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 proud to unveil its initial programming for Kids and Teens at their 2018 Festival, with great graphic novelists and programming for young readers! TCAF 2018 will Feature more than a dozen internationally celebrated authors of work for kids, and middlegrade and young adult readers! Better still, TCAF will feature two full days of programming for young people this year, completely free to attend! It’s an amazing year for young readers and aspiring young authors to attend the Festival!

Keep reading for the full list of Featured Creators and Kids and Teen Programming highlights!

Featured Guests

Brooklyn Allen is a co-creator and the original illustrator for the Lumberjanes graphic novel series, and a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design. They will attend TCAF in support of the series, and for the new Lumberjanes middlegrade novel The Moon is Up, with writer Mariko Tamaki, from Abrams Books/Boom.

Vera Brosgol was born in Moscow, Russia in 1984 and moved to the United States when she was five. She received a diploma in Classical Animation from Sheridan College, and spent many years working in feature animation but now she is writing and drawing books full-time. She has storyboarded for Laika on several feature films, as well as for Cartoon Network, Frederator and various commercial projects. Her previous graphic novels include the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel Anya’s Ghost, and the Caldecot Honor’d picture book Leave Me Alone. Vera attends TCAF to debut her latest graphic novel, Be Prepared, from First Second.

Emily Carroll is a Canadian comics creator living in Stratford, Ontario. A graduate of Sheridan College’s Classical Animation program, Carroll gained noteriety for her online horror comics including the award-winning ‘His Face All Red.’ These comics have been collected with new material in the graphic novel Through The Woods, and her subsequent comics projects include Baba Yaga’s Assistant, and her TCAF-debuting graphic novel adaptation of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, from FSG. Emily Carroll will also be creating an official poster for TCAF 2018!

Gale Galligan is a cartoonist living in Pleasantville, New York. Her first graphic novel, The Baby-sitters Club #5: Dawn and the Impossible Three, was published in Fall 2017 by Scholastic/Graphix; its followup, Kristy’s Big Day, will arrive in Fall 2018. When Gale isn’t making comics, she enjoys knitting, reading, and spending time with her adorable pet rabbits.

Melanie Gillman is the creator of the Eisner- and Ignatz-nominated webcomic, As the Crow Flies. They are a 2017-2018 Tulsa Artist Fellow, and are currently working on the second volume of As the Crow Flies, and a queer western YA graphic novel. As the Crow Flies was recently named a 2018 Stonewall Award Honor Book by the American Library Association.

Ananth Hirsh is a critically acclaimed and award winning creator behind Johnny Wander. Along with Yuko Ota, they have released award winning collections of their autobiographical work, Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us and fiction work, Lucky Penny. Their current focus is BARBAROUS, a comedy drama involving magic and monster men.

Hope Larson is the award-winning cartoonist behind books like Salamander Dream, Gray Horses, and the 2012 adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time. She is also the author of the Four Point series, and Goldie Vance. Hope is attending TCAF 2018 to debut her latest work, All Summer Long.

Ricardo “Liniers” Siri is an Argentine cartoonist who is beloved in Latin America for his wildly successful comic strip Macanudo, which has been publishing for nearly 15 years. He has created several comics for young readers including The Big Wet Balloon, Good Night, Planet, and Written and Drawn by Henrietta, for TOON Books. Liniers attends TCAF in support of his Macanudo comic strip collections from Enchanted Lion Books, with the latest, Macanudo: Olga Rules, debuting at the festival.

Katie O’Neill is an illustrator from New Zealand, known online for making webcomics as “StrangelyKatie.” Her breakthrough work was the gorgeous Princess Princess in 2016, based on her webcomic of the same name. Katie is traveling all the way to TCAF from New Zealand for the first time, in support of her newest work The Tea Dragon Society, released fall 2017 from Oni Press. There might just be a special surprise for Tea Dragon Society fans at TCAF, too!

Molly Knox Ostertag is the artist behind the webcomic Strong Female Protagonist (collected by Top Shelf / IDW). She lives in Los Angeles and works as a designer at Disney. Molly Knox Ostertag attends TCAF in support of The Witch Boy, a new middle-grade graphic novel from Scholastic published Fall, 2017.

Yuko Ota is a critically acclaimed and award winning creator behind Johnny Wander. Along with Ananth Hirsh, they have released award winning collections of their autobiographical work, Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us and fiction work, Lucky Penny. Their current focus is BARBAROUS, a comedy drama involving magic and monster men. Yuko is at TCAF debuting Offhand, a combo art book/memoir of her dealing with health issues related to multiple injuries to her hand and how she trained herself to use her offhand to draw.

Jillian Tamaki is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Toronto, Ontario. Her books include Skim and This One Summer, both co-created with her cousin Mariko Tamaki; and SuperMutant Magic Academy and Boundless, from Drawn & Quarterly. She has contributed illustrations to some of the world’s top publications, including the New York Times, the New Yorker and the Guardian, and has taught at Parsons and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Jillian attends TCAF to debut her first-ever picture book, They Say Blue, from Groundwood Books.

Mariko Tamaki is an artist and writer best known for her graphic novel This One Summer, a Caldecott Honor Book and Printz Award winner, and the Governor General’s Literary Award nominated Skim, both illustrated by her cousin Jillian Tamaki. She is also an accomplished novelist and superhero comic writer, including an upcoming Harley Quinn graphic novel for DC Comics’ new young readers imprint, DC Ink. Mariko attends TCAF in support of her new novel Lumberjanes: The Moon is Up, with artist Brooklyn Allen.

Jen Wang a cartoonist, writer, and illustrator based in Los Angeles. They’re also a co-founder and organizer for Los Angeles based comics festival Comic Arts LA. Jen is attending TCAF 2018 in support of their latest book, The Prince and the Dressmaker from First Second.

Two Full Kids Days for 2018!

TCAF is also proud to announce that we will be expanding our programming for young people to two full days for 2018! Moving from its previous location down the street, TCAF Kids Programming will now take place at The Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel, in their Forest Hill Ballroom, on Saturday May 12th and Sunday May 13th. Two full days of feature programming with seating for 200, plus spaces for crafts and activities for young people, aged 6 to 14 (but all-ages are welcome). Teen and Young Adult programming will be streamed throughout TCAF’s other programming spaces throughout the weekend! PLUS! TCAF will be handing out a selection of great free comics for young people to the first 250 visitors to the Marriott Bloor Yorkville Forest Hill Ballroom each day of the Festival.

Much More To Come!

These wonderful Featured Guests join the already-announced Guests from North America and 350 exhibiting creators and publishers, with many more still to be announced! Visit TCAF online for up-to-the-minute updates.

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Please include in your listings. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2018, 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 Abrams Books, Enchanted Lion Books, First Second, Groundwood/House of Ananasi, Oni Press, and Scholastic 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.