The Toronto Comic Art Festival itself was held across two floors of the Old Victoria building with a tent outside with kiddy events, and parties pretty much every night over the weekend. There were plenty of creators on-hand selling their wares, plus innovative publishers like :01 First Second Books (with absolutely fantastic prices on their graphic novels) and Picture Box (who debuted Brian Chippendale's long-awaited Maggots). There were plenty of interesting panels worth attending, a refreshing concept in wake of Wizard World Chicago.
The first panel that we attended was Peter Maresca's panel on reprinting Sunday strips, in which the audience was treated to the first appearance of the new Sammy Sneeze collection from Winsor McCay and the oversized Walt and Skeezix Sunday collection was ogled by many. Maresca announced that in the works was an anthology series project that collected different Sundays together in their original oversized dimensions, a sort of best-of that would begin with The Yellow Kid and incorporate works that he's gotten requests to reprint, such as Polly & Her Pals and The Kinder Kids. Its sounded very exciting, as you can imagine.
There were other great panels, of course, but the other one that we attended that stood out for me was Paul Gravett's spotlight, where he went through a brief history of British comics in wake of the release of his book, Great British Comics. It was an interesting history, and I'm sure the book is pretty illuminating. Gravett said that he would like to do a series of books like this and his manga and graphic novel books, on different subjects including superhero comics and French comics. Very cool.
Patrick and I's purchases include: