Just Two Weeks Until The 2018 Toronto Comic Arts Festival

Toronto Celebrates The Art Of Comics Again This Year

♦ The 2018 Toronto Comic Arts Festival is just two weeks away, and this incredible and international celebration of comic books—graphic novels, manga, bande desinee, whatever you want to call them—is going to be a can’t miss event for comic fans in the city and around the world…

With a diverse and exciting line-up of programs leading up to the festival, amazing panels and interviews throughout the weekend, and more than 400 authors and publishers from over 20 countries around the world in attendance, TCAF has grown to be one of the most respected and well-attended pure comic book events in North America, with PLENTY of opportunities for great stories to be told.

Here’s just a few of the featured guests at the show

Yvan Alagbé

Yvan Alagbé was born in Paris and spent three years of his youth in West Africa. He returned to study mathematics and physics at the Université de Paris-Sud, where he met Olivier Marboeuf. Alagbé and Marboeuf founded a contemporary visual arts review called L’oeil carnivore and the magazine Le Chéval sans tête (“The Headless Horse”), which gained a cult following for its publication of innovative graphic art and comics. Labeling these artistic collaborations as “Dissidence Art Work,” Alagbé and Marboeuf soon founded their own publishing house, Amok, drawing from the material serialized in Le Chéval, including the first version of Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures. In 2001, Amok partnered with the publishing group Fréon to establish the Franco-Belgian collaboration Frémok, now a major European graphic novels publisher. Alagbé lives in Paris.

Alagbé attends TCAF in support of the English edition of his graphic novel Yellow Negroes and Other Stories, published by The New York Review of Comics. He attends with the support of the French Consulate in Toronto, and the New York Review of Comics.

Brooklyn Allen

Creators / Featured Kids Guests / Kids Creators / YA Creators

Brooklyn Allen is a co-creator and the original illustrator for the Lumberjanes graphic novel series, and a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design. They are attending TCAF in support of the new Lumberjanes novel, The Moon is Up. 

Brooklyn Allen photo by Shawnee Custalow.

Ho Che Anderson

Creators / Featured Guests

Ho Che Anderson is the author of numerous graphic novels, including the Martin Luther King biography, King, the horror thriller Sand & Fury, and the science-fiction action-adventure, Godhead. When he’s not drawing comics, Anderson is a crew member on film and TV sets, and a director of short films. Upcoming projects include Redcoat: Year One for Chapterhouse Comics, the King sequel, Caroline, and the feature film, Warhead. Ho Che Anderson is an official poster artist for TCAF 2018.

Inio Asano

Creators / Featured Guests

Inio Asano, a bona fide earthling, was born in Ibaraki, Japan, in 1980. In 2001, his short story “Uchu kara Konnichiwa” (Hello from Outer Space) won the first Sunday GX Rookie Prize. Later, GX published his series Subarashii Sekai, available in English from VIZ Media as What a Wonderful World! His other works include Hikari no Machi (City of Light), Nijigahara Holograph and Umibe no Onnna no Ko (A Girl on the Shore), as well as solanin and Goodnight Punpun, also available from VIZ Media.

Inio Asano will attend TCAF in support of his newest series, Dead Dead Demons Dededede Destruction, with the first volume debuting at TCAF from VIZ Media.

Vera Brosgol

Creators / Featured Kids Guests / Kids Creators

Vera Brosgol was born in Moscow, Russia in 1984 and moved to the United States when she was five. She received a diploma in Classical Animation from Sheridan College, and spent many years working in feature animation but now she is writing and drawing books full-time. She likes that very much.

She has storyboarded for Laika on the feature films CoralineParanormanThe Boxtrolls, and Kubo and the Two Strings, as well as for Cartoon Network, Frederator and various commercial projects.

Her first graphic novel, Anya’s Ghost, was published in 2011 by First Second Books and won an Eisner Award. Her first picture book, Leave Me Alone, was published in 2016 by Roaring Brook Press and won a Caldecott Honor.

She is debuting her latest book, Be Prepared, at TCAF 2018.


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David B

Creators / Featured Guests

David B. is one of France’s finest cartoonists and a co-founder of the legendary L’Association collective. He is the author of many books of comics including The Armed Garden, Nocturnal Conspiracies, and Epileptic which was awarded Angoulême International Comics Festival Prize for Scenario and the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist. Nocturnal Conspiracies was nominated for the L.A. Times Book Prize and the Eisner Awards. He lives and works in Paris, France.

David B. is attending TCAF in support of his new graphic novel Hasib, from NBM Publishing, and the series Best of Enemies from SelfMadeHero. He attends with the support of the French Consulate in Toronto, and NBM Publishing.

Eddie Campbell

Creators / Featured Guests

Eddie Campbell is an award-winning comics writer and artist. He’s probably best known for his collaboration with Alan Moore on From Hell, and for his massive and long-running comics series’ Bacchus and the autobiographical Alec, now both available in very large collected editions. His other graphic novels include The Lovely Horrible Stuff, After the Snooter, Black Diamond Detective agency, The Playwright, and Fate of the Artist.  He is attending TCAF to premier Bizarre Romance with his partner Audrey Niffenegger.

Jaime Hernandez

Creators / Featured Guests / Featured Kids Guests / Kids Creators

Jaime Hernandez is one of the most respected and awarded living cartoonists. He is co-creator of the long-running, award-winning, and critically acclaimed series Love and Rockets. He lives in Pasadena, CA with his wife and daughter.

Jaime Hernandez attends TCAF in support of TOON Books’ 10th Anniversary, for his debuting TOON Books Release The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America.

TCAF will also see the debut of Love and Rockets Comics Volume IV #5 from Fantagraphics Books.

Hope Larson

Creators / Featured Kids Guests / Kids Creators

Hope Larson is the award-winning cartoonist behind books like Salamander Dream, Gray Horses, and the 2012 adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time. She is also the author of the Four Point series, and Goldie Vance.

Hope is attending TCAF 2018 to debut her latest work, All Summer Long.


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