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The first print of the 2016 Print Series is OUT NOW!

4-color screenprint on natural white 80lb paper, 11" by 17", signed edition of 70, hand-stamped on back.

The January print was inspired by the Delacroix exhibit I saw when I visited the Minneapolis Institute of Art over the winter holidays, specifically the brushstrokes and figures in his work. I also wanted to experiment with transparency in my colors – thinning the ink to create overlays, as well as experimenting with the way it sinks in and becomes ingrained with the paper, rather than laying on top of the surface. The January print was also a call-back to an older comic work of mine, Rabbit, the theme being non-sexual intensity and closeness. Rabbit received an Honorable Mention in Best American Comics 2015.

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The Excellence of  Michael Kaluta

Michael William Kaluta, sometimes credited as Mike Kaluta or Michael Wm. Kaluta, is an American comic book artist and writer best known for his acclaimed 1970s adaptation of the pulp magazine hero, The Shadow with writer Dennis O'Neil. Wikipedia

Kaluta was one of the four comic book artists/fine illustrator/painters (the others being Jeffrey Jones, Barry Windsor-Smith, and Bernie Wrightson) who formed the artists’ commune The Studio in a loft in Manhattan’s Chelsea district from 1975 to 1979. Aside from many comic books and covers Kaluta has done a wide variety of book illustrations.

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

MariNaomi has been making autobio comics since 1997. She’s the author and illustrator of the SPACE Prize-winning graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22 (Harper Perennial, 2011), the Eisner-nominated Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories (2dcloud/Uncivilized Books, 2014), her self-published Estrus Comics (1998 to 2009), and the TCAF 2016 debut Turning Japanese (2dcloud, 2016). Her work has appeared in over sixty print publications, and has been featured on numerous websites, such as The Rumpus, The Weeklings, LA Review of Books, Midnight Breakfast, Truth-out, XOJane, Buzzfeed, PEN America and more. Mari’s work on the Rumpus won a SPACE Prize and an honorable mention in Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics 2013.

MariNaomi’s comics and paintings have been featured in such institutions as the De Young Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco’s Asian American Museum, and the Japanese American Museum in Los Angeles. In 2011, Mari toured with the literary roadshow Sister Spit. She is also the creator and curator of the Cartoonists of Color Database and the LGBTQ Cartoonists Database.

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

TCAF 2016
Featured Guest

MariNaomi has been making autobio comics since 1997. She’s the author and illustrator of the SPACE Prize-winning graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22 (Harper Perennial, 2011), the Eisner-nominated Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories (2dcloud/Uncivilized Books, 2014), her self-published Estrus Comics (1998 to 2009), and the TCAF 2016 debut Turning Japanese (2dcloud, 2016). Her work has appeared in over sixty print publications, and has been featured on numerous websites, such as The Rumpus, The Weeklings, LA Review of Books, Midnight Breakfast, Truth-out, XOJane, Buzzfeed, PEN America and more. Mari’s work on the Rumpus won a SPACE Prize and an honorable mention in Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics 2013.MariNaomi’s comics and paintings have been featured in such institutions as the De Young Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco’s Asian American Museum, and the Japanese American Museum in Los Angeles. In 2011, Mari toured with the literary roadshow Sister Spit. She is also the creator and curator of the Cartoonists of Color Database and the LGBTQ Cartoonists Database.

January 27—Happy Birthday Frank Miller.

Frank Miller (born January 27, 1957) is an American writer, artist, and film director best known for his dark comic book stories and graphic novels such as Ronin, Daredevil: Born Again, The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City and 300. He also directed the film version of The Spirit, shared directing duties with Robert Rodriguez on Sin City, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and produced the film 300. His film Sin City earned a Palme d'Or nomination, and he has received every major comic book industry award. In 2015, Miller was inducted into the Eisner Awards Comic Book Hall of Fame.

He created the comic book characters Elektra for Marvel Comics’ Daredevil series, and the future version of the Robin character, Carrie Kelly, for DC Comics.

Miller is noted for combining film noir and manga influences in his comic art creations. “I realised when I started Sin City that I found American and English comics be too wordy, too constipated, and Japanese comics to be too empty. So I was attempting to do a hybrid”.

Although still conforming to traditional comic book styles, Miller infused his first issue of Daredevil with his own film noir style. Miller sketched the roofs of New York in an attempt to give his Daredevil art an authentic feel not commonly seen in superhero comics at the time. One journalist noted,

“Daredevil’s New York, under Frank’s run, became darker and more dangerous than the Spider-Man New York he’d seemingly lived in before. New York City itself, particularly Daredevil’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, became as much a character as the shadowy crimefighter; the stories often took place on the rooftop level, with water towers, pipes and chimneys jutting out to create a skyline reminiscent of German Expressionism’s dramatic edges and shadows.”

Ronin shows some of the strongest influences of manga and bande dessinée on Miller’s style, both in the artwork and narrative style. Sin City was drawn in black and white to emphasize its film noir origins. Miller has said he opposes naturalism in comic art. In an interview on the documentary Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of Batman, he said, “People are attempting to bring a superficial reality to superheroes which is rather stupid. They work best as the flamboyant fantasies they are. I mean, these are characters that are broad and big. I don’t need to see sweat patches under Superman’s arms. I want to see him fly.”

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The Best American Comics 2015 review - Just Indie Comics
The latest anthology of “The Best American Comics” series is a celebration of the comics language in its most natural and spontaneous forms. Edited by Bill Kartalopoulos with Jonathan Lethem, the book features works by Raymond Pettibon, Mat Brinkman, Ed Piskor, Joe Sacco, Jim Woodring and others

The 50 Funniest American Writers* *According to Andy Borowitz - Andy Borowitz | Humor |479402960:

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The 50 Funniest American Writers* *According to Andy Borowitz
Andy Borowitz
Genre: Humor
Price: $14.99
Publish Date: November 10, 2011

Ever wondered who makes a very funny person laugh? Wonder no more. Brought together in this Library of America collection are America’s fifty funniest writers—according to acclaimed writer and comedian Andy Borowitz. Reaching back to Mark Twain and forward to contemporary masters such as David Sedaris, Nora Ephron, Roy Blount Jr., Ian Frazier, Bernie Mac, Wanda Sykes, and George Saunders, The 50 Funniest American Writers* is an exclusive Who’s Who of the very best American comic writing. Here are Thurber and Perelman, Lenny Bruce and Bruce Jay Friedman, Garrison Keillor, Dave Barry, and Veronica Geng, plus hilarious lesser-known pieces from The New Yorker , Esquire , The Atlantic , National Lampoon , and The Onion . Who does “one of the funniest people in America” ( CBS Sunday Morning ) read when he needs a laugh? Here’s Andy Borowitz to tell you.  First published in hardcover in October 2011, The 50 Funniest American Writers*  became the #1 humor book in the country and a  New York Times bestseller in its first week of release. In this e-book edition, an excerpt from Bored of the Rings by Douglas Kenney and Henry Beard replaces Woody Allen’s “A Look at Organized Crime,” which appears in the hardcover edition.

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Yes I know another news post? but this one has an update and mention of something coming up in the blog. Sadly one cannot stop news from happening, so here’s some more as well as trailers and more  I’ve already seen a trailer but wooo hooo!  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Getting Super I think it’s out same day as Warcraft is! Batman V. Superman Reportedly Sitting Out The Super…

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Dead Space: Downfall is an animated film prequel to the game Dead Space and takes place during the events of Dead Space: Extraction, while the Necromorphs invade the USG Ishimura after it receives the Red Marker. The film, developed by Film Roman and EA, was released on DVD October 28 and Blu-ray, 2008 and broadcast on the Syfy Channel on December 2, 2008.

Francis Chuck Patton is an African American comic book artist and animator. He is best known in comics circles for his work on DC Comics’ Justice League of America in the 1980s, specifically for the period in which the team relocated to Detroit, Michigan, and was staffed with new, multicultural super-heroes. With writer Gerry Conway, Patton created Gypsy and Vibe, as well as redesigning Vixen and Steel: The Indestructible Man.

Dead Space: Downfall
Chuck Patton
Genre: Anime
Price: $4.99
Rental Price: $2.99
Publish Date: September 1, 2009
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For the crew of the USG Ishimura, this is how the horror begins: On a deep space mining mission to a remote planet, an ancient religious relic – thought to be proof of the existence of God – is unearthed and brought aboard. It is worshipped by some, scorned by others. But when the unholy artifact unleashes a long-dormant alien race, its glimpse of Heaven transforms the ship into a living Hell. The chaos is immediate. The carnage is uncontrollable. And an onslaught unlike anything ever witnessed by mankind has now been set free to rip this world apart.

© 2008 Starz Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved; Certain materials © 2008 Electro

Windsor McCay

Zenas Winsor McCay was an American cartoonist and animator. He is best known for the comic strip Little Nemo and the animated film Gertie the Dinosaur. Wikipedia
Born: September 26, 1869, Spring Lake, MI
Died: July 26, 1934, Brooklyn, New York City, NY

Arguably the inventor of moving picture animation, Windsor McCay started as a cartoonist, and then following a conversation with friends made a bet that he could bring his characters to life using the new technology of photography (which must have been incredibly expensive at the time).

But by taking pictures of each still drawing back to back to back, and then projecting them quickly one after the other, he created moving images. Now his animations seem rudimentary and repetitive, even in comparison to the farces of Laugh-o-grams, the predecessor of Disney, but you remember that he was the first ever to make animations move it seems unbelievable that we have come so far so quickly! He only started experimenting with moving cartoons in the late 1800s!!

Winsor McCay

Zenas Winsor McCay was an American cartoonist and animator. He is best known for the comic strip Little Nemo and the animated film Gertie the Dinosaur. For contractual reasons, he worked under the pen name Silas on the comic strip Dream of the Rarebit Fiend.

From a young age, McCay was a quick, prolific, and technically dextrous artist. He started his professional career making posters and performing for dime museums, and began illustrating newspapers and magazines in 1898. He joined the New York Herald in 1903, where he created popular comic strips such as Little Sammy Sneeze and Dream of the Rarebit Fiend. In 1905, his signature strip Little Nemo in Slumberland debuted, a fantasy strip in an Art Nouveau style, about a young boy and his adventurous dreams. The strip demonstrated McCay’s strong graphic sense and mastery of colour and linear perspective. McCay experimented with the formal elements of the comic strip page, arranging and sizing panels to increase impact and enhance the narrative. McCay also produced numerous detailed editorial

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Winsor McCay ~ Editorial Drawings. Zenas Winsor McCay was an American cartoonist and animator. He is best known for the comic strip Little Nemo and the animated film Gertie the Dinosaur.

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Charles Clarence Beck (June 8, 1910 – November 22, 1989) was an American cartoonist and comic book artist, best known for his work on Captain Marvel at Fawcett Comics and DC Comics.

He was inducted into the comic book industry’s Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Jack Kirby Hall of

In 1933, Beck joined Fawcett Publicationsas a staff artist, where he created pulp magazines. When…

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