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January 23, 2012

TCAF Announces Initial Slate Of Guests For 2012 Show


The Toronto Comic Arts Festival has released its first slate of guests for its now-yearly show, held the first weekend in May. Headline announcements are Jeff Smith, Alison Bechdel, Guy Delisle and the cartoonist brothers Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon. Smith will be there in support of Bone's extended 20th anniversary celebration and his RASL. Bechdel and Delisle will have major festival debuts (Are You My Mother? and Jerusalem, respectively). Bá and Moon will be making their first appearance in Canada.

Other guests announced -- in thematic clusters! -- will be Kate Beaton, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Michel Rabagliati (Canada); Jennifer and Matt Holm, Kazu Kibuishi, Andy Runton (Comics For Kids); Arne Bellstorf, Tom Gauld, Gabriella Giandelli, Jason, Gary Panter, Olivier Schrauwen, Adam Warren (International);

Other debuts announced were The Song Of Roland (Rabagliati) and the new edition of My Friend Dahmer (Derf).

I greatly enjoyed the TCAF I attended in 2011. Taking place in a huge public library space gives the free show a nice backdrop and access to a significant, enthusiastic audience. The depth of the cartooning roster lends itself to a number of excellent programming moments, if like me that's your kind of thing. I have comics-interested friends for whom this is now their only real, reliable comics show. In addition, the primary sponsor (The Beguiling) is worth its own visit and Toronto's a swell city.

This year's show takes place May 5-6.
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