The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) was again held over the Mother’s Day Weekend this year, much to the chagrin of mothers of alternative comics fans everywhere, and the festival has expanded. The core buildings in service of the festival, as before, included the Toronto Reference Library (pictured above) at Yonge and Bloor, right in the heart of downtown Toronto, the nearby Marriott Hotel which also hosted the Doug Wright Awards (see photos below) after hours on the Saturday (http://www.comicon.com/2019/05/16/celebrating-comics-at-the-2019-doug-wright-awards-at-tcaf/), the nearby Masonic Temple (who really knows what happens there after hours?), the Pilot Tavern, and now the Cumberland Mall (where you can acquire two-for-one imitation Gucci purses in between your comics purchases) as well. Whew!
As usual, the guest signings, events, local and visiting comics creators, and panel discussions were fast and furious. Here are some snapshots of what I saw:
Norwegian comics artist Jason signing beside some of his drawings:
Bill Griffith doing a talk (with Mark Askwith) about his new book Nobody’s Fool: The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead (that’s Chester Brown‘s head popping up from the bottom of the photo):
A panel called The Invisible Editors on the art of editing graphic novels, featuring Bill Campbell, Erwan Roux, Gina Gagliano, and Thomas Ragnon:
Craig Thompson being interviewed by Aaron Broverman and Thompson signing at the Uncivilized Books table:
A panel on Comics Structuralism involving Emily Carroll, Jason, Nora Krug, Paul Kirchner, and Sanya Anwar:
Anders Nilsen signing beside his very beautiful and well-crafted books:
A whole kids’ section for festival attendees:
Brigid Alverson interviewing Gord Hill about The Antifa Comic Book and other works:
Mike Holmes holding up a copy of MAD Magazine that he’s contributed to:
A panel on Inter-Generational Comics with David Rubin, Hartley Lin, Kelsey Wroten, Mark Alan Stamaty, and Molly Mendoza where panelists of different ages discussed their views:
Art from the The Handmaid’s Tale graphic novel by Renee Nault:
And finally, I’ll end with a picture of a quirky graphic novel by Alison Wilgus, a cartoonist from Brooklyn. I thought the premise (you have to literally hunt with a rifle for apartments because of their price and elusive nature) was wonderful, especially as Toronto has joined the flank of cities where the cost of living has skyrocketed. See you next year!