by Ethan Rilly, Dave Lapp, Michael Cho, Jason Turner, Jason Kieffer, Joe Ollmann, Maurice Vellekoop, Corey McCallum, Matthew Daley, and David Collier
Just in time for TCAF this year, the fine people at Taddle Creek have put together a terrific broadsheet comics supplement to their latest volume; seven massive pages of comics for only $2. I always enjoy Taddle Creek's fiction and reporting, but the way it's embraced the Toronto comics scene is something that's always endeared me to the magazine.
The first strip (shown in the image) is by Ethan Rilly, of Pope Hats fame. It's about a stained glass artist who is so unhappy with his creation that he feels compelled to destroy it. This story would not feel out of place in an issue of Adrian Tomine's Optic Nerve, as it has many of the same sensibilities.
Dave Lapp, the most regular of Taddle Creek contributors, has a nice strip about an incident from his childhood, when he got in trouble for drawing 'Dirty Drawings' in his classroom.
Michael Cho, one of Toronto's greatest cartoonists, has a nice little piece about a man looking back at his youth, and the way the ever-changing city has cut him off from many of his memories, although that's not exactly a bad thing. I love his stuff.
Jason Kieffer, who is probably the perfect person to adapt Rob Ford's story into a graphic novel (since it would fit nicely with his Zanta! and The Rabble of Downtown Toronto), adapts an Achomawi legend to the comics page.
David Collier contributes a page of reminiscences about the Toronto Reference Library (home to TCAF), and the joys of looking through old bound newspapers and comics.
There are other strips here, but these are the ones that stood out to me as the most memorable and most impressive. I hope this is something that Taddle Creek chooses to do again, as I loved it.
For readers outside of Toronto, you can check out the comics here.