This past weekend I had a chance to check out this year’s Expozine here in Montreal, it’s an event dedicated to independent zines, comic books, and small press that gets Canadian wide artists attending. The event is normally packed so I never take photos at the event itself but I thought like last year I’d share what I picked up and enjoyed from Expozine.
Now that it’s autumn here in Montreal me and Victor have been trying to hit the road as much as possible before the snow and -40 weather comes. I usually travel light when biking so my Instax camera has become my go to ride along camera since I can simply stuff it into a small bag and it weighs nothing. Today I’m sharing a few shots taken during a few different trips around our area this weekend and last. All taken with my Instax Mini 90 with Instax comic film and Instax Alice in Wonderland film.
The start of the journey to Parc de la Cite-du-Havren on the edge of Vieux-Montreal viewing the Clocktower.The Parc de la Cite-du-Havren has wonderful views of downtown and Vieux-Montreal besides just being a nice green space. There is also a bike path that goes around it so it’s 360 views of the river. It was the first time we’ve been there, on a complete whim too after Victor decided he wanted to check it out.
The above right photo was taken from our walkway of Butter while we were heading out this weekend on another small trip to Parc Lafontaine. I wasn’t sold on the Alice in Wonderland instax film at first but I quiet like it seeing it in person and it’s very suitable for autumn and Halloween.
The below photo wasn’t taken on either of these trips, we went on a ride to Mont-Royal last week as the sun was setting so I didn’t end up taking more photos besides this one of Victor eatting polish sausage from our favourite food truck.
Review: The Sirens of San Francisco
The Sirens of San Francisco is an indie comic put out by illustrator Jacquelin de Leon of California. The 36 page comic revolves around the Sirens of San Francisco gang that includes 4 female members and their battle against a rival gang The Scorpions. While I love the illustrations and the character design of the comic and enjoy the female empowerment message, the story is the weakest element. There is no real lead in to who the Sirens are or why exactly The Scorpions are their rivals except that they are douchebags. Maybe I missed something in the story or it’d be explained more in future comics but prior to receiving the comic I enjoyed the idea of the Sirens a lot more than I do now. If I had to put my thumb on why I’d say the violence in the comic was the turn off even though I get why it’s in there. All in all though I’m still interested to see what else Jacquelin de Leon does in the future and any future comics she puts out. I preordered my copy so I also received an amazing back patch of the Sirens logo which I love and the comic itself was made with a lot of thought. It’s a really good quality comic and illustations are great however the story isn’t for everyone. You can find more information about the comic here.
A quick look at the comic: