The Toronto Comic Arts Festival returns for it’s 9th year to Toronto Reference Library, with a star-studded kick-off event! Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of premiere U.S. comic book publisher Image Comics, the event will see an amazing panel discussion about the history, impact, and future of Image by some of their most famous cartoonists. Featuring:
- Governor General’s Award nominee Jeff Lemire (Secret Path, Royal City)
- Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead)
- Sana Takeda (Monstress)
- Emma Rios (Island)
- Brandon Graham (Island, King City)
- Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals, Kaptara)
A rollicking discussion of where Image Comics has come from and where it’s going in the future! A signing will follow.
Tickets are required to attend. Tickets will be made available for FREE on Eventbrite starting Monday, April 17th, at 11:00am. Ticket link: tcaf2017.
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2017, Saturday May 13, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 14, 10am-5pm, @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. Attendance is FREE to the public. Full details on the TCAF website: www.torontocomics.com
From the bestselling graphic novelist and TCAF Featured Guest Jeff Lemire, author of Essex County, Underwater Welder, and Royal City, comes Roughneck, a story about a brother and sister who must come together after years apart to face the disturbing history that has cursed their family. Jeff Lemire will be interviewed on stage on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM about his new graphic novel and career, in a special presentation in partnership with TCAF: The Toronto Comic Arts Festival.
Presented in partnership with TCAF.
A bookseller will be present at this event and the author will be signing.
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M4W 2G8
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:
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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The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce TCAF KIDS DAY 2015, which will see the addition of TCAF Featured Guests Matt Holm & Jenni Holm, and an exclusive promotional poster by Gurihiru!
Featuring some of the best and brightest kids-comic creators in the industry, TCAF KIDS DAY is a stand-alone event that takes place on Saturday, May 9th, from 10am to 4:30pm. It takes place just down the street from TCAF, about 10 minutes walk, at St. Paul’s on Bloor, 227 Bloor Street East. TCAF Kids Day is a great place to view large-format presentations by favourite TCAF Guests, and take part in crafts, activities, and storytimes, and purchase books from your favourite authors! Owlkids, Toronto Public Library, and Little Island Comics will be on hand all day to take part in the fun!
Welcoming Jenni Hom & Matt Holm!
We’re thrilled to announce that Jenni Holm & Matt Holm, the amazing sister & brother team behind the bestselling Babymouse and Squish book series’ will be returning to TCAF to kick off our day with their popular presentation! Jenni and Matt last visited TCAF in 2012, and they were just so awesome we had to have them back! Our thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for supporting their trip!
Their presentation will be followed throughout the day by a who’s who of great kid, tween, and teen creators, including Kean Soo (Jellaby), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama, Sisters) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), George O’Connor (Zeus: King of the Gods), and all the way from Japan, Gurihiru (Avatar: The Last Airbender comics).
TCAF Kids Day Schedule:
10am-4:30pm: Event opens! Drop-in crafts, projects, and presentations all day!
10:30am-11:30am: Jenni Holm & Matt Holm present: Get Graphic with Babymouse & Squish!
11:45am-12:45pm: Kean Soo presents: Making Comics with Kean!
1pm-2:15pm: Raina Telgemeier & Dave Roman present: Comics Dance Party!
2:30pm-3:15pm: George O’Connor presents: Getting Mythological!
3:30pm-4:15pm: Gurihiru will be drawing and chatting, live!
TCAF Kids Day Poster by Gurihiru!
We have a special treat for everyone too! The amazing creative team Gurihiru (two awesome ladies from Japan, working under one name) have produced a special poster celebrating TCAF Kids Day programming, and really everything that’s fantastic about comic books! We are seriously blown away by this image, and we thank Gurihiru for doing such an amazing job on it! This image will be printed as a poster and made available for purchase at TCAF and TCAF Kids Day.
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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:
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Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke appear at the Bloor Cinema on Saturday May 10th at 5:00 pm for a screening. A signing will follow at the Beguiling!
Join two of comics’ greatest crime noir authors and Featured Guests of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Ed Brubaker (Criminal, Fatale) and Darwyn Cooke (Parker, Selina’s Big Score), in a special evening of comics and noir! The two will discuss their work and influences with special guest interviewer Cameron Ashley (Crime Factor), and they’ll cover their love of all things down, dirty, and mean. Cooke and Brubaker will then introduce a special screening of one of their favourite crime films, Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door, and are available now online at the link…
His first feature film, Kubrick’s The Killing chronicles a racetrack heist that goes terribly wrong. Widely regarded as one of Hollywood’s greatest noir achievements, The Killing has influenced generations of crime writers, including Brubaker and Cooke.
Admission to this event is $7 in advance, $10 at the door. The doors for the event will open at 5:00 pm, with the talk beginning at 5:30 pm. If you’re buying through Eventbrite, you will be able to have your ticket verified and exchanged for a general-admission ticket at the theatre beginning at 4:00 pm. Please arrive early and bring a printed ticket to speed entry.
A signing session with both authors will follow the screening. It will be held at The Beguiling Books & Art, 601 Markham Street, a short distance from the event space.
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Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle appear at The Central on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 7:00pm until 9:00pm.
All are invited to the official Toronto launch of new work by hometown heroes Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle! The boys will be forced on stage to discuss these new works and their impressive young careers with TCAF’s Christopher Butcher. Books New And Old available at the event!
VERY CASUAL: New from Mr. Michael DeForge after a very successful preview at TCAF. VERY CASUAL is an important new collection of DeForge’s short works, including the Doug Wright Award-winning SPOTTING DEER–it is basically impossible to get everything DeForge does, so get this handy and attractively designed compilation! $15
LOSE #5: The latest installment of Deforge’s one-man anthology, featuring 3 awesome self-contained short and more, you basically absolutely need this, come get it. $8
NEW COMICS #1: 3 all new stories by Patrick Kyle (Black Mass, Distance Mover). Awesome stuff. $8
These works as well as a selection of previous releases by these fine gentlemen will be available for sale at this event.
Presented by Koyama Press, The Beguiling, and TCAF
603 Markham Street, Toronto, ON M6G 2L7
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Gilbert Hernandez goes on tour for Marble Season in April & May 2013! Gilbert will present “From Funny Books to Graphic Novels”, a fascinating slide show tribute to the legacy of the comics he read as a kid. He’ll talk about the silver age comics featured in MARBLE SEASON, which helped set the course for Gilbert, as well as his brothers Jaime and Mario, to become the legendary comics creators they are today. Seriously folks, don’t miss your chance to get to know the man behind thirty years of alternative comics history.
Here are his dates written out nice ‘n’ neat! It’s going to be a GOOD spring.
BALTIMORE: Monday April 15th, 5:30 pm
101 Mattin Center, Johns Hopkins University
NEW YORK CITY: Tuesday April 16th, 7 pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Ave.
MONTREAL: Wednesday April 17th, 7 pm
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 211 Bernard O.
CHICAGO: Thursday April 18th, 7 pm
Quimby’s, 1854 W. North Ave.
PORTLAND, OR: Sunday April 21st, 7:30 pm
Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside
LOS ANGELES: Wednesday April 24th, 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave.
FORT WORTH, TX: Friday April 26th
Texas Library Association, Forth Worth Convention Center
TORONTO: Saturday May 11th and Sunday May 12th
TCAF, Toronto Reference Library
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Fans of comics, manga, and graphic literature will be clearing their calendars this May to attend the 10th Anniversary of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival! Taking place May 11th and 12th 2013 at Toronto Reference Library & The Appel Salon, TCAF is expected to draw a record crowd of 20,000 across all festival events, and will reach new heights as one of the most celebrated literary comics events in the world!
Founded in 2003 in conjunction with The Beguiling Books & Art in Toronto, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival seeks “to promote the breadth and diversity of comics, and what is considered comics, as legitimate medium of literary and artistic worth.” By partnering with Presenting Sponsor Toronto Public Library, TCAF has achieved its goal of changing the Canadian comics landscape… and the first ten years were just the beginning! TCAF 2013 will feature the largest and most international array of comics authors and artists in the history of the Festival, a virtual who’s who of literary cartoonists including featured guests:
- Art Spiegelman: Author of Maus, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Co-Founder RAW Magazine. Debuting:Co-Mix
- Francoise Mouly: Art Editor of The New Yorker, Founder of Toon Books, Co-Founder RAW Magazine
- Taiyo Matsumoto Author of Tekkon Kinkreet (adapted into film by Sony Pictures). First North American event. Debuting: Sunny Volume 1. (Japan)
- Raina Telgemeier: New York Times Bestselling Author of the childrens’ and middle-grade graphic novels Smile and Drama
- Blutch: Angouleme Grand Prix Winner. First North American event. Debuting: So Long, Silver Screen. (France)
- Gengoroh Tagame: Acclaimed Japanese gay comics creator. First North American event. Debuting: The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame. (Japan)
- Dash Shaw: Author of BodyWorld. Debuting: New School.
- Maurice Vellekoop: Acclaimed illustrator and comics author. Artist of TCAF 10th Anniversary Poster.
(More detailed biographies follow at the end of this release).
These seven featured guests join a fantastic and diverse array of more than 300 Canadian and international cartoonists who will make up the 2013 Festival.
The World’s Stage (in Toronto): The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is the most internationally-focused comics Festival in North America, and TCAF 2013 will see the largest number of international cartoonists yet! Representative cartoonists will be on hand from more than 17 countries, including Austria, Australia, Brazil, England, Finland, France, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Puerto Rico, The U.S.A., Canada, with more to be announced. TCAF 2013 will prominently feature gallery showings and installations of work by Australian, Finnish, French, and Japanese cartoonists, details TBA.
TCAF TURNS TEN: The 10th Anniversary of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival will not go unobserved, as a massive participatory gallery-show will mark the official kick-off of the festival, held at and in conjunction with Steamwhistle Gallery. The thousand-plus cartoonists who have participated in TCAF events since 2003 will be invited to contribute their special vision ofToronto and Comics in a wonderful celebration of the Festival and the city we call home.
The World Of Taiyo Matsumoto: This talented and prolific cartoonist’s career will be explored through a full program of Festival events, headlined by an exhibition of original artwork and goods, to be held at and in conjunction with The Japan Foundation, Toronto. Further events will include a special screening of the filmTekkon Kinkreet (based on his graphic novel), with Director Michael Arias and Screenwriter Anthony Weintraub in attendance.
Everything You Love… And More!: TCAF 2013 will reprise our most popular programming from the history of the Festival, including our popular Webcomics Pavilion, OWLkids Kids Area, Wowee Zonk Small Press Area, Panel Discussions and Interviews, Workshops, Readings, and much more. These events will take place in and around Toronto Reference Library, official TCAF hotel The Marriott Bloor-Yorkville, and the Yonge-Bloor neighbourhood.
Over the next several months, TCAF will announce additional Featured Guests from Canada and around the world, details of programming and related events, and a full run-down of all that’s in store at the 2013 Festival. We will be sending PR for all events, but be sure to check the TCAF Website and social media for up-to-the-minute updates!
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival would not be possible without the assistance of our sponsors and partners, including presenting sponsor Toronto Public Library and retail sponsor The Beguiling Books & Art.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.
TCAF is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.
TCAF would like to recognize the efforts of the following organization in planning TCAF on an ongoing basis: The French Consulate in Toronto, The Japan Foundation, The Italian Cultural Institute, NORLA (Norwegian Literature Abroad), The Flemish Literature Fund, and the Australia Council for the Arts
In addition, TCAF would like to thank publishers Drawn & Quarterly, VIZ Media LLC., OWLkids, Fantagraphics, Picturebox Inc., Random House Canada, Scholastic Canada, and First Second for their assistance.
Sponsorship opportunities for TCAF 2013 are still available, please contact us at:firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
All general press inquiries, interview and press accreditation requests should be submitted to: email@example.com.
FEATURED GUEST BIOGRAPHIES:
Art Spiegelman is the acclaimed author of the hugely-influential autobiographical graphic novel Maus, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. The co-founder of the influential comix magazine RAW, Spiegelman comes to TCAF following his successful presidency of The Angouleme Comics Festival in France, and to debut his new career retrospective Co-Mix from Drawn & Quarterly.
Francoise Mouly is the art director of publishing institution The New Yorker, choosing their provocative covers and illustrations amongst many other tasks. A majorly influential force in the history of comics, Mouly co-founded RAW magazine, and continues the task of defining visual literacy through her new children’s graphic novel imprint Toon Books.
Taiyo Matsumoto is a Japanese comics creator whose kinetic style and thoughtful, considered narratives have won him fans across the world. Best known for his work Tekkon Kinkreet (adapted into an animated film of the same name) Matsumoto has had a stunning career and has a strong list of works available in English, French, and, of course, Japanese. Matsumoto will debut his new series Sunny at TCAF, published by Viz Media. In addition, Taiyo Matsumoto will appear alongside Tekkon Kinkreet director Michael Arias, and screenwriter Anthony Weintraub at several events including a special screening of the film.
Raina Telgemeier is the New York Times Bestselling-author of the graphic novels Smile and Drama from Scholastic Publishing—the former of which has spent nearly two years at the top of (or very near-to) The New York Times Bestseller List and won multiple industry awards, and the latter of which has debuted this fall to rave reviews and bestseller status too!
Blutch is one of the most respected cartoonists in France, winner of the highly-prestigious Angouleme Grand Prix (perhaps the highest honour in cartooning), and a phenomenal talent whose work will finally be making its North American debut at TCAF 2013. So Long, Silver Screen will be published by PictureBox Inc., a series of interlocking short stories that will delight fans of the medium.
Gengoroh Tagame is perhaps the most famous gay cartoonist in the world, despite the translations of his work into languages other than his native Japanese not beginning in ernest until the last few years. Tagame’s work will finally make its English-language debut in the new collection The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame, assembled by veteran manga editor Anne Ishii, designed by Chip Kidd, and published by PictureBox Inc.
Maurice Vellekoop is the Toronto-born artist and illustrator who has spent his distinguished career seamlessly mixing alternative comics and illustration for clients as diverse as The New York Times, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics, and Toronto’s own Pink Triangle Press. Vellekoop is the illustrator of the Tenth Anniversary Toronto Comic Arts Festival poster.
Dash Shaw is a comics wunderkind, creating a series of ambitious, intelligent graphic novels that are constantly pushing against the boundaries of the medium. His graphic novels The Bottomless Bellybuttonand BodyWorld have racked up numerous award nominations and critical acclaim, and he will debut his new graphic novel New School at TCAF 2013, to be published by Fantagraphics Books.
For a full, up-to date exhibitor list including full biographies and artwork, please visit http://torontocomics.
April 30, 2012 by Colin Solan
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Acclaimed cartoonist Alison Bechdel goes on a book tour of North America to promote her new graphic memoir, Are You My Mother?
Tuesday May 1, 2012
Barnes & Noble, 7pm
2289 Broadway @ 82nd Street, New York City, NY
Wednesday May 2, 2012
The Brattle Theatre, 6pm
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
Sponsored by the Harvard Bookstore
Thursday May 3, 2012
Free Library of Philadelphia, 7:30
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA
Friday May 4, 2012
Politics & Prose, 7pm
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC
Saturday May 5, 2012 Toronto
Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Sunday May 6, 2012
Left Bank Books, 4pm
321 N. 10th Street, St Louis, MO
Monday May 7, 2012
Boswell Book Co., 7pm
2559 N. Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI
Tuesday May 8, 2012
Books Inc, 7pm
1760 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA
Wednesday May 9, 2012
The Booksmith, 7:30
1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA
Thursday May 10, 2012
Los Angeles Public Library, 7pm
Format: On-stage interview with Deborah Vankin
Mark Taper Auditorium—Central Library
630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA
Friday May 11, 2012
University Bookstore, 7pm
4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA
Saturday May 12, 2012
The Bagdad Theater, 5pm
3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR
Sponsored by Powell’s
Wednesday May 16, 2012
Swedish American Museum, 7:30pm
5211 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL
Sponsored by Women and Children First Bookstore