This will be my sixth year as an exhibitor, but you can't really count last year. A few days before the Expo, I bumped my head and ended up with a concussion. I missed the Expo, but at least I wrote a comic about getting a concussion (which you can get from me at the Expo, this year!)
Well, I'll have the latest collection of Ramsay comics (2015-2017). These aren't exactly "new," but if you come and get it at the Expo you'll get a sneak preview of the May comic, which is all about a pretty wonderful project happening in my neighbourhood thanks to local non-profit Calgary Reads.
I'm not going to say anything more about it here except that my contribution to this project is one of my 3 Things for Canada. So, come see me at the Expo and be one of the first to find out!
I organized a panel on contemporary Canadian indie comics, featuring this amazing lineup of panelists:
Julia Smith & Sean Carleton of the Graphic History Collective (and it's their first time at the Expo, so be nice to them); Eric Dyck from Lethbridge; and Hope Nicholson, all the way from Winnipeg!
This is happening on Saturday, April 29th at 1:15, so please come and talk to us about the local comics scene where you live.
I'm working on a little comics strip about the Calgary/Alberta indie comics scene for the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (which is pretty darn exciting for me, for a few reasons).
This project is the reason I decided to organize the panel mentioned above. I mean, I could write about my actual experience of the Calgary indie comics scene since I got involved, and this would be it:
Sam's Tale of Calgary Independent Comics
2002: Damian Willcox, Kandrix Foong, Laurie Breitkreuz, me
2002-2016: Damian Willcox kept going while the rest of us got distracted doing other stuff. Well, I kept making comics, but I didn't really do anything with them. In the meantime, a whole bunch of other people started making comics I had no idea about.
2016: Panel One comics collective hosted its first Calgary indie creator festival, and I got to find out what some of these other amazing people were doing!
2017: We're having this panel discussion so I can find out more! (I don't think the above tale is going to cut it.)