*Face recognition algorithm
This is a Taiyo Matsumoto sketch I got this weekend at TCAF. Matsumoto wrote/drew the comic Tekkonkinkreet. It is my absolute favourite book, and I was excited that he was going to be in Toronto. But I had no idea I would be so nervous. On the morning of his signing, I was working at the A Softer World table with Emily, and just completely unable to think of much else.
I mean, what do you say? I knew there would be a line up. So, a) there’s not much time. and b) There are so many people telling him how wonderful his work is, one after another. In your head you’re like, “Be cool. Be cool. Act like a regular dude.” but also part of you is going “This book made me feel so many things. I need to tell him that somehow.” and you’re also thinking “What can I say so that he suddenly decides to become my best friend!?!?!”
But I had nothing to worry about. The whole interaction was so nice and warm and friendly. The Beguiling’s Japanese translator Jocelyne laughed when she saw me and said, “Wow, you look so thrilled.” And then she recognized me from A Softer World, which was so surprising and awesome! Because I would have been way too scared to say, “uh i also make a comic, *blush*” but SHE told him!
There was a limit of two books to bring to be signed, and he was doing one sketch per person. I asked for Kimura, from Tekkonkinkreet, and that made him laugh. He said he wasn’t confident about that one, but he started anyway, and the result is the sketch above! He asked me why Kimura, and I had suddenly no idea how to say anything like a human being and so I said “He’s just a really interesting character!” like a dork.
I write for a living, if you couldn’t tell from my obvious eloquence under pressure.
And then he did a SECOND sketch in my other book, as an apology for the Kimura sketch he thought was somehow less than his best? (I love it!) He kept apologizing to Jocelyne for taking longer than he was supposed to take per person, and I had such a huge grin on my face the whole time.
I do NOT get antsy around celebrities, usually. I just figure they’re regular people like you and me, because, you know, they are. So all this ridiculous nervousness and then euphoria took me completely by surprise. It was such a great experience though. Afterward I felt like I was gonna cry.
The last one is dumb and predictable, but the first one made me laugh out loud. That’s still a thing, right?
Hello, Alex Hirsch and co!Having spent a few years in film school, and a number of years as the Pope, I feel I am very qualified to write for Gravity Falls, and applaud you for selecting me.“But WAIT”, you exclaim, quite rudely interrupting my achingly beautiful speech, “THAT HASN’T…
I will TRY not to bring a bear into work
Stop what you are doing.
If you don’t want to read, I’ll explain the key bullet points, but please read them afterwords:
This is not “we didn’t protect him enough.”
This is not “the government screwed up some random detail or accidentally let his killer loose.”
The 111th Military Intelligence had a team taking pictures of his balcony during the assassination.
They brought in a Special Forces 8-Man Sniper Team from the 20th.
Memphis Police withdrew their regular protection detail from him.
A jury of 12 people, six black and six white, found the United States Government guilty of conspiracy to commit murder.
YOUR GOVERNMENT. MY GOVERNMENT. THE GOVERNMENT OF, BY, AND FOR THE PEOPLE, SHOT AND KILLED DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING. And the media never reported the case.
MLK was ASSASSINATED. By a government YOU PAY FOR.
I hate those posts where someone tries to pressure you into reblogging. I almost never ask you to reblog.
This shit is important.
Reblog this. I don’t care what kind of blog you have. I don’t care what you normally talk about.
Allie Brosh lays it out more clearly and perfectly than anyone I’ve ever read. I wish people would stop including “welcome back” with their thanks. I’m worried she’ll feel like she has to be back now.
Dear Allie dear loved ones dear world, it can get better. It can even suck better. It’s worth it. Please keep trying and I will keep trying too.
TCAF is finally here again! This is my absolute favorite comics-related event of the entire year. It’s this Saturday & Sunday (May 11 & 12) at the Toronto Reference Library north of Yonge & Bloor. And it’s FREE!
I’ll be upstairs again, at table 251, between my pals Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb (of the Adventure Time comics) & the amazing Jess Fink!
It’s been a huge and busy year, so I’ll have a ton of stuff I’m bringing along for sale:
- Adventure Time comics and trade paperbacks!
- Bravest Warriors comics - regular and variant covers!
- Original pages from all 8 issues of the Bravest Warriors comic book!
- Adventure Time prints!
- Patton Oswalt (and more) posters!
- True Story!
- PLUS I’ll be doing exclusive sketch covers - I’ll draw your favorite characters on special blank covers for Bravest Warriors #1 and Adventure Time w/ Fionna & Cake #1! These aren’t available anywhere else.
Also, on Sunday, I’ll be a part of this:
Sunday, May 12
4:00 – 5:00pm ADVENTURE TIME!
By popular demand, TCAF’s awesome ADVENTURE TIME panel returns for 2013! Featuring Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, and Mike Holmes (Adventure Time: The Comic Book), Meredith Gran (Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens), Danielle Corsetto (Adventure Time: Playing with Fire), and Michael Deforge and Steve Wolfhard (artists on the Adventure Time cartoon).
Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel, Forest Hill Ballroom
90 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON M4W 1A7
If you can make it out, please stop by and hi-five me or something, that would be awesome.
Find out more about TCAF right HERE!
IF I EVER MISGENDER YOU FEEL FREE TO CORRECT ME!!! YOUR GENDER IDENTITY IS NOT SOMETHING THAT YOU SHOULD REMAIN QUIET ABOUT AND I APOLOGIZE FOR ANY SCREW UPS I MAY HAVE DONE/MAY DO IN THE FUTURE
I WANT YOU TO BE COMFORTABLE TALKING TO ME