TORONTO, CANADA– Trailblazing kids graphic novel publisher Toon Books is turning 10 this year, and they’re celebrating at TCAF! The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce that it will join with Toon Books, their staff, and creators, in celebrating their 10th anniversary through programming, appearances, debut books, and more!

Toon Books will exhibit in TCAF’s new kids programming and activity area, in The Marriott Bloor Yorkville’s Forest Hill Ballroom, and will be represented at TCAF by company founder and legendary comics editor Françoise Mouly. Mouly will also act as the Keynote speaker for TCAF Librarian & Educator Day on Friday May 11th, with registration now open. Joining Mouly in the celebration will be an amazing assortment of top comics creators (for Kids and Adults), including Jaime Hernandez, Liniers, Kevin McCloskey, Sergio Garcia Sanchez, and Frank Viva!

“We’re so thrilled to offer TCAF as a platform to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of a truly groundbreaking comics publisher,” said TCAF Artistic Director Christopher Butcher. “Toon Books are producing important, quality work for the nearly-ignored group of young readers that are moving on from picture books, but aren’t quite ready for middlegrade graphic novels. By developing smart and educationally appropriate work with some of the best creators in the industry, Toon Books has become a vital part of the graphic novel publishing landscape.”

“It’s hard to believe that just a decade ago, the vision to publish high-quality, early-reader hardcover comics was rejected by every major publisher,” said TOON Books Founder Francoise Mouly. “But, in the end, I couldn’t be happier than to have launched it on my own.”

Attending Toon Books Creators:

Françoise Mouly is the publisher, Editorial Director and Senior Designer of TOON Books, which she launched in 2008. She joined The New Yorker as art editor in 1993, and has been responsible for over 1,000 covers over her tenure at The New Yorker.  Ms. Mouly was the founder, publisher, designer and co-editor with her collaborator and husband, cartoonist Art Spiegelman, of the pioneering comics anthology “RAW,” where Spiegelman’s MAUS was first published. After looking for material to help her two children become readers, Ms. Mouly established a RAW Junior division, to publish first the Little Lit collection of comics with HarperCollins, then the TOON Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics with Abrams, and finally launched the TOON Books imprint in 2009. She has also edited Blown Covers (2012, Abrams), about the creative process behind New Yorker covers, Postcards from the New YorkerA Hundred Postcards from Ten Decades (2012, Penguin), and Houghton Mifflin’s 2012 Best American Comics. She was named Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. She and her husband live in Manhattan. Her favorite TOON Book is Jack and the Box, because “it’s a great metaphor for a book as well as a great book.”

Jaime Hernandez is one of the most respected and awarded living cartoonists. He is co-creator of the long-running, award-winning, and critically acclaimed series Love and Rockets. He lives in Pasadena, CA with his wife and daughter. He attends TCAF to debut his new Toon Books Release The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America.

Ricardo “Liniers” Siri is an Argentine cartoonist who is beloved in Latin America for his wildly successful comic strip MacanudoLiniers has also created outstanding picture books for TOON Books,  including The Big Wet Balloon, Written and Drawn by Henrietta, and Good Night, Planet.

Kevin McCloskey is a Professor of Illustration at Kutztown University of PA. He is the Author/illustrator of the ‘Giggle and Learn Series’ for Toon Books. Kevin McCloskey will attend TCAF to debut his newest Toon Book, Snails Are Just My Speed!

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.

Frank Viva is an award-winning author/illustrator and graphic designer. His illustrations have appeared on the cover of The New Yorker, in The New York Times and many other places. His first picture book Along a Long Road was a 2011 New York Times Best Illustrated Book. Making books is his favorite thing to do.

Toon Books will be represented at TCAF through an exhibitor booth, panel discussions and presentations, autograph sessions, and much more. Join us at TCAF May 12th and 13th, as the celebration of Toon Books’ 10th Anniversary joins the robust kids comic programming at the 2018 Festival!

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About Toon Books

TOON Books are the first high-quality comics designed for children ages three and up. Each book in the collection is just right for reading to the youngest child. Perhaps more remarkably, this is the first collection ever designed to offer early readers comics they can read themselves. Each TOON book has been vetted by educators to ensure that the language and the narratives will nurture young minds. Our books feature original stories and characters created by veteran children’s book authors, renowned cartoonists and new talents, all applying their extraordinary skills to fascinate young children with tales that will welcome them to the magic of reading.

Founded by Francoise Mouly, co-founder of RAW Magazine and Art Editor of The New Yorker, and Pulitzer-prize winning graphic novelist Art Spiegelman, TOON Books proves that Comics ARE for Kids again!

Find out more at http://www.toon-books.com/

About TCAF

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival takes place May 11, 12, and 13, 2018 at Toronto Reference Library, The Marriott Bloor Yorkville, and The Masonic Temple in the Bloor/Yonge neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, which culminates in a two-day exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of comics creators from around the world. Other Festival events include readings, interviews, panels, workshops, gallery shows, art installations, and much more. The full program and list of participating creators will be at torontocomics.com closer to the date of the Festival.

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 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.