Kanata's visit to TCAF in May 2012 will be mark her first visit to a North American comics show. In addition to participating in TCAF programming and autograph sessions at the Vertical booth (the North American publisher of Chi's Sweet Home), Kanata will also be participating in a special fundraising event for earthquake/tsunami recovery efforts in Tohoku to be held on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at The Japan Foundation Gallery in Toronto.
Chi's Sweet Home is an adorable, all-ages friendly series about a mischievous kitten named Chi who gets separated from her mother and siblings, and gets adopted by a young couple and their preschool-age son. The young family becomes attached to Chi, and Chi quickly becomes a part of their lives, but there's a problem: their apartment complex doesn't allow pets.Kanata made her professional debut in 1982, and has in her 30 years as a manga-ka has mostly created comics with pet themes, including Fuku-Fuku Nyan about an easy-going calico cat (that has made a few cameos in the pages of Chi's Sweet Home).
Chi's Sweet Home's all-ages appeal, gentle humor, and relateable cat tales has earned it a spot on the New York Times bestseller list several times. The most recent volume, Chi's Sweet Home Volume 8 catches English readers up with the Japanese releases (Volume 9 is due out in Japan in April 2012). The anime version of Chi's Sweet Home is also featured on Crunchyroll.com.
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, May 5 - Sunday, May 6, 2012 at the Toronto Reference Library in Toronto Canada. Besides Kanata, TCAF will also welcome comics creators from all over the world, including Jeff Smith (Bone), Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon (The Umbrella Academy, Pixu), Kazu Kibushi (Amulet), Adam Warren (Empowered), Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant), Byran Lee O'Malley (Scott Pilgrim) and much more. Admission to TCAF is free, and all ages are welcome to this one-of-a-kind comics show.
Image credits: © Konami Kanata / KODANSHA