Cartoonist group photo in Toronto restaurant


51 Responses to “Cartoonist group photo in Toronto restaurant”

  1. Mitchell Glaser says:

    Cartooning is clearly hard on your eyes! It looks like an optometrist’s office.

    • LinkMan says:

      Correlation ≠ causation.

      A perfectly plausible hypothesis one could draw from this photo is that congenitally myopic children who have trouble seeing the chalk board in school are more likely to hone their doodling skills.

  2. Nash Rambler says:

    They look like a flock of starlings; ready to take flight at the first sudden movement or loud noise.

  3. orangedesperado says:

    I think the abundance of bulging foreheads is interesting and possibly significant. I seem to remember in an old phrenology book that said this was a sign of greater than average intellectual capacity…and knowing 50% of the comics that the artists represented here I gotta say that Chris Ware and Charles Burns are the king of the forehead bulgers = smarty pants.

    No body snarking — I’m serious !

    • Halloween_Jack says:

      Ware looks like a forehead alien from Star Trek. I’d always assumed that if he happened to drop in Chicago Comics when I was there that he’d sort of fade into the background, but he’s actually weirder-looking in person than he draws himself. (So is Chester Brown, for that matter.)

    • ffabian says:

      According to Dr. Galls Phrenology a bulging forehead is a sign for “Reiselust/Ortsinn” (wanderlust, travel desire) or “Witz” (humor).

  4. Nitro Chimp says:

    Why is the bad guy from Who framed Roger Rabbit there?

  5. Charles Burns is a snappy dresser!

  6. Roose_Bolton says:

    Taken at the Korean Village resto on Bloor W.; amazing service!….he said, apropos of not much at all…

  7. GawainLavers says:

    Are they all siblings?  I’ve seen nuclear families with less resemblance.

  8. Deidzoeb says:

    You know how it can be difficult to forget Tom Cruise’s scientology baggage and just enjoy watching his movies? I think I’ve got that problem now with Chester Brown after reading Paying For It.

    • Halloween_Jack says:

       A lot of people got that mental picture of him after the Yummy Fur arc (The Playboy, I think) in which he depicted his unusual masturbation method.

  9. Deidzoeb says:

    Someone crop close to Peter Birkemoe way in back there with caption: SOON.

  10. waksawak says:

    This looks like the evolution (devolution?) of hair.

  11. Seriously says:

    They all look the same except for the guy on the right who looks like Will Wheaton

  12. Cowicide says:

    I’m amazed with how thin they all are.  I thought that drawing cartoons for a living would have them put on some weight over time.

  13. metafactory says:

    Used to see Seth and many of the others at Jet Fuel in Cabbage Town all the time … this picture makes me feel so old!  These were the young turks of the freak/alt comics world not that long ago.

  14. MollyMaguire says:

    Ooo, I am deep in the uncanny valley with this shot for some reason.

  15. Will Bueche says:

    Dude on the right – run while you still have hair!

  16. Does cartooning cause hair loss, or does the despair of hair loss lead to cartooning?

    Cowicide:  You’ve never heard of “starving artists”?

  17. Hamish Grant says:

    Here’s a little slideshow of pics from the discussion these heroes had at the Bloor Cinema the same evening this photo was taken.

    Such a wonderful evening it was!

  18. therantguy says:

    It’s actually pretty hard to assemble a weirder bunch…Chris Ware is strange…Seth and Chester are super nice both both terribly weird…and Birkmoe isn’t weird he’s just socially awkward and bad with people…

  19. dalgoda7 says:

    All that’s missing from this photo is Joe Matt.  

    • Stephen Marts says:

       You are forgetting Julie Doucet!!

    • Halloween_Jack says:

       He, Seth, and Chester Brown used to be like the Three Musketeers of autobiographical cartoons–at one point Matt was even living in Toronto and the three would hang out regularly–but I get the feeling that Matt has withdrawn quite a lot in recent years; his output has slowed down to about nothing.

  20. theophrastvs says:

    Why are we looking at a photo of cartoonists?  next up:  a cartoon of photographers.

  21. mike saliba says:

    This picture looks like the Major Arnold Toht fanclub.

  22. Brian Bara says:

    Why do at least three of these people look like they stepped off the set of “Men in Black?”

  23. Halloween_Jack says:

    I should amend my gossipy comments above by saying that, with the exception of Anouk Ricard and Peter Birkemoe, whose work I’m simply unfamiliar with, I admire the work of the men above hugely.

  24. Mike Meyer says:

    Where’s Joe Matt?  Did he lock himself in the bathroom?

  25. RIP Spain. Who was, in contrast, a handsome chap with great hair!

  26. Tom McCarthy says:

    well, soon as I start losing my hair I’m changing career to cartoonist.


  28. destroy_all_humans says:

    This could have been a family photo and I would have believed it.

  29. princeminski says:

    I think at least one person alluded to this in the midst of the high school yearbook critiques, but this is an astonishing collection of very talented people.

  30. Wiki-Truths says:

    Check out all their books and Peter’s shop in Toronto – one of the best in North America! I got out of comics because of this. I’m too social.

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