Festivals Extra: TCAF Announces First Round Of Guests For 2014; Names Expanded Pro Programming Slate
TCAF has named its first round of guests for the 2014 iteration of its show: Lynn Johnston, Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki, Est Em, Kate Beaton and Gabrielle Bell. Johnston is a really good get for them as she's Canadian and very much loved by not just the general public but by a huge swathe of the comics-makers in attendance. I'm excited for her to get to experience that weekend. Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki will have a major book at the show from First Second/Groundwood: This One Summer. Est Em's appearance continues the festival's admirable approach to significant international guests. Kate Beaton and Gabrielle Bell are two of the best cartoonists under 40.
TCAF also announced that the professionals-focused development programming will be called The Word Balloon Academy. That will take place the day before TCAF proper, along with an academic conference and focused educator/librarian programming.
That show is off to a great start. They promise details and more guest announcements into January. The show itself is Mother's Day weekend in May.