THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21 @ THE WESTON FAMILY LEARNING CENTRE @ THE AGO!
Lynda Barry and Chris Ware are two of today’s best-known and most innovative comics artists appearing in conversation!
Lynda Barry is an American cartoonist, author, and teacher known for her weekly comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek. A professor of interdisciplinary creativity, she appears to discuss Making Comics, her idiosyncratic curriculum that teaches people how to draw and write their own story. A beautiful and inspiring book whose core teaching is that creativity is vital to processing the world around us. Lynda was also one of the recipients of the 2019 MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ grant!
Chris Ware is an American cartoonist known for his Acme Novelty Library series and the graphic novels Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth and Building Stories. His works explore themes of social isolation, emotional torment and depression. He appears to discuss Rusty Brown, a fully interactive, full-color articulation of the time-space interrelationships of three complete consciousnesses in the first half of a single midwestern American day and the tiny piece of human grit about which they involuntarily orbit.
Free tickets to this event will go live FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST at 5:00PM! In addition, a number of tickets are available with the purchase of RUSTY BROWN or pre-purchase of MAKING COMICS at The Beguiling (1 ticket per book purchases, while quantities last)
The Beguiling & Little Island Comics are beyond thrilled to welcome illustrator Anoosha Syed to the store to celebrate the release of her new children’s book written by QUEER EYE star Karamo Brown & his son Jason Brown, I AM PERFECTLY DESIGNED!
Anoosha will be in-store on Saturday, November 9th from 12-2PM for this kid-friendly launch!! There will be worksheets and activities for the kids as well as presentations, readings and a chance to get your very own copy of I AM PERFECTLY DESIGNED signged by Anoosha!
We can’t wait for this lovely afternoon!! We hope we see you there!
The great events just keep coming, and here’s a HUGE one!
On October 24th, creator LIANA FINCK will be here in-store for a launch event for her new book EXCUSE ME: CARTOONS, COMPLAINTS AND NOTES TO SELF from Random House! Liana will be in-conversation with writer IVY KNIGHT, followed by a chance to get your own copy of her new book signed!
It all starts at 7PM October 24th! It’s gonna be a big one, so get here early! We’ll see you then!
On Wednesday, October 16 at 7PM The Beguiling welcomes FRANK SANTORO to the store to lead his “Comics as Music” workshop and to celebrate two releases from New York Review Comics: PITTSBURGH and RETURN TO ROMANCE: THE STRANGE LOVE STORIES OF OGDEN WHTNEY, edited by Santoro and Dan Nadel!
Frank Santoro will lead a hands on workshop where he examines the connections between art and music. Santoro postulates that improvisation and orchestration across diverse disciplines are all connected by creative intuition and pattern language. He will also be promoting his new book “Pittsburgh” published by New York Review Comics.
On Wednesday, October 9th we welcome SABRINA SCOTT to the store to celebrate the opening of our gallery show of work from WITCHBODY and to mark the re-release of Witchbody earlier this year from Weiser books!
Sabrina will be in conversation with Kristen Sollée, followed by a chance to get your book signed!
Everything will kick off at 7PM with more details TBC so keep watching here or on our facebook for the deets!
Uptown Kidlit! Kids Book & Comic Festival Presented by iSurround, North York Arts, and TCAF: The Toronto Comic Arts Festival Saturday, September 28, 9:30am-4:00pm @ North York Central Library, Auditorium, 2nd Floor 5120 Yonge Street (at North York Centre TTC) Free
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival and North York Arts are thrilled to announce a brand-new, one-day kids focused literary event to be held at North York Central Public Library. We call it UPTOWN KIDLIT!
Uptown Kidlit is a free event that will feature a day of feature programs, drop-in workshops, and a small vendor fair with local authors selling comics, books, and more.
Participants include: George O’Connor (The Olympians graphic novel series), Anoosha Syed (author and Poster Artist!), Deborah Kerbel, Richard Scrimger, Britt Wilson, Ted Staunton, Lesley Livingston, Kean Soo, Lis Xu, John Martz, Tory Woollcott, Chad Solomon, Anoosha Syed, Brian McLaughlan, Hilary Leung, Rabeea Syed, and many more!
Click under the cut for full schedule and author bios!
Comics & Graphic Novels @ Word on the Street Sunday, September 22, 10am-5:00pm @ Harbourfront Centre, Queen’s Quay Free for the public to attend
Sunday September 22nd it’s marks the annual Word on the Street Literary Festival in Toronto! TCAF has entered a relationship with WOTS to help develop their comics and graphic novels programming and exhibitors for 2019 and 2020! We think this relationship will help promote some of Canada’s greatest comic creators and graphic novelists to the amazing crowd of book lovers that WOTS attracts each year.
Comic book and graphic novel creators will feature on almost every stage of Word on the Street this year! Here are the comic related programs:
10:00-10:45am: #WOTS30 ANNIVERSARY READING SERIES FUTURE OF READING, feat. Cory Doctorow, Gwen Benaway, Ben Dugas, Andreya Klobucar. Great Books Marquee
12:00-12:30: THIS PLACE: 150 YEARS RETOLD, feat Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm (This Place, Portage & Main). Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through magic realism, serial killings, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact. • Portage & Main. Indigenous Voices Stage
12:00-12:30pm: RADICALIZED, feat. Cory Doctorow (IRL, First Second Books). Told through one of the most on-pulse genre voices of our generation, Radicalized is a timely collection consisting of four SF novellas connected by social, technological, and economic visions of today and what America could be in the near, near future. Bestseller Stage
12:45-1:15pm: FROGCATCHERS, feat. Jeff Lemire (Essex County, Top Shelf. Gideon Falls, Image). A man wakes up alone in a strange room with no recollection of who he is or how he got there. This is—as he reads from an old-fashioned keychain beside his bed—the Edgewater Hotel. Even worse, something ominous seems to be lurking in one of the rooms. A haunted hotel on the edge of reality, an endless bridge spanning an infinite ocean, and a man and a boy looking for a way out. This is the setting for a boundary-pushing, genredefying new work of fiction by one of comics’ master storytellers. • Simon & Schuster. Across the Universe Stage
1:00-1:30pm: GRAPHIC MAESTROS: ART & STORYTELLING, feat. Chris Kuzma (Lunch Quest, Koyama) and Ness Lee (Death Threat, Arsenal Pulp Press). Chris Kuzma and Ness Lee take us through the creative process of telling stories through art. Moderated by Andrew Townsend. Great Books Marquee.
2:45-3:15pm: Digital Dystpia, feat. Cory Doctorow (Radicalized, TOR) and Karl Schroeder (Stealing Worlds, TOR). Across the Universe Stage
4:15-5:00pm: Toronto 2033, moderated by Jim Munroe (Sword of My Mouth, IDW) and featuring authors Zainab Amadahy, Madeline Ashby, and Mathew Borrett. Across the Universe Stage
Comics Related Exhibitors
TCAF, Page & Panel, and The Beguiling will anchor a great space featuring comics and graphic novels in the exhibitor area of Word on the Street, located near the Across The Universe Stage.
310: TCAF, Page & Panel, The Beguiling
318: Bedside Press
319a: Tyler Mann Art
319B: Friendship Edition
319C: Kristen Kiomall-Evans
320a: TO Comix Press
320b: Read More Comix!
320c: Spencer Afonso
321b: Te’Shawn Dyer
321c: Group of 7 Comics
323A: Ralph Del Mundo
Plus there’s tons of great comics to be found all across the Festival, with multiple publishers and more exhibitors in the kids area!
We hope to see you out to The Word on the Street Festival, Sunday September 22nd! It’s a fun day of readings, presentations, musical performances (Sharon, Lois, and Bram!) and of course, comic books and graphic novels! See you there. 🙂