TCAF welcomes Lisa Hanawalt, Gilbert Hernandez, Rutu Modan

Drawn & Quarterly announces festival line-up and participating authors!

FEBRUARY 26—Today, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2013 teams with venerable Canadian publisher Drawn & Quarterly to welcome Lisa HanawaltGilbert Hernandez, and Rutu Modan as Featured Guests of the festival. All three creators will attend TCAF 2013 in support of new works published by Drawn & Quarterly, and will be prominently featured in Festival programming taking place May 11-12 at Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street.

This trio of talented graphic novelists will join previously announced and mainstay Drawn & Quarterly cartoonists Marc Bell, Chester Brown, Seth, and Art Spiegelman as a part of the 2013 Festival, and a host of other cartoonists published by D&Q across their long history. Drawn & Quarterly’s exceptionally strong line-up will make appearances at the Drawn & Quarterly booth during TCAF’s main exhibition dates. They will also participate in various other programs, including displays of original art, panel discussions, interviews, and much more. Final programming details and schedules will be announced closer to the TCAF dates.

“We’re thrilled to again be working closely with Drawn & Quarterly this year to welcome their fantastic cartoonists to Toronto,” said Christopher Butcher, Festival Director. “Rutu Modan’s Exit Wounds was a triumph, one of my favourite graphic novels. It’s thrilling that she’s coming to TCAF to debut her new work… and Lisa Hanawalt is marvelously talented, and her debut collected work is going to go over incredibly well.”

“And really, what can I say about Gilbert Hernandez?” continued Butcher. “I mean, Love & Rockets is just legendary. He’s an amazing cartoonist, a giant in the field. We’re lucky to welcome him to TCAF, we’re lucky that he’s here for his major new work Marble Season. His presence raises our 10th Anniversary event to an entirely new level.”

For more information on Drawn & Quarterly’s plans for TCAF, please visit their profile which will eventually include links to participating cartoonists, programming, and events.


Lisa Hanawalt is a renowned self-publisher and illustrator living in Brooklyn, New York. Her comics work has won several Ignatz awards, and the Stumptown Award for Best Small Press Publication in 2011. Hanawalt’s illustration and comics clients include The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Hairpin, McSweeneys, Chronicle Books and Vanity Fair. She will debut her first major comics work, My Dirty Dumb Eyes, at TCAF 2013.

Full BioMy Dumb Dirty Eyes Info

Gilbert Hernandez has been called “One of the greatest American storytellers,” by Junot Diaz. Alongside his brothers Jaime and Mario, Gilbert co-created and contributed to the acclaimed comic book series Love and Rockets, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012. Gilbert has won numerous awards for his stories, including the Kirby Award, Inkpot Award, Harvey Award, and the 2009 United States Artists Literature Fellowship. Gilbert will be at TCAF 2013 to debut his semiautobiographical new work Marble Season, easily one of the most-anticipated and most-important books of 2013.

Full Bio – Marble Season Info

Rutu Modan is the author of the phenomenal graphic novel Exit Wounds, which received enormous critical acclaim and was cited as one of the best graphic novels in its year of release by Entertainment Weekly, Time, The Washington Post, Publisher’s Weekly, and New York Magazine amongst others.  An accomplished illustrator, graphic novelist, and teacher of the medium, her work is highly regarded around the world. Rutu Modan will attend TCAF 2013 to debut her new graphic novel The Property, published by Drawn & Quarterly. TCAF would like to thank the Consulate General of Israel in Toronto for their support of this trip.

Full Bio – The Property Info