Koyama Press at TCAF 2013!

Posted on May 8, 2013 in Blog


TCAF is this weekend and Koyama Press is excited to be there with a slew of cartoonists and new releases!

Michael DeForge is set to debut his collection of short stories pulled from the pages of rare and out-of-print mini comics, online comics and anthologies Very Casual. We will also have a limited quantity of DeForge’s Lose #5, which officially debuts in June and is another excellent entry in his one-man anthology series. The previous issue, Lose #4, is nominated for the 2013 Doug Wright Award for Best Book.

Julie Delporte will be debuting the English translation of her brilliantly illustrated diary comics, Journal, and Victor Kerlow will be debuting his hilarious and absurd collection of comics Everything Takes Forever.

The mirthful mind behind last year’s Eat More Bikes, Nathan Bulmer, and the inimitable cartoonist Jane Mai, whose book Sunday in the Park with Boys won a 2013 MoCCA Award for Excellence will also be in attendance. Be sure not to miss superstar Superslackers creator Steve Manale who will be nearby sketching caricatures.

Along with these cartoonists and books, we will have a large collection of backlist titles and unique pieces such as Allister Lee’s kaleidoscopic prints Black is Beautiful. We will also be selling issue #73 of John Porcellino’s ground-breaking autobio zine, King-Cat, as well as Tim Hensley’s Ticket Stub and the anthology of compulsive doodles Lollygag both from the excellent micro-publisher Yam Books.

TCAF is known for its excellent programming and this year is no exception. Koyama Press is well represented with panels featuring Koyama Press Publisher Annie Koyama, and cartoonists Michael DeForge and Maurice Vellekoop (for complete descriptions of the panels and times please see below).

TCAF 2013 is looking to be a massive celebration of all things comics that we are happy to be a part of, so be sure to drop by tables 131-133 on the first floor!


The Marriott (High Park Ballroom): May 11th
Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel, High Park Ballroom
90 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON M4W 1A7 (Map)

10–11AM    The State of Small Press
Small press comics publishers are like mushrooms – over the past five years, more and more of them have been springing up all over the US and Canada.  What does the market look like for these small presses today?  And how is the market changing? Join representatives from Secret Acres, Domino Books, Koyama Press, Grimalken Press, and Rebus Books in answering these and many more questions.

1:30–2:30PM    Spotlight: Maurice Vellekoop in conversation with Chip Kidd
One of the most respected editorial and fashion cartoonists today, Maurice Vellekoop (The World of Gloria BadcockA Nut at the Opera) is TCAF’s 10thAnniversary poster artist and our featured guest.  On this program, Vellekoop discusses his life, work, and upcoming projects with Book Designer and Pantheon Books editor Chip Kidd. The two will also make a very special announcement…!

4:00–5:00PM   Fashion!
Fashion in Comics! This program opens up a conversation about the importance of fashion in comics. What are fashion’s influences on a creator’s work, and conversely, comics’ influence on fans and real life fashion? What approaches and research does one go through to depict specific fashions? Is comic book fashion good? Join moderator Krystle Tabujara in a spirited discussion with Fashion Journalist Nathalie Atkinson (The National Post), Willow Dawson (No Girls Allowed), Kagan McLeod (Fashion Illustrator, Infinite Kung Fu) Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim), Ramon Perez (Wolverine & The X-Men), and Maurice Vellekoop (fashion illustrator, TCAF Featured Guest).

The Marriott (Forest Hill Ballroom): May 12th
Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel, Forest Hill Ballroom
90 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON M4W 1A7 (Map)

12:15–1:15PM    TCAF’s Debut Book Spotlight: DeForge, CF, Fink, McEowen, Kindt, & Modan
The TCAF Debut Book Spotlight shines on six of the most exciting books and authors of this year’s show, giving them a chance to talk about their own work, and each other’s. Featuring Michael DeForge for Very Casual; CF for Mere; Jess Fink for We Can Fix It; Matt Kindt for Red Handed; Patrick McEown for Hair Shirt, and Rutu Modan for The Property.

4:00–5:00PM    ADVENTURE TIME!
By popular demand, TCAF’s awesome ADVENTURE TIME panel returns for 2013! Featuring Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, and Mike Holmes (Adventure Time: The Comic Book), Meredith Gran (Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens), Danielle Corsetto (Adventure Time: Playing with Fire), and Michael DeForge and Steve Wolfhard (artists on the Adventure Time cartoon).