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TCAF 2014: Debuts, panels, and signings galore!

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This weekend, Saturday May 10th and Sunday May 11th, is TCAF, one of Canada's (and the world's) most beloved comics festivals! The excitement takes place at the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street) and environs, and you know D+Q will be there with authors, debuts, panels, and signings en masse! Catch us at tables 107, 129, 130- pretty much the first ones you'll see upon entering the library.

In case you missed it, TCAF called us "wild. They seem like the kind of people who like “all night parties” and “driving really fast"". And because that's totally true, we're keeping the party going all weekend with debut and not-quite-debut-but-still-new books and signings from Pascal Girard, Julie Delporte, Mimi Pond, Diane Obomsawin, and Michael DeForge:

Pascal Girard's Petty Theft is an official TCAF Debut!

Julie Delporte's Everywhere Antennas is an official TCAF Debut!

Mimi Pond's Over Easy is an official TCAF Debut! And! Did you know that Over Easy is currently #1 on the New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller List? I can't make this stuff up, people! 
We'll also have appearances 'round the TCAF stomping grounds by festival favourites Kate Beaton, Seth, Chester Brown, Marc Bell, and Matt Forsythe, as well as super advance copies of the second volume in Shigeru Mizuki's Showa series: Showa 1939-1944: A History of Japan!
And now, on to our fabulous programming, shall we?



Panels take place in a variety of locations, including the Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel (90 Bloor St. E.), the Pilot Tavern (22 Cumberland St.), and the Reference Library's conference rooms (789 Yonge St.) Consult the TCAF site for more information about any of the panels below!

All signings are at the Drawn and Quarterly booth, unless otherwise noted. We're at tables 107, 129, and 130- pretty much the first ones you see upon entering the library. You can't miss us! Don't miss us!


Toronto Reference Library, Bram and Bluma Appel Salon. Doors at 7 pm

A limited number of rush tickets will be available!

Join Lynn Johnston (For Better or for Worse) and Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant) for a wide-ranging talk, followed by a Q+A and signing.

The event features two Canadian cartooning dynamos discussing their art and craft, and how the industry and medium have changed over the past three decades with the advent of new technologies.





10-11 am: Michael DeForge and Diane Obomsawin signing
10-11 am: Pascal Girard panel: TCAF DEBUT BOOKS SPOTLIGHT at The Pilot
11-12 pm: Pascal Girard and Chester Brown signing
11-12 pm: Kate Beaton panel: COMING OF AGE: THE INTERNET GENERATION at The Marriott - High Park II & III
12-1 pm: Julie Delporte and Chester Brown signing
12:15-1 pm: Kate Beaton signing in the Reference Library basement signing area
12:15-1:15 pm: Spotlight panel: MICHAEL DEFORGE AND FRIENDS at the Marriott - Forest Hill
12:15-1:15 pm: Tracy Hurren (managing editor, D+Q) panel: COMICS DEISGN - HISTORY AND FUTURE at The Marriott - High Park II & III
1-2 pm: Seth signing
1:30-2:30 pm: Chester Brown panel: COMICS CURATION at The Marriott - High Park II & III
1:30-2:30 pm: Julie Delporte and Diane Obomsawin panel: DISCOVER QUEBECOIS COMICS at The Marriott - High Park I
1:30-3 pm: Mimi Pond signing
2:45-3:45 pm: Michael DeForge panel: CONTEMPORARY EROTIC COMICS at The Pilot
3-4 pm: Chester Brown, Julie Delporte, and Diane Obomsawin signing
3-4 pm: Pascal Girard panel: CANADIAN READING SERIES at Novella Room
4-5 pm: Pascal Girard and Matt Forsythe signing


11-12 pm: Michael DeForge and Chester Brown signing
11:15-12:15 pm: Spotlight panel: MIMI POND at The Marriott - High Park I
12-1 pm: Chester Brown signing
12:15-1:15 pm: Seth panel: WORLDBUILDING at The Pilot
12:30-1:15 pm: Mimi Pond signing
1-2 pm: Diane Obomsawin and Julie Delporte panel: CANADIAN READING SERIES at Novella Room
1:15-2 pm: Kate Beaton signing in Marriott Yorkville Room
1:30-2:30 pm: Seth signing
1:30-2:30 pm: Mimi Pond panel: NON-TRADITIONAL DESIGN INSPIRATIONS at The Pilot
1:30-2:30 pm: Marc Bell panel: DIY, ZINES, SELF-PUBLISHING at The Marriott - High Park II & III
2-3 pm: Julie Delporte and Diane Obomsawin signing
3-4 pm: Pascal Girard and Mimi Pond signing
4-5 pm: Michael DeForge panel: ADVENTURE TIME at The Marriott - Forest Hill

And, because TCAF fun doesn't stop after the library closes:

Saturday May 10th, 7-10 pm
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Free- RSVP on Facebook

Hosted by Anne Ishii of MASSIVE, the Queer Mixer is a social event for creators and readers of queer comics. Through a mix of on-stage presentations, interviews, and mingling, the Queer Mixer is a chance to get exposed to current and forthcoming work by some of the best LGBTQ cartoonists in the biz. Diane Obomsawin will be on hand to present On Loving Women.




Plus! Attend Canada's best comics award show:

Saturday, May 10th, 7-9 pm
Forest Hill Ballroom, The Marriott Bloor Yorkville 
Hosted by Scott Thompson (Kids in the Hall, Hannibal)

Geneviève Castrée's Susceptible and Seth's Palookaville 21 are both nominated in the Best Book Category! Congratulations, both!

Phew! Save your pennies and catch up on your sleep, because the party don't stop when D+Q is in town. We can't wait for TCAF and we can't wait to see you there, everyone!