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  • First Guests Announced for Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015

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    Press Release:

    Announcing the Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015! Over 300 cartoonists from Canada and around the world are on their way to Toronto this May, to celebrate the very best in comics, graphic novels, bandes dessinées, and manga! A week-long Festival of readings, launches, and art events culminating in a massive, FREE two-day exhibition centered at Toronto Reference Library, May 10 and 11, 2015!

    For more than a decade, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival has showcased the incredible comics art being made here in Canada, and invited the attention of the international cartooning community. The 2015 programme continues to build on those successes, with an increase in programming, and a renewed focus on Canadian cartoonists from coast to coast!

    TCAF 2015 will welcome a remarkable array of authors! Highlights from the author guests include:

    Charles Burns: Creator of Black Hole, considered to be one of the most important graphic novels in the Western canon, Burns will be at TCAF to celebrate his recently completed new graphic novel series X’ed Out (Pantheon Books). Burns will also illustrated one of the official posters of the 2015 Festival, to be revealed.

    Eleanor Davis: An outstanding cartoonist and editorial illustrator (The New Yorker, New York Times), Davis’ recent graphic novel release How To Be Happy (Fantagraphics) was widely lauded as one of the best graphic novels of 2014, and TCAF is thrilled to welcome this her back to Toronto for the 2015 Festival.

    Gurihiru: This dynamic cartooning duo (working under one pen name) hails from Tokyo, Japan, and is beloved in North America for their original graphic novels set in the universe of Avatar: The Last Airbender (Dark Horse). They have also created work for Marvel Comics, Disney, and an array of independent illustration work.

    Lucy Knisley: A long-time supporter of the Festival, Knisley’s memoirs and travelogues are well-loved across the continent. Knisley attends as a Featured Guest in 2015, in support of her new travelogue/graphic novel Displacement (Fantagraphics).

    Scott McCloud: Creator of the essential comics text Understanding Comics, TCAF will welcome McCloud back to Toronto in support of his acclaimed new graphic novel The Sculptor (First Second Books).

    Barbara Stok: Hailing from The Netherlands, Stok has an impressive collection of graphic novels to her credit. TCAF is happy to welcome her as a Featured Guest of the Festival in 2015, in conjunction with her debut English-language graphic novel release Vincent (SelfMadeHero), an important and critically-praised biography of Vincent Van Gogh.

    Jillian Tamaki: With her cousin Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki’s 2014 TCAF Debut This One Summer (Groundwood/First Second) took home a Governor General’s Award, a Caldecott Honor, and a Printz Honor. In 2015, Jillian Tamaki will release SuperMutantMagicAcademy (Drawn & Quarterly), her hilarious new graphic novel.

    Chip Zdarsky: Hometown favourite and emerging international superstar Zdarsky (a.k.a. Steve Murray) is welcomed as a Featured Guest for 2015! Best-known for his ground-breaking comic series Sex Criminals (with writer Matt Fraction), spring 2015 will see the launch of his new series Kaptara (Image Comics) with fellow Toronto illustrator Kagan McLeod, and a relaunch of Marvel Comics’ Howard The Duck.

    And these are just the first nine featured guests among the more than 300 Canadian and International cartoonists participating in the 2015 Festival.

    Featured guests will continue to be announced through February and March, with special guests from France, Italy, Germany, Japan, and the U.S. and Canada still to be revealed!

    TCAF 2015 will also feature several programming spotlights, including a special tribute to esteemed Canadian graphic novel published Drawn & Quarterly, on the occasion of their 25th Anniversary.

    Additional Programs will be announced in February and March, including the CSSC-SCEBD Academic Conference, Library & Educator Day, Word Balloon Academy, Comics Vs. Games 4, Gallery Showings, Screenings, and much more. Visit TCAF online for up-to-the-minute updates:

    Website: www.torontocomics.com
    Twitter: @Torontocomics
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/TorontoComics
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    AB – Curb Stomp #1 Signing

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    Press Release:

    Alpha Comics is pleased to announce that Ryan Ferrier will be returning to the shop to launch his new comic Curb Stomp! Visit Alpha Comics on Wednesday, February 25th between 2 and 8pm to meet Ryan Ferrier. Don’t miss his other new release, D4VE!

    Alpha Comics
    Lynnwood Shopping Centre #9
    7005 18th Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 1Y1, Canada

    ON – Captain Canuck Returns

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    Kalman Andrasofszky, writer and artist for the upcoming Captain Canuck Monthly, appears at Toronto’s famous Silver Snail store, on Saturday January 24, 2015 signing from noon till 3:00 pm. They are celebrate the release of the 40th Anniversary Limited Edition collectable Mego action figure of Captain Canuck!

    The Silver Snail
    329 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1R7
    416-593-0889

    AB – Captain Underpants Signing

    captuBestselling author Dav Pilkey appears at Chapters on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at noon to sign his latest book in the Captain Underpants series!

    Event Guidelines:
    Space is limited. First-come, first-served.
    No audio or video recording.
    No flash photography.
    Book signing only. No paraphernalia or memorabilia.
    He will autograph up to THREE (3) books. Books will not be personalized.
    Customers must purchase ONE (1) book at Chapters Southpoint on the day of the event to participate.

    Chapters South Point
    3227 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton, AB T6J 5X8
    (780) 431-9694

    ON – Pitiful Human-Lizard Signing

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    Jason Loo appears at The Silver Snail on Wednesday, February 4th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm to sign THE PITIFUL HUMAN-LIZARD!

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    The Silver Snail
    329 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1R7
    416-593-0889

    NS – Marcus To Signing

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    Artist Marcus To appears at Strange Adventures on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 5:00 till 7:00 pm to do free sketches and sign comics and prints!

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    Strange Adventures
    5110 Prince Street, Halifax, NS B3J 1L3
    (902) 425-2140

    ON – Spider-Verse Team Up #3 Signing

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    Cover artist Jamal Campbell appears at Stadium Comics on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM to sign Spider-Verse Team Up #3!

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    Stadium Comics 
    499 Main Street South, Brampton, ON L6Y 1N7
    +1 905-451-3751

    ON – Art Spiegelman Lecture

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    The Koffler Centre of the Arts presents a remarkable evening with Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist/illustrator, comic book legend and author of Maus, at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

    Tickets for this event, which are $39 General Admission, $29 for Students, are now on sale at The Beguiling (in-store only). All tickets purchased at The Beguiling will entitle the purchaser to $10 off the regular price of Spiegelman’s newest book, CO-MIX, an important and gorgeous career retrospective. Valid only at time of ticket purchase. Valid student I.D. required for Student Ticket pricing.

    About This Event:

    Art Spiegelman’s comics are best known for their shifting cartoon styles and sometimes controversial contents. In his talk What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?, Spiegelman takes his audience on a chronological tour of the evolution of comics, all the while explaining the value of this medium and why it should not be ignored. In our post-literate culture the importance of the comic is on the rise, for “comics echo the way the brain works. People think in iconographic images, not in holograms, and people think in bursts of language, not in paragraphs.” Presented by The Koffler Centre kofflerarts.org.

    About Art Spiegelman in Toronto:
    This December, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will pay homage to Art Spiegelman with an exhibition highlighting the breadth of his career. Art Spiegelman’s CO-MIX: A Retrospective opens at the AGO on December 20, 2014, and runs to March 14, 2015. Embracing the belief that comics are a medium for personal expression, Spiegelman once noted, “Spiegel means mirror in German, so what sounds like one more Jewish name co-mixes languages to form a sentence: Art mirrors man.” Spiegelman has drawn inspiration from a wide range of sources in his work including politics, the Holocaust, Cubism and hard-boiled detective fiction. Maus, a two-volume graphic novel that recounts his parents’ life in Nazi-occupied Poland and later at Auschwitz, was the first and only work of its genre to win the Pulitzer Prize, in 1992. The AGO’s presentation of Art Spiegelman’s CO-MIX: A Retrospective will display original manuscripts of Maus, rarely seen due to their fragility. The exhibition also features 300 works on paper ranging from trading cards to magazine covers. For more information, please visit ago.net.

    About Art Spiegelman:
    Art Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the bookshelves. As part of the underground comix subculture of the 60s and 70s, Spiegelman created Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids; in 1980 he foundedRAW, the acclaimed avant-garde comics magazine; and in 1992 won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative Maus – which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. Maus II continued the remarkable story of his parents’ survival of the Nazi regime and their lives later in America. In 2004, Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers was selected by The New York Times as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2004; in 2005 he was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People; and in 2006 was named to the Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame. He was made an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France in 2007, and in 2008 played himself on an episode of The Simpsons.

    Spiegelman won the Grand Prix at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2011, marking only the third time an American has received the honor. The honor also included a retrospective exhibition of his artwork, shown in the Pompidou Center and traveled to the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Jewish Museum in NYC, and the last stop at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

    Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
    506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y3

    ON – Lumberjanes Signing

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    Grace Ellis, writer and co-creator of The Lumberjanes, appears at Little Island Comics for a signing on Saturday, January 10th, at 2:00 pm.

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Little Island Comics
    742 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2R6
    416-901-7489

    ON – Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 Signing

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    Writer Ryan North appears at The Silver Snail on Wednesday, January 7th from 7:00 – 8:00 pm to sign the first issue of Marvel’s new series Unbeatable Squirrel Girl!

    The Silver Snail
    329 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1R7
    416-593-0889

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