2011 Canadian Comics Wrap Survey: Alice Quinn

Tell us about yourself – a brief bio/intro.
Hey I’m Alice Quinn, I founded and I manage TdotComics.ca in 2009, a website about comics in Toronto. I attend a lot of events and talk to a lot of creators, I am currently 21.

What was your involvement in comics in 2011?
Using TdotComics I able to promote a lot of local comics, I have done a number of interviews, reviews and event posts. Recently I started Quinntessential Comix, a comic webshow in order to cover more content in a neat format.
What was the highlight of the year for you re: comics publishing in general? comics by Canadian creators?
There were a ton of Comic Book Launch parties that were just phenomenal, the best part of comics is seeing creators putting out new stuff. My favourite was the Kagen McCloud Infinite Kung Fu: Hop Fu party. This one really pushed the boundaries of what defines a comic book launch party, he had DJs spinning to a collection of Kung Fu found footage in the background.  Was 2011 a good year for you?
Definitely! I grew a lot this year, In March we re-launched the site with a new look and we’ve been on the up and up ever since. This year TdotComics received press accreditation for a lot of conventions as well as access to a whole bunch of events. I also organized the TdotComics re-launch party and was one of the main organizers of Star Wars Day TO. In August TdotComics held it’s first annual people’s choice TdotComics’s The BEST Comic Shop Awards. Also in August TdotComics’s started posting a webcomic weekly (Mondays) Bagged and Bored by James Cooper and Zach Ellis. In 2011 the TdotComics team grew exponentially and as I mentioned before I started my own show. It has really been a blast!

P.S. The winners of the fan votes were: The Silver Snail (The Best overall) and Cyber-City Comix (best selection of graphic novels and trade paperbacks. Congratulations to George and Darryl.

Was 2011 a good year for comics?
In certain ways yes, and in some ways no. There were a ton of amazing independent comics released this year, but I am not a big fan of the direction that mainstream comics is taking. It is hard to tell what is going on while it is still happening, especially since no matter how much I watch the industry there is always so much going on that I don’t know about.Part of being on the scene is exhibiting at public events. Which Canadian ones (if any) did you support in 2011 and how do you feel they went for you?
This year TdotComics received press accreditation for: Wizard World Toronto, Anime North, Fan Expo, The After Dark Film Festival. I had an amazing time covering these conventions as press, I’ve learned so much from this and all of comic events that happen in Toronto weekly.

What do you have coming up in 2012?
Well the TdotComics team is working on putting together some merchandise so we can be on the other side of the table at conventions. If this works out I hope to attend some American conventions this year too, I’ve never been to a convention outside of Toronto.

Any final comments on 2011?
Everyone has just been so awesome and helpful to me and TdotComics this year! I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot this year, and I can’t wait to do more next year!!
I am just so happy to be part of such a rich and diverse comics community, no matter how much I read, or how many people I talk to, there is still so much more out there to discover!

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