Hartley Lin, Ariane Dénommé, and Xiaoxiao Li take home 2019 Doug Wright Awards, Fiona Smyth and Alootook Ipellie inducted into Giants of the North

Hartley Lin, Ariane Dénommé, and Xiaoxiao Li take home 2019 Doug Wright Awards, Fiona Smyth and Alootook Ipellie inducted into Giants of the North

May 15, 2019—The winners of the 15th annual Doug Wright Awards, recognizing the best work and most promising talent in Canadian comics, were announced on Saturday evening during a ceremony at Toronto’s Marriott Yorkville. 

Hartley Lin’s debut graphic novel, Young Frances (Adhouse Books), won the 2019 Doug Wright Award for Best Book. Young Frances is the story of an evolving relationship between two twenty-something women, told through small moments of everyday life. The book originally was serialized in Lin’s comic series, Pope Hats, which itself was previously nominated for four Doug Wright Awards, winning the Doug Wright Spotlight Award in 2012. 

Rotem Anna Diamant, of the Canadian Comics Open Library and one of this year’s judges, announced the winner, saying:

This narrative captures quiet moments of pause, as well as how life can shift so quickly we hardly notice, and suddenly we are changed. This is a thoughtful, funny, frightening, and sympathetic portrait of the humanity and inhumanity of corporate culture, young professional life, and stumbling into adulthood, made with care and great skill. 

Ariane Dénommé, a first-time DWA nominee, took home the 2019 Doug Wright Spotlight Award (also known as “the Nipper,” named for Doug Wright’s signature character) for 100 Days in Uranium City (Conundrum Press), a book that explores an under-examined corner of Canadian industry with intimate detail. The Spotlight Award is presented to a Canadian cartoonist or writer and artist team deserving of wider recognition. 

The cartoonist Dalton Sharp, another of this year’s judges, announced the winner, which was accepted by Conundrum publisher Andy Brown. Of Dénommé’s work Sharp said:

I suspect most of us don’t want to know too much about our parents’ lives before us—who did what to whom at the dance, the office party, the camping trip. But at times we wonder. We all wonder—a few of us even ask—usually getting half answers, deflections, knowing looks, mystery. Tonight’s winner got the goods. She did ask. She did speak to her dad about the days before she arrived on the scene, days of hard rock mining, 100 days on, 14 days off, and we have a great book with quiet moments of longing, anxiety about the future, and, yes . . . I’ll say it . . . love.

Retomber, by first-time DWA nominee Xiaoxiao Li, won this year’s Pigskin Peters Award, which recognizes the best experimental, unconventional, or avant-garde Canadian comic of the year. Retomber, a hand-stitched object printed on translucent paper, is a diary comic that looks to the future by experimenting with new forms of storytelling. 

The winner was announced by poet and illustrator Sabrina Scott, a member of this year’s nominating committee, which chooses the winner of the Pigskin Peters Award. Scott said of the winning book:

This little book is a gentle force that provokes reflection on what we see of each other, what we expose to each other; what we don’t, what we can’t. The artist’s unique play with layers and visually transparent media evokes reflection on fragmentation, embarrassment, desire, shame, inclusion, and omission. Form echoes content in this raw and revealing work.

Alongside this year’s winners, Fiona Smyth and Alootook Ipellie were inducted into the Giants of the North Hall of Fame, which celebrates creators who have made a lasting contribution to the field of Canadian comics. 

Fiona Smyth, an artist whose work straddles art, comics, and murals, and is marked by a bold and overt sexuality, was inducted by her longtime friend and colleague, the artist Maurice Vellekoop. During his induction speech, Vellekoop said: 

Fiona is a supernova feminist icon; a pop culture razzle-dazzler. She’s a miraculous magician who can transubstantiate paint into mouthwatering flavour. She is up there with the very greatest of the greatest greats.  . . . Fiona can do anything. 

Alootook Ipellie (1951–2007) was an Inuk artist born outside of what is now Iqaluit, Nunavut. He developed an early and abiding interest in comics, creating work that often satirically examined the modern world’s impact in Inuit life. Ipellie was inducted by his longtime friend, the writer Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, and Louisa Gillespie, who attended the Indian residential school system with Ipellie. “What he said and what he drew is what we felt, but were too shy to say,” Gillespie said before performing a traditional drum song alongside Monica Ittusardjuat, another childhood friend of Ipellie. She then read a letter provided by Ipellie’s daughter, Taina, which, in part, spoke of the anger she once felt for not having known her father, and how she came to forgive him. She further wrote:  

I would like to thank you for honouring my father’s work, as I feel much of it applies to the world we live in, even today. . . . I won’t profess to know exactly how he would feel on this day. But I imagine he would feel honoured and very grateful for this recognition. 

The evening also paid tribute to artist Teva Harrison, author of the graphic novel memoir In-Between Days (House of Anansi), who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer five years ago and died on April 27. 

The Doug Wright Awards ceremony, a featured event at this year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival, was hosted by Steve Manale, who kept the evening moving with an unlikely basketball theme. Manale, a Toronto-based artist and cartoonist, entered the awards accompanied by musical fanfare, wearing a sweat-suit and dribbling a basketball. He explained he had come from his Saturday night rec-league ball game. 

After pausing to hydrate, he tore off his suit to reveal a custom, handmade black, white, and gold Doug Wright Award basketball uniform. Manale later distributed several silkscreened DWA T-shirts and failed to initiate a game of one-on-one with the artist Joe Ollmann. 

Finalists for this year’s awards were chosen from dozens of works published during the 2018 calendar year.  The nominating committee consisted of Ehab Arafeh, Alex Hoffman, Betty Liang, and Sabrina Scott. 

The jury for the 15th annual Doug Wright Awards included Rotem Diamant, president and librarian of the Canadian Comics Open Library; Rebecca Roher, winner of the 2017 Doug Wright Best Book Award for her full-length debut, Bird in a Cage; Joe Ollmann, the 2007 winner of the Best Book Award, for This Will All End in Tears; and Dalton Sharp, a cartoonist and long-time wrangler for the Toronto Comic Jam.

Guest Update: Shannon and Dean Hale Saturday Only

Due to scheduling issues, Shannon and Dean Hale will only be participating in TCAF on Saturday, May 11th. Other than these creators and Jeff Lemire and Tillie Walden, all other creators at TCAF are scheduled to appear at events on May 11 & 12.

HOWEVER! Shannon and Dean have a jam-packed schedule that day though, with the following events and signings!

Signing: Penguin Random House Table
Saturday, May 11, 10am-11am
Booth 126-127, Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor

Squirrel Girl Panel: Talk Nuts, Kick Butts – Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Shannon & Dean Hale share with us their love of Squirrel Girl and give us a look behind the scenes of creating Doreen. Moderated by Hélène Deval
Saturday, May 11, 12:15 PM-1:15 PM
Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor Yorkville

Spotlight: The Princess in Black
The creative team behind the celebrated Princess in Black series launch the latest installment: Science Fair Scare. Join Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and LeUyen Pham as they tell you all about the making of your favourite series!
Saturday, May 11, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library

See you there!


TCAF is pleased to present Word Balloon Academy, a full day of creator-focused programming on Friday, May 10th at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville, located at 90 Bloor Street East (Bloor/Yonge Subway).

Admission to Word Balloon Academy is ticketed, and tickets are now available on Eventbrite.

You can see the Schedule and Detailed Programming Descriptions on the Word Balloon Academy Page on this site.

Go check it out, and we’ll see you Friday!

Word Balloon Academy Crest by Dustin Harbin

Zineland Terrace Announces Exhibitors and Programming for 2019

Zineland Terrace is a unique space for zine creators, readers, and well, everyone! Last year’s fair was a huge success, and we are excited to continue to offer a different kind of space for self-publishing during TCAF weekend.

Zineland Terrace will occur at The Cumberland Terrace (2 Bloor St W) on May 11-12, 2019. The event will run concurrently with the TCAF festival floor directly across the street at the Toronto Reference Library, but will focus on creators using self publishing, DIY, and zine culture to forge new and critical narratives and communities.

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TCAF 2019 Masonic Temple Programming Live – Tickets Available!

Tickets available at Eventbrite

This year TCAF returns to the beautiful Masonic Temple Concert Hall for two full days (and one great night) of Featured programming events!

At the request of our venue, publishing partners, and staff, all events at The Masonic Temple will be ticketed this year. Tickets are free for daytime events on Saturday and Sunday, and will be available on the Eventbrite page on Tuesday, April 30, at 11am EST.

Another exciting piece is that this year we’re able to provide ASL interpretation for all main stage programming at the Masonic Temple! Tell your friends!

Keep reading for details on the amazing programs taking place this year!

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TCAF 2019 Posters Now On Sale!

Gorgeous printed versions of our TCAF 2019 Posters are now in stock at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop at Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, and at TCAF’s Premiere Sponsor The Beguiling Books & Art, 319 College Street. Posters are $10 each, or all 3 for $20.

Total poster size (with show info and sponsor logos) is 13″ wide by 21.5″ tall. Main poster image area is 13″ x 19″. Printed on bright matte stock. They look great!

Fiona Smyth, Alootook Ipellie To Be Inducted into “the Giants of the North Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame”

Fiona Smyth, Alootook Ipellie To Be Inducted into the Giants of the North Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame 

April 23, 2019—Fiona Smyth, an artist and teacher known for her groundbreaking comics tackling female sexuality, and Alootook Ipellie (1951–2007), a multi-faceted artist, writer, activist, and cartoonist recognized for his satirical comics about Inuit life in Canada, will be inducted next month into the Giants of the North Hall of Fame for Canadian cartoonists.

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Junji Ito Events at TCAF 2019

Ever since we announced that the incredible horror manga creator Junji Ito would be participating in TCAF 2019, fans have been excited to learn exactly how they can interact with him at the Festival! Well here’s all the details for his signings, panels, and more!

Special Event #1: TCAF Kick-Off featuring Junji Ito, Friday May 10th (Tickets required)
Special Event #2: Junji Ito Live Drawing Session @ The Masonic Temple, Saturday May 11th (Tickets Required)
Signing #1: Junji Ito signing at Toronto Reference Library, Saturday May 11th (Wristband Required)
Signing #2: Junji Ito signing at Toronto Reference Library, Sunday May 12th (Wristband Required)

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Announcing the 2019 Wowee Zonk Exhibitors!

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2019, TCAF is proud to announce the exhibitors of the Wowee Zonk Small Press Shoscase for 2019! These exhibitors can be found in the Browsery Space of Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street.

Wowee Zonk is a Toronto small press arts collective founded by Chris Kuzma, Patrick Kyle, and Ginette LaPalme, which has been curating a unique small press space inside TCAF since 2010.

In addition to Chris, Patrick, and Ginette, this year the Wowee Zonk space will featured some of the raddest and baddest creators out there! Check out this list and click through for more info about their work.

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TCAF 2019 Announces Third Poster Image by Seth, New Round of Featured Guests!

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.

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Announcing the nominees for the 2019 Doug Wright Awards

APRIL 16, 2019—Nominees were announced this morning for the 15th annual Doug Wright Awards, recognizing the best work and most promising talent in Canadian comics.

Finalists for the 2019 Doug Wright Best Book Award, presented for the best English-language book published in Canada, are:

A Western World (Koyama Press)
Michael DeForge 

Young Frances (Adhouse Books)
Hartley Lin

Evie and the Truth About Witches (Koyama Press)
John Martz 

Somnambulance (Koyama Press)
Fiona Smyth 

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Inés Estrada Guest Cancellation

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Fantagraphics and TCAF regret to announce that Featured Guest Inés Estrada will no longer be able to attend TCAF 2019, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Wowee Zonk. Estrada’s new book, Alienation, will still be debuting at the show and both TCAF and Fantagraphics hope that Inés can make it to Toronto in the future.


Comics X Games 2019 Announces Exhibitors!

Returning for its eighth year, Hand Eye Society and TCAF have teamed to bring you COMICS X GAMES 2019, a celebration of the intersection of comics, indie video games, and narrative! The CXG installation takes place at Toronto Reference Library, in the second floor “Meet-up” space next to the elevators.

Today CXG 2019 has announced its exhibiting games for 2019, which includes nearly THREE DOZEN unique games from across Canada and around the world! These exhibitors join the already-announced CXG Special presentation of FLOOR KIDS JAM: ART X GAMES X MUSIC, which will be taking place at Toronto Reference Library, in the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon.

For the full announcement of Comics X Games 2019, check out the official event page.

If you have any questions, please contact cxg@handeyesociety.com (all e-mail will be forwarded to the CxG/HES Logistics team: Amanda Wong, Ken Cho, Alanna Predko and Sagan Yee).


TCAF Welcomes Yuri Manga Creator HIROMI TAKASHIMA

Hiromi Takashima’s super-cute self-portrait!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to welcome Yuri manga creator Hiromi Takashima to the 2019 Festival! Takashima-sensei is the acclaimed creator of yuri manga series “Kase-san and…”, published in English by Seven Seas and in the original Japanese by Shinshokan.

The Kase-san series centers on a high-school romance between the clumsy, flower-adoring Yamada, and the exhuberent Kase-san, the school’s track and field star. Through each interconnected volume of the series, the two girls, so different from one another, learn how to make their first love bloom.

EDIT: Tickets for Hiromi Takashima’s Panel Discussions and Signing are now available at Eventbrite.

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Kid Koala and JonJon rock TCAF 2019 with the FLOOR KIDS JAM!

TORONTO–The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce today that it will welcome the incredible creative team of KID KOALA and JONJON to the 2019 Festival as they present FLOOR KIDS JAM, an ART X MUSIC X GAMES interactive event featuring their new game Floor Kids! The event takes place as part of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, during its programming at Toronto Reference Library, Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, on Saturday May 11 and Sunday May 12, from 11am-5pm each day. Admission to the event is free, on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Flavia Biondi Cancellation for TCAF 2019

We’re sad to report that unfortunately Flavia Biondi is no longer able to attend TCAF 2019 as our Featured Guest, owing to her very intense work schedule. We hope to welcome back Flavia in a future year, and we recommend checking out her excellent graphic novel Generations, published by Lion Forge.


Zineland Terrace Returns to TCAF for 2019!

Zineland Terrace Poster by Jenna Rose SandsWe are proud to announce that Zineland Terrace, the TCAF Zine Fair, will be returning for its second year.

Zineland Terrace is a unique space for zine creators, readers, and well, everyone! Last year’s fair was a huge success, and we are excited to continue to offer a different kind of space for self-publishing during TCAF weekend.

Zineland Terrace will occur at The Cumberland Terrace (2 Bloor St W) on May 11-12, 2019. The event will run concurrently with the TCAF festival floor directly across the street at the Toronto Reference Library, but will focus on creators using self publishing, DIY, and zine culture to forge new and critical narratives and communities.

We are inviting any zine creator to apply! You do not need to make comics or have exhibited at TCAF before. We are taking a wide and supportive approach to what counts as a zine, and we want to showcase the broad and diverse spectrum of people working in the medium. To this end, we are especially encouraging local, emerging, and marginalized creators to apply to exhibit at TCAF’s Zineland Terrace.

Applications to exhibit are open from now until March 29th April 5th (extended) through this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1geU0OXIlYuJJPyiH0a0oRF3FkxESQmt0mQQ92QlPT3E/.

Application results will go out within 10 days of closing.

There is no fee to apply. If you are accepted to exhibit, the table fee will be $70 (+HST, totalling $79.10).

The exhibitor fee goes directly to covering costs for the venue for the weekend, and covers both days. If the fee is a barrier for you to participate or apply, please send us an email at zinelandterrace@gmail.com

Thank you to Jenna Rose Sands for our incredible poster art! Check her out @assiniysikew.

TCAF 2019 Announces Featured Kids Graphic Novel Authors & New Poster!

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.”

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TCAF 2019 Announces Young Adult Guests and Programming

TORONTO, CANADA: Building on years of great author appearances, debut books, and a variety of programming, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) is proud to present its first-ever official Young Adult programming stream and Featured Guests for the 2019 Edition. Highlighting a strong array of debuting work for readers across the Young Adult age-range of 12 years old to 18 years old, TCAF aims to create a great experience for fans of the YA category and genre at the 2019 Festival, taking place May 11th & 12th, in Toronto, Canada.

“We’ve long been both readers and proponents of YA,” said TCAF Artistic Director Christopher Butcher. “Until now we’ve integrated some of the incredible, bestselling YA authors that we’ve been fortunate enough to welcome to TCAF into our general program, trusting interested young readers to find the material they’re looking for. But as the market changes, and the fandom changes, we want to make sure that we’re putting these creators out in front where fans will see them, and for us that means a branded program, in partnership with some of the category’s top publishers.”

This year, TCAF’s 100+ hours of programming will have a clearly labeled “YA” stream in all panel descriptions and grids, and clearer search tools and pages on the TCAF website, www.torontocomics.com. In addition, the website and program guide will feature a YA program overview so that even casual attendees can discover these authors and their works at the Festival.

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TCAF Announces 2019 International Guests!

Junji Ito’s Poster for TCAF 2019

FEBRUARY 15, TORONTO: The Toronto Comic Arts Festival proudly announces its second round of Guest for the 2019 Festival, focusing on the international cartooning community! Building on TCAF’s history of cartooning and cultural exchanges, the 2019 Festival will be the most international yet, with more than 20 countries represented at the two-day exhibition on May 11 and 12, at Toronto Reference Library and surrounding neighbourhood.

Focusing on adult literary and popular works across genres including memoir, historical fiction, fantasy, and yes, even superheroes, these creators will help focus the eyes of the world on Canada, this May, with English- and French-Language translations of their greatest works available for North American readers.

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TORONTO, CANADA: The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is excited to announce its initial round of Featured Guests of the 2019 Festival! Drawing from across North America and highlighting some of the very best adult graphic novels being published today, these authors will join the more than 350 cartoonists from 20+ countries participating in the FREE, two-day exhibition on May 11 and 12 at Toronto Reference Library!

Each year TCAF 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. TCAF 2019 will see more than 40 Featured Guests in total, from North America and abroad, and for readers of all ages. In addition to the two-day exhibition, the Festival will include a full week of comics-related performances, readings, workshops, gallery exhibitions, parties, and so much more!

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Toronto Public Library presents

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2019
Saturday May 11th, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 12th, 10am-5pm
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada
Free To Attend | www.torontocomics.com


Junji Ito's Poster for TCAF 2019

Junji Ito’s Poster for TCAF 2019

FEBRUARY 11: TCAF, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce that acclaimed Japanese manga creator and international horror sensation JUNJI ITO will participate in TCAF as a Featured Guest and Official Poster Artist of the 2019 Festival, to be held May 11-12, 2019, in Toronto, Canada. Junji Ito is best known for his groundbreaking horror stories including Uzumaki, Gyo, Tomie, and “The Enigma of Amigara Fault,” and will travel to Toronto in support of his new short story collection Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection, to be published this April by VIZ Media.

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Check out BLIND DATE, sponsored by TCAF and Entreviñetas

This past Fall, As part of TCAF’s growing partnership with Colombian comic artists, we collaborated with Enterviñetas and the Ministry of Culture of Colombia to launch a special project called Blind Date (or Cita a ciegas).
The Blind Date project pairs Colombian and Canadian comic artists who have never met to collaborate digitally across hemispheres to create a digital comic art project. Fun fact: this project resulted in the first grant specifically for comic artists ever in Colombia! So exciting!
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2018 Doug Wright Awards honour Jacobs, Woodall, and Alwani; Duncan Macpherson inducted into Hall of Fame

May 13, 2018 | The winners of the 14th annual Doug Wright Awards, recognizing the best work and most promising talent in Canadian comics, were announced Saturday evening at a ceremony in Toronto. One of this year’s winners is a multiple Doug Wright Award nominee, and all three took home awards for the first time.

Crawl Space, by Jesse Jacobs (a six-time Wright Award nominee) won the 2018 Doug Wright Best Book Award. Crawl Space, published by Koyama Press, is a surreal story of adolescence. The judges said of this year’s winner:

One part John Hughes and one part Terrence McKenna, Crawl Space transforms the common corners of a suburban adolescence into a cosmic philosophical landscape. It flies high with masterful visual storytelling, and a mind-bending drawing style all the while staying grounded in its gentle humor and pathos.  It’s a book that’s hard not to love.

First-time nominee Jenn Woodall was the winner of the 2018 Doug Wright Spotlight Award (also known as “The Nipper”). The Nipper is presented to a Canadian cartoonist (or writer/artist team) deserving of wider recognition. Woodall was nominated on the merit of her books Magical Beatdown Vol. 2 and Worrywart, of which the judges said:

Worrywart was uniquely vulnerable and relatable, and we loved seeing the protagonist contend with anxiety as a tangible character that never leaves. Magical Beatdown deploys violence in a very satisfying way, and that, coupled with Jenn’s gorgeous illustrative style made this book a clear winner.

First-time nominee Sami Alwani’s book The Dead Father was awarded the 2018 Pigskin Peters Award, presented to the most experimental, unconventional or avant-garde comic of the year. In their comments about Alawani’s debut comic the judges said:

Alwani explores the pressures and obligations of our arbitrary circumstances and the anxiety that comes inherent in every opportunity. Alwani’s debut leaves us with great expectations for his future work, the irony of which is clear in his story of poor Baby Alwani, who seems both deserving and devastated by the expectations of his father and a clamoring, rabid throng of reporters.

This year’s inductee to the Giants of the North Canadian cartoonist hall of fame, which celebrates creators who have made a life-long contribution to the field, is Duncan Macpherson (1924–1993). Macpherson was inducted into the Giants hall of fame by Terry “Aislin” Mosher, and accepted om his behalf by his son, Ian Macpherson.

Born in Toronto, Macpherson served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. He studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Art and the Ontario College of Art, and his work appeared in the Montreal Standard, and, most famously, the Toronto Star. Mosher, referred to Macpherson as “the king of the third wave” of Canadian editorial cartoonists. He was awarded multiple National Newspaper Awards, his work has been displayed at the Ontario Art Gallery, and he was the first cartoonist to ever become a member of the Order of Canada. He died, in Beaverton, Ontario, in 1993.

A feature event of the Toronto Comics Arts Festival, the 14th annual Doug Wright Awards took place in the High Park Ballroom of the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel. They were hosted by Dustin Harbin, and featured live drawing by R. Sikoryak.

Finalists for this year’s awards were chosen from nearly 100 works published during the 2017 calendar year. The jury for the 14th annual Doug Wright Awards included: Bo Doodley, a Toronto-based artist; Jim Munroe, a writer, producer, and creator of games, comics, movies and novels, living in Toronto; Marc Nui, a Windsor, Ontario–based sequential artist and speculative designer; and Pamela Marie Pierce, a multi-disciplinary visual artist and illustrator whose work has appeared in Heavy Metal, based in Saint John, New Brunswick. The Pigskin Peters Award was chosen by the nominating committee, which this year consisted of Adrian Doran, Alex Hoffman, Betty Liang, and Conan Tobias.

NBM Announces TCAF 2018 Premieres, Signing Schedule

NBM Graphic Novels is enthusiastically once again attending The Toronto Comics Art Festival, the massive, FREE two-day exhibition held at the Toronto Reference Library on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 and can be found at Table #133.

Publisher Terry Nantier will be on hand for the company and he’ll be joined by David B, one of France’s finest cartoonists and a co-founder of the legendary L’Association collective, who is attending TCAF as a Featured Guest.

David B is attending TCAF in support of his new graphic novel from NBM, Hasib & the Queen of Serpents, which will debut at the show and he will be both signing at the NBM Booth and appearing on several panels.

Heir to the wise Daniel, Hâsib is a young woodcutter promised to a great future. When his greedy companions abandon him in the middle of the forest, he meets the Queen of the serpents. She then tells her story, a fabulous adventure filled with gods and demons, princes and prophets. We find Prince Janshah madly in love with Shamsa, the bird woman of King Solomon. Love and perjury, epic battles and giant spiders ensue… From Kabul to Cairo, journeys intertwine with intrigues and spiritual quests while the fabulous nights follow one another. An enchanting and intricately designed interpretation of the story of Hâsib Karîm ad-Dîm, through which fragment of the giant tale David B. opens us the gates of the Thousand and One Nights. For mature readers.

Also premiering at TCAF is Niki de Saint Phalle: The Garden of Secrets from creators Dominique Osuch and Sandrine Martin.

Niki de Saint Phalle knew art could save the world because art saved her… from madness, from violence. Even from herself.
 A comics biography of the famous and controversial contemporary pop-style artist.

Also appearing at TCAF will be Julian Voloj (Ghetto Brother) who will be be premiering his comic biography, The Joe Shuster Story, from our sister company, Papercutz.  In addition, he’ll be signing at the NBM booth and will be participating on a panel.  (Details here!)

David B – Panels and Signing Schedule


11:00 AM:  BD Today – Contemporary French Comics
High Park Ballroom 2/3 (Marriott)
The best-selling French comics sell 5x better than English comics in North America. That’s millions and millions of copies! Sacré Bleu! Join some of the most critically acclaimed voices in French comics to talk about what makes the French comics scene so magical, and what exciting books and artists we should keep our eyes out for. Featuring Yvan Alagbé, David B, Brigitte Findakly, Julie Rocheleau, and Lewis Trondheim. Moderated by Bart Beatty.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#133)

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#133)


12:00 PM: Personal Boundaries: Changing Shape of Memoir
Beeton Auditorium (1st Floor, Library)
What is the power of personal narratives when tweets, instagram photos, and snapchats are increasingly changing the norms of sharing personal information? Does the longer narrative of memoir become more relevant,a break from the bombardment of social media? Or will it soon be dismissed by readers who want more immediacy from a glowing screen? Featuring memoirist David B, Georgia Webber, Marguerite Dabaie, and Karl Steven. Moderated by Irene Velentzas.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#133)

3:00 PM: Literally Illustrated Classics
Beeton Auditorium (1st Floor, Library)
What are the specific challenges artists face when adapting a beloved work into a graphic novel? Emily Carrol, David B, Meaghan Carter and Ron Wimberly discuss how to honour the original while bringing something new to it, and updating and reworking problematic aspects of older work to bringit up to the standard of a contemporary audience. Moderated by Megan Kearney.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#133)