doin'.
Not to say that there weren’t deals. At the Beguiling table they were unloading Blade of the Immortal paperbacks for $5 apiece, and I picked up six for $25. Score! I also picked up the TCAF Free Comic Book Day offering, so that was a nice bonus too.
I also went to see if I could catch the panels for today. However, I missed the Bendis panel due to my complete inability to get anywhere on time. Problems finding free parking and then lack of signs inside the con itself also contributed, but mostly I missed the talk because I’m completely irresponsible. I walked around trying to find Jerry Robinson’s talk, but couldn’t find it, and this time it was entirely due to bad signage.
Rushing to get to see Bendis did make me hours early for Warren Ellis, so I did catch him, and he was plenty entertaining. A few highlights:
- When asked what the worst project that a company ever asked him to do was, he replied that in the nineties, DC had asked come to him with “an old character named Deadman. His special power is that he’s dead. His costume has a “D” on it so you know he’s the one who’s dead.” He was convinced that the character wasn’t real and that someone had created a mock up just to fuck with him.
- Musing on the curious fact that Irish alcohol doesn’t travel, he said that Irish people who drink Guinness in England swear that “English people shit in the kegs.”
- He told a story about going on Garth Ennis’s stag that I can’t do justice to here, except to mention that it involved an “apocalyptic” boat ride in waters north of Ireland, that Ellis likened to the scene out of The Perfect Storm, a pub that only closes once a year, and Glen Fabry’s eating habits, or lack thereof.
- Ellis also does a hilarious imitation of Alan Moore. If you ever see Ellis on a panel, ask him to tell the story about what it’s like to talk to Alan Moore on the phone.
All in all, a fun day where I wound up spending a lot less money than I thought I would, which is both good and bad.
Anyways, back to work.