The Toronto Comics Art Festival kicks off tonight, and it looks to be perhaps the most kick-assing-est comics event of the year. Held every other year, TCAF has gone from an exciting indie comics show held in a parking lot to a city-wide cultural extravaganza of the kind that North America needs lot more of.

Tonight’s festivities include a Kid Koala party (see below), but the entire weekend is full of events both edifying and entertaining. See the whole list here.

Chris Butcher the man without whom TCAF would not be TCAF, has posted the programming schedule here.

Click For Full_Size Poster!TCAF KICK-OFF PARTY:
Get Up! Get Down! Indoor Block Party
Thursday, May 7th, evening show
@ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W.
Tickets $12.00 advance/$15 day of show
Presented by Live Nation

Montreal turntablist (and graphic novelist!) Kid Koala brings his LOUD PARTY / QUIET WORK WEEKEND to Toronto for The Toronto Comic Arts Festival! The LOUD PARTY goes down Thursday, May 7th at Lee’s Palace with LOUD PARTY: Get Up! Get Down! Indoor Block party. Mix mayhem on 4 record players and actual stacks of wax. Dancing, scratching, the first-ever Nufonia Pillow Fight, and a raffle! C’Mon down and Shake Your Thang!! Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show, and the event WILL SELL OUT. Tickets available from Rotate This and Ticketmaster the usual places.

More at:

PLUS: here’s more of the interviews with participating cartoonists:

Carla Speed McNeil
Jim Ottaviani
Kid Koala
Faith Erin Hicks
Steve Rolston
Evan Munday
Ian Sullivan Cant
Chuck Forsman
Brian McLachlan
Jason Loo
James Turner
Brian Hoang
Bryan Lee O’Malley
Dash Shaw
Aaron Costain
Sarah Becan
Michèle Laframboise
Dave Lapp

As we’ve mentioned several times before, we weep with sorrow that we won’t be going this year, but every cool person on Earth is, so bring back full reports!


  1. Ahem.

    Some of the coolest people on Earth will also be going to the Bristol Comic Expo :-)

    Although it won’t be as cool this year, with no Hypotheticals, Eagle Awards or Golden Champagne Glass awards…