Papercutz presents Deb Lucke and The Lunch Witch!

LunchWitch_01COVPapercutz are back! And this time they’re bringing along Deb Lucke to debut her brand new book The Lunch Witch!

Deb Lucke is a writer and illustrator of children’s books with an interest in bad behaviour and horribly embarrassing incidents. Since her own childhood had plenty of both she is never short of material. Deb’s books include SneezenesiaThe Book of Time OutsThe Boy Who Wouldn’t Swim, and Never Say Boo!

The Lunch Witch is her first graphic novel, and it’s the story of a failed witch turned lunch lady who is shocked to find her evil intentions undone by a ten-year-old with thick glasses and unfinished homework.

We’re sure that this book will fit right in alongside other TCAF 2015 Debuting Kids Books, Alien Invasion in My Backyard by Rupert Bolling, and Cleopatra in Space 2: The Thief and the Sword by Mike Maihack! Keep your eyes out for all of these great books and creators in The Browsery, the new home of TCAF Kids Space at the Reference Library!

For more information on all Kids Exhibitors visiting TCAF 2015, please visit our Kids Exhibitors page.


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NBM Publishing at TCAF 2015

NBM Publishing are returning to TCAF, and it looks like they’ll be making quite a splash at the festival this year. Read on to learn more about the artists and authors that they will have on hand to debut some great looking books!

Davodeau_LrgFeatured Guest Étienne Davodeau

Having long been announced, we are still so excited to have Étienne Davodeau on hand to help debut his book Lulu Anew, the English-version of his much lauded work, Lulu La Femme Nue. Hailing from France, Étienne is a cartoonist of high esteem, whom we have heard from reliable sources that he is just the nicest person. We can’t wait to meet him!

Lulu Anew is the story of Lulu, who, on a whim, takes off for the shore just to get away from it all. This is just her time, getting away from the grind and being taken for granted with no other plan than savoring it. Surprised at her own temerity, she meets other people on the edge of the world. It wasn’t meant to be for long. It wasn’t meant to be anything but in the end, thrilling, fun, and possibly dangerous, this improvised experience will make of Lulu a different woman.

Presenting Julian Voloj, Debuting Ghetto Brother

Julian Voloj is a German-born photographer and writer who explores aspects of identity and heritage in his work. He is attending TCAF 2015 to debut Ghetto Brother, his book with illustrator Claudia Ahlering, coming this Spring from NBM.

Voloj_Julian_LrgGhetto Brother is an engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history, this graphic novel tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, son of Puerto-Rican immigrants, who founded, at the end of the 1960s, the notorious Ghetto Brothers gang. From the seemingly bombed-out ravages of his neighborhood, wracked by drugs, poverty, and violence, he managed to extract an incredibly positive energy from this riot ridden era: his multiracial gang promoted peace rather than violence. After initiating a gang truce, the Ghetto Brothers held weekly concerts on the streets or in abandoned buildings, which fostered the emergence of hip-hop. Melendez also began to reclaim his Jewish roots after learning about his family’s dramatic crypto-Jewish background.

Julian Voloj will be doing a reading and presentation on Ghetto Brother on Thursday, May 7th at the COBA Collective of Black Artists. Presented in partnership with the Miles Nadal JCC, Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario, and Be’chol Lashon, this event is free to attend, but you should click on this link to register you place today!

For more information on all of our exhibitors and publishers, please see our Full Exhibitor List.

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Québec Comics at TCAF 2015

Announcing the Official Welcome Party with Pow Pow Press!
Québec Comics are making a big splash at TCAF 2015!

Did you know that this year, TCAF is playing host to over 400 cartoonists from 18 countries around the world? That’s crazy! We’re so international!

1200px_pascalblanchet_poster_flat_tifAs much as we love comics from across this big blue marble we call earth, we are equally in love with comics being made within Canada! Part of the fun of getting so much global attention is the chance for us to present the great comics being made within our very own country. This year, for the 2015 festival, TCAF is helping to showcase some of the amazing comics and cartooning coming out of Québec! Read on for information on artists, books, publisher and programs at TCAF 2015 with a distinctly franco-focus…


New Festival Poster by Pascal Blanchet

Pascal Blanchet is a singular cartoonist and illustrator, whose books include White RapidsBaloney, La Fugue, and Nocturne. They have been published in multiple languages by esteemed publishers Les Éditions de la Pastèque (French), Drawn & Quarterly (English), and Barbara Fiore (Spanish). In coming up with our shortlist of folks who we wanted to approach in Québec for designing a festival poster, Blanchet’s name was at the top of the list.


Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post see the poster in its full, haunting glory.


Announcing the Official Welcome Party with Pow Pow Press

vampirecousinsOn Friday May 8th at 8pm, come on out to The Pilot (22 Cumberland St.) to celebrate the start of TCAF, and the launch of 4 newly translated books from Pow Pow Press!

Pow Pow Press are a Montreal-based publisher, who up until now have primarily put out French books. However, following a successful Kickstarter campaign in the Fall, they are debuting the English translations of four fantastic titles:

  • Vile and Miserable by Samuel Cantin,
  • Vampire Cousins by Cathon & Alexandre Fontaine Rousseau,
  • Mile End by Michel Hellman, and
  • For As Long As It Rains by Zviane!

Also on hand will be Pascal Girard, promoting his sketchbook from Pow Pow, called Dessins. We are so honoured that Pow Pow chose to debut these works at TCAF. We recently met up with them at the Festival de la Bande Desinée Francophone du Québec in Québec City, and just seeing their amazing catalogue of French-language books made our mouths water…eyes water?…We really want to read them!

Exhibitors! This event is great if you’re waiting to set up on Friday night. Drop your stuff off at The Reference Library, and then come on over to the Pilot and hang with your fellow cartoonists!

The Official Welcome Party with Pow Pow Press is sponsored by the Bureau du Québec à Toronto.

For more information on this and all TCAF 2015 events, please visit our Events Page.

Québec Comics @ TCAF 2015

andrelegeantTCAF has a long history of excellent debuts from Québecois cartoonists and publishers, and 2015 is no different. Publishing powerhouse La Pastèque are returning, and debuting the French edition of Box Brown‘s Andre the Giant (itself at TCAF 2014 Debut!). With a handsome looking new cover, André Le Géant will be available at La Pastèque’s table, where Box Brown himself will be signing!

Éditions Trip, another TCAF mainstay are returning to the fold, debuting Agalma from Stanley Wany. It. Looks. Crazy.

This year we’re happy to welcome Studio Lounak to their first ever TCAF! They are debuting the English version of Far Out by Gautier Langevin and Olivier Carpentier, a pulpy western featuring a dashing robot as the lead character! Sitting with Studio Lounak will be Gautier Langevin, Olivier Carpentier, Andy Belanger (Southern Cross), and Karl Kerschl (The Abominable Christopher Charles).

Other Québecois cartoonists to keep an eye out for include folks like Simon Bossé, Boum, Antonin Buisson, Nicole Chartrand, Patrick Hénaff, Meghan Lands, Kate Lavut, and Isabelle Melançon. There are even plenty of Montreal-based Anglos at the festival who will be repping great books, like Wai Au, Wes Craig, Meags Fitzgerald, Brenden Fletcher, Kim Hoang, and Gabrielle Mulholland & sucker press. Keep your eyes peeled and your wallets flush – you’re gonna wanna buy some stuff!

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

Québec Panels & Programming

Stay tuned to this website (or to our Twitter and Facebook) for when we announce the programming for the festival. There will be a number of panels and presentations featuring many of these great artists and publishers. There are also some French and bilingual panels as part of the CSSC Conference, whose programming is online now!

Please consider downloading the TCAF 2015 Guidebook to help keep track of all of these creators and events.


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Comics vs Games 4

TCAF and The Hand Eye Society present


TCAF is only a few weeks away, and so it’s time to start announcing this year’s Comics vs Games programming!
Now in it’s 4th year, Comics vs Games is a chance to showcase some of the exciting things being done in indie gaming. There’s a pretty big overlap between indie games and indie comics, and we’re very happy to bring these games into the festival and show them to new audiences. This year we’ve expanded the showcase into a larger space on the second floor of the library and we’re filling it with over 30 local and international games covering a huge breadth of genres and styles! Come out to TCAF, meet the game developers and:


  • Defuse a bomb in VR!
  • Find love at a cat cafe!
  • Learn about a town through its tombstones!
  • Throw things at a bear!
  • Rock out against alien invaders!
  • Adventure through ancient Mesopotamia with your friends!
  • Collect cans
  • Play with letters
  • Wander a psychedelic garden!
  • Experience life as a dog in first person!
  • Explore an alien ocean!
  • Shoot all manner of things in the face!
  • And more!


With so many developers coming in from out of town this will be a great chance to meet them in person and play their games before release! The Comics vs Games showcase runs during regular exhibition hours, Saturday from 9am – 5pm and Sunday from 11am – 5pm. Check back in for more information on some special panels and presentations in the festival programming that will highlight the creators involved in Comics vs Games!

For more information on Comics vs Games, please visit their website.

Also, check out this amazing list of games below:


Starfighter Eclipse

moon hunters

The Wizards of Trinity Bellwoods

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Noelle Stevenson added as a Featured Guests!

Stevenson_Noelle_160The ink is barely dry, but we are SO excited to announce that Noelle Stevenson will be returning to TCAF this year as a Featured Guest. And she’s debuting the collected version of her mega-hit webcomic, Nimona! Hot dog!

About Noelle Stevenson

Noelle Stevenson has been nominated for a Harvey Award, and was awarded the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Webcomic in 2012 for Nimona. A graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Noelle is the co-writer of the New York Times Best-selling series Lumberjanes. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

About Nimona

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism!

All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson, based on the web comic Slate called “funny and vibrant, with wonderful energy in Stevenson’s illustrations and a wicked wit in her storytelling.”

Nimona is an impulsive young shape-shifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit…

For more information on TCAF 2015 Featured Guests, please visit our Featured Guests page.

For more information on all of the great books debuting at the festival, please visit our Debuting Books page.



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The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy Book Launch & the TCAF 2015 Drink ‘n’ Draw

On Wednesday May 6th, join us for a double-header of fantastic comics events leading up to the big TCAF weekend – The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy Launch Party with author Sam Maggs and the TCAF 2015 Drink ‘n’ Draw! Read on to learn more about fun ways to hang out with fellow fans (and future friends?) on TCAF hump day!



fangirlsguideThe Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy Launch Party
Featuring author Sam Maggs
Wednesday May 6th, 2015
7pm – 9pm
@ The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St., Toronto
Free Event
Facebook Event

Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. THE FANGIRL’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations by Kelly Bastow and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes. Plus insightful interviews with fangirl faves, like Jane Espenson, Erin Morgenstern, Kate Beaton, Ashley Eckstein, Laura Vandervoort, Beth Revis, Kate Leth, and many others.


TCAF 2015 Drink ‘n’ Draw
Wednesday May 6th, 2015
9pm – 11pm
@ The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St., Toronto
Free Event
Facebook Event

Following the official launch for The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, stick around at The Pilot for the official TCAf 2015 Drink ‘n’ Draw! This is a GREAT event for folks wanting to sip (a drink), sketck (a drawing), and socialize (with people)! If you’re looking to make some new friends before the big festival weekend, then this is a great chance to do just that.

Draw some portraits! Draw some jam comics! Draw a skull!

Some drawing supplies will be provided, but it’s highly encouraged that you bring your own pens and sketch books!

To keep track of all TCAF events, consider downloading the TCAF 2015 Guidebook to your smartphone or tablet!


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Word Balloon Academy is Back for 2015!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Announces Programming and Registration for
and welcomes featured guest

WBALogo160TCAF is pleased to announce that we’re bringing back Word Balloon Academy, a full day of creator-focused programming for artists and exhibitors at the festival!

We work hard every year to make sure exhibitors, as well as attendees, have an incredible experience at the festival – and that usually keeps them pretty busy. That’s why we created Word Balloon Academy (WBA), a day for artists to enjoy presentations, develop their skills, and strengthen their understanding of the industry we all share.

WBA 2015 will take place on Friday, May 8th, 2015 and will include two streams of programming: one for creative workshops, and one for business topics and professional concerns. These streams of programming require registration, but are completely free to attend! See below for the full list of WBA 2015 programs and workshops.


DustinHarbin_LrgAnnouncing Featured Guest Dustin Harbin

As part of announcing the programming for Word Balloon Academy we are equally as excited to announce and unveil the bee-yoo-tiful Word Balloon Academy logo and crest, designed and rendered by none other than TCAF 2015 Featured Guest Dustin Harbin!

Dustin has been a long-time supporter and advocate for TCAF, and we are so jazzed to be able to help feature his wonderful comics work. Diary Comics, a collection of Dustin’s very popular autobio comics, is debuting at this year’s festival from venerated Toronto-based comics publisher Koyama Press.

Couldn’t happen to a nicer fella!

Word Balloon Academy Schedule

Word Balloon Academy
May 8th, 2015
10am – 5pm
@ Bloor Yorkville Marriott
Registration required

Professional Stream
10 – 11:30am: Pitching to Comics Stories to Publishers with Jim Zub
11:30am – 1pm: Legalities of an Artistic Career with Ken Thompson (ALAS Ontario)
1 – 2pm: LUNCH
2 – 3:30pm: Creativity as Business with George Rohac
3:30 – 5pm: Grant-writing for Cartoonists with Jack Illingworth (Ontario Arts Council)

Creative Stream
10 – 11:30am: Lettering with Dustin Harbin
11:30am – 1pm: Watercolour Painting with Eleanor Davis
1 – 2pm: LUNCH
2 – 3:30pm: First Aid for Drawing Injuries (Or, Pain is Your Frenemy!) with Kriota Willberg
3:30 – 5pm: Research and Production: Ed Piskor and the Hip Hop Family Tree

HOW TO REGISTER & PARTICIPATE: Just select the ‘ticket’ above for each program you’d like to attend. You’ll be emailed a digital copy of the tickets, and you can print them if you like. On the day of the event, guests are required to show their tickets at the door, either printed or digital is accepted.

Word Balloon Academy is programmed and run by Georgia Webber. She can be reached at

For more information on all TCAF programming, events, and featured guests, please consider downloading the TCAF 2015 Guidebook to your smartphone or table.

Word Balloon Academy crest and logo designed by TCAF 2015 Featured Guest Dustin Harbin!


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Announcing Featured Guests Simon Hanselmann & Killoffer!

TCAF is pleased to welcome international superstars
as Featured Guests to the 2015 Festival



Joining our ever-growing roster of amazing international cartoonists are the world-renowned Simon Hanselmann (Megahex) and Killoffer (676 Apparitions of Killoffer)! They are attending TCAF in support of new works from Pigeon Press, both of which are debuting at TCAF!

First up from Hanselmann is Worst Behaviour, a brand new book-length story featuring Megg, Mogg, and Owl in what may be their longest comics adventure yet! (Will they ever get their lives together? With a title like that, we kinda highly doubt it…)

Then, in collaboration with TCAF 2015 Poster Artist and fellow featured guests Charles Burns, comes In The Garden of Evil. This signed & numbered, hand-bound limited edition art book features collaborative drawings inspired by the Garden of Eden story. Includes a 7” flexi-disc with an exclusive song by Will Oldham.

For more information on all of the books debuting at TCAF, please visit our Debuting Books page!

About the Artists 

Hanselmann_Simon_160Simon Hanselmann is a Tasmanian born underground cartoonist best known for his “Megg, Mogg and Owl” series (which updates weekly on VICE). His books in English include Megahex (Fantagraphics), Life Zone (Space Face Books), and St. Owl’s Bay (Floating World Comics). He currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Born in 1966 in Lorraine, France, Killoffer studied art in Paris in 1980. Together with JC Menu, Lewis Trondheim, David B, Mattt Konture and Stanislas, he founded L’Association in 1990. A key member of the experimental comics movement in Europe, Killoffer has long been involved with the OuBaPo (Ouvroir de Bande Dessinée Potentielle) collective. His only work in English to date is the mind-bending 676 Apparitions of Killoffer.

For more information on these and all Featured Guests of the Festival, please visit our Featured Guests Page!

Stay tuned for information on programming and signing times for these and all Featured Guests for TCAF 2015!

We want to thank Pigeon Press, Fantagraphics, and The Consulate General of France in Toronto for supporting the appearances of these cartoonists.



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TCAF Co-presents “Hebrew Superheroes / Gibor Ha’al Ha’ivri” at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival

TCAF is pleased to help present
“Hebrew Superheroes / Gibor Ha’al Ha’ivri”
as part of the 23rd Toronto Jewish Film Festival!

Lying on the fringes of Israeli culture, comix have gradually grown in popularity and are now internationally enjoyed. In this energetic cinematic treat, filmmakers Shaul Betser and Asaf Galay trace the little-known history of Israeli comix—from the medium’s humble and messy roots to the modern day characters created by Dudu Geva, Rutu Modan and Etgar Keret. Often imitating American comics, many artists successfully redefined the superhero for Israeli and Jewish contexts. Featuring brilliant uses of animation and interviews with many of these artists, this is a must for comic book fans and followers of Israeli indie culture.

Event Details:

North American Premiere of  “Hebrew Superheroes / Gibor Ha’al Ha’ivri”
Co-Presented by TCAF, The Beguiling, and the Toronto Jewish Film Festival
Sunday May 8th, 2015
8pm – 9pm
@ Alliance Française, 24 Spadina Rd., Toronto
Tickets Available April 17thHebrew Superheroes

The film is being paired with “People of the Graphic Novel”, and tickets go on sale April 17th. For more information on this film, and on the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, please visit their website.

YEAR: 2015

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TCAF welcomes Jordan Crane as an exhibitor to the 2015 festival!

TCAF is happy to announce that
acclaimed cartoonist Jordan Crane is exhibiting at TCAF 2015!


Jordan Crane is the award-winning creator behind the anthology NON, as well as books like The Cloud Above and Keep Our Secrets, as well as the series Uptight, soon to be collected from Fantagraphics. You might also recognize his work from books covers for people like Michael Chabon, or from the Criterion Edition of Harold & Maude.

We here at TCAF are big fans of Jordan, and we’re really excited to have him on hand to participate in festival programming and events.

Welcome to TCAF, Jordan!


For more information on Jordan Crane and folks exhibiting at TCAF, please visit our Full Exhibitor List. Consider downloading the TCAF 2015 Guidebook to your phone or tablet and stay on top of all new festival announcements.

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Join 2D Cloud, Space Face Books, and Youth In Decline to launch their Spring titles!

Come on out to The Central (603 Markham St.) on May 8th at 7pm to help celebrate the Spring collections from some of the finest publishers in independent comics! 2D Cloud, Space Face Books, and Youth in Decline are banding together to showcase the many fun and fantastic books that they are debuting at TCAF. This evening will feature readings from:

  • Blaise Larmee (3 Books)
  • Émilie Gleason (Salz & Pfeffer)
  • Andy Burkholder (Qviet)
  • Katie Parrish (Advice Comics #1)
  • Sam Alden (Lydian)
  • Jason Murphy (Me Nut Nut #3)
  • HTML Flowers (Virtual Candle)
  • Cathy G. Johnson & Sophia Foster Dimino (Lovers Only #1)

Right next to The Beguiling, this event is a great chance for out-of-towners to mix and mingle before heading to the Official Kick-Off Afterparty at The Pilot, (or for exhibitors who are waiting to set up at the Toronto Reference Library).

Spring Thing with 2D Cloud, Space Face Books, & Youth in Decline
Featuring readings by Sam Alden, Cathy G. Johnson, Blaise Larmee, and more!
Friday May 8th, 2015
7:00pm – 9:00pm
@ The Central, 603 Markham St., Toronto
Free Event
Facebook Event

Check out our Events, Debuting Books, and Full Exhibitor List for more information.

You can also keep track of events and exhibitors by downloading the TCAF 2015 Guidebook! It’s free!


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Announcing Marta Chudolinski Gallery Show

Exhibit_Chudolinska_FlyerThe Graphic Life Writing of Marta Chudolinska – An Exhibition
May 7 – 13, 12:00-4:00 PM
Closed Monday, May 11
MLC Gallery, 111 Gerrard Street East, Ground Floor

Exhibition opening with address by Marta Chudolinska 
Wednesday, May 6, 6-8 PM.  
To RSVP, contact: | 416-979-5000 ext. 7668

Long time TCAF Exhibitor Marta Chudolinska will have a wonderful exhibition of her work at Ryerson University’s MLC Gallery during TCAF! Marta works  in woodcut printing for her graphic narratives, and both the show and the opening talk are sure to be of interest. Light refreshments will be served at the exhibition opening. Both the gallery show and the opening exhibition are free to attend.

For more information, contact



TCAF Announces D&Q 25th Anniversary Plans!

Toronto Public Library presents

TCAF 2015 – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Celebrating 25 Years of Canadian Publisher Drawn & Quarterly!

@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Kick-Off Event: Friday, May 8, 6pm-9pm
Exhibition: Saturday, May 9, 9am-5pm,
and Sunday May 10, 11am-5pm
Free to attend

dandq_25_coverTORONTO, CANADA—The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Canada’s preeminent graphic novel publisher, the Montreal-based Drawn & Quarterly at the 2015 Festival, May 8-10. Drawn & Quarterly’s presence at TCAF 2015 will be the biggest ever at TCAF and any festival in the company’s history.

As part of the 25th celebration, TCAF features a Friday night gala event, a dedicated space for D+Q-centric programming and twenty D+Q artists. TCAF is thrilled to host first time special guests Lynda Barry and Julie Doucet; TCAF annuals Chester Brown, Seth, Jillian Tamaki, Michael DeForge, and Kate Beaton; and welcomes back Adrian Tomine, Julie Delporte, Jason Lutes, Marc Bell, Anders Nilsen, Matt Forsythe, Pascal Girard, Keith Jones, John Porcellino, and R. Sikoryak. D+Q will be debuting seven titles including their 776-page historical tome and anthology, Drawn & Quarterly: 25 years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics and Graphic Novels.

“Drawn & Quarterly and Publisher Chris Oliveros have been incredible supporters of TCAF since our humble beginnings in 2003,” said TCAF Festival Director Christopher Butcher. “For years they’ve worked to debut some of their biggest titles at TCAF, and to bring an incredible variety of Canadian and international authors to Toronto. Comics makers are so modest, and Canadian comics makers doubly so—I think publishing great comics for 25 years is an incredible achievement, and I’m glad we can shine the spotlight on D+Q and really celebrate this year.”

“When planning our 25th anniversary, it only made sense to kick off the celebration at TCAF as our histories are so intertwined.”–said Peggy Burns, D+Q’s Associate Publisher. “But really, so many things make TCAF a great festival.  From Chris Butcher and the Beguiling to the Reference Library, and most of all–the TCAF attendees, they are like no other festival’s.”

Joining the D+Q cartoonist roster at TCAF will be Editor-in-Chief Chris Oliveros, Associate Publisher Peggy Burns, Creative Director Tom Devlin, Managing Editor Tracy Hurren, Retail Director Jason Grimmer, Marketing Director Julia Pohl-Miranda, Marketing Assistant Alexandra Auger and D+Q’s French and German translator Helge Dascher.

Special Event:

TCAF 2015 Kick-Off: D+Q 25th!
Featuring Lynda Barry, Jason Lutes, Seth, Jillian Tamaki, and Adrian Tomine
Friday, May 8th, at 6:30pm (Doors @ 6)
@ The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge Street (Inside Toronto Reference Library)
Free to attend, tickets required. Tickets available Tuesday, April 28th

Join comics journalist and critic Sean Rogers as he interviews a spectrum of D+Q cartoonists with debut books at TCAF, in this special gala event for The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015! Cartoonists include Lynda Barry (Syllabus, What It Is), Jason Lutes (Berlin), Seth (Palookaville), Jillian Tamaki (SuperMutant Magic Academy), and Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve). This spirited discussion will encompass the variety of artistic styles and approaches to comics and comics-making, the shared similarities and the points of departure.

Tickets to this event will be required. They will be free and will be made available on the morning of April 28th via Eventbrite.

Exhibiting Cartoonists:

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For the first time at TCAF:

Lynda Barry, author of What It Is, The Freddie Stories and her newest bestseller, Syllabus.
Julie Doucet, author of My New York Diary, My Most Secret Desire, and 365 Days.

With brand new, debut books at the show:

Marc Bell, author of Pure Pajamas and the TCAF Debut Stroppy.
Jason Lutes, author of Berlin: City of Smoke, Berlin: City of Stones, and the TCAF Debut Berlin #19.
Anders Nilsen, author of Big Questions, Rage of Poseidon, and the TCAF Debut Poetry is Useless.
Seth, author of The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists, It’s A Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken, and the TCAF Debut Palookaville 22.
Jillian Tamaki, author of the TCAF Debut SuperMutant Magic Academy.
Adrian Tomine, author of the TCAF Debut Optic Nerve #14  and the forthcoming October 2015 title Killing & Dying.

Signing and participating in programming:

Kate Beaton, author of Hark, A Vagrant! and the forthcoming September 2015 title Step Aside, Pops!
Chester Brown, author of Louis Riel, Paying For It, and The Playboy.
Michael DeForge, author of Ant Colony (nominated for a Doug Wright Award) and First Year Healthy.
Julie Delporte, author of Everywhere Antennas (nominated for a Doug Wright Award) and Journal.
Matt Forsythe
, author of Jinchalo and Ojingogo.
Pascal Girard, author of Petty Theft and Reunion.
Keith Jones, author of Bacter-Area and Catland Empire.
John Porcellino,
author of The Hospital Suite, Map of My Heart, and Perfect Example.
R. Sikoryak, author of Masterpiece Comics.

In addition many other authors who have been published by Drawn & Quarterly during its publishing history will also be attending and exhibiting at this event. Full biographies of these artists are available at


For the first time ever, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival will expand to the third floor of Toronto Reference Library, to use the newly-completed Hinton Learning Theatre. A beautiful space accommodating more than 100 seated viewers, the theatre will play host to two full days of programming featuring D+Q’s line-up of authors, along with many special guests! The full programming schedule will be announced in the next two weeks, along with TCAF’s full programming schedule.

Debut Books:

Drawn & Quarterly will debut a huge selection of new titles at and in proximity to The Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years Of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels, edited by Tom Devlin: Featuring hundreds of pages of new, rare, and never-before-seen work from across the 25-year history of Drawn & Quarterly. Essays, photos, apocrypha, and even-more comics fill this 776-page monster of a book.

Berlin #19 by Jason Lutes: A new chapter in Jason Lutes’ beautiful and epic portrait of Weimar Berlin, which tracks the changes afoot in the spring of 1932.

Optic Nerve #14 by Adrian Tomine: Containing two new short stories by Tomine, Optic Nerve #14 marks the 20th anniversary of Tomine’s beloved comic series.

Palookaville 22 by Seth: Continuing Seth’s exploration of the past and search for resonance with the presence, this newest volume contains the penultimate chapter of Clyde Fans, autobiographical stories, essays, and more.

Poetry is Useless, by Anders Nilsen: A beautiful sketchbook-turned-diary, that blends illustrations, comics, text, design, and travelogues.

Stroppy, by Marc Bell: Enter the strange and wordplay-loving world of cartoonist Marc Bell with his newest fantastic story. Stroppy is Bell’s first full-length graphic novella!

SuperMutant Magic Academy, by Jillian Tamaki: Tamaki’s irreverent and hilarious satire of the magical, mystical, and super-powered youth who populate comic books, video games, and young adult novels has been a hit on Tumblr since its release. Now, all of those strips and more are collected in this definitive volume.

All of these books will be available at the Drawn & Quarterly booth at TCAF 2015. Full descriptions of these books are available at

D+Q’s stellar line-up joins the more than 400 cartoonists, 50 debut books, and 100 hours of programming that make up The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015, May 9th and 10th, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For more information on the festival, please visit

Twitter: @Torontocomics



Please include in your listings. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015, Saturday May 9, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 10, 11am-5pm, @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. Attendance is FREE to the public. Select guest bios and images are available upon request. Please send all inquiries to


The Toronto Comic Arts Festival would not be possible without the assistance of our sponsors and partners, including presenting sponsor Toronto Public Library and primary sponsor The Beguiling Books & Art.

TCAF is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

We would also like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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 would like to recognize The Dutch Foundation for Literature for helping sponsor Barbara Stok’s appearance at the festival.

TCAF acknowledges the support of the AELAQ Roadmap Fund in helping to sponsor the appearances of Helge Dascher, Julie Doucet, and Pascal Girard at the festival.

Sponsorship opportunities for TCAF 2015 are still available, please contact us at: for more info.



Welcoming TCAF 2015 Featured Guest Lorenzo Mattotti!


Making his highly anticipated return to
the Toronto Comic Arts Festival is
world renowned cartoonist Lorenzo Mattotti!



Lorenzo Mattotti is an Italian comics and graphic artist living in Paris. He previously attended TCAF in 2011 to support the release of his collaboration with Lou Reed, a re-imagining of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, from Fantagraphics. Thanks to the sponsorship of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Lorenzo Mattotti is coming back to Toronto to celebrate the exhibition of his original art from his graphic novel collaboration with Neil Gaiman, Hansel & Gretel (published by TOON Books in 2014).

Mattotti’s English-language works include Fires and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (from NBM, which won an Eisner Award in 2003) , Murmur (Penguin Books), and Chimera (Ignatz/Fantagraphics). Mattotti also contributed to the groundbreaking alternative comix anthology RAW, and is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker including many cover illustrations.

In addition to his comics and illustration work, Lorenzo Mattotti is a highly respected multi-disciplinary artists, from reinterpreting reinterpreting the models of the most famous fashion designers for “Vanity” magazine, to designing the title sequences for the film “Eros” by Wong Kar-wai, to directing an animated version of his work in the animation anthology “Fears of the Dark.”

Join us on May 9th at 5:30pm for the opening reception of HANSEL & GRETEL: An exhibit by Lorenzo Mattotti at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura (496 Huron St.). The exhibit will run from May 9th through June 26th, open Mon – Fri: 10:00am. – 1:00pm.; 2:30pm. – 4:30pm.


You can visit the Galerie Martel’s website to see a selection of pieces from a 2012 showing of the work.

About the Book

In 1812, the Brothers Grimm published the story of “Hansel and Gretel” about a brother and sister who must survive abandonment by their parents and being captured by a hungry witch.

In 2007, Mattotti created compelling black-and-white artwork for the fairy tale. While not in the traditional graphic novel format, this illustrated short story alternates between images and words, allowing for full spreads of the artist’s drawings, punctuated by intermittent spreads of text. There is no question that Gaiman is an incredibly gifted wordsmith, and his retelling hearkens back to the Grimms’s original narrative. The most inspirational part of this book is Mattotti’s artwork. Pitch-black India ink is used to great effect, creating dark and terrifying landscapes that threaten to envelop the tiny figures of the children.



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Programming Announced for the CSSC/SCEBD Conference

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival
in partnership with the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics
announce the schedule for the 2015 CSSC/SCEBD Academic Conference

csscThe 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 once again taking place in partnership with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Below is the conference programme, with information on speakers and sessions. The programming will also be available on the TCAF 2015 Guidebook as of April 9th. (Download the Guidebook to you smartphone or tablet and start building your own TCAF 2015 schedule programs and signings!)

The conference takes place at the Toronto Reference Library on May 7th and 8th. The CSSC/SCEBD, in conjunction with Librarian & Educator Day, are co-presenting a special keynote with noted comics theorist Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics) on the morning of Friday May 8th!

The academic conference is free and open to anyone who wishes to attend. Please consult the schedule for specific presentations in English and in French.

For more information on the CSSC/SCEBD, please visit their website at


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Announcing the nominations for the 2015 Doug Wright Awards

DougWrightAwardsLogo-235x300April 5, 2015, Toronto, ON — The Doug Wright Awards for English-language Canadian Cartooning are proud to announce their finalists for 2015, which will be announced in a ceremony held at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival on May 9.

The nominees for the 2015 Doug Wright Award for Best Book are:

Ant Colony, by Michael DeForge (Drawn & Quarterly)
Fatherland, by Nina Bunjevac (Jonathan Cape/Random House)
Safari Honeymoon, by Jesse Jacobs (Koyama Press)
The People Inside, by Ray Fawkes (Oni Press)
This One Summer, by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki (Groundwood/First Second)

The nominees for the 2015 Doug Wright Spotlight Award (a.k.a. “The Nipper”) which recognizes Canadian cartoonists deserving of wider recognition are:

Aaron Costain, for Entropy #10
Elisabeth Belliveau for One Year in America (Conundrum Press)
Julie Delporte, for Everywhere Antennas (Drawn & Quarterly)
Meags Fitzgerald, for Photobooth: A Biography (Conundrum Press)
Simon Roy for Tiger Lung (Dark Horse)
Sophie Yanow, for War of Streets and Houses (Uncivilized Books)

And the nominees for the 2015 Pigskin Peters Award, which recognizes unconventional, experimental, or avant-garde Canadian comics are:

Comics Collection 2010-2013 and Less than Dust by Julien Ceccaldi
Great Success! 1983-2013 by Henriette Valium (Crna Hronika)
New Comics #3-5 by Patrick Kyle (Mother Books)
Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention by Tings Chak (The Architecture Observer)
“Swinespritzen” by Connor Willumsen

Merle TingA feature event of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF), The Doug Wright Awards are pleased to announce this year’s inductee to the Giants of the North The Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame, will be long-time London Free Press editorial cartoonist Merle “Ting” Tingley.

Ting, 93, has won national and international awards for his art and is regarded by many as the dean of Canadian newspaper cartoonists.

Ting’s whimsical and distinctive cartoons about politics and society ran in the southern Ontario Free Press for nearly 40 years (1948 to 1986) and were syndicated across Canada in more than 60 newspapers.

His work is still known by many thanks to his signature cartoon mascot, “Luke Worm”, which he included in each of his cartoons creating a “look-and-find” game for many of his younger readers.

In 2014, the London Arts Project and cartoonist Diana Tamblyn launched The Ting Comic and Graphic Arts Festival dedicated to comics creators working in and around the Southern Ontario city.

The 2nd Annual Ting Festival runs at The Arts Project from April 21 to May 9, 2015.

The jury for the 11th Annual Doug Wright Awards will include cartoonist and teacher Fiona Smyth, cartoonist and past DWA nominee Zach Worton, and Conan Tobias Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Taddle Creek magazine.

The finalists for the 2015 Doug Wright Awards were chosen from a long list of more than 200 works and submissions published during the 2014 calendar year. This year’s nominating committee included Jerry Ciccoritti, Barbara Postema, Sean Rogers, Genève Firanski and Chester Brown.

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For 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 11th year, the awards will be handed out at a ceremony at Toronto’s Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel on Saturday May 9, 2015 from 8:00 – 9:30 pm.

About The Toronto Comic Arts Festival

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) is a week-long celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, which culminates in a two-day exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of comics creators from around the world. Additional festival events include readings, interviews, panels, workshops, gallery shows, art installations, and much more. TCAF is held at Toronto Reference Library in Toronto, Canada, and in the surrounding neighbourhood, and is presented by Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling Books & Art. For more information visit



TCAF showcases Rita Fürstenau & Rotopolpress from Germany!



The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is pleased to
once again partner with the Goethe-Institut Toronto
to showcase the work of Rita Fürstenau and Rotopolpress!


TCAF is very pleased to once again renew our partnership with the Goethe-Institut Toronto to help bring German cartoonists and artists to the festival. This year, we are very excited to be working together to showcase German publisher Rotopolpress, as well as co-founder and illustrator Rita Fürstenau!

Rotopolpress is a German independent publishing house focusing on graphic storytelling. Its products range from comics and graphic novels to high-quality art prints, postcards, paper games and hand-crafted sketchbooks. In 2007 Rotopolpress was founded by illustrators Rita Fürstenau, Lisa Röper and Michael Meier in the town of Kassel, where the press still is today.

Many of the titles that Rotopolpress publishes haven’t been available at too many festivals outside of Germany, and we’re really pleased that they decided to come to TCAF to share their work. They’ll have books on-hand like Pimo & Rex by Thomas Wellmann, Shimmering Heights by Lisa Röper, and the gorgeous Old Songs – New Songs by Rita Fürstenau. Rotopolpress will also be debuting a book at TCAF, the serene Ambient Comics II by Nadine Redlich.

Come and join us on May 6th for the official launch of Ambient Comics II!

rita_fuerstenau1Ambient Comics II Launch w/ Rotopolpress & Goethe-Institut Toronto
Featuring Nadine Redlich and Rita Fürstenau
Wednesday May 6th, 2015
7pm – 9pm
@ The Central, 603 Markham St., Toronto
Free Event
TCAF Event Page
Goethe-Institut Toronto Event Page

Representing Rotopolpress at TCAF will be co-founder Rita Fürstenau, Andreas Schuster, and Nadine Redlich.

About the Goethe-Institut Toronto

The Goethe-Institut brings contemporary arts and ideas from Germany to Canada and fosters cultural dialogue and exchange between Europe, North America and the world. We are very grateful for their support in bringing Rita Fürstenau to the festival to represent Rotopolpress.

To keep track of exhibitors and events surrounding Rotopolpress, please consider downloading the TCAF 2015 Guidebook app!

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TCAF teams with Wowee Zonk to present the Wowee Zonk Small Press Area

TCAF is very please to once again
team with local collective Wowee Zonk to present


ConfettiOnce again, TCAF is teaming up with Toronto-based collective Wowee Zonk (made up of Ginette Lapalme, Patrick Kyle, and Chris Kuzma) to showcase some of the more weird and wonderful work being done in comics today. The festival always strives to present as broad of a selection of the medium as possible, and the Wowee Zonk Small Press Area tends to feature folks who are doing some of the most innovative and avant-garde work in the field.

This year the Wowee Zonk Small Press Area is taking over the Beeton Auditorium in the Toronto Reference Library, and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s impossible. We’re at “peak-excited”.

So feast your eyes on the list below at the over 40 amazing artists we’re so pumped to welcome to TCAF 2015!

For more information on these and all people exhibiting at TCAF, please see our Full Exhibitor List. And remember – the TCAF Guidebook is available for download on smartphones and tablets!

Image: Cover for Confetti, the new book debuting by Wowee Zonk co-founder Ginette Lapalme at TCAF 2015.

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Tabletop Gaming at TCAF with Jason Thompson and Kill Shakespeare Entertainment!

For TCAF 2015, we are happy to feature two comics-related board games which encourage players to take on the role of storyteller and creator: Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics and Kill Shakespeare: The Board Game.

While we’ll be announcing the full Comics vs Games programming later on, we wanted to spotlight the board games because:

One of the many great things about comics is their low barrier to entry. If you have paper, a pencil, and an idea for a story, then you can make a comic! Both of these games puts players in the drivers/drawers seat, letting you take the lead and make your own adventures. Huzzah!

Both games will be featured in the Meet Up space at the Toronto Reference Library, 2nd floor, straight across from the elevators.

About Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics

Draw the world’s greatest comics in five minutes with stick figures! Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics is a new experience in drawing games. Through fleeting trends and crazy obsessions, test your cleverness to end up with the most Fame when the clock runs down. With over 180,000 possible combinations of themes, you’ll never play the same game twice. Challenge your friends and your creativity in a battle against time and the cards!

Designed by Jason Thompson (Manga: The Complete Guide) with art by Ike (Golden Sky Stories) and Eric “Woof” Muentes (Blue Revolver), Mangaka will challenge your speed and creativity, and leave you with a full-length comic of your own creation!

For more information on Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics please see their Kickstarter page.


About Kill Shakespeare: The Board Game

The launch title from IDW Games puts you and your friends into a universe populated by characters from William Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Choose your character from the likes of Hamlet, Viola, Falstaff, Othello and Juliet in order to protect the realm from the influence of the evil King Richard III and Lady Macbeth.

Kill Shakespeare is a semi-cooperative gaming experience. You and your friends will need to work together to prevent Lady Macbeth and King Richard from taking over the land or capturing the elusive bard, William Shakespeare, while at the same time working to complete your own quests to reign supreme as the winner!

For more information on Kill Shakespeare: The Board Game please visit the IDW Games website.


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TCAF Partners with Seneca College to Present the 2015 Festival Guidebook!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival
is very pleased to once again partner with
the Faculty of Communication, Art and Design at Seneca College to present
the 2015 Festival Guidebook!


Guidebook is a mobile app that lets festival-goers have the entire program guide on their smartphone or tablet! No more dealing with newsprint-covered fingers or waiting until TCAF Day 1 to see what’s happening at the festival! The TCAF 2015 Guidebook currently has exhibitor bios, off-site event listings, and festival info!

In the coming weeks we’ll be adding information on Festival Programming, Kids Programming, Floorplans, and more!

Thanks to Seneca College for coming on as the Official Guidebook Sponsor. Because of their support we are able to offer users Multi-Track Scheduling and Interactive Indoor Maps. Together, these features will help make it easier for folks to navigate the many exhibitor spaces and programming venues. It will also help you better plan and organize your festival experience so that you don’t miss out on anything! Most exciting for us will be the Feedback Survey, so everyone who uses Guidebook can tell us about their TCAF 2015 experience.

To find the TCAF 2015 Festival Guidebook, download the app (for free) onto your smartphone or tablet. Then search “TCAF 2015 – Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015″ and download the guide. Or, you can just use the appropriate link on the TCAF Guidebook Landing Page.

Physical editions of the festival program guide will be available at the festival.

About the Faculty of Communication, Art and Design at Seneca College

The School of Creative Arts and Animation is located at the Seneca@York campus and offers programs in Animation, Game Art, Graphic Design, Digital Photography, Digital Media Arts, Music Production, Acting and Documentary Filmmaking. Its Independent Illustration diploma offers fast tracking options that combine skills development in traditional art forms combined with digital processes and the business & entrepreneurial skills that enable graduates to work as small business owners. Graduates find work in children’s and comic books, advertising illustration, concept art for TV & film, and game animation.

For more information on the Faculty of Communication, Art and Design at Seneca College, please visit their website.

For more information on all TCAF 2015 sponsors and partners, please visit our Sponsors Page.

Download the TCAF 2015 Festival Guidebook now for free!

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