VanCAF 2023

Had a great weekend of VanCAF comics fun!

After a week of getting my new comics together, (so much printing, so much stapling) the weekend kicked off with the Special VanCAF Edition of the Vancouver Comic Jam. Lots of people came out, regulars and new folks. (So many pages drawn that I need to scan this week).

Then Saturday morning the show opened and right from when it opened at was BUSY. Not stop people all day, barely time to get to the washroom and fill up my water bottle. But it was great talking to many people and selling stuff. Realizing I didn’t bring enough True Loves. Getting many compliments on the fancy jacket Manien made for me.

Had a relaxing evening at home, then was back for more Sunday. It was busy too, busier than Sundays often are. But enough time for me to take a breath and eat my sandwich. More lovely people coming by to chat, check things out, buy books. I managed to rush around and buy a few things late in the afternoon.

My VanCAF 2023 Haul

Outbreak Diaries Launch

Hello! The Outbreak Diaries book is out! Very exciting to finally have it in hand. Manien and I sat and reread the whole thing, it does get a lot of what was going on. You can buy it here!

And this Saturday December 10, 2022, we are having a book launch at Lucky’s from 6:30 to 8:00. Come get a book signed and drawn in.

Oh the other big thing “recently” was that I got my Year 50 Cards printed up. They came out really great! I should put them in my store. But I only have 8 decks left.

VanCAF 2022

Oh hi there. Long time no post. I thought just to freshen the joint up I would share a couple of things. I am going to be at VanCAF May 21 and 22, table C2 in the fancy room at the Roundhouse in Yaletown. I will have three brand new books: Vinegar 43 – Where Do I Begin, the Sad Vampire collection and Vinegar 44 – The Year 50 Project. Over 150 pages of new comics!

Also there is currently a fundraiser being run by Cloudscape to fund the printing of the collection of my Outbreak Diaries. Again, well over 150 pages of dense comics following Manien and my experiences during the first year and a half of the covid. You can support the book here:

VanCAF, Questing and so forth

Most of May, and April I suppose, I was busy trying to get my new comic done in time for VanCAF. I did get it done but just barely. I was running around copying it, and making copying screw ups the day before the show. I have been making zines for 30 years, you would think I would have the process down by now. The new comic is Questing, and I also printed up my latest issue of Vinegar. Number 40!

Questing Cover

Vinegar 40 Cover

Here are drawings I did of the Questing characters, so that I could stop flipping back to some pages from last year in my sketchbook.

Questing Characters

VanCAF was a delight, as always. I was lucky this year to be in the front hall rather than the gym, which tends to get pretty hot. My table neighbour was Bria, who was great to sit by. As well as being a well run show, the people showing tend to be great too. I have sat next to many wonderful folks over the years. My Bird Comics continue to be a hot seller.

My VanCAF Table

For the second time, we had a comic jam in conjunction with VanCAF. It was an awesome time, good turnout. Not quite as crazy amount of pages produced as last year, but still 60+.

VanCAF Jam Chalkboard

VanCAF Jam 2

Another fun aspect of the VanCAF weekend was that my old pal Jesse came to town for a visit. It felt like a good time for him to come by, he could see what an awesome show VanCAF is, experience the Vancouver Comic Jam, and then have a few days to hang out afterwards. We had such a grand time, many ridiculous ongoing routines. One of those friends where even if I have only seen him twice in the past 15 years, when we get together it is like we were just hanging out yesterday. It was so much fun. I may have a whole Vinegar issue’s worth of material from our six days together.

Dudes Chilling

Permanent Vacation

Doctor Pineapple

Launch the Plank

I’m having a belated book launch for Fir Valley, at Lucky’s Comics this Wednesday July 19. Come on out and get a book, or just hang out and celebrate that I finished this book. We can hang out in the back alley.

Fir Valley Launch Poster

I am also pretty much done my plank comic. It is always fun to revisit “paint” and try to figure out how that works. Next project: Painting ember logs (with a tiny astronaut) to cover our dusty nasty fake fireplace . Top panel of the plank…

Plank 1

New Stuff

This weekend, May 20 and 21, is VanCAF. It is the only show I am lined up to do this year so far. Here is a map to where I will be.

I am very excited to be bringing my new full colour book Fir Valley. I have one next to my computer here, on a stand. It is beautiful.

I will also have two brand new minis, Vinegar 39 and Bird Comics 4.


Additionally on Saturday, we will be having a special VanCAF edition of the Vancouver Comic Jam, which will be an awesome time.

And furthermore, I will be on a panel on Sunday about Building a Comics Community.

On top of that, the new Twin Peaks starts this weekend. Holy moley.