TCAF 2022: Live Drawing featuring Akane Torikai @ JFT

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June 18th, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

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TCAF 2022: Live Drawing featuring Akane Torikai @ JFT
Co-presented by Toronto Comic Arts Festival and 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

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Akane Torikai

Akane Torikai was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1981. In 2004, she made her manga debut in the monthly magazine Bessatsu Shojo Friend DX Juliet. Her first serialized work in a young men’s magazine was Ohayou Okaeri, which was published in Morning Two. This was followed by Sensei’s Pious Lie, which drew widespread attention for its focus on the theme of sexual violence. In addition, Onna no Ie, a series about two sisters who must live under one roof, made the list for Takarajimasha’s Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga is Amazing!) in the women’s category, while Jigoku no Girlfriend, a story about three women made housemates by chance, was adapted into a live-action TV show. Her latest ongoing series, Saturn Return, which is published weekly in Big Comic Spirits magazine, is a mystery that revolves around suicide and loss.


Sensei’s Pious Lie, Volume 1
Kodansha, 2022

Misuzu Hara is a quiet, reserved 24-year-old high school teacher whose world is turned upside down after her friend’s fiancé rapes her. Her attempt to connect with one of her students, himself a victim of sexual trauma, results in an unlikely romance, and the repercussions of these events affect everyone around them in often unpredicatable ways.

18+. Warning: Includes graphic depictions of sexual violence.



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June 18th, 2022 @ 2:00 pm
June 18th, 2022 @ 3:00 pm
Doors Open:
English, Japanese
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Toronto Comic Arts Festival and The Japan Foundation, Toronto


The Japan Foundation, Toronto
2 Bloor St. East, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M4W 1A8 Canada
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