Joey Comeau
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. 

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. 

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