Lucy Knisley

Lucy Knisley is the author and illustrator of beloved graphic novels about memory, identity, food, and family. She previously published the New York Times bestseller Relish: My Life in the Kitchen and Something New with First Second. She lives and works in Chicago, with her husband and child.

Lucy is attending TCAF in support of her new graphic novel Kid Gloves, debuting at the Festival.

 

Lucy Knisley can be found at the following:

Saturday May 11

2:45-3:45: The Motherhood Challenge at the Forest Hall Ballroom (Yorkville Marriott, 90 Bloor St. E)
4:00-4:45: Signing at the First Second Booth 200 & 201 (Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor)

Sunday May 12

11:00-12:00: Careful Chaos: Spotlight on Lucy Knisley at the High Park Ballroom 2 & 3 (Yorkville Marriott, 90 Bloor St. E)
12:15-1:00: Signing at the First Second Booth 200 & 201 (Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor)

 

Creator of

Ness Lee

Ness Lee is an illustrator/artist based in Toronto. Her illustrations have been chosen for award publications such as American Illustration 35 and the Society of Illustrators 57 and she has exhibited her works at galleries in Toronto, New York, Boston and Tokyo. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design with a Bachelors of Design degree in Illustration. She has continued to explore her practice using a wide range of mediums such as ceramics, drawing, painting, and mixed media sculpture.

Ness Lee attends TCAF in support of their debut work Death Threat, published by Arsenal Pulp Press.

 

Ness Lee can be found at the following:

Friday May 10

7:00-9:00: Book Launch for Death Threat and Shut Up You’re Pretty at the Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave)

Saturday May 11

1:30-2:30: Death Threat: Vivek Shraya & Ness Lee Spotlight at the Forest Hills Ballroom (Yorkville Marriott, 90 Bloor St. E)
2:45-3:15: Signing with Vivek Shraya at the Arsenal Pulp Press Booth 141 (Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor)

Sunday May 12

1:15-1:45: Signing at the Arsenal Pulp Press Booth 141 (Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor)

 

Creator of

Vivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya is the author of the young-adult collection God Loves Hair, the novel She of the Mountains, the poetry book even this page is white, and the children’s picture book (with Rajni Perera) The Boy & the Bindi (all published by Arsenal Pulp Press), as well as I’m Afraid of Men and What I Love About Being QUEER. She is editor of the Arsenal Pulp Press imprint VS. Books, dedicated to work by young black, Indigenous, and writers of colour. Vivek was the 2014 recipient of the Steinert & Ferreiro Award for leadership in Toronto’s LGBTQ community, the recipient of Anokhi Media’s inaugural Most Promising LGBTQ Community Crusader Award in 2015, a 2015 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award finalist, and a 2015 recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize Honour of Distinction. Originally from Edmonton, she now lives in Calgary, where she is an assistant professor in the University of Calgary’s Department of English.

Vivek Shraya attends TCAF in support of their new book Death Threat, published by Arsenal Pulp Press.

 

Vivek Shraya can be found at the following:

Friday May 10

7:00-9:00: Book Launch for Death Threat and Shut Up You’re Pretty at the Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave.)

Saturday May 11

1:30-2:30: Death Threat: Vivek Shraya & Ness Lee Spotlight at the Forest Hill Ballroom (Yorkville Marriott, 90 Bloor St. E)
2:45-3:15: Signing with Ness Lee at the Arsenal Pulp Press Booth 141 (Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor)

Sunday May 12

2:45-3:45: Writing for Others at the High Park Ballroom 2 & 3 (Yorkville Marriott, 90 Bloor St. E)
4:00-4:30: Signing at the Arsenal Pulp Press Booth 141 (Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor)

 

Creator of

Gord Hill

Gord Hill is the author of The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book, The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book, and The Antifa Comic Book. He is a member of theKwakwaka’wakw nation whose territory is located on northern Vancouver Island and adjacent mainland in the province of “British Columbia.” He has been involved in Indigenous people’s and anti-globalization movements since 1990. He lives in northern British Columbia.

Gord Hill attends TCAF in support of The Antifa Comic Book, published by Arsenal Pulp Press.

Arsenal Pulp Press Website

 

Gord Hill can be found at the following:

Saturday May 11

3:15-3:45: Signing at the Arsenal Pulp Press Booth 141 (Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor)
4:00-5:00: Contemporary Comics Activism at the Forest Hills Ballroom (Yorkville Marriott, 90 Bloor St. E)

Sunday May 12

2:45-3:15: Signing at the Arsenal Pulp Press Booth 141 (Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor)

 

Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck, among many other beloved books for children. Live Oak, with Moss is his first book for adults. He lives in Brooklyn and San Diego.

Brian Selznick attends TCAF in support of his TCAF-debuting “provocative visual narrative” of Live Oak, With Moss, published by Abrams ComicArts, and based on the original poetry by Walt Whitman and reconstructed by Karen Karbiener.

Extended bio:

“Hello there. My name is Brian Selznick and I’m the author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I was born in 1966 in New Jersey. I have a sister who is a teacher, a brother who is a brain surgeon, and five nephews and one niece. I studied at The Rhode Island School of Design and after I graduated from college I worked at Eeyore’s Books for Children in New York City. I learned all about children’s books from my boss Steve Geck who is now an editor of children’s books at Greenwillow. While I was at Eeyore’s I also painted the windows for holidays and book events.

“My first book, The Houdini Box, which I both wrote and illustrated, was published in 1991 while I was still working at the bookstore. Since then, I have illustrated many books for children, including Frindle by Andrew Clements, The Doll People by Ann Martin and Laura Godwin, Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Rideby Pam Muñoz Ryan and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, which received a 2001 Caldecott Honor.

“I have also written a few other books myself, including The Boy of a Thousand Faces, The Invention of Hugo CabretWonderstruck, and The Marvels.

“I live in Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California, with my husband David Serlin.”

 

Brian Selznick can be found at the following:

Saturday May 11

12:00-1:30: Page to Screen/Screen to Page at the Masonic Temple (888 Yonge St.)
2:00-3:00: Signing at the ABRAMS Booth 113 (Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor)

Sunday May 12

12:00-1:00: (Re)Visualizing: Brian Selznick Spotlight at the Hinton Leaning Theatre (Toronto Reference Library, 3rd Floor)
1:30-2:30: Signing at the ABRAMS Booth 113 (Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor)

 

 

Bill Griffith

2Bill Griffith is the creator of the syndicated daily comic strip Zippy. Griffith’s prolific output has been included in such publications as the VillageVoiceNational Lampoon, and the New Yorker. According to Bartlett, Griffith coined the popular phrase “Are we having fun yet?” He lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut.

Bill Griffith attends TCAF in support of his new graphic novel, Nobody’s Fool: The Life and Times of Schlitzie The Pinhead, published by Abrams ComicArts.

 

Bill Griffith can be found at the following:

Saturday May 11

11:00-12:00: Nobody’s Fool: Bill Griffith Spotlight at the High Park Ballroom 1 (Yorkville Marriott, 90 Bloor St. E)
12:30-2:00: Signing at the NBM Graphic Novels Booth 113 (Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor)

Sunday May 12

11:00-1:00: Signing at the NBM Graphic Novels Booth 113 (Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor)
2:45-3:45: Other People’s Stories at the Hinton Learning Theatre (Toronto Reference Library, 3rd Floor)

 

Photo Credit: Diane Noomin

Creator of

Junji Ito

Junji Ito made his professional manga debut in 1987 and since then has gone on to be recognized as one of the greatest contemporary artists working in the horror genre. His titles include Tomie and Uzumaki, which have been adapted into live-action films; Gyo, which was adapted into an animated film; Fragments of Horror, adapted into an animated series; and the short story collections Shiver and Frankenstein, with all works having been published in English by VIZ Media. Other works of Ito’s in English include Dissolving Classroom, published by Vertical Inc., and Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Mon & Yu, published by Kodansha Comics. Ito’s influences include classic horror manga artists Kazuo Umezu and Hideshi Hino, as well as authors Yasutaka Tsutsui and H.P. Lovecraft.

Junji Ito’s newest short-story collection, Smashed: Junji Ito Short Story Collection, will debut in spring 2019 in conjunction with his appearance at The Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

Junji Ito is one of the official TCAF 2019 Poster Artists. A printed poster featuring his illustration will be made available for sale at TCAF 2019, and any remaining copies will be sold online afterwards.

 

For all information on Junji Ito’s TCAF events, please see this page: http://www2.torontocomics.com/2019/04/18/junji-ito-events-at-tcaf-2019/

 

Entreviñetas – Colombian Comics Delegation

Entreviñetas is a Colombian comics and illustration non-profit organisation and platform working since 2010. Devoted to the promotion the art of comics, it is in charge of the Festival Entreviñetas, one of the most influential comics events in Latin America, an unique cultural program that year after year brings authors, publishers, scholars and critics inspiring changes and new ways to see and read the art of comics in the world.

Attending from Entreviñetas are: 

Edi Jímenez: Edi Jiménez is a proudly queer, fat and latino artist, born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Jiménez studied fine arts at Universidad Nacional de Colombia and has been working in illustration, animation and theatre. He is currently developing his tattoo work and my first comic CarnationWorks with Entreviñetas coordinating events and volunteers.  Edi is a rad artist who makes comic work about queerness, the body, gender…. his style is unique! His comic Carnationed debuted with an exhibition at Entreviñetas Bogotá 2018. He is also a key organizer at Rat Trap, an anarchist arts space and silkscreen collective in Bogotá. Edi is also amazing tattoo artist. Check out his instagram @yourdough

Juan David Quintero: Also works with Entreviñetas helping coordinate workshops. He is also kind of from the punk scene and makes work.

Lorena Alvarez: 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.

 

Entreviñetas can be found at the following:

Saturday May 11

9:00-5:00: TCAF Exhibitor Booth 324 (Toronto Reference Library, 3rd Floor)
11:30-1:00: Workshop – Bookmaking w/ Juan David Quintero at the Discussion Room (Toronto Reference Library, 3rd Floor)

Sunday May 12

10:00-5:00: TCAF Exhibitor Booth 324 (Toronto Reference Library, 3rd Floor)
12:00-1:30: Workshop – Making Tattoo Flash Sheets w/ Edi Jiménez at the Discussion Room (Toronto Reference Library, 3rd Floor)
2:45-3:45: Colombian Cartooning Spotlight at the Learning Center 1 (Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor)

 

Ben Passmore

Ben Passmore lives with his cat in Philly. His comics have appeared in The Nib, The New York Times, Fantagraphic’s NOW anthology, and even the pages of Adventure Time, addressing topics such as race, crime, monsters, anarchism, sexual dysfunction, police brutality, art theory, and his feelings. Previous publications include DAYGLOAYHOLE, Goodbye, and Your Black Friend and Other Strangers.

Ben Passmore attends TCAF 2019 in support of his Debut Graphic Novel BTTM FDRS, with Ezra Claytan Daniels, published by Fantagraphics.

 

Ben Passmore can be found at the following:

Saturday May 11

9:00-5:00: TCAF Exhibitor Table 152 (Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor)

Sunday May 12

10:00-5:00: TCAF Exhibitor Table 152 (Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor)
2:45-3:45: BTTM FDRS: The Unconventional Comics Journeys of Ezra Claytan Daniels & Ben Passmore at the High Park Ballroom 1 (Yorkville Marriott, 90 Bloor St. E)

 

Creator of

Ezra Claytan Daniels

Ezra Claytan Daniels is a writer and illustrator based in Los Angeles, CA. His work has been featured at the Fantoche International Animation Festival in Baden, Switzerland, the Fumetto International Comics Festival in Lucerne, Haarlem Stripdagen in the Netherlands, and is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum. His new graphic novel, UPGRADE SOUL, was the recipient of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics. His upcoming graphic novel collaboration with Ignatz-winner Ben Passmore, BTTM FDRS, will be released Summer 2019 by Fantagraphics Books.

Ezra Claytan Daniels attends TCAF in support of his new graphic novel (with Ben Passmore), BTTM FDRS.

Ezra Claytan Daniels can be found at the following:

Saturday May 11

9:00-5:00: TCAF Exhibitor Booth 266 (Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor)

Sunday May 12

10:00-5:00: TCAF Exhibitor Booth 266 (Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor)
10:30-11:30: Characters of Age at the Learning Center 1 (Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor)
2:45-3:45: BTTM FDRS: The Unconventional Comics Journeys of Ezra Claytan Daniels & Ben Passmore at the High Park Ballroom 1 (Yorkville Marriott, 90 Bloor St. E)

 

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