Fan Expo roundup

Another year, another Fan Expo done. It's a huge, exhausting show (as Yanick Paquette told me on Sunday, "It's sixteen days next year,") but there's no other show in Canada that is so front-loaded with talent.

I did quite a lot of sketching (particularly on Friday, which was an insane day) and I remembered to take snaps of most of them.

That's So Kraven!

Kermit and Elmo


Wolverine doing a line of coke (!!!)

 Spidey (for the baby!)

 Golden Age Sandman


 Krieger from Green Wake


It was a good show for me this year, much better than my last in 2009. I invested quite a bit in promotion this year: I had a banner printed and I made sure I had a lot of books on my table (collections of the first five Green Wake issues sold like hotcakes, particularly on Sunday). I had a good seat in Artist's Alley, which served me better than a booth would have due to an increase in foot traffic. The con was better about mixing up the A-listers than they were in 2009; the amazing Bill Sienkiewicz was in our row which kept a constant flow of new people.

Even if it weren't a great con for making money (it was still my third-best show!) it was fantastic for networking and seeing friends. I took my portfolio to the excellent Scott Chantler to show how much I'd improved in the six years since he gave me my very first portfolio review.

I didn't end up buying much in the way of books, but I can wholeheartedly recommend Jim Zub and Edwin Huang's Skullkickers and Stuart Immonen's fantastic Centifolia II. No trip to Fan Expo is complete without a meet with Stuart and Kathryn Immonen; they have greater smarts and integrity than almost anyone else in comics, and I always feel very fortunate to speak to them.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the excellent folks from Image. Riley Rossmo has been a great friend for years, but it was fantastic to spend time with Scott Kowalchuk and Kurtis Wiebe and to meet the mighty Jim Zubkavich. Everyone from the Image booth was perfectly marvelous and I'm proud of my association with them, however limited it may be.

Thanks so much to everyone who came by the table, who took the time to chat with me, and especially to the fans that bought books or art. You made a tough show a fun show, and I genuinely appreciate all of you. As always, you can find me elsewhere on Tumblr, deviantArt, or my brand-new website

On to the Montreal Con in just three weeks!

Fan Expo in Toronto!

Hey everyone!

I'm stoked as hell for the Toronto Fan Expo, coming up this week. It starts on Thursday at four and goes until Sunday at six. I am located at P060B, next to Wes Craig (and a load-bearing pillar). I'll be under my brand-new banner, you can't miss me.

I will have copies of the full run of Green Wake, Machine of Death, Proof 17, and my mini-comics A Vampire in Montreal and Stink to sell.

I will also have original pages from Proof and That's So Kraven! to sell, as well as a portfolio of both 9"x12" drawings and sketchcards. I'll be keeping a sketch list all weekend long. Here's what you can expect from my sketches:

I hope to see you there!

Alain de Botton

A spot illustration featuring writer Alain de Botton for an interview in The New Escapologist. The original spot was greyscale.

Art directed by Samara Leibner.
Pen and ink, 5"x7", 2011