TORONTO, CANADA: TCAF continues an incredible year of Featured Guest announcements as it proudly unveils its Featured Kids Graphic Novel Authors for the 2019 Festival! A who’s-who of bestselling authors will be debut new books at TCAF, including Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Shannon & Dean Hale and LeUyen Pham (The Princess in Black, Real Friends), Judd Winick (HILO), and Colombian cartoonist Lorena Alvarez (Nightlights), who has also created TCAF’s second official Festival poster for 2019!

“Comics for kids are some of the most widely read and loved works in the medium today,” said TCAF Programming Coordinator Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, who has headed kids programming since TCAF 2009. “Our ambitious roster of 2019 Featured Kids Guests celebrates the range and vitality of these books. TCAF is not just a place for kids to find their next favourite read from among our dozens of exhibitors with kid-friendly comics, but also a place for them to meet their all-time favourite creators, or to try their own hand at creating during our drop-in comics activities.”

“With our 2019 line-up of Kids Guests and programs, we’re striving to offer a Festival experience that will both impress and inspire!” said Woodrow-Butcher.

TCAF will featured non-stop programming for kids on both days of TCAF: Saturday, May 10, 9am to 5pm, and Sunday May 11, 10am to 5pm. This year we’re happy to announce that the TCAF Kids Area will return to the centre of the Festival, in the Beeton Auditorium on the ground floor of Toronto Reference Library, with select additional kids programming at the nearby Masonic Temple and The Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel. Programs will include live presentations, book readings, interactive drawing activities, and more! The full programming schedule will be unveiled at in early April.

Now, keep reading to be introduced to this year’s Featured Kids Graphic Novel authors, and see the gorgeous poster created by Lorena Alvarez!

TCAF 2019 Official Poster by Featured Guest Lorena Alvarez



The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is honoured to debut our second official Festival poster of 2019, by the incredible Lorena Alvarez! Hailing from Colombia, Alvarez is the author of the book Nightlights, and will be debuting her newest graphic novel Hicotea, both from publisher NoBrow. Alvarez will also be Featured as part of TCAF’s 2019 spotlight on Cololmbian cartooning, produced in association with the Colombian Entreviñetas Festival.

TCAF 2019 Featured Kids Graphic Novel Authors

Lorena Alvarez was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia and will attend TCAF in support of her Festival debut Hicotea, the second book in the Nightlights series, published by NoBrow Entertainment. Lorena Alvarez is also part of TCAF’s 2019 spotlight on Colombian comics, and the artist of one of our official festival posters.

Shannon Hale & Dean Hale are the award-winning husband-and-wife team behind the Princess in Black series, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, and the duo behind the novelization of Marvel Comics’s Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Shannon Hale is also the author of the Newbery Honor novel Princess Academy as well as the New York Times best-selling series Ever After High.

LeUyen Pham is the illustrator of many books for children, including the graphic novel Real Friends by Shannon Hale (First Second). Pham attends TCAF in support of The Princess Wears Black: Science Fair Scare, debuting at the 2019 Festival. LeUyen Pham lives in California.

Kazu Kibuishi is the creator of the New York Times Bestselling Amulet graphic novel series (working with Jason Caffoe), which is published by Scholastic Graphix. Kazu has been exhibiting at TCAF for over a decade, creating the 2016 Festival poster, and is the editor and co-creator of the Flight and Explorer anthologies, which helped launch the careers of many of your favourite graphic novelists! Kazu attends TCAF in support of Amulet Book Eight: Supernova, which debuted in September 2018.

Jason Caffoe is an artist and illustrator from Seattle, Washington. He is best known as Kazu Kibuishi’s assistant on the Amulet series from Scholastic, Graphix! Caffoe has also contributed original stories to the TCAF-debuting anthology Tamamo the Fox Maiden and the Explorer series of graphic novels.

Chris Kuzma is an artist living in Toronto, ON with his wife, two children and their cat. He divides his time between drawing comics, doing freelance illustration and teaching at OCAD University. He is one-third of the Wowee Zonk comics collective, celebrating their 10th Anniversary of curating space and creator participation at TCAF! Kuzma attends TCAF this year in celebration of his debut graphic novel for kids, Lunch Quest, published by Koyama Press!

Aaron Leighton is an award-winning illustrator and art director, as well as a fan of all things occult. Aaron Leighton and his collective Trio Magnus contributed significantly to early TCAF’s through beautiful art installations and live-drawing! TCAF is thrilled to welcome him as a guest this year, in support of his debut children’s picture book release A Children’s Book of Demons, published by Koyama Press. Aaron lives in Toronto, ON and spends his free time wrestling with a black cat.

Chad Sell grew up in a small town in central Wisconsin, and lived in a neighbourhood very much like the one in his debut graphic novel The Cardboard Kingdom (Penguin Random House). Affirming the power of play during the most important years of identity-searching and emotional grown, The Cardboard Kingdom is a favourite of kids and adults alike, and we’re thrilled to have Chad at the show this year!


Raina Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile, Drama, Sisters, and Ghosts, all #1 New York Times bestsellers. She also adapted and illustrated four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s Baby-sitters Club series, and has contributed short stories to many anthologies. Raina’s accolades include three Eisner Awards, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many Best-of and Notables lists. Raina lives and works in San Francisco, and is attending TCAF with the support of Scholastic Canada, and in celebration of her brand-new TCAF-debuting graphic novel Share Your Smile!

In addition, we are proud to announce that Raina Telgemeier will be the keynote speaker for our day of professional programming for industry members, including the ‘Librarian and Educator Day’ and ‘Word Balloon Academy’ programs. Telgemeier will also have multiple public appearances Saturday and Sunday, details TBA.


Judd Winick is an award winning cartoonist who has done all kinds of storytelling! He has written for animation on TV, and superhero comics, and written and drawn his own comic strips, graphic novels! Judd is currently still hard at work on his New York Times bestselling HILO series, published by Penguin Random House.


All Featured Guests will be available for autograph opportunities on both Saturday and Sunday of the Festival, at either the Little Island Comics signing area, or at their respective publishers booths. Look for final signing times in late April at the TCAF website.



These Featured Kids Graphic Novel Authors join the amazing array of international creators, artist collectives, and publishers who are already-announced for TCAF 2019. Look forward to further announcements as we get closer to the dates of the Festival!

Head over to to see the more than 400 cartoonists and publishers already announced, and keep watching our newsletter and social media for up-to-the-minute announcements!


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The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2019.

Saturday May 11th, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 12th, 10am-5pm

at Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada.

Attendance is free to all events.

Some events will require tickets, info TBA.

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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. / Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.

Seneca College is a proud Sponsor of TCAF 2019.

TCAF would like to thank the publishers and cultural organizations for their help arranging the participation of the authors mentioned in this press release, including Koyama Press, Nobrow Entertainment, Penguin Random House Canada and its imprints and subsidiaries, and Scholastic Graphix and Scholastic Canada.

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