TCAF 2016: Initial Featured Guests Announcement

Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling present
TCAF 2016 – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Professional Development: Friday, May 13, 8:30am-5pm
Saturday, May 14, 9am-5pm
Sunday, May 15, 10am-5pm
Free to attend

TORONTO, CANADA — We here at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival are thrilled to announce our initial Featured Guests and Events for TCAF 2016, taking place May 14th and 15th in Toronto, Canada! With over 400 cartoonists scheduled to attend from more than a dozen countries on their way to Toronto this May, we’re getting ready celebrate the very best in comics, graphic novels, bandes dessinées, and manga! Prepare yourself for a week of readings, launches, and art events culminating in a massive, FREE two-day exhibition at Toronto Reference Library, May 14 and 15, 2016!

Every year the Toronto Comic Arts Festival showcases Canada’s incredible comics talent on a world stage by promoting some of our best and brightest creators and publishers, and inviting the attention of the global cartooning community. The 2016 programme builds on our previous successes, with a continued commitment to offer more engaging programming, in multiple formats, focusing on compelling and challenging work being made across the world. Art sales and exhibition, increased programming, and gallery shows are at the core of the 2016 programme, as highlighted by these talented Featured Guests:

Canadian comics hero Kate Beaton is the creator of beloved humour series Hark! A Vagrant, which has spawned a bestselling book of the same title. In 2015, Beaton released her first picture book, The Princess and the Pony (Scholastic), and a second collection of strips entitled Step Aside, Pops (Drawn & Quarterly). Beaton’s work is both expressive and hilarious, possessing a signature style and wit that are uniquely her own.

Kate Beaton is one of TCAF’s 2016’s official poster artists, and we will be revealing her official poster in the next few weeks!

Duncan Fegredo has been on the North American comics scene since illustrating Kid Eternity (DC Comics) with writer Grant Morrison. Since then he’s gone on to illustrate a number of critically acclaimed works, including Enigma (DC Comics) with writer Peter Milligan, and a much-lauded run on Hellboy (Dark Horse) with Mike Mignola. His most recent work is MPH (Image Comics), with writer Mark Millar. This will be Duncan Fegredo’s first visit to TCAF, and we’re excited to welcome him to Canada!

Lisa Hanawalt is amazing! Since debuting My Dumb Dirty Eyes at TCAF 2013, Hanawalt has really made her mark at the designer of the Netflix super hit series BoJack Horseman, contributing columns to Lucky Peach magazine, and co-hosting the podcast Baby Geniuses. She is returning to TCAF 2016 as a Featured Guest to in support of her new graphic novel Hot Dog Taste Test (Drawn & Quarterly), debuting at the show!

MariNaomi is a prolific creator of autobiographical comics. She an Eisner-nominated artist, known for fantastic books like Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories and Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22. At TCAF 2016 she will be debuting the brand new book Turning Japanese (2D Cloud). We’re so pleased to have her join us as a Featured Guest!

Noir comics master Sean Phillips is coming back to TCAF! Phillips has worked on everything from Batman to X-Men, but he’s maybe best known for his collaborations with writer Ed Brubaker: Criminal, Incognito, Fatale, and the recently-completed The Fade Out (Image Comics). This year, Sean is bringing with him “Phono+Graphic,” an art show that spotlights over 80 amazing album covers created by comics artists for vinyl records. The show tours here from the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, and we’re excited to bring it to Canada.

With six books under his belt, Michel Rabagliati is an essential figure in not only the comics scene of Quebec, but all of Canada. Creator of essential works like Paul Moves Out,Paul Joins the Scouts, and The Song of Roland (recently adapted into a feature film!), Michel is attending TCAF 2016 to debut the English version of Paul Up North(Conundrum) and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Canadian publisher Conundrum Press. It’s sure to be a real party!

Rokudenashiko is a world-famous artist, best known for her vulva-centric sculptures. Her work challenges Japan’s prudish censorship laws, which has now led to her being twice arrested by the on obscenity charges in Japan. Rokudenashiko is attending TCAF 2016 in support of her new graphic novel and essay collection What Is Obscenity? The Story Of A Good For Nothing Artist And Her Pussy (Koyama Press), produced in association with MASSIVE.

His name is Chip Zdarsky, and we’re thrilled to welcome him back to TCAF 2016 as a Featured Guest and one of our 2016 Poster Artists. Chip Zdarsky is the co-creator of the books Sex Criminals and Kaptara (Image Comics), and is writing Howard The Duck (Marvel Comics) and Jughead (Archie Comics). We’ll be revealing his 2016 poster in the next few weeks!

And these are just the first eight featured guests among the more than 400 Canadian and International cartoonists participating in the 2016 Festival.

Featured guests will continue to be announced through January, February, and March, with special guests from Germany, Italy, USA, France, Japan, and Canada still to be revealed!

In addition to the programmes mentioned above, TCAF 2016 will also feature several programming spotlights including a special tribute to the wonderful and hardworking Canadian publisher Conundrum Press, on the occasion of their 20th Anniversary, and First Second Books on their 10th Anniversary.

Additional Programs will be announced in February and March, including the CSSC-SCEBD Academic Conference, Library & Educator Day, Word Balloon Academy, Comics Vs. Games 5, Gallery Showings, Screenings, and much more. Visit TCAF online for up-to-the-minute updates.

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Please include in your listings. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2016, Saturday May 14, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 15, 10am-5pm, @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. Attendance is FREE to the public. Select guest bios and images are available upon request. Please send all inquiries to media@torontocomics.com.


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, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

TCAF would like to thank 2D Press, Conundrum Press, Drawn & Quarterly, Koyama Press, The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, Massive, and La Pasteque for the support of the artists and programmes mentioned in this announcement.

Sponsorship opportunities for TCAF 2016 are still available, please contact us at: contact@torontocomics.com for more info.

The 2014 Doug Wright Award nominees have been announced! Three Conundrum titles have been nominated. Ollmann’s Science Fiction & Rabagliati’s Paul Joins the Scouts are both up for the Best Book Award. dakotamcfadzean’s Other Stories and the Horse You Rode In On is nominated for the Spotlight Award. Congratulations to all the nominees! You can read the full list over at The Comics Reporter


TCAF is excited to welcome MICHEL RABAGLIATI as a Featured Guest for 2016!

With his six books, Michel Rabagliati is an essential figure in the comics scene of Quebec.

Michel Rabagliati was born in 1961 in Montreal, where he grew up in the Rosemont neighbourhood. Having developed an interest in typography, he studied graphic design and in 1988 moved into freelance illustration. Since 1998, his graphic novels have revolutionized the comic-book art form in Quebec. In 1999, at 36, Rabagliati had his first comic book published by the Montreal publisher Les Éditions de la Pastèque. This  was translated the following year as Paul in the Country and published by D+Q, earning him a Harvey Award for Best New Talent. D+Q also published the English translation of Paul Has A Summer Job, Paul Moves Out, and Paul Goes Fishing.

Conundrum Press then published The Song of Roland in 2012, Paul Joins the Scouts in 2014, as well as the TCAF 2016 English-language debut of Paul Up North.

In April 2005, he was awarded the Grand Prix de la ville de Québec, care of the Festival de BD de Québec, and was selected as a Personality of the Week by the daily newspaper La Presse. In 2007, Rabagliati’s body of work to date earned a Special Mention from the Prix des libraires du Québec. In 2015, The Song of Roland was made into a feature film under it’s original title, Paul à Québec.

Michel Rabagliati lives in Montreal with his partner and daughter.

For more info on TCAF guests, events, and debut books, check out our website: torontocomics.com

Conundrum is super happy to announce that Michel Rabagliati’s Paul Joins the Scouts was shortlisted today for Slate’s second annual Cartoonist Studio Prize

Also today in Slate, there was a wonderful review of Rabagliati’s work written by Dan Kois:

“Like all memoirs, Rabagliati’s books are particular to one person’s unique experience. But as very few memoirs do, they make me look inside my own experiences to find the emotional congruencies between my life and his.”

Thanks, Slate!

We made a gif of TCAF! You can see our table in the middle with the yellow sign. Gifs are FUN.

Also, here are some TCAF related links:

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Paul Joins the Scouts
By Michel Rabagliati
Author is attending TCAF 2013!

Published by Conundrum Press
172 pages, $20.00

Following on the heels of the The Song of Roland, Montrealer Michel Rabagliati returns to the childhood story of his famous semi-autobiographical character. It’s 1970 and Paul’s family watches the news with anxiety as bombs are going off around Montreal. But Paul is more interested in flying his kite, comics, and his first kiss. Soon Paul joins the Scouts and heads off to camp. Away from his parents and extended family he discovers self worth in a troop of like-minded and enthusiastic boys. Things take a turn, however, when the troop gets mixed up in the terrifying events of the FLQ crisis. Paul Joins the Scouts is a coming of age story which takes an historical approach to both the Baden Powell scouting movement and the October Crisis, but humanizes these incidents for both a YA and adult audience. It is original, sincere, captivating, and a little bit retro.

The French edition, Paul au Parc, sold incredibly well and was critically hailed, nominated for the youth award at the Angouleme Festival 2012, a Shuster Award, and for a Friends of the Library Award in Montreal. Paul Joins the Scouts will debut at TCAF 2013.

Top 10 Graphic Novels for 2013

Publisher’s Weekly comics critics poll just came out and I am among those who got to name their favorites for the year, all jumbled together in a big master list. Right here, though, is my official Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2013 list, which is what I submitted to them, singled out for your own information.

1 Paul Joins The Scouts by Michel Rabagliati (Conundrum Press)

Rabagliati expresses the worst sides of people without casting his narrative into depression, but instead an amiable and well-considered humanity, with the political backdrop of 1970s Quebec as a bonus.

2 Crater XV by Kevin Cannon (Top Shelf Productions)

Inventive and gripping, Crater XIV captures the true, over-the-top spirit of comics, while still keeping things down to earth enough to allow you to care what goes on inside.

3 The Property - Rutu Modan (Drawn and Quarterly)

One of the most accessible of graphic novelists, with a cinematic presentation and the ability to capture the complexity of larger human experience within smaller family dramas, all with good humor.

4 TEOTFW by Charles Forsman (Fantagraphics)

A perceptive, neo-realist slice of deadpan alienation and gloom about a teenage Bonnie and Clyde.

5 Jerusalem by Boaz Yakin and Nick Bertozzi (First Second Books)

An epic sweep that never breezes past the humanity as it examines how history happens to real people.

6 Journal by Julie Delporte (Koyama Press)

Personal and colorful, engaging and cryptic, Delporte slices up her own life into an abstract emotional puzzle.

7 Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters. (Abrams/SelfMadeHero)

Beginning like a murder mystery, continuing like an episode of the Twilight Zone, and finishing up with the kind of existentialism that wouldn’t be out of place in a Von Trier film, a frantic examination of the human reaction to mortality.

8 Little Tommy Lost by Cole Closser (Koyama Press)

Rebooting the concept of period adventure comic strips and with tongue barely in cheek and an impressive graphic sense.

9 Susceptible - Genvieve Castree (Drawn and Quarterly)

A dysfunctional childhood and the toll it takes are presented with humor, honesty, and a huge amount of charm.

10 Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci and Sara Varon (First Second)

A smart and funny story, charmingly drawn, that is constantly hurling something new within the trope of odd couple friendships.

PAUL À QUÉBEC : Bon départ au box-office

Selon MCN, le très attendu Paul à Québec a rapporté 47 800 $ vendredi au box-office, ce qui laisse supposer un total d’environ 150 000 $ pour le week-end.

Si ces chiffres se confirment, c’est un bon départ, supérieur à Ego Trip par exemple, mais toutefois inférieur aux débuts en salle d’Aurélie Laflamme - Les pieds sur terre, de La Passion d’Augustine et bien sûr du Mirage, qui demeure de loin le plus gros succès québécois de l’année (avec possiblement bientôt 3 millions $).

Considérant les critiques quasi uniformément dithyrambique (je crois que je suis celui qui fus le moins enthousiaste) et le fait que le film de François Bouvier est foncièrement rassembleur dans sa forme et son propos, je me serais attendu à ce qu’il fasse davantage courir les foules.

Encore une fois, les chiffres préliminaires sont bons, juste moins spectaculaires que ce à quoi je m’attendais. Il y a toutefois d’excellentes chances que le bouche-à-oreille fasse son travail et que cette touchante adaptation de la BD de Michel Rabagliati attire de plus en plus de gens dans les cinémas au cours des jours et des semaines à venir.