Featured Guests


Moyoco Anno

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to welcome Moyoco Anno as a Featured Guest of TCAF 2014! Moyoco Anno is an award-winning creator of manga for women (josei manga), as well as an iconic fashion designer and writer. She has been making comics for over 20 years, and is perhaps …read more


Kate Beaton

Kate Beaton is a Canadian cartoonist who appeared in the comics scene in 2007 with her online work “Hark! A Vagrant!”.  Since then, she has become a fan favorite and has gathered a significant following, with illustrations appearing in places like The New Yorker, Harper’s and Marvel’s Strange Tales anthology. Praised for …read more

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Christophe Blain

Christophe Blain is the internationally renowned author and artist of comics such as Isaac the Pirate, Gus, and Dungeon the Early Years (with Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim). Born August 10, 1970, Blain is one of only two authors to be twice awarded the Golden Prize for Best Album at the Angoulême Festival in France. …read more


Ed Brubaker

Ed Brubaker has won multiple Harveys and Eisners for Best Writer since 2006. His work on Captain America and The Winter Soldier for Marvel Comics has directly inspired the coming film “Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier.” His large body of work includes landmark runs on superhero titles including the …read more


Michael DeForge

Michael DeForge was born in 1987 and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, before moving to Toronto for school in the mid 2000s, where he quickly became an integral part of Toronto’s comics scene. Having released his debut work, Lose #1, in 2009, DeForge came to prominence for his rapidly expanding catalogue …read more


est em

est em is an accomplished Japanese manga creator, primarily working in the BL genre. Her work is praised for its depth and maturity, and its nuanced exploration of male beauty and homosexual attraction. est em has developed a strong following for her BL themed manga in North America, including the …read more

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Réal Godbout

Réal Godbout was born in Montreal in 1951. He is a self-taught artist who began his career in the 1970s, eventually becoming the artist and co-writer of the series Michel Risque and Red Ketchup. He soon became one of the main Quebec comic creators of his generation and a leader …read more


Lynn Johnston

Lynn Johnston is the creator of the enormously popular newspaper strip “For Better Or Worse,” which was syndicated in over 2,000 newspapers across Canada, the United States, and over 20 other countries between 1979 and 2010. Among her many accolades, she is a member of the Order of Canada, has …read more


Reinhard Kleist

Reinhard Kleist was born near Cologne in 1970. After studying Graphic Design at Münster University of Applied Sciences he relocated to Berlin in 1996. There he works in a studio, which he shares with comics artists Fil, Mawil and Andreas Michalke. Since 1994, Kleist has had numerous comics published. In …read more

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Luke Pearson

Luke Pearson is an illustrator, cartoonist and/or comic book artist from the UK. He is the writer and artist of the all-ages Hilda series of comics (Hildafolk, Hilda and The Midnight Giant, Hilda and The Bird Parade) and the short graphic novel Everything We Miss, all of which are published in English by Nobrow. He has …read more

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Mimi Pond

Mimi Pond is a cartoonist, illustrator, and writer. She has created comics for Seventeen magazine, National Lampoon, The Los Angeles Times, and many other publications, and has written and illustrated five humor books. She has also written for television: her credits include the first full-length episode of The Simpsons “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” and …read more


Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith is the author/cartoonist of the BONE graphic novels, which won numerous awards around the world, including 2 NCS Division Awards for Best Comic Book, 10 Eisner Awards & 11 Harvey Awards, an Alph Art for Best Foreign Book in Angoulême, France, as well as awards in Spain, Germany, and Italy before …read more


Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki is a writer and performer whose work appears in print, on stage, and on the radio. Mariko is the co-creator of comics Emiko Superstar (with Steve Rolston) and Skim (with Jillian Tamaki). She is also the author of the novella, Cover Me, creative non-fiction collections True Lies and Fake ID, Mariko’s most recent novel is the …read more

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Isabelle Arsenault

Isabelle Arsenault is an illustrator who studied Graphic Design at the Université du Québec à Montréal (2001). After her studies, she quickly contributed to several magazines in Canada and the United-States. In 2004, Isabelle illustrated her first children’s book, for which she received the prestigious Governor General’s Award for children’s …read more


Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell was born in England and raised in California. Her work has been selected for the 2007, 2009 and 2010 Best American Comics and the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and she has contributed to McSweeneys, Bookforum, The Believer, and Vice Magazine. The title story of Bell’s book, Cecil …read more

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Fanny Britt

Fanny Britt is a Quebec playwright, author and translator. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Britt has written a dozen plays (among them Honey Pie, Hôtel Pacifique, and Bienveillance). She has also translated more than 15 contemporary plays. Published in 2012, her graphic novel Jane, le renard et moi (illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, GG 2013, …read more

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Darwyn Cooke

Darwyn Cooke is a graphic designer and animator who turned his attention toward cartooning in the late nineties. Known primarily for his work on the DC line of superheroes, Cooke has always had an affinity for crime fiction and has often cited the Parker books as a great source of …read more


Renaud Dillies

Comic illustrator Renaud Dillies was born in Lille, France. He apprenticed in Spirou magazine, working with artists Frédéric Jannin and Clarke’s ‘Mélusine’. He made his solo debut with the comic Betty Blues in 2003, which won him the prestigious “best debut’ comic prize at the Angoulême comics festival. An English edition of Betty …read more

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Pascal Girard

Pascal Girard was born in Jonquiere, Canada, in 1981. On his first day of school, he began filling the margins of his notebooks with drawings and never stopped. Since he was unable to rid himself of this habit, he naturally decided to make it his career. Girard is the award-winning …read more


Akira Himekawa

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is thrilled to welcome acclaimed Japanese manga creator Akira Himekawa as a featured guest of the 2014 festival! Himekawa is most well-known in North America for their manga based on the world-renowned The Legend of Zelda video game series, published by VIZ Media. Uniquely, Akira …read more

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Kazu Kibuishi

Kazu Kibuishi is an American graphic novel author and illustrator, best known for his Amulet series of graphic novels for young readers, published by Scholastic/Graphix. Kibuishi rose to prominence in the industry as the founder and editor of the Flight anthologies, a critically acclaimed comics anthology series that has spanned …read more

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Abel Lanzac

Abel Lanzac is the pseudonym of Antonin Baudry, a French diplomat and cultural scholar, as well as a writer of French comics and movies. Born May 6, 1975, Lanzac was a student at the École Polytechnique and the École Normale Supérieure. He became an advisor to French Prime Minister Dominique …read more


Sean Phillips

Drawing comics professionally since the age of fifteen, the Eisner-Award-winning Sean Phillips has worked for all the major publishers. Since drawing the likes of Hellblazer, Batman, X-Men, WildC.A.T.s, Marvel Zombies, and Sleeper, Sean has concentrated on creator-owned books including Criminal, Incognito and Seven Psychopaths. Sean is currently drawing Fatale with writer Ed Brubaker for Image Comics. Signing …read more


Trina Robbins

Retired cartoonist and current comics historian Trina Robbins has been writing graphic novels, comics, and books for over 30 years. She was an early and influential participant in the underground comix movement, and one of the few female artists in the fledgling underground comix movement. Both as a cartoonist and historian, Robbins …read more


Jillian Tamaki

Jillian Tamaki is the artist behind the New York Times Best Illustrated Book, SKIM, which was also nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award and Eisner Award and won a Doug Wright Award and Ignatz Award. She is a sought-after illustrator for such companies as New York Times and The New …read more

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