Librarian & Educator Day Program - TPL Librarian Scott Robins speaks with creators Raina Telgemeier (Smile) and Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse)

TCAF Librarian & Educator Day Registration Now Open

Librarians! Teachers! Academics! Registration for TCAF Librarian and Educator Day is now open, and once again, it’s FREE! Sponsored by The Beguiling, UDON Entertainment and Manga Classics, and numerous participating publishers, TCAF Librarian & Educator Day is a FREE, full-day of programming aimed at teachers, teacher-librarians, librarians, and library workers and collection managers who want to know more about incorporating comics and graphic novels into their collections. Information-rich presentations and lectures, panel discussions, and workshops impart valuable information about building collections, improving circulation, targeting important demographics, and integrating comics into classroom use.

For more information and sign-up, please visit our Librarian & Educator Day Page.

 

Canadian Publishers’ Mission to Comic-Salon Erlangen

International Comic-Salon Erlangen, Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF), the Canadian Embassy in Berlin, and Canada FBM2020 are partnering together to bring a small delegation of Canadian graphic novel publishers to Germany’s largest and most important comics industry event, May 31st to June 3rd, 2018.

If you’re an interested Canadian Publisher, please visit the program outline and application page for more information on how you can join us!

 

TCAF Welcomes Esteemed Manga Creator
Inio Asano to the 2018 Festival!

Inio Asano

TORONTO, CANADA—The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce that acclaimed Japanese manga creator Inio Asano will participate in TCAF as a Featured Guest of the 2018 Festival, to be held May 12-13, 2018, in Toronto Canada. Asano will travel from Japan to Canada in support of the new manga Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction, the first volume of which will be published in English by VIZ Media this April.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Asano-sensei to TCAF,” said Christopher Butcher, the Festival’s Artistic Director. “Inio Asano has been one of my favorite mangaka since VIZ released solanin in English, a book I absolutely love. Inio Asano has a wide variety of stand-alone manga and series in print, and manga fans and TCAF’s audience of graphic novel and alternative comics fans will find much to love.”

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Announcing Featured Kids & YA Authors at TCAF 2018!

Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling present

TCAF 2018 – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Professional Development: Friday, May 11, 8:30am-5pm
Saturday, May 12, 9am-5pm
Sunday, May 13, 10am-5pm
Free to attend
www.torontocomics.com

TORONTO, CANADA — The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to unveil its initial programming for Kids and Teens at their 2018 Festival, with great graphic novelists and programming for young readers! TCAF 2018 will Feature more than a dozen internationally celebrated authors of work for kids, and middlegrade and young adult readers! Better still, TCAF will feature two full days of programming for young people this year, completely free to attend! It’s an amazing year for young readers and aspiring young authors to attend the Festival!

Keep reading for the full list of Featured Creators and Kids and Teen Programming highlights!

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TCAF proudly presents HOCKEY NOIR: A billingual Chamber Opera in 3 Periods

TCAF, along with our partners Ensemble contemporain de Montreal (ECM+) and Continuum Contemporary Music, are thrilled to bring you Hockey Noir, a multimedia chamber opera. Set in the 1950s, the classic hockey rivalry between Toronto and Montreal takes centre stage with a side of organized crime. Love, lust, scandal, blood, betrayal – in sudden death, who wins and who loses is determined not by fate but by the final shot!

Hockey Noir was written by TCAF Featured Guest Cecil Castellucci, and features artwork by Toronto illustrator Kymberlyn Porter. Showtimes are May 10th and 11th at 8pm, and a 2pm matinee on May 11th. For more info and tickets, check out continuummusic.org.

Full details under the cut!

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UPDATE! TCAF in Tokyo 2017! November 23rd-December 3rd

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival returns to Tokyo to participate in Kaigai Manga Festa, Comic Art Tokyo, and Tokyo Comic Con this November/December!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival exists to promote Canadian Comics and Culture at home and abroad year-round. This year TCAF will be traveling with a dozen cartoonists from Canada, as well as other friends and associates, to put on our biggest displays in Japan yet. Event information, including WHICH artists are participating at WHICH events, and Artist bios are below. TCAF in Tokyo header by Kagan McLeod.

TCAF Gallery Shows

En Masse in Tokyo – Live Art & Installation
Friday, November 24th through December 10th, 2017
At Gallery Hakusen, 1-36-14 Asagaya-Minami, Suginami-ku, Tokyo: https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/art/gallery-hakusen
Closest Station: Asagaya JR
Admission is free
Organized in association with Black Hook Press / CAT and Gallery Hakusen

Quebec-based art collective En Masse returns to Tokyo with a complete gallery takeover and installation of art! Led by En Masse’s Rupert Bottenberg and Kim Hoang, this installation will feature large-format collaborative artworks deriving from comics, illustration, and painting traditions. Participating artists include the complete range of visual artists from TCAF’s Tokyo trip, as well as Tokyo-based and Japan-based artists working in a variety of disciplines.

Installation takes places on November 24th from 1pm-6pm, and viewing may be possible at this time. Show is fully open to the public from November 25th to December 10th.

Opening Vernisage date TBD.

For more info on En Masse, visit http://enmasse.info/.

Tengu Guro個展 “Midnight Swim” – Mike Parsons Solo Show
Tuesday, November 21st through Saturday November 25th, 2017
Opening Event: November 21st, 6pm-8pm
At SPACE M, 1 Chome-14-18 Aobadai, Meguro, Tokyo 153-0042: https://goo.gl/maps/EcD2hbxAuEP2
Closest Station: Naka-Meguro (Tokyu Toyoko, Hibiya)

Admission is free

Solo exhibition of Toronto-based comics creator Mike Parsons as he explores Japan’s rich ‘Eroguro’ artistic tradition. Show runs Tuesday to Saturday, with an opening reception on Tuesday the 21st. For more info check out the Facebook event!

TCAF Events!

Its the floorplan for Kaigai Manga Festa 2017! Click for larger.

Its the floorplan for Kaigai Manga Festa 2017! Click for larger.

Kaigai Manga Festa

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017, 11am-4pm
At TOKYO BIG SIGHT, EAST HALL 6: https://goo.gl/maps/TjNXc3osTx22 
Closest stations: KOKUSAI-TENJIJO (Rinkai), KOKUSAI-TENJIJO-SEIMON (Yurikamome)
A part of the COMITIA Doujinshi Event!
Admission for both events 1300yen.
Kaigai Manga Festa  is Tokyo’s first comics event celebrating worldwide comics! Creating relationships between Japanese and International comics creators, Kaigai Manga Festa (or Tokyo International Comic Festival) features more than 40 artists from more than a dozen countries around the world.
At this event TCAF will have a large booth set-up with a the following Canadian creators and organizations participating: Koyama Press, The Beguiling, An Nguyen (SaicoInk), Andrew Wheeler, Bryan Lee O’Malley & Jason Fischer, Emily Carroll, Freddy Carrasco, Hello Boyfriend, Jim Zub, Kim Hoang, Maiji, Marcus To, Mike Parsons, Ramon Perez, and Rupert Bottenberg.
For more information, including about Bryan Lee O’Malley’s on-stage interview, visit http://kaigaimangafesta.com/en/
Comic Art Tokyo 
Saturday, November 25th, 2017, 11am-6:30pm
At TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, Tokyo Campus, Azabu School Building, 2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-Ku, Tokyo. https://goo.gl/maps/ZHi8ojv4nrK2 
Closest station: Shirokane-Takanawa
Free to attend, 500 yen suggested donation for show catalogue
Comic Art Tokyo is a show modeled somewhat after TCAF, and so we’re honoured and thrilled to be participating. Focusing on artcomix, indy and underground comics in Japan and abroad, CAT will feature a range of workshops and special presentations, including an onstage interview with Gekiga master Tadao Tsuge!
For this event, TCAF will have a full ‘Canadian Pavilion’, as we take over Temple University’s Azabu campus cafeteria! We’ll be showing Canadian comics videos all day, have three feature presentations (including Canadian Comics Readings, The History of Koyama Press, and An Nguyen talking about her collaborative work So Pretty, Very Rotten). Participating exhibitors at this event include: The Beguiling, Koyama Press, An Nguyen, Andrew Wheeler, Bryan Lee O’Malley & Jason Fischer, Emily Carroll, Freddy Carrasco, Hello Boyfriend, John Gehron, Kim Hoang, Maiji, Mike Parsons, Natalie Andrewson, Rupert Bottenberg, and Tim Kiefer.
For more information on Comic Art Tokyo, visit http://www.comicarttokyo.com/
Brave & Bold Tokyo (ライブドローイングイベント BRAVE & BOLD)
Saturday November 25th & Sunday November 26th, 2017, 11am-7pm
At Kyodo Printing (Access Map): https://goo.gl/Ua6daZ
Closest Station: Yodoya Station (Marunochi), Hakusan (Toei Mita)
Admission 2000yen. 
Brave & Bold is a live-art and artist alley event and showcase, featuring a dynamic range of international artists centered around “AmeComi”, or American Superhero and Genre comics. A chance to meet artists and get commissioned work from them, mostly for Japanese fans, and a chance to see live drawing and more.
TCAF will only be participating on Sunday, November 26th. Participating creators at this event include: Bryan Lee O’Malley (11am-2pm) & Jason Fischer, Freddy Carrasco, Jim Zub, and Marcus To. Plus! Creators Jim Zub and Jason Fischer will be live-drawing on-stage from 3pm-4pm!
For more information on Brave&Bold visit http://braveandboldart.com/
Tokyo Comic-Con 2017
Friday December 1st, Saturday December 2nd, Sunday December 3rd, 2017
At Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall 9, 10, 11, Chiba-ken, http://tokyocomiccon.jp/english/access.html
Closest Station: Kaihin Makuhari (Keikyo)
Admission: 3200yen per day(!)
Tokyo Comic-Con is a large-format media-focused American-style Comic-Con, founded by Stan Lee, Steve Wozniak, and a bunch of other folks. TCAF is looking forward to promoting Canadian creators and their works, and ‘revealing’ which artists that already have work translated into Japanese are ‘secretly’ Canadian!
TCAF will be participating on all 3 days of the Festival, though some guests will not be available every day. Participating creators at this event include: Bryan Lee O’Malley (Fri & Sat Only), Jason Fischer, Tim Kiefer, Ramon Perez (Fri & Sat only), Marcuz To, Andrew Wheeler, Jim Zub & Steven Cummings. In addition, on Friday and Saturday we will be welcoming very special guests The National Cartoonists Society at the TCAF booth, represented by NCS President Steve McGarry and member Luke McGarry!

Festival Staff

TCAF will be represented at these events by staff including Jocelyne Allen, Peter Birkemoe, David Brothers, Cassi Burrel, Christopher Butcher, Jarrett Samson, and Mimmy Shen. TCAF is also grateful for the assistance of Aki Yanagi in helping to manage our participation in these events!

Exhibiting Groups:

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2017, The Beguiling is North America’s finest comic book specialty shop. Located in Toronto, Canada, The Beguiling carries the most diverse and eclectic array of comics imaginable, from art comix and indies to superheroes to BD to manga and more! The Beguiling also represents the original art sales of dozens of fantastic artists, check out beguilingbooksandart.com for everything!

Founded in 2007, Koyama Press is a Toronto-based small press. Our mandate is to promote and support a wide range of emerging and established artists. Projects include comics, graphic novels, art books, and zines. We are known for our alternative edge and diverse range of titles that include a myriad of genres from autobiography to photography, from horror to humour, and more.

http://www.koyamapress.com

Exhibiting Authors:

Rupert Bottenberg is a Canadian visual artist with a drawing-based practice (illustration, graphic literature, and more); a writer and editor; a teacher; and an event coordinator. He is the the co-director of the En Masse collaborative art initiative, the former music editor of the Montreal Mirror, the director of Axis, the animation section of the Fantasia Film Festival, and founder of the Montreal Comic Art Jams. In 2012 he released his debut solo book of comix and artwork, Traumstadtdenken (Éditions Trip), which won the annual Bédélys Indépandant award. In 2017, Bottenberg released two books, Traumstadtdenken 2 (Éditions Trip) and Fourscore Phantasmagores (ChiGraphic). Rupert was born in 1971 in Kentville, Nova Scotia, and since the age of two has made Montreal, Quebec his home.

http://enmasse.info/artist/rupert-bottenberg/

Freddy Carrasco is a Toronto based illustrator whose work is influenced by 90s anime and hastily drawn street art. In his own words, “Everything I do is sort of chasing the feeling I got when I first played Jet Set Radio. That game feels like it was made with zero corporate compromises. It’s 100% cool.” Coming off the heels of his debut book, Hot Summer Nights, Carrasco is back to work on a self-published collection of Sci-Fi short stories titled GLEEM.

http://freddycarrasco.com/

Emily Carroll was born in London, Ontario, in June of 1983. She is the author of the critically acclaimed horror short story collection “Through The Woods,” and has illustrated the graphic novel “Baba Yaga’s Assistant” with writer Marika McCoola. In addition to the many short online comics found at her website, emcarroll.com, 2018 will see the release of “Speak: The Graphic Novel,” based on the novel of Laurie Halse Anderson. Emily currently lives with her wife Kate and their large orange cat in Stratford, Ontario.

Jason Fischer is a cartoonist from Los Angeles who loves food, coffee, demons, statues, cats and stormy beaches. After working with Bryan Lee O’Malley as drawing assistant in Seconds, Jason has been working on his first graphic novel. He made an autobiographical comic called Seconds Helping about working with Bryan on Seconds, sharing his funny and stressful story of working non-stop to finish Seconds by deadline. Last year he produced two comic issues on a new project, Terra Flats. He also works as a color assistant on Zander Cannon’s Kaijumax and other projects.

http://www.studiojfish.com/

Hello Boyfriend is a comics collective consisting of 5 friends that met at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Together they make the series “Doki Doki High,” run a Comic Making Club, and push each other to do their best!

https://helloboyfriend.tumblr.com/

Kim Hoang is a member of Love Love Hill — a Canadian collective of comic artists independently self-publishing anthologies of comics, short stories, art zines, and minis, all lovingly bound in handmade volumes, thematically centered around the little whimsical charms in life! Love Love Hill’s latest releases in 2017 are “Super Life On The Hill” and “Expired Seafood: Tied Up.”

http://www.lovelovehill.com/

Maiji/Mary Huang is a happy little squirrel and also a Taiwanese-Canadian artist/writer based out of Toronto. Her comics, zines and poetry incorporate themes of mythology, introspection, everyday human experiences, and small fat animals. She is the creator of Now Recharging, a slice-of-life webcomic about a sheep-loving android who is bad at math and worried about nonexistence.

humangray.com / NowRecharging.com

Tim Kiefer, aka DJ Staypuft, is the 2 time Emmy award-winning and 2 time ASCAP award winning original music composer for the animated television series’ Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, and Spork.

He is also a DJ and event producer.

https://soundcloud.com/staypuft

 

 

An Nguyen, under the pen name Saicoink, has been around since 1997 and makes illustrations, comics, books using binder clips & glue, collages. She also edits and designs books. She is the co-author with Jane Mai of “So Pretty / Very Rotten,” a collection of comics and essays about Lolita street fashion published by Koyama Press. She is also the author of “Open Spaces and Closed Places,” a comic series about dreamy-eyed boys in love.

http://www.saicoink.com/

Bryan Lee O’Malley is a Canadian cartoonist best known for the bestselling, award-winning Oni Press series “Scott Pilgrim” (2004-2010). “Scott Pilgrim” was adapted into a critically-acclaimed major motion picture (from Universal) and video game (from Ubisoft) in 2010. In 2014 he released the bestselling graphic novel “Seconds” and his most recent series, “Snotgirl,” is published monthly from Image Comics. O’Malley lives in Los Angeles, where he continues to make comics.

http://radiomaru.tumblr.com/

Mike Parsons is a Toronto based fine artist who uses black and white ink drawings, comic books, graffiti street art, and animations to express an optimistic warning towards future days.“HEY APATHY!” is an ongoing artistic investigation into the city, people, monsters and existence in general. Since 2001 the “HEY APATHY!” artworks have been featured in over 25 major exhibitions winning awards and honors from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

トロント在住で、白黒コミック、インク画、ストリートアートなどを通して未来に対する警告を楽観的に 表す美術家である。「HEY APATHY!」(や! 無気力!)という風刺的なタイトルの作品では、都会、人物、怪物や存在自体について芸術的な検討を描いて続く。物語のようなイラストは、 2001 年以来大きいな展覧会で25回以上公表されて、「カナダ カウンシル フォー ジ アーツ」、「オンタリオ アート ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・カウンシル」、「トロント アート カウンシル」や「アートギャラリー オブ オンタリオ」から様々な賞 ・ ・ ・ ・や奨学金を獲得する。

http://heyapathy.com/

Ramón K Pérez is the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award winning cartoonist best known for his graphic novel adaptation of Jim Henson’s “Tale Of Sand,” and his most recent release is a modern day adaptation of the Bronte Sisters’ classic “Jane Eyre,” entitled “Jan.”. Ramón has also collaborated as illustrator on “All-New Hawkeye” and “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “NOVA,” and “Wolverine and The X-Men” for Marvel Comics, and the creator-owned series’ Butternutsquash and Kukuburi, among a long history of work. Ramón resides in Toronto, Canada.

http://www.ramonperez.com/v4/

Marcus To is a New York Times bestselling illustrator and storyteller who lives in Toronto, Canada. Throughout his career Marcus has drawn virtually every DC superhero, having worked on Red Robin, Huntress, Batwing, Flash, and Wonder Woman. His current work includes his creator owned book Joyride as well as one of the regular artists on Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel comics He is a proud member of the RAID Studio.

www.marcusto.com

Andrew Wheeler is a UK-born, Toronto-based writer of comics and other fictions. Author of the graphic novel “Another Castle: Grimoire” and the novel “Valentin and The Widow,” both released in 2017, Wheeler is currently turning his talents to the espionage thriller “Freelance,” co-written with Jim Zub. When not writing, Wheeler is Communications Director for Canadian Publisher Chapterhouse Publishing.

http://www.andrewwheeler.co.uk/

Jim Zub is a writer, artist and art instructor based in Toronto, Canada. Over the past fifteen years he’s worked for a diverse array of publishing, movie and video game clients including Marvel, DC Comics, Capcom, Hasbro, Cartoon Network, and Bandai-Namco. His current comic projects include Avengers: No Surrender, Uncanny Avengers, Dungeons & Dragons, and the creator-owned series’ Glitterbomb and Wayward. In addition to his freelance comic writing, Jim is the Program Coordinator for Seneca College‘s award-winning Animation program, where he also lectures on the History of Animation, Layout and Character Animation.

http://www.jimzub.com/

Special Guests: National Cartoonists Society 
Founded in 1946, The National Cartoonists Society is a worldwide organization which represents more than 600 of world’s top cartoonists. www.reuben.org. The NCS will be exhibiting at Kaigai Manga Festa, Comic Art Tokyo, and as TCAF’s guests on the Friday and Saturday of Tokyo Comic-Con.
Steve McGarry is one of the most-prolific British Artists of all time! Over his 40 year career he has worked for numerous publications creating comics, illustrating, designing, and much more. He has designed albums for Joy Division, and was a storyboard artist for Minions and Despicable Me 2He is the president of The National Cartoonists Society. He lives in Los Angeles, USA. http://stevemcgarry.com/
Luke McGarry is best known to online fans for his “Sad Chewie” series of illustrations! An artist, animator, and designer, Luke has worked with a range of top clients including Jack Black and Tenacious D, Myspace, Vans Shoes, IFC, the NHL, VISA, and much more besides! He has received the Silver T-Squre award from The National Cartoonists Society. He lives in Los Angeles, USA. http://lukemcgarry.com/

 

TCAF 2018 Dates, May 12 & 13

Hi there!

Just a quick update because we made a small error back in August that seems to have propagated pretty far.

TCAF 2018’s dates main Exhibition dates at Toronto Reference Library, The Marriott Bloor Yorkville, and The Masonic Temple are:

Saturday, May 12th, 2018, from 9am-5pm
Sunday, May 13th, 2018, from 10am-5pm

In addition, we will also be doing streams of professional development programming including the CSSC academic conference, Librarian & Educator Day, and Word Balloon Academy programs on Friday, May 11th, though there is currently no plan for public-facing programming on that day.

If you have any questions please hit us up! registration@torontocomics.com.

Thanks!

 

May 13-14: German Comics Pavilion @ TCAF

Updated May 11th.

The German Comics Pavilion at TCAF
Featuring Anna Haifisch, Ulli Lust, and Martina Schradi
Saturday May 13, 9am-5pm & Sunday May 14, 10am-5pm
The Appel Salon, Novella Room, Toronto Reference Library 2nd Floor
Part of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival

Presented in association with the Goethe-Institut, Internationaler Comic-Salon Erlangen, Germany @ Canada 2017: Partners from Immigration to Innovation, the Federal Foreign Office and the German Comics Association

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to welcome a special pavilion of cartoonists, publishers, associations, and gallery shows from Germany! Germany is home to a thriving comics and artistic scene, and at TCAF 2017 you’ll be able to sample some of the diverse wares, thanks to a special international exchange between TCAF and Internationaler Comic-Salon Erlangen in Germany, with the incredible support of the Goethe-Institut. The pavilion is located on the second floor of Toronto Reference Library in the Appel Salon. TCAF will travel to Erlangen in 2018 with a cadre of Canadian cartoonists, to complete the exchange.

Exhibiting in the pavilion will be cartoonists Anna Haifisch, Ulli Lust, and Martina Schradi, as well as Internationaler Comic-Salon Erlangen and The German Comics Association, and German comics publisher Rotopol (who will also be present but exhibiting on Toronto Reference Library’s first floor, so look for them there). The Pavilion will also house 3 small art exhibitions, including: “Ach, So Ist Das? (Oh, is that so?),” a survey of contemporary LGBTI society; a survey of contemporary German comics curated by comics journalist Lars von Törne for the Frankfurt Book Fair and presented here in collaboration with the German Comics Association; a selection of prints by Anna Haifisch. Details on all exhibitions below!

International Comic Salon Erlangen

Held every two years in Erlangen, Germany (near Munich!), the International Comic Salon Erlangen is the most important German-language comic event, with more than 25,000 visitors, hundreds of participating artists, art exhibitions, presentations, and more! At TCAF, Erlangen staffers Michael Jordan and Lars von Törne will represent the festival with a selection of materials from the history of the festival, including a display of past and present festival posters.

German Comics Association

The German Comics Association exists to promote German comics abroad, and at this event the organization’s Axel Halling and Stefan Neuhaus will be present with a display of German-created graphic novels in English, French, and the original German to browse and purchase, should you be interested.

This table will also have a billingual English/German catalogue of work by German cartoonists (click here to view it), curated by Lars Von Torne, for those looking to translate and publish works in English (or just navigate the world of German comics!). An exhibition based on this book will also be presented in this area. The book table and the exhibition will both be presented in collaboration with the German Comics Association and the Federal Foreign Office.

Anna Haifisch

Anna Haifisch’s idiosyncratic comic strips chronicle the experiences of an artist in his formative years, satirizing the exclusive, and at times, absurd, nature of the fine art world. Plagued with doubt, the artist is confronted by setbacks punctuated with occasional glimpses of recognition. Based on Haifisch’s own experiences as an illustrator in Germany and the US, The Artist has most recently run as a serialized comic in Vice Magazine to critical acclaim, and is published in by Breakdown Press.

Anna Haifisch will be exhibiting 20 pieces of work from her recent work at The German Comics Pavilion.

Ulli Lust

Ulli Lust, born 1967 in Vienna, is an Austrian cartoonist who lives and works in Berlin. Her graphic novel Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life was translated into English and published by Fantagraphics Books in 2013. In 2013, Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life won an Ignatz Award for best graphic novel, the LA Times Book Award for Graphic Novels and then in 2014 was nominated for an Eisner Award for best reality-based work. The New York Review of Comics will publish the English translation of Voices in the Dark, Ulli Lust’s adaptation of Marcel Beyer’s novel which is set in Berlin during the Nazi era, in Fall 2017. Ulli Lust also teaches at Hannover Art School in Germany, and will be traveling with some of her students and have some student work and school information available.

Ulli is attending TCAF with the support of the Austrian Cultural Institute.

Martina Schradi and “Ach, So Ist Das?”

Martina Schradi is a German author, cartoonist and certified psychologist from Nuremberg. She is known for Ach, So Ist Das? or Oh, I see?!, a collection of comics depicting the daily lives and struggles of people in the LGBT*I community. This book will debut in English at TCAF 2017, and it will also be transformed into an English language exhibition to be displayed at TCAF. After successfully exhibiting her work, Schradi began travelling throughout Germany to conduct workshops and readings. These workshops are designed to inform people on how to use her comics to fight prejudice.

Martina is attending TCAF as part of a cultural exchange with Comic-Salon Erlangen and the Goethe-Institut Toronto.

Signing Times:

Saturday May 13th

  • 12-1 p.m. Martina Schradi
  • 1- 2 p.m. Ulli Lust
  • 2-3 p.m. Anna Haifisch, Rita Fürstenau
  • 3-4 p.m Nadine Redlich

Sunday May 14th

  • 12-1 p.m. Martina Schradi
  • 3-4 p.m. Anna Haifisch, Carmen José
  • 4-5 p.m. Ulli Lust

Our thanks to the Goethe-Institut, The Austrian Cultural Institute, Comic Salon Erlangen, and Lars Von Torne for their support of this exhibit. 

In association with Germany @ Canada 2017: Partners from Immigration to Innovation

New Exhibitors and Guests have been announced!

As Publishers and other exhibitors at the Festival firm up their plans for TCAF 2017, we’re happy to announce that a number of additional creators have been announced to be attending TCAF 2017! Here’s a quick overview of some of the recent additions to TCAF 2017:

Colleen Coover will be attending TCAF as a guest of Oni Press / Limerence Press, who will be debuting the brand new Small Favours: The Definitive Girly Porno Comic, a wonderful erotic comic series in a new, complete edition. Colleen will be exhibiting at the Oni Press table.

Ray Fawkes will be exhibiting at TCAF in support of his new series Underwinter, from Image Comics. Ray will be at the Masonic Temple, for the Image 25th Celebration.

Zach Hazard Vaupen will attend TCAF in support of his new work from Retrofit.

Luke Healy will be attending TCAF (all the way from Ireland) in support of the new printing of his book How To Survive in the North, by Nobrow.

Laura Ķeniņš will attend TCAF in support of her new book Steam Clean, from Retrofit.

Dave McKean, as announced, will be attending TCAF for the Canadian Premiere of Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash, a multimedia performance based on his most recent graphic novel. Dave appears with the support of LICAF, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, and Dark Horse Comics.

There will be more announcements to come, too! Thanks for reading, and we’ll keep updating you as more publishers confirm their plans!