GOTH BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Evan Munday draws goth portraits in the Type window to celebrate the newest book in his Dead Kid Detective Agency series
So we decided to stick me in the window of Type Books to draw portraits of the customers over the course of a weekend. I've you live in Toronto, you know that Type has the most beautiful window displays in the city (courtesy of the too-talented Kalpna Patel). And I have an unnatural compulsion to sit in store windows. (I'd drawn in a store window before, for Jon Paul Fiorentino's novel, Stripmalling.) My book's heroine, October Schwartz, is basically a goth Nancy Drew whose friends are all dead, so I figured I should do free goth portraits of customers. Sit in the window with me for ten minutes, get a portrait of yourself, but with more eyeliner and fishnet, and maybe a dog collar, too. I made drawings of the photogenic Type staff's likenesses, which Kalpna then used to create a spooky display to advertise the weekend drawing sessions.
When I sat down on the rainy Saturday, Type staffer Kyle Buckley warned me, "You're going to be asked to draw a dog. So you should decide right now if you're okay with drawing dogs."
Things started slow (it was raining), but picked up mid-afternoon. And the Sunday that followed was jam-packed with customers. I drew dozens of kids and adults, a few infants, and yes, even a couple dogs, including one lucky Pomeranian. Drawing portraits was also great for meeting and talking with strangers. (Even though my parents had warned me against that kind of thing.) You'd sit and talk about anything and everything for ten minutes. I even made at least one friend out of the weekend portrait sessions – well, Facebook friend, but I'm still counting it.