If you find the words "Pop-up Comic Shop", "Library" and "Penis Cake" intriguing, boy have I got an evening for you!
The artist from everyone's favourite dirty/hilarious/hilariously dirty comic Sex Criminals was the guest of honour at the unveiling of a pop-up comic shop (from The Beguiling comic store) in the Toronto Reference Library.
TORONTO, Canada – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is thrilled to announce the opening of the brand new TCAF Pop-Up Shop @ TPL! Located inside Toronto Reference Library (where TCAF is held annually), The TCAF Shop will offer a taste of the Festival spirit this holiday season–a boutique showcase for the very best comics, graphic novels, and goods by Canadian and international cartoonists! All purchases directly benefit the not-for-profit Toronto Comic Arts Festival.
Chip Zdarsky (AKA Steve Murray the new author of Marvel's upcoming Howard the Duck revival) cut the ceremonial ribbon and then was available for signatures and chats.
I talked to him about his manicure, as he had recently been the guest judge of a Drag Show and they had painted his nails. I told him it was time for a new colour and design, damn the Tim Horton's judgers and lookers!
The pop-up store looks like a museum gift shop, and I say this as a compliment. It is pretty and well-designed and stocked with a good mix of things.
I also promised you a penis cake:
And now you can have some Just The Tips excerpts (the ones I can share in public, anyway):
Pictures are from me and Chip Zdarsky's Tumblr.