Homecooked is finished for another year and what a joy it was. From the workshops and panels on the Saturday to the market day on the Sunday I met some great people, learnt a lot from those more experienced than myself (pretty much everyone) and approached a few people about contributing to the Tree Paper anthology.
The festival was held in the beautiful Northcote hall and once filled with comics, creators and the public it had a warm atmosphere. On the mic was the wonderful Cazz Jennings who kept all entertained with her energy, a couple crazy drawing games with some talented cartoonists and an interview with Wolfgang Bylsma and Kaaron Warren.
It was great to meet up with Georgina Chadderton, George Hall and Clea Chiller who all contributed to the second Tree Paper anthology. In terms of publishing James Andre of Milk Shadow comics was full of great advice. I'm fascinated by others approach to editing anthologies and it was great to discuss the Yuck anthologies he edited and published. It was also great to talk with Bernard Caleo who publisher the wonderful Tango anthologies. Ever smiling he told me how much fun it was to collaborate with all of the fabulous comic artists in Tango.
The day before I had attended the panel with Wolfgang Bylsma who talked about marketing for small press and self publishers. This talk confirmed a lot of what I was thinking and next to me sat the legend David Blumenstein who's equally sage advice I couldn't ignore.
I picked up some great comics for myself including Georgina Chadderton's Alright Ghost Fans, which is about her time at the Comic Artists Workshop held on Edward Island. It's really inspiring work. I'm looking forward to applying for the CAW this year.
Many thanks to all the people that helped organize and run this festival and to the people that purchased a copy of the latest Tree Paper. This was my second year and I look forward to attending again next year.