TCAF launches pop-up shop with Chip Zdarsky signing

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is opening a boutique store at the Toronto Reference Library, site of the annual event.

The TCAF Pop-Up Shop will kick off Wednesday at 6 p.m. with a book launch for the comedy sex guide Just the Tips, featuring co-author Chip Zdarsky (who wrote the book with Sex Criminals collaborator Matt Fraction). The store will begin regular business hours Thursday at 9 a.m.

Run by Miles Baker, Andrew Woodrow-Butcher and festival director Christopher Butcher, the Pop-Up Shop will showcase comic books, graphic novels and other products by Canadian and international cartoonists. All purchases will benefit the not-for-profit TCAF.

The store will be open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Founded in 2003 by The Beguiling and held in cooperation with the Toronto Public Library, the free-admission Toronto Comic Arts Festival returns May 9-10.

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