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First Round TCAF 2024 Featured Guests

Introducing our first round of esteemed Featured Guests! Hold onto your seats: more announcements for #TCAF2024 to follow in the coming weeks.

Nina Bunjevac is a Toronto-based artist and illustrator. Her books include Fatherland (2015 Jonathan Cape), Bezimena (2019 Fantagraphics), The Alchemical Journey Through the Major Arcana of The Tarot (2021 Zarabatana Books, Brazil), and La Reparation (2022, Editions Martin De Halleux, France). Nina’s books have received multiple Doug Wright awards, the French Aremisia Prix, Italian Grand Jury Prize at Lucca Comics and Games, and Joe Shuster. Her art has been exhibited both at home in Canada and internationally, most notably at Art Gallery of Ontario and Galerie Martel in Paris.  Nina’s brilliant An Alchemical Journey Through the Major Arcana of The Tarot: A Spiritually Transformative Deck and Guidebook published by Fantagraphics will be available at TCAF 2024 and she created this year’s gorgeous TCAF poster.

For over 3 decades, Keith Knight has brought the funny back to the funny pages with accessible, yet subversive comix reminiscent of MAD magazine, Calvin and Hobbes, and underground cartooning. His 3 comic strips, (th)ink, the K chronicles, and the Knight Life, have been collected in over 15 books. The Boston native's socio-political and autobiographical cartooning was the inspiration for the television show, Woke, seen on Hulu in the States and FX Canada.

Adrian Tomine was born in 1974 in Sacramento, California. He began self-publishing his comic book series Optic Nerve when he was sixteen, and in 1994 he received an offer to publish from Drawn & Quarterly. His comics have been anthologized in publications such as McSweeney's, Best American Comics, and Best American Nonrequired Reading. Both his graphic novel Shortcomings and his memoir The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist were named New York Times Notable Books of the year. Since 1999, Tomine has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughters. His most recent book is Shortcomings: A Screenplay.

Veronica Post is an award-winning graphic novelist and multi-disciplinary artist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She attended University for Philosophy and Fine Arts, before moving to Montreal where she completed her studies in cabinetmaking, and discovered the DIY culture of self-published zines. She joined a zine distro and began creating comics, while following a path towards becoming a furniture-maker. Her path took a turn when she left Montreal for the allure of travel. She spent 8 years exploring Canada, America and Eastern Europe, where she began working on what would become Fugitive Days. Today, she continues to create comics based on her life with her characters Langosh and Peppi.

Boum (Samantha Leriche-Gionet) was born in Montréal in 1985. Following her studies in animation and a career that saw her short films shown around the world, she has dedicated herself to creating comic books since 2011. Some of her many works include the graphic novel A Small Revolution and her long-running, award-winning series Boumeries. The English edition of her graphic novel The Jellyfish (Pow Pow Press), which won both the Bédéis Causa Award and the ACBD Critic's Prize, will debut at TCAF 2024. She has a husband, two daughters, a cat, and a very long list of things to do. Boum has suffered from a range of eye conditions for more than fifteen years. In March of 2021 she permanently lost the use of her right eye.

Rosemary Valero-O’Connell is a cartoonist and illustrator born in Minneapolis, raised in Zaragoza, and currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. She is the co-creator, alongside Mariko Tamaki, of the bestselling graphic novel Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, and the sole creator of Don't Go Without Me, Golden Record and the upcoming The 12th House. Her work has received multiple Eisner, Ignatz, and Harvey awards, as well as Printz honor, and has been shown in galleries both locally and internationally. She hopes to one day own the largest collection of kewpie dolls in the world. 

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