Akane Torikai to Be a Guest at the 2022 Toronto Comic Arts Festival

Kodansha USA is proud to have Akane Torikai – the creator behind the thought-provoking drama, Sensei’s Pious Lie – as a featured guest at the 2022 Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF).

Being held this year at the Toronto Reference Library from June 17-19, 2022, TCAF is an internationally acclaimed comic book festival that spotlights a number of acclaimed creators and independent publishers. With Akane Torikai as one of the festival’s featured guest fans will have multiple times to hear her speak, see her draw, and also get her autograph across the show.

Akane Torikai at TCAF 2022 Schedule of Appearances

Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2022
When: June 17-19, 2022
Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8, Canada

June 17, 2022

6:30 p.m. EDT
Kick-off Panel: The Next 20 Years
Toronto Reference Library, Salon

Come celebrate 20 years with TCAF at the Festival’s opening kickoff. We’ve seen a lot of amazing creators come through the festival over the last two decades, but for tonight’s celebration, we want to highlight great new voices taking over the industry right now: Tillie Walden, Emma Hunsinger, Kat Simmers, Conor Stechschulte, and Akane Torikai. These creators have their fingers on the pulse of the comics industry. What new directions are they taking it in? What important stories are there left to tell? What are the gaps still left to fill in this industry? We’ll talk about all this and more in the opening panel.

June 18, 2022

10:00–11:00 a.m. EDT
Akane Torikai Spotlight
Toronto Reference Library, Hinton Learning Theatre

Manga creator Akane Torikai makes her North American comics festival debut at TCAF 2022. In Sensei’s Pious Lie, Torikai explores the intersections of sex, violence, gender, and power through her naturalistic style and painful honesty. Join veteran manga critic Brigid Alverson in this thought-provoking and revealing panel on Torikai’s groundbreaking work.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT
Akane Torikai Autograph Session
Toronto Reference Library, Signing Area

2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT
Live Drawing featuring Akane Torikai @ JFT
The Japan Foundation, Toronto

Watch manga being made before your very eyes. Award-winning artist Akane Torikai pulls back the curtain behind her creative process as she draws live on stage and chats about everything from favourite pen to her English-language debut, Sensei’s Pious Lie, and her ongoing series Saturn Return.


June 19, 2022

12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT
Akane Torikai Autograph Session
Toronto Reference Library, Signing Area

Source: Kodansha Comics

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