30.Jan.2013 More TCAF Guests Announced
by BK Munn
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival has announced a second slate of headline guests. Things are starting to heat up on the TCAF front, I think. Three months to go…
This round shows TCAF doing what it does best, mixing one or two bestselling big names with crossover appeal and indy darlings with buzz books. A delicate international balance of impeccable alt-comix cred and crowd-pleasers, sometimes wrapped up in the same person. There are a few people and books on that list that even a boring nerd like me can get interested in. Glyn Dillon had what many people consider a book of the year, for instance.
The newest additions, from the TCAF site:
Bill Amend is the cartoonist behind the comic strip FoxTrot, and has been at it for almost 25 years. He was named Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonists Society in 2007.
David B. is a French comic book artist and writer, widely regarded for the book Epileptic. In 1990, he co-founded the independent publisher L’Association, which became a major force in French small-press comics. (France)
Chihoi is a self-taught artist who has been releasing comics since 1996. His work has been translated into Italian, French, and now English with the debut of The Library. This works also marks the beginning of the Conundrum International Imprint. (Hong Kong)
Glyn Dillon has returned to comics after a lengthy hiatus from comics with the critically-acclaimed graphic novel The Nao of Brown. His work has appeared in Deadline Magazine, Shade the Changing Man, and an episode of Sandman. He is attending TCAF with his publisher, SelfMadeHero. (UK)
Michael Kupperman is an American comic artist and humorist whose words and pictures have appeared in places ranging from the New Yorker to Saturday Night Live. He has written four books and illustrated many more. He is touring in support of Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol 2. (USA)
Bryan Lee O’Malley, is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling, hometown hero and creator of the Scott Pilgrim series of comics, which has been adapted into both a video game and a movie. He will be debuting Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness Hardcover Color Edition (Canada)
Michel Rabagliati is the award-winning artist and author of the semi-autobiographicalPaul series (Paul in the Country, Paul Moves Out, Paul Has a Summer Job, Paul Goes Fishing, The Song of Roland), depicting life in Quebec. Rabagliati will be debuting the latest in the series, Paul Joins the Scouts. (Canada)
Judith Vanistendael will be debuting When David Lost his Voice with UK publisher SelfMadeHero. She holds several art degrees. Her semi-autobiographical book, Dance by the Light of the Moon was nominated for two awards at Angouleme, including the grand prize. (Belgium)