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

ON – Dinosaur Comics Holiday Party

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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

NJ – East Side Mags Signing

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Artists Anthony Marques, Fernando Ruiz, Dan Parent, and Soo Lee appear at East Side Mags for a signing on Saturday, December 19, 2015 from 1:00 till 5:00 PM!

RSVP on Facebook!

East Side Mags
7 S Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042
(862) 333-4961

ON – Jughead Launch Party

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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!

RSVP on Facebook!

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

MA – Free Comic Book Day 2015

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Jeff Shultz, Richard Maurizio, and Bob Noberini appear at That’s Entertainment on Saturday May 2nd to celebrate Free Comic Book Day from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

As is tradition, the store will be giving away five free comics from a wide array of special releases made specifically to help celebrate the day. Over the years companies like Marvel and DC have used this event to launch their next big so be sure to check out this years selections! Customers are encouraged to come in early as some quantities of free comics are limited.

Special Guest Artists

Jeff Shultz – Artist of Archie, Betty and Veronica, and Jughead

Richard Maurizio – Artist of Looney Tunes, Animaniacs, Thunder Agents, and more.

Bob Noberini – well known for his dynamic superhero style

Artists will be showing their work offering signatures and drawing one free sketch for our customers.

RSVP on Facebook!

That’s Entertainment 
56 John Fitch Hwy, Fitchburg, MA 01420
978-342-8607

NY – The Art of Archie Covers Signing

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Victor Gorelick and Craig Yoe sign at Barnes & Noble on Thursday November 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM!

Author Event
Celebrate 70 years of comic book covers featuring America’s high school icons: Archie, Betty, Veronica and friends. Victor Gorelick and Craig Yoe, the team behind critically-acclaimed The Art of Betty and Veronica, bring another stunning collection.

Barnes & Noble
Gardiner Manor Mall, 842 Sunrise Highway, Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-206-0198

NYC – Art of Archie Signing

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Victor Gorelick, Craig Yoe, Dan Parent, and Fernando Ruiz appear at Strand Book Store on Thursday November 7 from 7:00PM – 8:00PM!

Press Release:

From the same folks who brought you The Art of Betty and Veronica last year, comes another fascinating look at the world of Archie Comics! The characters of Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends have been icons of the American cultural world for more than half a century. Now, The Art of Archie: The Covers presents an overview of the full history of Archie with gorgeous illustrations of full-color artwork by fan-favorite artists Dan DeCarlo, Harry Lucey, Bob Montana, Dan Parent and many more. To celebrate the release of this retrospective, a special panel of artists and experts will be joining us here at the Strand!

Victor Gorelick is the co-president of Archie Comics, and a fifty-five year veteran of the comics industry. He’ll be joined by Eisner-award winning editor and comic book historian Craig Yoe, and artists Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz. Dan Parent mentored under the legendary Dan DeCarlo and has a long list of Archie credits from Archie Meets KISS to the creation of Kevin Keller, Riverdale’s first gay teen. Fernando Ruiz’s work is featured in the critically hailed Life with Archie series, and is an instructor at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art.

Visit us in the rare book room to hear what these experts have to say about over seven decades of the world of Archie! Dan and Fernando will sign books—and do exclusive, personal sketches!

Buy a copy of The Art of Archie: The Covers or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. All options admit one person. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the timeof checkout. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(at 12th St.)

NY – The Art of Archie Signing

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Victor Gorelick and Craig Yoe sign at Barnes & Noble on Tuesday November 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM!

Author Event
Meet the artists of America’s reigning cartoon high school icons: Archie, Betty, Veronica and friends. The Art of Archie: The Covers goes behind the scenes of the best comic book covers in Archie’s history. Join us for a discussion and signing.

Barnes & Noble – City Center
230 Main St, White Plains, NY 10601
914-397-2420