2 Weeks until the Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2018!
The 2018 Toronto Comic Arts Festival is just two weeks away, and this incredible and international celebration of comic books—graphic novels, manga, bande desinee, WHATEVER you want to call them—is going to be a can’t miss event for comic fans in the city and around the world!
With a diverse and exciting line-up of programs leading up to the festival, amazing panels and interviews throughout the weekend, and more than 400 authors and publishers from over 20 countries around the world in attendance, TCAF has grown to be one of the most respected and well-attended pure comic book events in North America, with PLENTY of opportunities for great stories to be told.
Over 100 Debuting Books!
TCAF 2018 will see more than 100 new works released in conjunction with the festival! And better yet, all authors in attendance to sign and share their works with you!
- French author Yvan Algabé sees his powerful treatise on contemporary society released in English for the first time in Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creators, by the New York Review of Books.
- Toronto’s Georgia Webber releases her long-awaited memoir, detailing her battle with vocal disability, DUMB, by Fantagraphics Books.
- Japan’s Inio Asano metaphorizes the heavy burden hanging over the heads of the next generation when massive alien spacecraft invade… and then do nothing, floating omniously over Tokyo for years, in Dead Dead Demons Dededede Destruction from VIZ Media
Two Knights at TCAF!
Did you know that two different TCAF Featured Guests have been KNIGHTED?! It’s true!
Françoise Mouly was decorated by the French government as a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2001! She’s the groundbreaking editor of venerable alt-comix classic RAW Magazine, the art editor of The New Yorker, and the co-founder and publisher of children’s graphic novel publisher TOON BOOKS, which will celebrate its 10th Anniversary at TCAF!
Lewis Trondheim was also decorated by the French government as a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, in 2005! He has created or co-created over 100 French-language graphic albums, and is attending TCAF with his wife and creative partner Brigitte Findakly, in support of their memoir and historical chronicle, Poppies of Iraq (Drawn & Quarterly).
Special Events Galore!
TCAF is about the authors and the books, but we present so many exciting ways to interact with the medium of comics! From gallery exhibitions to a “Comic Book Opera”, the TCAF 2018 programme is full of great events!
- Hockey Noir: A Comic Book Opera: TCAF has teamed with ECM+ and Continuum to present a brand new Opera, HOCKEY NOIR, with Libretto by Canadian Graphic Novelist Cecil Castellucci! Danger, passion, and a Toronto/Montreal hockey rivalry! Tickets now available!
- Toronto: Past, Present, and Future: This year’s TCAF Kick-Off event at the Appel Salon on Friday May 11 at 6:30pm will feature generations of Toronto cartoonists including Fiona Smyth (Sneaky Dee’s exterior artist), Ho Che Anderson (KING), and Hartley Lin (Young Frances) talking about the history of graphic novels in Toronto, and the future for artists in the city.
- TCAF Turns 15: This is the Festival’s 15th Anniversary, and its 10th held at Toronto Reference Library. We’re celebrating with the largest and most internationally diverse list of exhibitors ever!
Comics for all ages and interests!
TCAF is a great big event that contains so many different styles, scenes, and cliques within it that every audience is bound to find something to enjoy at the Festival!
- TCAF Kids Area: Head to the Forest Hill Ballroom of the Marriott Bloor-Yorkville for 2 full days of programming for kids! Famous picture book and graphic novel creators will be reading their books, running crafts, drawing with kids, and so much more!
- Wowee Zonk!: The best in outre, avant-garde, and outsider comics art comes to TCAF courtesy of the Wowee Zonk collective. Check out the Browsery Space in Toronto Reference Library!
- Zineland Terrace: New for TCAF 2018, ZINELAND TERRACE will be taking over the upper level of the venerable Cumberland Terrace, at Cumberland and Yonge Street, with dozens of Toronto and international zinesters showing their wares! Including workshops on screenprinting and making your own zine!