Self Made Hero creators at Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2014

SMH_logo_smlAs the Toronto Comics Arts Festival prepares for its 2014 international celebration of comics and graphic novels, SelfMadeHero, the independent UK publisher of graphic novels, is attending with a number of its top creators from Britain and Europe.

British writer/ illustrator I.N.J. Culbard has built up a reputation for his H.P. Lovecraft adaptations and his latest book, Celeste, is his much anticipated first original sci-fi work. Eisner-winning UK artist Nick Abadzis, now resident in New York, has collaborated with author David Camus on The Cigar That Fell In Love With a Pipe, an imaginative take on Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth’s relationship at the time of the release of The Lady from Shanghai.

Berlin-based Reinhard Kleist, who made an impact with his graphic novel biography of Johnny Cash, tells the life of Holocaust survivor and champion prizefighter Harry Haft in The Boxer. Kleist will be in conversation with Alan Scott Haft, grandson of Harry and author of the biography on which The Boxer is based, at the Goethe Institute in Toronto on Sunday May 11 at 3pm.

Abel Lanzac and Christophe Blain are the creators of the bestselling political satire Weapons of Mass Diplomacy, based on Lanzac’s experiences as an advisor to former French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin. After selling half a million copies in France, the book was adapted into a successful movie under its original title,Quai D’Orsay (distributed in North America as The French Minister).  All of the listed books are published by SelfMadeHero in Spring this year in both the UK and US.

The creators will take part in various talks and events throughout the weekend.

TCAF runs May 1011 2014.