I met so many cool artists at TCAF! Let me try to describe some of them in no particular order.
The singularly-named Boulet is a comics dynamo from France. I am probably the last cartoonist on earth to have discovered him, so sorry if this is old news, but man. I actually only met him at brunch on Monday, after TCAF proper was over, but he was a friendly dude with a sketchbook full of dinosaur skeleton drawings. His new book, Noirness, is gorgeous, hilarious, and most astoundingly of all, a 24-hour comic. You would never know it from reading it.
Monica Ray, who you may have seen on Strip Search, had a bunch of new things on her table that she made to "prove she can really draw" (her words). But honestly, what I really dig is the cartoony art in her regular strip, Phuzzy Comics... it just meshes so perfectly with her particular sense of humour. She seemed like a nice lady in person, too, and also earned bonus cred points by casually name-dropping old-school S&F characters like Candice mid-conversation. (Yes, I can be manipulated that easily. NOW YOU KNOW.)
I knew the mega-talented Ashley Davis from twitter and that Sonic zine thing we did awhile back, but this was my first time meeting her in person. She came by the booth to say hello, and like a moron I got busy and forgetful never managed to return the favour. Now I'm back here at home without having bought any of her stuff, like some kind of chump. Sorry Ashley! Let's all go look at her work online to try to make up for my intense personal failings.
Shows like TCAF and VanCAF are such great places to discover new artists. Sometimes I wish I wasn't so busy exhibiting at these shows myself, so I'd have time to really go through and see all the artists firsthand. But: these drawings of cats riding on corgis are not going to sell themselves, are they? No. No they are not.