TCAF 2020
Sat May 9, 9am-5pm & Sun May 10, 9am-5pm
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge

Saturday May 9th, 10am-5pm
@ St. Paul’s on Bloor, 227 Bloor St. E.

TORONTO, CANADA: TCAF proudly unveils its Kids Author Featured Guests for 2020! These authors, illustrators, writers, and cartoonists represent some of the strongest work in all of comics, and many of the year’s best works will debut at TCAF 2020! TCAF will also hold a special offsite one-day event, TCAF KIDS DAY, which will put the spotlight squarely on books for young readers, in a venue welcoming kids and families!

“Comics for young people are some of the most exciting areas of comics publishing,” said TCAF Kids Programming Coordinator Andrew Woodrow-Butcher. “TCAF has long had a commitment to supporting all audiences when it comes to programming our guests, but this year we’re pleased to have one of the most robust and exciting lists of Featured Guests ever!”

TCAF KIDS DAY will feature on-stage presentations from top children’s authors all day, Saturday May 9th, from 10am to 5pm. All authors will also sign copies of their works on both Saturday May 9 and Sunday May 10, at their publisher’s tables at Toronto Reference Library. Schedules for programming and signings will be announced in April.


All of these authors will be at TCAF on Saturday May 9 and Sunday May 10! You can meet the author, see a presentation, and get your book autographed! In addition, they will all present with live-drawing, storytime, or other special presentations at TCAF KIDS DAY! These works are aimed at early and middle-grade readers.

Mark Siegel, Matt Rockefeller, and Boya Sun, debuting 5 Worlds: The Amber Anthem

Some of the team behind the smash-hit 5 Worlds graphic novel series will attend TCAF this year, to debut the much-anticipated volume 4 of the series: The Amber Anthem, from Penguin Random House Canada!

Graham Annable, debuting Peter & Ernesto: Sloths at Night!

Graham Annable is an Oscar-nominated cartoonist and animator living in Portland, Oregon. He directed the awesome movie The Box Trolls! Graham is attending TCAF to debut his new graphic novel for kids, Peter & Ernesto: Sloths in the Night, from First Second Books!

Molly Brooks, debuting Sanity & Tallulah: Field Trip

Molly Brooks is the Brooklyn-based cartoonist who wrote and illustrated the Sanity & Tallulah series and many other graphic novels, short comics, and illustrations!  She’s attending TCAF to debut the newest Sanity & Tallulah book, Field Trip, from Disney Publishing.

Don Brown, debuting Big Ideas That Changed the World: Machines That Think!

Don Brown is the author and illustrator of many picture books and has been awarded both the Sibert Medal and Orbis Pictus Award. He attends TCAF to debut the newest book in his Big Ideas series, Machines That Think!, all about computers from ancient history through present day, from Amulet Books / Abrams.

Beth Ferry, debuting Fox & Rabbit

Beth Ferry is the author of many books for young readers, including Caveboy Crush and the New York Times bestselling Stick and Stone. She attends TCAF to debut her new graphic novel series for emerging readers, Fox & Rabbit, from Amulet Books / Abrams.

Amélie Fléchais and Jonathan Garnier, in support of The Little Red Wolf 

Amélie Fléchais is an illustrator of comics, graphic novels, and children’s books, and Jonathan Garnier is a writer and editor! Together they partner on the French-language kids comics series Bergères guerrières, or Warrior Shepherdesses! In addition, Amélie has had two books published in English, The Little Red Wolf and The Lost Path, from Lion Forge and Oni Press! Amélie and Jonathan are travelling to TCAF from France, with the support of the French Consulate in Toronto!

John Patrick Green, debuting Investigators

John Patrick Green is the author of hilarious graphic novels about animals with human jobs, like Hippopotamister, Kitten Construction Company, and debuting at TCAF 2020, Investigators, from First Second Books!

Lucy Knisley, debuting Stepping Stones

Lucy Knisley is the critically acclaimed, award-winning, New York Times-bestselling comics creator of Relish and Kid Gloves, and the brand-new comic strip collection Go to Sleep (I Miss You). Lucy is attending TCAF 2020 to debut her first-ever graphic novel for kids, Stepping Stones, from publisher RH Graphic.

Metaphrog, debuting Bluebeard: A Feminist Fairy Tale

Metaphrog is the name that Scottish cartoonists Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers use to make their work! These award-winning creators have been making books since 1996, and TCAF 2020 will see the debut of Bluebeard: A Feminist Fairytale, from publisher Papercutz.

Jeremy Tankard, debuting Yorick and Bones

Jeremy Tankard is the bestselling author-illustrator of the Grumpy Bird picture books! For TCAF 2020 Jeremy will debut his first-ever graphic novel, Yorick and Bones, which he co-created with his daughter Hermione! Yorick and Bones is published by Harper Collins Canada.

These Featured Kids Graphic Novel Authors will soon be joined by our amazing slate of authors making comics for Young Adults and Adults as well! TCAF is for everyone – look forward to further announcements very soon!

And that’s not all! TCAF 2020 will feature more than 300 participating cartoonists! Head over to to see the cartoonists and publishers already announced, and keep watching our newsletter and social media for up-to-the-minute announcements!


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Please include in your listings: TCAF 2020. Saturday May 9, 9a-5p, and Sunday May 10, 10a-5p, at Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, and the surrounding neighbourhood. Attendance is free.

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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 2020.

Sponsorship opportunities for TCAF 2020 are still available, please email us at: for more info.

TCAF would like to thank the French Consulate in Toronto for its extensive support of the 2020 Festival program, including participants Amélie Fléchais and Jonathan Garnier.

TCAF would like to thank publisher partners including Abrams Books, Disney Publishing, First Second Books, Harper Collins Canada, Penguin Random House Canada and RH Graphic, and Scholastic Canada.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for TCAF 2020. Reach out and contact us!

Header image by Lorena Alvarez, from her 2019 TCAF Poster