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TCAF 2011

This year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival was bigger than ever as we braved the mobs of thousands of comic fans stampeding the Toronto Reference Library.

Joining us in our travels was fearless Toronto photographer
Sam Javanrouh who documented the weekend’s festivities.

The 6th gathering of the now annual arts festival, founded by The Beguiling‘s Peter Birkemoe and Chris Butcher, brought together fans with their favourite comic artists, writers, and publishers from Canada and abroad.

Photographer Sam Javanrouh by Jeremy Sale

Photo by Jeremy Sale

Sam Javanrouh
Since he moved to Toronto in 1999 from Tehran, Sam has been caputring the changing face of the city, one day at a time, on his photo-blog Daily Dose of Imagery.

Jillian Tamaki - photo by Sam Javanrouh

Jillian Tamaki - photo by Sam Javanrouh

Photos by Sam Javanrouh

Jillian Tamaki, the Brooklyn-based illustrator and comic artist, signs copies of her art book Indoor Voice and graphic novel Skim at the Drawn & Quarterly table.

Seth by Sam Javanrouh

Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Seth, Canadian graphic novelist, author of Palookaville and Bannock, Beans & Black Tea, to name a few, signing at the Drawn & Quarterly table.

Marek Colek – Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Photos by Sam Javanrouh

Marek Colek one half the brilliant Tin Can Forest (aka Marek Colek and Pat Shewchuk) shows off copies of Baba Yaga and The Wolf, nominated this year for a Doug Wright Award, published by Koyama Press.

Edie Fake – Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Lisa Hanawalt – Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Photos by Sam Javanrouh

Edie Fake, Chicago-based artist, author of the phenomenal Gaylord Phoenix at the Secret Acres table.

Lisa Hanawalt showing off her amazing Bird Visions Print and copies of her comic I Want You (1 & 2).

Koyama Press represents with a Last Supper-esque table and an amazing group of artists including Michael DeForge, Dustin Harbin, Hellen Jo, Steve Manale, Steve Wolfhard, Keith Jones, and many more…Michael DeForge (left) signs copies of his book Spotting Deer.

Michael DeForge – Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Koyama Press table – Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Koyama Press table – Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Photo by Sam Javanrouh

TCAF main floor – Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Adrian Tomine and Chris Ware – Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Photos by Sam Javanrouh

Adrian Tomine and Chris Ware at the Drawn and Quarterly table signing copies of Scenes from an Impending Marriage (Adrian Tomine) and Acme Novelty Library (Chris Ware). That’s Seth in the background.

Adrian Tomine – Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Photos by Sam Javanrouh

Adrian Tomine praticipated, the following day, in a panel with Jillian Tamaki and Lorenzo Mattotti on the differnces between comics and illustration.

Chester Brown – Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Chris Ware – Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Photos by Sam Javanrouh

Chester Brown, author of Louis Riel and his latest graphic novel Paying For It, air-doodles for the crowd.

Chris Ware looking bemused at the D&Q table.

Chester Brown – Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Ryan North photo by Sam Javanrouh. Aaron Costain photo by Jessica Fortner.

Ryan North (left) acting out a scene from his online Dinosaur Comics, while Aaron Costain (right), author of the Doug Wright Award nominated Entropy greets fans.

Box Brown – Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Box Brown (at right) takes a moment out from signing copies of his iconoclastic online and print series Everything Dies. Center: Pat Aulisio – author of the web comics Lazy Orange Cat and generally amazing illustrator. Far left: Jordan Shiveley, editor of Grimalkin Press who publishes the comics anthology HIVE.

Jesse Jacobs – Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Photos by Sam Javanrouh

Jesse Jacobs draws an arctic snow giant in our copy of Even The Giants, while we try to snatch up some of his amazing prints.

Chris Pitzer – Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Photos by Sam Javanrouh

Chris Pitzer, publisher of Adhouse Books, talking to us about awesome comics like Afrodisiac by Brian Maruca & Jim Rugg.

Chris Pitzer – Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Photos by Sam Javanrouh

Sam Arthur – Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Photos by Sam Javanrouh

Sam Arthur of Nobrow proudly displays the collection of über-beautifully drawn and produced books. Look out for the forthcoming book The New Ghost by Robert Frank Hunter, published by Nobrow

Britt Wilson and Vicki Nerino – Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Photos by Sam Javanrouh

Toronto artists Britt Wilson and Vicki Nerino survey their gargantuan collection of comics and zines. Check out The Pretty Ridiculous Adventures of A. Zimmerman. Vol 1. by Britt Wilson, and Gonads: a small collection of animal sex haikus by Vicki Nerino

Britt Wilson and Vicki Nerino – Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Photos by Sam Javanrouh

Vicki Nerino (left) and Britt Wilson surviving the hectic TCAF crowds.

Kate Beaton – Photos by Sam Javanrouh

Photos by Sam Javanrouh

Kate Beaton sigining prints from her hugely popular online series Hark! A Vargrant

Kate Beaton – Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Kate Beaton drawing for fans beside stacks of her book Never Learn Anything From History.

Tiny Kitten Teeth – Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Tiny Kitten Teeth fans mob the table of creators of the popular online comic.

Toronto Comic Arts Festival: Pencil it In from Toronto Comic Arts Festival on Vimeo.

Director: Christopher Hutsul
Director of Photography: Vinit Borrison
Producer: Nick Sorbara
Executive Producer: Jacinte Faria
Editorial: Melanie Hider, Bijou Editorial
Score: “Background Noise (Don’t Become)” by Solvent, Courtesy Ghostly International
Sound Design: Vapor Music
Online Artist + Colourist: Hardave Grewal, RedLab
Graphic Novelists: Chester Brown, Michael Comeau, Steve Charles Manale, Vicki Nerino, Michael Cho, Michael DeForge, Seth, Fiona Smyth + Britt Wilson.

A Hard Citizen Production.

S&TM: Our sincerest thanks to Sam Javanrouh for all his help and wonderful photos!

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