Toronto Comic Arts Festival Presents An Evening With Warren Ellis

Official Press Release



A Brief Talk About Stories, Drinking, and The World

Presented by The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, in association with Paradise Comics Toronto Comicon.


The Hacienda (Formerly the Tequila Lounge), Doors Open at 8pm

794 Bathurst (Corner of Bloor & Bathurst)

19+. Tickets are $5, avail. at The Beguiling and at the door.

There will not be a signing during this event.

TORONTO, Ontario - The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) is proud to present a special evening event featuring internationally renowned author and graphic novelist Warren Ellis. Hailing from Southend, England, Ellis is in town for the Paradise Comics Toronto Comicon (PCTC), and will be giving a talk about his experience telling stories for a living. His body of work spans genres and fields, including Graphic Novels, Video Games, Animation, Television, and (in the words of the author) "anything else he can steal money for."

Ellis's graphic novel work has pushed the boundaries of contemporary comics and he is largely credited with bringing futurist, hard sci-fi back to comics through his multiple award-winning TRANSMETROPOLITAN series of graphic novels. He has written the complete game script for HOSTILE WATERS/ANTAELUS RISING, and his episode of cartoon series JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED recently aired on Canada's YTV television network.

Ellis is also noted for having created the first openly gay superhero couple in DC Comics' THE AUTHORITY and winning the International Horror Guild award for graphic narrative. His appearances on ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY's "100 Most Creative People" list and in ROLLING STONE's "Hot Issue" have further cemented him as one of the brightest and most sought-after writers in contemporary mainstream comics.

"We're quite lucky to have Warren Ellis here in Toronto," said Christopher Butcher, the co-director of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival. "Ellis has given talks on everything from digital photography to future cell phones to horror to graphic novels, all over the world. We're happy to be working with the folks at Paradise in promoting comics and graphic novels here in the city through the appearance of an international-acclaimed and multi-talented author."

Warren Ellis will be a guest of honour at the Paradise Comics Toronto Comicon, April 29th through May 1st, at Exhibition Place's National Trade Centre, Hall F (www.torontocomicon.com). Attendees of the "Evening with Warren Ellis" event will receive $5 off a weekend pass for the PCTC if they pre-purchase their passes that evening.


The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is an event that promotes comics and graphic novels and their creators within the city of Toronto. The festival occurs every two years, and the next is scheduled for May 27 through 29, 2005, in Toronto's historic Mirvish Village. For more information, please visit www.torontocomics.com/tcaf.

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