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Second Round TCAF 2024 Featured Guests

Freddy Carrasco is a Dominican-born artist from Toronto, Canada. He is the author of the award-winning graphic novel GLEEM, and his multidisciplinary practice encompasses comics, illustration, painting, sculpture, and music. He is currently living in Tokyo, working on his first solo exhibition.

Julie Delporte was born in Saint-Malo, France, in 1983. She presently resides in Montreal, Canada, and Portrait of a Body is her fourth graphic novel after This Woman’s Work, Everywhere Antennas, and Journal. She holds a degree in cinema studies and was a fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. When she’s not working on comics, she makes ceramics, writes poetry and essays, and works on risograph and silkscreen projects. She loves animals, plants, and sometimes humans.

In 1999, Ivana Filipović/Ivana Filipovich/Ивана Филиповић, an architect, archaeologist, designer, cartoonist, and occasional procrastinator, became a literal escape artist, selling her beloved black lacquer piano for a one-way ticket to Vancouver. After a 20-year hiatus she returned to cartooning, and in the last few years her comics were published and exhibited in Sweden, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia. Deeply interested in psychology, her work aims predominantly to portray complex female characters and other underrepresented persons and groups. Stylistically close to French and Italian cartooning, she uses both traditional and digital tools. Most recently, the Canada Council for the Arts has supported her exploration of 3D storyboarding.

Rosena Fung is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Toronto, Canada. She is the creator of the graphic novels Age 16 and Living With Viola. She has created work for magazines, newspapers, and public art murals. Her illustration clients include Chickadee Magazine, The Bentway, The Globe and Mail, Chronicle Review of Higher Education, CBC Arts, and the Toronto Transit Commission. When she is not drawing, Rosena can be found teaching illustration, vending at zine fairs, and going to the library. Her favourite activities also include petting cats, eating snacks, and learning to play both acoustic and electric guitar. She lives with her partner and the literal best cat in the entire universe.

Mitch Lohmeier is a musician, illustrator and comics creator based out of Toronto, Ontario. His work is reminiscent of the early Max Fleischer "rubber hose" style of cartooning, as well as the underground comics of the 60’s and 70’s. In 2020, Mitch serialized a daily comic on Instagram titled Michael Mouse which quickly achieved viral success alongside other “Covid-era comics” like Hanselmann’s Crisis Zone and Graham’s Dog Biscuits. In 2023, he released a self-published version of the comic which debuted at TCAF's digital marketplace. The title was a smash hit, shattering all marketplace records. Shortly after he partnered with Floating World Comics to release a new print edition. Mitch is currently working on his follow up comic titled Marine Unit, which is set to debut in spring 2024. 

Jillian Tamaki is a cartoonist, illustrator, and educator raised in Calgary, Alberta. She is the author of the Eisner Award-winning graphic novels SuperMutant Magic Academy and Boundless. With her cousin Mariko Tamaki, she is the co-creator of the young adult graphic novels SKIM and the award-winning This One Summer, which won a Governor General’s Award and Caldecott Honor. Most recently, the pair released Roaming, their first foray into new adult fiction. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.  

Maurice Vellekoop is a Toronto illustrator and cartoonist. For over thirty-five years, he has worked for top international editorial and advertising clients, published numerous zines and books, created art for animated films, and participated in art shows around the world. His first full-length graphic work, I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together from Pantheon/Random House Canada, was published in February.

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