As I delve into my recent purchases at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, I'm going to put up some short reviews for most of the finds (a few of the longer reads will get more attention). This is the first such batch of mini-reviews. In this installment, I'll be reviewing a stack of mini-comics and other self-published material. Sit tight, we're gonna hit a lot of stuff really quick here.
Dogs I Could Live Without by Hannah Fisher
A collection of 16 illustrations of disfunctional or otherwise undesireable dogs. Very cute and funny.
A Bestiary of Ordinary Americans by Caitlin Cass
A collection various people living in the post-modern, suburban wasteland. I'm not as fond of Cass's sketchy art style, but the humor is still good. Especially Amy.
Ink for Beginners: A Comic Guide to Getting Tattooed by Kate Leth
A short comic discussing a lot of the common questions for those interested in getting a tattoo. I will probably never have a tattoo, but I love Leth's art, especially her big-eyed characters and colorful tattoo examples.
Stronghold by B9 Kingdom
A collection of fantasy art (all of the stronghold theme), by a number of artists. The book itself is a limited edition set that was produced for TCAF. The illustrations are a lot of fun, with a huge variety of interpretation of the theme.
31 Drawings that Have Something to do with Being in Love and Not Being In Love by Eleanor Davis
A collection of illustrations more than a comic (at least in the sense that Scott McCloud would define it), this book features Davis's flowing forms and wordless sense of humor.
Magical Girl March by Becca Hillburn
Exactly what it sounds like. A collection of character concepts (31 in total) for Magical Girl March. Fun ideas and drawings.
Cap'n Cat: Former Shark Hunter by Anne and Jerzy Drozd
A nautical tale. Captain Cat, a shark hunter turned fisherman, runs into some trouble during a fishing expedition. A cute comic with a great sense of humor.
That wraps up my zine and self-published coverage. Stay tuned for more from TCAF in the upcoming weeks, followed by coverage of Denver Comic Con. Game on!