Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2007 preview

August 17, 2007 | News


Comic books are a serious art form full of diversity and rich culture and nowhere is this more evident than at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival.
The third edition of this biennial event, to be held at Victoria College & Burwash Quad at The University of Toronto this Saturday and Sunday, will feature dozens of creators who highlight the best comics have to offer.
“What’s nice about TCAF is that it’s really focused more on the art form,” says Seth, noted Canadian creator of the ongoing comic, Palookaville.
“It gives people an opportunity to come out and see comics, not purely from that collecting sort of angle, and promotes it as an art form that is coming into its own finally.”
Featured guests include: Canadians Darwyn Cooke (The Spirit), Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim), Evan Dorkin (Milk & Cheese), James Jean (Fables) and Paul Pope (Batman: Year 100).
The event kicks off tonight with three Toronto comic book icons and friends — Chester Brown, Joe Matt and Seth — being reunited on stage where they’ll reminisce and discuss Matt’s new book, Spent.
“We were close friends and working artists together for a long time, maybe 10 years, in Toronto,” explains Seth. “Then Joe moved away to Los Angeles and I moved to Guelph and it’s just been a long time since we spent any significant time together.”
TCAF is free to attend (although some events will be ticketed), and takes place 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
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