With my tickets purchased and my lodging confirmed, this seems like the perfect time to direct everyone’s attention to this year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival. It’s an annual free-to-attend event featuring hundreds of comic-related creators and exhibitors.
Exciting for manga fans is two big-name guests that’ll be flying into the city for this year’s event – Natsume Ono (manga-ka of Risortante Paradiso and House of Five Leaves) and Usamaru Furuya (manga-ka of Genkaku Picasso and Lychee Light Club). Both artists are a great fit amidst the comic artists who attend TCAF which consists primarily of more indie-style comics and those who self-publish.
I’ve heard great things about the event so I’m really excited to attend. The amount of artists attending is almost staggering including personal favourites such as Kate Beaton, Faith Erin Hicks, Svetlana Chmakova, Raina Telgemeier and Katie Shanahan. You can see the complete list of exhibitors and publishers present on TCAF’s website.
The event will take place at the Toronto Public Library on Saturday May 7th and Sunday May 8th.
Along with TCAF I’ll be perusing the streets of Toronto visiting the local comic stores, eating what will likely be too much food and generally enjoying a nice Spring vacation! If you’re going, let me know – it’s always great to meet up with folks.