Announce: Jeff Lemire’s SWEET TOOTH Launch


Book Launch Party

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 – 7:30pm
@ The Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College St.

Presented by The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Toronto Public Library, The Beguiling, and DC Comics/Vertigo


TORONTO, Ontario – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is gearing up to take Toronto’s comic book and graphic novel fans by storm on Saturday May 8th and Sunday May 9th, and they’re please to announce their first satellite event! Featured TCAF guest and award-winning cartoonist Jeff Lemire will be will be premiering the first book of his new monthly post-apocalyptic
sci-fi comic book series Sweet Tooth: Out of the Dark Woods, at a special event on Wednesday, May 5
th, 2010—just days before TCAF!

Set in a grim, post-apocalyptic future (that looks suspiciously like Southern Ontario…) Sweet Tooth Volume 1: Out of the Dark Woods is an epic road-trip science fiction graphic novel, sure to be equally enjoyed by fans of Lemire’s haunting Essex County Trilogy and contemporary superhero and sci-fi comics.

The Book Launch will take place at the Lillian H. Smith Library, home to the prestigious Merril Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, a non-circulating library collection which includes a vast selection of graphic novel material. The event starts at 7:30pm sharp in The Lillian H. Smith Library auditorium, 239 College St. (just east of Spadina Ave.) with doors open at 7pm.

The event will be hosted by SPACE’s Mark Askwith, and feature a reading, interview, and Q&A session with the audience. Jeff Lemire will be signing and sketching in advance copies of Sweet Tooth Vol.1: Out Of The Deep Woods, available for sale on-site a full week before its official in-store release!

In addition, the event will feature a display of over 50 pieces of original artwork from Sweet Tooth, including interpretations of Sweet Tooth’s world and characters by renowned Toronto and international cartoonists including Jeffrey Brown, Matt Kindt, Ray Fawkes, and Noel Tuazon!

Following the evening event there will be an after-party and mixer for comics fans and neophytes alike at O’Grady’s Pub, 171 College Street (Just down the street from the Lillian H. Smith Library).

Jeff Lemire’s complete catalogue of work, including Sweet Tooth, The Nobody, and The Essex County Trilogy, will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of The Beguiling Books & Art (

Please submit all interview requests, press inquiries, and press accreditation requests to or call Christopher Butcher, The Beguiling, at 416-533-9168.

Jeff Lemire is the multi-Eisner, Shuster, Doug Wright and Harvey Nominated author of The Essex County Trilogy from Top Shelf Publishing. His most recent graphic novel is the original work The Nobody, published by DC Comics / Vertigo. Jeff Lemire’s current project is the monthly post-apocalyptic sci-fi comic book series Sweet Tooth from DC Comics/Vertigo. He lives and works in Toronto with his wife and young son.


“Spellbinding and offbeat . . . emotionally charged.” — USA TODAY

“A grabber from the get-go…” — THE ONION

The first five issues of Jeff Lemire’s acclaimed new series introduce Gus, a rare new breed of human/animal hybrid who was raised in isolation following a pandemic that struck a decade earlier. Now, with the death of his father, he’s left to fend for himself . . . until he meets a hulking drifter named Jepperd, who promises to help him. Jepperd and Gus set out on a post-apocalyptic
journey into the devastated American landscape to find ‘The Preserve,’ a refuge for hybrids. Published by DC Comics/Vertigo, CDN$11.99. For Mature Readers.

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is a celebration of comics and graphic novels—and their creators—that takes place annually in Toronto, Canada. The next TCAF is Saturday May 8th and Sunday May 9th 2010, at Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. The 2010 Festival will feature some of the biggest and most respected graphic novelists in Canada and in the world, including Daniel Clowes (Eightball, Ghost World), Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth), Dash Shaw (Body World), James Sturm (Golem’s Mighty Swing, Market Day), and Jim Woodring (Frank). For more information visit