Uncivilized Books @ TCAF

UncivilizedLrgTCAF is very happy to welcome back Uncivilized Book!

Every time we see them it seems like they get bigger and better, and 2014 is no exception. For an imprint called Uncivilized Books, they sure are making a good impression this year! How? Same way everyone does, baby:

Artists and Books
Artists and Books
Artists and Books

It’s the TCAF way.


  • First up is TCAF 2014 Featured Guest Gabrielle Bell! Creator of the fantastic books LuckyCecil & Jordan in New York, and The Voyeurs, Uncivilized are debuting her new collection at TCAF! More info on that book below!
  • Sam Alden, the man with 2 highly anticipated TCAF debuts, is joining Uncivilized to debut It Never Happened. The Ignatz Award-winning Alden is coming off a string of impressive minicomics, and we couldn’t be happier to have him at TCAF.
  • Speaking of awards, the freshly Eisner-nominated Tom Kacynzski is coming! Not only is he the man behind Unclivilized Books, but he’s an accomplished cartoonist in his own right. Someone tell this man to take a break!
  • Sophie Yanow is coming to TCAF with War of Streets and Houses, which debuted early this Spring at MoCCA in New York! Yanow is responsible for the fantastic In Situ comics, and we’re very pleased she’s continuing to promote it in our fair city.
  • Last but not least is Peter Wartman! His book Over the Wall came out last year to great critical acclaim, even being selected as a Great Graphic Novel for Teens by the Young Adult Library Services Association!


As mentioned above, Gabrielle Bell and Sam Alden are each debuting new work with Uncivilized, but there are also plenty of other new books that’ll be on hand from the publisher. Check them out:

Truth is Fragmentary by Gabrielle Bell

Raw, bare-boned, scathingly funny dispatches from the renown comic diarist Gabrielle Bell, with biting cultural commentary mixed with her signature introspective, self-deprecating humor and surreal digressions (From car driving bears, through Zombie Apocalypses, to cute babies, and… more bears!) as she visits France, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Colombia, back to Brooklyn and finally landing in Upstate New York. In Truth Is Fragmentary Gabrielle Bell proves she can be… funny!

It Never Happened Again by Sam Alden 

Two exquisite stories drawn in Sam Alden’s signature, flowing, and lush pencil style. In “Hawaii 1997,” few words are spoken, but Aldens imagery evokes the magic of a night-time encounter at a Hawaiian resort. In “Anime” he explores the complicated dynamics of pop culture obsession. Sam Alden is one of the brightest young talents working today.

Ed vs Yummy Fur by Brian Evenson

Brian Evenson delves deeply into the pages of Chester Brown’s (Louis Riel, Paying for It) seminal comic-book Yummy Fur, from its beginnings as a mini comic to its afterlife in the graphic novels it spawned. Brian’s comics archaeology excavates the discarded fragments of Brown’s masterpiece Ed The Happy Clown, examines the never re-printed adaptions of the Gospels, considers the juxtaposition of religion and absurdism, and meditates on the pleasures of reading serialized pamphlet comic-books. The book also features a new interview with Chester Brown, shining a new spotlight on this important work.

An Iranian Metamophosis by Mana Neyestani

Can a cartoon cause riots? It seems unbelievable but for Mana Neyestani it’s true. One of his cartoons sparked riots, shuttered the newspaper Neyestani worked for, and landed the cartoonist his editor in solitary confinement inside of Iran’s notorious prison system. Mana Neyestani story, which can only be described as Kafkaesque, is vividly brought to life in An Iranian Metamophosis.


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For more information on these and other exhibitors, please visit our Full Exhibitor List.

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TCAF Welcomes Renaud Dillies! And more news updates!

For starters, imagine me running through a town square in a tricorn hat yelling “The cartoonists are coming to TCAF! The cartoonists are coming to TCAF!”

Now please read more about all the cartoonists that are coming to TCAF 2014!


New Featured Guest

TCAF is happy to welcome noted French cartoonist Renaud Dillies to the 2014 festival! Renaud is the creator behind the books Betty BluesAbelard, and Bubbles & Gondola. Betty Blues won the “best debut” comic prize at the Angoulême comics festival, with Abelard, and Bubbles & Gondola each being nominated for Eisners. He will be sitting with his North American publisher NBM Publishing.

For more information on Renaud Dillies, and on all of our Featured Guests, please visit our Featured Guests page.

New Exhibitors

Sometimes it feels like the TCAF Exhibitors Page is a hydra: cut off one head, and three more take its place…Wait! I just mean there are so many great exhibitors! Please don’t treat any of our exhibitors like hydras! Treat them like the fantastic artists that they are! They are people like:

  • The RAID Studio, who are returning to TCAF this year with Ramon Perez, Ian Herring, Marcus To, Andy Belanger, Eric Vedder, Cameron Stewart, and more! Go check out some of our local Toronto talent!
  • Speaking of which, Benjamin Rivers will also be returning to TCAF. He’ll surely have lots of news about the Snow movie!
  • Tang-Wei Hsu will be on hand with Éditions TRIP to debut is new book! How’s that for a good time?
  • Fresh off of her own book debut at MoCCA, Sophie Yanow is sitting with Uncivilized Books!
  • And finally, Sara Lindo is sharing a table with Morga Pielli. There’s plenty of room for everyone at TCAF!

For more information on these and all TCAF exhibitors, please check out our Full Exhibitor List.

New Books

As of this writing there are 62 debuting books at the festival. From graphic novels to pamphlets to zines (and everything else in between), it’ll be hard to fling a biscuit and not hit some brand new comics! (Please be advised that the TPL does not condone throwing food in the reference library…) New books include:

  • Hungry Bottom Comics 2 by Eric Kostiuk Williams (Self Published)
  • FUJOSPORTS! by Love Love Hill (Self Published)
  • Bleed-Throughs #0 / Screentests (second edition) by Annie Mok (Self Published)
  • The Long Kingdom #3 by David Namisato (Self Published)
  • City Carriers by Tang-Wei Hsu (Éditions TRIP)

For more information on these and all of the 62 comics debuting at the festival, please visit our Debuting Books page.

Cancelled: We are sorry to announce that Tim Carpenter and Alissa Harris have had to cancel their appearances at the festival this year.

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TCAF Announces The Wowee Zonk Small Press Area 2014


Good news! Toronto art collective Wowee Zonk have once again done a fantastic job curating a selection of some of the finest, weirdest, punkiest, artiest cartoonists, comics, and publishers working today! Check out this fantastic list of creators who will be sitting in the Wowee Zonk Small Press Area at TCAF 2014!

Once again, the Small Press Area will be housed in the Browsery at TRL, so you’ll be able to see all kinds of amazing art and comics from the street! And then you can come inside and buy’em!

The Wowee Zonk Small Press Area will include:

Chris Kuzma -
Patrick Kyle -
Ginette Lapalme -
Closed Caption Comics -
Mark Connery
Marc Bell -
Amy Lockhart -
Breakdown Press -
Keith Jones -
Ryan Dodgson -
Phil Woollam -
Lauren Albert -
Adam Buttrick -
Andy Burkholder -
Sab Meynert -
Eric Williams -
Lale Westvind -
Michael Comeau -
Rosena Fung -
Selena Wong -
Juli Majer -
Space Face Books -
Eunice Luk -
Alabaster -
Ethan Rilly -
OCADU Student Table

Our thanks to Chris, Ginette, and Patrick, for helping put this area together again this year!

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TCAF Partners with CSSC/SCEBD to present 2014 Academic Conference

temp_logo_300The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce that it is working with the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics / Société canadienne pour l’étude de la bande dessinée, to present the 2014 CSSC/SCEBD Academic Conference, taking place May 8th, 9th, and 10th, in Toronto Canada. The conference will kick off with a special presentation by TCAF and CSSC/SCEBD Featured Guest Trina Robbins on the evening on Thursday May 8th, and then two full days of academic paper presentations will follow at The Marriott Bloor Yorkville, TCAF’s official hotel.

All Academic Conference presentatations are free and the public are welcome to attend (except the member’s meeting Saturday morning), though joining the CSSC/SCEBD is encouraged and admission and seating priority will be given to CSSC/SCEBD members.

Full details for the Conference are below, and under the cut.

CSSC/SCEBD Academic Conference
May 8-10, 2014
@ The Marriott Bloor Yorkville, 90 Bloor St. East, Toronto
Free — All TCAF visitors welcome. No registration fee to attend.
Please consult schedule for presentations in English and in French.

The Canadian Society for the Study of Comics is a scholarly association for the exchange of knowledge and research regarding all forms of graphic narrative.  The association is based in Canada and embraces an international membership.  Their principle activity, an annual conference, is taking place this year as part of TCAF 2014.

Below is the conference programme, with information on speakers and sessions. The conference takes place at the Marriott Bloor-Yorkville on May 9th and 10th, with a special talk from Trina Robbins on the 8th at Ryerson University. The academic conference is open to anyone who wishes to attend. For more information on the CSSC/SCEBD, please visit their website at

View full programme after the cut:


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Trina Robbins @ Ryerson University May 8th!



As part of her visit to Toronto as a Featured Guest of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2014, Trina Robbins will be giving a special lecture entitled “The Brinkley Girls, World War I, and Patriotism in American Comics”. The lecture will take place on Thursday, May 8th, from 6pm-8pm. The lecture is free to attend and does not require tickets. We strongly recommend you attend, it’s going to be a fantastic!


Download the TCAF Guidebook!

guidebookThis year, TCAF’s using Guidebook! Check it out:

We love our festival guide. Every year we print thousands of copies of it, and every year it’s full of information on programs, signing times, off-site events, where exhibitors are sitting, maps, and more! It’s a great resource, but sadly, it doesn’t easily fit in your pocket. I mean, unless you have really big pockets. Like, unless you wear raver pants to TCAF. I mean…uh…hmm…


Well, problem solved!

Guidebook is an app that let’s you have all of the information of TCAF’s festival guide on your phone or tablet! It’s your one-stop digital guide to help you know the who, where, what, and when of TCAF 2014. And it’s free! All you have to do is download the Guidebook app, and then search for “Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2014″. Or go through the guidebook link!

We’re sort of in “beta” at the moment, but more detailed information regarding programming schedules, exhibitor table locations, and a feedback survey will be uploaded and updated closer to the festival. Please check it out! It’s a great way to plan ahead for the ultimate TCAF weekend.

Oh, and don’t worry. We’ll still have the paper copy on-hand festival weekend.

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News Update for April 12th, 2014

In exactly one month from today, TCAF 2014 will be over. This means that the next 30 days will be full of exciting announcements! Events! Programming! Debuting Books! Parties! Art shows! Film Screenings! Etc.!

In the mean time, though, here are a bunch of updates to get you excited:

New Exhibitors

The following people are coming to TCAF!

  • Gregory Benton will be sitting with (not on) Adhouse Books!
  • Seth Tobocman is coming up to take part in some special programming!
  • Study Group Comics and Floating World Comics will be on hand selling…comics!
  • Pigeon Press and Nick Maandag are coming to debut a new book…from Nick Maandag!
  • Peter & Maria Hoey are tabling with Revival House Press, increase their numbers two-fold! (Am I using that right?)
  • Yeti Press are brining an abominable amount of artists: RJ Casey, Eric Roesner, David Alvarado, Kevin Budnik, and Andrea Bell!
  • Everyone give a nice, slow clap/wave to Jesse Reklaw, coming with Fantagraphics!
  • What’s the word on the street? Phillip Street ?! Oh yeah! He’s sitting with Warren Clements at Nestlings Press!
  • I don’t know how we missed it before, but Rupert Bottenberg will be hanging out with Éditions TRIP!
  • And we just got word that Jon Vermilyea will be joining the powerhouse Koyama Press table!

For more information on these and all TCAF exhibitors, please see the Full Exhibitor List.


Are you looking to plan your TCAF Saturday night? Well, if the Queer Mixer wasn’t enough for you, we’ve got (at least) two more events that night for you to choose from:

Chip Zdarsky (of Sex Criminals) presents the TCAFête 2014!
The TCAFête 2014 will be classier than ever. Join us at the Pilot with your hosts Chip “Daddy” Zdarsky (Sex Criminals & Applebee’s Barrie) and “Mistress” Krystle Tabujara (TCAF). DJ GlitClit will be spinning till late into the evening so get your groove on and get DTF – Down to TcaF Of course! 

Rudy & Detrimental Information Launch Party
Come and join the fine folks from 2D Cloud and Weird Things to help launch to new books, Rudy and Detrimental Information!  Mark Connery will do a reading from Rudy! John Holden will perform some spoken word! There will be a Rudy Piñata filled w/ numbered rubber balls – the numbers correspond with cool free prizes! Plus Music and Drinks!

For more information on these and all TCAF-related events, please visit the Events page.

Debuting Books

Some people find puppies and kittens cute. Sure. But for me, the cutest thing in the world is a pile of books. I just wanna cuddle up with all these new debuting books:

  • Circulus by Rubert Bottenberg (Éditions TRIP)
  • Third Time’s the Charm by Warren Clements (Nestlings Press)
  • Facility Integrity by Nick Maandag (Pigeon Press)
  • wiTHIN by Kate McGratten and Emily McGratten (Self Published)
  • Powdered Milk Vol 12 by Keiler Roberts (Self Published)
  • š! #17: “Sweet Romance” by Various Artists (kuš! komiksi)
  • TRIP 8 INTERNATIONAL by Various Artists (Éditions Trip)
  • DUMB #4 & DUMB #5 by Georgia Webber (Self Published)

For more information on these and all debuting books, please visit the Debuting Books page.

Cancelled: We are sorry to announce that Farel Dalrymple, Highwater Press, Comic Books Slumber Party, and Sarah Oleksyk have had to cancel their appearances at TCAF 2014.


TCAF 2014 Welcomes Akira Himekawa as a Featured Guest!

Toronto Public Library and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2014 proudly welcome

Akira Himekawa

The acclaimed creators of ‘The Legend of Zelda’ Manga and more!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival & TCAF Kids Day 2014

Toronto Comic Arts Festival
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Sreet
Saturday May 10th, 9am-5pm & Sunday May 11th, 11am-5pm
Free Admission

TCAF Kids Day
@ St. Paul’s on Bloor, 227 Bloor Street East
Saturday May 10th, 2014, 10am-5pm
Free Admission

akira_himekawa_220x330April 1st: 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 Himekawa is actually the pen-name of a dynamic duo of manga creators, two women who work together under the same name to create some of the most popular manga in the industry! Most recently, their work has appeared in the New York Times Bestselling The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, and TCAF 2014 will mark their first-ever visit to Canada!

Akira Himekawa will participate in a full range of TCAF programming, including live art demonstrations, a feature interview, autograph sessions, and a panel discussion on the state of women working in the Japanese manga industry. The team will also be one of the headliners of TCAF Kids Day, a special day of kids- and family-oriented programming just down the street from Toronto Reference Library at St. Paul’s on Bloor! North American fans will get a very rare opportunity to meet these internationally acclaimed creators!

Akira Himekawa joins a world-class line-up of cartoonists headlining the Toronto Comic Arts Festival and TCAF Kids Day 2014. Fellow Japanese guests include Moyoco Anno (Insufficient Direction, Sakuran) and est em (Golondrina, Seduce Me After The Show), and TCAF Kids Day will also welcome Jeff Smith (Bone), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Ben Hatke (Zita The Space Girl), and many more cartoonists!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and TCAF Kids Day are both free to attend, and do not require tickets. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is presented by Toronto Public Library.

About Akira Himekawa

Akira Himekawa are the New York Times Bestselling authors of a considerable number of top manga for readers of all ages. They are the creators behind 10 volumes of manga based on the popular The Legend of Zelda manga series, which have all been through multiple printings and are currently available in a special Box Set Edition, published by VIZ Media. Their newest English-language manga release appears in Hyrule Historia, a history of The Legend of Zelda series, published by Dark Horse Comics.

In Japan, the creators’ manga Gliding Reki was a finalist for the 2007 Japan Media Arts Award. They are currently creating manga based on the worldwide multi-media phenomenon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Akira Himekawa also participate in many independent Japanese comic conventions, where they produce original stories and concepts in their self-published works (called ‘doujinshi’).

Past publishing credits have included illustrating the manga based on the 2003 revival of Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy, Dragon Dream of Twlight, and Dogimagi Animal School.

‘The Legend of Zelda’ TM & ©2008 Nintendo. ZELDA NO DENSETSU MANGA © 2000-2009 Akira HIMEKAWA/SHOGAKUKAN



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News Update for March 29th, 2014

Get ready for so much more STUFF!

And by “stuff” I mean “people” and “events” and “debuting books.” – you know, all of the stuff that makes TCAF great! If you’re wondering what the “stuff” is, then read on!

New Exhibitors:

If you get excited for announcements and hot news, then check out the freshest exhibitors added to the TCAF website:

  • TCAF is happy to welcome back the Finnish Comics Society, who will be represented by Kaisa Leka and Absolute Truth Press!
  • Phil McAndrew is coming to hang out with Grimalkin Press! Go say hi to him!
  • Special Projects Editor at IDW Scott Dunbier is going to come and do all sorts of editorial things!
  • Eric Wight is coming as a signing guest with Little Island Comics, and he’s also going to be debuting two new books!
  • Drawn & Quarterly have announced that their posse will include Chester BrownSeth, and Matthew Forsythe!
  • Freshly nominated for a Doug Wright Award, it’s Georgia Webber! Don’t be dumb – buy DUMB! It’s her comic!
  • You’ve got a month to read Masterpiece Comics by R. Sikoryak, because he’s coming too!
  • And finally, Kriota Willberg is attending TCAF to be the keynote speaker at Word Balloon Academy!

For more information on these and all exhibitors attending TCAF, please consider checking the Full Exhibitor List.

New Events:

“But what is there to do at TCAF?” you’ll say. What kind of a question is that? How could you even ask that? There are so many great events! Consider checking out:

  • MASSIVE presents the 2014 TCAF Queer Mixer
  • Bitstrips: Democratizing Comics
  • kuš and Videofag present The Last Match
  • The Brinkley Girls, World War I and American Patriotism in Women’s Comics: A Talk by Trina Robbins
  • In Conversation with Reinhard Kleist and Alan Scott Haft

For more information on these and all events at TCAF, please consider checking the Events Page.

Debuting Books:

If you’re anything like me, you wear glasses because you read too many books. And if you don’t wear glasses yet, you will soon. How can you resist these great comics coming out at TCAF?

  • Haunter by Sam Alden (Study Group Comics)
  • Everyone Is Someone’s Fetish by Tony Breed (Self Published)
  • School of World Volume 3 by Megan Brennan & Rel (Self Published)
  • Nelvana of the Northern Lights by Adrian Dingle (CGA Comics)
  • Silver Button by Megan Lavey-Heaton and Isabelle Melançon (Self Published)
  • PUPPYTEETH 4 by Various Artists (Czap Books)
  • Study Group Magazine 3D by Various Artists (Study Group Comics)

For more information on these and all books debuting at TCAF, please consider checking the Debuting Books page.

Cancellations: We are sorry to announce that Whitney Taylor and James Romberger have had to cancel their appearances at TCAF 2014.


2014 Doug Wright Awards Nominees Announced!

Members of historic “Canadian Whites” to be inducted into Hall of Fame during 10th annual ceremony

DougWrightAwardsLogo-235x300March 28, 2014, Toronto, ON — The Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning are proud to announce their 2014 finalists which includes a roster of new faces, past winners and industry stalwarts.

The nominees for the 2014 Doug Wright Award for Best Book are:

•    Palookaville #21 by Seth (Drawn and Quarterly)
•    Paul Joins the Scouts by Michel Rabagliati (Conundrum Press)
•    Science Fiction by Joe Ollmann (Conundrum Press)
•    Susceptible by Geneviève Castrée (Drawn and Quarterly)
•    Very Casual by Michael DeForge (Koyama Press)

The nominees for the 2014 Doug Wright Spotlight Award (a.k.a. “The Nipper”) which recognizes Canadian cartoonists deserving of wider recognition are:

•    Connor Willumsen for “Calgary: Death Milks a Cow,” “Treasure Island,” “Mooncalf,” and “Passionfruit”
•    Dakota McFadzean for Other Stories and the Horse You Rode in On (Conundrum Press)
•    Patrick Kyle for Distance Mover #7 – 12, New Comics #1 – 2
•    Steven Gilbert for The Journal of the Main Street Secret Lodge
•    Georgia Webber for Dumb # 1 – 3

And the nominees for the 2014 Pigskin Peters Award, which recognizes the best in experimental or avant-garde comics, are:

•    “Calgary: Death Milks a Cow” by Connor Willumsen
•    Flexible Tube with Stink Lines by Seth Scriver
•    Journal by Julie Delporte (Koyama Press)
•    “Out of Skin” by Emily Carroll
•    Very Casual by Michael DeForge (Koyama Press)

A feature event of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF), The Doug Wright Awards are pleased to announce that the pioneering artists of the Second World War “Canadian Whites” comics will be formally inducted into The Giants of the North: The Canadian Cartoonists Hall of Fame during the ceremony on Saturday May 10, 2014 in Toronto.

The Canadian Whites were black-and-white comics produced between 1941 and 1946 that contained a host of original (and iconic) Canadian characters such as Johnny Canuck, Canada Jack and Nelvana of the Northern Lights. These characters were created by the likes of Murray Karn, Adrian Dingle, Gerry Lazare, Leo Bachle and Jack Tremblay. The event will also serve as the official launch of a new collection of the complete Nelvana of the Northern Lights (by Adrian Dingle) being published by CGA Comics.

This year’s jury will include poet and novelist Lynn Crosbie, cartoonist and 2013 Doug Wright Award-winner Nina Bunjevac, media critic Jesse Brown (Canadaland, Search Engine) and and multiple Doug Wright Award-nominated cartoonist Nick Maandag.

To mark its 10th anniversary, The Doug Wright Awards will also be publishing a commemorative book that will include past art and memorabilia, along with original interpretations of Doug Wright’s “Nipper” comic by artists such as Seth, Chester Brown, Joe Ollmann, Pascal Girard, Michael DeForge, and more. The project will be supported by a Kickstarter campaign.

The finalists for the 2014 Doug Wright Awards were chosen from a long list of more than 150  works and submissions published during the 2013 calendar year. This year’s nominating committee included Jerry Ciccoritti, Betty Liang, Rachel Richey, Chris Randle and Chester Brown.

Media inquiries: dougwrightawards@gmail.comFor more information about the DWAs:

About the Doug Wright Awards
Founded in 2004, The Doug Wright Awards recognize the best in English-language comics (or translations of French) by Canadian cartoonists. Now in their 10th year, the awards will be handed out at a ceremony at Toronto’s Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel on Saturday May 10, 2014 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

About The Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Founded in 2003, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival exists to promote the breadth and diversity of comics, and what is considered comics, as a medium of high literary and artistic value. The next Toronto Comic Arts Festival takes place in Toronto, Canada, on May 10th and 11th, 2014. It will feature beloved authors and graphic novelists from around the world, including Moyoco Anno (Japan), Christophe Blain (France), and Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame member Lynn Johnston, creator of For Better or For Worse. For more information visit


The Packed House of Drawn & Quarterly

dq-logoImagine this conversation at TCAF:

Person A: Where can I find Over Easy, the debuting new book from Featured Guest Mimi Pond?

Me: Go check the Drawn & Quarterly table.

Person B: Where is Pascal Girard signing books? I want him to write into Petty Theft, his debuting new book!

Me: Go check the Drawn & Quarterly table.

Person C: Where can I find –

Me: Seriously, go check the Drawn & Quarterly table!

I didn’t mean to cut-off Person C, but the Drawn & Quarterly table really is the place to be. This year they’ve got:

  • Mimi Pond debuting Over Easy.
  • Pascal Girard debuting Petty Theft.
  • Julie Delporte debuting Everywhere Antennas.
  • Diane Obomsawin supporting On Loving Women.
  • Plus signing guests Matt Forsythe, Chester Brown, and Seth!
  • Plus they’ll be stocked deep with book from their back catalogue by other 2014 featured guests like Kate Beaton, Michael DeForge, and Jillian Tamaki!
  • Plus more?!

People, this is D&Q on a quiet year. They are wild. They seem like the kind of people who like “all night parties” and “driving really fast”. They are always amazing.

But f’real, a hearty “Welcome Back!” to Drawn & Quarterly!

For more information on these and all exhibitors, please visit our Full Exhibitor List page.


Contest: Quai d’Orsay, based on the graphic novel by TCAF Featured Guests Abel Lanzac and Christophe Blain


The Beguiling and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival are proud to join with French film festival CINEFRANCO to present a screening of Quai d’Orsay,  based on the graphic novel by TCAF Featured Guests Abel Lanzac and Christophe Blain. The film, about the fast-baced, coniving, and hilarious world of international diplomacy, is adapted from the bestselling French graphic albums, which will be released in North America at TCAF under the title Weapons of Mass Diplomacy, and published by SelfMadeHero. We are of course thrilled to present this very special screening, and we encourage all of our customers and friends to encourage this screening ahead of Blain and Lanzac’s rare North American appearance at TCAF, May 10th and 11th. The Cinefranco website is

About Quai d’Orsay:

Arthur Vlaminck, a young graduate from the prestigious National School of Administration, thinks he has hit the jackpot with his new job as the speechwriter of the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, the exuberant Alexandre Taillard de Worms. Little does he know that he is stepping into the hellish maze of diplomacy filled with armies of advisors, assistants, a well-attuned to power Chief of staff … and all of them pulling dirty tricks on each other.

Bertrand Tavernier delivers a crazy, fast-paced comedy deriving its rhythm from the script lines, the theatrical gestures and the nervous way he shoots the film in split screens and tracking shots. We never get tired of watching Thierry Lhermitte flail around, slam doors and make everybody’s life miserable. Raphaël Personnaz and Niels Arestrup, to name a few actors, follow his brilliant footsteps.

Screening Saturday, April 5, at 6:15pm at The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street. Tickets available at

Contest: Win Passes to see Quai d’Orsay and a rare advance copy of the English-language Weapons of Mass Diplomacy graphic novel!

To enter to win one of two prize packages, which include two tickets to the April 5th screening of Quai d’Orsay and one advance copy of Weapons of Mass Diplomacy, all you have to do is make sure you’re subscribed to The Beguiling mailing list (sign-up is in the upper-right corner of this site), and send an email with your name, phone number, and “ISAACTHEPIRATE” to before Monday, March 31st, at 11:00am. We’ll draw and e-mail the winners by noon on that day. Film screens Saturday, April 5th, at 6:15pm.


1. Subject line MUST contain entrant’s name, phone number, and “ISAACTHEPIRATE”, and must be sent to
2. Entries must be made from an e-mail address subscribed to The Beguiling’s mailing list. Signup on the front page of (Seriously, we check and we disqualify people not subscribed to the mailing list.)
3. Entries must be received before Monday, March 31st, 2014, at 11:00am.
4. Employees and family members of The Beguiling are not eligible to win.
5. One entry per person/phone number.
6. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited, no cash value, odds of winning depend on total number of entries received, etc.

Christopher Butcher, TCAF


Top Shelf’s Top TCAF Talent!

Top Shelf Productions are no strangers to TCAF. Heck, I’d say we’re pretty good friends! First name basis and everything!

And while we maybe call’em Top around the festival offices, we’re seriously very pleased to welcome back Top Shelf for TCAF 2014. We’re also very happy to welcome the full house of comics and creators that they’ll have signing, sketching, slinging, and selling at the Top Shelf booth. Whose shining faces will you be seeing at their tables? Well…

Top Shelf Post

Alt-comics veteran Pete Sickman-Garner will be on-hand to debut the hot new book Hey Mister, Come Hell or Highwater Pants! Pete’s Hey Mister: After School Special was Top Shelf’s first graphic novel, and if they believe in him then so should you!

Fresh off Top Shelf’s FCBD comic is Haligonian illustrator Eric Orchard! He’ll also be previewing his upcoming book Maddy Kettle, so if sneak peeks are you thing, then get in line!

Liz Prince is coming back, with her recent book Alone Forever (which my girlfriend called, “Very relatable.” Hmm…), and a hot new printing of Will You Still Love Me if I Wet the Bed!

Keep your eyes peeled for Jess Fink! And then keep’em peeled on her awesome comics Chester 5000, and We Can Fix It! We’re always so pleased to have Jess at TCAF, we might have to change our name to TCAFink. Maybe?

Fêted by the likes of MTV and Oprah Winfrey, March: Book One artist Nate Powell will at TCAF to get some of our good ol’ fashioned Canadian praise. Just give it to him. He deserves it.

And finally our hometown hero, our local boy done good, the international superstar, Toronto’s own, Kagan McLeod! How many nice things can we say about him? How much Kung-Fu is in his book? The answer’s the same for both: Infinite.


So welcome back Top Shelf! For more information on these and all exhibitors at TCAF, please visit our Full Exhibitor List.


kuš are bringing The Last Match to TCAF!

kuš and Videofag present The Last Match
May 7th – 12th
Opening Reception May 7th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Videofag, 187 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON
Free to Attend

Since 2009, the Latvian comics magazine kuš! has invited international comic artists to draw their interpretations of “the last match” on paper snips the size of matchbooks. At this size, these little artworks are easily collected in just a few tiny boxes – BUT – when exhibited together as The Last Match, the collected drawings are taken out and hung on matchsticks, showing that together you can make something big out of something small.

The Last Match is made up of contributions from more than 380 artists, from over 52 countries. This international exhibition has traveled from Riga to Lisbon, Linz, Lucerne, Leipzig, Erlangen, Haarlem, Tbilisi, Prague, Poznan, St. Petersburg, Bologna, Graz, and Ljubljana, and it’s making it’s Toronto/Ontario/Canadian/North American debut with TCAF! We’re so excited!

Co-presented by Videofag in Kensington Market, The Last Match will be up from May 7th-12th. There will be an opening reception on May 7th, from 7:00-9:00pm, which we highly recommend attending. With so many pieces, you’ll want to spend time with it all!

The exhibition is being brought to TCAF thanks to the kuš! editors David Schilter and Sanita Muižniece, and will be accompanied by a matching wall painting by Patrick Kyle. For more information on The Last Match, as well as photos of it from previous showings, please visit the kuš website.


“Matchmonster” illustration by Oskars Pavlovskis.

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MASSIVE present the TCAF 2014 Queer Mixer!

Untitled-1TCAF is very happy to welcome back the fine folks at MASSIVE.

MASSIVE is a line of gay manga-inspired products and imports brought to you by Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins. Together, and with the help of Chip Kidd, they are responsible for last year’s TCAF smash-hit The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame. They are also the team behind Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It, coming this Fall from Fantagraphics.  These books and apparel highlight the work of Japanese gay erotic artists like Gengoroh Tagame, Jiriaya and Kazuhide Ichikawa.

And this year MASSIVE are bringing Chip Kidd back to TCAF!

Chip Kidd is an author, editor, and book designer who has made quite a lasting impression on the visual landscape of comics. He is well-known for his work with DC Comics (Batman: Death by Design), as well as his cover concepts for people like Osamu Tezuka and Charles Schulz. We were happy to have him last year for The Passion, and we’re happy to have him back for 2014.

For more information on these and other exhibitors, please see the Full Exhibitor List.

AND! This year MASSIVE are sponsoring TCAF’s annual Queer Mixer!

MASSIVE presents the TCAF 2014 QUEER MIXER
Saturday May 10th, 2014
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St.

Hosted by Anne Ishii of MASSIVE, the Queer Mixer is a social event for creators and readers of queer comics. This year we want to spotlight the wide-variety of work being done by LGBTQ cartoonists at TCAF. Through a mix of on-stage presentations, interviews, and mingling, the Queer Mixer is a chance to get exposed to current and forthcoming work by some of the best LGBTQ cartoonists in the biz. Elisha Lim! Tony Breed! Northwest Press! So many more! Come on out! It’ll be a g-g-g-grand old time!

For more information on this and other events for TCAF 2014, please visit our Events page.

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News Update for March 8, 2014

Whoa, TCAF. Calm down. So much has been happening in the past few weeks. Below is a quick round-up of announcements and additions to the website that you may have missed…

New Featured Guests:

Did you see? Trina Robbins and Moyoco Anno are attending TCAF 2014 as Featured Guests of the festival!

Moyoco Anno is an award-winning creator of manga, an acclaimed illustrator, iconic fashion designer and writer. She is the mega-popular creator behind Sugar Sugar Rune, Sakuran, Flowers & Bees, as well as Happy Mania, which in 2003 was one of the first josei manga to be published in English for a North American audience. She will be debuting her new book Insufficient Direction at the festival.

Trina Robbins is a legend in the North American Underground Comix world, having been a cartoonist, publisher, and historian, and booster of women in comics! She’s attending TCAF in support of her recent book Pretty in Ink from Fantagraphics, and she’ll be giving a keynote address at the CSSC-SCEBD* Academic Conference, held adjacent to TCAF on Friday, May 9th, 2014.

For more information on these and other Featured Guests, please visit our Featured Guests page.

New Exhibitors:

New to the site, but not new in our hearts, the following is a list of fantastic cartoonists that you’ll find on the festival floor, participating in programming, debuting books, and hopefully whooping it up at the parties!

  • Nick Abadzis (Laika)
  • Breakdown Press (Windowpane)
  • Mark Connery (Rudy)
  • I.N.J. Culbard (The New Deadwardians)
  • John Holden (Detrimental Information)
  • Chip Kidd (The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame)
  • Jon Klassen (I Want My Hat Back)
  • Steve Seck (Life is Good)

For more information on these and all people exhibiting at TCAF, please see our Full Exhibitor List.

Debut Books:

And what would a comics festival be without the comics? It would be just a festival. We’d just be the Toronto Arts Festival, which would not be as fun…TAF… SO! Thank goodness for all of the awesome new books debuting at TCAF! Here’s the latest additions:

  • The Legend of Bold Riley #1 by Leia Weathington and Jonathon Dalton (Northwest Press)
  • The Cigar that Fell in Love with a Pipe by David Camus & Nick Abadzis (SelfMadeHero)
  • Celeste by I.N.J. Culbard (SelfMadeHero)
  • By Chance or Providence by Becky Cloonan (Self-Published)
  • Drinking Buddies by Talya Modlin (Self-Published)
  • Shogum of the Dead by Daniel Wernëck (Self-Published)

For more information on these and other debuting books, please visit our Debuting Books page.

Cancelled: We are sorry to announce that Nathan Fox, Joseph Lambert, Troy Little, Brenda Hickey, Lauren Zukauskas, Amanda Lafrenais, Ryan Cecil Smith, Jerzy Drozd, and Jonathan Rosenberg have all had to cancel their appearances at TCAF 2014.


Koyama Press @ TCAF 2014

koyama logoKoyama Press are returning to TCAF, and we couldn’t be happier!

Founded in 2007, Koyama Press has become a small press powerhouse, publishing and supporting a wide-rage of emerging and established artist. For years now they’ve held down a prominent corner of the main floor at TCAF, debuting comics, graphic novels, art books, and zines, and 2014 will be no different!

Debuting at TCAF 2014 are four brand-new titles from Koyama Press. This includes:

  • A Body Beneath, collecting issues 2-5 of Featured Guest Michael DeForge’s anthology series Lose;
  • Cat Person by Toronto ex-pat, tumblr sensation, and Adventure Time storyboard artist Seo Kim;
  • Safari Honeymoon, the latest mind-bending work from the consistently mind-blowing Jesse Jacobs; and
  • 100 Crushes from international queer vanguard Elisha Lim, compiling a half-decade of comics!

For more information on these and other debuting books, please visit our Debuting Books page.

And the best news is that all of these cartoonists will be on hand to help debut these books! With the advent of this year’s Canadian Reading Series, TCAF is very grateful for Koyama’s continuing effort to promote Canadian authors and artists. Some of the amazing talent Koyama is highlighting at the festival include:

  • Seo Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, and then immigrated to Toronto, Ontario just a few months later. Kim currently lives in Los Angeles and works as a storyboard artist for the massively successful Cartoon Network show, Adventure Time.
  • Michael DeForge was born in Ottawa, Ontario. He currently lives and works in Toronto as a cartoonist, commercial illustrator, and as an effects, props, and character designer for the hit Cartoon Network program Adventure Time. He designed TCAF’s official poster for 2014, and is a Featured Guest of the festival.
  • Jesse Jacobs was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, and now draws comics and things from his home in London, Ontario. He has worked on the Cartoon Network show Adventure Time, and has appeared in the 2012 and 2013 editions of Best American Comics.
  • Toronto-based artist Elisha Lim’s work celebrates the dignity and power of being neither straight, nor white, nor cis-gendered. In 2011 they also successfully advocated for Canadian gay media to adopt the gender neutral pronoun “they.”


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For more information on these and other exhibitors, please visit our Full Exhibitor List.


TCAF Welcomes Japanese Manga Superstar Moyoco Anno!

insufficientdirectioncoverThe Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to welcome Moyoco Anno as a Featured Guest of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2014, to be held May 10th and 11th, 2014, in Toronto, Canada.

Moyoco Anno is an award-winning creator of manga (Japanese comics), an acclaimed illustrator, iconic fashion designer and writer. She is perhaps best known for her all-ages series Sugar Sugar Rune, but it is her adult graphic novel Sakuran, about a courtesan in Edo-period Japan, that has drawn the greatest critical acclaim.

Moyoco Anno is attending TCAF in support of her debuting graphic novel, Insufficient Direction, published in English by Vertical, Inc. Insufficient Direction is a comedic memoir, detailing the married life of two very big fans of manga and anime–Moyoco Anno and her husband Hideaki Anno, the creator of the international smash-hit Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise! As interesting to hardcore fans (“otaku”) as it is to those looking for insight into married life among famous couples, Insufficient Direction is a crash-course in love, compromise, and anime theme songs.

Moyoco Anno will participate in various programs at TCAF, including panels, presentations, and signings, with details on all appearances to be announced in late March.

Moyocco Anno will join a world-class line-up of cartoonists headlining the The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2014. Featured guests include Lynn Johnston (Canada, For Better or For Worse), Isabelle Arsenault & Fanny Britt (Canada, Jane, The Fox, and Me), Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki (Canada, SKIM), Gabrielle Bell (USA, Lucky), est em (Japan, Golondrina), and the recently-announced Trina Robbins (USA, Pretty in Ink). For details on these and all attending authors, visit The Toronto Comic Arts Festival takes place at Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Toronto, and is presented by Toronto Public Library.

About Moyoco Anno

moyoco_anno_portraitMoyoco Anno’s manga, books, and illustrations, have attained considerable popularity among young women in Japan. Though she primarily writes manga for women (called josei manga), her most popular title in the west has been Sugar Sugar Rune, which was targeted at primary school-aged girls. In 2003, her manga Happy Mania was one of the first josei manga to be published in English for a North American audience. Moyoco Anno also has the distinction of appearing from more publishers in English than any other mangaka. Her North American debut was Happy Mania (Tokyopop), followed by Flowers & Bees (Viz Media), Sugar Sugar Rune (Del Rey), Sakuran (Vertical Inc.), and a story for the French/Japanese co-production Japan as Viewed by 17 Creators, published by Fanfare/Ponent-Mon.

Abroad, many of her works have been adapted to film and television. Her manga Happy Mania was made into a television series in 1998, followed by Hataraki Man in October 2007. Sakuran was made into a movie in 2006. Anno won the 29th Kodansha Manga Award for children’s manga in 2005 for Sugar Sugar Rune. In 2008, Moyoco Anno’s work was featured in the exhibition “KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Manga + Video Games” at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

For more on Moyoco Anno, visit and (Japanese sites).

English Works By Moyoco Anno

insufficientdirectioncoverInsufficient Direction: Read this energizing comic and feel proud (or simply unashamed!) of your geeky hobbies. Although manga artist Rompers (Happy ManiaSugar Sugar Rune) doesn’t consider herself too far gone, she’s gotten married to a towering figure of the otaku persuasion, Director-kun (Neon Genesis EvangelionCutey Honey). Includes copious annotations on Japanese pop culture and an interview with Hideaki Anno.

Published by Vertical Inc.

176 Pages


sakuran_coverSakuran: In Sakuran, Moyoco Anno lifts the veil on life in the Edo period pleasure quarter, Yoshiwara. The story follows Kiyoha, sold into a brothel as a child and forced to work as a maid and her rise to prominence as one of the top-ranking courtesans in Yoshiwara.  Will Kiyoha’s fox-like wiles give her a chance to break free of her gilded cage? Or will her fighting spirit ruin her chances of ever escaping the brothel?

Published by Vertical In.

308 Pages


sugarsugarrunecoverSugar Sugar Rune:  In the Magical World, the future queen is chosen by selecting two young witches and sending them to the Human World, where they’ll compete to capture the hearts of boys. Whoever has collected the most by the end of the competition is crowned queen. This generation’s Queen Candidates are best friends and polar opposites Vanilla Mieux and Chocolat Meilleure, the daughters of the current queen and her former competitor (respectively).But the girls have more to deal with than just competing for hearts at school. Now, both trapped within their own new goals, the two witches must fight their way and retain a friendship which no magic can defeat.

Published by Del Rey Books

224 pages

Other titles include: Happy Mania, Flowers & Bees, Japan as Viewed by 17 Creators.

Photo of Moycoco Anno by Junko Yoda

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TCAF Welcomes Historian, Author, and Cartoonist, Trina Robbins!

trina_robbins_160x160The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to welcome Trina Robbins as a Featured Guest of TCAF 2014!

Trina Robbins is an acclaimed comics historian, who throughout her long career has done more to illuminate the vast and important contributions of women to the history of the comics medium than, frankly, anyone. Her groundbreaking works of historical writing including The Great Women Cartoonists have been adapted to course syllabuses across North America, and she is a co-founder of Friends of Lulu, a non-profit organization formed in 1994 to promote a female readership for comics, and encourage the participation of women in the comic book industry. Trina Robbins recently completed ”the ultimate, revised history of women cartoonists” entitled Pretty In Ink, published by Fantagraphics Books. She will be at TCAF to promote and present from this important and necessary work.

Of course, none of this is to take away from her long and influential career as a cartoonist and author! Trina Robbins was one of the most active and visible women in the Underground Comix movement, acting as a cartoonist, publisher, and general booster of women’s participation in creating comics.  She was responsible for the first all-woman comic book, It Ain’t Me, Babe Comix, and was a pioneer of LGBTQ comics with her story “Sandy Comes Out” in Wimmen’s Comix #1, the first story featuring an out Lesbian. Robbins has a huge list of comics credits, including creating her own teenaged superhero GoGirl!, working on established properties like Barbie, Wonder Woman, and The Powerpuff Girls, and most recently Miss Fury and Honey West. In 2013, Robbins was inducted into the Eisner Awards cartoonist Hall of Fame.

“Trina Robbins is one of the icons of the underground comix generation, a cartoonist and creative person always pushing forward in ways that have influenced and inspired her peers and admirers. She has become in the decades since an equally valuable advocate for the recognition of great female cartoonists.” – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

Trina Robbins will participate in various programs  at TCAF, including panels, presentations, and signings. Trina Robbins will also be giving a keynote address at the CSSC-SCEBD* Academic Conference, held adjacent to TCAF on Friday, May 9th, 2014. (Final schedules for programming will be released in late March.)

* CSSC-SCEBD: Canadian Society for the Study of Comics / Société canadienne pour l’étude de la bande dessinée



Z2 Comics are coming to TCAF

Z2Comics_160TCAF is very pleased to welcome new publisher Z2 Comics to the 2014 festival. Although relative newcomers to the world of graphic novel publishing, Z2 (formerly Zip Comics) have already made quite a splash on the scene. In 2012, their co-publication with Top Shelf of Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland netted a pair of Eisner Award nominations, and sold out of it’s initial print run!

Now they are coming to TCAF 2014 in full force! Z2 Comics will be debuting a brand new deluxe edition of Paul Pope’s Escapo, as well as the first print collection of Dean Haspiel’s Billy Dogma webcomic, entitled Fear My Dear: A Billy Dogma Experience. And on-hand to promote the debuts will be Pope and Haspiel themselves! Hot dog!

Paul Pope is no stranger to us here at the festival. Last in the city in 2013 to promote his New York Times Best-Seller Battling Boy (out now from First Second), Pope is a former Torontonian who has attended TCAF numerous times. Escapo was originally published in 1999. The new Z2 edition is fully colored and redesigned in the French BD format, featuring 50+ pages of bonus content.

Dean Haspiel is an award-winning artist for both comics and television. His work with Jonathan Ames produced the book The Alcoholic, as well as the character ‘Super Ray’ for HBO’s Bored to Death. Billy Dogma was created in 1995, which means fans of this popular webcomic have been waiting a while for this first official collection. This will be Haspiel’s first time attending TCAF.


For more information on Z2 Comics, please check out their Exhibitor Page.


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