The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, a two day exhibition/vendor-fair featuring hundreds of comic creators, is taking place this May 5th & 6th at the Toronto Reference Library. Amongst the exhibitors will be many prominant webcomic artists, including our own Andrew Hussie.
Last year we arranged an MSPA meetup on the Saturday of the event, and it was awesome! A bunch of people showed up to hang out (including Jit from the Music Team), and we all got to meet/pester Andrew (who was kind enough to let me interview him). For lunch we headed over to the Jack Astors's restaurant next door where food was had and scribbles were drawn.
So with last years meetup being such a success, I think it goes without saying we should do it again this year. If you're planning on attending TCAF and you want to hang out, let us know what day/time would work best for you. If we can get most of the details sorted out well in advance, I might be able to reserve a place for lunch rather than winging it like we did last year.
A few things to keep in mind:
-TCAF runs Saturday May 5th: 9am - 5pm, and Sunday May 6th: 11am - 5pm
-The event schedule for TCAF has yet to be posted. We'll hold off on finalizing a time for the meetup till this is up; don't want to conflict with any of the big panels should any wish to attend both.
-It does take place in an active library, albiet a big one, so we should all try to be respectful and refrain from yelling while there.
-If you want to get any of the posters or other MSPA merch Andrew will be bringing, I reccommend arriving as early as possible. They sold out rather quickly last year.
Also, a lot of people have been asking about Cosplaying at TCAF. The festival organizers have stated that this is not a 'con', but rather an event promoting the literary and artistic merits of comic books and graphic novels. As such, it would probably be best to keep the cosplay pretty light (Update: Andrew has spoken, no cosplay please, but MSPA shirts are fine).
So yeah, that's pretty much it. Let us know if you can make it, and feel free to post if you need help figuring out rooming/transportation, or if you have any ideas for things to do during the meetup. Looking forward to seeing you all there!
If you want to meet Homestuck people, here are your options...
Topatoco's Welcome to TCAF Party
Friday, 7:00pm - 2:00am @ The Pilot
Nothing formal planned, Just look for friendly people in Homestuck shirts.
Homestuck Draw Party Part 1
Saturday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm, meeting inside library
Bunch of peeps sitting around drawing somewhere out of the way. Again, look for the shirts.
Homestuck Draw Party Part 2
Saturday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm, meeting outside library
Sounds like they'll be going to Dundas Square area for drawing/food.
(Possible dinner meetup closer to TCAF an option if people would rather do that)
MSPA Forumite Lunch
Sunday, sometime, somewhere near TCAF
General hanging out time.
Please post with your preferences regarding potential Dinner/Lunch meetups so we can plan for those.