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:
First Second is proud to be featuring some wonderful authors at NYCC, including Andrew Arnold (Adventures in Cartooning), Box Brown (Andre the Giant), Cory Doctorow (In Real Life), Zack Giallongo (The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth), Ben Hatke (Julia’s House for Lost Creatures), Danica Novgorodoff (The Undertaking of Lily Chen), George O’Connor (Olympians), Paul Pope and J.T. Petty (The Rise of Aurora West), MK Reed (The Cute Girl Network), and Jillian Tamaki (This One Summer).
Thursday, October 9th
Signings at the First Second Booth (#2237):
- 3:00 pm–4:00 pm : Danica Novgorodoff
- 5:30 pm–7:00 pm: Paul Pope
2:15 pm–3:00 pm The Mary Sue Presents Fight What You Know—with Danica Novgorodoff
The geek world needs better representation in media, but aren’t you supposed to write what you know? Truth is, the whole “write what you know” thing is a load of bull honkey. A writer who can’t appreciate the perspectives of others is no kind of writer at all. Writers from all backgrounds and experiences join to talk about research, listening, soliciting criticism, and how to make sure you’re writing well when you’re outside the comfort zone of your own perspective. Room 1A14
3:00 pm–3:45 pm
Coffee Talk with Monsters—with Paul Pope
What makes a monster something to be feared? A force to be reckoned with? Or just misunderstood? Join R.L. Stine (Party Games), Caitlin Kittredge (Black Dog), Lou Anders (Frostborn), Barry Lyga (Blood of My Blood), Paul Pope (The Rise of Aurora West), Ethan Reid (The Undying), Ransom Riggs (Hollow City; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), and moderator Ali T. Kokmen (Barnes & Noble/NOOK) as they discuss the “monsters” in their books and what makes them truly something monstrous… Room 1A18
4:00 pm–5:00 pm Post-Panel Signing with Paul Pope in the Autographing Area, Table 19
Friday, October 10th
Signings at the First Second Booth (#2237):
- 12:00 pm–1:00 pm: Andrew Arnold, George O’Connor
- 5:00 pm : Cory Doctorow
10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Create Your Own Monster—with Andrew Arnold and George O’Connor
Two authors enter… and with your help, they’ll each create a monster who embodies everything that you think monsters should be! Which will be best? It’s up to you! Moderator: Jack Baur Family HQ – 1C03
Spotlight on Bryan Lee O’Malley—with Cory Doctorow
Bryan Lee O’Malley, creator of the bestselling Scott Pilgrim series, discusses his newest project, the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel Seconds, with Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author and co-editor of Boing Boing. Room 1A21
Saturday, October 11th
Signings at the First Second Booth (#2237):
- 1:00 pm–2:00 pm : Jillian Tamaki
- 2:30 pm–5:00 pm : Cory Doctorow
- 5:30 pm–7:00 pm: Box Brown
1:00 pm–1:45 pm
Spotlight on Cory Doctorow
Cory Doctorow is awesome! Moderated by Eric Smith from Book Riot.Room 1A10
7:15 pm–8:00 pm
—with Cory Doctorow
This panel explores how comic books, video games, and novels are addressing world challenges. Perhaps the most inspiring content for our panel audience will be to hear about how you are using popular entertainment to address the issues that you care about. We’ll have about 10 minutes each to talk. It’s an exciting lineup of panelists which includes an FBI Victim Specialist, the dynamic Alexis Krieger, who was involved in creating the comic book Abolitionista! that is being used to empower young people to protect themselves from predators. Room 1A05
Sunday, October 12th
Signings at the First Second Booth (#2237):
- 11:30 pm–12:30 pm : Zack Giallongo and Ben Hatke
- 12:30 pm–1:30 pm : Cory Doctorow
- 1:30 pm–2:30 pm : Box Brown
- 2:30 pm–3:30 pm : MK Reed
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Create Your Own Magical Creature—with Zack Giallongo and Ben Hatke
Two authors enter… and with your help, they’ll each create a magical creature who embodies everything that you think is awesome! Which will be best? It’s up to you! Family HQ – Room 1C03
2:00 pm–2:45 pm
Comics and Graphic Novels for All Readers—with Cory Doctorow and Paul Pope
Join graphic novelists JP Ahonen (Sing No Evil), Emily Carroll (Through the Woods), Cory Doctorow (In Real Life), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), and Paul Pope (The Rise of Aurora West) for a discussion of the graphic novel form, its place in the literary canon today and their exciting new books, moderated by Scott Rosenberg, AM NY. Room 1B03
3:15 pm–4:00 pm
Post-Panel Signing with Cory Doctorow and Paul Pope
in the Autographing Area, Table 19
3:15 pm–4:00 pm Build Your Own Adventure—with Zack Giallongo, Ben Hatke, and George O’Connor
In this interactive panel perfect for kids and families, top-tier graphic novel and comic authors and illustrators will work with the audience to write and illustrate an original adventure story! It will be an exciting ride, great for aspiring writers and artists. Featuring George O’Connor (Olympians), Matt London (The 8th Continent), Zack Giallongo (The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth), Frank Cammuso (The Misadventures of Salem Hyde), Scott Campbell (Hug Machine), Ben Hatke (Julia’s House for Lost Creatures). Room 1A01
4:15 pm–5:00 pm Post-Panel Signing with Zack Giallongo, Ben Hatke, and George O’Connor in the Autographing Area, Table 19
Jillian Tamaki, Jesse Moynihan, and Seo Kim sign at Secret Headquarters on Thursday June 26th from 6:00 till 9:00 pm!
3817 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki appear at Politics & Prose to sign This One Summer on Saturday May 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm!
The latest graphic novel from the writer/artist cousins who created Skim is the story of Rose and Windy, friends from many summers together on Lake Ontario. This particular year, the two rely on each other more than ever as Rose faces the end of her parents’ marriage and a confusing crush on the wrong boy. Ages 15 and up.
Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki appear at Mission: Comics & Art on Tuesday, May 6th at 6:00 pm to celebrate the release of their new project THIS ONE SUMMER!
Mission: Comics & Art
3520 20th St. Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94110
Jillian Tamaki, Danica Novgorodoff, and Dash Shaw sign at Book Court on Tuesday October 25, 2011 on 7pm!
163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Marvel Comics’ Strange Tales I and II are finally complete and collected! To celebrate this amazing assortment of alternative and independent cartoonists, the CBLDF and THE BEAT are hosting a party for contributors and fans! DON’T MISS OUT on this rare opportunity to meet this wide variety of creators, all in one fun spot!
hosted by CBLDF and THE BEAT
7-9- pm. Saturday April 9th
The Mad Hatter
360 Third Ave (at 26th St.), New York, NY 10016
Just around the Corner from MoCCA
Copies of STRANGE TALES I and II will be available at the party,
donations benefiting the CBLDF.
DRAWN AND QUARTERLY ANNOUNCES SAN DIEGO PLANS; SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDE: GABRIELLE BELL, VANESSA DAVIS, JAMES STURM AND JILLIAN TAMAKI!
CON DEBUTS: MAKE ME A WOMAN, INDOOR VOICE, JSL TUBBY, JSL NANCY 2, EDEN, WILD KINGDOM AND PALOOKAVILLE 20–NOW A HARDCOVER BOOK!
Oh yes, it is San Diego time again, and this year the fine, fine people of Comic-Con International have invited four D+Q cartoonists to be special guests of the convention, complete with spotlight panels: Gabrielle Bell, Vanessa Davis, James Sturm, and Jillian Tamaki. I don’t believe we have ever had a year at San Diego with so many official special guests and so many conventions debuts. The heavenly moons of comics are aligned, people.
Vanessa and Jillian will even be debuting their new books:
Vanessa’s MAKE ME A WOMAN and Jillian’s INDOOR VOICE
Jillian will also be signing her award-winning SKIM, which we will have on hand in paperback for you.
Other debuts include:
THE JSL: TUBBY
Kevin Huizenga’s WILD KINGDOM
The JSL: NANCY VOLUME 2
EDEN by Argentinian newcomer Pablo Holmberg
and all new PALOOKAVILLE 20 which is now a hardcover compendium of all things Seth and will knock the socks off of anyone who buys it.
So D+Q will be at ye olde booth #1529, our usual spot for twenty years, so it shouldn’t be hard to find us. Attending from D+Q will be Peggy Burns, production manager Rebecca Rosen (who is going on to greener, frenchier pastures in France this Fall so come over to say au revoir), and Publicity Coordinator Jessica Campbell. And of course the fine fellas from the Beguiling will be at our booth, too.
Here is our complete schedule, all signings take place at the D+Q Booth:
2:00-4:00 Gabrielle Bell signing
3:00-5:00 Jillian Tamaki signing
3:30–4:30 Spotlight on James Sturm: Comic-Con special guest James Sturm has created award-winning graphic novels for early readers (Adventures in Cartooning), young adults (Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow, Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules), and grownups (The Golem’s Mighty Swing, Market Day) and co-founded the country’s finest cartooning school (The Center for Cartoon Studies). Sturm will be speaking about his process and art with Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter (comicsreporter.com). Room 26AB
5:00-7:00 PM James Sturm & Vanessa Davis Signing
11:00–12:00 Spotlight on Vanessa Davis—One of the brightest new cartoonists of her generation, who has been featured in Tablet, Vice, Bust, and Bitch Magazines, Comic-Con special guest Vanessa Davis will be debuting her new book Make Me a Woman and discussing the book and its process with a charming and funny slide show about being young, Jewish and single. Room 4
12:00-2:00 Vanessa Davis signing
2:00–3:00 Graphic Novels: The Personal Touch—You know when you read it: that certain something that sticks out in a graphic novel. It’s the personal touch, a work that draws on the life of the creator or the people around him or her. Call the work autobiographical, call it reality—many times it results in truly personal and inspiring comics. Comics creator and journalist Shaenon Garrity (Narbonic, Skin Horse) talks to Comic-Con special guests Gabrielle Bell (Cecil & Jordan in New York), Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby), Vanessa Davis (Make Me a Woman), Larry Marder (Beanworld), Jillian Tamaki (Skim), and Carol Tyler (You’ll Never Know Book 1: A Good and Decent Man) about their very personal work. Room 4
3:00-5:00 Gabrielle Bell & Jillian Tamaki signing
4:00–5:00 The Center for Cartoon Studies—Comic-Con special guest James Sturm, known for his graphic novels such as The Golem’s Mighty Swing, is also the director of The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS), a school located in the historic downtown village of White River Junction, Vermont. The school offers a two-year course of study that centers on the creation and dissemination of comics, graphic novels, and other manifestations of the visual narrative. The faculty includes renowned comics artists such as Stephen Bissette and Jason Lutes. James will talk about the school and the books the students have produced. Room 7AB
5:00-7:00 PM James Sturm signing
11:00–12:00 Spotlight on Jillian Tamaki: Comic-Con special guest Jillian Tamaki has taken both the illustration and comics worlds by storm. Her graphic novel Skim, was a New York Times Best Book of the Year, and also was nominated for a Governor General Award. Her drawings can be found in the NYT, Oprah, New Yorker, and Esquire. Tamaki will discuss the process of Skim, collaborating with a writer and the difference between comics and illustration. Room 3
12:00-3:00 Jillian Tamaki & James Sturm Signing
1:00–2:00 Spotlight on Gabrielle Bell: Join Comic-Con special guest Gabrielle Bell (Cecil and Jordan in New York, Lucky) as she discusses her current work, past accomplishments and future projects with Tom Spurgeon (The Comics Reporter). Room 3
3:00-6:00 Gabrielle Bell & Vanessa Davis signing
3:00–4:00 Comics Reprint Revolution: For comics fans, the reprint revolution keeps getting bigger and better! The Cartoon Art Museum’s Andrew Farago talks with Craig Yoe (Krazy Kat, Popeye, Jetta), Dean Mullaney (editor of Library of American Comics for IDW: Dick Tracy, Little Orphan Annie, Secret Agent Corrigan), Daniel Herman (Hermes Press: Buck Rogers, The Phantom), Gary Groth (Fantagraphics: Peanuts, Prince Valiant, Captain Easy), Peggy Burns (Drawn and Quarterly: John Stanley Library, Walt & Skeezix), Steve Saffel (Titan Books, Beetle Bailey, Simon & Kirby Library) and Charles Pelto (Classic Comics Press: Mary Perkins, On Stage, The Heart of Juliet Jones, Big Ben Bolt) about their publications reprinting some of the very best of comic books and comic strips. Room 8
12:00–1:00 Kids Draw with James Sturm: Create your own cartooning adventure in this fun, interactive drawing session with Eisner Award-winning cartoon adventurer James Sturm (Adventures in Cartooning)! Using simple building blocks, you’ll learn how to put together an adventure of your own—and have fun along the way! Room 30CDE
11:00-2:00 Vanessa Davis and Gabrielle Bell signing
And best of luck to our Eisner nominees, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, John Porcellino and Adrian Tomine!
We’re announcing another 18 AMAZING Special Guests scheduled to appear at Comic-Con 2010, and we hope you’re just as excited as we are about them: Peter Bagge, Howard Cruse, Vanessa Davis, Dave Dorman, Charlaine Harris, Tanya Huff, Milo Manara, Dennis O’Neill, Tom Palmer, Sean Phillips, Jerry Robinson, Steve Rude, Drew Struzan, and Jillian Tamaki! AND, we have a special GROUP of guests — “The Adams Family!” Legendary comics creator Neal Adams is a special guest at Comic-Con 2010 and he’s bringing his talented trio of sons — Jason, Joel, and Josh — with him! The entire “Adams Family” will be a part of this year’s big event.