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Up and coming comic artist Vic Malhotra was a guest at Free Comic Book Day, offering sketches for a donation to the Food Bank.I spent a few minutes talking to him.
“Free Comic Book Day is awesome. I’ve been drawing all day and it’s fun to have so many people come by. They’re so excited to get free comics and sketches”, said Malhotra as he was just finishing another drawing. “It’s kinda like a mini-con in a way for so many people. (It brings in people) that normally don’t buy comics and the kids are super excited. It’s a lot of fun and I’m glad I came out and sketched here.”
And he’s right. You can compare this to attending a con. When I arrived at Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, there was at least 500 people waiting in line outside the store for the 10 o’clock opening. Various ages and backgrounds. People were of all ages, some longtime fans, some in costume, some never stepped inside a comic store before came out to enjoy the event. The artists stayed busy throughout the day.
“I love getting requests (to draw) because you get these random characters that I never think to draw that I have the opportunity to draw”. One guy came by requesting Superman drinking booze and smoking cigars.”
Malhotra is one of the artists on Tiger Lawyer, created by Calgary-based writer Ryan Ferrier. The comic is enjoying a strong Alberta fan base and great word-of-mouth reviews by fans and those who are passionate about supporting local arts.
“It’s kind of local, although Matt McCray, who does the cartoony stories… I feel like he’s (located) somewhere in the States, but we consider it really local and it does pretty well in Edmonton and Calgary and at the cons. And everybody that walks by here sees my sign and are like ‘Hey! Tiger Lawyer!’ and they don’t even know it but it just kind of jumps out of their mouths. It’s a cool concept and easy to grasp”.
I asked Malhotra about his upcoming book, which is a bit of a contrast from Tiger Lawyer.
“The project I am working on now is a project with IDW Publishing, it’s called Thumbprint with Joe Hill, who I am excited to work with. I just wrapped up the first issue where I’m doing all the artwork for it, so the pencils, the inks and the colours, and just started the second issue. And June 19th is when it comes out. It’s not like Tiger Lawyer. I don’t think kids should read it, it’s more dramatic, serious story.”
Chris Peterson took a few minutes to chat with me during Free Comic Book Day. He is the illustrator of “Fubar” which came out this week. He will also be in the upcoming “Bee Vixens from Mars”, will be featured in Dark Horse’s “Grindhouse: The Doors Open at Midnight”. It’s written by Alex De Campi and colored by Nolan Woodard.
Edmonton based band The Sunday Kids rocked out with an in-store live performance at Happy Harbor Comics.
Happy Harbor Comics unveiled their own brand of beer at the end of FCBD. It came in two alternative labels. Regular and blank cover.
“A deck of cards is like the New 52. But take out the Jokers. We don’t see the Joker in the first year. And we know six comics will suck right off the bat so toss away six random cards.” The Amazing Dafoe entertains at Happy Harbor Comics with a comic flavoured magic show.
Attacking mother, of course. At Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, AB.
At FCBD I spoke briefly with Trevor. He really seems to fashion himself after a certain comic book hero. At Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, AB.
Hobbes the Puppy curls up to a copy of Top Shelf Kids Club. Korgi is her favourite story.
The Food Bank donations are piling in as FCBD continues at Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, AB, Canada.
Thomas gets his first comic book. The Walking Dead. At Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, AB, Canada.
Free Comic Book Day comes to a near standstill as Hobbes the Puppy visits Happy Harbor Comics with an overdose of adorable cuteness.
I spoke with two customers waiting in a long line up at Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, AB, Canada about their purchases.
Chris Peterson (Fubar, Bee Vixens from Mars) sketching Firestar for a little Batgirl as she watches intently. At Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, AB.
By Trevor Sieben at Happy Harbor Comic in Edmonton, AB, Canada.
Kyle Sams, Vic Malhotra and Vanessa Beckmann sketching away at Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, AB, Canada.
Victoria and Heather are cosplaying as DC Superheroes at Free Comic Book Day at Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, AB, Canada.
Lisa explains how Happy Harbor Comics is taking food and cash donations for the Edmonton Food Bank in exchange for comic artwork.
Commission drawing for a little girl. Artwork by Vanessa Beckmann. At Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, AB, Canada.
This girl was fumbling around with her coveted stack of comics. At Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, AB.
Filling the parking lot of Happy Harbor Comics was hundreds of people lining up for their comics. The store set up a tent to greet the crowd with comics before they enter the garage doors of the shop.