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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
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    DC – How to Be Happy Signing

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    Eleanor Davis appears at Politics & Prose on Saturday September 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM to sign How to Be Happy!

    Davis has earned a devoted following with her comics and illustrations, as well as her two graphic novels for children. Her first collection of literary graphic stories is truly an event. Showcasing Davis’s extraordinary range, the volume features work in full color as well as pen-and-ink, the images always complementing the narratives, which explore a full spectrum of emotions.

    Politics & Prose
    5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
    202-364-1919

    CA – Thank You Comics 1st Signing

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    Eleanor Davis and Esther Pearl Watson appear at Thank You Comics on Wednesday, July 16th from 6-8 PM to sign their new comics “How to Be Happy” and  “Unlovable Vol 3″

    Thank You Comics
    5011 York Blvd, Highland Park, CA 90042
    (323) 739-6138

     

    OR – How to Be Happy Signing

    fwcEleanor Davis appears at Floating World Comics on Wednesday July 9th, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 pm!

    Press Release:

    Eleanor Davis’s How to Be Happy is the artist’s first collection of graphic/literary short stories, and it’s about time. Davis is one of the finest cartoonists of her generation, and has been producing comics since the mid-2000s. Happy represents the best stories she’s drawn for such connoisseurial venues as Mome, Nobrow, and Lucky Peach, as well as her own self-publishing and web efforts. Davis achieves a rare, subtle poignancy in her narratives that are at once compelling and elusive, pregnant with mystery and a deeply satisfying emotional resonance. Happy shows the full range of Davis’s graphic skills — sketchy drawing, polished pen-and-ink line work, and meticulously designed full-color painted panels — which are always in the service of a narrative that builds to a quietly devastating climax.

    Eleanor Davis lives in Athens, GA, with fellow cartoonist Drew Weing. You can check out her work at www.doing-fine.com, and buy her mini-comics at www.littlehousecomics.com.

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Floating World Comics
    400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
    (503) 241-0227

    SF – How to Be Happy Signing

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    Eleanor Davis signs at Mission: Comics & Art on Saturday, June 14th at 6:00 pm!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Mission: Comics & Art
    3520 20th St. Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94110
    (415) 695-1545

    First 20 Guests Announced for SDCC 2014

    Via Toucan Blog:

    First 20 Guests Announced for Comic-Con International 2014!

    Comic-Con International features one of the most diverse guest lists of any convention. The first wave of guests for 2014 includes creators from mainstream and alternative comics, graphic novels, comic strips, animation, and science fiction and fantasy books. Confirmed for Comic-Con International 2014 are these special guests:

    SDCC 2014 Special Guests
    Amanda Conner, artist, Power Girl, Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre

    Brian Crane, cartoonist, Pickles

    Eleanor Davis, cartoonist/illustrator, Stinky, How to Be Happy

    Jane Espenson, writer/producer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Husbands

    Raymond E. Feist, author, Riftwar Saga

    Drew Friedman, illustrator, RAW, Old Jewish Comedians, Heroes of the Comic Books

    Michael T. Gilbert, writer/artist, Mr. Monster

    Willie Ito, animator/cartoonist, Disney, WB, Hanna-Barbera

    Caitlin R. Kiernan, author, The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, Alabaster: Wolves

    Lucy Knisley, writer/artist, Relish, French Milk

    SDCC 2014 Special Guests
    David Lasky, artist, The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song

    Graham Nolan, artist, Detective Comics, The Phantom, Joe Frankenstein

    Jimmy Palmiotti, writer, All-Star Western, Painkiller Jane

    Benoît Peeters, writer, The Obscure Cities, The Leaning Girl

    Don Rosa, cartoonist, Uncle $crooge, Donald Duck

    Jim Rugg, artist/illustrator, Supermag, Afrodisiac

    François Schuiten, artist, The Obscure Cities, The Leaning Girl

    Scott Snyder, writer, Batman, Superman Unchained

    Fiona Staples, artist, Saga

    Gene Luen Yang, writer/artist, Boxers & Saints, American Born Chinese

    For more info on these special guests for Comic-Con International 2014, please click here.

    More guests will be announced soon … check back for details!

    DC – Growing Up With Graphic Novels

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    Eleanor Davis, Nathan Hale, Andrés Vera Martínez, Mark Siegel, and moderator Michael Cavna appear at Politics & Prose on Thursday April 25th at 7:00 pm!

    Press Release:

    Moderated by Michael Cavna, author of “Comic Riffs,” a blog of the Washington Post, this event features a panel discussion on the importance of the graphic novel by prominent and award-winning graphic artists, authors, and editors.

    Eleanor Davis, cartoonist, author/illustrator. Eleanor is the winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor for Stinky, a TOON publication, and is also the author of The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook for middle grade readers.

    Nathan Hale, graphic novelist for middle grade readers. Nathan is the illustrator of Rapunzel’s Revenge and Calamity Jack, and the author/illustrator of the non-fiction series Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, published by Abrams.

    Andrés Vera Martínez, graphic novel illustrator for older readers. His most recent book is Little White Duck: A Childhood in China, written with his wife Na Liu.

    Mark Siegel, editorial director of First Second, a publisher of graphic novels for all ages. He is the author of To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel with his wife Sienna Siegel. His most recent adult book is the best-selling Sailor Twain.

    Connect wih the Panelists

    Following the event, join the panelists for an intimate gathering at our limited-seating reception. Authors and illustrators will be available to chat, connect, and celebrate the pleasure of reading graphic novels. Get to know the authors and illustrators and continue the discussions ignited during the panel. Seating is extremely limited. Registration required.

    Graphic Artists Fan Reception
    9 p.m. at Terasol (across the street from P&P)
    Tickets are $30, and include access to the panelists, one drink ticket, and light hors d’oeuvres.
    To register, call the Children and Teens Department at (202) 364-1919.

    Politics & Prose
    5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008