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Featured Guests Round 3

Updated: Jun 1, 2022

TCAF is thrilled to share our third round of featured guests attending TCAF 2022: Johnnie Christmas, Jo Rioux, Lee Lai, Conor Stechschulte, Emily Hampshire, and Katherine Battersby!



Johnnie Christmas is a #1 New York Times Best Selling graphic novelist. Best known for co-creating the series ANGEL CATBIRD with celebrated writer Margaret Atwood, he has adapted William Gibson’s lost screenplay for ALIEN 3 into a critically acclaimed graphic novel of the same name. He was nominated for the Outstanding Cartoonist 2019 Joe Shuster Award for his graphic novel, FIREBUG. He also co-created the series SHELTERED. A graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, he earned a BFA in Communication Design/Illustration. He currently lives in Vancouver.



Jo Rioux is an Ottawa born author and illustrator of children's books. Since graduating Sheridan college in illustration, she has illustrated young adult books, chapter books and picture books, but her biggest passion was and remains comic books. Her debut graphic novel Cat's Cradle went on to win the 2012 Joe Shuster award for best comic for kids. She lives in the lush suburbs of her home town, where she spends her time drawing, reading, teasing her dog and spinning tales of magic and monsters.



Lee Lai was born in 1993 in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia. Currently, Lai makes comics and illustrations in Tio'tia:ke (Montreal), Quebec. Her short story comics have been featured in The New Yorker, The Lifted Brow, Room Magazine, and Everyday Feminism.



Conor Stechschulte grew up in rural Pennsylvania and graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art 2008. He lives in Chicago, IL.



This autumn, actress Emily Hampshire will cast a spell of delight and whimsy over readers with Amelia Aierwood: Basic Witch. The breakout star of Schitt's Creek and the upcoming sci-fi series The Rig will jump from the screen to the panel in the charming tale of a black-sheep witch struggling in the shadow of her reality-show family. Join Emily and special guests as she shows an exclusive, enchanting preview of her upcoming graphic novel.



Katherine is the critically acclaimed author and illustrator of twelve children’s books published around the world, including Perfect Pigeons, Trouble, and the popular graphic novel series, Cranky Chicken. Her books have received glowing reviews in the New York Times, starred Kirkus reviews and have been named CBC Children’s Choice books. She is regularly booked to speak in schools, libraries and at festivals and she is a passionate advocate for literacy and the arts. In another life, Katherine worked for many years as a pediatric occupational therapist, specializing as a children’s counsellor. She grew up by the beach in Australia and now lives in Ottawa.

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