Announcing The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2018! Featured Guests, Programs, and more!

 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

TORONTO, CANADA — The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is very excited to announce the initial Northan American Featured Guests and Events for TCAF 2018! With over 350 cartoonists from more than 15 countries on their way to Toronto this May, we’re set to celebrate the very best in comics, graphic novels, bandes dessinées, and manga! Get ready for a week of readings, launches, and art events culminating in a massive, FREE two-day exhibition at Toronto Reference Library, May 12th and 13th, 2018! Tell your friends!

Every year the Toronto Comic Arts Festival showcases Canada’s most incredible comics talent on a world stage by promoting top tier creators and publishers, and inviting the attention of the global cartooning community. The 2018 programme builds on our previous successes, with a continued commitment to offer more inclusive and engaging programming, in multiple formats, focusing on compelling and challenging work being made across the world and right here in Canada! We’re proud to spotlight a wide variety of incredible Canadian cartoonists with exciting new projects debuting at TCAF.

Keep reading to see two incredible official TCAF posters by Canadian cartoonists, an amazing variety of Featured Guests, and even TCAF’s very first Opera project! It’s going to be an incredible year for The Toronto Comic Arts Festival!

TCAF 2018 Posters by Ho Che Anderson & Fiona Smyth

2 TCAF 2018 Posters. Left Poster features a woman on a bed fantasizing about comic book escapism and superheroes. Right poster by Fiona Smyth features two Cat-People holding a comic, and sitting on an open comic.

TCAF 2018 Official Posters. By Ho Che Anderson (Left) and Fiona Smyth (Right)

TCAF is proud to unveil its first two official posters of 2018, by Canadian Cartoonists and Featured Guests Ho Che Anderson and Fiona Smyth. Both posters will be printed and available for purchase at, and ahead of, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

Featured Guests of TCAF 2018 include:

Ho Che Anderson (Canada) is the author of numerous graphic novels, including the Martin Luther King biography, King, the horror thriller Sand & Fury, and the forthcoming science-fiction action-adventure, Godhead. When he’s not drawing comics, Anderson is a crew member on film and TV sets, and a director of short films. Upcoming projects include Redcoat: Year One for Chapterhouse Comics, the King sequel, Caroline, and the feature film, Warhead. Ho Che Anderson is an official poster artist for TCAF 2018.

Eddie Campbell (Scotland/USA) is an award-winning comics writer and artist. His work includes From Hell (with Alan Moore), Bacchus, and the autobiographical Alec: The Years Have Pants. He is attending TCAF to premier Bizarre Romance with his partner Audrey Niffenegger.

Cecil Castellucci (Canada) is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults including Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, Soupy Leaves Home, the Eisner nominated Odd Duck, and more. She is currently writing Shade, The Changing Girl, an ongoing comic in the Young Animal imprint at DC Comics. Cecil is attending the festival as part of TCAF special presentation of Hockey Noir, a bilingual Chamber Opera in 3 Periods (more info below).

Michael Comeau (Canada) works on the wall, the print sheet and the page. Creating window displays and paste-up murals utilizing generations of street posters he created for parties, gigs, etc. His comic trilogy Hellberta won the Doug Wright award for experimental comics in 2012. Michael is debuting Winter’s Cosmos with Koyama Press, and will have an art show at The Beguiling alongside fellow Torontonian Fiona Smyth.

Michael DeForge (Canada) currently lives and works in Toronto as a cartoonist, commercial illustrator and designer for the hit Cartoon Network program Adventure Time. His one-person anthology series Lose has received great critical and commercial success, having been nominated for every major comics award including the Ignatz and Eisner Awards. He is debuting his latest short story collection, A Western World, with Koyama Press.

Hartley Lin (Canada) is a cartoonist and illustrator from Toronto. His comic book series Pope Hats has received a 2013 Ignatz Award, 2012 Doug Wright Award and 2010 Joe Shuster Award. He has illustrated for Slate, HarperCollins, Chronicle Books, COMPLEX, Wired, The Walrus and The Believer. He now lives in Montreal. Hartley is debuting Young Frances, his first major graphic novel with AdHouse Books.

Audrey Niffenegger (USA) is the author of the international bestsellers The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, as well as a fine artist who has published four illustrated books with Abrams: The Three Incestuous Sisters, The Adventuress, Raven Girl, and The Night Bookmobile. She is attending TCAF to premier Bizarre Romance with her partner Eddie Campbell.

Fiona Smyth (Canada) is a Toronto based painter, educator, illustrator, and cartoonist. Her feminist artwork has exhibited internationally. Fiona collaborated with writer and sex educator Cory Silverberg on the kids’ series What Makes A Baby in 2013, and Sex Is A Funny Word in 2015, published by Seven Stories Press. Fiona is debuting Somnambulance with Koyama Press, will have an art show at The Beguiling with Michael Comeau, and is a official poster artist for 2018.

Ronald Wimberly (USA) is an artist who works primarily in design and narrative. He is also an accomplished cartoonist, having designed several graphic novels as well as shorter works for DC/Vertigo, Nike, Marvel, Hill and Wang, The New Yorker, and Dark Horse. His most recent works of note were the critically-acclaimed Prince of Cats, Black History in Its Own Words, and the cartoon essay “Lighten Up” for The Nib. He is premiering the first issue of the magazine LAAB.

Comics at the Opera: TCAF presents Hockey Noir!

TCAF, along with our partners Ensemble contemporain de Montreal (ECM+) and Continuum Contemporary Music, 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 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

Much More To Come!

There are more than 350 Canadian and International cartoonists participating in the 2018 Festival, and many more Featured Guests to be announced!

The details of returning programs including the CSSC-SCEBD Academic Conference, Library & Educator Day, Word Balloon Academy, Comics X Games, and more will be announced through February and March. Visit TCAF online for up-to-the-minute updates.

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Please include in your listings. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2017, Saturday May 12, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 13, 10am-5pm, @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. Attendance is FREE to the public. Select guest bios and images are available upon request. Please send all inquiries to


The Toronto Comic Arts Festival would not be possible without the assistance of our sponsors and partners, including presenting sponsor Toronto Public Library and primary sponsor The Beguiling Books & Art.

TCAF is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

We would also like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. / Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

Seneca College is a proud Sponsor of TCAF 2018.

TCAF would like to thank Fantagraphics Books, Abrams Books, Koyama Press, AdHouse Books, Beehive Books, Ensemble contemporain de Montreal (ECM+) and Continuum Contemporary Music for the support of the artists and programmes mentioned in this announcement.

Sponsorship opportunities for TCAF 2018 are still available, please email us at: for more info.