TCAF Announces International and Canadian Guests!

Toronto Public Library Presents

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2014

Canadian & International Programming & Guests

Welcoming award-winning creators from Canada and across the globe, including Christophe Blain & Abel Lanzac, Jeff Smith, Darwyn Cooke, and Réal Godbout!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2014
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.
Saturday May 10th, 2014, 9am-5pm
Sunday May 11th, 2014, 11am-5pm
Free Admission

TORONTO, CANADA — This May, Toronto will once again become a hotbed of provincial, national, and international cartooning talent, thanks to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2014! Now in its 11th year and once again held at the Toronto Reference Library, TCAF 2014 will be Canada’s premiere celebration of the comics medium! TCAF 2014 will welcome over 300 outstanding authors and artists from more than a dozen countries, including a sizeable Canadian contingent! The public is encouraged to interact with these authors and the medium through exhibitions, panels, signings, book launches, and a brand new reading series!

TCAF’s year-after-year spotlight on international creators makes it a unique event amongst its festival peers. “The comics medium is thoroughly celebrated the world over,” said TCAF Festival Director Christopher Butcher. “I’ve had the great fortune to travel around the world, and I’ve seen how both the medium and its authors are highly-regarded… it’s my privilege to bring a little bit of that sentiment, that respect, back to Canada through TCAF.”

Some of this year’s attending international authors include:

Christophe Blain (France): internationally renowned author and artist of comics such as Isaac the Pirate; attending TCAF in support of the English edition of Weapons of Mass Diplomacy, published by Selfmadehero.

Abel Lanzac (France): French diplomat and author, attending TCAF in support Weapons of Mass Diplomacy, published by Selfmadehero.

Luke Pearson (United Kingdom): writer and artist of the all-ages Hilda series of comics (Hilda and The Bird Parade), published by Nobrow Press.

Jeff Smith (United States): the award-winning and bestselling creator of BONE, and is touring in support of the Complete RASL Collection.

Mimi Pond (United States): Noted screenwriter, Pond is attending TCAF in support of her new graphic novel Over Easy, published by Drawn and Quarterly.

Kuš (Latvia): publisher renowned for curating comics anthologies, exhibitions, workshops, and other comics related events around the world. Represented by David Schilter and Sanita Muižniece.

These creators join already-announced authors including Est Em (Japan) and Gabrielle Bell (United States) and over 300 exhibiting creators from all over the world.

“As honoured as I am to welcome these international talents to Toronto, I’m thrilled to be able to shine a spotlight on the fabulous Canadian authors that make up the backbone of the Festival,” continued Butcher. “We’re working hard to promote Canadian creators in new ways, and a big part of that will be this year’s Canadian Reading Series.”

Hosted in the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon’s Novella Room, the Canadian Reading Series will feature intimate readings and presentations from an exciting lineup of Canadian creators. This new programming stream will be an excellent way to discover new Canadian talent from coast to coast.

Some creators may include:

Michael Deforge: author of the brand new Ant Colony, from Drawn and Quarterly, and the upcoming TCAF 2014 debut, A Body Beneath, from Koyama Press.

Darwyn Cooke: winner of numerous awards, and even more nominations, currently adapting Donald Westlake’s Parker novels to graphic novel form.

Julie Delporte: comics creator, editor and radio host, attending TCAF in support of her new book Everywhere Antennas, from Drawn and Quarterly.

Réal Godbout: Québecois comics superstar, attending TCAF in support of the English translation of Amerika, published by Conundrum Press.

Pascal Girard: critically acclaimed creator of Bigfoot and Reunion, attending TCAF in support of his new book Petty Theft, from Drawn and Quarterly.

These creators join an exciting roster of already-announced Canadian talent that include Lynn Johnston (For Better Or For Worse), Mariko & Jillian Tamaki (SKIM, This One Summer), and Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant), among others.

“This will be a truly exceptional year for the Festival,” said Butcher. “We hope you’re able to attend.”

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The Toronto Comic Arts Festival will take place in and around Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, in Toronto, on May 10th and 11th. Admission is free to most festival events.

Be sure to check the TCAF website and social media outposts for up-to-the-minute updates!

Twitter: @Torontocomics


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.

TCAF is also excited to partner with Revvly, Revvly’s cloud-based platform powers software tools that make managing your event inventory smarter and simple

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.

Sponsorship opportunities for TCAF 2014 are still available, please contact us at: for more info.