The Toronto Comic Arts Festival Returns May 8-9

Wed, February 24th, 2010 at 8:43pm PST

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival returns this May and is sure to be its biggest and best yet! More than 150 internationally acclaimed cartoonists are confirmed and the headliner is Daniel Clowes, author of Ghost World, David Boring, Ice Haven, Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, and Caricature, collected from his seminal comic book series Eightball. The Oscar-nominated Clowes will be on hand to launch his major new graphic novel Wilson from premier Canadian publisher Drawn & Quarterly. Clowes will make his début appearance in support of the work at TCAF, May 8 and 9 2010, at the Toronto Reference Library.

Drawing a diverse array of cartoonists from around the world, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) is a phenomenal exhibition of international comics talent combined with a celebration of Canada’s homegrown artists. TCAF showcases the talents of its guests through an ambitious programme of exhibitor presentations, gallery showings, lectures, workshops, discussion panels, interactive readings, an artists’ marketplace and the 2010 Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning.

Until now TCAF has been a bi-annual event, but due to overwhelming demand 2010 comes quickly on the heels of the smash success of TCAF 2009, which saw over 10,000 people attend the Toronto Reference Library event in a celebration of comics, graphic novels and the fine authors, illustrators and artists who create them. The 2010 Festival will be bigger than ever and makes extensive use of the iconic Toronto Reference Library, including the building's brand-new event venue, The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon.

At the center of Festival proceedings are a who’s who of acclaimed graphic novel creators, each of whom is unveiling a new book. Featured guests include Daniel Clowes for Wilson; James Sturm, author of the internationally acclaimed The Golem’s Mighty Swing, and his new full-length graphic novel Market Day; Dash Shaw, the multi-disciplinary cartoonist whose The Unclothed Man In The 35th Century A.D. recently premiered on The Independent Film Channel, with Body World, his new graphic novel from Pantheon Books; Canadian graphic novelist Jeff Lemire, creator of the award-winning Essex County Trilogy, débuts his newest graphic novel Sweet Tooth: Out of the Dark Woods.

The addition of The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at Toronto Reference Library also make possible TCAF’s first major installation, The Webcomics Pavilion. The large-scale exhibition space will feature several of the top cartoonists who serialize their work online, who are among the most popular and best-known in the world! The Webcomics Pavilion is currently scheduled to feature:

* Canadians Kate Beaton (Hark, A Vagrant!), Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics), and Joey Comeau and Emily Horne (a softer world)

* U.S. Cartoonists Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content), Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie), Andrew Hussie (MSPaint Adventures), David Malki ! (Wondermark), and Jonathan Rosenberg (Goats)

* All the way from Malmo, Sweden, Rene Engström (Anders Loves Maria).

* ... and dozens more creators

Over the next two weeks TCAF will announce additional featured guests and related events, including details about the official kick-off event Friday, May 7. For more information visit the TCAF website regularly: http://torontocomics.com.

SPONSORS

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival would not be possible without the assistance of our sponsors and partners, including presenting sponsor Toronto Public Library and retail sponsor The Beguiling Books & Art.

Sponsorship opportunities for TCAF 2010 are still available, please contact us at: contact@torontocomics.com for more info.

PRESS

All general press inquiries, interview requests and press accreditation should be submitted to: media@torontocomics.com. A very limited number of advance and on-site interviews with Daniel Clowes are available, please contact Drawn & Quarterly associate publisher Peggy Burns directly: (514) 279-0691, peggy@drawnandquarterly.com.

TAGS:  toronto comic arts fest, tcaf, daniel clowes

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