Here’s my schedule for the rest of 2018 - so far! Hope to see you there. ^_^
September 7th-9th - Rose City Comicon Oregon Convention Center Portland, OR
October 4th-7th - NYCC in Artist Alley with Matthew Loux booth A4 in Artists Alley - Javits Center, NYC
November 25th - International Comic Festival - Tokyo Big Sight 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan 135-0063
Now that Kitty Sweet Tooth's Tasteorama has been announced, I'm excited to give you a little behind the scenes look at how the book is being developed along with the amazing art of Utomaru! The character of Kitty Sweet Tooth appears to guide readers in my previous books Cool Japan Guide and Cool Tokyo Guide. I've been wanting to make a story all about Kitty for a while and I even have some strips I drew about her and her theater from 2014! I might post those in the future.
I had the character of Kitty Sweet Tooth established already, and wrote a story with her friends Dr. Battina Redwing, Walter Witch, her Pop-Pop, Doctor Shine, and others. I needed to make a character sheet for my book proposal for First Second Books. Once Utomaru agreed to work with me on the project, I created this character design sheet.
And here are Utomaru's version of the characters. I was blown away by how cute and cool they look! I'm always excited to see her latest drawings!
We will be posting more behind the scenes and work in progress art on this book as it moves along, so keep an eye out!
I'm excited to be doing scheduled signings at TCAF this year and speaking on this panel Saturday May 12th 11AM: Book in Advance: Contemporary Travel Comics Summerhill Ballroom (Marriott)
I hope to see you there!
Here’s my schedule! Book in Advance: Contemporary Travel Comics, Saturday, May 12th 11:00 AM Summerhill Ballroom (Marriott). Signing at The Beguiling Sales Area on Saturday, May 12th 12:30pm - 2:00pm and Sunday, May 13th 1:00pm - 2:30pm!
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2018
Main Exhibition: Saturday May 12 and Sunday May 13
Professional Development: Friday May 11
Free To Attend – All Ages
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto
The Marriott Bloor Yorkville, 90 Bloor Street East, Toronto
The Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge Street, Toronto
(poster art by Fiona Smyth)
On May 8th I’ll be doing a talk at Japan Society with Sebastian Masuda. The talk will be followed by a book signing reception. Buy tickets here!
Tuesday, May 8, 6:30 PM
From street fashion to street food, kawaii to cosplay, Tokyo is the epicenter of Japan’s latest trends. With so much to explore in this vibrant, fast-paced city, it can be hard to know where to start. At this talk, Sebastian Masuda, visual artist and founder of Harajuku shop 6%DokiDoki, and Abby Denson, comic book artist and author of Cool Tokyo Guide: Adventures in the City of Kawaii Fashion, Train Sushi and Godzilla, help to navigate Tokyo’s vending machines, subway etiquette, hidden treasures, and much more. Followed by a book signing reception.
image © Connie Ma courtesy of Japan Society
ECCC and Kinokuniya NY were so fun! My next stop will be at Awesome Con in Washington DC. I'll be tabling at Artists Alley booth # P04 Saturday and Sunday, and speaking on a panel about traveling in Tokyo on Sunday, April 1 at 11:30 AM in room 202 A. Hope to see you then!
Tuttle's amazing Tokyo team helped coordinate these cute tissue packs to promote Cool Tokyo Guide! Excited to bring these with me to my bookstore and convention appearances. :D