With special guest Miriam Libicki (jobnik!)
Thursday, May 6th, 2010, @ 7pm (Doors at 6:30pm)
Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave, at Bloor St. W.
Presented by The Toronto Comic Arts Festival and Drawn & Quarterly, in association with the Miles Nadal JCC.
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is pleased to announce a fantastic reading by and discussion with one of the Featured Guests of the 2010 Festival, James Sturm! Best known to Torontonians as the creator of the acclaimed graphic short story The Golem’s Mighty Swing (now available in the collection James Sturm’s AMERICA) andFantastic Four: Unstable Molecules, Sturm returns in celebration of his brand new graphic novel, Market Day, and will read and present from this new work on Thursday, May 6th, at 7PM at The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre.
MARKET DAY is a timeless tale of how economic and social forces can affect a single life: An expectant father named Mendleman has his life goes through a massive upheaval when he discovers he can no longer earn a living doing the work that defines him. As the realities of the market place sink in, Mendleman unravels. Sturm draws a quiet, reflective and beautiful portrait of Eastern Europe in the early1900s–bringing to life the hustle and bustle of an old-world market place on the brink of the Industrial Revolution.
Joining Sturm on stage will be British Columbia-based artist Miriam Libicki. Libicki, an American Jewish girl from a religious home, enlisted in the Israeli Army one summer against everyone’s best advice. Many qualities seem to make her unsuited for IDF life: her Hebrew isn’t great, she is shy and passive, and she has a tendency to fall in love with anything that moves. Libicki turned her experiences into the graphic novel series jobnik!. Libicki will be discussing her body of work including jobnik!, and her contributions to the academic work The Jewish Graphic Novel: Critical Approaches.
Both artists will have prepared audio/visual presentations, and will participate in a moderated Q&A with the audience. Market Day, jobnik!, and other works by both Sturm and Libicki will be available on site for purchase courtesy of The Beguiling Books & Art.
This event is part of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, being held Saturday May 8th and Sunday May 9th at the Toronto Reference Library in Toronto, Canada. For more information on TCAF events, please visit

Also tonight:

SWORD OF MY MOUTH graphic novel launch party!
Thursday, May 6th, 2010 @ 7PM
Tequila Bookworm (512 Queen Street West, upstairs)

The post-Rapture graphic novel followup to the acclaimed Therefore Repent!, SWORD OF MY MOUTH will be launched as a part of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Writer/creator Jim Munroe and illustrator/letterer Shannon Gerard will be on hand to chat and sign books, and original art from the book will be on display.

More info on the book at

KENK Book Launch Party

Thursday May 6th
7:00PM until Late
The Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen Street West
Come celebrate the release of KENK at our official Hot Docs and Toronto Comic Arts Festival launch event, in partnership with the CFC Media Lab. The entire creative team will be on hand to celebrate the release and do a special short presentation as well as display original artwork, latest animation and more. This event will go ’til late.

KENK: A Graphic Portrait is a ground-breaking 304-page journalistic comic book detailing the life and times of Igor Kenk, “the world’s most prolific bicycle thief” (The New York Times and The Guardian). In summer 2008, Kenk was arrested and nearly 3,000 bicycles were seized in one of the biggest news stories of the year. Built from more than 30 hours of never-before-seen intimate footage taken over the year leading up to his arrest, KENK is a thought-provoking and surprisingly funny portrait of an outsize neighbourhood figure and a city in flux.

KENK is an exciting new hybrid that simultaneously takes the form of documentary film, journalistic profile and comic book, produced and published under Pop Sandbox. For more visit

Presented by TCAF, Hot Docs, The CFC Media Lab, Steam Whistle & Pop Sandbox