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Official Press Release

TORONTO, Ontario - Premiere Canadian comic book retailer The Beguiling is proud to present the 2005 Toronto Comic Arts Festival, occurring on Saturday May 28th and Sunday May 29th 2005 in Toronto, Canada. This will be the second gathering of International independent cartoonists, comic artists and graphic novelists under the TCAF banner, and it's bigger and better than before!

Featuring a diverse array of Canadian cartoonists and graphic novelists from around the world, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) will showcase these talents through gallery presentations, lectures and discussions, readings, and direct interaction with the artists themselves through the sale of their comics and original artwork. With a 'boom' for graphic novels that has seen coverage and acclaim for many participating graphic novelists from the likes of The New Yorker, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, Time Magazine, and many many more, TCAF has expanded it's festival to include over 6,000 feet of floor space, more than 100 cartoonists, and 2 full days of programming and events right in the heart of Toronto's "Mirvish Village" shopping district!

Plans for the Festival were begun after seeing the remarkable interaction between the creative community and the public through comics festivals such as the MoCCA (Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art) Festival in New York (http://www.moccany.org/), and the more artist oriented European festivals Barcelona International Comic Festival (FICOMIC) or the Stripdagen festival in Haarlem, NL (http://www.stripdagenhaarlem.nl). There are many Canadian cartoonists recognized as among the best in the world, particularly in the field of alternative comics. TCAF is Canada's chance not only to promote its homegrown talent to visiting guests but bring many talents from the US and abroad to Toronto for the first time.


The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to welcome the following guests of honour:

Jeff Smith: Smith is the star creator of the immensely popular comic book series BONE, originally published by his creator-owned imprint Cartoon Books. 2005 saw the publishing rights to BONE acquired by Scholastic Books, who have made BONE the flagship of their new young-readers graphic novel line GRAPHIX. Jeff Smith appears at The Toronto Comic Arts Festival courtesy of Scholastic Books, who are proud sponsors of the "Scholastic Children's Reading Tent" at the Festival.

Chester Brown: Chester Brown's graphic retelling of the life of historical Canadian anti-hero Louis Riel in the series LOUIS RIEL has drawn critical acclaim from the international comics press, matched only by the controversy surrounding the pending re-release of his surreal graphic novel ED THE HAPPY CLOWN [currently in development for the screen by Bruce MacDonald].

Darwyn Cooke: Internationally acclaimed storyboard artist for numerous Warner Brothers animation projects (including BATMAN ADVENTURES and BATMAN: BEYOND), Cooke broke new ground with his illustration-influenced graphic novels CATWOMAN: SELINA'S BIG SCORE and DC: THE NEW FRONTIER. Darwyn will be presenting his new Children's graphic novel, as yet untitled, at TCAF.

James Jean: Although still in his mid 20's, this School of Visual Arts, New York graduate has received comics' most prestigious award, an Eisner as well as the Gold Metal from the Society of Illustrators LA. His groundbreaking illustration and design work for numerous comics projects for DC Comics and Marvel Enterprises belie his start as an alternative comics creator with New York's prestigious Meathaus collective. Jean will be debuting his first-ever illustration collection, Process Recess at TCAF.

Gary Panter: Oklahoma-born illustrator, painter, designer and part-time musician, Gary Panter's fame began as the Emmy Award-wining head set designer for the successful kid/adult TV show Pee Wee's Playhouse, but his career as an underground cartoonist began much earlier. Gary Panter will be on hand at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival to officially launch his newest book, SATIROPLASTIC (Drawn & Quarterly), the first in a three-volume series of Gary Panter's sketchbooks (previewed in 2004's KRAMER'S ERGOT 5).

Seth: With his recent graphic novel CLYDE FANS being considered one of the ten best comics of 2004 by Time Magazine, Seth will be promoting the release of his new graphic novel WIMBLEDON GREEN at TCAF. In addition to his graphic novel work, Seth is an in-demand illustrator whose work regularly appears in The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal.

Some of the other cartoonists of note at the festival include:

- Several other young graphic novelists picked as producing the best comics of 2004 by Time Magazine, including Jeffrey Brown (BIGHEAD), Sammy Harkham (KRAMER'S ERGOT), and Paul Hornschemeier (MOTHER, COME HOME).

- Noted cartoonist Paige Braddock, creator of the syndicated comic strip Jane's World.

- Ho Che Anderson, author of the comics biography of Martin Luther King Jr. King.

- Contributors to McSweeney's #13: The Graphic Novel Issue including David Heatley (DEADPAN) and Julie Doucet (DIRTY PLOTTE).

- Numerous contributors to Image's Flight anthology, including co-editors Kazu Kibuishi (Daisy Kutter) and Kean Soo (Secret Friends Society), and contributors Vera Brosgol, Hope Larson, Amy Kim Ganter, and Johanne Matte.

Complete guest list, as of writing:

Adjournay, Atilla - Altergott, Rick - Anderson, Ho Che - Arora, Neelam - Aylard, Adam - Bell, Gabrielle - Bell, Marc - Blackett, Matthew - Bone, J - Bordeaux, Ariel - Braddock, Paige - Brosgol, Vera - Brown, Chester - Brown, Jeffrey - Castree, Genevieve - Chantler, Scott - Cloonan, Becky - Clugston, Chynna - Comeau, Michael - Cooke, Darwyn - Dawson, Willow - Dela Cruz, Arthur - Devlin, Tom - Doucet, Julie - Douglas, Max / Salgood Sam - Fawkes, Ray - Fish, Tim - Ganter, Amy Kim - Guldemonde, Marcel - Harkham, Sammy - Heatley, David - Hiti, Sam - Hornschemeier, Paul - Hutsul, Chris - Jean, James - Kibuishi, Kazu - Kim, Eric - Larson, Hope - Lewis, Corey - Lex, Jason - Lutes, Jason - Mahfood, Jim - Manale, Steve - Matte, Johane - McKenney, Craig - McLeod, Kagan - McNeil, Carla Speed - McPherson, Tara - McTigue, Maureen - Mejias, John - Ngui, Marc - Nilsen, Anders - Noonan, Michael - Oliveros, Chris - O'Malley, Bryan - Panter, Gary - PARTYKA-USA - Perez, Ramon - Perro, Florentine - Pitzer, Chris - Pohl-Weary, Emily - Pultz, Jason - Reynolds, Eric - Roman, Dave - Rugg, Jim - Runton, Andy - Seth - Shannon, Ben - Shaw, Dash - Smith, Jeff - Soo, Kean - Soto, Zack - Stall, Vincent - Stein, Leslie - Stewart, Cameron - Tamblyn, Diana - Telgemeier, Raina - Torres, J - Vellekoop, Maurice - Yount, Ryan - Zdarsky, Chip

For more information on all guests, please visit: http://www.torontocomics.com/tcaf/


The Toronto Comic Arts Festival would not be possible without the assistance of our sponsors, including:

The Beguiling - The Ontario Arts Council - The Toronto Arts Council - Scholastic Books Canada - Ed Mirvish Productions

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