First Guests Announced for Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015


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:

Twitter: @Torontocomics

NYC – Shoplifter/Sugar Skull Signing

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Cartoonists Michael Cho and Charles Burns appear in conversation with Chip Kidd on Monday September 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM. Purchase copy of Shoplifter or Sugar Skull for entry. Join us!

Barnes & Noble – Tribeca
97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007

MD – SPXplosion 2014


Atomic Books hosts their annual Small Press Expo kick-off party on Friday September 12th from 5:00 – 10:00 pm, the night before SPX.

Meet CHARLES BURNS! Signing from 5:00 – 6:00 PM.

Then, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM, readings from new books and signings with:

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Atomic Books 
3620 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 662-4444

MA – Shoplifter/Sugar Skull Signing


Indie cartoonists Michael Cho and Charles Burns appear at the Harvard Book Store on Tuesday September 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM to sign their new graphic novels Shoplifter and Sugar Skull!

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-1515

MA – Sugar Skull/Shoplifter Signing


Indie comic stars Charles Burns and Michael Cho sign at Million Year Picnic in Harvard Square on Tuesday September 23rd from 4:00 – 6:00 PM to sign their new graphic novels!

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Million Year Picnic
99 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 492-6763

OR – Sugar Skull Signing


Cartoonist Charles Burns appears at Powell’s Books on Wednesday September 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm to sign his new graphic novel SUGAR SKULL!

Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209-3114

ON – Graphic Novels Debut

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Adrian Tomine, Charles Burns, and Chris Ware appear at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Monday, November 12th, 2012 at 8:30 pm.

Press Release:

Prepare to welcome three of the most respected graphic novel creators in the world, as Charles Burns (Black Hole), Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve), and Chris Ware (Acme Novelty Library) visit Toronto this November to debut their new books. These three contemporaries and friends will each show an all-new audio/visual presentation based on their new works, both interacting with one another and the audience. This is the centerpiece autumn event to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of venerable Toronto comics and alternative culture shop The Beguiling, at the nearby newly renovated Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor St. W.) in the heart of the Annex neighborhood.

Sure to be the talk of the literary world this fall and winter, these three new releases blur the lines between ‘traditional’ graphic novels, illustration, and the publishing avant-garde!

Charles Burns’ stunning follow-up to 2010’s bestselling X’ed Out is The Hive. It takes readers further into the recesses of the diseased world of X’ed Out, shattering the boundaries between comics and the people who read them.

Adrian Tomine’s New York Drawings collects over a decade of the comics, illustrations, and covers produced by the artist for publishing institution The New Yorker, alongside a number of other rare and uncollected pieces in a lavish oversized hard cover.

Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth has been hailed as a modern literary masterpiece, and Building Stories is Ware’s first and much-anticipated graphic novel length follow-up. Ware experiments further with form and medium: the story is a literal box. Beautifully presented as variously formatted and sized comics, graphic novels, newspapers and pamphlets, the ensemble creates a fascinating and compelling portrait of a seemingly ordinary young woman, and the building where she lives.

All three of these compelling arguments for the necessary survival of the printed word will be on sale at The Beguiling in advance of this event, each on different release dates (see below).

Admission to the 25th anniversary event is $10, but admissions tickets are free (while supplies last) with every advance purchase of any of the above new books at The Beguiling.

Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, M5S 1Y3, ON

SF – Masters of Graphics Panel

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Chris Ware and Charles Burns appear at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm!

Press Release:

Join us for a rare conversation between graphic novelists Chris Ware (Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth) and Charles Burns (Black Hole, X’ed Out), both of whom have transcended the genre. These artists have earned fan followings by redefining and expanding the potential of comics, and they each up the ante with brilliant new works. Ware’s Building Stories is a boxed set of little books of various shapes and sizes – with no deliberate beginning or end – that imagines the inhabitants of a three-story Chicago apartment building. Burns brings us The Hive, a fractured Burroughs-esque cavort through ’70s Seattle hipsterdom.

FREE! Advance reservations required.
Call 415-292-1233 or email

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

MA – Graphic Novels: Drawing the Story Panel

September 28, 2012 by  
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Chris Ware, Charles Burns, Chip Kidd, and Gabrielle Bell appear at the Old South Church Sanctuary in Copley Square on October 27, 2012 at 2:30pm as part of Boston Book Festival.

Press Release:

The brilliant Chris Ware will present Building Stories, described by Publishers Weekly as “the graphic novel of the season or perhaps the year…Ware takes visual storytelling to a new level of both beauty and despair. Charles Burns will show The Hive, volume two of the highly acclaimed X’d Out comic book. Legendary designer and writer Chip Kidd will present Batman: Death by Design, his architecture-themed Batman comic. And one of the brightest young stars of the genre, Gabrielle Bell, will show The Voyeurs as an opening act for the session. Hosted writer and critic Eugenia Williamson. Sponsored by the Boston Phoenix.

Old South Church Sanctuary
645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

MA – X’ed Out Signing

CHARLES BURNS shows us X’ed Out on Wednesday, October 20th  at 6pm. 

Harvard Book Store is excited to welcome comics artist CHARLES BURNS as he discusses his new book, X?ed Out, the first volume in an epic graphic fiction masterwork.

$5 tickets are be available for purchase online at, at Harvard Book Store, and over the phone with a credit card (617.661.1515).

Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA

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