TORONTO, CANADA: With the Festival just three weeks away, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce it’s final poster image for 2019, and another round of incredible Featured Guests for the 2019 Festival, to be held May 11th and 12th, 2019, at Toronto Reference Library and the surrounding neighbourhood.

TCAF 2019 Poster by Seth:

Internationally acclaimed Canadian graphic novel author Seth was actually TCAF’s very first poster artist all the way back in 2003, and for 2019 he provides a brand new image for the Festival. Best known for his one-man anthology series Palooka-ville, and the graphic novels Wimbledon Green, and It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken (all Drawn & Quarterly), this spring, Seth releases his completed Clyde Fans, the decades-in-the-making story of a traveling fan salesman at the end of his career.

As part of the celebration of Clyde Fans’ completion, TCAF is proud to feature Seth as a guest of the Festival this year, and to unveil this beautiful new poster image.

This poster joins already announced TCAF 2019 posters by Lorena Alvarez and Junji Ito. All three posters will be printed and made available for sale at TCAF for $10, and online afterwards.

Featured Guests:

TCAF is proud to announce its next round of Featured Guests for 2019! These authors represent a vast diversity of published work, for audiences of all ages and tastes in comics, graphic novels, bande dessinée, and manga. Their participation brings the total number of Featured Guests to 61 for 2019, making this the biggest year in the festival’s history.

All of these guests will participate in festival programming, and sign books and autographs for fans, with schedules for both to be released in the next week or two. All guests will participate in both days of the festival, May 11th and 12th.

Bessora is an award-winning author of Swiss, German, French, Polish, and Gabonese heritage, whose work has been anthologized in Best European Fiction and has received the Fénéon Prize and Grand Prix Littéraire d’Afrique Noire. Raised in Europe, America, and Africa, she has traveled extensively, and her fiction is underpinned by extensive research and her training as an anthropologist. Bessora attends TCAF in support of her recently released graphic novel ALPHA: Abidjan to Paris, created with illustrator Barroux. Her trip is supported by The French Embassy to Canada.

Margreet de Heer lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. A long time ago, Margreet studied Theology at the University of Amsterdam, but through divine intervention she ended up being a comic artist. She attends TCAF with the support of the Dutch Literature Foundation, and to celebrate the TCAF Debuting Love: A History in Comics from NBM.

Erica Henderson is a New York Times bestselling comic book artist best known for her Eisner-winning work relaunching and redesigning Marvel’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Archie’s Jughead. Erica is currently hard at work on Assassin Nation, a new action comedy series published through the Skybound Imprint of Image Comics, and is working on an upcoming young adult graphic novel series with writer Brandon Montclaire for Penguin Random House. Erica attends TCAF in support of Assassin Nation the ongoing series.

Rachel Lindsay is a Burlington, Vermont-based cartoonist and author of RX: A Graphic Memoir (2018, Grand Central Publishing), about her experience working in psychopharmaceutical advertising as a bipolar person, and her subsequent involuntary hospitalization for mania, which has received acclaim from Kirkus Reviews, Publisher’s Weeklyand New York Magazine, among others. She is also the author of the alt-weekly comic strip Rachel Lives Here Now. Rachel attends TCAF in support of her RX: A Graphic Memoir, and will present on comics and mental health at the festival.

Jonathan Ng, a.k.a. JonJon, is an award winning, multi-disciplinary animation filmmaker who co-created the art and b-boy battle-inspired indie video game Floor Kids, with renowned musician Kid Koala. Jonjon attends TCAF Floor Kids Jam: Art X Music X Games, as part of the Comics X Games Program, and is supported in his trip by MERJ and Arts & Crafts.

Kid Koala is a world-renowned scratch DJ, music producer, composer, and award winning graphic novelist. He has released six solo albums, the most recent being Music To Draw To: IO featuring Belgian/American singer Trixie Whitley. He has also released two graphic novels: Nufonia Must Fall and Space Cadet. Kid Koala attends TCAF in support of his book Space Cadet, his new album Music To Draw To: IO, and his video game project Floor Kids with JonJon. Kid Koala’s trip to TCAF is supported by MERJ and Arts & Crafts.

 

Richard Marazano is an accomplished French BD writer, working in primarily and SF. His English language releases include the series’ Chimpanzee Complex (Cinebook), SAM (Cinebook), Expedition (Europe Comics), and advance copies of his books Milo’s World and Dream of the Butterfly, both from Lion Forge, will debut at the show! Richard Marazano attends TCAF with the support of CINEBOOK and Europe Comics.

Alex Norris is an award-winning artist based in the UK. He is the creator of the webcomics Dorris McComicsWebcomic NameHello World!, and his brand new webcomic collection oh no will debut at TCAF 2019! Alex attends TCAF with the support of his publisher Andrews McMeel.

Émilie Plateau studied at the Montpellier School of Fine Arts, and then moved to Brussels where she began to make comics, first as personal fanzines and then with publishing houses. She attends TCAF in support of her new award-winning work Noire : la vie méconnue de Claudette Colvin (tentative English title Black: The Unknown Life of Claudette Colvin), based on the novel by Tania de Montaigne, published digitally in English by EuropeComics. Emilie Plateau attends TCAF with the support of EuropeComics.

Jérémie Royer is an illustrator and designer. Raised in Nice, he studied comic book art and illustration at the École supérieure des arts Saint-Luc in Brussels and is now based in Paris. Royer is co-author, along with Fabien Grolleau, of Audubon: On the Wings of the World (Nobrow Press). Jérémie Royer attends TCAF in support of his TCAF debuting work Darwin: An Exceptional Voyage, published by Nobrow Press. Royer’s trip is supported by The French Embassy in Canada.

David Rubin was was born in Orense, Spain on October 19, 1977. He is an animator and cartoonist responsible for a wide range of gritty action and adventure comics, including The Rise of Aurora West, The Hero, Beowulf, The Fiction, Sherlock Frankenstein: From The World of Black Hammer, Ether, and his current ongoing series Rumble from Image Comics. David Rubín will attend TCAF in support of all of the works of his wonderful career, and will debut the new release The Grand Abyss Hotel (with Marcos Prior), published by BOOM! Studios, at TCAF. David Rubin’s participation in TCAF is supported by SPAIN: Arts and Culture.

Hiromi Takashima is a yuri manga creator, best known for her work on the Kase-san series of books, published in English by Seven Seas Publishing. Takashima-sensei attends TCAF in support of the Kase-san series, the fifth and final volume of which, Kase-san and Cherry Blossoms, was published in February 2019. Hiromi Takashima will also participate in the TCAF program “100 Years of Yuri”, which will include a gallery display of materials, a featured interview with Takashima-sensei and a larger talk on Yuri by Erica Friedman, as well as autograph sessions at the event! Takashima-sensei kindly requests that no photographs of her be taken at her events, thank you.

 

Typex is a Dutch illustrator and graphic novelist. A graduate of the Amsterdam College for the Arts, his work appears in many nationwide newspapers and magazines. He has illustrated numerous children’s books and has published some of his own. His graphic novel biography, Andy: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol, is published by SelfMadeHero. He lives in Amsterdam.

Jhonen Vasquez is the creator of fan-favourite comic book series’ Johnny The Homicidal Maniac, Squee, I Feel Sick, and Filler Bunny, all from SLG Publishing. Vasquez is also the creator of the massive animation & media property Invader Zim, and he’s currently hard at work on a forthcoming Invader Zim feature animated film with Nickelodeon. In 2016, Jhonen Vasquez teamed with Oni Press to release new Invader Zim comic books, which features Vasquez as a creative consultant, writer, and artist, alongside a bevvy of talented creators. Jhonen Vasquez attends TCAF with the support of Oni Press.

Chip Zdarsky is the co-creator of the New York Times Bestselling comic book series Sex Criminals, with author Matt Fraction for Image Comics. He has also written really beloved runs on popular Marvel comics series including Howard The Duck, Star Lord, Marvel Two-In-One and Spectacular Spider-Man, and rebooted Jughead for Archie Comics with Erica Henderson. Currently Chip is hard at work on Spider-Man: Life Story and Daredevil, both for Marvel Comics.

 

Uncivilized Books 10th Anniversary

Uncivilized Books is the upstart independent comics imprint founded by publisher and cartoonist Tom Kaczynski and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Publishing a wide variety of great alt comix material from around the world, UniCivilized has been a long-time exhibitor at TCAF–since 2009, our first year at Toronto Reference Library–and we’re so thrilled to welcome this year as they celebrate their 10th Anniversary as a publisher.

As part of the event, TCAF will feature two Uncivilized authors with debut books as part of its event this year: Craig Thompson (Blankets) will come TCAF for the first time in support of his new ongoing comic book memoir Ginseng Roots, about his life in a rural small town; Kelsey Wroten will attend TCAF for her first full-length workl Cannonball, a queer young adult coming of age graphic novel.

Uncivilized Books will have a special 10th Anniversary panel at the event this year, on Saturday, May 11th, from 4pm-5pm, at Toronto Reference Library’s Hinton Learning Theatre.

EVEN MORE TO COME!

These announcements will be joined soon by programming announcements, author signing times, and more and more special event notifications as we get closer to the event!

Head over to torontocomics.com 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.

Select Guest Bios and Images available upon request. Please send all inquiries to media@torontocomics.com.

 

ABOUT TCAF

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 The French Embassy in Canada, The Dutch Literature Foundation, MERJ, Arts & Crafts, Europe Comics, Cinebook, Andrews McMeel, Noborow, SPAIN: Arts and Culture, Oni Press, and Zdarsco.

Select sponsorship opportunities for TCAF 2019 are still available, please email us at: contact@torontocomics.com for more info.