Games are invading Maple Leaf Gardens this weekend aka the Mattamy Athletic Center for the Canadian Videogame Awards Fan Fest. Games are the biggest entertainment industry in the world, blockbusters on every level imaginable, so naturally into this arena I will be appearing with a paper mini comic.
It's not as odd as it sounds--the CVAs have partnered with Bit Bazaar, a combination indie games, comic and food event inspired by the madcap energy of zine fairs. It's organized by Bento Miso, a collaborative workspace for emerging entrepreneurs with a specific focus on games. Its founders Henry and Jen encourage those pursuing what can be largely solo endeavours, so more importantly, they know how to throw a good party. For instance, Bit Bazaar is the only show I know of that serves beer. This is my third time exhibiting with these guys, and I always come away impressed by the vibrancy of the local games scene, capable of all kinds of expression, so many different ways of play, all generated by people in your own city. If you have any interest in gaming, and you want to come out this weekend-- you’re guaranteed to find something that will fascinate you, repulse or attract you.
I'm showing off my latest completed comic-- Our Chitinous Skin-- or Even Sea Monsters Fall in Love. It's a supernatural romance, about an ocean spirit falls for a young woman who used to live by the shore, who hopes, like the tide, all things return in time. It’s a bit of a departure for me- no twist ending, or final shock ending. Just something strange and beautiful, thanks in no small part to the pen of illustrator Rachel Idzerda and the dreamlike lettering by designer Ted Rouse. I'm just really happy with how it turned out.
The show runs Saturday and Sunday- you can get a ticket here at $20 bucks off with the discount code BentoMiso. If you can't make it, but want a copy of the new book, just message me and I will do my best to send your way.