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TCAF Lorenzo Mattotti Exhibition Runs Until June 26th


TCAF may be over, but the brilliant exhibition of original artwork by TCAF Featured Guest Lorenzo Mattotti will continue until June 26th! Drawn from his masterful adaptation of Hansel & Gretel, this exhibition of originals is truly incredible, and we strongly recommend you visit it while it’s still up!  Our thanks to The Istituto Italiano di Cultura for their incredible support.

HANSEL & GRETEL: An exhibit by Lorenzo Mattotti
runs at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura (496 Huron St.)
from May 9th through June 26th
Open Mon – Fri: 10:00am. – 1:00pm.; 2:30pm. – 4:30pm.

About Hansel & Gretel: 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.

About Lorenzo Mattotti: Lorenzo Mattotti is an Italian comics and graphic artist living in Paris. He is a Featured Guest of TCAF 2015, and attends the festival with the support of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Mattotti’s English-language works include Fires and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (from NBM, which won an Eisner Award in 2003) , Murmur (Penguin Books), Chimera (Ignatz/Fantagraphics) and The Raven (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.”



3D Printed Figures Based On Gurihiru’s TCAF Poster!


Oh wow! Look at these awesome 3D design objects that Toronto Reference Library Digital Innovation Hub staffer Alex Dimitrov created, based on the TCAF 2015 poster by Gurihiru!

TPL is making these 3d designs available for free download for you to print at home, and you can also print them in the Digital Innovation Hub during TCAF!

Click through to see more amazing images of the figures, and to find out how you can print your own!

Thanks to Toronto Public Library and Gurihiru for helping set this up!



TCAF 2015 Exhibitor Maps and Seating Area!

No longer do you need to aimlessly wander the Toronto Reference Library looking for your favourite cartoonists and publishers. We’ve made it so much easier! See below for maps of the main exhibition floor, as well as table numbers for where folks will be sitting.

Now, we highly recommend that people download the TCAF 2015 Guidebook, available here: It’s a free app for your smartphone or tablet. It’s also a really convenient way to organize your TCAF weekend, keeping track of panels you want to attend, or exhibitors and guests you want to visit. PLUS, then you don’t get your fingers covered in newsprint. We will be adding table numbers throughout the day, but the app already has the maps as well as all festival programming and events!

Check it out!

The Atrium


Second Floor & The Salon


Table numbers beginning with 1 indicate a table in the Atrium.
Table numbers beginning with 2 indicate a table on the second floor and in The Salon.
Wowee Zonk indicates an exhibitor sitting in the Wowee Zonk Small Press Area, located in the Beeton Auditorium.

2D CLOUD 132
Ad Astra Comix 113
Leisl Adams 108
AdHouse Books 219
AH Comics Inc 172
Lala Albert Wowee Zonk
Alternative Comics 139
Anne Notation 232
Lara Antal 122
Adam Aylard 165
Kristyna Baczynski 253
Pénélope Bagieu Signing
Lynda Barry 134, 135, 136
Becky and Frank 284
Andy Belanger 206
Marc Bell Wowee Zonk
Sandra Bell-Lundy 111
Bento Comics 108
Dan Berry LICAF
Kory Bing 255
Reed Black 223
Pascal Blanchet 173, 174
Angelica Blevins 254
Joe Bluhm 249
Ruben Bolling 236
Boulet 277, 278
Boum 177
Ivan Brandon 201
Breadpig, Inc 277, 278
Brolly Lolly 109
Anna Bron 232
Box Brown 147
Alan Brown 269
Lars Brown 279
Chester Brown 134, 135, 136
Kevin Budnik 236
Antonin Buisson 176
Nina Bunjevac 167, 168
Andy Burkholder 132
Charles Burns 157, 158
Adam Buttrick Wowee Zonk
C.M. Butzer 178
Taylor C. 244
Samuel Cantin 183, 184
Oli Carpentier 145, 146
Meaghan Carter 250
J. A. Carvajal 256
Caitlin Cass 244
Melissa Castrillon 109
Cathon 183, 184
Brandon Celi Wowee Zonk
Taran Chadra 275, 276
Afu Chan 110
Nicole Chartrand 250
Shelly Chen 110
Peter Chiykowski 115
ChiZine Publications/ChiGraphic 115
Svetlana Chmakova 108
Michael Cho 167, 168
Hudson Christie Wowee Zonk
Chromatic Press Inc. 227
Mimi Chzankowski Wowee Zonk
Amy Chu 274
Marta Chudolinska 180
Clavicle Cocoris 269
Aaron Cockle 245
Eric Colossal 246
Colour Code 216
Joey Comeau 286-291
Michael Comeau Wowee Zonk
Comic Syrup Press 117
Mark Connery Wowee Zonk
Andrew Connor 114
Conundrum press 153, 154
Helah Cooper 238
Sabrina Cotugno 264
Wes Craig 239
Jordan Crane 128
Morgan Criger Wowee Zonk
Cute Juice Comics 270
Czap Books 235
Gigi D.G. 285
Evan Dahm 283
Eleanor Davis 165
Dawn “playerprophet” Davis 182
Étienne Davodeau 169, 170
Willow Dawson 109
Brandon Dayton 127
Margreet de Heer 169, 170
Joe Decie LICAF
Michael DeForge 134-6, 150-2
A.Degen 150, 151, 152
Anayte Delahay 182
Blue Delliquanti 255
Julie Delporte 134, 135, 136
Alec Dempster 180
Abby Denson 230
The Devastator 129
Dirchansky / Love Love Hill 228
Dirty Diamonds 249
Ryan Dodgson Wowee Zonk
Julie Doucet 134, 135, 136
Ryan Dow 237
Drawn & Quarterly 134, 135, 136
Jerzy & Anne Drozd 127
C.M. Dufft 273
Jarrett Duncan 220
Oliver East LICAF
Éditions TRIP Comix 176
Jonathan Edwards LICAF
Victoria Grace Elliott 110
Hunt Emerson LICAF
Em Erdman 263
Fanfare Presents 141
Fantagraphics Books 162, 163, 164
Ray Fawkes 201
Felt Mistress LICAF
Michel Fiffe 123
Jess Fink 246
Tim Fish 221
Hannah Fisher 266
Meags Fitzgerald 153, 154
Brenden Fletcher 203
Floating World Comics 130
Matthew Forsythe 134, 135, 136
Noel Freibert Wowee Zonk
Mike Freiheit 273
Rosena Fung Wowee Zonk
Rita Fürstenau 121
David Gaffney LICAF
Penina Gal 257
Monica Gallagher 221
Emi Gennis 268
GG 220
Steven Gilbert 160
Pascal Girard 183, 184
Émilie Gleason 132
Sara Goetter 213
Sophie Goldstein 219
Zac Gorman 212
Lunarbaboon 243
Graphic History Collective 113
John Green 103
Greentea Publishing 251
Grimalkin Press 133
Groundwood Books & House of Anansi 140
Ted Gulat Wowee Zonk
Gurihiru Signing
Simon Hanselmann 157, 158
Rumi Hara 268
Dustin Harbin 156
Alisa Harris 226
Eleri Mai Harris 257
Hawkins 114
Becky Hawkins 224
Hunter Heckroth 243
David Hellman and Tevis Thompson 131
Michel Hellman 183, 184
Patrick Hénaff 175
Ian Herring 275, 276
Jen Hickman 258
Hidden Fortress Press 161
Becca Hillburn 104
Kim Hoang / Love Love Hill 228
Matthew K Hoddy 260
Kate Hogg 109
Douglas Holgate 245
Jenni Holm Signing (Saturday only
Matt Holm Signing (Saturday only
A Softer World 286-291
Savannah Houston-McIntyre 181
Leslie Hung 285
Tyler J. Hutchison 282
Kathryn Immonen 219
Stuart Immonen 219
Issue Press Wowee Zonk
Gisele J 179
Jesse Jacobs Wowee Zonk
Kathleen Jacques 224
Jeph Jacques 286-291
Hellen Jo 144
Cathy G. Johnson 235
Steven M. Johnson 273
Keith Jones Wowee Zonk
Jessi Jordan 262
Peter Kalyniuk Wowee Zonk
Aya Kanno Signing
Dave Kelly / So What? Press 122
Laura Ķeniņš Wowee Zonk
Karl Kerschl 203
Jason Kieffer 138
Kill Shakespeare Entertainment CvG
Killoffer 157, 158
Eric Kim Signing
Zuzu Knew Wowee Zonk
Irma Kniivila 275, 276
Lucy Knisley 166
Aidan Koch Wowee Zonk
Yiri T. Kohl 169, 170
Nicholas Kole 212
Eric Kostiuk Williams Wowee Zonk
Yuuko Koyama 230
Koyama Press 150, 151, 152
Chris Kuzma Wowee Zonk
Patrick Kyle Wowee Zonk
Kate Lacour 179
Amanda Lafrenais 270
Lee Lai 114
Braden Lamb 280
Meghan Lands 226
Gautier Langevin 145, 146
Justin Lanjil 228
Ginette Lapalme Wowee Zonk
Blaise Larmee 132
Maaria Laurinen 207
Megan Lavey-Heaton 240
Kate Lavut 175
Jeremy Lawson 258
Jade F Lee 144
Kristen Lee 265
Laura Lee 265
Kate Leth 286-291
Christy Lijewski 292
Elisha Lim 138
Ricky Lima 210
Joe List 281
Little Island Comics 100, 101
Locust Moon Press 116
Jason Loo 206
Celine Loup 233
Matt Lubchansky 238
Ed Luce 160
Deb Lucke 106
Eunice Luk Wowee Zonk
Jason Lutes 134, 135, 136
Steve MacIsaac 222
Josie MacLachlan 109
Andrew MacLean 210
Sam Maggs 167, 168
Mike Maihack 107
Caitlin Major 260
Maple Key Comics 215
Murilo Martins 274
John Martz Signing
maruti-bitamin 266
Lorenzo Mattotti 162, 163, 164
Phil McAndrew 282
Scott McCloud Signing
Dakota McFadzean 153, 154
David McGuire 279
Brian McLachlan 102
Kagan McLeod 200
Isabelle Melançon 240
Kelly Mellings 140
Sab Meynert Wowee Zonk
Elyse Moir 238
Brie Moreno Wowee Zonk
Simon Moreton 124
Jason Murphy Wowee Zonk
muura 207
Maki Naro 242
Pranas T. Naujokaitis 182
Alicia Nauta Wowee Zonk
NBM Graphic Novels 169, 170
vicki nerino 125
Mathew New 211
Hope Nicholson 218
Ken Niimura Signing
Anders Nilsen 134, 135, 136
Nobrow Press 118, 119
Northwest Press 120
Nosebleed Comics Wowee Zonk
Natalie Nourigat 267
George O’Connor 111
Katie O’Neill 225
Eric Orchard 247, 248
Molly Ostertag 283
Owlkids 102
Sydney Padua 167, 168
Dino Pai 264
Becky Palmer 109
Paper Rocket / The Tiny Report 217
Papercutz 106
Guno Park 140
Shelli Paroline 280
advice comics 114
La Pasèque 173, 174
Ben Passmore 262
Maritsa Patrinos 243
Marc Pearson 114
Tyson Pease 208
Random House 167, 168
Kelly Phillips 249
Laurence Philomene Wowee Zonk
Pigeon Press 157, 158
Ed Piskor 204
Pixie Trix Comix 271, 272
PM Press 113
John Porcellino Wowee Zonk
Nick Francis Potter 214
Pow Pow Press 183, 184
Press Gang 130
mille putois 181
Emma Raby 109
Ray Ray Books 124
Nadine Redlich 121
Renegade Arts Entertainment 253
Retrofit Comics 147
Modest Medusa 105
Katie Ridley Murphy Wowee Zonk
Ethan Rilly Wowee Zonk
Ronnie Ritchie 223
Kat Roberts 123
Robot Hugs 242
Dave Roman 103
James Romberger 161
Jon Rosenberg 286-291
Isabella Rotman 178
Rotopolpress 121
Tristan Roulot 175
Alexandre Fontaine Rousseau 183, 184
Louisa Roy 214
RQ 233
Jim Rugg 204
Marian Runk 138
Brittney Sabo 225
Sawdust Press 234
Gregg Schigiel 107
Frederick Schroeder 286-291
Andreas Schuster 121
Secret Acres 155
Daryl Seitchik Wowee Zonk
SelfMadeHero 142, 143
Seneca College 148, 149
Seth 134, 135, 136
E Howey / Sever Press Wowee Zonk
Allison Shabet 267
Jason Shiga 105
Shouri 271, 272
Ramon Sierra 269
Kara Sievewright 213
R. Sikoryak 218
Silver Sprocket 217
Josh Simmons 162, 163, 164
Sloane 281
Neil Slorance 265
Katie So 261
So Buttons Comics 131
Sarah Sobole 239
Soda Pop Comics 216
Dan Holst Soelberg 241
Kean Soo 104
Zack Soto 130
Space Face Books Wowee Zonk
Starchild Stela Wowee Zonk
Conor Stechschulte Wowee Zonk
Noelle Stevenson 205
Cameron Stewart 202
Barbara Stok 142, 143
Studio Lounak 145, 146
Study Group Comics 130
Ania Stypulkowski 109
sucker press 177
Swimmers Group Wowee Zonk
Gengoroh Tagame 159
Jillian Tamaki 134, 135, 136
Babs Tarr 202
Telegraph Art & Comics 112
The Comics Bakery 103
Raina Telgemeier 103
The RAID Studio 275, 276
Jason Thompson CvG
Josh Tierney 110
Tin Can Forest 171
Tinto Press LLC 251
Tiny Blue Dragon Studio 209
Becca Tobin 215
Adrian Tomine 134, 135, 136
Jen Tong 256
Top Shelf Productions 247, 248
Topatoco 286-291
Toronto Comics Anthology 209
J. Torres 117
Stefan Tosheff 261
Tulintu: Comic Art in Glass Page & Panel
Meghan Turbitt 234
Uncivilized Books 133
Ben Urkowitz Wowee Zonk
Susan van Beek Wowee Zonk
Marguerite Van Cook 161
Noah Van Sciver 162, 163, 164
Zach Hazard Vaupen Wowee Zonk
Eric Vedder 275, 276
Veronica Vera & Oliver Bareham 241
Charmaine Verhagen 125
Kat Verhoeven 220
Frank Viva 167, 168
Julian Voloj 169, 170
Wai / Love Love Hill 228
George A. Walker 180
Dawson Walker 237
Nathan Ward 208
Adam Warren 229
Georgia Webber 128
Drew Weing 165
Andrew Whyte 232
Jacob Wiebe 270
Sophia Wiedeman 234
Elaine M. Will 263
Kriota Willberg 218
Dailen Williams Wowee Zonk
Mike Winters 231
Pam Wishbow 252
Leah Wishnia Wowee Zonk
Jenn Woodall 177
Phil Woolam Wowee Zonk
Alex Woolfson 222
Zach Worton 153, 154
Julie Wright 292
Kelsey Wroten 252
Wyeth Yates 254
Kendra Yee Wowee Zonk
Youth in Decline 137
Jessi Zabarsky 235
Chip Zdarsky 200
Jim Zub 229
Zviane 183, 184

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TCAF 2015 Programming Online & In Guidebook!

We’ve done it! We’ve announced the full slate of panels, programs, and workshops for TCAF 2015! You can see everything at

Some highlights:

  • Two full days of live drawing in the Kids Area!
  • D+Q 25th Anniversary Programming in the Hinton Learning Theatre!
  • 3 intensive workshops in the TRL’s Writer’s Room!
  • And 3 streams of programming at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel with some of our biggest guests!

Now, we highly recommend that folks download the TCAF 2015 Guidebook, available here: It’s a free app for your smartphone or tablet. It’s also a really convenient way to organize your TCAF weekend, keeping track of panels you want to attend, or exhibitors and guests you want to visit. PLUS, then you don’t get your fingers covered in newsprint.

Stay tuned for Signing Schedules and Table Numbers as they become available.



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Featured Guests GURIHIRU are debuting a brand new sketchbook at TCAF 2015!

On top of designing an AMAZING poster for TCAF 2015, Featured Guests Gurihiru are also debuting a brand new sketchbook! While you may know them from their work on Avatar: The Last Airbender and for Marvel Comics, this sketchbook showcases images from the other side of their beautiful and varied career.

The Gurihiru Sketchbook will be available at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, as well as at Gurihiru’s various appearances throughout the festival. It is 24 pages, black and white, and will retail for $5. Get it while it’s hot!



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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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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Announcing TCAF KIDS DAY 2015! With Featured Guests Matt Holm & Jennifer Holm, poster art by GURIHIRU!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce TCAF KIDS DAY 2015, which will see the addition of TCAF Featured Guests Matt Holm & Jenni Holm, and an exclusive promotional poster by Gurihiru!

Featuring some of the best and brightest kids-comic creators in the industry, TCAF KIDS DAY is a stand-alone event that takes place on Saturday, May 9th, from 10am to 4:30pm. It takes place just down the street from TCAF, about 10 minutes walk, at St. Paul’s on Bloor, 227 Bloor Street East. TCAF Kids Day is a great place to view large-format presentations by favourite TCAF Guests, and take part in crafts, activities, and storytimes, and purchase books from your favourite authors! Owlkids, Toronto Public Library, and Little Island Comics will be on hand all day to take part in the fun!


Welcoming Jenni Hom & Matt Holm! 

matthew-jennifer-holmWe’re thrilled to announce that Jenni Holm & Matt Holm, the amazing sister & brother team behind the bestselling Babymouse and Squish book series’ will be returning to TCAF to kick off our day with their popular presentation! Jenni and Matt last visited TCAF in 2012, and they were just so awesome we had to have them back! Our thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for supporting their trip!

Their presentation will be followed throughout the day by a who’s who of great kid, tween, and teen creators, including Kean Soo (Jellaby), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama, Sisters) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), George O’Connor (Zeus: King of the Gods), and all the way from Japan, Gurihiru (Avatar: The Last Airbender comics).


TCAF Kids Day Schedule:

10am-4:30pm: Event opens! Drop-in crafts, projects, and presentations all day!
10:30am-11:30am: Jenni Holm & Matt Holm present: Get Graphic with Babymouse & Squish!
11:45am-12:45pm: Kean Soo presents: Making Comics with Kean!
1pm-2:15pm: Raina Telgemeier & Dave Roman present: Comics Dance Party!
2:30pm-3:15pm: George O’Connor presents: Getting Mythological!
3:30pm-4:15pm: Gurihiru will be drawing and chatting, live!


TCAF Kids Day Poster by Gurihiru!

We have a special treat for everyone too! The amazing creative team Gurihiru (two awesome ladies from Japan, working under one name) have produced a special poster celebrating TCAF Kids Day programming, and really everything that’s fantastic about comic books! We are seriously blown away by this image, and we thank Gurihiru for doing such an amazing job on it! This image will be printed as a poster and made available for purchase at TCAF and TCAF Kids Day.



Lots of great stuff for kids to do at TCAF, too!

As a reminder, TCAF Kids Day is a day full of great author events and activities, but it’s in ADDITION to the programming for kids, tweens, teens, and adults at TCAF proper. TCAF will still have a great kids area in Toronto Reference Library, and there will be programs for kids and families and about great kids comics throughout our programming. TCAF Kids Day is all about creating a dedicated, accessible, and cool space, but there’s lots more at the Festival for comics fans of all ages!

See you at TCAF!




Announcing: Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop!


Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop now a permanent fixture at Toronto Reference Library.


Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada
(Inside Toronto Reference Library)
M-F: 10a-8:30p – Sa: 10a-5p – Su: 12p-5p
416-323-9212 –

PPlogo2MARCH 18, 2015: The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is thrilled to announce that its festival shop is here to stay for the foreseeable future! Located inside Toronto Reference Library at 789 Yonge Street, we’re pleased to announce that the shop has been newly rebranded as Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop (with a spiffy new logo design by illustrator Chip Zdarsky), and the store will continue bringing the very best of comics, graphic novels, art, design objects and book culture merchandise to Toronto.

“We’ve received a tremendous outpouring of support since we opened this December,” said Miles Baker, the Shop’s Manager and TCAF’s Managing Director. “Opening as a pop-up shop gave us room to breathe, and get to know our new customers and the neighbourhood. We’ve welcomed thousands of people through the doors, received some wonderful media coverage, and the customer feedback has been phenomenal!”

“Talking to our customers has been key,” said Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, Manager of Little Island Comics, and one of the TCAF shop’s product specialists. “They love books and book-culture and they especially love Toronto Public Library. We’ve worked hard to curate a unique selection of items—graphic novels, cool design objects, and apparel—that celebrates the best of books and graphic novels, from Canada and around the world.”

“And the best part is that all profits from the store get reinvested back into TCAF,” continued Baker. “Shopping here helps grow the Festival itself, ensuring a bright future for our free Comic Arts Festival—who wouldn’t like that?”

Toronto comic fans will be happy to hear that The TCAF Shop will play host to a wide variety of in-store author signings and events moving forward. Readers and fans will be able to meet illustrator Carson Ellis (Wildwood Chronicles, Home) on March 30th, writer Jim Zub (Wayward, Figment) on April 1st, and Publisher Bedside Press for the launch of their classic Canadian comics collection Brok Windsor: 1944-1946! In fact, Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop will be hosting an event this evening, March 18th, for Toronto anthology comic Monstrosity 2 featuring nearly a dozen cartoonists featured in the book! Hurry down to the store!


Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop has already created exclusive merchandise from Canadian cartoonists Kate Beaton and John Martz, with more artist collaborations planned for 2015. In addition, the shop has continued to source local and international toys, household goods, and apparel from America and overseas to present a selection of merchandise nearly exclusive within Toronto. Add in a carefully curated selection of comics and graphic novels, and The TCAF Shop has an unprecedented selection of material for every age, taste, and budget!

“We’re genuinely excited to be able to contribute to the city’s artistic fabric this way,” said TCAF co-Founder Christopher Butcher. “The annual Festival is a great way to support the medium, and the artists that we love. The store will continue that tradition year-round, joining the ranks of the city’s other great comic shops and bringing something new, and unique, to the mix. We hope to see you here!”





Please direct all media inquiries to

ABOUT Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop

Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop is a project of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, an independent not-for-profit organization which is sponsored by The Beguiling Books & Art and Toronto Public Library. The Festival is held annually at Toronto Reference Library, with the next Festival taking place May 9th and 10th, 2015.

Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop is open Monday through Friday, 10am to 8:30pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, 12pm to 5pm. It is closed on all holidays which Toronto Reference Library is closed.


Bienvenue! TCAF Announces Featured Guests Davodeau, Bagieu, and Boulet

Today The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce the addition of three new Featured Guests to its 2015 Programme, all of which hail from France. Please welcome to Toronto first-time guests Étienne Davodeau and Pénelope Bagieu, and returning artist Boulet!

Thanks to our ongoing collaboration with the Consulate General of France in Toronto, as well as with publishers of international works including NBM and First Second Books, the Festival has been able to welcome and support cartooning guests from France since its inception in 2003. TCAF’s official mandate is to promote and support Torontonian and Canadian cartoonists, but also to invite some of the best-loved and most critically-acclaimed cartoonists in the world to come and see what we’re producing here! We’re grateful to have had so many wonderful French cartoonists, editors, and publishers attend the Festival, and we’re thrilled to continue this trend into 2015. After TCAF’s official visit to the prestigious Festival international de bande dessinée d’Angoulême last month, we are hopefully setting the stage for even more international exchanges in the years to come.

Fans of French-language comics take note, we will also be planning a spotlight on Quebecois and Franco-Canadian comics at TCAF 2015, with more information to come very soon!

Our thanks again to the Consulate General of France in Toronto, BreadPig Inc., NBM, and First Second Books for their support of these cartoonists and of the Festival.

Please continue reading for more information on our featured guests, and their works debuting at TCAF!

Featured Guests

DAvodeau_160Étienne Davodeau is a multiple award-winning comics author from France.  After having studied graphic arts in Rennes, Davodeau has since created numerous best-selling and critically acclaimed graphic novels, mostly in the reality-based and reportage vein. Titles of his include Les Mauvaises Gens, Le Chien Qui Louches, Geronimo, and Les Ignorants (which was translated into English by NBM in 2013, titled  The Initiates).Davodeau is attending TCAF 2015 with his North American publisher NBM in support of the English debut of Lulu Anew. This translates Davodeau’s best-selling masterpiece, Lulu Femme Nue, which in 2013 was adapted into an award winning film by Sólveig Anspach.
Bagieu_160Pénélope Bagieu is a French cartoonist and illustrator, known the world-over for her blog Ma vie est tout à fait fascinante (My life is quite fascinating), where she shares moments of her everyday life.Her first BD work, Joséphine went on to be a best-seller, with a live-action film adaptation coming released in 2013. In 2010, Bagieu published Cadavre Exquis (Exquisite Corpse, in English), which earned her multiple prizes at the 2011 Angoulême Festival, including Best Humour Album.Pénélope Bagieu is attending TCAF 2015 in support of the English debut of Exquisite Corpse from First Second.
Boulet_160Boulet is among the first French cartoonists to become famous by publishing a webcomic. Bouletcorp started in July 2004, with an English version beginning in 2009. Since starting his blog, he has worked for French comics strip magazine Tchô ! and Psikopat, and on many others as an author or cartoonist. He even replaced Lewis Trondheim as cartoonist of the comic strip Donjon Zénith.Boulet is attending TCAF 2015 in support of Augie and the Green Knight, with the help of Breadpig Inc.

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

Debut Books

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Lulu Anew
By Étienne Davodeau
From NBM
Exquisite Corpse
By Pénélope Bagieu
From First Second
Augie & the Green Knight
By Zach Weinersmith and Boulet
From Bread Pig Inc.

For more information on these and all books debuting at TCAF 2015, please visit our Debuting Books page.

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