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FEBRUARY 19, 2020: TCAF, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, is thrilled to announce that acclaimed Japanese manga author Kamome Shirahama, creator of the series Witch Hat Atelier, will participate in the 2020 Festival as a Featured Guest. In addition to the hit manga series, published by Kodansha Comics, Shirahama is also widely known for her work on popular Marvel and DC Comics series including Wonder Woman, Star Wars, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, and Doctor Strange among many others. She will attend TCAF with a robust participation in the festival, including the English-language debut of Witch Hat Atelier Volume 6.

“Put simply, Kamome Shirahama’s art is impeccable,” said TCAF Artistic Director Christopher Butcher. “It’s no wonder that Shirahama-sensei became familiar to North American fans through her superhero comics work long before her manga was translated into English. That said, the Witch Hat Atelier manga series is such incredibly charming, deeply resonant work about the magic of art and illustration, and it’s found very deserved success amongst readers of all ages in both Japan and North America. We’re so lucky to have her as a part of TCAF this year!”

Kamome Shirahama Self-Portrait! 'Kamome' means 'seagull' in Japanese

While Kamome Shirahama’s full schedule for TCAF is yet to be revealed, fans can expect a live-drawing session, a feature interview, autograph sessions, and more. TCAF has also partnered with Kodansha Comics and the author to present a gallery showing of Shirahama-sensei’s work, to be exhibited at and in partnership with The Japan Foundation Toronto, for the month of May! Details on dates, times, and availability will be announced mid-March.

Kamome Shirahama’s work is available for purchase now at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, located in Toronto Reference Library, and at the Festival’s Premiere Sponsor and official bookseller The Beguiling Books & Art, 319 College Street. Books will also be available at multiple booths at TCAF itself.
TCAF would like to thank Kodansha Comics for their support in helping to bring Kamome Shirahama to North America.

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Kamome Shirahama will join more than 350 exhibiting creators and publishers for The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2019, with many more guests still to be announced! Visit TCAF online for up-to-the-minute updates!
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