Toronto independent comics shop The Beguiling is a proud sponsor of Toronto's first ever INSPIRE! book fair, and they're bringing Michael DeForge and Kate Beaton with them! Admission to the fair is $15 for all three days. You can buy advance tickets here. As far as programming goes, you can find Michael DeForge and Kate Beaton speaking on panels and signing at the Beguiling booth over the course of the weekend:
Friday, November 14th, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Beguiling Booth 219: Kate Beaton and Michael DeForge signing
Friday, November 14th, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm, Spark Stage: THE NEW SMALL PRESS
We tend to look an author’s career in terms of “progress”, of ‘breaking in’, working with larger houses, and seeking wide distribution. Why then in comics do many professionally published creators still prefer to work with small houses, or to self-publish and self-distribute selections of their work? Meet with acclaimed creators and publishing reps at the forefront of The New Small Press, and experience their ingenuity, creativity, and their art-oriented approach to publishing. Featuring Kate Beaton, Michael DeForge, and Anne Koyama. Hosted by Christopher Butcher.
Sunday, November 16th, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Spark Stage: COMEDY...? WHAT'S FUNNY IN FUNNYBOOKS
Join comic creators as they discuss the ins and outs of writing comedy–a genre that the medium of comics does very well, but surprisingly, not very often!
Featuring Kate Beaton, Ryan North, and Chip Zdarsky. Hosted by Christopher Butcher.