On designing the poster for TCAF 2014 – A guest post by Isabelle Arsenault

When the Toronto Comics Arts Festival contacted me asking if I was able to illustrate one of the official posters to promote its 11th year, of course I was honoured and thrilled by the invitation!

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This year the festival has expanded its children’s programming, and I think they wanted to highlight this by featuring an illustrator who is associated with children’s literature.

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My graphic novel, Jane, the Fox & Me (written by Fanny Britt) was the main inspiration for the concept of the poster. The book is a celebration of literature, and speaks of its importance to a pre-teen trying to find his or her place in life.

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Hélène, the main character of the story, loves to escape her dull reality through reading books. She appears on the poster, next to that dog and other imaginary friends.

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I’ll be at TCAF with Fanny Britt, and I think we will have lots of fun meeting young readers — and older ones — seeing friends, buying new books, eating with our publishers and shopping in TO. Can’t wait!

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Meet Groundwood Creators at TCAF

Fanny Britt & Isabelle Arsenault
Jane, the Fox and Me

Saturday, May 10th

11am-12pm: Jane, the Fox and Me read by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault
Location: Toronto Reference Library, Novella Room

 2:15pm-3:15pm: Fanny Britt & Isabelle Arsenault present: Jane, the Fox and Me
Location: Toronto Reference Library, TCAF Kids Area – Beeton Auditorium

 3:45pm-4:30pm: Fanny Britt & Isabelle Arsenault book signing
Location: Toronto Reference Library, Groundwood Books table

Sunday, May 11th

11:15am-12:15pm Spotlight: Fanny Britt & Isabelle Arsenault
Location: Marriott Bloor Yorkville, High Park 2 & 3

12:30pm: Fanny Britt & Isabelle Arsenault book signing
Location: Toronto Reference Library, Groundwood Books table

Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki
This One Summer

Saturday, May 10th

12:15pm-1:15pm: Michael DeForge & Friends
Michael DeForge, Jillian Tamaki, Patrick Kyle, Moderator: Ryan Sands
Location: Marriott Bloor Yorkville, Forest Hill Ballroom

1:30pm-2:30pm: Spotlight: Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
Location: Marriott Bloor Yorkville, Forrest Hill Ballroom

2:45pm-3:45pm Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki book signing
Location: Toronto Reference Library, Beguiling Signing Area (lower level)

4pm-5pm: Queering Comics – LGBTQ identity in comics and graphic novels
Mariko Tamaki
Meet five creators who, through their stories and published projects, are queering the medium and industry of comics.
Location: The Pilot, 22 Cumberland Street

Sunday, May 11th

12pm-1pm: Canadian Reading Series: Mariko Tamaki
Location: Toronto Reference Library, Novella Room

2:30pm-3:15pm: Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki book signing
Location: Toronto Reference Library, Groundwood Books table

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