TORONTO, CANADA – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival’s commitment to showcasing the greatest comic creators from Canada and around the world continues with the announcement of eleven international guests for the 2018 Festival. Among their ranks are prize winners from all over the world, including Eisner Awards, Angouleme Selections, and one creator is even an honest-to-goodness Knight! These comics luminaries from Belgium, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Spain, and the U.K. will be welcome guests of TCAF 2018, joining the more than 400 already announced creators who will participate in the Festival. All of these creators will be accessible to Festival attendees on Saturday and Sunday of the Festival, through multiple programming and signing/dédicace opportunities, (schedules to be announced).

FEATURED INTERNATIONAL GUESTS

Yvan Alagbé (France) – Yvan Alagbé was born in Paris and spent three years of his youth in West Africa. Along with Oliver Marboeuf, Alagbé and founded the publishing house, Amok, which in 2001 partnered with the publishing group Fréon to establish the esteemed Franco-Belgian collaboration Frémok, now a major European graphic novels publisher. Alagbé attends TCAF in support of the English edition of his graphic novel Yellow Negroes and Other Stories, published by The New York Review of Comics, and with the support and The French Consulate in Toronto.

Inio Asano (Japan) – Inio Asano was born in Ibaraki, Japan, in 1980. In 2001, his short story “Uchu kara Konnichiwa” (Hello from Outer Space) won the first Sunday GX Rookie Prize. Later, GX published his series Subarashii Sekai, available in English from VIZ Media as What a Wonderful World! His other works include Hikari no Machi (City of Light), Nijigahara Holograph and Umibe no Onna no Ko (A Girl on the Shore), as well as solanin and Goodnight Punpun, also available from VIZ Media. Inio Asano attends TCAF in support of his new series Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction.

David B (France) – David B. is one of France’s finest cartoonists and a co-founder of the legendary L’Association collective. He is the author of many books of comics including The Armed Garden, Nocturnal Conspiracies, and Epileptic which was awarded Angoulême International Comics Festival Prize for Scenario and the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist. David B. is attending TCAF in support of his new graphic novel Hasib, from NBM Publishing, and the series Best of Enemies from SelfMadeHero. He attends with the support of the French Consulate in Toronto, and NBM Publishing.

Romy Blümel (Germany) – Romy Blümel is an Illustrator living in Berlin, Germany. Her work has been employed by a broad list of clients for newspapers, magazines, books, advertising and cultural events. Her original paintings travelled to group shows in Shanghai, Seoul, Budapest, Paris, London and Antwerp. Romy is a member of the female artist collective ´Spring´ founded in 2004 in Hamburg. Together they publish a new monothematic issue once a year of the same-named ´Spring Magazine´ an anthology of comics. Romy attends TCAF in support of the SPRING #13: The Elephant in the Room gallery show, and with the support of the SPRING Collective and The Goethe Institut Toronto.

Brigitte Findakly (Iraq/France) – Brigitte Findakly was born in Mosul, Iraq, to an Iraqi father and a French mother, and lived there until 1973. She has been a colorist for comics, graphic novels, and comics magazines since 1982. She has been married with French comics creator Lewis Trondheim since 1993, living together in the south of France. In 2016, they collaborated on Poppies of Iraq (Published by Drawn & Quarterly), part biography and part historical account, acclaimed by readers and critics alike. Brigitte Findakly appears at TCAF with the support of The French Consulate in Toronto, and EuropeComics.

Wauter Mannaert (Belgium) – Wauter Mannaert has a master’s degree in film and animation from the Sint-Lukas School of Arts in Brussels and he currently works in Belgium as a graphic novelist, illustrator and cartoonist. After his studies and before turning towards comics, he specialized in media education and worked for years as a youth worker. His works include the Dutch graphic novels El Mesías and Weegee. Mannaert attends TCAF in support of the new graphic novel Weegee: Serial Photographer, with writer Max de Radrigues, published by Canada’s Coundrum Press, and with the support of Flanders Literature.

Max de Radiguès (Belgium) – Born in Belgium in 1982, Max de Radiguès is a cartoonist and a publisher at l’employé du Moi. A former fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies, he published a weekly comics about his time there in a Belgian newspaper, and the resulting book collection became an official selection at Angoulême in 2012. In the US, he collaborated with Charles Forsman as an editor for CABOOSE, and his work has been published by Oily Comics, One Percent Press and Conundrum Press. At TCAF 2018 Conundrum Press will debut his new work Weegee: Serial Photographer, a fictional biography of the photographer in collaboration with cartoonist Wauter Mannaert.

Chris Reynolds (U.K.) – Chris Reynolds was born in Wales in 1960 and studied fine art at the North Staffordshire Polytechnic. He has worked as a filmmaker, publicist, and art teacher but now devotes his time to drawing comics. He lives in Poole in the United Kingdom. Chris Reynolds attends TCAF in support of the graphic novel The New World: Comics from Mauretania, designed by Seth, and published by The New York Review of Comics. Chris Reynolds attends TCAF with the support of The Beguiling and the New York Review of Comics.

Sergio García Sánchez (Spain) – Sergio García Sánchez is one of the most celebrated Spanish experimental cartoonists. He has published more than 45 books and his work has been translated into nine languages. He is also a professor of comics in France and Spain and currently lives in Granada with his wife and his children. He is best-known to North American audiences for illustrating the superb young readers’ graphic novel Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure by TOON Books. He attends TCAF with the support of the Government of Spain.

Lewis Trondheim (France) – Born in 1964 in Fontainebleau, Lewis Trondheim started out in comics because he fancied telling stories and wanted to try out drawing. He was curious and wanted to do something a bit unconventional. In 1990, with five other artists, Trondheim founded the editorial structure “L’Association,” realizing that you can actually make a living in this field. He left Paris for the South, became a dad and then joined up with publisher Dargaud in 1995. He has received book prizes from Angouleme and the Montreuil Book Fair, created the fantasy project Dungeon (with Joann Sfar), founded the “Shampooing” imprint for young readers, and had his work adapted to television several times. Trondheim was made a knight of the order of Arts and Literature in 2005, and the following year received the grand prix at the Angouleme International Comics Festival. His most recent work in English is a collaboration with his wife Brigitte Findakly on Poppies of Iraq, published by Drawn & Quarterly, and he appears at TCAF with the support of The French Consulate in Toronto, and EuropeComics.

Stephanie Wunderlich (Germany) – Stephanie Wunderlich studied Communication Design at both FH Augsburg and ISIA Urbino and graduated with a degree in communication design. Based in Hamburg she works as a freelance illustrator for international magazines and publishers of books. Stephanie is a member of the female artist collective, “Spring”, which was founded in Hamburg in 2004, and which publishes an annual anthology of comics, illustrations and drawings. Each issue of “Spring Magazine” is dedicated to one particular theme, and features a wide variety of visual narratives. She attends TCAF in support of the SPRING #13: The Elephant in the Room gallery show, and with the support of the SPRING Collective and The Goethe Institut Toronto.

These Featured Guests join an amazing array of creators, artist collectives, and publishers who are already-announced exhibitors at TCAF 2018, including those from Argentina, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, The People’s Republic of China, Poland, Puerto Rico, and Sweden.

Much More To Come!

With more guests, programing, and events still to be announced, TCAF 2018 is shaping up to be one of the strongest years in Festival history! Visit TCAF online for up-to-the-minute updates.

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MEDIA

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TCAF 2018 – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
and the surrounding Bloor/Yonge neighbourhood
Professional Development: Friday, May 11, 8:30am-5pm
Saturday, May 12, 9am-5pm & Sunday May 13, 10am-5pm
Free to attend
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Select guest bios and images are available upon request. Please send all inquiries to media@torontocomics.com.

SPONSORS & PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

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.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 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 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

Seneca College is a proud Sponsor of TCAF 2018.

TCAF would like to thank The French Consulate in Toronto, EuropeComics, the Goethe Institut Toronto, Flanders Literature, The Belgian Government, The New York Review of Books, VIZ Media, NBM Publishing, and Conundrum Press for their support and assistance in bringing the guests in this announcement to TCAF.

TCAF would like to thank its Gold Sponsors Info-Tech Research Group, Now Magazine, T-Shirt Elephant, and Comixology, for their support.

Sponsorship opportunities for TCAF 2018 are still available, please email us at: contact@torontocomics.com for more info.