Toronto Comic Art Festival and COMICS VS GAMES

by Matthew Hawkins

I will be making my grand return to Toronto, not just for the Toronto Comic Art Festival, but for COMICS VS GAMES! This year, TCAF is teaming up with TIFF Nexus and the Hand Eye Society to produce an amazing mixtape featuring indie gaming and indie comics. And I’ve been asked to curate a portion of the festivities!

I’ve signed up a bunch of my pals from Attract Mode to create game inspired artwork for the show, to accompany a series of game jam games, which bring together game makers and cartoonists (and was inspired by Giant Robot and Attract Mode’s very own ARTXGAME project).

The show will span and week, and will include two different venues. First, between April 29-May 3, COMICS VS GAMES will reside at the Magic Pony. That’s also where the reception will go down, on the final night. And then everything will be moved over to the Toronto Reference Library that following weekend, May 5-6, for TCAF.

If you can make it, please stop on by! Everything you’ll need to know about the show will be found over at AM HQ.

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PAX East 2012

by Matthew Hawkins

It’s that time of the year again, in which every gaming dork in the Northeast makes their yearly pilgrimage to… the Penny Arcade Expo, Boston edition! PAX East 2012 is happening, and I will be there once again.

And as usual, I’ll be quite busy; in addition to covering the show on the behalf of both msnbc.com and Guyism, meaning I will have hard hitting investigative reporting and interviews and wacky cosplay pics, I’ll also be lending a hand at the Fangamer booth, as the official Attract Mode rep! Where two hot two items will making their debut…

Which is a secret for the time being, so you’ll just have to come out on and see of yourselves! Though please bring money. For more info on the show, simply open a new tab in your browser with this address.

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by Matthew Hawkins

Everybody rumored. Nobody believed. But you see, IT’S TRUE! I am making my long-anticipated, much asked for return to ICON.

Once again, I’ll be out in Long Island, talking about video games for three whole days. Since my departure, much of the show’s e-gaming programming has mysteriously vanished. So I’m hoping to give those who are into Super Mario, Street Fighter, and all that jazz something else to chew on.

For more information on the Northeast’s biggest fantasy, science fiction, and science FACT convention (plus there be tons of furries, yo), just head on over to ICON 31′s homepage.

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