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Featured Guests - TCAF 2023 - Round 4

We’ve got even more guests to announce! Take a look at these fantastic guests who will be at TCAF with us this year, in less than a month!

Justin Hall is a cartoonist, scholar, and educator. He is the creator or co-creator of True Travel Tales, Hard to Swallow, and Theater of Terror: Revenge of the Queers, and has work in publications such as the Houghton Mifflin Best American Comics, Best Erotic Comics, and the SF Weekly. He edited the Lambda-Award-winning and Eisner-nominated collection No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics and was Producer of the feature-length documentary of the same name.

Hall is the Chair of the MFA in Comics program at California College of the Arts, the first Fulbright Scholar of comics, and has written about comics for various academic publications and curated international exhibitions of comics art. He is now at work on a graphic novel that weaves memoir with queer San Francisco history for Abrams Books. @justinhallcomics

Erik Svetoft is an illustrator, animator, and comic book artist living in Malmö, Sweden. He’s worked on a variety of commissions including comics for VICE, illustrated several children's books and animated a graduation project short film that was selected for a number of festivals.

His latest graphic novel SPA, his first to be translated, won a Swedish book design award in 2021 and was nominated as part of the Sélection Officielle for the 2023 Angoulême Festival.

Kyle Vingoe-Cram is a cartoonist, writer and visual artist from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. They have been making comics since they were a child, and have always been fascinated by the potential of visual storytelling to create new avenues for literary exploration. They live in Ottawa with their husband and family. Kettle Harbour is their first novel.

Briana Loewinsohn is an American cartoonist and high school art teacher.. Her debut graphic novel from Fantagraphics is Ephemera: A Memoir. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband, daughter, and son.

Noah Van Sciver is a multiple award-winning cartoonist who first came to comic readers’ attention with his Eisner-nominated comic book series Blammo. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Wired, The Believer, the Best American Comics, as well as countless graphic anthologies. Van Sciver was a regular contributor to MAD Magazine and has written and drawn numerous bestselling graphic novels including One Dirty Tree, the Fante Bukowski: Struggling Writer series for Fantagraphics books and Joseph Smith And The Mormons for Abrams in 2022. In 2015 he was the Artist in Residence/fellow at the Center For Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont.

Sammy Harkham is an award-winning cartoonist and editor, born and raised in Los Angeles. He studied at the California Institute of the Arts and the Mayanot Institute in Jerusalem, where he created the ongoing comics anthology Kramers Ergot, considered to be one of the most influential publications of its kind. His first collection of short comics stories, Everything Together, won the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Graphic Novel. Harkham’s work has been published in The Best American Comics, The New York Times, Vice, and McSweeney’s, among many other publications. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Sydney.

Patrick Kyle is a visual artist and graphic novelist based in Toronto. His most recent books, Baby with Breakdown Press and Defense D'Entrer Ici with Frémok were published in 2023. Previous works include Everywhere Disappeared, The Death of the Master, and Roaming Foliage from Koyama Press.

Tillie Walden is a cartoonist and illustrator from Austin, TX. She is a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies, where she now teaches. As of 2022, she has published three graphic novellas with the London-based Avery Hill Publishing and three with First Second Books, including her Eisner Award-winning memoir Spinning. Her upcoming title is Tegan and Sara: Junior High, written by Tegan Quin and Sara Quin. She currently lives in Lebanon, New Hampshire with her cat Stan.

Benji Nate is a Puerto Rico-born cartoonist whose works include Lorna, Catboy, and Hell Phone. Her webcomic Girl Juice was shortlisted for the 2022 Cartoonist Studio Prize. She is currently hiding out in the Ozarks with her husband, three cats, and dog.


This year, TCAF will take place at the Toronto Reference Library from April 28th - 30th. There will also be a digital marketplace and digital events from April 21st - May 7th. As always, tickets for TCAF and related TCAF events are FREE. Some pre-registration is required for online activities and will be announced beforehand.

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