The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to present its first official poster art for TCAF 2016, from the incredibly talented KATE BEATON!

Kate has created something really special here, showcasing the many different ways that readers and fans enter and interact with the medium of comics. This poster will also be produced on a slightly thicker and more rigid paper stock, so that any of you our there that want to actually cut up and play with your poster will be able to do so. Look for it this spring!

Our thanks to Kate Beaton for turning in a phenomenal poster that embodies a lot of what we love about comics.


Kate Beaton is a Canadian cartoonist who appeared in the comics scene in 2007 with her online comics strip Hark! A Vagrant! Since then, she has become a fan favourite and has garnered a significant following, with comics & illustrations appearing in places like the New Yorker, Harper’s, and Marvel’s Strange Tales anthology. Her collection,Never Learn Anything from History, is published by Topatoco, and her next title, Hark! A Vagrant published by Drawn & Quarterly, spent five months on the New York Times bestseller list, and topped best of the year lists from Time, E!, Amazon, and Publishers Weekly. Beaton’s cartoons often display a wonderfully light touch on historical and literary topics. The jokes are a knowing look at history through a very modern perspective, and a campaign against anyone with the idea that history is boring. In 2015, Kate released Step Aside, Pops with D+Q, as well as her first children’s book, The Princess and the Pony, with Scholastic.

A Word With: Irving Azoff, a Hard-Charging Artists’ Manager
The combative manager of the Eagles, Steely Dan, Van Halen and others talks about the music business as he prepares to receive an industry award.
By Ben Sisario

On a sunny afternoon this week in his office here, Mr. Azoff, surrounded by memorabilia — including a pair of bobbleheads depicting Mr. Azoff and Joe Walsh of the Eagles — spoke about problems facing the music industry today, the last days of the Eagles’ Glenn Frey, who died in January at 67, and the pride he feels in his son Jeffrey, who recently took over the management of Harry Styles from One Direction. Here are edited excerpts from that conversation.

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You don’t care about getting hurt. But you know how I’ll feel? I’ll be devastated. And if you die, I will literally go out of my freaking mind. You see death doesn’t happen to you, Lydia. It happens to everyone around you, okay? To all the people left standing at your funeral, trying to figure out how they’re gonna live the rest of their lives now without you in it. Lydia? Lydia. Lydia, come on. No, no, no, no, no, come on, Lydia, wake up. Come on, wake up, can you hear me? Lydia, open your eyes. Come on, come on, come on, listen to me, Lydia… Lydia, just open your eyes, okay? Lydia, you have to wake up. 


nine minutes; a mix of songs featured in the x files [listen]

wonderful! wonderful! (s04e02 home) // don’t look any further (s07e07 orison) // beyond the sea (s01e13 beyond the sea) // walking in memphis (s05e05 the postmodern prometheus) // tattooed love boys (s04e13 never again) // the sky is broken (s07e17 all things) // twilight time (s05e11 kill switch) // joy to the world (s05e04 detour) // downtown (s10e04 home again) // materia primoris: the x files theme (first appears in s01e02 deep throat) // walking after you (the x files: fight the future) // gypsies, tramps, and thieves (s05e05 the postmodern prometheus) // hotel california  (s01e13 beyond the sea) // only happy when it rains (s06e07 terms of endearment) // rainy days and mondays (s6e08 the rain king) // i love you for sentimental reasons (s09e13 improbable)