TCAF Debuts Round One

Feb 19, 2015 by

It has been awhile since I’ve mentioned our TCAF plans and Spring will be here soon. Right Spring? Right? Here in rural Nova Scotia we have just been shovelled out after one storm and preparing for the next. But the TCAF debuts are at the printer and will be ready May 9-10 here. Bookmark and check back for updates. But up for Conundrum will be four debut titles. Three from Toronto and one coming from Vancouver. These are books being launched at the festival with the artist available to sign. Moose will also be printed in time for the festival but unfortunately Max can not attend from Belgium. There will be another gaggle of artists signing who have new books since last year: Joe Ollmann, Elisabeth Belliveau, and Simon Bosse. Details to come. But here are the four debuts:


Dakota McFadzean

5.75×8.25 inches
368 pages, full colour
hardcover, $25

For the past five years cartoonist Dakota McFadzean has been drawing a four panel comic strip every day and posting to his website. Inspired by James Kochalka’s American Elf, McFadzean began the project in January 2010, originally as an autobiographical daily. Soon, however, it morphed into its current state: death, cosmic insignificance, facial mutation, and ghosts are all used to point out the absurdity of life and the fundamental loneliness of the human condition, more often than not to humourous effect. This collection of The Dailies will document three years of sequential strips into one handsome package.

“It’s funny because we’re doomed.” — James Kochalka

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The Adventures of Drippy the Newsboy 
Vol 1: Drippy’s Mama

by Julian Lawrence


7.5×10 inches, 64 pages 
b/w, trade paperback, $12

In this first volume of a trilogy based on the writings of Stephen Crane, Vancouver artist and animator Julian Lawrence brings his iconic Drippy the Newsboy to life! Here the naive Drippy gets pulled into the world of the Forbidden Zone by Harry and his alchoholic pals. His papers do not get delivered and his mother is concerned. But after his darling mother grows ill Drippy sees the error of his ways. Lawrence is known in Vancouver’s underground press as a co-creator and editor of the free monthly Drippy Gazette and publisher of numerous Drippytown comic anthology spin offs, but here his cartooning chops are on full display. The Adventures of Drippy the Newsboy harkens back to adventure serials like Tintin, complete with nostalgia and epic storytelling, but with much more drinking, gags, and carrying on. Will those papers ever be delivered on time?

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The Disappearance of Charley Butters

by Zach Worton


6×8 inches, 128 pages, 
b/w, trade paperback, $15

Following the success of Zach Worton’s The Klondike comes a new graphic novel about the final throes of a death metal band. While filming a music video they stumble upon an old cabin in the woods containing the archives of a disappeared artist. The discovery sets in motion a chain of events which eventually leads to one character’s redemption.

“Zach Worton, through the use of classic and lively cartooning, gives a story of how we need to make change in our lives or we’ll all go crazy. Sometimes that change breaks hearts and pisses off our friends. And sometimes it brings about a calm understanding of who we are.” — Charles Forsman (TEOTFW)

“The Disappearance of Charley Butters is a smart, lively story imbued with page-turning mystery, all told in Zach Worton’s engaging style.” — Noah Van Sciver

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by Kat Verhoeven

YA / 13+

4.25×5.5 inches, 164 pages, 
b/w, trade paperback, flaps, $15

“An oddly sweet story about complicated childhood friendships and (possibly) the end of the world. Beautiful artwork, too.” — Faith Erin Hicks

Something is revealing itself through the cracks and crevices of Toronto’s St James Town, a “towerhood” of densely populated highrise apartments. Birds are falling from the sky. This story is told through the eyes of a diverse group of children who become aware of an impending catastrophe through a number of (inexplicable) supernatural abilities.

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