The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) continues an incredible year of Featured Guest announcements as it proudly unveils its Featured Kids Graphic Novel Authors for the 2019 Festival! A who’s-who of bestselling authors will be debut new books at TCAF, including Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Shannon & Dean Hale and LeUyen Pham (The Princess in Black, Real Friends), Judd Winick (HILO), and Colombian cartoonist Lorena Alvarez (Nightlights), who has also created TCAF’s second official Festival poster for 2019!
“Comics for kids are some of the most widely read and loved works in the medium today,” said TCAF Programming Coordinator Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, who has headed kids programming since TCAF 2009. “Our ambitious roster of 2019 Featured Kids Guests celebrates the range and vitality of these books. TCAF is not just a place for kids to find their next favourite read from among our dozens of exhibitors with kid-friendly comics, but also a place for them to meet their all-time favourite creators, or to try their own hand at creating during our drop-in comics activities.”
“With our 2019 line-up of Kids Guests and programs, we’re striving to offer a Festival experience that will both impress and inspire!” said Woodrow-Butcher.
TCAF will featured non-stop programming for kids on both days of TCAF: Saturday, May 10, 9am to 5pm, and Sunday May 11, 10am to 5pm. This year we’re happy to announce that the TCAF Kids Area will return to the centre of the Festival, in the Beeton Auditorium on the ground floor of Toronto Reference Library, with select additional kids programming at the nearby Masonic Temple and The Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel. Programs will include live presentations, book readings, interactive drawing activities, and more! The full programming schedule will be unveiled at Torontocomics.com in early April.
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is honoured to debut our second official Festival poster of 2019, by the incredible Lorena Alvarez! Hailing from Colombia, Alvarez is the author of the book Nightlights, and will be debuting her newest graphic novel Hicotea, both from publisher NoBrow. Alvarez will also be Featured as part of TCAF’s 2019 spotlight on Cololmbian cartooning, produced in association with the Colombian Entreviñetas Festival.