And thus, Canadian Splendor is born.
Right now, in Toronto, my wife Keiren is at the COMIC BOOK LOUNGE AND GALLERY (387a College Street, at Clinton) presiding over yet another wildly popular COMIC BOOK MARATHON, for dozens and dozens of local creators to show off their skills and stamina.
When the art and stories come in from this latest one, we’ll put some of it up here and at the school’s website and all over the darn ‘net, don’t worry.
But the last marathon was the first time my wife sat down and participated, rather than just running it. She produced about ten or twelve scripts for short autobiographical comic stories, most accompanied with simple artwork. There was no talking her into running the strips with her original art, but she was willing to let me finish up one and put it up here.
I started with the one you just read because it was the shortest, but I’m going to do a few more over the next few months, just you wait. I loved them. I didn’t change anything, I just inked her drawings with a bold line and some minor details. There’s one about a road trip Keiren took in high school with her best friend that I will be doing finishes over her layouts for in the next few weeks. I couldn’t do it today because it’s five pages long and I didn’t have that much time…but it’s great! Some are funny, some are poignant, some are really personal.
Who knew I was married to Canada’s Harvey Pekar?
I’m wondering what she’ll be creating and bring back with her today! If you’re in Toronto, head over to College and Clinton, bring a pencil and a sandwich, and see what new majestic tale Kerien and the rest of the cartooning legions of the Big Smoke are spinning now.
Ty the Guy OUT!
Comic Book Marathon Bonus Moment:
The first person to tell me Mad Magazine isn’t a comic book gets punched in the throat.
For last week’s MAN OF STEEL based Bun Toon, click the title above.
For the Bun Toon archive, click the Bunny Toon
For some of the work produced at the big 24 hour marathon in January, click here.