Not like it was on a scale as large as next weekend's amazingly cool Fan Expo or anything, but if you were lucky to have heard about it, this past weekend saw Victoria College at U of T hosting an entire festival devoted to indie comics and their authors.
The sizeable college was quite packed with tons of fanboys/girls, and there were lots of artists sitting by their tables trying to sell their shiz. Although the funny thing was, I was afraid to make eye contact or talk with any of them (after reading all of Daniel Clowes' graphic novels about artists making weird and petty observations of people at comic shows) and basically averted all eye contact. Luckily so did they. That is to say that while most comic booky-type stereotypes are not so true, the one about social awkwardness kind of sticks. Fans like me included.
It's hard to get in to all the varied stuff that was there – ranging from Manga to canvas paintings and special prints, but there was, more than anything, a wildly inspiring and creative selection, as well as guest panel discussions running all weekend. Unfortunately the one panel discussion I saw was fucking dull (web-based comics), and one particular artist speaking on the subject was a massive wanker, it was still pretty cool how something like this can generate the amount of interest it did.
A final observation: it's obviously nothing new to make whatever you're writing about semi-autobiographical, but there certainly seems to be an intense amount of indie comics dedicated to dudes in their mid-twenties whose biggest gripe is that they can't talk to girls. Perhaps I'm being shortsighted on the subject, but maybe that's why someone like Ryan North and his Dinosaurs is so much more appealing.
If you do remember this festival next yearl, try and make a point of going since most of these people do it for love, and it really is all worth seeing, if not buying.