Friday, September 24, 2010

Dave Sim in Halifax

Tons going down here in Halifax for comic book readers/book lovers/general geeks. For one, Dave Sim is in town. Dave Sim is a giant in the self-published comic book industry, and in the comic book world at large as well. His work Cerebus ran for almost thirty years and 6,000 pages (imagine fifteen phonebooks worth of comics and you're close to picturing just how much this guy has drawn).

He's known for his views almost as much as he is for his accomplishments. If you ever want to flush a few hours of your life down the toilet, google 'Dave Sim misogyny.' You will have enough reading material to keep you going for days. I don't just disagree with this guy politically, but about some very basic ideas about how the world works.

So when I met him yesterday, I was both excited and nervous. Excited because this guy is a fantastic artist and his work ethic awe-inspiring. Nervous because it's kind of uncomfortable meeting a man who, while he is able to draw some beautiful female characters, in his rants paints your entire gender with broad, ugly strokes.

It turned out to be a lot of fun. Sim was doing portfolio reviews, and I tagged along with a few artist friends. It wasn't long before Sim broke out his inking pens and was showing us all the subtle differences between them. He was funny and patient, and had some really good tips for the artists who's work he was able to look over. The event ran for two hours, and I think all of us would have been willing to stay longer if the librarian didn't kick us out.

Dave Sim is still in town. He'll be doing more portfolio reviews today, and tonight he'll be doing a signing (his last one, apparently) at Strange Adventures.

For more info, check out the facebook page for the event:!/event.php?eid=138887059490005&index=1

Or Strange Adventure's site:

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