As con season starts to pick up, I’m making a point of trying to get to shows and once again, Toronto Comic Arts Festival is on my radar. Last year, I told you what a great show it is and why. This year I want you all to join us, so here’s some highlights.
Manga Guests include Moyoco Anno, creator of Sakuran, which is being published by Vertical Publishing. It’s a stunningly fabulous story (by which I mean that it is sublimely full of incandescent anger that I find absolutely beautiful). And please allow me to indulge a moment of fangirly squeeing, as another manga guest this year is est em, creator of the wonderfully intense Golondrina, about a young lesbian who is training to be a matador. This is especially exciting for me, as I have the honor of moderating her guest panel on Sunday, May 11, along with translator Jocelyne Allen. I’m terribly excited about this. ^_^
Also attending is the 2-woman team known as Akira Himekawa, who are working on the My Little Pony ~Friendship is Magic manga. They are absolutely lovely.
I’ll also be moderating a few other panels: Art Theft! on Saturday and The New Small Press on Sunday. There is a LGBTQ mixer on Saturday, check the events page for details. This show is very LGBTQ friendly, so expect to find some queer comics and comics artists! And there is a Women in Manga panel on Saturday. You can be sure I’ll be there.
TCAF is free to the public (with a few special events that require tickets, check the website) – it is held in the Toronto Reference Library, so I hope that all my Toronto-area friends will stop by and join me for one of the most fun manga, comics, and bande dessinee’ events in North America. ^_^
See you in Toronto!