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

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September 10, 2015 by  
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Chip Zdarsky, writer of the newly relaunched JUGHEAD comic series, will make a special visit to Little Island Comics to sign the very first issue on its release day, Wednesday, October 7th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm!

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

ON – Howard the Duck Signing

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Chip Zdarsky, acclaimed artist of “Sex Criminals” and writer of “Howard the Duck” and the new “Kaptara,” appears at The Dragon on Saturday June 6th at noon to sign comics!

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The Dragon
Old Quebec Street Mall, 55 Wyndham St. N., Guelph, Ontario N1H7T8
519-763-5544

MD – Kaptara #1 Signing

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Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod appear at Third Eye Comics on Saturday, May 23rd from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm to sign KAPTARA #1!

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Third Eye Comics
2027-A West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 897-0322

ON – Kaptara #1 Signing

April 15, 2015 by  
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Press Release:

THE BEGUILING is very proud to present the launch of KAPTARA #1, featuring our good pals Kagan McLeod (he draws it!) and Chip Zdarsky (he writes it!). KAPTARA is the new ongoing Image Comics series by Chip & Kagan, a sci-fi adventure that Chip calls “Like ‘Saga’ but Gay.” (paraphrasing).

Chip and Kagan will join us next-door to the shop at The Central, 603 Markham Street, where they will each have a quick drink, before signing your comics, and entertaining you with stories of its creation, probably!

Kaptara #1 is release to comic stores everywhere on Wednesday April 22nd, but you should probably buy it at The Beguiling Books & Art.

ABOUT KAPTARA:
“A space expedition goes horribly wrong because if it didn’t there would be no story! Reluctant explorer Keith Kanga and his crew crash land on KAPTARA, a world filled with danger and weird danger and dangerous weirdos! And if he can’t survive, then Earth, the place where YOU live, is doomed! Join CHIP ZDARSKY (Sex Criminals the Duck) and KAGAN McLEOD (Infinite Kung Fu) as they put the “fi” back into “sci-fi” and pretty much disregard the “sci” part in this epic story of punching and love!”

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The Central
603 Markham Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G 2L7
+1 416-913-4586

UK – Howard the Duck Signing

March 24, 2015 by  
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Orbital Comics is wildly excited to be hosting Applebee’s favourite son, Chip Zdarsky, for a very exclusive UK signing on Saturday, April 11, to celebrate his new HOWARD THE DUCK series, as well as the release of SEX CRIMINALS Volume 2. Chip will be engaging in signings & ‘stuff’ from 4-6pm, then doing a HOWARD THE DUCK Director’s Commentary after-hours from 7pm. The commentary will be ticketed, with tickets available free with a purchase – more details to follow. This is Chip’s first and only appearance in the United Kingdom, so don’t miss out!

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Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591

BC – Howard the Duck #1 Signing

March 23, 2015 by  
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Chip Zdarsky, writer of Marvel’s best-selling Howard the Duck, artist of the hit Sex Criminals, and one of the funniest men in comics, will be signing books and meeting his fans at Curious Comics in downtown Victoria on Sunday March 29, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM.

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Curious Comics
631 Johnson St, Victoria, BC V8W 1M7, Canada
250-384-1656

IE – Howard the Duck Signing

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Writer/artist Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals, Prison Funnies) appears at Big Bang Comics on Monday April 9th at 6:00 PM to sign the first issue of Marvel’s HOWARD THE DUCK!

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Pembroke District, Dundrum, Dublin Dublin 16

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Writer/artist Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals, Prison Funnies) appears at Big B Comics on Wednesday March 18th from 2:00 till 7:00 PM to sign the first issue of Marvel’s HOWARD THE DUCK!

Big B Comics
6465 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 1V4
289-296-2968

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Writer/artist Chip Zdarsky signs Sex Criminals v2 and Howard The Duck #1 on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 pm!

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The one and only Chip Zdarsky, artist and co-creator of Sex Criminals, writer and co-creator of the forthcoming Kaptara, and star of our dreams, will be teaming with The Beguiling to do an event of sub-epic proportions, in celebration of his epic new HOWARD THE DUCK #1 and the long-awaited SEX CRIMINALS VOLUME 2!

The event takes place Wednesday March 11th, just down the street from The Beguiling at No One Writes To The Colonel (College & Bathurst). Chip Zdarsky will be doing a short presentation, having a drink or two, and signing your copies of HOWARD THE DUCK and SEX CRIMINALS and whatever else you bring! The Beguiling will ALSO be involved in the presentation, having three to six drinks, and will have ALL of the Howard The Duck #1 covers (including variants) on hand for your purchasing pleasure. Plus more-or-less every issue of Sex Criminals, the Sex Criminals trade paperbacks, and maybe some treasured-Zdarsky-rarities too!

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No One Writes to the Colonel
460 College Street, Toronto, ON M6G 1A1