david gaffney

The holiday itself is also a fitting conclusion to the emotional ups and downs of the previous couple of weeks. On the one hand, many eat in the Sukkah and enjoy the festivities, but at the same time there’s also a serious prayer service to ask for rain, similar to the traditions of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The holiday is truly a metaphor for the relationship between God and the Jewish people and a triumphant culmination of the Jewish holiday season.

Rabbi David Gaffney on Shemini Atzeret


The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce a brand new partnership with the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival (LICAF)! They are bringing a who’s-who group of the UK’s finest cartoonists to TCAF 2015, including Featured Guest Hunt Emerson!

While TCAF has gone all over the world to promote and proselytize to folks about the amazing work being done by Canadian cartoonists (at events like the Kaigai Manga Festa in Japan, or the Angoulême Festival in France), this is the first time we are engaging in an honest-to-goodness cultural exchange. This year, LICAF are bringing seven fantastic cartoonists from the United Kingdom, with TCAF bringing our own cavalcade of Canadian creators to LICAF in October!

For TCAF 2015, however, LICAF are setting up in a special UK pavilion in the Toronto Reference Library for the entire festival weekend. Swing on by to meet a bunch of great artists, read some cool British comics, watch  live drawings, and more! We’re so excited!

LICAF’s list of guests for TCAF 2015 are:

Featured Guest Hunt Emerson

Hunt Emerson is a titan of the underground comics scene, having drawn cartoons and comic strips since the early 1970s. He has published around 30 books and albums, mainly with Knockabout Comics (London), including Lady Chatterley’s Lover, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Casanova’s Last Stand, and Dante’s Inferno. His characters include Firkin the Cat, Calculus Cat, PussPuss, Max Zillion and Alto Ego, Pilgrim, Alan Rabbit, and many more.

LICAF presents: It’s Nice Out

Not to rest on the laurels of one guest, LICAF are also bringing former TCAFavourites Dan Berry, Joe Decie, Oliver East, as well as some new TCAFriends Jonathan Edwards, Felt Mistress, and David Gaffney!

One of the things that makes LICAF different from other festivals is their programme of commissions which aims to inspire and challenge comic artists, showcase their talent and in doing so bring new audiences to comics. In this spirit, LICAF has commissioned several new works from these creators. (More info coming soon! Check the Debuting Books page for details as they become available!)


The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is the only one of its kind in the UK. Modelled on European-style festivals, such as Angoulême in France, it takes over a whole town for a weekend with comic art. Its aim is to celebrate the whole spectrum of comic art, inspiring existing comic art fans and creators and, it hopes, generating new audiences and creators too. It invests in creators through a commissioning programme and has an emphasis on developing international collaborations. The festival takes place in one of the UK’s most beautiful areas - the English Lake District in the North West of the country and in the market town of Kendal.