TolCAF promotes the diversity of comics from a wide range of creators, encouraging comics reading, and celebrating visual literacy. Featuring workshops, lectures, keynote speakers, and more for comics fans of all ages, TolCAF brings people together with comics.
Hop online on Nov. 2 for a fun conversation with a comics creator, or come down to Main Library on Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for programs, workshops, a Creator Fair, and more.
TolCAF is proud to present a special edition of the Library’s Online Comic Book Group featuring special guest Pornsak Pichetshote, in partnership with Image Comics.
We’ll discuss The Good Asian: 1936 Deluxe Edition, the thought-provoking and artistically striking noir detective story set in 1936 San Francisco.
The Good Asian: 1936 Deluxe Edition collects the Eisner-award-winning hit in one complete volume alongside special bonus content. The Good Asian follows Edison Hark – a haunted, self-loathing Chinese-American detective on the trail of a killer in 1936 San Francisco – in a noir mystery exploring the first generation of Americans to come of age under an immigration ban: the Chinese, as they’re besieged by rampant murders, abusive police, and a world that seemingly never changes.
Pornsak Pichetshote is a Thai-American writer. His books have been nominated for dozens of Eisner awards, and is best known in comics for his work on Infideland The Good Asian.
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since become the third largest comics publisher in the United States, publishing comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre and style imaginable.
Registration required. The event takes place via Zoom.
TolCAF special guest Mika Song (Donut Feed the Squirrels, One Smart Cookie) presents a keynote presentation about her creative process and making comics.
Mika Songmakes children’s books about sweetly funny outsiders. A Friend for Henry by Jenn Bailey and illustrated by Mika received the Schneider Family Honor from the American Library Association. Her graphic novel for early readers Donut Feed the Squirrelswas nominated for an Eisner Award. She is Japanese American and Filipino. Besides making books and hanging out with her family she runs a regular comics club for young readers in her Queens, NY neighborhood. Her Norma and Belly comic strip appears weekly on SundayHaha.com, a free kids comics newsletter that she started with Jen de Oliviera in March 2020.
For the curious, but not the faint of heart! If you’ve ever wanted to play Dungeons & Dragons, we have everything you’ll need for your first time as we lead you through a quick adventure. You’ll learn some of the rules of the game and meet other novice players. If you don’t know the difference between HP and AC, you’re welcome at our table. Maximum 12 attendees.
Comics creator Kurt Erichsen presents a look at the creation and history of Murphy’s Manor, a comic strip published in syndication in LGBT newspapers from 1981 to 2008.
Kurt Erichsen‘s cartoons have appeared in amateur and professional publications since about 1970. He is an openly gay cartoonist and civil engineer, creator of the syndicated LGBT-themed comic strip “Murphy’s Manor,” his most notable work, which ran for 1183 weekly strips from the 1980s until 2008.
TolCAF special guest Shofela Coker (New Masters) talks about being born and raised in Nigeria, moving to the US, becoming an artist, and co-creating the Image Comics series New Masters with his brother Shobo.
Shof is a comic book artist and director in animation born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. He co-created the African futurist series NEW MASTERS and kickstarted the comic OUTCASTS OF JUPITER. He was the art director for LIYANA, an animated documentary, which won several awards including Best Documentary at the LA Film Festival and Grand Prize at the New York Children’s Film Festival. He previously worked in video games as a character designer and art director and is currently directing a Nigerian sci-fi animated short film with Triggerfish and Disney titled MOREMI.