Debuting at TCAF 2017 - My Brother’s Husband, Volume 1 by Gengoroh Tagame

Translated by Anne Ishii
Published by Pantheon Books

From one of Japan’s most notable manga artists: a heartbreaking and redemptive tale of mourning and acceptance that compares and contrasts the contemporary nature of gay tolerance in the East and the West

Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo, married to wife Natsuki, father to young daughter Kana. Their lives are suddenly upended with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi’s estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Mike is on a quest to explore Ryoji’s past, and the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in. What follows is an unprecedented, revelatory look at and journey into the largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it’s been affected by the West, and how the next generation has the chance to change the preconceptions of and prejudices against it.

“When a cuddly Canadian comes to call, Yaichi—a single Japanese dad—is forced to confront his painful past. With his young daughter Kana leading the way, he gradually rethinks his assumptions about what makes a family. Renowned manga artist Gengoroh Tagame turns his stunning draftsmanship to a story very different from his customary fare, to delightful and heartwarming effect.”
—Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home

Debuting at TCAF 2017 - SO PRETTY / VERY ROTTEN by Jane Mai and An Nguyen

Published by Koyama Press

ISBN: 978-1-927668-43-6
5 x 7”, 300 pages, b&w, trade paper
May 2017

A short story and essay collection exploring the Japanese fashion subculture, Lolita, by two cartoonists who go beyond the clothes.

In a series of essays and comics that are at once academic and intimate, cartoonists Jane Mai and An Nguyen delve into Lolita subculture and their relationship with it. Empowering and beautiful, but also inescapably linked to consumerism, the Rococo-inspired fashion is indulgent and sublime, pretty and rotten.

AN NGUYEN is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Ottawa, ON best known for her romantic comic series Open Spaces and Closed Places. She has drawn comics for Spera: Ascension of the Starless, Electric Ant zine, and various Love Love Hill anthologies. In addition to So Pretty / Very Rotten, she and Jane Mai also released a zine titled Don’t Talk to Me or I’ll Set Myself on Fire.

JANE MAI is a freelance illustrator and comic artist from Brooklyn, NY. Her work has appeared in several anthologies and self-published zines. Koyama Press published her first book, Sunday in the Park with Boys, which was followed by the zine Sorry I Can’t Come in on Monday I’m Really Really Sick, and See You Next Tuesday.

NOVALA TAKEMOTO is a Japanese author, fashion designer and prominent promoter of the Lolita lifestyle. Soleinuit (Kokushokankai), his first collection of essays, was published in 1998. He debuted as a novelist in 2000 with Missin’ (Shogakukan). He achieved wide recognition when his 2002 novel Shimotsuma Monogatari (Shogakukan) was adapted into the movie, Kamikaze Girls, in 2004. His most recent work is Rakkusei (Cyzo, Inc.).

“Expertly mixing comics and essays, An Nguyen and Jane Mai take us on an excursion into the fascinating culture of Lolita fashion. These beautifully realized stories, which range from humorous to haunting, involve young people looking for context and place, searching for a balance between materialism and identity within their chosen social reality. Nguyen’s and Mai’s work blends together seamlessly, each approaching the theme with their own unique vision and aesthetic. So Pretty / Very Rotten reveals universal experiences within a distinct and subversive style of self-expression.” — Jesse Jacobs, author of Safari Honeymoon and By This Shall You Know Him





Jess unfortunately won’t be at TCAF, but I will! Come find me on the third floor so we can yell together ✨

Debuting at TCAF 2017 - Boumeries volume 7 by Boum

96 pages.

Put a video game programmer and a cartoonist together so they have babies, and you’ve got the recipe for Boumeries, Boum’s award-winning journal comic. She has been chronicling her life as a freelance cartoonist turned stay-at-home mom through comic strips since early 2011. Now with two kids, Boum is certain of one thing — she’ll never run out of comic material.

azkam  asked:

Hello! Will you be tabling at TCAF this year? (PS: Thank you for posting your depression comic, and thanks in general for doing what you do)

Sadly, no. I didn’t apply for a table this year since I don’t have any new books to show. I hope to be back someday soon, though!

+ thank you for reading… posting that was a bit of an emotional risk but I’m glad I did.

Debuting at TCAF 2017 - VOLCANO TRASH by Ben Sears

Published by Koyama Press

ISBN: 978-1-927668-42-9
6.5 x 9”, 120 pages, colour, trade paper
May 2017

The boys are back to their temple raidin’ ways, but has the long, crooked arm of the law caught them?

Corrupt cops, hive-like henchmen, begoggled boy heroes, labyrinthine HQs, unlikely team ups, heartbreaking best friend breakups, and a liberal dose of super science, zingers and explosive action. Sound like a Double+ adventure? It is.

Praise for Night Air

“[I]magine Indiana Jones as told by Hayao Miyazaki.” — Zainab Akhtar, The Guardian

Debuting at TCAF 2017 - Toronto Comics: Yonge At Heart by Various Artists

Toronto Comics: Yonge At Heart is 210 colour pages of all-new comics, brought to you by 40 local indie veterans and first-time creators. From world-saving TTC controllers to secrets hiding between the shelves at Honest Ed’s, from giant robot battles over overpriced condos to the true heritage moment of the Clown Brothel Riot, this anthology celebrates everything we love about Toronto (and some of the things we don’t). With a foreword by Jeff Lemire (Moon Knight, Essex County, Justice League United) and a new nostalgic cover by Adam Gorham (Rocket!, The Violent), this is our most ambitious work yet.This is a standalone anthology, so you don’t need to have read any of our previous books to enjoy the stories. Whether you’re a long-time fan or a first-time reader, this is a book for you.

Price: $20 CDN
ISBN: 978-0-9949374-4-5
Specs: 6” x 9”, 210 colour pages

Debuting at TCAF 2017 - Confessions of a Third Year Animation Student by jelajade

A collection of silly little strip comics done during my third year at college studying animation. This year I worked on a group film with my peers, loathed my responsibilities as Animation Student Council President, and almost dropped out.

Price in CAD: $5
Size/Specs: 5.5 x 7", 32 pages, saddle stitch, B&W interior


I will have a limited number of copies of a small sketchbook called *DIES* at TCAF this weekend!! It’s in color and has comics and drawings inside!

I will have copies of TEENAGE SPACESHIP #1, as well. AND I’ll have buttons and a handful of prints!! Be sure to stop by table 268!


Stuff I received and bought from Nozmo’s/Saicoink’s TCAF table 241!! They’re both super cute and nice and they even signed and drew stuff on the books too! Even though most of the stuff was paid for, there were extra things that came with the purchases. 

I seriously love everything that I bought, but my most favourite thing has got to be the drawing Nozmo drew for me on the illustration board.. it really means a lot to me and in my opinion worth so much 

Debuting at TCAF 2017 - CRAWL SPACE by Jesse Jacobs

Published by Koyama Press

ISBN: 978-1-927668-41-2
6.5 x 9”, 96 pages, colour, paper over board

May 2017A washer and dryer provide gateways to higher levels of reality and psychedelic weirdness for a group of neighbourhood children.In the basement, through the appliances and past the veil that separates realities, lies a rainbow-hued world where a group of kids have found retreat from their suburban mundanity with a coterie of iridescent creatures. But in the fraught realm of adolescence, can friendship survive the appeal of the surreal?“Jacobs makes some of the most intricate, most fascinating, and oddest stories in comics today.” — Publishers Weekly