ON – Spider-Man #1 Signing

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Artist Hugh Rookwood appears at Stadium Comics on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from noon till 9:00 PM to celebrate the release of SPIDER-MAN #1 the all new ongoing series from Marvel Comics starring MILES MORALES as Spider-Man!

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

AB – Kennel Block Blues Signing

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Writer Ryan Ferrier appears at Alpha Comics on Saturday February 6th, 2016 from 1:00-6:00 PM to sign KENNEL BLOCK BLUES.

Alpha Comics
Lynnwood Shopping Centre #9
7005 18th Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 1Y1, Canada
403-453-0187

ON – D&Q Winter Book Launch 2016

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Brian Chippendale, Michael DeForge, and Nick Drnaso sign at The Beguiling on Thursday February 18th, 2016 at 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

D&Q has an amazing winter line-up for you: Brian Chippendale (Puke Force) is hitting the road with Michael DeForge (Big Kids) and Nick Drnaso (Beverly), and the date for their Toronto tour stop is Thursday, February 18th, 2016. Come see all three present from their new work and sign and hang out and all that fun stuff. It should be good times.

Cartoonist and Lightning Bolt drummer Chippendale’s debut with Drawn & Quarterly, Puke Force, is a dark and dense social satire that comments on social media narcissism, the malice of the right, and the hypocrisies of the left.

DeForge’s Big Kids is a coming-of-age tale about the transformative years of high school.

Drnaso’s Beverly delves into the barely repressed anxieties and obsessions of suburban teens.

Join Brian Chippendale, Michael DeForge, and Nick Drnaso for an evening of great comics and book signings! Presented by The Beguiling Books & Art and Drawn & Quarterly.

The Beguiling
601 Markham Street, Toronto, ON M6G 2L7
416-533-9168

ON – Was She Pretty? Signing

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Leanne Shapton appears at Type Books in conversation with Sheila Heti on Saturday February 6, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

New York-based illustrator, author, and publisher Leanne Shapton returns to Toronto to launch the new Drawn & Quarterly edition of her modern classic Was She Pretty? A work of unsurpassed originality, Was She Pretty?  brings the reader deep into a circle of phantom exes, complete with intimate liaisons, embarrassing secrets, and sardonic anecdotes. Shapton is the author of six books, including the art books Native Trees of Canada and Sunday Night Movies. She won the 2012 National Book Critic’s Circle Award for her memoir Swimming Studies and most recently, in 2014 she co-authored Women in Clothes alongside Sheila Heti and Heidi Julavits.

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Type Books
883 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1G5

ON – Patience Launch Party

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Daniel Clowes, the Academy Award nominated creator of Eightball, Ghost World and Wilson, appears to speak about his new graphic novel, Patience with Canadian cartoonist Seth on Monday, February 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM. Q&A and book signing to follow. Books available for purchase beginning at 6pm. Cash or credit.

Get FREE tickets at the link…

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The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
789 Yonge, Toronto, Ontario M4W 2G8
+1 416-393-7148

QC – Drawn + Quarterly Signing

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Press Release:

D+Q has an amazing winter line-up for you: Brian Chippendale (Puke Force) is visiting Montreal with Michael DeForge (Big Kids) and Nick Drnaso (Beverly) on Wednesday, February 17th at 7:00 PM. Cartoonist and Lightning Bolt drummer Chippendale’s debut with Drawn & Quarterly is a dark and dense social satire that comments on social media narcissism, the malice of the right, and the hypocrisies of the left. DeForge’s Big Kids is a coming-of-age tale about the transformative years of high school. Drnaso’s Beverly delves into the barely repressed anxieties and obsessions of suburban teens. Join Brian Chippendale, Michael DeForge, and Nick Drnaso for an evening of great comics and book signings!

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
211 Rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal, QC H2T 2K5
(514) 279-2221

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Press Release:

Acclaimed New York-based authors Adrian Tomine and Leanne Shapton return to Librairie D+Q for an event at the Rialto Hall on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 7:00 PM. Tomine’s New York Times bestseller KILLING AND DYING meditates on mortality, identity, and family in six interconnected stories. Published late last year, it appeared on over twenty best-of lists. Shapton’s modern relationship classic WAS SHE PRETTY? brings the reader deep into a circle of phantom exes complete with intimate liaisons, embarrassing secrets, and sardonic anecdotes. Shapton won the 2012 National Book Critic’s Circle Award for Autobiography and co-authored Women in Clothes with Sheila Heti and Heidi Julavits in 2014.

The event will be followed by signing. Tickets available at the link.

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Rialto Hall
5711 avenue du Parc, Montreal, QC

TCAF 2016 Announces Initial Guests

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Press Release:

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) is thrilled to announce our initial Featured Guests and Events for TCAF 2016, taking place May 14th and 15th in Toronto, Canada! With over 400 cartoonists scheduled to attend from more than a dozen countries on their way to Toronto this May, we’re getting ready celebrate the very best in comics, graphic novels, bandes dessinées, and manga! Prepare yourself for a week of readings, launches, and art events culminating in a massive, FREE two-day exhibition at Toronto Reference Library, May 14 and 15, 2016!

Every year the Toronto Comic Arts Festival showcases Canada’s incredible comics talent on a world stage by promoting some of our best and brightest creators and publishers, and inviting the attention of the global cartooning community. The 2016 programme builds on our previous successes, with a continued commitment to offer more engaging programming, in multiple formats, focusing on compelling and challenging work being made across the world. Art sales and exhibition, increased programming, and gallery shows are at the core of the 2016 programme, as highlighted by these talented Featured Guests:

Beaton 160Canadian comics hero Kate Beaton is the creator of beloved humour series Hark! A Vagrant, which has spawned a bestselling book of the same title. In 2015, Beaton released her first picture book, The Princess and the Pony (Scholastic), and a second collection of strips entitled SThe Princess and the Ponyde, Pops (Drawn & Quarterly). Beaton’s work is both expressive and hilarious, possessing a signature style and wit that are uniquely her own. Kate Beaton is one of TCAF’s 2016’s official poster artists, and we will be revealing her official poster in the next few weeks!
Fegredo 160Duncan Fegredo has been on the North American comics scene since illustrating Kid Eternity (DC Comics) with writer Grant Morrison. Since then he’s gone on to illustrate a number of critically acclaimed works, including Enigma (DC Comics) with writer Peter Milligan, and a much-lauded run on Hellboy (Dark Horse) with Mike Mignola. His most recent work is MPH (Image Comics), with writer Mark Millar. This will be Duncan Fegredo’s first visit to TCAF, and we’re excited to welcome him to Canada!

Lisa Hanawalt is amazing! Since debuting My Dumb Dirty Eyes at TCAF 2013, Hanawalt has really made her mark at the designer of the Netflix super hit series BoJack Horseman, contributing columns to Lucky Peach magazine, and co-hosting the podcast Baby Geniuses. She is returning to TCAF 2016 as a Featured Guest to in support of her new graphic novel Hot Dog Taste Test (Drawn & Quarterly), debuting at the show!
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MariNaomi is a prolific creator of autobiographical comics. She an Eisner-nominated artist, known for fantastic books like Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories and Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22. At TCAF 2016 she will be debuting the brand new book Turning Japanese (2D Cloud). We’re so pleased to have her join us as a Featured Guest!
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Noir comics master Sean Phillips is coming back to TCAF! Phillips has worked on everything from Batman to X-Men, but he’s maybe best known for his collaborations with writer Ed Brubaker: Criminal, Incognito, Fatale, and the recently-completed The Fade Out (Image Comics). This year, Sean is bringing with him “Phono+Graphic,” an art show that spotlights over 80 amazing album covers created by comics artists for vinyl records. The show tours here from the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, and we’re excited to bring it to Canada.
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With six books under his belt, Michel Rabagliati is an essential figure in not only the comics scene of Quebec, but all of Canada. Creator of essential works like Paul Moves OutPaul Joins the Scouts, and The Song of Roland (recently adapted into a feature film!), Michel is attending TCAF 2016 to debut the English version of Paul Up North (Conundrum) and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Canadian publisher Conundrum Press. It’s sure to be a real party!
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Rokudenashiko is a world-famous artist, best known for her vulva-centric sculptures. Her work challenges Japan’s prudish censorship laws, which has now led to her being twice arrested by the on obscenity charges in Japan. Rokudenashiko is attending TCAF 2016 in support of her new graphic novel and essay collection What Is Obscenity? The Story Of A Good For Nothing Artist And Her Pussy (Koyama Press), produced in association with MASSIVE.

His name is Chip Zdarsky, and we’re thrilled to welcome him back to TCAF 2016 as a Featured Guest and one of our 2016 Poster Artists. Chip Zdarsky is the co-creator of the books Sex Criminals and Kaptara (Image Comics), and is writing Howard The Duck (Marvel Comics) and Jughead (Archie Comics). We’ll be revealing his 2016 poster in the next few weeks!

And these are just the first eight featured guests among the more than 400 Canadian and International cartoonists participating in the 2016 Festival.

Featured guests will continue to be announced through January, February, and March, with special guests from Germany, Italy, USA, France, Japan, and Canada still to be revealed!

In addition to the programmes mentioned above, TCAF 2016 will also feature several programming spotlights including a special tribute to the wonderful and hardworking Canadian publisher Conundrum Press, on the occasion of their 20th Anniversary, and First Second Books on their 10th 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 5, Gallery Showings, Screenings, and much more. Visit TCAF online for up-to-the-minute updates.

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2016, Saturday May 14, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 15, 10am-5pm, @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. Attendance is FREE to the public. Full details on the TCAF website: www.torontocomics.com

AB – The New Recruits Launch Party

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Brad Glenn and Bruce Lugli appear at Happy Harbor Comics on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 4:30 PM to celebrate the launch of THE NEW RECRUITS!

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Happy Harbor Comics
10729 – 104 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5J 3K1
780-452-8211

ON – Dinosaur Comics Holiday Party

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Press Release:

A holiday tradition returns, as The Beguiling is once again thrilled to welcome one and all to our almost-annual Dinosaur Comics Holiday Party & Book Launch, featuring our good friend Ryan North! This year Ryan will be joined by a star-studded list of good pals and collaborators on his projects, including Erica Henderson (artist on Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Jughead), Chip Zdarsky (writer on Jughead and Kaptara), Kagan McLeod (artist on Kaptara), and Emily Horne, of the recently-completed comic strip A Softer World! Plus, who knows, a few special guests and a few special books might make an appearance as well! Who knows!?

All of our guests will be getting together for some holiday cheer, with a fun on-stage interview, and a book signing too! Get your comics signed, or buy comics there (courtesy of The Beguiling) to get signed for yourself or for gifts! There’s nothing better than signed comics for Christmas gifts!

Plus, returning for another year is the popular SECRET SANTA event!

If you would like to participate:
– Please bring a wrapped gift with a monetary value of about $5-$10.
– Go to the book sales table and trade your gift for a numbered ticket.
– At 8:30pm, we’ll call out the numbers, and when your number is called you’ll have your choice of the available gifts!
– Please mark on the outside of the gift if your item contains food and especially if it contains common allergens including peanuts, gluten, etc., so that people with allergies will be able to make an informed Secret Santa Selection.

Pauper’s Pub
539 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y5, Canada
416-530-1331

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