It’s hard to believe that ten years have gone by since the Toronto Comic Arts Festival first began. It’s an amazing treat for comic lovers: a showcase of great local and international talent that is totally FREE to attend, a gift to true fans who may find the extortionate fees for the annual Fan Expo at the Toronto Convention Centre in August daunting. Started in 2003 and shifting from churches to colleges to tents, the festival finally settled at the Toronto Reference Library downtown where it has been held for the past three years, boasting an attendance of 15,000 guests in 2011.
With the anniversary this weekend, expect bigger crowds due to the big name artists that will be attending, from biographers like Art Spiegelman (Maus) and David B. (Epileptic) to homegrown talents like Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim) and Chester Brown (Ed the Happy Clown).
There are also many events that are being held in various locations close to the Toronto Reference Library, all withing wallking distance of the exhibition. Visit the TCAF website for a full list of activities and locations.