The Toronto Comics Art Festival is only days away now – how time flies! For those who’re going, or those simply curious, the event organizers now have the complete schedule, exhibitor list and map available on their website.
TCAF had several very worthwhile manga-related events last year and this year they’re welcoming the creator of Chi’s Sweet Home, Konami Kanata. On Saturday evening she’ll be giving a talk at The Japan Foundation:
Konami Kanata in Conversation
Saturday, May 5, 2012 (7:00pm-9:00pm) @ The Japan Foundation
“Please join us in welcoming manga author Konami Kanata, creator of The New York Times Bestselling manga Chi’s Sweet Home, to her first-ever North American appearance. Kanata is traveling to Toronto to attend The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2012, and will be giving a special talk at The Japan Foundation where she will discuss her 30 year career making manga, and spread awareness of the plight of those in the Tohoku Region of Japan still severely affected by the March 11th, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Konami Kanata-sensei will be interviewed on stage by Vertical Inc. Editor Ed Chavez, and will be autographing copies of her work for attendees.”
As with other TCAF events, Konami Kanata’s talk is free to attend but RSVPs were being taken for this one in advance to accomodate numbers. While closed now, a ‘rush line’ will be open at 6:30pm for those who did not RSVP with attendance dependent on the capacity.
Along with Vertical Inc., comic & manga publishers Fantagraphics and Drawn & Quarterly will be at TCAF selling books as well. The complete list of exhibitors is an impressive array of publishers and artists; like any big event the only real downside is there likely won’t be enough time to visit all the ones you want!