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:
Scott McCloud (Making Comics, Zot!) appears at OK Comics to sign copies of THE SCULPTOR and others, on Monday 9th March, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.
19 Thorntons Arcade, LS1 6LQ Leeds
Writer Mark Millar (Kick Ass, Chrononauts) appears at The Big Bang for a signing on Saturday, 28 February 2015 at 11:00 am! Limit of two items to be signed.
The Big Bang.
Pembroke District, Dundrum, Dublin Dublin 16
Scott McCloud appears at Nostalgia & Comics store in Birmingham on Tuesday 10th of March from 5:00 to 6:00 pm to sign The Sculptor!
Nostalgia & Comics
14-16 Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham, B5 4EN United Kingdom
+44 121 643 0143
Scott McCloud appears at Orbital Comics on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm for a very special signing and drinks reception in celebration of his new magnum opus, The Sculptor. The genius behind Understanding Comics makes his long-awaited return to sequential comics with this weighty tome which explores the nature of creativity and art.
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591
Award-winning author Scott McCloud will be in conversation with author/columnist Chris Epting for a discussion and signing of McCloud’s new graphic novel, The Sculptor, on Wednesday February 18, 2015 at 7:00 PM. McCloud is an internationally recognized authority on comics and visual communication, technology and the power of storytelling.
Barnes & Noble
7881 Edinger Ave. #110, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Scott McCloud appears at Schuler Books on Monday Febrary 16, 2015 at 7:00 PM!
Scott McCloud is the award-winning author of Understanding Comics, Making Comics, Zot!, and many other fiction and non-fiction comics spanning 30 years. An internationally-recognized authority on comics and visual communication, technology, and the power of storytelling, McCloud has lectured at Google, Pixar, Sony, and the Smithsonian Institution. Now he’s visiting Schuler Books to talk about his newest release, the graphic novel The Sculptor.
David Smith is giving his life for his art—literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding what to create is harder than he thought, and discovering the love of his life at the 11th hour isn’t making it any easier!
This is a story of desire taken to the edge of reason and beyond; of the frantic, clumsy dance steps of young love; and a gorgeous, street-level portrait of the world’s greatest city. It’s about the small, warm, human moments of everyday life…and the great surging forces that lie just under the surface. Scott McCloud wrote the book on how comics work; now he vaults into great fiction with a breathtaking, funny, and unforgettable new work.
2820 Towne Center Blvd. Lansing, MI 48912
Scott McCloud appears at the University Bookstore on Thursday February 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM!
One of the foremost authorities in the world of comics, acclaimed author, artist, and speaker Scott McCloud has created his first full-length, original work since the 1990s. A breathtaking, funny, and unforgettable modern fable, his new graphic novel Sculptor tells the story of an artist who makes a deal with Death to trade his life for 200 days of being able to sculpt anything, only to meet the love of his life at the 11th hour. As the highly anticipated book finally arrives, we can’t wait to welcome McCloud for a discussion and signing of his spellbinding story about the price of art, the value of life, and the desperation of love.
Scott McCloud is the award-winning author of Understanding Comics, Making Comics, Zot!, and many other fiction and non-fiction comics spanning 30 years. An internationally-recognized authority on comics and visual communication, technology, and the power of storytelling, McCloud has lectured at Google, Pixar, Sony, and the Smithsonian Institution. His online thoughts, stories, and inventions can be found at scottmccloud.com. First Second’s The Sculptor is his most recent book.
University Book Store
4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Scott McCloud appears in conversation with Lynne Thomas at The Art Institute of Chicago on Friday, February 13th at 6:00 PM! Tickets available at the link.
In Understanding Comics Scott McCloud made it cool to take comics seriously. Now the man hailed by graphic icons from Neil Gaiman to Alan Moore is back with a brand new graphic novel, five years in the making! The Sculptor reworks the classic tale of an artist willing to do anything to succeed, including making a deal with Death. Lynne Thomas, author of Chicks Dig Comics, joins McCloud on the CHF stage to discuss life in and outside of comics.
This program will have an opening act by cartoonist, filmmaker, and performer Lyra Hill. A book signing will follow the program.
Current Charter Humanists receive Red Badge access.
The Art Institute of Chicago – Rubloff Auditorium
230 S. Columbus Dr. Chicago, IL 60603
Scott McCloud appears in conversation with Daniel H. Wilson at Powell’s Books on Wednesday, February 11th at 7:00 PM!
David Smith is giving his life for his art — literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding “what” to create is harder than he thought, and discovering the love of his life at the 11th hour isn’t making it any easier! Scott McCloud’s The Sculptor (First Second) is a story of desire taken to the edge of reason and beyond; of the frantic, clumsy dance steps of young love; and of the world’s greatest city gorgeously depicted at street level. It’s about the small, warm, human moments of everyday life… and the great, surging forces that lie just under the surface. McCloud wrote the book on how comics work (Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art); now he vaults into great fiction with a breathtaking, funny, and unforgettable new work. McCloud will be joined in conversation by Daniel H. Wilson, author of Robogenesis and How to Survive a Robot Uprising.
Powell’s City of Bookssuperm
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton, OR 97005